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Bergen ~ Manley F. Vosburgh, age 71, passed away June 10, 2020 after a brief battle with cancer.  He is survived by his wife, Loretta, their three daughters, five granddaughters and a large extended family.

     There are no prior calling hours or services.  Your memories and condolences may be shared with Manley's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

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

Bergen ~ Barbara A. DeFazio, age 70, of Kaymar Drive, passed away at home unexpectedly on Monday afternoon (June 8, 2020)

     She was born October 30, 1949 in Rochester, a daughter of Louise Schmitt Gross and the late Joseph Gross.

     Barbara will be remembered as a very loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend to many.  She was not only devoted to her family, but had a strong devotion to her faith.  She was a longtime custodian and sacristan at St. Brigid Church in Bergen, as well as a longtime lector and Eucharistic Minister and also lead the rosary before each mass. She was a member of the St. Brigid Folk Group, where she played guitar for 28 years from 1976 - 2004. Barbara was also a retiree of the Byron-Bergen Central School District, where she was a longtime elementary school library aide.

     She is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Salvatore C. DeFazio; son, Brian (Kristi) S. DeFazio; granddaughter, Lily Ann DeFazio; grandson, Benjamin Brian DeFazio; mother, Louise Gross; father-in-law, John C. DeFazio; brothers, John (Susan) Gross, Paul (Debra) Gross and James (Ann) Gross, along with many nieces and nephews.

     She was predeceased by her father, Joseph C. Gross, mother-in-law, Rose DeFazio and granddaughters, Melanie Lynn DeFazio and Kaelynn Brianna DeFazio.

     Family and friends may call on Sunday, June 14 from 1 ~ 4 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., (Rt. 19), LeRoy. (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 25% capacity during the course of visitation and face masks will be required.)  Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 15 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Brigid Church, 18 Gibson St., Bergen, with interment to follow in St. Brigid Cemetery. (The funeral mass will be celebrated outside behind the church.  People attending are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair if possible.)

     Contributions in memory of Barbara may be made to St. Brigid Church, c/o Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 44 Lake St., LeRoy, N.Y. 14482

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

Vernon G. Rupert - Alexander. The memorial service that was scheduled for Vernon G. Rupert on July 5, 2020, has been postponed until July 2021. This is due to the continued restrictions of the COVID 19 virus and concerns of the family.

Richard L. Stempkowski, 80 of Perry, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. He was born on April 24, 1940 in Lancaster to the late Leo (Dorothy Kryszewski) Stempkowski. He is preceded in death by his wife Joan (Skapik) Stempkowski, daughters Donna Flick and Bonnie Celano.

Richard owned and operated S&S Trucking in Buffalo. He enjoyed motorcycles, was an avid fisherman and bowler. Mr. Stempkowski was a longtime member of St. John Kanty Church in Buffalo. He was amazing with children and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Richard is survived by his sister Terri Goad of OH; 5 grandchildren, April (Jason) Weatherbee of Attica; Jara (Ford) Johnson of GA; Scott (Miranda) Flick of Niagara Falls, NY; Chris (Nicole) Haas of Bennington; Corey Summerville of Alden; 10 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.  

There will be no prior calling hours or Funeral Service.   

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family to be distributed to various charities. 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.

Batavia - Thomas H. Pendleton, 72, of Batavia, passed away Sunday, June 7, 2020, at Orchard Manor Residential Health Care Facility.

Mr. Pendleton was born February 21, 1948, in North Tonawanda, a son of Thomas L. Pendleton of North Tonawanda and the late Arta Mae Pink Pendleton.

 A truck driver for Stroehmann Bakeries in Rochester, he proudly served his country during the Vietnam War with the United States Air Force.

Surviving along with his father are his wife, Suzanne Earl Pendleton, whom he married November 16, 1990; three children; Jeanna Pendleton Brown, of Louisiana, Jeffrey Pendleton, of Louisiana, and Timothy Pendleton, of Batavia; his brother, Henry (Cindy) Pendleton, of North Tonawanda; his sister, Marjorie (David) Switala, of Lakewood; along with several grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior visitation.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. He will be laid to rest in the Western New York National Cemetery, Pembroke. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Thomas's memory may be made to the veteran's organization of the donor's choice. 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, Batavia.

York / Caledonia ~ Pamela M. SinClair, age 63, passed away Saturday afternoon (June 6,2020) in Pennsylvania as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

     She was born January 24, 1957 in Batavia, a daughter of Marie Rosemark SinClair Manley and the late Robert SinClair.

     Pam will be remembered as a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, companion and dear friend.  She was a very caring and giving member of her community, having been a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the bell choir, the Caledonia Fire Dept., Kelley's Heroes and the Genesee County H.O.G.  After college, Pam began working for Kodak, where she advanced over the years into administration, eventually retiring after 40 years, when that part of Kodak became the Harris Corp.

     She is survived by her companion, Harold Morris; her mother, Marie Manley (Bill Goodburlet); daughter, Vicky SinClair, granddaughter, Estelle Marie Golden; sister, Becky (Mark) Schroeder; brother, Robert (Kristin) Sinclair Jr., along with many loving nieces and nephews.

     She was predeceased by her father, Robert SinClair in 2010.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, June 12 from 3 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where memories will be shared at 7:00 PM.  (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 25% capacity during the course of visitation and memory sharing and face masks will be required.)  Interment in the East Bethany Cemetery will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Pam are suggested to either the Teresa House, 21 Highland Rd., Geneseo, NY 14454 www.teresahouse.org or to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, 733 Third Ave., Suite 510, New York, NY 10017. www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org

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

Massena: James C. Murphy, age 99 passed away peacefully on June 4, 2020 at the Massena Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. The family has entrusted funeral arrangements to the care and direction of the Phillips Memorial Home in Massena. Funeral services for James will be held at the convenience of the family with a graveside service held in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, in Batavia, NY at a later date.

James was born on June 6, 1920, in Buffalo, NY. He is the first of two children born to the late James E. and Anna (Scheur) Murphy. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Viola (Neth, Wahls) Murphy formerly of Batavia, NY. James is also survived by his children: Sheilah Murphy of Seattle, WA; Kevin and Deborah Murphy, of Gloversville, NY; Arline Murphy, of Massena, NY; Nora and Bruce Murphy-Kotteman, of Princess Anne, MD; Deborah and Brian White-Sallee of Reno, NV; Arthur and Carla Wahls of Batavia, NY; and David and Robin Wahls, of Doswells, VA. James is also survived by seven grandchildren: Seana Murphy, of Salem, OR; Christopher and Noelle Murphy of Bennington, VT; Cassandra Murphy of Cromwell, CT; Kelly Conners of Massena, NY; Andrea and Robert Falkowski of East Bethany, NY; James and Tessali Wahls of Owego, NY; and Hillary Wahls, of Doswell, VA. He has 11 great-grandchildren: Dylan Murphy, Meghan Mills, William Murphy, James Murphy, Olivia Murray, Owynn Conners, Logan Wahls, Calayla Sacdalan, Wesley Falkowski, Emmaline Falkowski, and James J.A. Wahls. He was predeceased by his parents; his brother, Edward; and a grandson, Drew Wahls.

As a teenager he attended Fosdick-Masten Park High School in Buffalo until starting work for Western Union in 1936. Beginning in 1938 he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, stationed in Nevada and Idaho, in part as a forest fire fighter. He often remarked that the years spent with the C.C.C. were among his most formative and even 80 years later was moved by the memory of those who were lost. Following his time with the C.C.C. he entered the United States Army in February 7, 1942 to serve his country proudly during World War II.

During the war, he served with the 88th Infantry Division in North Africa and Italy. In Italy he was transferred to 5th Army City Command Section, under the 5th Army Headquarters, where he served establishing provisional governments in liberated cities. He was honorably discharged from the service on December 12, 1945. 

In 1948 he began his career with General Motors at the gear and axle plant in Buffalo. He transferred to the engine plant in Tonawanda four years later. Then in 1959 he and his then-wife Joan, and their four children moved to Massena where he began work at the Chevrolet aluminum foundry. He worked continuously until his retirement in 1987. The following year he was brought on as a consultant in the creation of the Saturn Corporation in Detroit, MI. James later returned to consult for GM from 1993-1996, and 1998-2004.

James loved all sports, but had a particular affinity for horse racing, basketball, and football. He was an avid bowler, serving as Secretary and Treasurer of the Sunday night mixed doubles league at the Seaway Bowl for 15 years. He enjoyed bicycle racing and table tennis, and went on to compete in the New York State Senior Games in 1990 and 1991, where he won gold medals in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races, and a bronze medal in table tennis. In 1992 he competed in the National Senior Games in Syracuse. Throughout his life James loved singing, story-telling, and jokes and he loved sharing these with his family and friends. Whether in the barracks, at the bowling alley, at the GM Retirees’ luncheons, on several cruises with his wife Viola, during Friday nights at the Village Inn, as a member of the Sacred Heart Choir, or when he was surrounded by family, James could always be relied on for laughter and song. It’s hard to imagine a finer bequest than that.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be acknowledged with St. Vincent de Paul; 128 Main St, Massena, NY 13662 or Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley; 6805 US-11, Potsdam, NY 13676. Memories and online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.PhillipsMemorial.com

pringle_gordon_-_photo1.jpgGordon R. Pringle Jr. “Corky”, 68 of Batavia passed away unexpectedly on Friday (June 5, 2020) at his residence.

He was born May 27, 1952 in Buffalo, NY, a son of the late Gordon Pringle and Pearl Kingsley.

Corky was a former manager at Koolatron prior to his retirement. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. He was also a member of Godfrey Pond.

Survivors include his wife, Ann Sutherland Pringle of Batavia. Children, Edward (Tricia) Levinstein of Corfu, Tara (Michael Moyles) Levinstein of Pembroke, Elizabeth (Ron Barkie) Levinstein of California and Emily Pringle of Batavia. Grandchildren, Benjamin, William and Max Levinstein, Charlie Liongson and Mary Barkie. Brother, Keith (Judy) Pringle of Caledonia and Sister, Deb (Dan) Heale.

He was the brother of the late Earnest Heep.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Batavia - Roger I. Francis, 62, of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Roger was born January 29, 1958, in Batavia, a son of Alice (Sanderson) Francis of Batavia and the late Irving Francis.

Roger graduated in 1977 from Batavia High School.  He had a passion for motorcycles and movies.  He was a member with his brother in Rochester Street Machine.

Surviving along with his mother, Alice (Sanderson) Francis of Batavia, are his loving wife of 20 years, Faith (Rowland) Francis of Batavia; brother, Paul Francis of Florida; a sister, Doreen (Beni) DaSilva of Maine; Faith's siblings and several nieces and nephews.

Along with his father, Irving Francis, Roger is predeceased by a niece, Jill Dos Santos.

Roger's funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday (June 9) at Stafford Rural Cemetery, 8971 Transit Road, Stafford.  Those wishing to attend are asked to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Roger's memory may be made to the family. 

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

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

Byron - Kevin P. Curran, 67, of Byron, passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at his home in Byron.

Kevin was born April 21, 1953, in Brooklyn, a son of the late John and Joanne (Sendrowski) Curran, Sr.

A veteran with the United States Navy, Kevin loved his cats and dogs, cooking and spending time with his family.  He worked sales for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Julie (Thompson) Curran of Byron; his daughter, Kim Curran; his stepdaughter, Adrienne Gunderson; stepson, Austin Kendall; brothers, John (Mary Lou), Dennis (Nancy), Patrick (Joyce), Mike (Chrissie) and Tim (Audrey) and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Kevin is a brother of the late Duane Curran, Tracey Curran and Jerry (Mary Ellen "Lolly") Curran.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Kevin's memory may be made to Golisano Children's Hospital, 150 Crittenden Blvd., Rochester, NY 14642, https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/childrens-hospital/ways-to-give.aspx or to Volunteers For Animals, PO Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021, http://www.vol4animals.org/donate.

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

Arrangements for Kevin were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen, (585) 494-1210.




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