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marylakas.jpgMary E. Lakas, 88, of Varysburg, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility, Warsaw. She was born October 11, 1931 in Warsaw, to the late Otto (Loretta Fugle) Grover. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband John R. Lakas in 2008.  

Mrs. Lakas was a woman of strong faith and longtime member of Sts. Joachim & Ann Parish in Varysburg. She worked at the Post Office in Varysburg. She was a Graduate of Attica Central School, worked several years for North Java Branch of Wyoming County Bank, and she was actively involved with the VFD ladies auxiliary.

Mary enjoyed spending time with her friends and senior group. She was loved by all and her family always came first, especially with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Steven (Laury) Lakas, David Lakas both of Varysburg; William (Melissa) Lakas of Depew; Robert (Michele) Lakas of Varysburg; Sally (Steve) Trader of Batavia; Deborah Lakas of Attica; 5 grandchildren, Breanna, John Trader, Kyle Zawadzki, Wyatt, Claire Lakas, along with several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held for the immediate family with a Celebration of Life in the future. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Varysburg.   

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Varysburg Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 638, Varysburg, NY 14167 or to Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility, 400 North Main Street, Warsaw, NY 14569. 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, New York 14011.

Batavia - Margaret Balduf, 92, of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

Margaret was born July 17, 1927, in Rayland, Ohio, a daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Barilla) Galline.

A member of the Batavia First Presbyterian Church, Margaret was a machine operator at the former Kisiel Tool & Dye Company in Batavia.

Survivors include her son, Jeffrey (Bonnie) Saquella of Batavia; daughters, Denice Saquella of Buffalo and Karen Saquella of East Elmurst; step-son, Gerry Balduf of Batavia; sisters, Theresa Velletta of Alabama and Julia Drake of Appleton; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Margaret is the wife of the late Pasquale Saquella and Durward Balduf and a sister of the late Josephine Palone, Frances Cupler, Mary Beneditti, Jennie Nesbitt and Joseph Galline.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Margaret's memory may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate

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

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

Evelyn A. Legg, 90, of Batavia, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at Premier Genesee Center in Batavia.

There will be no calling hours. Private services at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary Inc., 4 E. Main St., Corfu, NY.

rembas_gloria_-_photo.jpgGloria M. Rembas, 71 of Akron, NY, went back into the arms of Jesus on April 13, 2020.

She was born April 18, 1948 in Buffalo, NY, a daughter of the late Joseph and Stella Fliss Rembas.

Gloria was a Registered Professional Nurse who graduated from Buffalo General Hospital and worked for many years and retired from Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. She was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Church in Akron where she was a Eucharistic Minister. She was a very giving person and will be known for her fantastic baking skills, especially her cream cheese brownies.

She was a cherished sister of Donna (late David) Hahn. Much loved “Auntie” to Denise (Brian) Masterson, Dawn (Patrick) Ostrowski, David (Laura) Hahn, Deborah (Douglas) Garrison. Great-aunt to Phillip and Eric Masterson, Nathaniel, Sarah and Matthew Ostrowski, David and Ryan Hahn and Zachary (Kate) Garrison. Also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins, especially God-Mother Aunt Helene Zaremski.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date. She will be laid to rest next to her parents in St. Teresa’s Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be shared at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.





Batavia - Margaret E. Rumery, 92, of Batavia, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at United Memorial Medical Center.

She was born June 2, 1927, in Hermon NY, a daughter of the late Grant and Mamie Jones Blandin.

Her husband, Fay S. Rumery, passed away on August 24, 1994.

She is survived by her children; Stephen (Rosalind) Rumery of Batavia, David (Kathleen) Rumery of Delaware and Wayne (Laurie) Rumery of Florida. Five grandchildren Laura (Dave) Cardinal; David (Vanessa) Rumery; Barbra (Michael) Rumery; Brian (Stacey) Frieday and Eric Frieday; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters; Ruth Peters of Ohio and Vivian Kindinger of Illinois; along with nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her sister; Olive Case.

There will be no visitation.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Margaret’s name to United Memorial Medical Center Foundation, 330 Monroe Avenue, Suite 400, Rochester, New York 14607. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Brandy Thomas 46, went home to join her late Husband Otis Lee Thomas JR.(11/01/1961-09/21/2019) on Thursday April 9th 2020 in Landover,MD.  She was born on September 18th 1973 in Sun Valley, CA to the late Corporal Edward E. McGinnins and Doris McGinins.

Brandy will be remembered for her Love to Bake,Cook and Enjoy Family. She loved most all the time she spent with her Grandchildren. 

Brandy is survived by her son Nicholas D.Scott Batavia,NY.  Otis III (Nicole) Thomas of Batavia,NY. Victor (Kristyn)Thomas Batavia,NY. And Daughter Dionna Thomas of Batavia,NY.; grandchildren; Nya Thomas, Aireana Cephus, Adisyn Thomas, Teagyn Thomas. Tristan Cephus Jr, Gunnar Thomas, Marshall Thomas, King Wills and Mila Lee Scott all of Batavia,NY. Brothers; Jimmy Mordue, Las Vegas NV. Mike Marshall, State of Texas. Sisters; Gina,State of California and Susan,State of Utah. Along with a Host of nieces,nephews,cousins and Friends. 

The Thomas family plans to hold a Memorial Service in her honor at a later date.

For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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.


Hornell / LeRoy ~ Paxton Louis Bonacquisti, the beautiful little “Angel” of Brady and Megan Lowe Bonacquisti, took flight to Heaven shortly after his birth on Saturday, April 11, 2020.

     For what little time Paxton was with us, he will leave us with a lifetime of memories.

     In addition to mom and dad, Paxton will be sadly missed by his paternal grandparents, James and Michele Bonacquisti; paternal great-grandmother, Carol Bonacquisti; paternal great-grandparents, Warren and Barbara Tessier; paternal aunts, Erin (Jason) Dhaveloose and Katie Bonacquisti; cousins, Jase and Jackson Dhaveloose; maternal grandparents, John and Lynda Lowe; maternal great-grandmothers, Nancy Lowe and Karen Locke; maternal uncle, Andrew Lowe and maternal aunt, Amy Lowe.

     Family members ready to hug Paxton in Heaven include his paternal great-grandfather, Lawrence Bonacquisti, paternal aunt, Sarah Bonacquisti; maternal great-grandfathers, Thomas Lowe and John Locke.

     Services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

     Your kind words of sympathy may be shared with Paxton’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

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

navy.jpgKENNETH I. DART, JR. – Age 88, of Batavia, died peacefully Saturday morning April 11, 2020 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. He was born December 21, 1931 in Piffard, NY to the late Kenneth I. Dart, Sr. and Winfred (Texter) Dart.

Ken was a longtime member of the Batavia First United Methodist Church and was a retired Senior Groundskeeper at Genesee Community College. He attended Alexander Central School, graduating in 1950 and from Alfred Ag & Tech in 1952, he served our nation proudly with the United States Navy. Ken enjoyed collecting bottles and ash trays being a member of the Tonawanda Valley Collectors Club and a Life Member of the Town of Batavia Fire Department.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Doris June Dart of Batavia; loving daughters, Tammy Lynn Dart of OH and Lisa Ann (Brian) Russell of FL; cherished grandchildren, Erica Rowcliffe, Alex Rowcliffe, Hayden (Laura) Molner, Griffin Molner, Kayley Molner, Nicholas Russell, Lauren Russell; great-grandchildren, Peter and Oliver Molner; brother, Roger Dart of Chili; sister, Carol Wicks of FL along with several nieces and nephews.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic Ken’s funeral services will be held by the immediately family only. He will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba and memorials in his memory can be made to Volunteers for Animals 3841 West Main Street Road Batavia, NY 14020.

Please share your words of comfort with Ken’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.



Churchville - Eugene C. Nowack, 75, of Churchville, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020, at The Highlands At Brighton.

Eugene was born November 18, 1944, in Rochester, the son of the late Milton and Anne (Lysak) Nowack.

A Vietnam War veteran, Eugene served with the United States Navy.  He was a machinist with Eastman Kodak in Rochester and was also a mechanic.

Survivors include his daughter, Barbara (John A.) Zinter of Bergen; his girlfriend,  Elaine Jamison of Linwood; sisters, Linda (Lee) Merski of Erie, PA and Barbara (late Wes) Burows of Rochester; grandchildren, Brittany (Adam) Drexler, Tiana (Jeff) Pack, Aurora Zinter, Devon Zinter and Sawyer Zinter; great-grandchildren, Shane and Alyssa Drexler; 6 nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Eugene is predeceased by his wife, Barbara Nowack and a granddaughter, Alyssa Zinter.

Private services with military honors will be held for Eugene's family at Lakeview Cemetery in Brockport.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Eugene's memory may be made to Vietnam Veterans of America, online at https://vva.org/donate/

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, Bergen, (585) 494-1210.

halstead.jpg  Richard L. Halstead, age 66 of Perry, New York passed away on Saturday April 11, 2020 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. He was born in Warsaw, New York on October 21, 1953, a son to the late Lawrence W. and Marcella B. (Caryl) Halstead. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by a grandson Lucas Dillon who passed away in 2015, in-laws: Robert and Elcy Altoft, sister-in-law: Kyle Wixson Altoft, niece: Rachel Lafferty and nephew: Brad Altoft.

Rick was a 1971 graduate of Perry High School. He worked for Allen Bailey Tag and Label Company in Caledonia for several years moving onto JN White Designs in Perry where he held several positions at the company prior to his retirement in 2011 including printer, machine maintenance and plant operations production manager. Rick was a devoted member to the Perry Fire Department joining in 1986. He was past Chief, training officer, Jr. Fire Dept. advisor, fire prevention leader with the Perry Elementary School, and the Perry Fire Department Benevolent Association, Western New York Volunteer’s Fireman’s Association, was a former assistant scout leader for Boy Scouts, and was a hunter and bow safety instructor for many years. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife Mary Jane (Altoft) Halstead whom he married on April 28, 1973, daughter: Valerie (Jeffrey Dillon) Halstead of Perry, 2 sons: Thomas Halstead of Perry and Adam (Vanessa) Halstead of Avon, 3 sisters: Lucinda (David) Rhodes of Az., Carol (Spencer) Willey of Perry, Donna (Jeff) Corey of Bergen, 3 brothers: Dennis (Lisa) Halstead of Warsaw, Ronald (Nancy) Halstead of Penfield, Robert (Ray Beekman) Halstead of Lockport, brother and sister-in-laws: Judy (Sigfried) Thewke of LaGrange, James Altoft of Galway, NY and Fl,, Gloria Altoft of Warsaw, William (Jill) Altoft of Oh., 8 grandchildren: Kayla, Adelyn, Joseph, Ethan and Edward Halstead, Timothy, Addison and Logan Dillon, along with many nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held in LaGrange Cemetery on Wednesday April 15, 2020. A procession at 10:30am will precede Services at the cemetery from the Funeral Home using N. Main, Covington and N. Center streets where extended family, friends and community members can publicly pay their respects. A public Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

(In lieu of flowers) Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Fire Department P.O. Box 243 Perry, NY 14530 or the Wyoming County Nursing Facility (Activities Fund) 400 N. Main St. Warsaw, NY 14569. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.




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