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Dolores (Strollo) Bielec, 88, Corfu resident passed away June 9, 2021 of natural causes with her family by her side. Dee was born on February 5, 1933, in Batavia, NY to Modesto and Frances (Fenello) Strollo. 

She is survived by her husband, David Bielec of 57 years. Her daughters Julie (Pacsuta) Bielec and husband John of Confluence, PA. Justine (Staebell) Bielec and Dan of Pembroke. Jane (Toledo) Bielec and Danny of Roswell, GA.

She is also survived by her brother Larry Strollo and sister Carol Strollo, both of Batavia, NY. She was predeceased by her brother William and wife Faye Strollo and brother P. Michael Strollo. 

She has five grandchildren. Zachary and Carley Staebell, Nicolette and Mia Toledo and John (JJ) Pacsuta. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. 

Dee graduated from Canisius College in 1954 with her degree as a registered nurse. She was employed by St. Jerome’s hospital and taught at McAuley’s school of practical nursing. Later she had a long career in nursing for a local physician in Corfu, NY, with Dr. Sydney McLouth, where she became part of the community and a friend to all. 

Dee was active in her community of the Village of Corfu as a part Trustee and was an active member of her parish. 

Her hobbies included reading, traveling and spending time with her family. 

Calling hours will be Friday, June 11th from 5 to 8 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc. 4 East Main St., Corfu, NY.  The funeral mass will be at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church 18 West Main Street,  Corfu, NY at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12th. Interment will follow the mass at Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu, NY.

Batavia – George B. Van Nest, age 81, passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021 under the care of his family and HomeCare & Hospice.

George was born November 4, 1939, in Trenton, New Jersey to the late David S. and Alice (Bitner) Van Nest.  He was also preceded in death by an older brother, David F. Van Nest.

George served in the United States Navy out of Mayport, Florida.   He served primarily on the USS Shangri-La (CV-38) as a jet mechanic and plane captain. He served during the US Naval blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He later worked for Mettler Instrument Company for over 30 years. This job brought him to Batavia.  He worked on intricate scales used in hospitals and quality control laboratories as a service technician, later becoming a regional service manager.  When he retired from that position, he worked for the City of Batavia for 10 years in the Bureau of Water and Waste Water.

Spending time with family and friends was special to him.  George enjoyed camping in his vintage Winnebago motor home and enjoyed staying at the Thousand Islands and Letchworth State Park with his family and friends for many years.   He camped with the Winnebago at Watkins Glen International to share the race with his son and members of the family.  He loved being outdoors and working on his classic vehicles.  He rode his Harley motorcycle for many years and had fun with the people he met at Stan's Harley Davidson.  His choice of transportation and fun for many years was his bicycle.  He especially loved riding it at the Jersey Shore on Long Beach Island for other family vacations and for doing a road clean-up frequently on the highway where he lived.    

George was friendly, and always willing to serve however possible.  He was continually "fixing things" and loved the challenge of a repair job and often was the first to offer assistance.  He was a long time member of the BPOE Elks Lodge in Batavia; the Genesee County Chapter of (HOG) Harley Owners Group and the YMCA.  For many years he served the Lord at St. Paul Lutheran Church in several roles including usher and communion assistant.  

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth “Betty” (Stilwell) Van Nest and their two loving children and spouses:  George S. (Veronica) Van Nest of Clarence, NY and Betsey (Christopher) Reigle of Hilton, NY  and their four grandchildren: Alison E. Reigle, Laura A. Reigle; Jordan E. Van Nest and Tyler N. Van Nest. He is also survived by one brother, Kenneth J. (Janet) Van Nest of Trenton, NJ; and one brother-in-law, Nicholas Stilwell of Trenton, NJ and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Thursday, June 17th, 2021 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. His funeral service will be held on Friday, June 18th at 11 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Grand View Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran School, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

marzano.jpg  Maria T. Marzano, 72, of Palm Coast, Florida, formerly of Oakfield passed away on June 6, 2021 at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach. She was born in Batavia on June 25, 1948 to the late Thomas (Rose Monachino) Tambe. She is also preceded in death by a sister; Roseanne Tambe.

Mrs. Marzano was the “Maria” in Tony & Maria’s Pizzeria in Oakfield. She retired as head of the language department at Alexander Central School and was an adjunct professor at Daytona State College. Maria was former President of Women’s AGLOW.

She is survived by her husband; Samuel Marzano of Palm Coast, FL; beloved sons James (MaryAnn) Distaffen of Wilmington, NC, Anthony (Deann) Distaffen II of Rochester, Thomas (Mayra) Distaffen of Kissimmee, FL; siblings Lib (the late Debbie) Tambe of FL, Sam (Jean) Tambe of Oakfield, Tom (Nancy) Tambe of Lancaster, Carol (Jim) Mangino of Bliss, Lucy (Brad) Hudson of TN, Paul (Christy) Tambe of TN; 4 grandchildren Nicole Lougheed, Stephanie, Isabella and Michael Distaffen, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday June 16, 2021 from 4:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Maria will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery in Oakfield.

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.

Batavia ~ Molly K. Lindke, age 47 of Cedar Street, passed away Tuesday evening (June 8, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, comfortably with her family at her side.

     She was born July 9, 1973 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Robert and Margaret Baker FitzSimmons.

     Molly loved her children and grandchildren and enjoyed attending all of their various sporting events.  She enjoyed scrapbooking, yard sales and was obsessed with collecting anything associated with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

     Molly is survived by her husband of 19 years, Benjamin; her children, Cassy (Gregory) Malcomb, Zachary FitzSimmons and Cody FitzSimmons; her grandchildren, Danielle, Kendall, Greyson, Madalynn and Savannah; her sisters, Mary (Daniel) Sprung and Stacey (Glenn) Bush; niece, Nicole (Tom) Brown and their son, Cory; nephew, Cameron Bush; mother-in-law, Jean Lindke,  along with many in-laws and dear friends.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her father-in-law, Gerry Lindke.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, June 11 from 2 ~ 4 and 6 ~ 8 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy. (Facemasks must be worn for visitation).  Her Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, June 12 at 11 AM at The Living Waters Church, 30 Main St., LeRoy, with interment to follow in St. Francis Cemetery.

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

erwinhvallance.jpgErwin H. Vallance, 83 of Warsaw, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw. He was born September 11, 1937 in Bliss to the late Robert (Edna Harry) Vallance. Erwin is preceded in death by his beloved wife Sheila (Foote) Vallance, grandson Connor Trapatsos, siblings, Eloise Jones, Joan Cleveland, Vernon, Ronald, Marvin and Wayne Vallance.

Mr. Vallance worked for the NYS Highway Department in Warsaw and N. Java. He took care of Lyonsburg Cemetery and was a part time lawn caretaker in Bliss. Erwin loved horse pulls and spending time with his family. He was a longtime member of Bliss Baptist Church.

He is survived by his children, David Vallance of Holland, NY; Sandra (Greg) Stroud of Pike; Michael (Mary) Vallance of Blasdell; LuAnn (Christopher) Trapatsos of Fairport; sister Velma D’Angelo of Warsaw, 15 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to a 1:00 PM Graveside Service at Lyonsburg Cemetery in Bliss on Friday, June 11, 2021.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Bliss Baptist Church, 3402 Main St. Bliss, NY 14024. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

Attica - Bruce W. Morgan, 67 of Attica, passed away on Tuesday, (June 1, 2021) at his home.

Mr. Morgan was born June 20, 1953 in Gouverneur, New York a son of the late George and June (Woodrow) Morgan.

Bruce enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, and classic cars. He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren's sporting events.

He is survived by his wife, Laura (Blowers) Morgan; children, Jason B. (Mara),  Jason A., Jennifer (fiance Paul), Justin, Alicia (Andrew), and Becky (fiance Bo); grandchildren, Ryan, Tanner, Morgan, Austin, Lauraeli, and Alexander; brothers, Richard (Robin) Morgan, and Clifford (Tammy) Morgan; sisters, Barbara (Garry) Richardson, Charlene (Loren) Arquitt, and Georgette Morgan Brown. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Bruce is preceded in death by a brother, Robert Morgan.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday (June 15, 2021) from 4 to 6 PM at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia.  Bruce's Memorial Service will immediately follow visitation at 6 PM. Burial in Western New York National Cemetery, will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Veteran's Outreach Center, 447 South Avenue, Rochester, New York 14620 .  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Oakfield - Darlene G.  Bilby, age 87 of Oakfield passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at her home under the care of HomeCare & Hospice.

She was born August 22, 1933 in Morocco, Indiana, a daughter of the late Lawrence Dawson and Verda Hickman Dawson.

She was a ​longtime employee of Fisher-Price in Medina and a ​member of Living Faith World Outreach in Albion.  While growing up Darlene enjoyed playing softball and riding her horses, Julie and Sally. She took great pride in mowing her lawn on her tractors, "Big Red" and "Maude" and enjoyed farming, gardening, sewing and making stuffed animals.

She is survived by her children; Bonita (Joseph) Weese  of West Virginia,  Carol Bilby  of Oakfield, Lawrence Bilby of Albion and Ron Bilby of Oakfield; her daughter-in-law; Grace Bilby of Oakfield; four grandchildren; Joseph and Amanda of West Virginia, Kyle of Florida and Brian of Albion; two great-grandchildren who live in West Virginia and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her siblings, Dean, Dale, Daryl and Delou.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, June 19th, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue where her funeral service will immediately follow visitation at 4 pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter, 6215 Sheridan Drive, #100, Buffalo, New York 14221.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

After 102 years, Naomi Parsons Meier Slusser left this world on June 5, 2021 to be with loved ones in heaven.

She was born in Ripley, WV, the daughter of Guy W. and Pearl Williams Parsons. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald W. Meier, whom she married in 1946. After Don’s death, she married William H. Slusser, a fellow employee of Batavia Metal Products and longtime friend. Bill died in 2012 after thirty years together. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Guy S. Parsons and her great granddaughter, Katherine Meier.

Naomi is survived by her daughter, Susan Meier (John) Magnano, and son, Stephen W. (Lei) Meier; grandchildren Christopher (Marilyn) Magnano, Matthew (Irina) Meier, Meghan Meier; and great-grandson Artemi Meier; her sister Janet Goff, former daughter-in-law Bonnie Meier, and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Naomi was a graduate of Ripley High School and the Charleston School of Commerce in Charleston, WV. She was employed by the Bank of Ripley, where she advanced to Assistant Cashier and became a member of the US Association of Banking Women. In 1946, she moved to Stafford, NY with her husband Don and was employed by Vanguard Abrasive and Houskenecht Motors while her children were small. She spent the last 22 years of her career as the accountant at Batavia Metal Products.

She loved to travel with her husband Bill making trips to Alaska, Hawaii, the Panama Canal, various countries in Europe, and numerous cruises. They also spent 25 winters in Sanford, FL at their second home, hosting multiple family and friends.

Naomi was an enthusiastic walker and won seven First Prize Awards in the Golden Age Olympics, held in Florida each winter. She had many hobbies and interests, and will be remembered for her baking and cooking, hosting holidays, playing cards, garage sales and square dancing.

For more on Naomi’s remarkable life, be sure to pick up a copy of her autobiography, “A West Virginia Hillbilly’s Story,” published shortly before her passing. Calling hours will be held Friday, June 11 from 4-7 p.m. at H. E. Turner & Co, Batavia. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 12 at 11 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church of LeRoy, where she was a longtime member. Private interment to follow at Morganville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Naomi Slusser requested that donations be made to The First Presbyterian Church of LeRoy.

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

Niagara Falls - Doris Henry (Mayl), age 68 of Niagara Falls, passed away on Monday, June 7, 2021 at Newfane Rehabilitation and Health Center.

Doris was born on August 14, 1952 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Kenneth Henry Sr. and Minnie Vitatoe Henry.

Surviving are her son, James A. (Roxanne) Henry of Rochester; three grandchildren; Adele, Tessa and Angus Henry, all of Rochester; four brothers; Ronald (Linda) Henry of Rochester, Kenny (Kathy) Henry of Montgomery, Alabama, Jimmy D. Henry of Dothan, Alabama, and Samuel (Allison & Rosalia) Henry of Virginia; her sister; Jackie Henry of Albion; along with several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.

She is predeceased by her sisters, Betty Havens and Bonnie Jean Marsciell.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, June 13th, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, where services will follow immediately at 4 pm. Private burial will be held at the convenience of the family in Stafford Rural Cemetery.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

barbarayoung.jpgBarbara Young, 87 of Attica, passed away peacefully at Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility on Monday, June 7, 2021. She was born September 5, 1933 to the late Anna Stawicki. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Philip Young Jr. and brother John “Jack” Stawicki.  

Mrs. Young worked years ago at Woolworth’s in Cheektowaga. She was an active member of Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish, singing in the choir and member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She was past President of Tri Town Senior Citizens. Barb loved garage sales, flea markets, gardening and bingo.

She is survived by her beloved sons, Roy (Cheryl) Young, Philip (LuAnn) Young III, William (Sally) Young, 6 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 4-7 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC., 135 Main St., Attica, NY 14011. An 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 11, 2021 at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish, 2311 Attica Rd, Varysburg, NY 14167. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Varysburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14020 or to Gateway Home, 91 Main St., Attica, NY 14011. 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.

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