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joe1.jpgJoseph R. Lawrence, 68, of Batavia, NY, passed away Saturday, November 26,  2022.  He was born March 20, 1954 to the late Robert E. Lawrence and Frances (Radley) Lawrence.  

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Teresa (Fix), devoted children, Marie (Shawn) Bigsby, John (Carrie) Lawrence, Catherine Lawrence (Ronald Schramm), & Elizabeth (Nicholas) Grasso, and adoring grandchildren, Emma, Brock, & Ryan Bigsby, Sophia and Jack Lawrence, and Gia and Joseph Grasso. Joe is also survived by his mother, Frances, siblings, William (Margaret) Lawrence, Nancy (Richard) Hale, Robert (Diane) Lawrence, JoAnn (Steven) Hyde, John (Corinne) Fix, James (Christine) Fix, and Marie (Randall) Smith and several nieces and nephews.    

Joe loved spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren and telling others about them and all of their accomplishments.  Joe was known for his passion for hunting, fishing, and trapshooting.  He was a member of the Batavia Rod and Gun Club and Sportsmen Coon Hunters Association.  He spent many summers vacationing at Black Lake, Oneida Lake, and Horseshoe Lake.  

Joe worked for the City of Batavia.  He started there in 1970 working in the summer.  Later he became a water plant operator.  He ended his career as an operator at the wastewater treatment plant.  

Joe will be missed by family and friends alike.  He was generous to all who knew him.  He had a huge heart and would help anyone in need.  

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, November, 30, 2022 from 3:00-7:00 pm at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc.  329-333 West Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.  A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main St., Batavia, NY.  

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Genesee Cancer Assistance 127 North St. in Batavia. To leave 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.  

parker_sherri_-_photo1.jpgSherri Louise Parker, age 55 of Basom, NY, entered into rest November 25, 2022.

She was born February 27, 1967 in Batavia, NY a daughter of the late Edmund Sr. and Barbara Snyder Parker.

Sherri was of the Tonawanda Seneca Nation and a member of the wolf clan. Sherri enjoyed cooking and talking to family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her son, Maison (Cierra Ninham) Parker. Sister, Jennifer (Raymond Groff) Parker, her niece, nephews and longtime companion David Dietz.

She is predeceased by her brothers Edmund Parker Jr. and Jeffrey B. Parker.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Monday (November 28th) from 12-2pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, NY, where a funeral service will commence at 2pm.

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.

 

 

nicholas_a_perry.jpgNicholas A. Perry, 74, of Strykersville passed away on Friday, November 18, 2022. He was born January 17, 1948 in Sheldon, to the late Nicholas E. and Mary E. (Gebel) Perry. Nicholas is preceded in death by daughter Barbara Perry and brother Chet Perry.

Nicholas was proud to be a lifelong Sheldon dairy farmer. He worked hard almost every day of his life alongside his family. He was proud of all the quality milk produced and all the cows that were cared for. He loved the land and was proud of all the crops grown and maple syrup produced. He was proud of the farm community he lived in and enjoyed talking farming with family and friends. He enjoyed sharing every Monday with his friends at Maplehurst Market and driving around to see his neighbors’ farming successes.

He loved his family and was especially proud of his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his beloved wife Donna T. (Conrad) Perry of Strykersville, children, Theresa (Steve) Bernard of Arcade, Nick (Dawn) Perry III, Herb (Rhonda) Perry, Earl Perry all of Strykersville, Mark Perry of North Java, Luke Perry of Java Village, Anna (Miguel) DeLoach of San Antonio, Regina Perry of Strykersville. Grandchildren, Nicholas Perry IV, Paige Perry, Brittany (Jake) Denz, Kayla Perry, Brandon Perry, Riley Perry, Madison Perry, Nolan Perry, Morgan Perry, Ethan Perry, Felix DeLoach, Olivia DeLoach, Boris DeLoach, and great-grandson Andrew Denz. Siblings John (the late Cheryl) Perry, Catherine Perry, Leon (Becky) Perry, Elizabeth Perry, Rita Brown, Vince (Monica) Perry, David Perry, Mike (Carol) Perry, Joan (Jim) Namenek, Bernard Perry, Nelson Perry, Joe (Chris) Perry, Monica (Kevin) Zielinski. Along with numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Services will be held privately for the family. He will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery, Sheldon. There will be a celebration of life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sheldon Fire Company or any neighboring fire company. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.   

skawienski.jpgSophia E. Skawienski, 95 of Varysburg, passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. She was born February 27, 1927 to the late Joseph (Katarzyna) Klecha. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, Joseph C. Skawienski, siblings, Edward, Mildred, John, Michael, Stanley, Frank Klecha.

Mrs. Skawienski was a dedicated Farm Wife and lived the dairy life for many, many years. She was a former member of the Holy Name Society. Sophia has been a longtime member of Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish in Varysburg.

She is survived by her beloved sons, Joseph M. Skawienski, Stephen (Julie) Skawienski both of Varysburg, Alan (Kelly) Skawienski of Branford, FL; 6 grandchildren, Brandon, Collin, Austin, Kiele, Darren, Emily; 2 great-grandchildren, Sophia and Wyatt, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 from 4 to 7pm at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. A 10:00am Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish, 2311 Attica Road, Varysburg, NY 14167.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Varysburg Rescue Squad, PO Box 638, Varysburg, NY 14167 or to Sheldon Rescue Squad, 996 Centerline Road, Strykersville, NY 14145. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.   

betzold_joann_-_photo1.jpgJoAnn Edgerton Betzold, of Batavia, NY and formerly of Akron, NY, went to her heavenly rest at age 88 on November 23, 2022.

She is predeceased by her husband, Gary, parents, sister Pat and brother Louis.

Joann was born on March 21, 1934 to Leslie and Elizabeth Edgerton of Elba, NY, where she was raised. She lived her entire life in the Western New York area, where she built her life around her faith and her family.

Joann never met a person she didn’t like and viewed every conversation as an opportunity to make a new lifelong friend. She was a vibrant gift to her church community, and a loving cheerful presence wherever she went.

She will be dearly missed by her children, Todd (Debbie), Mark (Brenda), John (Anita), Laurie (Mike), Beth, Linda (James), Matthew ( Joy), Stepson, Gary (Annette), and her thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (Nov. 29th) from 4-7 pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. Her funeral service will be Wednesday, 11am at the Clarence Center-Akron Mennonite Church, 11500 Clarence Center Rd, Akron, NY 14001.

She will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in Akron. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

carolirwin.jpgCarol J. Irwin, 86 of LeRoy, passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center, surrounded by her family. She was born April 2, 1936 in Batavia, to the late Joseph and Pearl (Wilcox) Demmer. She is preceded in death by her first husband William Lampke, second husband David Irwin, children, William Lampke Sr, JoAnn Miller, Ann Bonham, Amy Weaver, Dale Lampke, siblings, Roger, Richard, Joseph, Kermitt Demmer, Ramona Dudley, Ann Hearse, Shirley Greenman and Marian Kendall.

Mrs. Irwin worked at Angelica for many years. She loved decorating for the holidays and family gatherings. Carol was the best mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her beloved children, Rex (Janet) Lampke of Silver Springs, Margaret (Craig) Hurley of LeRoy, Barbara (John) Vescovi of LeRoy, Steve (Lisa) Lampke of Ithaca, Robin (Mark) Hall of Batavia, Linda Weig of Batavia. Siblings, Janet Mann of WV, Julia (Bruce) Henning of NC, sisters-in-law, Sue Demmer of GA, Carol Demmer of Batavia; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date. She will be laid to rest at Reed Cemetery, Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or to LeRoy Ambulance Service, Inc., 1 Tountas Ave, LeRoy, NY 14482. To leave 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.  

kurek1.jpg  Albert S. Kurek “Big Al”, Age 83, of East Pembroke, NY. passed away on November 22, 2022 at Buffalo General Hospital. He was born on March 18, 1939 in Buffalo, the son of the late Stanley & Helen (Sikorski) Kurek. He was the husband of the late Florence “Annie” Docherty. 

Al is survived by his son; Alan (Lori) Kurek; daughter Kimberly (Kevin) Hale; beloved grandchildren Adam & Marc Kurek, Erin, Michaela & Mitchell Hale ; late sister Norma (Richard) Mathewson, brothers David (Lynn) Kurek and Dennis Kurek; dear companion Michelle Spoto;  along with several nieces & nephews. With great pride, he loved watching his children and grandchildren grow into adulthood and was proud of their many accomplishments. 

He served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956-1960, was a NYS Trooper from 1962-1985 stationed in Batavia and was a special agent with the Department of Defense from 1985-2001.  Albert was a noted historian of the New York State Police, having authored three books detailing the NY Troopers history.  He was a 25 year officer in the Batavia Chapter of Former NYS Troopers, a member of the former St. Nick’s Club, the Polish Falcons, the Loyal Order of Moose, the Fraternal Order of Elks and NYS Police Benevolent Association.  He enjoyed the camaraderie he had with friends & golf partners.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday December 1, 2022 from 3:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday December 2nd at Resurrection Parish 18 Ellicott St. in Batavia. Al will be laid to rest at a later date in the spring with full military honors in the Western New York National Cemetery in Corfu.

Memorial/donations can be made to the Former Troopers Helping Hands, P.O. Box 432, West Seneca, N.Y. 14224-0432 or the WNY National Cemetery, 1254 Indian Falls Rd, Corfu, N.Y. 14036. To leave 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

Stafford ~ Jean Catherine (Cross) Kent passed peacefully on Wednesday November 23, 2022, at her home after a long battle with dementia. Born June 6, 1934, she was predeceased by her parents, Ray and Catherine Cross, twin sister, June (Ken) Wallace, sister, Bonnie Babbitt, and brother, Jim (Dottie) Cross, great-granddaughter, Caroline Welch, son-in-law, Kevin Carhart and sister-in-law, Jeanne (Len) Jackson.

   jean_catherine_kent_0.jpg  Jean loved horses and fell in love with her cowboy in high school. She and William (Bill) Kent married October 4, 1952, and just celebrated 70 wonderful years together. They always had at least a couple of horses in their pasture. They especially loved overnight trail rides and many horse-related functions with their friends and family, Jean could always be counted on to bring a special type of cowgirl bling to the event.

     Jean managed the books for the family auction & real estate business, William Kent Inc. Bill and Jean traveled to far-off states such as Alaska and Hawaii to sell Holstein cattle, as well as countries like Canada, Holland and Mexico and on international cruises. Among their highlights were selling cattle at Madison Square Garden and the Grand Ole Opry. Along the way, they made many lifelong friends and Jean could always be found in the middle of the fun!

     Jean loved people and especially loved attending her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids’ events, including horse and cattle shows, sporting events, concerts, and musicals. She took countless photos so we could always remember the joy they brought her.

     Surviving are her husband, Bill Kent, children, David (Patty) Kent, Debra (Kyle) Welch, and Connie Carhart; grandchildren, Josh (Heather) Kent, Amber (Jason) Tomlin, Seth (Lauren) Kent, Caitie (Tanner) West, Tim (Erica) Welch, Riley (fiancé Karen) Carhart, Ciera (Bill) Trojanowski, Sutton (Katie) Carhart, Danielle (Brock) Cummins, Maegen Dills, great-grandchildren, Payton, Landon, Ainsley, Maddox, June, Everly, Chelsea, Charlotte and Elsie, several nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law, Bob Babbitt and Paul (Dawn) Kent, and many wonderful friends.

     A service will be held in the Spring. Memorials may be made to Home Care and Hospice of Western New York, Morganville United Church, or the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Jean’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Mrs. Kent and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

martha.jpg Martha L. Beechler, 81, of Oakfield, passed away on November 22, 2022. She was born in Pennsylvania on September 15, 1941 to the late Thomas and Lucille (Fatheringham) Way. In addition to her parents, Martha is predeceased by her husband; Alton C. Beechler Sr., son Ken Beechler; daughter Debra Beechler; sisters Margo Vanderkooi and Thomasina Spencer.

Martha was co-owner with her husband, Skip of AL-MAR Dairy Farms in Bennington. Martha also retired from Chapin MFG. in Batavia. She also enjoyed doing ceramics and crafts.

She is survived by her children; Alton C. (Dace) Beechler Jr. of GA, Thomas (Nanette) Beechler of Bennington, Scott (Kellie) Beechler of Stafford and Vickie Pfeffer; siblings Patricia (George) Scott of OR., and James Way of OR; special niece Rhonda Barone of Batavia; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and Services will be held privately for the family. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the Oakfield Fire Department 20 Albert St. Oakfield, NY 14125. To leave 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.

img_0380.jpgBatavia - Mary  Susan  Kleps Sokoloski , 78  of Batavia  passed away on Saturday, November 19, 2022.

Sue was born Wednesday, January 5th, 1944 in Batavia, NY a daughter of the late Albert J Kleps and Katherine Kleps. Sue graduated from Batavia High School in 1961, raised two wonderful boys, and worked at St. Jerome Hospital as a Dietetic Technician until her retirement.

Sue was fun loving, a good friend, compassionate sister,  caring mother and loving grandmother. She enjoyed playing basketball and watching the Buffalo Bills, loved her family, and enjoyed spending time with them.

Surviving are her sons; David Sokoloski, of Carlisle, PA and Timothy Sokoloski, of Shermans Dale, PA: grandchildren, Brady, Tyler, and Logan Sokoloski; siblings, Patricia Constantino, of Batavia, Michael (Debra) Kleps, of FL, Don (Toni) Kleps, of Erie, PA, Maureen (Sam) Misiti, of Leroy, and Eileen Kleps, of Batavia, NY; sister in law, Karen Kleps, and many nieces and nephews.

In passing Sue is reunited with her parents, Albert and Katherine Kleps; brothers, Jerry, Thomas, Bob, and Kevin Kleps; brother in law, Vincent Constantino.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph's Church, Batavia, on Monday, December 5, 2022, at 11:00am. Sue will be laid to rest with her parents at St. Joseph's Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish 303 East Main Street Batavia, NY 14020 or Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation 278 Bank Street Batavia, NY 14020.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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