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Batavia - Anne E. Funston, 81 of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, (July 3, 2021) at LeRoy Village Green following a brief illness.

Mrs. Funston was born April 19, 1940 in Wyandotte, Michigan a daughter of the late Arthur and Elsie (Boddy) Benjamin.

She was a member of St. James Episcopal Church and a former member of the Grand View Cemetery board of directors. She enjoyed quilting, listening to music, and spending summers in Lake Pleasant in Hamilton County.

Anne is the wife of the late David L. Funston who passed away December 29, 2020.

Surviving are her children, Barbara (John) Baker of Stafford, Virginia, and Brian (Kristin) Funston of Golden, Colorado; grandchildren, Alison (Jeffrey) Baker Bryant, Samuel (Kayla) Baker, Elsie Baker, Jeb Baker, Margaret Funston, and Matthew Funston.

Anne is preceded in death by her brother, Donald Benjamin.

There will be no visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service for both Dave and Anne on Tuesday (July 13, 2021) at 11:00 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street in Batavia. Anne will be laid to rest beside her husband in a private ceremony in Grand View Cemetery in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand View Cemetery, PO Box 581, Batavia, New York 14021 or St. James Episcopal Church.

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

20210706_201032.jpg Sevia Joan “Joani” Tatarka, 71, of Batavia passed away on July 5, 2021. She was born in Clovis, New Mexico on June 19, 1950 to the late Joe Cephus and Fern (Turner) Daniels.

Joani was a loving wife to Bob, a loving and doting mom to Rob, Chris and Melissa and an exceptional grandmother to Alayna, Kylie, Casey, Alex, and Zack. She was a homemaker at first and when her children were old enough, she stepped easily into the role of vice president of the family business, Tatarka Technologies. She retired in 2011 after 14 years. Joani and Bob had been happily married for over 50 years.  They were true soulmates.

Joani was a 12-year breast cancer survivor and played a major role in raising breast cancer awareness to everyone she touched. She was a huge fan of baseball and football. She loved the Yankees, Mets, and Buffalo Bills. In her spare time, she loved to read, play bingo, make ceramics, active in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, active in dancing lessons with her daughter and collected Cherished Teddies and anything to do with giraffes. Besides the love she had for her family, Joani loved her pets: Daisy, DB, Winston, and Molly. And her Grand- dogs: Ozzy, Frankie, Mix, Patch, Emma, and Jersey.

She is survived by her loving husband; Robert “Bob” Tatarka; oldest son Robert (Crystal) Tatarka, middle son Christopher Tatarka and Daughter Melissa (Brian) Adamczyk; grandchildren Alayna, Kylie, Casey, Alex, and Zack; brothers Lynn (Barbara) Daniels, Thomas (Ronda) Daniels and sister; Kayla Daniels.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 12:00PM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday July 9, 2021 at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. in Batavia. Joani will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute www.roswellpark.org.   For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

  Lewis VanValkenburg, 74, of Bergen, NY passed away peacefully at home on July 5, 2021. Lewis was born on October 18, 1946 to Neil and Evelyn VanValkenburg in Batavia, NY.  He leaves behind his blushing bride of 52 years, Margy (Bucknam), their   children: Kathy (Matt) Barbaro of Cape Cod, MA, Sarah (Rich) Howard of Peosta, IA, Maryann VanValkenburg of Henrietta, NY, Paul (Jennifer) VanValkenburg of LeRoy, NY, and Neil (Krystal) VanValkenburg of Geneseo, NY, 10 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, his two sisters, Barbara VanValkenburg of Mt Morris, NY,  Beverly Martin of Lancaster, PA , many nieces and nephews, along with very close in-laws, Betty and Patrick White. 

     He married the love of his life on June 21, 1969 in Warsaw, NY.  Lewis spent many years working as a farmer and for the Town of Riga Highway Department until his retirement in 2005. In his 30 years of service, he showed integrity, knowledge, ingenuity, and strong work ethic every day. His love of red tractors was second only to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

     Lewis was a 13 year liver transplant survivor, please consider becoming an organ donor.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to HomeCare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Ste. 6, Batavia, NY 14020 OR the URMC Transplant Patient Needs Fund, URMC Transplant Program, attention Nancy Metzler, Administrator; 601 Elmwood Avenue, Box Surg; Rochester, NY 14642.  

     Family and friends may call on Saturday, July 10 from 10:30 AM ~ 12:30 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where services will be held at 12:30 PM.  Interment will follow in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Perry Center, N.Y.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Lewis' family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

Sharon Lee Tolson was born on July 22, 1941, in Hanford, California. She crossed over into Heaven on July 2, 2021, while holding her daughters’ hands. A consummate California girl, she grew up on the beaches of Southern California during the best of times. Her beauty was such that she was asked to become a movie star in the late 1950’s. Instead of stardom she chose to be a wife and mother. She was a complex person that didn’t believe in calling anyone an “ex”; once you were in her family- it was for life, there was no getting out. She is predeceased by her former husband and children’s father, David R. Brown whom we’re sure she’s bossing around at this very instant and also her parents Thomas T. Tolson “the love of her life” and Jessie L. Tidwell (nee Pannell) definitely not the love of her life. Although she loved “her” California, she chose to put down her roots in the later part of her life in Batavia, NY. She loved all the trappings that come with small town life. Everyone called her “Gran” and she couldn’t have been prouder of that. She was a little crazy, swore like a sailor and taught the younger generation of the finer uses for the “F” word, drank Pepsi from morning until night and never met a stranger she wasn’t willing to befriend or invite for the holidays or if you were in a bad way, offer to do your laundry and make you corn dogs.  She is survived by brothers William (Vicki) Tolson of AZ, Leedel and Denis (Kathy) Williamson of SD and Inez American Horse of SD. She is also survived by her children Mark (Sherry) Brown of St. Helens, Oregon and Maryann Brown, mother to Michael and Matthew (Amanda) of Long Island, Thomas (Robin) Brown of Northport, Florida and their children, Steven (son of Vikki Brown), Craig, Travis, Tim and Casie. She is also survived by her daughter Debra Dumuhosky (who took care of the hardest of jobs and also talked to her 27 times a day- burgeoning Alzheimer’s = so many calls ), and partner William Gregory of Batavia, NY and David Dumuhosky father to Robert (Jessica) and Julia Rossiter, her daughter Kathryn Shaver and partner Keith Bow, of Corfu, NY and Ronald Shaver father to Maxwell (Rebecca), Sebastian (Melissa) and Kassandra (James Kerwin). Kass was her best friend, the one that was supposed to make sure to keep everyone in line and whom she entrusted her beloved Pom Teddy to because “he only barks when someone is at the door” and this trait is helpful. She died knowing that her favorite people called her “Gigi”; Paige, Everett and Henry Brown, Gabrielle and Olivia Dumuhosky, Alexis Merrell, Brockton Rossiter and Bennett Kelly, Evangeline Kerwin, and a whole tribe of great grandchildren in Florida she had yet to meet. There are many nephews and nieces that will miss her as well. There are no funeral arrangements. A celebration of life will be held when the family can get their act together. God help us if they have the weather channel in Heaven, Momma. We’ll miss you. See you later, Gorgeous.

To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Sharon’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

donaldjdonnellysr.jpgDonald J. Donnelly Sr., died peacefully on July 4, 2021 after a lengthy illness at the age of 76. He was the son of the late Donald J. Donnelly and the late Lorraine (Weig) Donnelly. Donald was married to Joan C. (Mader) Donnelly for 47 years. He was the oldest of 8 children, Raymond (Maureen), the late Neil (Deborah), Maureen, Lorraine Kane, William, Christopher (MaryAnn), and Lillian and the late David Sroka.

Don's children are Beth (Bill) Shepherd, Fred Stringham, Paula Jo (Keith) Carson, Brenda (Chuck) Scotchmer, and Donald J. (Barbara) Donnelly Jr. Grandchildren include, Nicholas and Donald J. Donnelly III, Heather (Leo) Saia, Ron (Cassy) Carney, Caryn (Anthony) Bosse, Eliza (Mike Woods) Stringham, Emily (Jordan Martin) Stringham, Dalton Moi and Corrine Mori. Don is also survived by his great-grandchildren #'s 1 through 5 ¾ .

Don was an avid outdoorsman. He was a lifetime member of Alexander Fire Department, a member of West Star Lodge 413, and Genesee County Ducks Unlimited. He was a longtime coach of baseball and football for Tri-Town Youth Athletics. Don retired from the New York State Department of Corrections after 31 years.

Per his request there will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, July 10, 2021 starting at noon at the Beachhead Veteran's Club, 3188 Broadway Rd. Alexander, NY 14005.

Memorials may be made to Alexander Fire Department, P.O. Box 336, Alexander, NY 14005. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC., 135 Main Street, Attica, New York, 14011.

Batavia - Bernard E. "Bernie" Hanley, age 84, of Batavia, died peacefully on May 7, 2020 at the home of his daughter while under the care of Hospice and his loving family. Bernie was born on February 9, 1936 in Fulton, New York, a son of the late Laurence and Mary (Welch) Hanley.

He was a graduate of Batavia High School; served his country honorably with the US Army during the Korean War and was a longtime member of Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s). He was well known in the harness horse racing circuit as an owner/trainer for many years, having purchased his first horse, a pacer named Chief Maynard. He also raced Mac's Miss Mary, Irish Dancer A, Overnight Guy, and several others during his career.

Most would remember Bernie and his wife Mary Ann as the owners and operators of Hanley’s Restaurant just across the street from Batavia Downs and quickly became the "horseman's hangout" after races. After retirement, the Hanley's moved South to enjoy the sun for close to thirty years before moving back to Batavia to be closer to family. While in Florida Bernie was a member of the Deland Amvets Post #13 and the Deland Elks Lodge #1463 along with the Glenn S. Loomis American Legion Post #332 in Batavia. He will be remembered as a hard-working man who loved his family deeply.  

Bernie is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Ann (Musshafen) Hanley of Batavia; children, Patrick (Carol) Hanley of Alabama, Elsie (Greg) Lee of Batavia and Dr. Greg (Angela) Hanley of Tennessee; sister-in-law, Mary Hanley of Akron; 10 cherished grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

His brother, the late Larry Hanley has since passed away.

Family and friends are invited to attend Bernie's Mass of Christian Burial on July 10, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street in Batavia. Burial with military honors will follow in Grand View Cemetery in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory are suggested to HomeCare & Hospice, 26 Liberty Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or at http://www.homecare-hospice.org.

Arrangements for Bernie were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - Monica A. Gibbons, age 96, of Batavia passed away on Friday, July 2, 2021.

Ms. Gibbons was born Monday, December 8th, 1924 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Peter J. Gibbons and Ellen Rowan Gibbons.

She was a graduate of St. Joseph Parochial, Batavia High School and attended RIT. She was employed by Doehler-Jarvis Company in the payroll and data processing departments and was a member of their quarter century club. She also worked in the data processing department of the former Genesee Memorial Hospital.

An avid bowler, she was a member of a ladies bowling league and also enjoyed working in her yard, her flower garden and taking care of her home.

She was always proud of her Irish ancestry as her grandparents came from Ireland.

She is survived by her cousin Eugene (Annette) Drexel and their families of Rochester.

She is predeceased by her sister, Loretta M. Gibbons and her longtime friend and neighbor, Gwen Williams.

There are no prior visiting hours. Monica 's Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 from St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. She will be entombed in St. Joseph's Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

Maybelle P. Sehm, 93, formerly of LeRoy, NY passed away at a Hospice Care facility in Arizona on June 23,2021.  She was born in Rochester, NY on March 17, 1928 to the late Joseph and Audrey L. DiLorenzo. She was predeceased in death by her beloved husband of 49 years Dean M. Sehm.

     Maybelle was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.  She worked as a registered nurse, retiring from Strong Memorial Hospital in 1979 moving with her husband to Arizona, where she continued her nursing career.  Maybelle enjoyed her family, gardening and painting.

     Maybelle is survived by her children Darryl Sehm of LeRoy, NY, Dean (Sheri) Sehm of Arizona, Cherie Lead (Larry Koester) of Perry NY, sisters A. Betty Swart of South Carolina and Audrey Neva of NY.  Grandchildren, Amy, Darryl J., Dean III, (Kimberly), Robert (Yessica) and Crystal.  Great grand children Meredith, Dean IV, Ava, Mackenzie, Allison, Brett, Alexander and Jeremy, several nephews and nieces.  Maybelle also cherished Karen, Matthew and Nicole Clark of NY.

     Arrangements were entrusted to Thompson Funeral Chapel.  A celebration of life to take place in Arizona at a later date.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Mrs. Sehm's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

urtel_paul_-_photo2.jpgPaul R. Urtel, Jr., 58 of Rochester, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday (June 17, 2021) at his residence.

He was born May 23, 1963 in Batavia, NY, a son of Paul R. Urtel of Batavia and the late Mary Palone Urtel.

Mr. Urtel served his country with the U. S. Navy from 1981-1989.

Survivors include his father, Paul Urtel of Batavia. Siblings, Janice Forster, Dale (Pat) Buck, Jennifer White and Joseph (Laken) Urtel. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Walter Buck, Tony Dixon and Carol Benedict.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family with burial in the Western New York National Cemetery.

Memorials in his memory may be made to the NYS Veterans Home Activities Fund, 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020.

Expressions of sympathy may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.





scottrgraham.jpgScott R. Graham of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on April 30, 2021 at the age of 56. Scott, the son of the late Richard “Dick” Graham and Cynthia (nee Palicki) Rodkey, he graduated from Batavia HS and ECC. He worked within the dental laboratory field for over 30 years. He was proud owner of Batavia Dental Laboratory for the past 4 years.

Scott is survived by his sons, Colin Graham and Jared Graham both of Oakfield, mother Cynthia (Robert) Rodkey of Batavia, late father Richard (Shari) Graham of Chili, sister Sandy (Mike) Anchor and nephews, Zack, Josh and niece Jessica all of Batavia, along with his former wife Bobbie Graham of Oakfield.

Scott enjoyed childhood summers at Horseshoe Lake, loved golfing, sailing and scuba diving. He was a past member of the Batavia Jaycees and took pride in having a “plethora of random knowledge”.

A remembrance and Celebration of Life will be held at Kiwanis Park, 3808 W Main St Rd, Batavia, NY, on Saturday, July 17, 2021 from 2 to 4 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society www.cancer.org. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.





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