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Batavia – Mrs. Lucy A. Greer, 93, of Batavia, a member of Ascension Parish, passed away Tuesday (October 20, 2015) while under the care of the New York State Veteran’s Home, in Batavia.

Mrs. Greer was born December 12, 1921 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Salvatore and Vincencia (Delplato) Anastisia

Prior to enlisting in the Army in 1944, Lucy supported the American war effort while working as an aircraft riveter (“Rosie the Riveter”) for the Curtis Wright Company in Buffalo.  After returning to Batavia, Lucy was employed by St. Jerome Hospital where she would retire after 30 years.  She was a lifelong member of St. Anthony Church and a volunteer for many school fund activities.

She is the wife of the late Dolphus H. Greer, who passed away September 1, 2009.

Surviving are her children, Ronald (Dee) Greer of Batavia and James (Annette) Greer of Henderson, CO; a sister, Josephine Geib of Batavia.  Three grandchildren and nieces and nephews also survive.

She is preceded in death by a son, David; brothers, Christopher, Donald, Anthony, and Victor; sisters, Anna Torcello, Mary George, and Margaret Anastasia.

There will be no prior visitation.  Friends are invited to attend Lucy’s Funeral Service on Friday (October 23, 2015) at 12:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main St., Batavia. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New York State Veteran's Home - Activities Fund, 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020. 

Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia.  

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com

miller1_0.jpgNeil J. Miller, 88, passed away peacefully on Friday (October 16, 2015) at his home in North Java. He was born January 16, 1927 in Buffalo, New York to the late Louis (Catherine Collier) Miller. He is preceded in death by his wife Marguerite (Marge) Eley; brothers Jerome, Gerald, Carl and Louis Miller and sisters Catherine and Rita Mary.

Neil served in the US Army during WWII in Italy. He retired after working for Ford Motor Co. for 35 years.  Neil also worked for Ortners International Dealership in North Java, Hogans Grocery and as a part time mail carrier.  After retirement Neil was a School Bus Driver for Becker’s Bus Service. He was an avid outdoorsman. Neil enjoyed hunting with his son’s, fishing and camping.  For many years he was the Boy Scout Master for the local troop.  Neil loved music, playing his guitar and singing for family and friends.  In his youth he played in several bands and called square dances. He was an active volunteer. Neil served on the Advisory board for the North Java Fire Department, St Nicholas Church Council and also served as the former North Java Water Commissioner.  He was also a member of the the VFW/American Legion and Pheasants Forever.

He is survived by his children, Neil (Peter) Miller (Debbie) of Corning, NY, Sharon Pierce of Attica, Daniel (Suzanne) Miller of Attica, Thomas (Sue Ann) Miller of North Java, Louis (Mary) Miller of East Bethany, Christopher (Karen) Miller of Strykersville, Patrick (Christie) Miller of Spencerport; brother Herman (Esther) Miller of North Java and sister Grace (Peter D’Amico)Tuller of Syracuse; 19 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren and special Friend Donna Fraser of Eden.

Friends and family are invited to call on Sunday October 25, 2015 from 2:00-600PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. An 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday October 26, 2015 at Church of St. Cecilia’s (St. John Neumann Parish)

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to North Java Rescue Squad 4274 Route 98 North Java, New York 14113, Church of St. Cecilia’s (St. John Neuman Parish) 991 Centerline Road  Sheldon, New York 14145 or Home Care & Hospice 450 North Main Street Warsaw, New York 14569. For more information please call 585-591-1212 or 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.

Raymond Johnson of Corfu, passed away September 13, 2015.

Son of Raymond Sr. and MaryLouise Johnson. Beloved husband of Jacqueline and loving father of Marla. Survived by siblings, Patricia (William) Sneller, Barbara (late Fernando) Samaniego and Sheila (Wayne) Vandenburg along with many other relatives.

There are no calling hours. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 18 West Main Street, Corfu. Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc. 4 East Main Street, Corfu.

flowers_2.jpgLois Ann Amey (Brauen/Gibbons), 80, passed away on October 16, 2015, at home surrounded by her family.

She worked at Harrison Radiator, loved garage sales and the Attica Library.

She is survived by her four children Cynthia Fiegel (Dennis Fiegel), Scott Brauen (Susan Brauen), Steven Amey Jr. (Kari Amey) and Frederick H Amey II( Kimberly Amey),her siblings, John Gibbons (Debbie Gibbons), Lee(Harold) Gibbons, Alice Brasky, nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and several nieces, nephews and many, many friends.

She was loved by many in the community and will be missed by all that knew her.

There will be no calling hours. An 11AM Funeral Service will be held on Saturday October 24, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church 115 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

 Flowers will be accepted or donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Stevens Memorial Community Library 146 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. For more information please call 585-591-1212 or 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.

Cheryl (Marien) Kelley, 49. Beloved by family and friends, passed away on October 19, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. Born at Sister's Hospital on April 27, 1966 in Buffalo, NY and a long time resident of Amherst, NY. 
Cheryl is survived by her husband Raymond Kelly and son Richard Scott Gray, Jr., Michael M. Marien (father), Helen Marien (aunt), Michael W. Marien (brother), and Suezanne R. Balduf (sister). Along with neices, Allison and Samantha Balduf. Cousins Robert and David Marien, Loren Sexton also survives.
Cheryl loved gardening and being with friends and family members. Memorial services will be announced at a later date.

graff_hilda_-_photo.jpgHilda Mabel Graff, 89 of Attica, passed away peacefully on Monday (October 19, 2015) at the home of her daughter in Darien Center, NY.

She was born May 7, 1926 in Alexander, NY, daughter of the late Martin and Ellen Milcarek.

Hilda enjoyed being with her family, crocheting, puzzles, flowers, gardening, baking, canning and anything she could do in her kitchen. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She was the wife of the late Harold E. Graff who died February 15, 2008, grandmother of the late James Zajaczkowski and sister of the late Ivor and Ronald Milcarek.

Survivors include two daughters, Sharon (Frank Dahl) Graff of Darien Center and Jean (Joseph) Zajaczkowski of Alexander. Two sons, Dennis (Hailey) Graff of Pavilion and Harold E. Jr. (Bonnie) Graff of Alexander. Sister, Ellen Bessie Meier of Alexander.  Grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive. 

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday (Oct. 21st) from 4-7pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia. A funeral service will be Thursday, 11:00am at the funeral home.  Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Alexander Vol. Fire Dept., the Wyoming County SPCA or to a charity of the donor’s preference. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




outdoorforwoman1.jpgAbby Lyon Avery Stone, 60, of Attica, passed away October 10, 2015 at her home surrounded by the love of her husband and three sons.  She was born December 10, 1954 in Eastport, Long Island to the late Alan (Helen Lyon) Avery Sr. 

Though cancer took her life, it could not dim her smile, nor mute her spirit; the love, kindness and compassion she shared with family and friends shined through every day in spite of it.  

Abby was the youngest of her three siblings: Debbie, Libby and Alan. She grew up in Union Springs, NY and was a graduate of Union Springs High School. She studied marine biology at Southampton College of Long Island University and then received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY where she did her thesis on the nesting habits of Pileated Woodpeckers. Abby and her husband Garry met at Camp Greenkill in Huguenot, NY where they were both counselor/naturalists and were married just seven months later on November 18, 1978. She worked as a special education aide in the Hudson Falls School System until the birth of her first child, Benjamin, in 1982.  She then became a full time mother devoting herself to the upbringing of her three boys. While in Hudson Falls, Abby and her husband, Garry, started the Southern Adirondack Audubon Society in Glens Falls, NY which is still active and functioning as a conservationist organization to this day. The family moved to Attica, NY in 1985 one week after the birth of their second son, Christopher, in order to be closer to family.  Her youngest son James was born in 1989 and after he enrolled in Prospect Elementary, Abby worked as a teacher assistant in the Attica School System for 17 years. Abby was an active birdwatcher and gardener.  She participated in numerous Christmas bird counts and Buffalo Ornithological Society counts and along with her husband completed the Master Gardener program with the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Genesee County.  She loved arts and crafts and specialized in driftwood Santa’s for Christmas.

She is survived by her loving husband Garry Stone of Attica; sons Benjamin and Christopher of Greece and James Stone of Rochester; siblings Alan (Kathleen) Avery Jr. of Toms River, Debbie (Wayne) Guenther of Batavia and Libby (John) Haus of Binghamton along with several nieces and nephews. 

There will be no prior calling hours. A 10:00AM Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the First Presbyterian Church 115 Main St. Attica, NY 14011. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Abby's name to the Finger Lakes Land Trust, 202 East Court Street, Ithaca, NY 14850.  http://www.fllt.org/donate/.  For more information please call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.



marie_barone.pngMARIE L. BARONE

   Age 57, of Batavia, died Saturday October 17, 2015 at United Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Batavia on February 8, 1958, to the late Nick and Janet (Borst) DelRe, also preceded in death by a brother, Nicholas DelRe.

   Marie worked for 35 years as a Pharmacy Tech at Kmart and also at Batavia Downs, she enjoyed camping and going to Broadway Shows. She was a kind, caring, quiet person who lived her life for family and her two beautiful children.

   Surviving are her beloved children, Christopher and Jennie Barone both of Batavia; brother, Joseph (Darlene) DelRe of TN, sister; Jeanette (Tim) Moore of Batavia; father & mother-in-law, Lawrence (Angeline) Barone of Batavia; sisters-in-law, Suzan (Vincent) Pellegrino of Stafford and Tina (Mark) Adams of Batavia along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends also survive.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

   Marie's family will be present from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday October 21 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 where funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday October 22. Memorials in her memory can be made to the family or on Marie's page at www.gofundme.com  





Pavilion ~ Howard E. Wellman, age 67, of Boyd Road, passed away early Monday morning (October 19, 2015) at Highland Hospital in Rochester.

     He was born July 25, 1948 in Warsaw, a son of Betty A. Wellman and the late Lewis Wellman.

     Mr. Wellman was retired from Harris RF Communications.  He was a longtime member of the Pavilion United Methodist Church, served as Covington Town Justice and as a member of the Pavilion School Board.

     In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Sally Bryce Wellman; his children, Jayson Wellman of Rochester, Aaron Wellman of Corfu, Amy (Tristan) Jones of N.J., and Heather (Curtis) Bennion of N.C.; seven grandchildren;  his sisters, Deborah (James) Starr of Pavilion, Lucinda (Randolph) Starr of Pavilion and Ann (Duane) Stehlar of Alden; brother-in-law, William (Ernestine) Bryce of Pavilion, along with many nieces and nephews.

     Family and friends are invited to attend his Celebration of Life Service on Wednesday at 2:00  P.M. at the Pavilion United Methodist Church.  Interment in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, York, will be at the convenience of the family.

      In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either Visiting Nurse Services-Hospice, 2180 Empire Blvd., Webster, NY 14580 or Pavilion Food Pantry, PO Box 456, Pavilion, NY 14525.

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

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

flowers.jpgMary C. Jensen, 66, of East Pembroke passed away October 17, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loved ones. She was born in Batavia on August 31, 1949 to the late Edward (Marion Campbell) Carney.

She is survived by her beloved husband Richard Jensen; daughters Danielle (Johnny) Jensen-Rodriguez, Tracy Jensen, Marrick (Jeremy) Hale and Kelly Jensen; her 6 grandchildren Scout, Quinn, Lilyana, Trey, Gunner and Ohlson; brothers Edward (Lesley) Carney and Paul (Laurel) Carney.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends and her beloved dog Sammy.

Friends and family are invited to call on Thursday October 22, 2015 from 3:00-700PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. An 11:00 Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday October 23rd at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish located at 8656 Church St. East Pembroke, NY 14056.  Burial will be held privately.

Flowers are gratefully declined.  If desired, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance 16 Bank St. Batavia, NY 14020 or Homecare & Hospice, Inc. 29 Liberty St. Suite 6 Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020


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