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Batavia - Immaculata Iannello, 73 of Batavia, passed away on Friday, (May 14, 2021) at Elderwood at Brockport.

Mrs. Iannello was born July 17, 1947 in Asheville, North Carolina a daughter of the late Fortunato and Angela Rose (Chereso) Ilasi.

Immaculata earned a Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology from Rosary Hill College (now Daemen College) and had a more than 40 year career working first at St. Jerome Hospital and then United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She retired as the head of Bacteriology. Mrs. Iannello was a parishioner of Resurrection Parish. She loved to read and watch television and movies - especially science fiction. She will be remembered for her sense of humor and her love of a good story.

Immaculata is the wife of the late John Samuel Iannello.

Surviving are her sons, John Iannello of Batavia, and Joseph Iannello of Lockport; grandchildren, Graclyn Ptak and Rae Iannello both of Burnsville, North Carolina; brothers, Nicholas (Constance) Ilasi of Batavia, and Salvatore Ilasi of Los Angeles, Cali.; brother-in-law, Richard (Anne) Iannello of Batavia. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Coraline Iannello, and a brother, Stephen (late Elaine) Ilasi.  

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday from 4 to 7 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia.  Immaculata 's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday, (May 20, 2021) from St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street in Batavia.  Burial will be in St.  Joseph's Cemetery in Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, PO Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021.  

Please note that facial coverings and social distancing will be required at both the funeral home and church. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

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

Macomb/Zephyrhills - Gerald G Elliott, 73  of Macomb, New York and Zephyrhills, Florida and formerly of Corfu, passed away on December 22, 2020 at Advent Health in Zephyrhills.

Mr. Elliott was born December 1, 1947 in Batavia, a son of the late George and Evadene (Wiltse) Elliott.

He was a 1967 graduate of Pembroke High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the Army, where he served honorably during the Vietnam War. Gerald was a member of the Akron Masonic Lodge, the Shriners, American Legion, VFW, and the Elks Club. He retired in 2010 after 36 years as a heavy equipment operator with County Line Stone.

Mr. Elliott enjoyed landscaping, hunting, fishing, spending time with family and friends, and traveling between Black Lake and Florida.

Surviving are his children, Steven Elliott of Corfu, Michelle Czechowicz of Lockport, and Amanda Elliott of Basom; grandchildren, Bryce, Kristen, Jason, Amarri, Journie, Giara, and Isaiah;  his companion, Pai, of Florida; siblings, Reylene (late George) VanGeldren of Fishkill, Gayle (Dennis) Waldron of Byron, Lee (Bonnie) Schoenthal of Corfu, and Ila Jean (late John) Terry of Hammond. Nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Family and friends are invited to call on May 22, 2021 from 1:00 pm  to 2:00 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, where a Masonic Service and Memorial Service will immediately follow at 2:00 pm. Gerald will be interred in the Western New York National Cemetery in Corfu at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  

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

LeRoy – Helen B. Church, 96, died in her home at St. Ann’s Community at the Greens in LeRoy on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 following a long illness.

Mrs. Church was born on September 5, 1924 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Clarence L. and Marion Annabal Buchholtz.  She graduated from Batavia High School in 1940, earned an associate degree from LaSell Junior College in 1942, and received her RN degree from the University of Rochester School of Nursing in 1945.  Mrs. Church worked as a nurse at Genesee Memorial Hospital and later was a director of The Homemakers Service in Genesee County.  She also worked in the social services departments at the Batavia Nursing Home and Genesee Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Church and her husband Maynard were long-time residents of Stafford on the Fargo Road in the house they built.  She was active in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Stafford) for decades.  She also was involved in voter services, had been a member of the former Conversation Class of Batavia, played bridge avidly and supported many community efforts as a volunteer throughout her life.  Most importantly, Mrs. Church unfailingly and unselfishly gave her time and energy to her family and friends, showing a genuine concern for everyone.

She is survived by her daughter, Charlotte Church and son-in-law Jonathan Gaines of Bronxville, NY; two step-granddaughters, Rebecca Lucas (Chris) and Laura Jofre (Jaime); and nieces and nephews Lawrence Schultz (Melissa), Caroline Schultz, Rick Church (Eileen), Tom Church (Sheri), Ann Richards (Gary Mirando), S. Grant Richards (Suzy), and John Willand (Peggy Carter).

Mrs. Church was predeceased by her husband, Maynard; her sister, Charlotte Schultz; and her nephew, Peter Schultz.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 22nd at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6188 Route 5, Stafford.  Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6188 Route 5, Stafford, NY 14143 or United Memorial Medical Center Foundation, 127 North Street, Batavia, NY 14020. To 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.

Mark R. Zetterberg, 61, of Batavia, passed away Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Monroe Community Hospital.

Mark was born August 24, 1959, in Batavia, son of the late Roger C. and Patricia Sliker Zetterberg.

Mark was a graduate of Pembroke Central High School Class of 1978. He was a dedicated member of the East Pembroke Fire Department, Fire Police and former Commissioner of the East Pembroke Fire District; and member of the Sportsmen’s Club.
Mark enjoyed woodworking, fishing, playing cards and especially going to Bingo with his Mom.

Mark is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

Family and friends may call Saturday, May 29, 2021 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu. A prayer service will follow at 3 p.m. Mark will be laid to rest with his beloved parents in the North Pembroke Cemetery in Mogadore, where Mark grew up. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him

Alabama - Brian Michael Urban, 68, of Alabama passed away on Wednesday (May 12, 2021) at his home.

Mr. Urban was born June 9, 1952 in Batavia, a son of the late Clyde and Eleanor (Moodie) Urban.

Brian grew up in Darien Center and graduated from Alexander Central School. He proudly served his country with the Marine Corps and was discharged as an E-5 Sergeant. He showed an aptitude for things mechanical at an early age, building go-karts when he was only 12 years old. His mechanical skills led him to own and operate Urban Automotive in Basom for over 40 years. Mr. Urban enjoyed being involved with anything automotive and served as a "crew chief" for several of his children as they raced cars. He was old school and enjoyed old movies and records.

He is survived by his children, Phillip (Arden Izzo) Urban, Douglas (Sarah Evans) Urban, both of Buffalo, Bonnie (Shawn) Thompson of West Seneca, Sara (Joshua) Benson of Georgia, and Thomas (Shannon Murray) Urban of Shelby; a step-daughter, Jillian (Rory) Charcholla of Rochester; brothers, Douglas Urban of North Carolina, Scott (Sandy Wohlers) Urban of South Carolina; sisters, Sherry (Don) Polack of Oregon, Vicki (late Richard) Streiff of Brockport, Wendy (late Tom) Berg of Iowa, and Janice (Mike) Cadieux of Minnesota. Six grandchildren also survive.  

Brian is preceded in death by a sister, Nancy Urban.

There will be no visitation. Services will be private for the family. He will be laid to rest with military honors in Western New York National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

lonesomeroad.jpgJames M. Karas, 64, of Batavia passed away on May 13, 2021. He was born on March 14, 1957 in Batavia to the late Joseph (Clara Jachimowicz) Karas. He is preceded in death by his brother Joseph Karas.

Jim was an avid reader, huge sports fan, he loved the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Orioles. He was a kind man that would do anything for anyone.

He is survived by his sister Victoria (Mark) Shea of Youngstown, NY, along with several nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Buffalo City Mission, 100 East Tupper St, Buffalo, NY 14203 www.buffalocitymission.org. 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.

Batavia – Robert “Bob”  B.  Carleton, 65, of Batavia passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Rochester General Hospital.

Mr. Carleton was born Monday, May 23rd, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a son of the late Percy "Pat" Carleton and Joyce Capp Carleton.

A devoted father and grandfather, Bob sacrificed much so his family would not be without. He loved baseball and took pride in cheering on his sons while they played. Bob was also an avid reader and book collector, who especially enjoyed browsing the shelves of the Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia. If not watching baseball or reading, he could be found lounging in his backyard pool, even on the coldest of days.

Bob is survived by his three sons and their partners, Nicholas and Andrea Carleton of Rochester, William Carleton and his fiancée Courtney Yachanin of Phoenix, Arizona, and Michael and Stephanie Carleton of Batavia; three grandchildren, Myles Miller and Macklyn and Merritt Carleton; the mother of his children, Lynn Carleton of Rochester; his brother, Bruce Carleton of Canada; his sister, Virginia Wescott of South Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his sister, Shirley Melachrinoudis.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Bob on Saturday, June 19th, 2021 at the Pavilion at Lakeside Beach State Park, 13691 Roosevelt Highway, Waterport, New York 14571. His family will begin greeting family and friends at 12 p.m. and food will be served at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his name to Richmond Memorial Library Foundation, 19 Ross Street, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

East Bethany - Rex  Joseph  Forkey, Jr., age 64, of East Bethany  passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 10, 2021 at his home.

He was born Monday, July 2, 1956 in Batavia, a son of the late Rex Joseph Forkey, Sr. and Mary Larson Forkey.

A graduate of Batavia High School, Rex worked for 43 years at P.W. Minor in Batavia, retiring in 2018. A fan of the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants, he was an avid bowler who loved to fish and hunt and raced enduro cars at the local racetracks.  Rex loved being with his family and will be remembered as a fantastic cook who thoroughly enjoyed grilling and barbecuing.

Rex is the husband of Neva M. Forkey. They were married on March 26, 1977 and celebrated 44 years of marriage together. He is also survived by his children;  Stacey (Michael) Bezon and Jason (Fiancée Michelle Gardner) Forkey both of Batavia; three grandchildren; Christopher D. Zajaczkowski and Alivia and Zalina Forkey; three sisters; Sharon (Daniel) Kuert  of Missouri and Charlene (Dennis) Schultz and Terri (Dan) Schultz, both of Elba along with many nieces and nephews.

There are no prior calling hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

Mary Elizabeth Butler, age 80, was called home by the Lord on Sunday May 9th, 2021.

Mary was born February 9th, 1941 in Elba, NY to the late Charles and Violet Ross.

Mary is survived by her loving husband John Butler of 22 years, Charles Giummo; her son, Theresa Hume; her daughter; her grandchildren Alicia (Justin) Watson, Katrina (Joseph) Schultz, Erica (Dallas) Logsdon, Alex Carney, and Sebastian Carney; her sisters Thelma Welch and Carol Hoak; many great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews; she shared a special bond with her niece Elizabeth Welch.

She is predeceased by her parents; her brothers George Ross and Albert Ross; and her first husband Lawrence Giummo.

Mary loved spending time with her family and friends. She was the baby of her family and loved her siblings dearly. She was a social butterfly and loved to talk for as long as you would let her. She had a great sense of humor and made everyone laugh, the best part is she never knew just how funny she was. She was always honest and never compromised who she was. She had a beautiful, childlike spirit and did not believe in keeping secrets. She loved her country music and on summer days you could usually hear Conway Twitty singing out of her window. She was truly one of a kind.

Her loss leaves an unfillable void in the hearts of her family. She will be dearly missed, but comfort is found knowing that she is in Heaven. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” John 3:16 NIV

She will never be forgotten.

Family and friends are invited to attend Mary’s funeral service on Friday May 14th, 2021, at the Grace Baptist Church 238 Vine St. Batavia NY, 14020 beginning at 11am. She will be laid to rest at Middlebury Cemetery, Middlebury NY.

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

Arrangements for Mary were entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-5673.

Frank Paul Markwica passed away peacefully on May 7, 2021, at the age of 82, in Conroe, Texas surrounded by family. Frank attended Elba Central School; kindergarten through his senior year. He was involved in student council and excelled in football and basketball. Two years after graduation he married his high school sweetheart, Leah Townsend, and was married for 43 years.

After high school, Frank worked at the Elba muck, Batavia Downs, and RR Gamble as a salesman. He and his partners eventually purchased Gambles and ran the business until they sold it in 1997.

Frank was a longtime and current member of the Elks Club and the Polish Falcons.  He was a former member of the Lions Club.

Frank and Leah divided their time between Batavia and Fort Myers, Florida. After Leah's passing, he spent his time in Barker, New York, Conroe, Texas, and Tuscon, Arizona.

He is preceded in death by his wife Leah Townsend Markwica, parents Mary and Peter Markwica, and infant brother Peter. He is survived by his daughter Trina (Dave) Almas of Conroe, Texas, granddaughter Julianna Almas of Denton, Texas, brother John Markwica of Rochester, New York, sister Lousie (Bob) Pattridge of Cleveland, New York, sister Bernice (Lary) Bateman of Byron, New York, and brother Bernerd (Carol) Markwica of Elba, New York along with many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral service to be held at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia, on Tuesday, May 18 at 11 am, followed by burial at Grandview Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Heart Association at heart.org or St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

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

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




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