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booner_2.jpgDANIEL W. "BOONER" LAMKIN ~ Attica 

Age 56, died peacefully on Monday February 12, 2018 at his brothers home in Loxahachee, FL. He was born March 19, 1961 in Batavia, NY a son of Eileen (Cayea) Clor of Batavia and the late Loren "Bud" Clor also preceded in death by his son, Jonathan Lamkin in 2015 and brothers-in-law, Mark and John Mattia.                                         

Daniel graduated from Batavia High School, served honorably in the United States Air Force from 1979 - 1983 and was retired from the New York State Department of Corrections. He enjoyed sports, especially golf & softball, an avid fan of the New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills and had a love for the outdoors, Booner was truly at peace when he was out on the water on his boat. 

Surviving is his beloved wife of 30 years, Debby (Mattia) Lamkin of Attica; cherished daughter, Lauryn Lamkin of Attica; siblings, Deborah (David) Rider of Batavia, Steven (Michelle) Lamkin of Batavia, Douglas (Joanna) Lamkin of FL, and Pamela (Brian) Rush of Waterport, NY; mother-in-law, Elaine (late Robert) Mattia of Wethersfield; sisters-in-law, Cyndy Mattia of VA and Hiedi (Timothy) Librock of Darien along with several nieces and nephews. 

Booner's family will be present from 1-5pm Thursday February 22, 2018 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020, where funeral services will be held 11am Friday February 23 and will conclude with full military honors. In lieu of flowers memorials in his memory are suggested to Homecare & Hospice 450 N. Main Street #3 Warsaw, NY 14569 or Ride for Roswell at, search team captain Wayne Bridges/Asphalt Junkies II. 

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


Churchville - Fern Kathleen Acomb Wilcox, 67, of Churchville, an attorney in private practice in Churchville, died Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital, in Rochester.

Mrs. Acomb Wilcox was born December 30, 1950 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Robert and Marjorie (Fischer) Acomb. 

She was a graduate of Leroy High School in 1969 where she furthered her education at SUNY Geneseo for Law and graduated in 1979 with honors. Continuing on to Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC in 1979 where she also graduated with honors in 1982. From there, she continued her education by attending Arkansas School of Law from 1982 - 1983 for agricultural law. She received her law degree in 1984 where she then became a member of Florida Bar Association in 1985. She started practicing law in 1986 and was then elected public defender in 1986 and served until 1992. She continued practicing law up until the time of her death. She was a passionate law guardian and advocate for the Youth of Genesee County. 

She was a faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church in Bergen and also the Asher Baptist Church. She was an eloquent speaker and fluent writer who had several articles published in the New York State auctioneer. Fern had a love for animals including showing horses where she won national Appaloosa Queen in 1970 and 1971. Her love for nature extended beyond animals to include landscaping her homestead which was often filled and ornately decorated with beautiful flowers and plants.

Fern was a compassionate, selfless and honorable soul who led by example and always stayed true to her values. Her love for her family and her faith in God were unrivaled and she will forever be missed.

Her husband, G. Harris Wilcox, died July 17, 2010.

Survivors include 5 siblings, Elizabeth (Briggs) Cunningham of KY, Robert (Marilyn) Acomb, III of FL, Marjorie (late John) Kuszlyk of Batavia, Heather (Mark) Stoltman of KY and Crystal (Patrick) Casper of Stafford; a sister-in-law, Barbara Acomb of Buffalo; survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 

She was the sister of the late William Acomb and Bruce Acomb.  

Friends may call on Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co, Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia.  Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 38 S. Lake St., Bergen.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 206, Bergen, NY 14416 or to Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14642.  Private burial will be in Stafford Rural Cemetery in Stafford, NY. Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at

a.jpg Bruce D. Clark, 73, of Varysburg passed away peacefully on Thursday February 15, 2018 at Suzanne’s Comfort Care in Perry, NY. He was born on June 15, 1944 in Buffalo to the late John & Dorothy (Reiner) Clark. In addition to his parents, Bruce is predeceased by his son; Kevin Clark.

Bruce was a 1961 Graduate of Attica Central School and a 1963 Graduate of NYS Ranger School. Mr. Clark retired from the NYS Department of Transportation after a 30 year career as a Civil Engineer in 1996. Bruce was an outdoorsman who enjoyed traveling, especially to National Parks. He was an avid golfer, ski instructor at Honey Hill Ski Area, a member of Edelweiss Ski Touring Club and a euchre player at Attica Golf Club.  Mr. Clark was also a member of Arts Council for Wyoming County and a charter member of WNY Old Time Music and Bluegrass Association.  He was a self-taught fiddle player who played with several bands and especially enjoyed playing Celtic music with his wife and son.  Bruce was a talented luthier who created 18 beautiful violins. 

He is survived by his wife Jerilyn Clark of Varysburg; son Todd & Amy Clark of Varysburg; step-children Cheryl & Kent Carpenter of New Jersey, Steven Grisewood of Warsaw; step-grandchildren Daniel, Emma, Ryan & Reese; brothers John Clark of Varysburg, Keith & Arlene Clark of Varysburg; along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday February 23, 2018 at Marley Funeral Home LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, NY 14011.  A graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Kidney Foundation of WNY 300 Delaware Ave Suite 101 Buffalo, NY 14202 or The Arts Council for Wyoming County 31 S Main St, Perry NY 14530.  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, NY 14011.  

athoe_marilyn_-_photo.jpgMarilyn L. Strathearn Athoe, 86, passed away peacefully on February 17, 2018, at the Premier Genesee Nursing Home in Batavia, NY.   She was born July 31, 1931, in Buffalo, NY, to the late George and Vera (Handyside) Strathearn.  Later her family moved to Wyoming, NY, where her father ran W. G. Handyside’s Hardware.  She graduated from Bryant and Stratton College in Buffalo where she met her future husband, Harold W. Athoe, II, who she married on September 6, 1952.  Together they resided for over 40 years on Lewiston Road in Batavia, NY. 

Marilyn will be remembered for her sweet and gentle nature.  She was a loving and devoted wife and stay-at-home mother to her six children.   She enjoyed sewing, gardening and baking.  Once her children were grown, Marilyn worked part time at Joann Fabrics and J. C. Penneys.   She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Batavia. 

Surviving are her husband of over 65 years, Harold W. Athoe, II, and five children, Daniel (Debra) Athoe of Oakfield, John (Vicki) Athoe of Batavia, Peter Athoe, Elizabeth “Liz” (Richard) Farmer of Alexander and Paul (Donna Yasses) Athoe of Batavia; 14 grandchildren, Timothy (Hope) DeMay, Philip (Crystal) DeMay, Jonathan (Vanria) DeMay, Elizabeth DeMay, Amanda (Ben) Macdonald, Kristen (Aaron) Crawford, Jeffrey (Jennifer) Athoe, Joshua Athoe, Andrew (Kasia) Athoe, Meagan Athoe, Rebecca Athoe, Whitney Athoe, James Farmer and Nicholas Athoe; 15 great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Judah, Jaimin, Ashton, Maleah, Liam, Madalyn, Luke, Elena, Blakely, Carina, Hamilton, Blaine, Lillian and Brooklyn.  Also surviving are sisters-in-law Alicia Strathearn of Wyoming, Wilma Meyer and Gloria Allein of Batavia and many nieces and nephews.   She will be sadly missed by her lifelong friend, Janet Paine of Batavia. 

Marilyn was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah DeMay, who passed away January 11, 2018; daughter-in-law Laura Athoe; brothers Wilbur “Bud” Lennington and Laverne Strathearn; sisters-in-law Eleanor Lennington and Janet Briggs and brothers-in-law Don Meyer and Fred Allein. 

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Friday (February 23rd) from 11am-1pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY, where funeral services will follow at 1pm. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Ave., Batavia, NY. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at:




Batavia - Mrs. Violet Grace McCampbell, age 101, of Batavia, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018 at her home.

She was born July 5, 1916 in Racine, Wisconsin, a daughter of the late Charles and Mary Erhardt Zehrt where she attended Grace Baptist Church.

Vi was a bookkeeper for the state of Wisconsin prior to becoming a full time mother. She returned to the work force when her children were in high school and worked at EBSCO Industries in Barrington, Illinois and later at Teledyne Big Beam in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

She read her Bible daily and was an avid coin and stamp collector and enjoyed solving crossword puzzles. An avid bowler, Vi bowled well into her 80’s and belonged to local bowling leagues. She loved basketball and football and was a fan of the Chicago Bulls, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears.

Vi is survived by her son, Mac (Cheryl) McCampbell of Batavia and their family: Erin (David) Paris and their children Josephine Prabhakar and Adya Prabhakar and John (Nazli Ergani) McCampbell; daughter, Mary Ann (Mike) Ledbetter of Evansville, Indiana; step-son, Gary (Jenny) McCampbell and their family: Jason (Amy) McCampbell, Alex (Kate) McCampbell and Courtney McCampbell; step-son, Jack (Barbara) McCampbell and their family: Jim (Cathy) McCampbell, Douglas McCampbell, Linda Bowman and the late Larry McCampbell; several loving great-grandchildren, nieces, a nephew and extended family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Jack T. McCampbell; brother, William Zehrt and sister, Ruth Nelson.

Vi’s family is thankful for the care received from Heartful Hands Homecare and especially for the kindness and love shown by Tracy Ace and her team.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. She will be laid to rest in Graceland Cemetery in Racine, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in Vi’s name to The Salvation Army, 529 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit

Batavia - Eian Lynn Windham, 16, of Batavia, passed away Thursday, (February 15, 2018) at Hospice Buffalo, in Cheektowaga following a lengthy illness.

Eian was born March 2, 2001 in Athens, TX, a son of Terry L. Windham of Batavia and Theresa (Bernard) Slutsky of Eas Aurora.

A Junior at Batavia High School, Eian was a true athlete having played football and lacrosse, running track, and wrestling.  He also played guitar and was an amateur photographer.  His work was recently showcased at Go Art in Batavia. 

Surviving along with his parents is a sister, Lindsey Windham of East Aurora.

There will be no prior visitation.  A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday (February 20, 2018) at Greenspring Natural Cemetery, 293 Irish Hill Rd, Newfield, NY (Please dress as if you’re going on a hike).  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday (February 24, 2018) at SGI USA Buffalo Community Center, 121 West Tupper Street, Buffalo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catie Hoch Foundation, 67 Catherine Street,Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or online at

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

welsted.jpg  Elnora Francis Welsted, 87, of Bethany, having spent one final day with her children, passed away at the home of her daughter on Sunday February 11, 2018. She is pre-deceased by her parents Murray and Alice Johnson and by her sister’s Aretha Hale, Ruth Staudinger, Winifred Johnson and her brother Gordon Johnson.

She is survived by her children; son Kirk Welsted of Conesus, daughters Kim (Don) Debnar of Tonawanda, Kendra (Rob) Thompson of Attica, Kristina (David) DioGuardi of Bethany; grandchildren Angela (Melissa) DeVos of San Jose California, Nate (Sandra) Peckham of Buffalo, Andrew DeVos of Cheektowaga, Stephenie Debnar of Tonawanda, Elena Welsted of Cheektowaga, Tyler and Katie DioGuardi of Bethany and by two great-grandchildren Elie and Oliver Peckham.

Elnora loved the craft fairs and the Erie County fair; she loved to read but nothing meant more to her then holiday time with her children. On Sunday, as her journey was about to end and the next about to begin, and as her children kissed her good bye for the final time whether it was with a look or touch she passed on these words: ‘I know how much you love me, as much as I love you and each time that you think of me, I know you’ll miss me too. But when tomorrow starts without me please try to understand, that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand. He said my place was ready, in heaven far above and that I’d have to leave behind all those I dearly love. So, when tomorrow starts without me, don’t think we're far apart, for every time you think of me, I'm right here, in your heart.’

There will be no prior calling hours or services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wyoming County Hospice 450 N. Main St. #3 Warsaw, NY 14569. 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.


benny.jpg  Benny S. Giambrone, 91, of Oakfield passed away on Thursday February 15, 2018 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, leaving his family, friends and community with lasting memories of his laughter, life-long ambition and his love.  He was born on August 30, 1926 in Ohio to the late Louis and Rosalie (Nicosia) Giambrone. He is predeceased by his infant daughter Valerie and infant grandson Michael; daughter in law Barbara Giambrone; brothers Vincent Giambrone, Alfred Giambrone and sister Josephine Renz.

Benny owned and operated Ben’s Appliance & Kitchens in Batavia, New York together with his wife and children for over 59 years. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving his country in World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was a former Commander of the VFW in Oakfield, a member of St. Padre Pio Parish in Oakfield and a founding member of the Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation and a Frank Sinatra enthusiast.

Benny was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather whose family was the center of his life. He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years; Mary (Ianni) Giambrone; sons Benny Jr. (Linda) Giambrone of Oakfield and Victor (Maria) Giambrone of Clarence; daughter Valerie (Duane) Schultz of Oakfield;

He cared for, loved and inspired his grandchildren; Steven (Megan) Giambrone of Phoenixville, PA., Carolyn (Tara) Abare of Webster, Anthony (Jerrod) Giambrone of Kenmore, Peter Giambrone of Chili, Gina (Andrew) Gerber of Philadelphia, Andrea (James Despaw) Schultz of Rochester, and Christina (fiancé Lee Sobieski) Giambrone of Depew; step grandchildren Lindsay and Carol Adornetto of Clarence. He encouraged mischief in his treasured great-grandchildren; Colin, Nora, Henri and Rosa. Also surviving are his brother in law; William Renz of Batavia; sisters in law Angie Mattioli of Akron and Linda Ianni of Corfu, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Per Ben’s request, services will be held privately by the family. He will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery on Maple Ave. in Oakfield.

In Memory of Benny, we say “Don’t disgrace your name and don’t disgrace your country.”

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Orleans ARC 64 Walnut St. in Batavia or St. Padre Pio Parish Fund 56 Maple Ave. Oakfield, NY 14125 or UMMC Foundation 127 North St. Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to share a memory or condolence with the family in memory of Benny, please visit Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Batavia - Richard H. "Slugger" Lewis, 78, of Batavia, firefighter with the City Of Batavia Fire Department prior to his retirement in 1987, died Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at his home in Batavia.

Mr. Lewis was born August 17, 1939 in Batavia, the son of the late Harold and Marion (Kleps) Lewis.

Mr. Lewis was a member of the Notre Dame High School, Class of 1957 and served during Vietnam War with the Marine Corps.  He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, all in Venice Florida.  He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Yankees.

His wife, Elizabeth J. (Howe) Lewis died on July 15, 2007.

Survivors include a son, Richard (Cindy) Lewis of Batavia; 2 daughters, Shari Yark and Wendy (Russell) Marchese, both of Batavia; 7 grandchildren, Melissa Harrington, Rachael Kuszlyk, Hannah Marchese, Beth Marchese, R.J. Marchese, Andrew Lewis and Katie Yark; 2 great-grandchildren, Colton Kuszlyk and Brody Yark; 1 niece and 1 nephew. 

He was the father of the late Lance M. Lewis and brother of the late Betty Jane McNally.  

Private services will be at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to Homecare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite #6, Batavia, NY 14020.  Arrangements were entrusted to H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home 403 E. Main St., Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at

cote.jpg Jacqueline “Jacki” A. Cote (Kingston), 76, of Attica passed away unexpectedly on Monday February 12, 2018 at ECMC in Buffalo. She was born January 24, 1942 in Buffalo. A daughter of the late John E. and Margaret L. (Becker) Kingston. In addition to her parents, Jacki is predeceased by her step daughter Tasha Sergel.

She was a graduate Of Alexander High School 1960. Jacki was a LPN Charge Nurse and retired from East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw. Jacki enjoyed bowling and was on a bowling league for many years. Jacki and her husband enjoyed going to breakfast at Settler's on Sundays and she also enjoyed the coffee club every day at the Prospector. Jacki liked to bake deserts for Birthdays or just to try out a new recipe. She was a wonderful cook and baker. She enjoyed doing word search puzzles, being with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were everything to her. Any family could call and talk to her and she would always listen and offer advice.  She will be deeply missed by her family.

Jacki is survived by her loving husband; Gerard Cote of Attica; children Cheri Ruck of Attica, Bobby Maples of TN., Julie Maples of Attica; step-children Melissa (Rick) Blake of NH., Piper (Dana) Sharick of Corfu and Sarah (Danny Hall) Cote of NC.; 17 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday February 16, 2018 from 4:00-6:00PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. A private burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to assist with funeral costs. 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.





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