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butterfly.jpgArta J. McGhan, 69 of Batavia, passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Rochester General Hospital, following a lengthy illness. She was born in Batavia, January 31, 1952 to the late Walter V. and Alice (Hottois) Pawelski. She is preceded in death by her son Michael McGhan and brother Walter L. Pawleski.

She is survived by sisters, Wallene Peck of Sun City, AZ and Alice (Scott) Dean of West Hurley, NY; close friends, Alicia (Steve) Fitzsimmons of Oakfield, grandchildren Sarah and Michael, along with several nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 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.

James E. Sullivan, 84, of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at his home.

James was born March 6, 1937 in Batavia, a son of the late Henry and Lucy (Brice) Sullivan.

James was a member of Resurrection Parish and the Knights of Columbus.  He retired from O-AT-KA Milk Products in Batavia and is a veteran, serving with the United States Army.  He enjoyed sports, especially baseball and was a supporter of Batavia baseball and the NY Penn League.

Surviving are his niece, Karen Spiotta of Batavia; a nephew, Alan (Linda) Spiotta of Corfu and cousins.

Preceded in death by his sister, Joan Spiotta.

There are no prior calling hours.  James's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, October 19 at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia.  He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph's Mausoleum in Batavia.  

Face coverings will be required inside of the church.  We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union Street, Batavia, NY 14020, www.ndhsbatavia.com/support-nd.html.  

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

Arrangements for James were entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-5673.

Fred passed away at 93 on Monday, October 4, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.

Born January 11, 1928 in Rochester, NY son of the late Ralph & Jennie (Huntley) Dunham.

Fred is survived by his wife of 23 years, Gladys (Newcomb/Cassada) Dunham and his children, Anita (Guy) Hinkson, Allen Dunham, Doug (Cindy) Cassada and Kay (Gary) Clark, his daughter-in-law Judy (David) Dunham along with 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Predeceased by his 1st wife, Beatrice (Backus) Dunham, his son David (Judy) Dunham, his brother-in-law Burton Newcomb and his grandson Craig DeRue.

He was a Specialist 2nd Class in the US Army in Korea from 1954-1956.

Fred was an active member of the Bergen United Methodist Church, served as the Bergen Town Zoning Officer for many years as well as the Chairman on the Bergen Town Board of Appeals.  Fred was a member and Superintendent of the Mt Rest Cemetery Association and was also a registered Morgan horse breeder for many years.

Fred retired from the Sullivan Insurance Agency in Bergen NY in 1998.

He was a man of strong faith in God and dedicated to his family, church and community.

There are no prior calling hours.  Fred's Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 23 at the Bergen United Methodist Church, 27 South Lake Avenue in Bergen.  A reception will held at the conclusion of Fred's service in the fellowship hall at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bergen United Methodist Church, 27 South Lake Avenue, Bergen, NY 14416 or Homecare and Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite 6, Batavia, NY 14020.  

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

Arrangements for Fred were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

Robert N. Miles, 82, of Corfu, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

Robert was born on December 19, 1938. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Albert and Catherine Miles as well as his siblings Albert “Henry” Miles, Catherine “Ann” Kelly, Sarah “Sue” Duschen, Oliver Miles and William “Bill” Miles. 
His loving wife of 53 years, Linda P. (Hollenbeck) Miles, passed away November 19, 2011.

Robert was a loving brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather. Robert was  a member of the United States Army. He was a lifelong welder at O.K. Trogan for 30 year and retired from Stripp It. For many years he owned and operated Miles Welding. In his spare time, he enjoyed farming, camping, hunting and gardening.

Robert is survive by his wife Sharon (Bachert) Miles; his children, Lynn (Richard) Draves, Kathleen Miles, Virginia (Joseph) Paper, Ronald Miles and Daniel (Jody) Miles; three step daughters, Amanda, Jessica and Tracy; 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; sister-in law Kathy Miles, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call Friday, October 15, 2021,  from 4 to 8 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street Corfu. Funeral services will be held at the mortuary Saturday, October 16th at 11a.m. Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu.

rzepka1.jpg  Norman J. Rzepka, 80 of Alden, passed away on Saturday October 9, 2021 at the Buffalo VA Medical Center.  He was born March 6, 1941 to the late Mildred and Alexander Rzepka of Alden.

He is survived by his children Randy (Shari) Rzepka, Jeff (Jen) Rzepka, Wendy (John) Miszuk; dear brother of Marie (Roger) Measer, Patricia Ann (late Darrell) Williams, Richard Rzepka and the late Maryellen and John J. Rzepka.

The beloved grandfather to Rily, Nolan, Paige, Alex, and Marty Rzepka; John (Robyn), Steven (Sarah), Joshua and Brayden Miszuk; and Meghan McLaughlin. Great-grandfather to Lily Kent.

He enjoyed riding his tractor and farming, and spending time with his grandchildren.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made Buffalo VA Medical Center 3495 Bailey Ave. Buffalo, NY 14215. For more information 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.


Thomas Joseph Spadaro, 74, of Le Roy, NY passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

Tom was born on August 24, 1947 to Samuel and Susan (Stoppi) Spadaro in Frackville, Pennsylvania. He moved with his parents as an infant to the town he grew to love, LeRoy, New York.

After graduating from LeRoy High School, Tom enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Due to a medical condition, he was honorably discharged early and returned to LeRoy where he married Linda Brown. They had two children, Amy in 1972 and Joseph in 1974.

While raising his family, Tom worked for C.P. Ward and Bell Construction. If you are anywhere in the Rochester area, chances are good that you will travel over a bridge or pass by a building that he worked on. He loved to putter in his garage, fixing and painting cars and hosting gatherings with family and friends.

As his children grew up, Tom relocated to Orange County, California. He started Southern California Maintenance and grew a successful company that encompassed all of his building talents.

While in California, he met his wife, Gina (Wright). They shared a love of country-western music and dancing. Tom proved to be very talented at the two-step and wasn’t shy about showing it off.

On Monday, December 15, 1997, Tom called Gina and asked her to marry him. She accepted and they went to City Hall for a romantic ceremony on their lunch break.

While Tom was in California, his son Joe became interested in the limousine business. Joe started operations in LeRoy, and Tom used his self-taught craftsmanship to transform bus shells into party buses and ship them back to Joe. Seventeen buses later, Gina had had it with not having any parking space in the driveway or the garage, so Tom took this opportunity to start their relocation to LeRoy, back to the community and family that he loved.

Tom and Gina acquired the property on the creek bank where Tom built their beautiful home. Every inch of their house, inside and out, has been touched by Tom’s talented hands.

After moving the well-established limousine business to its current location, Tom and Joe began buying distressed properties in the Village and bringing them back to life. Tom could walk into a dilapidated, neglected house and have a clear vision of what it could become. He was skilled in all aspects of homebuilding and remodeling and worked tirelessly in the transformation of each project, making LeRoy beautiful one home at a time. If you ever saw Tom’s old yellow truck parked in front of a house, you knew there was hard work and magic going on inside.

You knew Tom cared about you if he gave you a nickname. Many friends, family members and co-workers became known by the nickname that Tom had given them. To name a few- Scoob, Chiquita Banana, Schmo, Buddy Boy, Beaner, Boss, Dude, Missified, Cassified, Squirrel, Ron Boy, Lulabell, Mouse, Shermanator, and Beulah.

Tom served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Village.  If he firmly believed in a person’s cause, he fought for them with everything he had.

Tom was instrumental in getting the LeRoy Community Pool re-opened. He believed that it was the community’s obligation to see that every child had the opportunity to learn how to swim and to have a venue for healthy social interaction. Aside from his family, this accomplishment was Tom’s greatest source of pride.

Tom was predeceased by his parents and his first wife. He is survived by his brother, James Spadaro of Bonsall, California; his wife, Gina; his daughter Amy (Daniel) Vanderhoof; his son Joseph (Nikki Stone) Spadaro; and five grandchildren- Sydney and Zachary Vanderhoof; Joseph, Dominic and Anthony James (AJ) Spadaro.

Services will be held privately by the family. A celebration of life will be held in Tom’s honor this coming Spring at his beloved Community Pool prior to the opening of the next pool season. The date and time will be published at a later date. We will invite all of Tom’s friends and family to join us in celebrating his beautiful life. Any memorial donations can be made to the LeRoy Community Pool in care of Amy Vanderhoof, 8 Garden Lane, LeRoy NY 14482. To share a memory or a condolence, please visit:  www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com

Stafford - David  G. Oderkirk, age  81, of Stafford, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home in Clarence.

He was born August 29, 1940 in Batavia, a son of the late George C. Oderkirk and Mildred Baker Oderkirk.

He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. He was a longtime rural postal carrier in Byron and self-employed farmer.

David is the husband of the late Sandra D. Hartrick Oderkirk who passed away in 1988 and Sharon Lee Voorhees Oderkirk who passed away in 2013 and grandfather of the late Warren "Buddy" Oderkirk, Jr. who passed away on November 15, 2016 and great-grandfather of Kennedy Rose McCullough who passed away on March 9, 2018.

Surviving are his children, Warren Oderkirk, Sr. of Byron, Andrew (Michele) Oderkirk of St. Clair, Michigan, Audra Bates of Byron, Christa Oderkirk of Batavia and Pam (Aaron) Sharp of Byron, New York; ten grandchildren; Courtney (Andy) Kelkenberg, Chelsea (Dan) Mlynarek, Sarah (Mark) Hazlette, Nicholas (Olivia) Oderkirk, Dylan Bates, Ashley (Rich) McCullough, Kerri Bates, Seth Sharp, Jayme Sharp and Makayla Oderkirk; five great-grandchildren; Olivia McCullough, Quinn and Hudson Kelkenberg, Jackson Mlynarek and Caleb Oderkirk; his brother; Richard (Joan) Oderkirk of Strongsville, Ohio; his sister; Jean (Floyd) Pissanos of Hornell, New York; along with three step-children, several step-grandchildren, step great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. He will be laid to rest in Morganville Cemetery in Stafford.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Byron-Bergen FFA - Alumni and Supporters, 6651 Searls Road, Byron, New York 14422. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

 

johnmdeleo.jpgJohn M. Deleo, 89 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Premier Genesee. He was born September 29, 1932 in Batavia, to the late Nicholas and Dominica (Colangelo) Deleo. He is preceded in death by siblings, Mary (Emmet) Elmore, Anna Deleo, Antoinette Deleo, Frank (Sarah) Deleo, Yolanda (Ronald) Phillips and Louis (Lorraine) Deleo.

Mr. Deleo graduated from Batavia High School in 1951 and Rider College in 1953. He was the President of Ontario Liquor Distributors in Rochester for 30 years. John was a member of Resurrection Parish in Batavia.

He is survived by his beloved wife Helen (Lembcke) Deleo of Batavia, children, Lynn (Mark) Dailey of TX, Nancy (Scott) Tashjy of NJ and Michael Deleo of VA, 5 grandchildren, one great-grandson, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and services will be held privately. Mr. Deleo will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish, 303 E. Main St. or to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14020. 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.


Joyce Mildred Brown Toal Covert age 91, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 10, 2021, at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia, NY, with her daughter Linda by her side.  Joyce was predeceased by beloved husbands Wayne B. Toal, October 31, 1971, and Wilson C. Covert, January 7, 2021; son James A. Toal and step-sons John Covert and Andrew Covert; sister Janice Brown Kjeldgaard Boyd; grandson James W. Toal; step-daughters in law Deborah Covert and Lisa Covert.

Joyce will be sadly missed by her children and step children: Michael (Denyse) Covert of Punta Gorda, FL; Christine (Robert) Ralston of Springville, UT; James Covert of Williamsburg, VA; Linda Toal of Batavia, NY; Carolyn (Gary) Dawson of Batavia, NY; Kathleen (Randy) Alexander of Corfu, NY; Cynthia (Anthony) Lewandowski of Amherst, NY; Mark Covert of Riga, NY; Kevin (Pamela) Covert of Oakfield, NY; daughter in law Michelle Toal of Trenton, FL; step-daughter in law Christie Covert of Laredo, TX; step-daughter in law Inez (Covert) De Melo; 24 grandchildren and step-grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren.

Joyce was always busy. She was a 4H Leader for 30 years and won the New York State Leadership Award. She was a Girl and Boy Scout Leader, Cub Scout Den Mother, and went to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico for Den Mother Training.  Joyce was a member of Eastern Star in Batavia, St. James Episcopal Church in Batavia, and American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed the monthly lunches and reunions with her classmates from Corfu High School.
Most recently she was an avid button collector and a member of Button Clubs in Genesee County, Elmira, North Country, Canada, and Florida. She was a Past President of the New York State Button Club.

Her greatest joy was family. She loved having the grandchildren come stay overnight and found lots of activities for them to do. She even got several of the grandchildren interested in button collecting. Joyce loved taking pictures of the children and grandchildren, her buttons, her flowers, and her friends. Her camera was always with her.
There will be graveside services at Hillside Cemetery, Angling Road, East Pembroke, on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Albans Episcopal Church in Chiefland, Florida, where she was a former member and where James A. Toal is buried.
The family wishes to thank the staff at the New York State Veterans Home for the skilled and compassionate care Joyce received. Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY.

griffith1.jpg  Rob Edward Griffith, 69, of Attica passed away on October 11, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 19, 1952 in Johnson City, NY to the late Thelma “Pearl” Griffith and Rob Roy Griffith of Attica.

In addition to his father, Rob is survived by his beloved wife; Lynn Griffith; his dearest children Stephen Griffith, Meaghan Griffith and Adam (Cindy) Griffith; brother Davis (Dawn) Griffith; sister Pam Griffith; brother and sister in law Larry and Leslie Zielinski.

Rob was a United States Air Force Veteran during the Vietnam War and worked as a teacher for the Department of Corrections at multiple prisons for 29 years.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday October 18, 2021 from 5:00-7:00PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main St. Attica, New York 14011. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday October 19th at Faith Fellowship Church 11478 Main St. Clarence, NY 14031. Rob will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Faith Fellowship Church 11478 Main St. Clarence, NY 14031. For more information 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.

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