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loup.jpg  Louis F. “Lou” Piacente, of Batavia, the son of the late Ralph and Carmela (Caruso) Piacente, was 85 years old and died peacefully in the intensive care unit at Unity Hospital from illness. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife BettyAnn (Davis) Piacente who was his “high school sweet heart” who passed in 2001. He was never the same without his BettyAnn.

Lou served in the United States Army, stationed in Germany for much of his tour and was a longtime employee at Graham Manufacturing in Batavia. He was a kind man and a help to many, always ready for a good conversation and to share a smile. Lou was the first to earn his “Sport Pilot” license in Genesee County and trained many students in the ultralight flying experience.

He was known as the “Doctor” back in the day of the Citizen Band radios as he repaired just about everyone’s rig. He found great joy in learning how things worked and how to repair just about anything. Lou loved his friends at his favorite restaurant, Town & Country in Batavia and would visit there every day for the past several years. He was a member of the City Church in Batavia and loved to worship Jesus Christ in song.

Lou is survived by his only son; Gary (Eileen) Piacente of Batavia; granddaughters Lisa (Terry) Piacente of Brockport and Melissa (Matthew) DeLosh of Holley, Lindsay (Kenneth) Fisher of Elba and Rachel Piacente of Batavia; great-grandchildren Olivia, Mariah, Kerri, Henry and Madison; brother Ralph (Jane) Piacente and sister Jeanmarie Gardener, both of Florida.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday March 16, 2021 from 6:00-7:00PM at The City Church 210 East Main St. in Batavia, NY 14020, where a 7:00PM Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation. Lou will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.


Arlene J. Peck, Age 81 of Batavia, died peacefully March 3, 2021 at her home.  Born in Batavia, NY on May 23, 1939, Arlene was a graduate of Oakfield High School and attended Brockport State College on a Field Hockey Scholarship.  Arlene was a substitute physical education teacher in the Attica Catholic School System, but was best known for waitressing at Sunny's and Alex's Place, both in Batavia.

She is survived by her loving children Rolene Peck of Naples, FL, Jolene (John) Schmidt of Vero Beach, FL, Randy (Yvonne) Peck of Batavia, NY along with three granddaughters, Joanne and Laura Schmidt and Taylor Peck.  She also was a great grandmother to Payton and Aubree.   Arlene is also survived by her brother Karl Dilcher of Oakfield, NY and a special cousin, Judy Nichols of Wyoming, NY.

Lastly, Arlene was predeceased by her husband and best friend, Roy T. Peck who sadly passed in January of 2009.  Arlene and Roy were admired for their love and devotion of fifty years.  While her family sadly mourns her passing, they find some comfort knowing that they are together again and she is at peace.   

Arrangements were made by Gilmartin Funeral Home in Batavia, NY.  There will be a Memorial Mass held for Arlene sometime this summer when her children are reunited to celebrate her life.  

button.jpg  Jessie Y. Button, age 82 of Perry, NY passed away on Tuesday March 9, 2021 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  She was born on July 2, 1938 in Batavia, NY, daughter of the late David and Mildred (Mason) Young-Hillabush.

Along with her parent she is preceded in death by her husband: Roy who passed away in 1999, daughter: Deborah Booth who passed away in 2015 and son: Michael who passed away in 2020, sisters: Dorthy Bower, Sally Nelson, Charlotte Somerfield, Ruth Crowley, brothers: Robert Young, Donal Young, Carl Young, Jack Hillabush, Donald Hillabush, brother-in-laws: Ray Shutt and Jerry Struck.

Jessie was a graduate of Batavia High School. Jessie was a homemaker, and worked for Perry Market Place in Perry in the bakery and as a cashier. She was an active member of Hope Chapel in Perry. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, playing scratch off tickets and listening to John Denver music. She loved the holidays keeping her Christmas tree up all year long and decorating it according to the season or holiday. She always looked forward to visits with family and friends.

Jessie is survived by her children: Bonnie (Stephen) Willey of Leicester, Laurie Button of Geneseo, Tammy Stewart of Geneseo and Jeffrey Button of Wyoming, 3 sisters: Jeanne Shutt of Zephyrhills, Fl., Betty (Bill) Harmon of Belfast, Carol Struck of Buffalo, 4 brothers: David (Debbie) Hillabush of Zephyrhills, Fl., Murray (Marie) Young of Buffalo, Paul (Ann) Hillabush of St. Johnsonville, NY and George (Anita) Hillabush of Alexandria Bay, NY, caregiver and friend: Ivy Alderman of Perry, 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and a great-great grandson, along with many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 11am-1pm on Saturday March 20th at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. in Perry,  where Funeral Services will follow at 1:00PM. (Jessie loved wearing hats in honor of her spirit please wear a hat to her service). Jessie will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Huntington Disease Foundation of America 505 8th Ave. Suite 902 New York, NY 10018 or to Hope Chapel 7 Church St. Perry, NY 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, N.Y. 14530.

simpson.jpg  Jacquelin M. “Jackie” Simpson, age 83 of Perry passed away on Tuesday March 9, 2021 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born in Jamestown, New York on July 26, 1937 a daughter to the late Gordon L. and Ethel (Erickson) Engwall. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Robert E. Simpson who passed away on February 7, 1994 and brother: Richard Engwall.

She was a 1955 graduate of Chautauqua High School. Jackie worked for 27 years at SUNY Geneseo as a principal account clerk retiring in 1993. She was an active member of the Hope Chapel in Perry where she was the church treasurer. A member of Care To Knit, a ladies group that creates lap blankets, bookmarks, baby sets for area nursing home, hospitals, school and also donates to the Office of the Aging and Salvation Army. She enjoys crocheting, baking, doing jigsaw puzzles, gardening, reading (often reading a book a day) and decorating her house for Christmas. Jackie took great pride and joy in her home. She was an amazing caretaker and mother.

She is survived by 3 daughters: Lorie Hill of Perry, Tammy Brown of Darien Center, April (Gene) Matteson of Perry, 2 sons: R. Michael (Janice) Simpson of Perry, Richard (Brenda) Simpson of Perry, 10 grandchildren: Jamie Simpson, Michael (Krista) Simpson, Roger Hill, Tara (Jim) Kuhn, Myriah (Greg) Brown-Hawk, Rebecca Brown, Jolynn (Dan) Kemp, Geno (Ashley) Matteson, Kaitlyn Matteson and Colin Matteson, 16 great grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends may call from 6-8pm on Saturday March 13th and Sunday March 14th from 11am-1pm at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. in Perry where Funeral Services will follow at 1:00PM. Jackie will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery in Perry.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Chapel 7 Church St. Perry, NY 14530.  For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, N.Y. 14530.

Elba - Stephen Robert Goff, "Stork", age 64 of Elba, passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Stork was born on October 20, 1956 in Canandaigua, a son of Marguerite Park Goff of Batavia the late Robert A. Goff. 

Stork was the longtime owner and proprietor of the Stumblin' Inn in Elba and served as the Village of Elba Mayor. He enjoyed playing softball and golf and was a longtime fan of the Buffalo Bills. He proudly served his country with the United States Marine Corps from 1975-1979 earning a Rifle Marksman Badge and a Good Conduct Medal. 

Surviving along with his mother are his brother, James (Ellen) Goff of Oakfield; two nieces, Jessica (Keith) Kertman of Palmyra and Elizabeth Goff of Oakfield; his great-niece, Cali Kertman; his brother-in-law, Greg Frielinghaus of Rochester; his aunt, Betty Monagan of Batavia; his girlfriend, Debbie Dilker of Brockport and her grandson Tripp.

He is predeceased by his sister Lorie Goff who passed away on July 29, 2020.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, March 15th, 2021  from 4:00 pm  to 6:00 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Services, with military honors will immediately follow visitation at 6:00 pm. He will be laid to rest in Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

James P. Calarco, 74, of Byron, passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the Batavia VA Medical Center.

James was born October 30, 1946 in Batavia, a son of the late Alphonso and Esther (Hundredmark) Calarco.

A veteran, Jim served with the United States Navy from 1966-1969 aboard the USS Canberra.  He was a member of St. Brigid Church, VFW, VVA 193 and he retired from Eastman Kodak Company.  James enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, camping and was a "city farmer" who loved gardening.

A special thank you to all the staff of Pine Lodge at the Batavia VA Medical Center for caring for Jim as one of their own family.

Surviving are his children, Amy (Thomas) Enderle of Brockport and James (Kim) Calarco, Jr. of Buffalo; grandchildren, Mya, Ava and Ethan Enderle; his cousin brother, Thomas (Maryanne) Sprague of Buffalo; lifelong friend and brother, James (Elizabeth) Conway of Pavilion; close friend, Edgar (Donna) Lougheed of Byron; his godson, Joseph (Erika) Calarco of Rochester and beloved nieces and nephews.

Jim is the husband of the late Rebecca M. Calarco and brother of the late Anthony Calarco and Kathryn Moirez.

Calling hours are Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.  Jim's Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Brigid Church, 18 Gibson Street, Bergen.  Burial with military honors will be in Byron Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vietnam Veterans Chapter 193, 29 Main Street, Warsaw, NY 14569 or Honor Flight Rochester at https://honorflightrochester.org/donations/.

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

Per New York State guidelines, funeral home and church occupancy will be limited to 50% capacity during calling hours and the mass.  Face masks will be required.

sigl.jpg Robert E. Sigl, 70, of Batavia passed away on March 3, 2021 at Rochester General Hospital. He was born on November 6, 1950 to the late Ronald and Rita (Kinnen) Sigl. In addition to his parents, Robert is predeceased by his brother; Steven Sigl.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years; Donna Sigl; Son Michael Sigl; sister Sharon (Bob) Laux; brother Terry (Laurie) Sigl; sisters-in-law Diane Sigl, Margaret Plunkett and Barbara Roberts, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Robert was born in Rochester, NY and was a proud Army veteran serving in Alaska. He worked for many years at Toyota of Batavia, known to many as “Toyota Bob”. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid golfer.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday March 14, 2021 from 2:00-5:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, New York 14020. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Robert will be laid to rest in the Western New York National Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Volunteers for Animals 3841 West Main St. Batavia, NY 14020 or Genesee Cancer Assistance 127 North St. in Batavia. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Marcia Jane Gleber
LeRoy, March 5, 2021 at age 87. Predeceased by her husband, Russell M. Gleber, sons, David and Eric Gleber. She is survived by her children; Michael (Judy Pierce), Russell (Catherine), James (Tammy), Roger (Sherrie) Gleber, 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 17 step great-grandchildren, sisters, Alice (Gary) Bubel, Jeanette (Ed) Kelly, several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 4-7 P.M. at Cameron Brady & Steuber Funeral Home, 111 Wolcott Street, LeRoy. Service and interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the LeRoy Ambulance, 1 Tountas Ave, LeRoy, NY 14482. To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit, www.leroyfuneralhome.com

Oakfield - Valera Mae Dart Radka, loving wife and mother, died Tuesday March 2, 2021 at the LeRoy Village Green Residential Healthcare Facility. She was 95.

Born in Batavia on September 11, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Rhoda Blossom Dart and Harold J. Dart. She was a 1943 graduate of Batavia High School.

After high school, she worked in the office of the Massey Harris Company. She married her husband of 74 years, Sherwin A. Radka, on January 16, 1947. The couple lived in Batavia and Buffalo before moving to Oakfield where she became a homemaker.

Valera was active in the Oakfield Home Bureau and several women's organizations at the former Oakfield Presbyterian Church where she was a member. She and Sherwin enjoyed traveling in the United States often visiting family and friends.

In addition to her husband, Valera is survived by her daughter, Gayle Miraglia (Peter) of Guilderland, New York and her son, Jeffrey Radka (Mary) of Brockport. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Janelle Baker (Sean) of Lancaster, Meghann Hongach (William) of Bronxville, New York, Leslie Radka of Rochester and Damian Miraglia of Chicago; four great-grandsons, nieces and a nephew.

She was predeceased by her half brother, Donald Scoville.

Her family would like to thank the entire staff of the LeRoy Village Green for their compassion and care.

Funeral services will be held privately. Memorial contributions to the Oakfield United Methodist Church, 2 South Main Street, Oakfield, New York 14125. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

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

LeRoy – Brian W. Kettle, age 79, of LeRoy, passed away peacefully at the LeRoy Village Green on Monday, March 1, 2021.

     Brian was born on March 20, 1941 in Warrington, England at the depth of the second World War. He was the son of the late William and Frances (Leigh) Kettle.  Brian emigrated from England to America on October 4, 1964 following his sister Joan Kettle Feeley and her American US Serviceman husband, Walter Feeley.  Lapp Insulator initially sponsored Brian for work in the USA as a welder.  Brian was Catholic, attended Catholic schools growing up in England and became a member of the St Peter’s/Our lady of Mercy Parish.  Brian’s fiancée Florence “Nancy” Woolham would soon join Brian for a life in America and they were married at St. Peter’s Church in LeRoy on February 27, 1965.  Brian and Nancy celebrated 56 years of marriage the weekend prior to his passing.

     Brian began working at Lapp Insulator in 1964 as a welder. In 1983, Brian started his own welding business known as BK Precision Welding, retiring in 2006.    

     In addition to Brian’s welding career, he was involved in many other ventures.  During the mid- 1960’s and 1970’s, Brian was known as the guy from England who played the drums at all the local clubs and many weddings in the local area.  In the late 1970’s, Brian opened up his own bar/restaurant on Main Street called “Brian’s Pub” bringing in the best local talent including Dave North of the Dave North Trio.   Along with his main job as a welder, Brian became a Disc Jockey in the 1980’s. During this time Brian became known as “The Gov”.   Brian loved entertaining and enjoyed celebrating with many families for their joyous occasions from birthday celebrations to weddings.   In 1990, Brian purchased the building on Main Street that once housed his Pub and with the help of his sons, started the “LeRoy Athletic Club” aka “Kettle’s Gym” which is still in operation today.   

     Brian also served as a civic volunteer as President of the Hooks and Ladders Club in 1974-1975 and again in 1991.  Brian also coached youth soccer in the 1980’s and was a member of the Genesee Creamer’s Rugby Club as both a player and a coach.  A very special highlight of his time with the Creamer’s was their 1986 team visit to Ireland to play in several exposition matches.  

     Brian will be sadly missed by his loving and devoted wife, Nancy and his children; Robert (Sarah) Kettle, William (Laura) Kettle, James (Donna) Kettle and Ann (Kevin) Olivani; grandchildren; Evelyn, Ryan and Andrew, step-grandson Eric Donohue, Kristen and Jamie, Kade and Zoey; step-great grandson, Nathan Fullmer; along with many nieces and nephews from both the Kettle and Woolham families.

     In addition to his parents, Brian was predeceased by his sisters, Joan Kettle Feeley of LeRoy and Patricia Kettle Brandwood of Warrington, England; in-laws Walter Feeley and William Brandwood; and nephew David Feeley.

     A special thank you to everyone at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing home for the care they provided Brian over his year and half stay at the Green’s, with special thanks to dear family friend, Samantha Vagg.

     Calling hours will be Friday, March 5, 2021 from 4 pm -7 pm at Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road, LeRoy and a Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church on Lake Street in LeRoy.  (Funeral home and church occupancy will be limited to 50% capacity during the course of visitation and the mass and face masks are required.)  Brian's funeral mass will be livestreamed through the parish website. www.ourladyofmercyleroy.org 

     Contributions can be made to the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home, 10 Munson Street LeRoy, NY 14482 or the American Legion, 53 West Main Street, LeRoy NY.

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

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

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