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veronica.jpg  Veronica M.L. (Schum) Frost of Attica, NY peacefully passed away surrounded by her beloved husband and family on Wednesday, March 23, at Roswell Park Intensive Care Unit, Buffalo, NY, at the age of 67.  Born August 5, 1954, she was the daughter of Robert and Loretta Kriger Schum.   

Veronica was a 1972 graduate of Attica Central High School, earned an Associates degree from Genesee Community College, and went on to earn a  Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Buffalo in 1976.  She began her career as a tutor at SUNY Fredonia, also teaching at Holy Trinity School in Dunkirk. She returned to Western New York in 1978 to accept a Teachers’ Aide position at BOCES, now Genesee Valley Educational Partnership.  She joined the Genesee County Job Development Department in 1984 as an employment and training counselor.  In 1988, she was promoted to senior employment and training counselor, a position she held until her retirement on December 19, 2019. During that time, she was instrumental in developing the YWCA “Power Up” program to help women develop job skills.  She also developed and taught several workshops for the Dept. of Social Services to help participants become self-sufficient, and she was recognized for exceeding program goals by 100%.  She started a monthly newsletter for the agency’s participants and led the Customer Service and Sales Training Center of WNY.  Veronica was part of the team that first developed the Regional Action Phone (RAP) and was its director for several years.

Veronica was an active member of Ss. Joachim and Anne Parish, Attica, NY, as a church lector and Eucharistic minister.  She loved being a part of the Faith Formation team, preparing children to receive their sacraments.  Veronica loved arts and crafts, visiting local farmer’s markets, but her biggest joy came from traveling with her husband and being with her family. 

She will be greatly missed by her husband of 35 years, Robert L. Frost; sister Catherine T.(George) Uhly, and brother Thomas R. Schum, nieces and nephews Katrina Uhly (Christian Carydis), Laura Uhly (John Swinton), Diana (Brett) Shirley, William (Ann) Schoenrock, Sharon (Jay) Anderson, Elisa Frost, Geoffrey Frost, Loni (Will) Orlet, Patty (Gene) Naujock, and Ernie Nelson;  many grand-nieces and nephews, as well as her beloved friends. 

Calling hours for Veronica will be Wednesday, March 30, 2022 from 4 – 7 pm at the Marley Funeral Home, LLC 135 Main Street Attica, NY 14011.  An 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish 50 East Ave. in Attica on Thursday, March 31, 2022 followed by internment at St. Vincent’s Cemetery, Attica. 

Memorials for Veronica may be made to Sts. Joachim & Anne Church or Roswell Park www.roswellpark.org.  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, NY 14011

Arthur Richard (Dick) Franz, Age 91 went to be with the Lord peacefully at his home on March 19, 2022. He was Born on December 1,1930 in Buffalo, NY to Ethel Beanard and A. Richard Franz Sr.

Along with his Parents, He is preceded in death by his sister, Jane (Mac) Mackenzie, In laws, Helen (Hoak) Russell W. Porter, Sister-in-Law, Maryanne Porter, Daughter, Sharon Leslie Marie Franz, Son, William Richard (Susan) Franz, Grandson’s Adam Michael Franz and Jaxon Martin McGee.

He leaves behind his High School Sweetheart, Loving, Adoring and Devoted wife of 70 years, Joanne Leatrice Porter Franz. Three blessed children, Gretchen (Jeffrey) Harmon, Russell (AnnMarie) Franz and Katrina (Steven) Spring. 11 Grandchildren, Amy (John) McGee, William (Emily) Franz Jr., Jessica Franz, Carrie (Jeffrey) Stann, Pamela (Jeromy) Fincher, Jordan Franz, Connor Franz, Randall (Kristen) Spring, Katelynn (Christopher) Smith and Kristina (Mark) George Jr. 34 Great Grand Children and 1 Great-Great Grand Daughter. Sister-in-law Linda (Raymond) Braun, many cousins, nieces and nephews and very dear lifelong friends.

Richard served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and was a very proud Veteran.

Richard attended Amherst CSD, GCC, SUNY Brockport and Canton University to earn his degree and retired in 1995 from the Batavia City School District as the Schools Psychologist. A position he held with extreme devotion to the students he worked with every day.

Dick and Jo together were members of the Victims Assistance Program in Genesee County as they helped many families with their grief and loss of their loved ones. He also served on the Genesee County Conditional Release Program and served on the Town of Darien Tax Review Board.

Dick and Jo made their home in Darien for the past 65 years. Richard enjoyed life and brought so much joy to so many. His infectious smile, humor, gentleness, compassion, and love was very deep and most sincere. He always found his way into people’s hearts.

The family wishes to express a special thanks for the care and love shown by the staff at Johnny’s Angels for the past few years. Dr. Mary Obear and her staff for the kindness and care to assistance in his journey. Jeromy Fincher, (Grandson in law) for his devotion, dedication, and care for Dad.

Private service will be held for immediate family only.   

Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, New York.

Batavia - Gerald A. Erion, 81 of Batavia passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

Mr. Erion was born Saturday, March 30th, 1940 in Buffalo, New York a son of the late Marvin Erion and Dorothy Herdle Erion.

A 1960 graduate of Riverside High School in Buffalo, he graduated from the University of Buffalo in 1964 with his Bachelor’s Degree and from Syracuse University in 1969 with his Master’s Degree in Social Work. Mr. Erion worked at Loblaws Supermarket in Buffalo as a stock boy while he put himself through college. He worked as the Director of Inpatient and Residential Services for ADDS in Buffalo for many years. Prior to his position at ADDS, he worked as a social worker for the Erie County Department of Social Services and at the Batavia VA Medical Center as a counselor.  A member of Saint Padre Pio Roman Catholic Church, he was an active volunteer serving as an usher, counter, Sunday school teacher and on the church finance committee. A board member of the Elba Central School District for eight years, he served one term as president of the board. He served as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader in Elba and was a member of the Elba Rotary Club. A sponsor for The Fresh Air Fund, a program he was active with, he was a volunteer with the State Decision Making Committee and served on the Genesee County Airport Advisory Committee.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Janice C. Borucki Erion of Batavia; his sons, Dr. Gerald J. (Bridget A.) Erion of Buffalo and Christopher M. (Hanna E.) Erion of Byron; four grandchildren, Grayson O. Erion, Annabelle R. Erion, Colton C. Erion and Katherine E. Erion, all of Byron; his sister-in-law, Marion Erion of West Seneca; his brother-in-law, Paul Willis of North Collins and nieces and nephews. 

He is predeceased by his brother, Marvin Erion and his sister, Ruth Willis.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, March 27, 2022 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, March 28, 2022 at 10 am at St. Padre Pio Parish – St. Cecelia’s Worship Site, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. He will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

John Francis Fay, known as Jack, a devoted father, grandfather, and great grandfather from LeRoy, NY, passed away on March 20, 2022 at the age of 95.

     He was born March 11, 1927, to the late John and Eva Brown Fay.

   john_francis_fay_0.jpg  Jack was a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. His career was spent working for the New York State Harness Racing Association. He was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Mercy Parish as well as a member of the Oatka Fish and Game Club and the American Legion.   

     Jack is predeceased by his wife, Jean Fay, and his grandson, Michael Paladino.

     He is survived by his daughters, Barbara Fay (Ron Almeter), Nancy Elmore (David), Jacalyn Whiting (Reid), Mary Jo Fay and Carol DiFrancisco, stepsons Thomas Piccioli, Johnny Piccioli (Debbie), Steven Piccioli (Lu), his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren, and his dear friend, Eileen Tomidy. 

     He was a man who cherished his family above all else.  It was through grace that he was allowed to spend so many incredible years with us.  We will miss his wonderful presence every day and we are so grateful for the time we had with him.

     Per his request services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to:

 LeRoy Ambulance Service, Inc., Attention: Donation Committee, PO Box 56, LeRoy, NY 14482    www.leroyems.org/donations-memorials/

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

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

Oakfield - Margaret S. Macioszek, 83 of Oakfield, passed away on Monday, (March 21, 2022) at her home.

Mrs. Macioszek was born January 19, 1939 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Thomas and Gerda (Meyers) Martin.

Margaret enjoyed bird watching, working crossword puzzles, crime shows, and the cooking channel. In her younger years she enjoyed fishing, and gardening.

Margaret is the wife of the late Patrick M. Macioszek who passed away in 1986.

Surviving are her children, Ronda (William, Sr.) Semar of Oakfield, and Martin Macioszek, I of Oakfield; grandchildren, William (Sarah) Semar, Jr., Russell (Emily) Semar, Cassandra Semar, Martin Macioszek, II, and Michael Macioszek; 11 great-grandchildren; a brother, Gerald (late Alice) Martin; sisters, Barbara (late Donald) Endres, Patricia Phillips, and Kathleen Herman. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She is preceded in death by her brothers, Thomas (late Joann) Martin, and Ronald (late Janet) Martin; sisters, Gerda (late David) Watts, and Donna (late Robert) Beyer.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, (March 25, 2022)  from 4 to 6 pm  at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue in Oakfield, where Margaret's Funeral Service will immediately follow calling hours at 6 pm.  Burial will be in Reed Cemetery in Oakfield.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Marie Ethel Spiotta passed peacefully surrounded by family at her home on March 21, 2022 at the age of 77. She was born on April 18, 1944 in Batavia to the late Alvin and Ruth (McClurg) Baubie. In addition to her parents, Marie is predeceased by her sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Michael Rich; husband, Frank Spiotta, Sr.; and niece Kristi Marie Luthart.  

Marie was a loving mother and grandmother, and a friend to many. She enjoyed cooking for her large family and many friends, where her sauce, salad dressing, and clams casino were, and always will be, renowned family recipes. Marie enjoyed a long career as a hairdresser, where she met most of her lifelong friends.

All things nature brought Marie joy and she could often be found gardening or tending to the wildlife – especially the birds. Her cat, Kitty, was a faithful friend that could often cheer Marie up with her fetching antics.

Marie is survived by her three sons, Frank (Sue) Spiotta of Alexander, Anthony Spiotta of Oakfield, and Timothy (Sue) Spiotta of Oakfield, as well as her grandchildren, Erin Coles, Nicole (Ed) Reid, Courtney (Aaron) Way, Lydia Spiotta, Ariel Spiotta, Jewelean Spiotta, Haley Spiotta, and Hunter Spiotta, as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is also survived by her sisters Patti Baubie, Linda (Butch) Luthart, and Joyce (late James) Stevens, as well as her dear nieces Debbie and Callie Lawrence.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday (March 28th) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave. in Oakfield, where services will be held at 6:30 p.m. also on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a foundation dear to Marie’s heart, St. Jude’s, at Children’s Cancer Cause, 1325 G Street NW, Suite 540, Washington, DC 20005, or https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1374295.

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

Anna S. (Harris) Wheaton, 66, of Batavia passed away on the morning of March 21, 2022 at her home with her family by her side. She was born on July 21, 1955 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Shirley (Conway) Harris. In addition to her parents, Anna is also predeceased by her son in law; Reynold Hewitt-Anderson; brother in law Robert Gormley.

Anna was a hard working woman who loved her family. She obtained her GED and her LPN License and worked as a nurse in several area nursing homes until injuries forced her to stop nursing. She then went back to school to become a truck driver and traveled the highways and byways of America with her husband Charles. When a shoulder injury forced her off the road, she went back to nursing, working in a doctor’s office until her health finally sidelined her.

She spent a lot of her time with her children and grandchildren entertaining them with movies, Nerf gun wars, games and most importantly, her love. She was a passionate player of Mexican Dominos. Anna treated winning or losing with the same verve.

Anna is survived by her husband of 21 years; Charles Wheaton; children Amy (Jeremy) Szulewski, Melissa Anderson and Christopher Anderson-Hewitt; stepsons Ricki (Kerry) Wheaton and Thomas (Amanda) Wheaton; brothers Roddy (Merrie) Harris, Richard (Lee) Harris; sisters Robin (Patrick) Krebs, Sandy Gormley; along with 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and too many cousins to count that will also sorely miss her.

There will be no prior calling hours or Services per her wishes. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.

Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital www.stjude.org.  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.

  ctretter.jpg  Carl Leo Tretter, 90, of Batavia passed away on Friday March 18, 2022 at Premier Genesee Nursing Home. He was born on June 29, 1931 in Elba to the late Mathias W. and Helen (Meyer) Tretter. In addition to his parents, Carl is predeceased by his wives; Virginia Tretter, Beverly Tretter and Irene Tretter; siblings Isabella Rada, Mary Tretter, Paul Tretter, Sister Florence Tretter, Teresa Dehm and Joan Moynihan.

Carl was a very loving father, brother and husband. He was a United States Air Force veteran. Carl was a hardworking man who was highly involved in his five sons’ athletic endeavors. He was a very generous man. He would give the shirt off his back even to a complete stranger if they needed help.  Carl’s great love of family always included the Tretter Christmas parties which was everyone’s favorite each year. Carl always loved to plant a huge vegetable garden. Sometimes he had over 900 tomato plants and welcomed neighbors, friends and family to come and help themselves.

Carl was involved in the farming industry. He loved working with the local farmers. Up before the crack of dawn, he loved checking on the farmers crops. He always felt they were family. Many of those farmers’ families became our family. You could always find Carl at a local diner making the employees laugh. His love for God, people and life was contagious.

He is survived by his 5 sons; David (Mary) Tretter of Greeley, Co., Thomas (Carole) Tretter of Akron, OH., Robert (Susan) Tretter of Batavia, Joseph (Cindy) Tretter of Akron, NY., and William (Margaret) Tretter of Port Orange, FL; 15 grandchildren Tom (Myra) Tretter, Kevin (Alicia) Tretter, Maureen Tretter, Stefanie (Tim) Clark, Justin (Katie) Tretter, Eric Tretter, Jason Tretter, Kyle Tretter, Jonathan (Kristi) Tretter, Alyssa (Vinny) Antinore, Katie (Collin) Belcher, JC (Anna) Tretter, Paige Tretter, Madisen Tretter and Spencer Tretter; 20 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Friday March 25, 2022 from 3:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday March 26, 2022 at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s Church) 18 Ellicott St. in Batavia. Carl will be entombed in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Society www.nationalmssociety.org. 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.

edelong.jpg  Earl F. DeLong, 89 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on March 19, 2022 at Elderwood of Lakeside in Brockport. He was born August 7, 1932 in LeRoy to the late James F. and Emma (Briether) DeLong Sr. Earl is preceded in death by siblings, Frieda Verhulst, Rita Hawker, James F. DeLong Jr and Doris Morgan. 

Mr. DeLong was a proud Sergeant in the United States Army, he was mainly stationed in Germany. He held numerous jobs throughout his life but most of his career was spent with the New York State Department of Corrections. Earl was a Sergeant at Attica Correctional Facility and retired as a Lieutenant at Albion Correctional Facility in 1989.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Evangeline A. (Steen) DeLong, children, Earl G. (Jennifer) DeLong and Amy S. (Brad) Mosiman, 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, March 26, 2022 from 2 to 3pm at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. A Celebration of his Life will follow at 3:00pm at the Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest in Machpelah Cemetery, in LeRoy.

 In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org. 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.

Batavia - Ellen Southall of Batavia, was born on April 13, 1949 in South Dakota and left this earth on March 21, 2022 due to complications from angio sarcoma which was diagnosed in July 2021. She was a long-term employee of Genesee County and Marathon Insurance.

Survivors include her son, Jeffrey (fiance Laura); grandsons, Harrison and Dominic, and Laura's daughter, Sydney; siblings, Gayle (Reed), Nancy (Jack), Loren (Cindy), Anita (Steven), David, and Lisa (Bill); aunt, Wylla and uncle A.C; cousins, Diane, Denise, and Doreen. Mourning her death are friends forever, Vickie, Jean, Nellie, Audrey, Laurie, George, Pat, Sherry; support friend, Julie; former husband, James; and former daughter-in-law, Samantha; as well as members of the City Church family.

She is predeceased by her parents, Wanda and Allan; 20-year life partner, George Forsyth; her Aunt Darla; and cousin, Larry.

Services were private. To honor Ellen, please say something kind to those who cross your path and beautify this world as she did by planting zinnia and cosmos seeds each year.

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.

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