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Raymond A. Schmigel, went home to be with his Lord on May 21, 2022. He was born in Pembroke, NY on October 14, 1929 to the late Walter and Eva Leona (Sprague) Schmigel.
Ray attended Pembroke School and then followed his brothers into stock car racing while working different jobs, racing first at Civic Stadium and later at Ransomville Speedway. He worked as a mechanic for Al Zimmerman Oldsmobile before changing careers to drive a concrete truck for Clarence Redi-Mix where he retired in 1993. Ray enjoyed deer hunting. He was an usher at the Akron First Baptist Church where he was always ready to lend a helping hand. He especially enjoyed helping Duane on the farm and took great pride in his garden.

Loving father of Dale Schmigel and Mark (Connie) Schmigel; cherished grandfather of Carissa (Darren) Berghorn, Chelsea (Brad) Kunkle, Tonya (Jeff) McCormick and Stefanie Schmigel.  He is also survived by his great grandchildren Lilly and Lacey Berghorn as well as many nieces and nephews. Raymond is predeceased by his wife of 71 years, Marian E. Schmigel and his siblings, Roy, Millie, Ed, Fern, Don, Doris, Bud, and Ramona.

Friends and relatives may call on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Ross Funeral Home of Akron, LLC., 10 Eckerson Avenue, Akron, NY 14001. Ray’s Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 11 AM. at the First Baptist Church 122 Main Street Akron, New York (Please Assemble at Church). To share memories and condolences with Ray’s family, please visit rossakron.com.

 

martinm1.jpg  Martin C. McDonald, 71, of Attica passed away on May 20, 2022 at his home. He was born on April 12, 1951 in Buffalo to the late Martin G. McDonald and the late Dorothy (Faslon) Stiles. He is preceded in death by a sister; Ginny McDonald; daughter in law Rebecca McDonald and father in law; Albert Stewart.

Martin was a proud United States Marine veteran who devoted his life to working. At a young age he started collision work and eventually opened up his own shop in the buffalo area where he grew up. Marty moved to Darien in his 20s where he spent many years as an EMT at the Darien fire department, he held many positions and eventually became chief. He then went on to be a correctional officer and after dedicating 27 years he retired from Attica State Correctional facility. When Marty was in his late 40s, he moved to Attica where he resided the rest of his life. He liked to do his own handy-man work and in the early 2000s he and his wife remodeled the home and built a 2-car garage. Marty spent his free time with friends and family. He enjoyed going out to eat, vacations, going for a drive to jam out with his daughter Taylor, doing work around the house and being outside, going to different casinos with his wife Barb, but Marty most loved spending time with his “pride and joy” Taylor. Martin was a kind soul with a heart bigger than the world.

He is survived by his wife; Barbara (Stewart) McDonald; beloved children Taylor McDonald, Robin McDonald, Michele (Robert) Wesley, Mike (Jen) McDonald, Marty McDonald, Scott McDonald; sister Mary Louise (McDonald) Miller along with many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Thursday May 26, 2022 at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Darien Fire Company PO 135 Darien Center, NY 14040. 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.

LeRoy ~ James F. Christner, age 79, passed on March 21, 2022.

     He was born on April 5, 1942 to the late Paul Christner and Kathryn Gentner Christner. He is survived by his son, Peter; and brothers, Edward and Thomas.

     He was a graduate of Pavilion Central School and Cornell University. Jim was an officer in the U.S. Navy and active in Veterans for Peace. He travelled the world and enjoyed singing with the Cornell Alumni Glee Club.

     His graveside memorial service will be held on June 4th at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Cemetery, Exchange St., LeRoy, with a reception to follow at noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, West Main St., LeRoy.

     Memorials to Rochester-Veterans for Peace, Chapter 23, 203 Montpelier Circle, Rochester, NY 14618; Lydia’s Kitchen c/o of First Baptist Church, 306 East Main St., Batavia, NY 14020; George Fry Memorial Scholarship (payable to Pavilion Central School), Pavilion, NY 14525.

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

Darien Center - Carl  E. Doell, 85, of Darien Center passed away on Tuesday (May 17, 2022) at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, New York.

Mr. Doell was born May 16, 1937 in Ilion, NY, a son of the late Gordon and Hazel (Rouse) Doell.
 
Carl was a classic car enthusiast (especially treasuring his '57 Thunderbird), and a faithful attendee of car shows. Carl had a brilliant sense of humor. He was a hardworking family man, a loving husband, devoted father, beloved grandfather and cherished uncle.

He is the husband of Diane (Helwig) Doell of Darien Center. The two were married on August 22, 1964 in Attica and spent nearly 58 years together.

Surviving along with his wife are his son, Carl E. (Barbara Landers) Doell, II of Attica; a grandson, Nick Doell; brothers, Larry Doell of Ontario, and Richard Doell of Batavia. Carl is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call on Saturday (June 25, 2022) from 10-11 a.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia. Carl's memorial service will immediately follow visitation at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Darien Fire Department (10537 Alleghany Rd, Darien Center, NY 14040) or to Mercy Flight (100 Amherst Villa Road, Buffalo, NY 14225) at https://www.mercyflight.org/support/. Flowers are gratefully declined.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia.

Thomas A. Atkinson, 76, of LeRoy, NY, passed away peacefully on May 20th, 2022 at the Batavia V A Medical Center after a long battle with lung cancer.  He was born November 22, 1945 to Thomas & Martha (Harding) Atkinson. He graduated in 1963  thomas_a._atkinson_0.jpg  from Plains High School. He served in the United States Army and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Sharpshooter (Rifle m-14). He graduated from Kings College with a Degree in Drafting.  He was employed as a sales representative for Mideast Aluminum, as well as a sales representative for the NYS lottery.  He retired in 2006.

     He was married 41 years to his beloved wife, Joanne Wasmanski on May 2, 1966 and moved to LeRoy in 1981. He enjoyed bowling, golf and bingo.

     He is predeceased by his parents, wife (2008) and son, Paul F. Atkinson (2020). He is survived by his sisters, Linda (Richard) White and Bonnie (Bob) Abromavage; daughters Cheryl (Kenneth) Weaver of Crawfordville, FL and Wendy Nelson of LeRoy, NY.  He has 6 grandchildren: Bekki (Greg Houghtaling) Weaver, Kimberly Weaver, Holly (Phil) Barone, Kristin (Christopher) Decker, Paula Atkinson and Thomas Atkinson.  He has 3 great-grandchildren:  Jacob Anthony and Amelia Barone; Allora Decker as well as several nieces. nephews, and cousins.

       Family and friends may call on Thursday, June 2 from 2 ~ 4 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., LeRoy, where his Funeral Service, with military honors, will be held at 4:00 P.M.  Family and friends are then invited to the American Legion for his Celebration of Life reception at 5:00 PM.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Tom are suggested to either Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North St., Batavia, NY 14020 or the LeRoy American Legion, 53 W. Main St., LeRoy, NY 14482

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

Batavia - Robert Luke Shell, age 85, of Batavia, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Bob was born on January 13, 1937, in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the only child of Chester Heaks Shell and Ruth Angeline Siefert Shell. As a young boy, he loved roaming the Pennsylvania woods - especially in the company of those who would become his lifelong friends.

A graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Bob served in the United States Army from 1959-1961 as an MP in Verona, Italy. Following his return from military service, he settled in Batavia, where he devoted himself to his family, his community, and multiple small business that he owned and tirelessly operated through the years.

Bob was known throughout Batavia - not only as the owner of the Hub Restaurant and Midtown Motel, Optimum Realty, and Shell Associates Appraisals, but also as a member of the Rotary Club and St. Paul Lutheran Church, through which he dedicated himself to his faith and his community through service. In addition to the love he showed his family, friends, and community, Bob found joy in so many different things, including his dogs; the Penn State Nittany Lions; Christmas music and decorations; Italy (and speaking bad Italian); working in the garden; listening to jazz; making sauerkraut; taking a drive; playing golf and tennis; going skiing, fishing, and camping with his children; and monitoring the weather (both locally and wherever his children may have been at any given moment). Always excited to talk to people, he thrived on making connections with others - whether they were family, friends, or literally any waiter at any restaurant he ever visited.

Bob spent his life giving to his family and friends, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Lisa Marie Long Shell; his children, Elaine (Robert W. Reyes, Jr.) Shell, Eric Shell, Walter Shell, Jonathan (Lisa) Shell, Susan (Andrew Schulte) Shell, and Ben (Mallory) Shell; and grandchildren, Elizabeth Shell, Erin Shell, Olivia Shell, Zoe Schulte, Clara Schulte, and Callum Shell.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 pm to 7 pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran School, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020. He will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Donald J. Palone, 92, of Oakfield passed away on May 21, 2022. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked many years for GTE Sylvania and Doehler Jarvis. He was a member of St Padre Pio Parish and the American Legion. He enjoyed and loved his family and collecting antique car scale models.
He was predeceased by his Parents Joseph P. Palone Sr.; Gladys (Bordner) Palone; his wife of over 68 years Josephine (Galline) Palone; siblings Jeanette Palone; Geraldine (William) Smith; Joseph (Louise) Palone Jr.; Robert (Suzanne) Palone Sr.; and Son-In- Law, Michael A. McDonald.
He is survived by his daughter, Valerie (Michael) McDonald; Son, Dave (Debbie) Palone; Grandchildren Megan Palone and Shyanne (Ryan Palone) Garrett; Brothers William (Edie) Palone; Richard (Wilda) Palone; and, Sister Patricia (George) Murray, and many Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Great Nephews, and Great Great Nieces and Nephews.
There are no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Padre Pio Parish, on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. with internment in St Cecilia's Cemetery, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, NY 14125. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Cecilia's Cemetery Fund, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, NY 14125 or the American Legion Post, Allegheny Road, Basom, N.Y. 14013.
Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.
Arrangements for Donald were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, (585) 948-5325.


William G. Scoins (Bill) of East Pembroke, died on Friday, May 20, 2022, at home after a lengthy illness.

Bill was born in Buffalo on May 20, 1926, to the late Clayton J. and Frieda Baum Scoins. He is survived by his sisters Jean (Richard) Chase, Naomi (Donald) Grice, brother Alan (Janice) and was preceded in death by his brother Robert (Ella) Scoins. Bill is also survived by his three children; Todd (Mary) of Batavia, Barbara (the late Dennis) Richmond of Arlington, TN and Thomas (Sondra) of East Pembroke. He is also the proud grandfather of Brandon, Gregory, Tyler (Nicole), Philip, Natalie and Benjamin.

He worked in construction for many years eventually going into business for himself. He continued his career at Seamans Hardware then retired from Jay E. Potter Lumber in Corfu. He also loved the challenges that cabinet making afforded him.

Bill was a Navy Veteran of World War II, Electricians Mate 2nd serving on Guam, and a former Commander and lifetime member of the Corfu VFW Post 8642. He was a Batavia Bowling Association Director and Hall of Fame member and helped to create several area bowling leagues. He was in the Corfu Area Business Association and lifetime member of the Independent (later International) Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF). He served as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Corfu Fire District and a member of the Holland Purchase Society.He was also a member and chairman of the Pembroke Planning Board, a Pembroke Town Councilman and Town Supervisor. He and his family were hosts to several foreign exchange students through the American Field Service (AFS). Bill’s greatest pleasure came from over 80 years of membership to the Boy Scouts of America. As a member of the Boy Scouts, he served as a Troop Leader, Executive Board Member and a staff member at his second home, Camp Sam Wood. He was awarded the Silver Beaver, the highest local award, for his commitment to Scouting. Bill was an avid naturalist and especially enjoyed watching and identifying birds.

A memorial gathering will be held soon at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to The Pembroke Historical Society.

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

Jack Edward Housenger, longtime resident of Batavia, passed away Friday, May 20th at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center in Bolivia, NC, after a brief illness.  He was 92.

He was born April 18, 1930 in Batavia and lived there for most of his life with his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, the late Verna Mae (Smith) Housenger, who passed away from M.S. in 2009 following many years of Jack’s faithful care.   

He is survived by his devoted children, daughter Vicki (John) Morrison, and son Jack (Jody) Housenger, both of Southport, NC.  He also leaves behind three grandsons, Matthew Morrison of Russellville, KY, Justin (Theresa) Housenger of Centreville, VA, and Alex (Chloe) Housenger of Milton, VT, as well as two great-grandchildren, Sarah and Joseph Housenger, who all adored their Gramps and Great-gramps.  He is predeceased by his brother, Robert E. Housenger, who resided in Ocala, Florida until his death in 2019.  

Jack served as the manager of the City of Batavia Water Department until his retirement.  He loved to hunt and fish, and his greatest joys were sitting in a boat on Canada’s Rideau Lake trolling for walleye, or outsmarting a wild turkey in a hunt.  In recent years, he relocated to North Carolina to be closer to his children.

Friends are invited to pay their respects at the H. E. Turner Funeral Home in Batavia on Thursday, May 26th.  Viewing hours are from 2:00-4:00 p.m., with a brief memorial service at 4:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests contributions to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (nationalmssociety.org) in his memory.

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


Lars B. Walker, 64, passed away suddenly, Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Lars was born on June 10, 1957, in Batavia, NY to the late Edward and Janice (Huth) Walker. He was the brother of the late Loren, Kim and Kathleen Walker. 

Lars is survived by his loving companion, Bonnie Swimline; his children, Courtney (Kevin Feran) Walker and Brett (Randee) Walker; granddaughter, Llewyn S. Walker; sisters, Cheryl Walker and Connie (Peter) Balon. Lars is also survived by several nieces, one nephew, great nieces, nephew and cousins.

Lars worked at Heil Industries for many years. He was a retired welder. Lars enjoyed fishing and gardening.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.

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