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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.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

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.

laskey_james_-_photo.jpgJames H. Laskey, Jr, 92, born in Medina NY on October 13, 1927 and who lived in Elba, NY since 1967 with his wife, Virginia, died June 2, 2020.

He was the son of the late James H. Laskey, Sr. and Katherine V. Wisnock Laskey of Medina.

Mr. Laskey was raised on a farm and later worked at Curtiss Wright, an aircraft factory near Buffalo, where he helped build the P-40 (The famous Flying Tiger Plane).  When he turned 18 he joined the Navy and took part in Operation Crossroads in 1946, which involved 2 Atomic Bomb tests in the Marshall Islands, Bikini Atoll. His ship was the U.S.S. AJAX, AR-6, but he also served aboard the U.S.S. Belerphon, ARL-31, a converted LST. While aboard the Belerphon, he received an oral commendation from his captain for spotting a floating mine, which would have meant almost certain disaster for his ship and shipmates. He received the WWII Victory Medal, The Good Conduct Medal and was honorably discharged in 1949.

After discharge, he worked for Hill Brothers Greenhouse Construction of Shelby and later at Meiser Chevrolet Dealership in Oakfield as a Certified Body and Fender Technician for collision repair.

He was a longtime member of the Newstead VFW Post #3180; Batavia American Legion Post #0332; NAAV (National Assoc. of Atomic Veterans) and the National Rifle Association.

Jim enjoyed playing the guitar and mandolin and sang country and bluegrass songs. He loved deer hunting and trout fishing and was also a classic antique car enthusiast and a member of the Lone Wolf Cruisers for many years.

Along with his wife, Mr. Laskey is survived by one son, Jesse Laskey of San Diego, CA; “adopted daughter Marcy Prentice and Son in -law, Bruce Prentice; two grandsons, Bruce III and Jordan.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Victor Laskey of Albion.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in Indian Falls Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

torcello_joan-_photo.jpgJoan D. (Waclawski) Torcello, 96, beloved wife of the late Ralph F. “Rick” Torcello, died June 1, 2020 at Crest Manor Nursing Home in Fairport, NY.  Mrs. Torcello was born February 8, 1924, a daughter of the late Anthony and Anna Waclawski of Bethany Center & Buffalo, NY.  She was a Business Major graduate in 1941 from Riverside High School in Buffalo and upon graduation, worked first as an aircraft riveter and then as account clerk at Bell Aircraft Corporation. 

During WWII Joan moved to Washington, D.C. to work as an account clerk with the Navy Department and later for the Veteran’s Administration in D.C. and in Buffalo after the war.   She and Rick were married on October 19, 1946 after his discharge from the Naval Armed Guard that year.

Joan continued to be employed over the years in accounting and office management for Roy Porter Produce & Brokerage in Elba for over 12 years.  She retired from the Batavia Holiday Inn in 1986 after 14 years as their bookkeeper and accountant.  Over her lifetime she was a member of the Stafford Planning Board, the Republican Stafford and County Committees, the Byron-Bergen PTA, serving as president, and the Byron Bergen Advisory and Educational Study Committees.

She enjoyed volunteering at the St. Jerome Hospital Gift Shop and the Batavia Senior Center.  She also participated as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Glenn S. Loomis Post #332, Batavia American Legion.  With her husband, she was an avid summer Silver Lake camper and loved showing their antique automobiles at area car shows.  A devout Catholic, she was a member of Ascension Parish/Sacred Heart Church and former member of the Altar & Rosary Society.

She is survived by her four children, Patricia A. (Joseph) Catalina of Valatie, NY; Marcia A. (Joseph) Rice of Pittsburgh, PA; Ronald R. (Mary Cain) Torcello of Churchville, NY; and Robin J. (Stephen) Hodownes of Honeoye Falls, NY; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by sisters Mary Dombrowski, Sophie Adolf, Stella Kawacz, Frances Polec, Julia Slusar, Helen Hunt and Josephine Mager, and by brothers Joseph Waclawski, John Waclawski and Walter Waclawski.

Private services and funeral mass will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Mass cards or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY14020. RONALD KONIEZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

merle.jpg  Florence C. Merle, 105, of Attica, passed away peacefully Monday, June 1, 2020 at Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw. She was born on September 28, 1914 in Warsaw to the late Mark (Ruth Cox) Chamberlain. Mrs. Merle is preceded in death by her husband Arthur E. Merle June 19, 1995; daughter-in-law Julie Merle; siblings Carrie (Richard) Smith, Agnes (Andrew) Ellicott, Ray (Arlene) Chamberlain and Paul (Margaret) Chamberlain. 

Florence graduated from Warsaw High School. She took a trip to the West Coast with her best friends Ora and Bernice Putney, in 1936. They drove a Model A and pulled a trailer that her father built to stay in.

She was very active in 4-H, especially the poultry project. Florence’s first job was secretary at the Wyoming County Cooperative Extension/4-H. She met her husband, Arthur, while both were very active in 4-H and together they were 4-H leaders for nearly 100 years! They got married in a leap year – Arthur thought it was a great idea since there was an extra day that year. They had been married for 55 years when Arthur passed away in 1995. They moved to a house on Route 98 in Attica and spent the rest of their lives there. Florence worked with Arthur on the farm and helped develop the maple business. She packed tons of maple sugar candy over her life.

Florence is a lifetime member of the Farm Bureau. She received the Hubbell Award in 1998 recognizing her for furthering education in maple production. She has been an active member of the EUB and Trinity United Methodist Church for 80 years. Florence was well known for her wonderful home-baked rolls and maple-bacon baked beans that were common at church fundraisers. Florence cared for both of Arthur’s parents and her own father in their latter years. She supported her children in their 4-H and FFA projects and school work. She was kind, quiet woman who lived her faith and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  

Mrs. Merle is survived by her beloved children, Phyllis (Charles) Couture of West Valley, NY; Bruce (Nancy) Merle of Attica, Milton Merle and Mary Kautz of Attica; Douglas (Sara) Merle of Kendall; Lyle (Dottie) Merle of Attica; daughter-in-law Marilee Merle of Attica; 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.  

A private Graveside Service will be held for the immediate family, there will be a Memorial Service at a later date. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 Main Street, 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.

boss.jpg  Nancy A. Boss, 84 of Attica, passed away peacefully June 1, 2020 at Friendly Home in Rochester.  She was born in Batavia, on September 29, 1935 to the late Burton (Dorothy Waite) Lewis. She is preceded in death by a sister Patricia Treat and brother-in-law Clarence Rich.

Mrs. Boss worked for many years at George King Boss Insurance Agency. She was a member of Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Attica and the Attica Golf Club. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her beloved husband Ivan “Ike” Boss of Attica; children Brenda (Thomas) Parkes of Victor; Richard (Cheryl) Norton of Murphy, NC; Randall (Tilma) Norton of Palm Bay, FL; step-children Michelle (Michael) Perkins of Pavilion; Philip Boss of East Bethany; Luanne (Neil) Jacobs of Batavia; sister Sara Rich of Sebastian, FL; brother-in-law Norman Treat of Auburndale, FL; 15 grandchildren, 18 grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours, a Graveside Service will be held for the immediate family. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.  

The family would like to thank the staff at Friendly Senior Living for the amazing care they gave Nancy over the years.

The family requests that donations be made to Friendly Home (in memo line Lee Place in memory of Nancy Boss), 3156 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14618. 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.


Corfu - Dean R. Lawrence, 89, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020.

Dean was born December 4, 1930, to Harold and Jessie Lawrence of Attica, NY and attended Attica Central School, graduating in 1948.

Following graduation, Dean worked in a Golf Pro Shop in Bradford, PA, then joined and served in the United States Navy from 1950 - 1954. After returning home, he managed Newell’s Dairy in Attica for several years and then managed Genesee Farms Dairy in Batavia. When Corfu constructed their new sewer treatment plant, Dean was Supervisor of the Corfu Water and Sewer Department Plant until his retirement.

Dean was a life long member of the Attica Golf Course. He loved playing the game with his friends and enjoyed competing in the many area tournaments. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, yard work and especially spending time with his grandchildren. Dean also enjoyed watching baseball, football, hockey and golf on TV and truly enjoyed his 20 plus winters in Florida.

Dean is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Sue; his daughter Laural; grandsons David Lawrence, Nicholas, Matthew and Paul Ianni; a brother, James Lawrence of Alexander and many nieces and nephews.

Dean is predeceased by his parents Jessie and Harold Lawrence; brother, Harold; sisters, Marian, Ina, Lois and Janet; a son, Christopher; granddaughter Angela and grandson Lyle.

There are no services at this time because of COVID 19 restrictions. A graveside memorial service will be held at a future date.

Memorials in memory of Dean may be made to the charity of the Donor’s Choice.

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