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roses1.jpg  Betty Dorothy Tracy (Roberts) passed quietly of natural causes at her home in Batavia, NY on Friday morning, October 1, 2021. She was surrounded by her loving family and was listening to her favorite music by the late Johnnie Ray. She was 89 years old.

Betty was a native of London (Edmonton), England and moved to Batavia in 1957 after marrying Batavia-native and American G.I., the late John F. Tracy, who was stationed with the U.S. Army at Stansted airfield.

For five decades Betty was the secretary at Charles R. Pero and Sons plumbing on Pearl St. in Batavia. She was self-trained in bookkeeping and office management and loved working there until her retirement in 2007 at 75 years old.

Betty was born in 1932 in the middle of the Great Depression and lived in London throughout WWII. She had fantastic stories about the war: The Battle of Britain and the Blitz; Victory gardens; the horror and terror of it all set against the wonder of how this brought everyone closer together. She would recall how nice everyone was to each other during the war because you never knew if you would see them the next day. She liked to remind her American family that the UK was rationed until 1955, and that we needed to be grateful for the abundant blessings we have. She was diligent and did not like waste and was always perplexed by the lack of common sense and decency in others.

The fifth of eight children, Betty finished school at 14 years old and went to work as an apprentice seamstress at a dressmaker’s shop near Central London. She loved the banter on the factory floor which was filled with other girls from all parts of Britain and Ireland. Over the din of the machines, she perfected her comedic timing and ironic wit especially in the presence of any figure of authority. Each week she would give her paycheck to her parents and would in turn receive an allowance; she did not receive a key to the front door until she was 21 years old, something that was a celebrated custom. Her father was a master confectioner who was born in 1899. Her mother, who was born at sea on a Swedish vessel, ran the household. That her father and mother were able to earn and save enough money to raise a large family and buy a house was something at which she marveled, especially as it was achieved in those difficult decades of the early-to-mid 2oth century.

Although diminutive in stature no one dared cross her. She was fearless, indomitable, and irreverent. She was fiercely loyal to family and friends and never turned away from helping or defending someone in pain or in need, even if that meant making a scene. She was never embarrassed- she just got on with things and always kept the proverbial ‘stiff upper lip’ and her sense of impish irony. She was practical and sensible but loved the right moment where she could be absolutely outrageous. She knew how to make an entrance to any room, but leaving her home was always the same: a kiss and hug goodbye followed by a warm wave from her at the door, until your car was completely out of sight.

Betty loved music, flowers, crosswords, tea, Jeopardy and Scrabble. She enjoyed the seaside, its clear air and walks on the beach. She also looked forward to the rare visit to the horse track. She was a fan of the Buffalo Bills and the Tottenham Hotspurs, both of which caused her perennial anguish. She never took herself too seriously, which is a hallmark of British humor, but also a special attribute of her generation. She was always game for new ideas and could make anything an adventure. She loved shopping excursions to Buffalo or Rochester, excited to find sales and bargains, but mostly to spend time with her family and friends. She liked to dress smartly and always did, even if just popping out to buy a few groceries. Betty was an expert knitter who amazed other good knitters with her skill and imagination. She loved to sing and dance and had a song for every occasion- she always got the party going and kept it moving until the end. She was exceptionally gracious and accommodating.

Betty was immensely proud of the many personal and professional accomplishments of her children and grandchildren, but made sure they all kept their feet on the ground and their “necks wound in.” She never missed a birthday, anniversary, or Christmas card for any family or close friend. Christmases were cherished by her- she planned all year what gifts she would give to everyone- and the living room was always somehow chock-full of presents that she took care to wrap perfectly. Although not a great cook she always put on a fantastic spread that was at least edible and not something that a good brown sauce, mint sauce or gravy could not make exquisite (the British not being known for their culinary prowess); the most important thing was that everyone was together and present. Sundays were reserved for a great British fry-up and rich lessons in Cockney rhyming slang. She had a keen memory and was an accurate read of people. She could be obstinate, but never obnoxious- she knew where the line was and reveled in dancing along its fine edge. She took pleasure in small things and gave boundless support to her family and friends.

Betty was predeceased by her husband John F. Tracy. She was also predeceased by six siblings, two of whom had also emigrated to North America. She is survived by her younger sister Elsie Roberts of Oshawa, ON. She is survived by her six children: Carol (Peter) Wardill of Epsom, Surrey, UK; Linda Tracy (Richard Smith) of Batavia, NY; Diane Tracy of Jacksonville, FL; Vincent (Elizabeth) Tracy of Houston, TX; Stephen (Tracey) Tracy of Beaverton, OR; and Denise (Troy) Vereecken of Bergen, NY. In addition, she is survived by fifteen grandchildren and an ever-growing number (currently at 11.5) of great-grandchildren. She is greatly loved and will be missed by many nieces and nephews on both sides of the pond for whom she was “Aunt Bette.”

A memorial service will be held in the Spring of 2022 around the time of what would have been her 90th birthday.

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

Byron - Jean S. Ogley, 72 of Byron passed away on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mrs. Ogley was born Saturday, November 6th, 1948 in the Bronx,  a daughter of the late Charles Soltau and Dorothy Ellenbast Soltau.

Surviving are her husband of 47 years,Paul F. Ogley  of Byron; her children, Joshua (Sara) Ogley of Batavia, Meghan (Tim) Weible of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Matthew (Jennifer) Ogley of Russell, Kentucky; nine grandchildren; her brother, Richard (Sheila) Soltau of Jacksonville, Florida along with nieces and nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Pkwy, Buffalo, New York14228.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Akron - Carrie Ann Wetzel Booth, age 52, passed away Thursday morning, October 7, 2021, at the Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Medina.

     She was born October 24, 1968 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Richard and Emma Legg Wetzel.

     Her exceptional memory and her sharp wit will be remembered by all.

     Carrie is survived by her sisters, Brenda Wetzel, Dora (David) Henry and Diana (Jim) Jakubonis; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, several cousins and special friend, Tom Nelson.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Edward Gardner, her infant son and her feline companion, Pantera.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, October 15 from 5 ~ 7 PM at the Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia, NY, where her Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 16 at 11:00 AM.  Interment will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, kindly consider a donation to Volunteers For Animals, 3841 West Main Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020

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

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

Basom – Lillian B. “Lil” Weaver, age 99, of Alabama, NY, passed peacefully on October 7, 2021, surrounded by family.

Pre-deceased by her husband, Edward C. Weaver Sr.; and sons, Earl and Edward C. Jr. “Bud”; and son-in-law, John Jaszko.

Survived by sons, Lee (Marlene) Weaver, and Brian (Sherry) Weaver; daughters, Barbara Jaszko and Nancy Dunn; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Lillian was born May 16, 1922, in Rochester, NY, the daughter of Arthur Bell and Bertha Ann (Clarke) Henry. She had polio as a young child and grew up in the Great Depression. She married Edward C. Sr., on May 1, 1938, they welcomed 6 children and went on to have 103 descendants. Lillian was an avid bowler, participating on teams in many leagues over the years until the age of 84. Lil was always up for a card game and looked forward to playing cards with the family any chance she got. She would make pies for the extended families for holidays and canned many fruits and vegetables, she would zip right through peeling a batch of any fruit or vegetable.

Family will receive friends and family on Thursday, October 14, 2021, from 3-7 pm; Funeral services on Friday, October 15, 2021, at 11 am at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave, Oakfield, NY 14125. Private burial for the family will take place immediately following. Lillian will be buried at the Alabama Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Lillian’s memory may be made to Mercy EMS, 8050 Call Pkwy, Batavia, NY 14020, or to Alabama Fire Department, 2230 Judge Rd, Basom, NY 14013.

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

marymbryant.jpg Mary M. Healy (Glor) Bryant, 78 passed away peacefully on October 6, 2021 at East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw. She was born May 13, 1943 to the late Fred and Arlene Healy. She is preceded in death by Mary is preceded in death by her husband David Bryant, daughter Charlene Glor and brother Mike Healy.

Mary is a 1961 graduate of Attica Central School. She worked as an Assessor for Attica and the City of Batavia for many years before she became the head Assessor for the City of Tonawanda where she retired.

She enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas with her husband for the winter where she did her all-time favorite thing…gambling.

Mary is survived by her daughter Lee Ann Glor, sister Patty (Tom) Embt, brother Larry (Eileen) Healy, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours, services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Attica Fire and Rescue, 11 Water Street, Attica, NY 14011. 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.

marionbettywullich.jpgMarion E. “Betty” Wullich, 90, of Batavia passed away peacefully with her son by her side on October 7, 2021 . Mrs. Wullich was a resident of the New York State Veteran’s Home at Batavia the last several years.

Mrs. Wullich was born on July 1, 1931 in Wellsville, NY to William and Marion (Senft) Whelpley.  She graduated from Wellsville High School in Wellsville. On June 29, 1954 she married Roy J. Wullich who predeceased her in 2013.

Mrs. Wullich was a telephone operator for the New York Telephone Company.  In 1982 she started working for Oliver’s Candies in Batavia where she worked for over 25 years.

Mrs. Wullich is survived by her son, Roy II of Quinton, VA; and sisters Judy (Edward) Hickman and Joyce (Donald) Mason; along with several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sister, Beverly (Ralph) Schnell and her brothers William and Robert Whelpley.

The family wishes to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the skilled and compassionate staff of the NYS Veteran’s Home at Batavia.

As per her request there will be no visitation hours. Internment will be at St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Betty’s name to your favorite charity; or to the family and sent to Roy Wullich II, P.O. Box 719, Quinton, VA 23141, for distribution to her favorite organizations. 

Thoughts and condolences may be left online at www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Batavia - Ivy Ann Taylor, 62 of Batavia passed away on Tuesday, (October 5, 2021) at her home in Batavia.

Ms. Taylor was born May 24, 1959 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Albert and Peggy Jean (Smith) Polk.

She was a life long member of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Batavia. She had a beautiful singing voice and at one time was active in the church choir. Ivy enjoyed spending time with her grandson, traveling, and going to the casino.  She was a longtime nurse at the former Genesee County Home and worked as a poll worker in Genesee County.  

Ivy is survived by her sons, Roy Taylor of Batavia, Timothy Taylor of Rochester, and Derrek Taylor of LeRoy; her grandson, Perry Taylor of Rochester, a brother, Albert W. Polk of Batavia; sisters, Janet Dawson, Freda Polk, Wanda Polk, and Brenda Polk all of Batavia. Several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

She is preceded in death by a sister, Sylvia Polk-Burriss; and the father of her children, Roy Taylor.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, (October 12, 2021) from 11 to 12:00 noon at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 516 Ellicott Street in Batavia, where Ivy 's Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at 12:00 noon. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery in Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist 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.

LeRoy ~ Jefry M. Spence Jr., age 49, of North Street, passed Thursday morning (Oct. 7, 2021) at Strong Memorial Hospital.

     He was born December 8, 1971 in Johnson City, N.Y., a son of the late Jefry and Donna Solian Spence.

     Besides being a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, Jefry loved life itself, his circle of friends and every child he knew.  He was known for his sense of humor and his affectionate bear hugs.  He enjoyed spending time with his family and going to the Outer Banks every year.  He was also a member of the LeRoy Moose #1132.

     He will be sadly missed by his devoted wife, Susan; his son, Robert (Jenn) Morehead; grandchildren, Danni and Taylor Morehead; brother, Edward (Wendy) Spence; sister, Jill (Jim Brough) Spence; brother-in-law, Jim (Robin) Ingalls; best friend, Rick Cooper; special nieces and nephews, Corey (Emily), Jamie (Jordan), Leslie, Katie, Alyssa and Eryn; dear companions, Buddy & Gracie, along with several great nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his mother-in-law, Grace Ingalls.

     Family and friends may call on Sunday, Oct. 10 from 12 - 2 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where a Sharing of Memories will be held from 2 - 3 PM.  A Celebration of Jefry's life will be held at 3:30 PM at the LeRoy Country Club following his services.  Interment in Machpelah Cemetery will be private.

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

freeman_terry_-_photo1.jpgTerry L. (Tanner) Freeman, 58, a lifelong resident of Batavia, NY, passed away peacefully at her Oak Ridge, TN home after a courageous five year battle with breast cancer.

Terry was born on June 14, 1963 in Batavia to Ethel Tanner of Batavia and the late Robert U. Tanner. 

Terry, affectionally known by her family as Ter Bear, dedicated her life to serving others. She stayed strong for the family during Mike’s two deployments and supported him in his multiple careers. After three decades raising her four children, caring for several nieces and nephews, and a grandson, Terry devoted her energy to helping Kohls customers have a great day.  She volunteered with Girl Scouts, dance, soccer, hockey, tennis, band, orchestra and numerous other activities. 

Terry loved to talk and brighten your day. She looked forward to annual family vacations to her “happy place” - Disney World, and sending Snapchat selfies to her family. 
Terry will be remembered by her family and friends for having an infectious positive attitude, which never wavered through her long battle with cancer.

Terry is the wife of Michael C. Freeman, whom she married on September 7, 1985. Surviving with her husband are her children, Christopher (Lacey) Freeman of Bowling Green, KY, Robert Freeman of Oak Ridge, TN, Aimee (Ryan Field) Freeman of Arlington, VA, Andrew Freeman of Oak Ridge, TN. Grandchildren, Liam and Christian.  She is survived by her beloved mother, Ethel Tanner of Batavia, and her dear siblings: Ginny Leanen (Ron Trumble) of LeRoy, Kimberly (Raymond) DiPasquale of Conesus, Kelly (Steven) Mountain of Batavia and Steven (Leslie) Tanner of Batavia, along with several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (October 12th) from 5-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia. A funeral service will be held privately for the family. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery.

Masks or facial coverings will be encouraged for those in attendance.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance in honor of Terry. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

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

 

 

stevens.jpg  Ronald E. Stevens, age 43, of Silver Lake, passed away Friday October 1, 2021 at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo. He was born in Buffalo, NY on August 22, 1978 a son of Ronald E. and Carol A. (Beals) Stevens Sr. of Silver Lake

Ron was a 1996 graduate of Perry Central School and ITT Tech in Getzville. He served proudly with the US Army as a specialist E-4 with the Task force for Odin. He worked for P.C.B Piezotronics in Depew where he was a calibration technician.
Ron attended St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish in Perry. He loved being outdoors and spending time with his family.

Along with his parents he is survived by his wife: Kassidy A. (Herniman) Stevens whom he married on August 29, 2009, children: Chloe L. Stevens and Deacon F. Stevens both at home, sister: Nicolas A. (Richard) Telesco of Germany, mother-in-law: Teresa (Sabin) Hoad of Prattsburg, sister-in-laws: Jolyn (Chris) Eaton of Bath, Kaela (Nick Adkins) Woeller of Batavia, brother-in-laws: Aaron Harman of Silver Lake, Sabin Hoad Jr. of Prattsburg, Joey (Christine) Hoad of Hammondsport, along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services have been put on hold do to circumstances beyond our control. A future date and time will be announced.

(In lieu of flowers) Memorial contributions may be made to the family. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

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