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Batavia - Edwin W. Schoenthal, 89 of Batavia passed away on Friday, (December 25, 2020) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Mr. Schoenthal was born June 4, 1931 in Alabama, a son of the late Walter and Mabel (Scharlau) Schoenthal.

Edwin graduated from Medina High School in 1949 and worked for many years at the former Genesee County Farm in Bethany. Upon the farm's closure, he began working as a Drill Press Operator at Batavia Metal Products.  A fireman for nearly 70 years, Mr. Schoenthal joined the Bethany Fire Department in 1951 where he was a life member and past chief; he was a life member and past president of the Stafford Fire Department; and a life member, former board member, and past vice president of the Alabama Fire Department where he worked bingo weekly. He received numerous awards over 7 decades in fire service including the Genesee County Fireman of the Year Award in 1968.  He was a member and past president of the Genesee County Chiefs Association; a past member of both the NYS and WNY Volunteer Firemans Associations.

Surviving along with his wife, Sally (Meisner) Schoenthal whom he married March 3, 1955 are his daughter, Judy Sanders of Batavia; grandchildren, Jeremy, Todd, Andy, Jason, and Jessie; brothers, Alan (Leticia) Schoenthal of Texas, and Lester (Janet) Schoenthal of Ontario; a sister, Gloria Lewis of Maryland. Numerous great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews also survive.

Ed is preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Ann Long; and a grandson, Eric Fairbanks.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia. Edwin's Funeral Service will be held privately for his family, however will be live-streamed via the funeral home's website beginning at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Burial will be in Reed Cemetery in Oakfield.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alabama Fire Department, PO Box 798, Basom, NY 14013.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the funeral home will be limited to 25 people throughout the course of visitation. Please be prepared to wait outside. Face coverings and social distancing are required. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

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

Batavia - Joyce  L. Bassett, 87  of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, December 24, 2020 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Bassett was born March 23, 1933 in Warsaw, a daughter of the late Lewis Bush and Charlotte Stevens Bush.

She retired from the New York State School for the Blind as the kitchen supervisor and was the former manager at The Batavia Club. Along with her late husband, Robert, they were the original owners and proprietors of The Batavia Party House. She loved being with her family.

Joyce is the wife of the late Robert F. Bassett who passed away on April 11, 2005.

Surviving are her daughter, Stacey (William) Bradley of Batavia; her daughter-in-law, Robin Bassett of Batavia;  five grandchildren; Melissa (Chad) Maniace, Marla Bassett and Justin, Brandon and Ethan Bradley; two great-grandchildren; Brooke and Brielle Maniace along with several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her son, Wayne William Bassett, who passed away on February 12, 2019 and her siblings, Gerald, Homer, Wayne, Richard Bush, her twin brother Jack Bush, June Monagan, Phyllis Irwin, Diana Dumbleton and Marilyn Cristie.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.   She will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia. A public celebration to honor Joyce will be held during the summer at a time, date and place to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter,6215 Sheridan Dr #100, Buffalo, New York 14221 or Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021. 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, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Le Roy, NY - Mary Ann (Coats) Vink, loving wife, mother, Nana, and friend, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday evening (December 23, 2020) at the age of 63 at Le Roy Village Green Nursing Home. She is survived by her husband, Randy; her children, Nicole (Joel) Cleveland, Jeremy Vink, and Sarah (Craig) Freeman; her grandchildren, Brynn, Edwin, and Clark Cleveland, and Connor Freeman; her mother, Louise; her siblings, Cindy and Bob; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Hugh.
     Mary Ann was born September 8, 1957 in Scio, NY where she graduated from Scio Central School before moving to Rochester, NY. It was while working at Kodak that Mary Ann met her husband, Randy and they married on May 22, 1982. She loved her husband unconditionally and her children and grandchildren wholeheartedly. Mary Ann was witty, silly, an amazing cook, and she was a mother to so many more than just her children. Her kitchen was always open to anyone who was hungry. Those that knew Mary Ann would say her greatest passion in life was her grandchildren, and there was nothing she wouldn't do for them.
     Due to Covid restrictions, there are no plans for a memorial service at this time. 

     In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to the LeRoy Food Pantry, 48 Main Street, LeRoy, N.Y. 14482.

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

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

jamescworthington.jpgJames A. Worthington, 82 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2020 at United Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Silver Creek, NY on January 11, 1938 to the late Charles (Irene Ransom) Worthington. He is preceded in death by a brother Richard Worthington and sister Joyce Kelly.

Mr. Worthington worked for many years at Gerber Products in Fremont, MI. He was also a very talented painter and carpenter. Jim was a longtime member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish and in his younger years was very involved in church societies.

Jim loved working on cars, especially with his boys and loved watching his girls play sports. He was a very hands on father that loved being with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Harriet (Lang) Worthington whom he married on July 28, 1956; children James C. (Roberta) Worthington of Amherst, Cynthia (James Ponzi) Ward of Jamesville, NY, Jeffery (Grace) Worthington of Durham, NC, Ann Marie DiLaura of Batavia; brothers Ralph of LeRoy, Paul of Buffalo and Wesley Worthington of TN; 8 grandchildren, Charlotte, Clara, Sean, Alexa (Jacob), Cherie, Kimberly, Danielle, T.J. (Hailey); 2 great-grandchildren, Kasen and Jesse; two special nieces Marie DeFreze and Susan Johnson, along with many nieces and nephews.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held for the family. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 18 W. Main St., Corfu, NY 14036 or to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to send a message of condolence, please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

Pavilion ~ Marna J. Twichell, age 94, passed away early Wednesday morning (December 23, 2020) at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

     She was born August 8, 1926 at home in Chili, N.Y., a daughter of the late William and Clara Daugherty Voke.

     Marna was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend to many.  She enjoyed bowling, golf, playing cards and doing needlepoint.

     She will be sadly missed by her children, David Twichell of Batavia, Nancy Elliott of Pavilion and Brian (Anne Ngu) Twichell of Texas; grandchildren, Eric (Belle) Elliott, Elizabeth Twichell, Joshua Pedraza (Anna) and Nicole (Otis) Thomas; 12 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter, along with many nieces and nephews.

     She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Robert L. Twichell, sisters, Alta (Leonard) Sherman and Joan (Donald) Jacobs, son-in-law, Brian Elliott and grandson, Timothy Evan Robert Backes.

     A public memorial service will be announced at a later date.  Interment in the Pavilion Cemetery will be private.

     Marna's family wish to acknowledge and thank the staff of the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home for their compassion and wonderful care of their mother and grandmother during her stay there.

     Contributions in memory of Marna are suggested to the Sunshine Fund at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home, 10 Munson St., LeRoy, NY 14482

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Marna’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

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

Major Kemp Sr., age 80, courageously surrendered his life to the Lord on December 22nd , 2020 at his home in Batavia, New York.  Major was born on February 5th, 1940 in Greenville, Alabama to the late Mr. and Mrs. Hillary and Catherine (Steel) Kemp.

Major was committed to his work, living life & family.  He was a dedicated brother, uncle, lover, father, grandfather & great grandfather.  He served his country as a member of the United States Army in 1957.    Major will be forever missed.  He leaves the following family behind to cherish his wonderful memories:

Girlfriend -  Brenda Terry

Children - *Stephon “Bud” (LaDel) Cook – Whitney (Joel) Grace, Stephon Jr.(Kiesha) Cook,  Aundrea, Xavier and great granddaughters Jordyn, Jaida and Mckinnely.  *Ronnie (Cecelia) Moore - LaTonnia and great granddaughter Aliyah Rose.  *Gwendolyn.   *Todd (Linda) Kemp - Craig, Micah, Trey, Maddy, Yvonne.  *Heather  Kemp – Devin, great granddaughters Serenity and Carson.  *Brian (Beth) Kemp – Parker, Talidy, Myloh, & Aslan.  *Danny (Chris) Kemp – Teiona, Alyssa, Eli & Eva.  *Katie (Joe) Smith – Tezni, Antwain, Kwame, Joma, Nunu, great grandson Dre’dyn and great granddaughter Zariella.  *Major Jr. (Kari) Kemp– Cody, Makenzie (Ryan) King, Kaelin, Major “Malik” the 3rd & Ty Kristopher.

Siblings  –  Willie “Jay” (Michelle) Kemp– Brandy (Damian) Jefferson and 4 children.  Sabrina (Tino) Taylor and 3 children, Andrea (Carlos) Brown and 3 children, Krystal Kemp and 3 children.  Ricky Kemp.  Pre-deceased by Brothers Robert Kemp, Willie “James” Kemp, William “Earl” Kemp and Sister Leola Kemp.

Best Friend – Marge Behl and many, many other friends and acquaintances.

Major was a friend, motivator & mentor, always willing to help those in need.  A fair and honest man that had a teachable moment in every life learned story that he told.  An amazing  man  -  truly a jack of all trades.  Even in the end, he showed us his strength & determination to make it home to be with his family. He had been there for us all our lives and we were there for him.   Now, his work here is done.  He received his call, an offer he couldn't refuse.  A reunion with family & friends he hasn't seen in a long  time.

Don't grieve for me, now I'm free.

Following the path God laid for me.

Taking his hand, when I heard him call,

Turning  my back & leaving it all.

Visitation will be held on Monday form 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial, with military honors, will be held at Elmwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Donald R. Carroll Toys for Kids Fund, 37 Center Street, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Major's name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

*Due to the ongoing pandemic, funeral home capacity is limited to 25 people. Social distancing and facial coverings are required. Thank you for your consideration and cooperation*

Byron - Ronald I.Schramm, 82 of Byron, passed away on Sunday, (December 20, 2020) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Mr. Schramm was born March 27, 1938 in Batavia, a son of the late Christian Schramm and Ethel (Sage) Schramm.

Ron was outdoorsy and enjoyed playing horseshoes, boating, and fishing. He also enjoyed bowling. He was an avid Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees fan. Ron along with his late wife adopted 18 children and fostered over 170. 

Ronald is the husband of the late Theodora J. "Teddie" Schramm who passed away October 14, 2019.

Surviving are his children, Peter (Elizabeth) Schramm of New Bern, North Carolina, Raymond (Edna) Schramm of Batavia, Scott (Lori) Schramm of Middleport, and Cindy L. Day of Alabama; a daughter-in-law, Mary Schramm of Bergen; a brother, Leonard (Esther) Schramm of Ocala, Fla.; sisters, Althea (late Richard) Penepent of Batavia, and Ethel (Roger) Uptegrove of Castile. 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Ron is preceded in death by a son, Ronald H. Schramm, Sr.; a brother, Donald (late Ann) Schramm; sisters, Daris (late Richard) Stack, and Edna (late Charles) Torrey.

There is no visitation. A memorial service will be held for Ron at a later date to be announced. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery in Byron. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North Street, Batavia, New York 14020.  

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.

Batavia - Marilyn  B. Thurau, 89 of Batavia,  passed away on Monday, (December 21, 2020) at Conesus Lake Nursing Home in Livonia.

Mrs. Thurau was born January 21, 1931 in Gloversville, a daughter of the late Franklin and Catherine (Havelaar) Brown.

Marilyn was a graduate of Batavia High School and thereafter the State University College for Teachers at Buffalo. She taught Elementary Art in the Batavia School System in the 1950s. She was a bridal consultant at C.L. Carr Department Store from 1981-1988.

She was a member of St. James Episcopal church, a past member of the Altar Guild, past member of the Vestry, and former Sunday School teacher. A past member of the Genesee Memorial Hospital League and past member of the YWCA Board of Directors.

Marilyn is the wife of the late Don M. Thurau; mother of the late Sara (late Ray) Rogers; and sister of the late Joan (late Dean) Dymond.

She is survived by her daughters, Beth (Bernard) Newhard of South Dennis, Mass., and Carrie (Eric) Kress of Livonia; grandchildren, Abigail, Samantha, and Erin Kress, Bridget and Patricia Newhard, and Terese Rogers.

There will be no visitation. A funeral service will be held at a date to be announced at St. James Episcopal Church. Mrs. Thurau will be laid to rest in the St. James Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions to St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Arrangements for Marilyn 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.

cbish.jpg  Reverend Carl Hepler Bish, 80, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, December 22nd. He was the husband of Joanne (Camburn). Carl and Joanne were married on September 1, 1962, celebrating 58 years of marriage. He was born in Hawthorne, PA on March 21st, 1940, son of the late Ott and Myrtle Hepler Bish.

In addition to his wife, Carl is survived by four children, Barbara (Thomas) Pagels of Eustis, FL, Carl (Shelly) Bish Jr of Marathon, FL, Carilyn (Matthew) Raymond of Monroe, NC, Christina (John) Lacey of Oakfield. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren, Crystal (Patrick) Mitchell, Thomas (Amanda) Pagels, Travis (Abby) Pagels, Carl (Chelsea) Bish III, Adele Bish, Rachael Castaneda, Landon Bish, Trenton (Olga) Raymond, Elisa (Joshua) Bosworth, Nick (Elizabeth) Raymond, Andrew Lacey, Alexandra Lacey, five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  Also surviving is his sister, Anna (George) Frederick of Depew.

Carl was predeceased by siblings June Matson, Jane Bish, Mable Bish, Erma Bish, Loretta Glaze, Darl Bish and Jack Bish.  

Carl graduated with Bachelor's Degrees from Philadelphia College of Bible and Elizabethtown University.   He received his Master’s Degree in Education from SUNY Albany.  Early in his teaching career he taught at Bethlehem Central School in the Albany area.  Carl was instrumental in beginning one of the first New York Christian Schools in 1965.  In 1973 Carl was ordained into the ministry and moved his young family to Batavia, NY to start Calvary Baptist Church, located on Galloway Road.  Rev. Bish had a passion for Christian Education and in 1976 began Genesee Christian Academy as a ministry of the Church.  Rev. Bish was one of the founders of the New York Association of Christian Schools, which helped to organize and establish many Christian schools throughout New York State.  Rev. Bish also helped to organize New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, an organization that promotes and defends the first amendment rights in Albany.  Rev. Bish is remembered by many in the community for hosting fish and game dinners at the church. Pastor Bish, as many of his parishioners affectionately called him, retired from the pulpit of Calvary Baptist Church in 2003 and remained Pastor Emeritus until his passing. Over his years in Batavia, Pastor Bish was rewarded by seeing the positive impact of his ministry in the lives of many in Genesee County. 

There will be no prior calling hours. Funeral Services will be held privately for the family.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Rev. Carl Bish Memorial Fund, Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia, NY 14020.  For more information 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.

On December 12th, 2020, Theodis Charles Hill III, beloved son and friend, entered heavenly paradise at the age of 29. Theodis, known by his friends and family as “Theo” or “Odis”, was born on February 16, 1991 to Theodis Hill Jr., and Jean Crimes. 

Theo was what most would refer to as a gentle giant. With hands the size of catcher’s mitts and an appearance that would intimidate you at first glance, but with a soul that was kind, deep, and tender. You felt safe and at peace when you were with Theo.

Theo didn’t have an easy life. It was marked by loss, pain, and hardship. He experienced situations that others would crumble at the thought of; but Theo didn’t crumble. He stood up. For himself, for friends, for family, and for those he didn’t even know. He carried so many on his broad shoulders, despite the adversity he experienced. His strength is unmatched.

He was a star athlete; a highly accomplished football and lacrosse player at Batavia High School, and always playing various pick-up sports with his friends. His talent was raw and unbelievable. Despite his competitive nature, his kind-heartedness shined through — friends will recall fearing his tackle, but being taken down as gently as possible; oftentimes with a chuckle and grin.

Theo was a lover of movies, video games, sports, anime, and pizza and wings. His family and friends were the highlight of his life — from his girlfriend, Desiree Clark, and siblings, to his cousins and friends (who were truly family). He was admired and respected by all that knew him. Theo was a guardian on earth and will be a guardian in the skies. 

He will be remembered for his infectious smile and laugh. His generosity, his kindness, and his spirit. Theo made a lifetimes’s worth of differences in his short time. This loss runs deep in all that had the honor of knowing Theo. He will be truly missed. May he rest in heavenly peace.

Theo was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Jean, and grandmother, Annie. He is survived by his girlfriend, Desiree, step-mother, Amanda, father, Theodis Hill Jr. his six brothers (Kurtis, Isaiah, Donovan, Joel, Joshua, and Demetrius), as well as his little sister Neriah, nephews (Quentin and Mehki), cousins (Chrystal, Cynthia, Tori, Dejshawn), aunts (Hattie, Ethal, Maddie, Augustine, Connie, Stacey), uncle (Stephen), and grandparents (Theodis Hill Sr.  Dorothy Charles).

Due to current administrative orders, there will be no funeral service at this time.  In honor of Theo there will be a memorial service that was postponed at this time due to restrictions, that will be held in the spring. Further updates will be posted on his memorial page. To get the notifications as well as send your love and condolences, the Facebook page is: “Reminiscing with Theo.”  Donations may be made at https://gofund.me/72d46571. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.


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