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Elba - David Gordon Cross, age 67, passed away unexpectedly at his home on January 5, 2021.

He was born June 24, 1953, in Batavia, a son of the late Gordon and Arlene Hoffmeister Cross.

A 1971 graduate of Elba Central School, he retired from the Town of Byron Highway Department after 35 years as a heavy equipment operator and then worked part time for the Town of Elba Highway Department. Dave would work for many of the area farmers as he was needed.

He drove race cars in the mid 80's into the early 90's at local tracks including Genesee, Perry and Delevan and in 1991 won Mr. Dirt Sportsman. A huge fan of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., he attended many NASCAR races over the years.

Dave loved his time with family and giving his grand-kids rides on his four wheeler and Kubota Tractor. He took pride in caring for his property including his home, woods and farmland.

He is survived by his wife JoAnn Easton Cross whom he married on September 22, 1979; his children; Tiffany (Adam) Hoopengardner of Bergen and Christopher (Amanda) Cross of Elba; five grandchildren; Makala, Madison and Connor Hoopengardner and Ethan and Emily Cross; sister, Chyle (Rick) Castillo of Elba; two sisters-in-law; Joyce (Jerry) Seaman of Oakfield and Judy Stiles of Pavilion; several nieces, nephews, close friends and neighbors.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family. His family cordially invites the public to attend his graveside ceremony on Friday at 2 p.m. at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in his name to the Elba Fire Department, P.O Box 58, Elba, New York 14058. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.burdettandsanford. com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.

Batavia - Joseph  B.  Greene, 82,  of Batavia, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Mr. Greene was born Thursday, March 17, 1938 in Batavia, New York a son of the late Clarence Greene and Marguerite Pask Greene.

He enjoyed attending Batavia Muckdog baseball games, area softball games and to whittle. He loved woodworking and made many canes for the residents of 400 Towers. A graduate of Oakfield Alabama High School, he attended Alfred State College and worked for many years at Doehler-Jarvis in Batavia.

He is survived by his daughters; Betsy (Thomas) Pettinella of Pittsford and Mary Jo (Roger) Hume of Batavia; six grandchildren; Matthew (Meghan), Philip (Ali), Adam (Mackenzie), Cady (Ohnet), Jenna and Abbey; seven great-grandchildren; Leah, Aubrey, Tyler, Gio, Remi, Brecken and Rosalie; his brother; Jerome Greene of Alabama; his sister; Mary Jane Hartwig of Holley along with several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his brother; Thomas Greene and his brother-in-law; Thomas Hartwig.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family in Reed Cemetery, Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021 or Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021.  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.

taylor.jpg  Dorothy E. Taylor, 103, of Warsaw formerly of Batavia passed away on January 10, 2021 at the East Side Nursing Home.  She was born on May 12, 1917 in Batavia to the late Harold and Catherine Cummings. In addition to her parents, Dorothy is predeceased by her husband; Arthur J. Taylor; brother Donald Cummings; sisters Marion Cummings and Ruth Bishop.

Dorothy was a long time member of St. James Episcopal Church in Batavia and worked for many years as a cook at John Kennedy Elementary School. She loved being outside, gardening and shopping.

She is survived by her son; James (Shirley) Taylor of Batavia; sister Betty Gillard of Stafford; grandson Jayson (Anita) Taylor of Stafford, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A private Funeral Service will be held for the family. Dorothy will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House www.crossroadshouse.com PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021. For more information please call 585-343-8260, or 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.

Lee C.  LaPaglia, 68, of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Lee was born February 26, 1952 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Leslie and Alice (Petty) Smith.

She was a Buffalo Bills fan, who enjoyed knitting, crocheting, cooking, puzzles and playing Yahtzee.  

Surviving are her children, Cassandra Brunea of Batavia, Payadie (Thomas) Park of LeRoy and Christopher LaPaglia of LeRoy; grandchildren, Bianca (AJ) DiStefano, Alicia Yasses, Cody LaPaglia, André Taylor, Melissa Park, Kylee LaPaglia, Keegan Park and Tyler Brunea-McGraw; a great-grandchild, Dresden DiStefano; her step-father-in-law, Bill Kent of Batavia; brothers, Ralph (Jennifer) Smith, Charles (Ramona) Smith, Richard (Louise) Putney and Wayne Smith and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph LaPaglia and a brother, Robert Putney.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, January 18, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.  Lee 's family asks that if attending calling hours to please wear your Buffalo Bills attire.  Funeral services will be private and Lee will be laid to rest eternally with her late husband, Joe, in Elmwood Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.  

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

Please note that the funeral home capacity is 25 people. Facial coverings and social distancing are required. Please be prepared to wait outside. We appreciate your consideration and cooperation.

Carol Rogers (Stevens) of Oakfield, passed away peacefully on January 10, 2021 at age 88.

Carol was born in Batavia in 1932 to the late Karl and Gertrude Quartley Stevens.  

She attended SUNY Geneseo and worked for the US Gypsum Company, as well as being an ‘Avon Lady’ for over 30 years. She enjoyed her family, keeping in touch with friends, knitting and participating in craft shows with her husband Norm. They also enjoyed traveling together throughout the United States, in particular attending army reunions in various locations.  Carol enjoyed watching sports at all levels and was an ardent Buffalo Bills fan.

Carol is survived by her son Steven (Wendy Hartley), grandsons Ken Rogers of NC, Jack Rogers of Webster, Craig Rogers (Kjell) of Australia, Mike Rogers of NYC, and great grandson Gabe of Australia. Brothers-in-law Jim Rogers (Donna) and Ardell Gehman (Shirley).  As well as many other relatives and dear friends. Predeceased by her husband Norman and daughter-in-law Shari.

A celebration of Carol’s life will be held at a later time when it is safe to do so.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Carol’s name to Heritage Christian Services, 275 Kenneth Drive, Suite 100, Rochester NY 14623 or heritagechristianservices.org/donate/

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

Arrangements for Carol were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, (585) 948-5325.

lavarnway.jpg  William E. “Billy” LaVarnway, 73, of Attica passed away on Friday January 8, 2021 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Buffalo. Bill was born on December 14, 1947 to John and Mary LaVarnway in Auburn, NY and moved to Attica at age 2.

He Graduated from Attica Central High in 1965 and then from Auburn Community College with an Associated degree. He joined the US Navy for 6 years 1969-1975, serving as a Machinist Mate 1st Class, working on many air craft carriers. His best day ever was September 5, 1976 when his daughter, Erin (Treya) Kurnik was born. Bill started working at Kodak and continued there for over 25 years. Bill enjoyed hunting, was an avid fly fisherman, made many of his own flies for the lures. He loved sports and was the Buffalo Bills No. 1 fan. His biggest loves were his many dogs he had, mostly Spaniels and Golden Retrievers. Many remember Bill walking his dogs through Attica, truly a dog’s best friend. He also carved walking sticks for waling in the woods with dog in tow. Bill loved to golf whenever he was able. He was an avid reader, a member of Stephen’s Memorial Library. He loved all genres of music; Classical, Celtic, Jazz, Rock n Roll, etc. He also loved movies, had quite a collection.

Bill suffered many years from Parkinson’s disease but still kept active till the disease took over. He last resided at Greenfield’s Assisted Living before he passed. A big thank you and appreciation goes to Greenfield’s building B Nursing staff, also to the Millard Fillmore 3rd floor staff than made him comfortable his last week. Our Lord took him into his arms to end his suffering on January 8, 2021.

Billy is predeceased by his parents; John and Mary LaVarnway; nephews Joel LaVarnway, Joey Bailey, Mason Harris and Jake Johnson; niece Aubrey Kimmel and brother in law, Roger.

Bill is survived by his loving daughter; Erin Kurnik; 11 siblings Mary (Royal) Bailey, Suzanne Kimmel, John LaVarnway, David (Sue) LaVarnway, Michael (Maury) LaVarnway, Annette Pfaff, Kathy (Dennis) Klotz, Sheila (Tom) Thompson, Mark (Kathy) LaVarnway, Theresa (Jeff) Hume and Erin (Scott) Mast. He also has many nieces and nephews, many who will miss him, along with 4 cousins who reside in England with their growing families.

Sadly there will be no calling hours. There will be an 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial held on Saturday January 16, 2021 at Sts. Joachim & Anne Church 50 East Ave. Attica, NY 14011.  He will be laid to rest in St. Vincent’s Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial donations can be made to the Attica SPCA 808 Creek Rd. in Attica, Sts. Joachim & Anne Catholic Church 50 East Ave. in Attica and Stephens Memorial Library 146 Main St. in Attica. 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.

dboyce.jpg  Doris M. Boyce, 95, of Le Roy, passed away Tuesday night, January 5, 2021, due to complications from Covid-19.  She was born April 14, 1925 in Batavia, the oldest child of the late Cecil and Mary (Linsler) Goodemote in Batavia, where she lived most of her life.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband of nearly fifty years, Olin R. Boyce, and her two brothers, Robert Goodemote of Erie, PA, and Edward Goodemote of Lakeland, FL.

Doris worked with her husband as the bookkeeper for his automotive repair business, Olin Boyce Auto Service, for more than twenty-five years.  Together they enjoyed socializing, with friends and family, especially their grandchildren, traveling, boating, camping, and ballroom dancing to the Big Band music of the forties.  Doris also pursued several hobbies, including gardening, needlecraft, and baking.  Throughout her life she was a fervent member of St. Joseph and St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Churches.

She is survived by her sister, Marian (Walter) Lamka, of Summerville, SC, her children, Kathleen (William) Steinauer of Encinitas, CA, Patricia Hartley of Le Roy, and John (Linda) Boyce of Bergen, five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church of Le Roy on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. EST.  The service will be live streamed on the parish website at www.ourladyofmercyleroy.org.  A Celebration of Life by her family and friends will be scheduled at a future date.  Interment will be at Saint Joseph Cemetery and Mausoleum in Batavia. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the charitable giving organization or food bank of your choice, to help those struggling during the pandemic.  For more information please call 585-343-8260, or 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.

Wilson Covert – Born in Buffalo, NY on October 26, 1921, Wilson passed away on January 7, 2021 at the NYS Veterans Home in Batavia, NY.  He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Joyce Brown Toal Covert and his beloved children and step-children:  Michael (Denyse) Covert of Punta Gorda, FL; Christine (Robert) Ralston of Springville, UT; James Covert of Williamsburg, VA; Linda Toal and 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 and step daughter-in law Christie Covert of Laredo, TX;  Michelle Toal of Trenton, FL;  sister Joan “Pat” Moody of Kenmore, NY; 24 grandchildren and step grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.  Wilson is predeceased by his wife of 24 years, Dorothy Orendorf Covert, sons and step son John Covert, Andrew Covert and James A. Toal, daughters-in-law Deborah Covert and Lisa Covert; step grandson James W. Toal;  and brothers Eugene Covert and Harry Covert. He was the son of the late Harry and Elvera Wilson Covert.

Wilson was a proud WWII Navy Veteran and served in the Pacific Ocean Theatre on the USS Electra.  His strong sense of duty to country continued through the service of four sons, two sons-in-law, grandson, granddaughter-in-law, step granddaughter and step great-grandson in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National  Guard. Prior to his retirement, Wilson worked in IUOE Local 17 as a Crane Operator at Pine Hill Stone and Gravel in Lancaster for 25 years.
Wilson enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends, gardening and spending time outdoors. He was a master at whittling and his signature hand carved wooden ducks will be treasured throughout the generations of his family.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at the convenience of his family.  Memorials may be made to Western New York Heroes (wnyheroes.org).

Wendy  K.  Speagle, 48, of Bergen, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport.

Wendy was born May 17, 1972 in Batavia, a daughter of Rita (Hartman) Pfenninger of Lockport and the late Wayne Douglas Cayea, Sr.

Being a CNA, Wendy enjoyed taking care of the elderly and especially those patients with Alzheimer's.  She loved spending time with her family and was a call representative for the department of labor.

Surviving along with her mother are her children, Thomas (Kelsey Sanders) Mitchell of Youngsville, NC, Samantha Tate of Batavia and Troy Hubler, II of Lockport; brother, Wayne (Adrienne) Cayea of Medina; sister, Jessica Pfenninger of Batavia; three grandchildren, five nieces and five nephews.

Along with her father, Wendy is predeceased by her grandparents, George and Eleanor Hartman.   

Wendy's funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, https://act.alz.org/donate.  

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

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

LeRoy - Adriane  C.  Broadbooks, 93, formerly of Byron and Bergen, died Thursday, January 7, 2021 at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

Mrs. Broadbooks was born on Sunday, March 20th, 1927 in Niagara Falls, a daughter of the late James Patrick Casey and Alida Van Esbroek Casey. 

Raised in Rochester, Adriane was a graduate of Houghton College. She taught for many years at the Rochester Christian School. In the summers, she would go to Peniel Bible Conference in the Adirondacks, where she volunteered in the kitchen.   

She married Herbert Broadbooks on February 11, 1972, and assisted in operating the family farm in Byron until retirement. After living a few years in California, they returned to western New York and lived in Bergen. Adriane was a member of the Christian Women's Club in Batavia and the Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder.

Survivors include a sister, Patricia Russell of Bergen; nieces, Karen (Michael) Thunell, Diane (Donald) Cunningham and Cindy (Dennis) Burke of Bergen, Christine (Thomas) Silburn of Lake Luzerne, Kathy Matthews of Oregon; nephews, Michael Russell of Hawaii and Danny Russell of South Dakota and several grand-nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Herbert; a brother and sisters. 

There are no prior visiting hours. Private graveside services will be held in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 38 South Lake Street, Bergen. Memorials may be made to Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 206, Bergen, New York 14416. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Street, Bergen.




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