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Bergen - Shirley  T.  Mowers, 97  of Bergen, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Mrs. Mowers was born September 1, 1923 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Daniel Rich and Edna Spencer Rich.

A graduate of Elba Central School, Shirley loved to sew and will be remembered as a wonderful seamstress that made hundreds of baby bibs and numerous Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls. She took great pride in sewing sewed teddy bears for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren for their first birthday. An excellent baker, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren would comment that her cookies were the best around.  An avid baseball fan, she attended numerous Batavia Muckdog baseball games and was a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays. She also was a fan of the Miami Dolphins and enjoyed reading books and solving crossword puzzles.

She is the wife of Loren J. Mowers who passed away on December 19, 1998.

She is survived by her daughter, Gail (James) Wride of Bergen; her son, Gary (Joyce) Mowers of Bergen; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; her sister, Doris Boshart of Alden and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her daughter, Bonnie (late David) Stanton, her grandson, Sam Mowers and her siblings Bertha Stokes, Alice Stokes, Lillian Say, Charles Rich, Ida Raymond, Harold Rich, Celia Chilson, Theodore Rich, Paul Rich, Marian Rich and Raymond Rich.

There are no prior calling hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Mount Rest Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home of Bergen.

charlesroneill.jpgCharles Robert O’Neill, 86 of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021. He was born on the family farm in Alexander, July 29, 1934 to the late Edward (Anna Pundt) O’Neill. He is preceded in death by a daughter-in-law Eileen Poblocki, brother John (Peggy) O’Neill, sisters Helen Deja, Mary Vanas, Ruth Lehnis, Dorothy Baker, Margaret Meyer, brothers-in-law Tom Perry and Jack Smith, sister-in-law Peggy O’Neill.

Mr. O’Neill retired as a master carpenter at Darien Lake Theme Park and truly loved his work. He enjoyed yardwork, putting around the house and his many friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife Judith A. Wysko of Batavia, son Arthur Poblocki of Depew, daughter Holly (Steve) Prevaux of FL, siblings Ann Smith of Buffalo, Marcy (Tony) Saraceni of Batavia, Edward (Sharon) O’Neill of NC, Francis O’Neill of Batavia, sister-in-law Christine Perry, brother-in-law Gary (Gail) Wysko both of Attica, 7 grandchildren, Nicole, Justin, Evan, Jenna, Steven all of FL; Matthew and Rebecca of Depew, 6 great-grandchildren all in FL, along with many, many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 405 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

LeRoy ~ Gary L. Smith, age 77, of Myrtle Street, passed away Wednesday afternoon (March 31, 2021) at Unity Hospital.

     He was born June 17, 1943 in Warsaw, the son of the late Lawrence and Lois Phillips Smith.

     Gary is survived by his step-children, John E. Jaszko, Kim L. Weatherbee, Gerald F. (Darla) Jaszko and Sherry M. (Brian) Weaver; step-grandchildren, Jason (April) Weatherbee, Sommer (Guy Westermeier) Weatherbee, Melissa (Christopher) Plath, Amanda (Buzzy) Lowe, Curtis (Katie) Weaver and John Jaszko; 8 step-great-grandchildren; special friends, Wendy Paladino, Liz Mills and Jen Garland Wilder.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Beverly J. Smith in 2019 and his step-son, Robert P. Jaszko.

     Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

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

     Mr. Smith and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Buffalo - Michael F. Raczka, 73 of Buffalo passed away on Wednesday, (March 31, 2021) at Orchard Rehab and Nursing Center in Medina.

Mr. Raczka was born December 8, 1947 in Buffalo, a son of the late Frank M. Raczka and Helen S. (Papaj) Raczka.

Michael served honorably with the Air Force. He was a lover of sports, especially baseball; and enjoyed umpiring for little league.

Michael is survived by his sister, Elaine Skotnicki (late Robert) of Wethersfield; brother, Clifford Raczka (Michelle) of Florida; a niece, Lisa Portelli (Michael) of New Hampshire; nephews, Harry, Thomas, and Jeffrey of Florida and several great-nephews, great-nieces, and cousins.

Michael 's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, (April 7th, 2021) from St. Padre Pio Parish - St. Cecilia's Worship Site, 56 Maple Avenue in Oakfield.  Burial with military honors will be in Union Park Cemetery in Wethersfield Springs.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northpointe Council, which provides high-quality, person-centered prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery to those affected by alcoholism, substance use disorders, and other addictions. Their address is: 800 Main Street, Suite 2A, Niagara Falls, NY 14301.

Arrangements for Michael 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.

LeRoy ~ Daniel S. Gangi, age 63, of Myrtle Street, passed away Wednesday morning (March 31, 2021) at Strong Memorial Hospital.

     He was born April 17, 1957 in Batavia, a son of the late Sebastian and Isabel Nelson Gangi.

     Dan will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend to many.  He was very devoted and passionate about his Catholic Faith.  Dan was proud to say that he had visited and attended mass at all the catholic churches within the Buffalo and Rochester Dioceses.  With his love for traveling, Dan would drive to Montreal and Quebec, where he would visit all the cathedrals and basilicas.  Dan was also a dedicated 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, where he served as a past Grand Knight.  Dan also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

     He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine Naples Gangi; his children, Jennifer Gangi of Batavia and Daniel Gangi Jr. of Oakfield; step-children, Cheryl Kirshgessner and David Winling of LeRoy; grandchildren, Kalista, Owen, Arianna, Aaron, Tyler, Zachary, Anthony, Alyssa and Nikolas; step-grandson, Chandler; his siblings, Nancy Robords of Dansville, Thomas (Sandra) Gangi of Alliance, OH, Joan (Quentin) Call of Stafford, Paul (Norma) Gangi of Dansville, Mary Margaret (John) Scanlan of Bergen, Steven Gangi of Elba and Judy (David) Warner of LeRoy; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

     Family and friends may call on Monday, April 5, from 4 ~ 7 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  His Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 6 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.  (Funeral home and Church occupancy will be limited to 50% capacity during the course of visitation / mass and face masks are required.)    

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

Batavia - Michael Edward King, 57 of Batavia passed away on Tuesday, (March 23, 2021) at his home in Batavia.

Mr. King was born June 12, 1963 in Batavia, a son of the late Edward King Jr.  and Sharon (McEwen) Hillabush.

Mike attended City Church in Batavia and enjoyed antique cars, muscle cars, and racing. He was a lover of music and was always up to something mischievous. A man of quick wit, Mike was able to insert a joke into most any situation.

Surviving are his step-daughter, Angela Parker of Florida and her children, Todd Brelsford and Meryssa Parker; a brother, Mark Collier of Batavia; an Aunt, Joyce (Gordon) Cowell of Batavia; Uncles, Tim (Linda) King of Corfu, and Tim (Cindy) McEwen of Texas. Mike is also survived by dear friends, Tammy and DJ Tuller of Florida.  And many cousins.
 
He is preceded in death by Aunts, Nancy Mendez and Dorothy Rodriguez.

There will be no visitation. A Celebration of Mike’s Life will be held on Saturday (April 24, 2021) at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, 114 Liberty Street in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451 or online at heart.org.  

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the church will be limited to 50% capacity. Face coverings and social distancing will be required. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

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.

hill_malcolm_-_photo1.jpgMalcolm W. Hill, 80 of Basom, passed away peacefully on Tuesday (March 30, 2021) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

He was born May 11, 1940 in Buffalo, NY, a son of the late William Hill and Delphine Blackchief Jones.

Mr. Hill was employed with Iron Workers Local 5 prior to his retirement. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving his country from 1958-1965. He was a passionate Buffalo Bills fan and was a member of the Beaver Clan.

Survivors include his partner in life, Kathy Melissa Smith of Basom. Brothers, Loren Jones and Darwin (Janet) Hill, both of Basom. Sister, Audrey Hill of Rochester. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Murray Hill, Carrie Cory, Hiram Jones and Kathleen Hill.

Family and friends may gather to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Friday (April 2nd) from 3-7pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY. A funeral service will be held Saturday, 2pm at the funeral home.

Covid-19 protocol will be observed for the visitation and funeral services at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY 14001. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

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Nina Rhoades, 82 of Darien, passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021. She was born December 22, 1938 in Lackawanna NY, to the late David (Isabelle Major) Kirkby.

Nina was a strong woman with many interests. She loved church, gardening, cooking, canning, practical jokes, nursing and helping others. She belonged to Eastern Star in Altoona, Pennsylvania. She served many positions but she was very proud of being Worthy Matron in 1999 and 2005. When Nina moved to Attica, she immediately joined the First Presbyterian Church and was passionate about everything that she did. She always had kind words, a shoulder to cry on and was the best person to go to for advice. Nina was always up for a joke and had a laugh and smile that lit up. Nina was married to John Wendell Rhoades in 1961, he later passed in 2005.

Nina is survived by her children; John Wendell (Karen) Rhoades II, Christopher Lee (Sharon) Rhoades, Karen (Gabor) Bertalan. She is also survived by seven loving grandchildren, seven great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, April 17, 2021 The First Presbyterian Church of Attica, 115 Main St. Attica, New York 14011. She will be laid to rest in Oakwood Cemetery, East Aurora, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated to The First Presbyterian Church of Attica 115 Main St. Attica, NY 14011. Please adhere to the current Covid 19 regulations. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Batavia - Emerson Wheeler Campbell, 86 of Batavia, passed away on Tuesday, (September 10, 2019) at LeRoy Village Residential Health Care Facility in LeRoy.

Mr. Campbell was born December 15, 1932 in Madison, Wisconsin a son of the late Dr. Ralph Emerson Campbell and Helen Wheeler Campbell.

Emerson was a member of the Batavia First Presbyterian Church since 1964 and served as an elder, a deacon, and a trustee. He sang in the choir and helped with all kinds of mission projects. He loved Bible Study and was always reading books about faith. He put his faith into action through service and kindness. He was always there to help and to serve. The church was his family.

Emerson was a pharmacist at the Batavia VA Medical Center and kept up his certification, even after retirement. Mr. Campbell volunteered for over 20 years at the VA and was honored with an award in 2016 denoting 18,325 hours of volunteer service. He loved his country and felt that his service at the VA was a part of that.

He traveled the world, literally. He was very proud of the fact that he had been to every continent. He went on bicycling tours all over the world. Mr. Campbell lived each summer at Godfreys Pond and loved swimming, hiking, and playing basketball. He lived a very simple lifestyle and focused on enjoying nature, God’s creation, and serving others. He loved good food and always appreciated the variety of restaurants in our area.

Emerson was a prime example of how the Lord can work through an ordinary person, and in so doing, make that person extraordinary.

There will be no visitation. Emerson 's Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, (April 6th, 2021) from Batavia First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main Street in Batavia. The community is invited and encouraged to attend if able, however COVID-19 restrictions will be in place. The service will also be live-streamed via the funeral home's website.  Burial will be in the Campbell Family Plot in Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday, April 9, 2021.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Batavia First Presbyterian Church.

H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia was honored to care for Emerson. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

gwendolynmwilliams.jpgGwendolyn Marie Williams (ne: Kabel), 86, of Batavia went home to be with the Lord on Palm Sunday, March 28, 2021. She was born on November 12, 1934 in Batavia, NY. Daughter of Fredrick and Marie Marks-Kabel. She had been retired from P.W. Minors after 35 years and also The Willow Bend Inn.

Gwen, better known to everyone as Mema, was a very caring, loving, devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and most of all, a friend. She was a busy body, spending the majority of her time looking out and providing for those she cared about. She enjoyed being surrounded by family the best. A shining light to anyone who met her.

She is survived by children James (Cindy) Williams of GA, Don Williams of Batavia, Bob Williams of Batavia, Kim Williams (Howard) of Batavia, Karen Williams (Timmy) of NC, Scott Williams (Stephanie) of Batavia. Two brothers John (Carol) Kabel, and Tim (Becky) Kabel. Three sisters, Sharon Kilby, Sandy (Ray) Mickey, and Judy Clark. 15 Grandchildren, 27 Great-Grandchildren and many, many nieces and nephews whom she adored greatly.

Along with her parents, father Fredrick Kabel, and mother Marie Marks-Kabel, Gwen is predeceased by her siblings Robert Kabel, Mary Jane Metcalf, Shirley Dunlap, Richard Kabel, James Kabel, Nancy Kabel, Elaine Hoffman and Thomas Kabel.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 3 to 7 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. An 11:00 AM Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, April 2, 2021 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Ave, Batavia, NY 14020. She will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia.  

The Funeral Home and Church will be restricted to 50% of its normal capacity. Face coverings and social distancing are mandatory. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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

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