Local Matters

Community Sponsors


Larry I. Draper of Cheektowaga, New York, entered into rest on Saturday September 26, 2020. He was 76.

Mr. Draper was born in Warsaw, New York and grew up in western New York and after leaving school, joined the United States military and proudly served his country during the Viet Nam war. After his term of service was over, Mr. Draper returned home to his family and worked hard to support them. But he also got involved in harness racing, first getting his license in 1975 and then buying his first horse, Lady Chilton, that same year. 

Mr. Draper remained involved in the sport for the rest of his working life as both a driver and trainer and always had a horse or two that he campaigned each year for 39 consecutive years. Mr. Draper drove his last race in 2013 and trained his last horse the following year, however he kept both of his licenses current to this day. 

Mr. Draper was the beloved husband of Donna M. (nee Fridey) Draper; devoted father of Jennifer (Trevor) Sajdak, Robin (Michael) D'Agostino, Justin (Ashley) Draper, Michael Draper and the late Michael David Draper; cherished grandfather of Savina Maria, Dallas McKenna, Jaxx Michael and Jace Michael; loving son of Elva (nee Weber) and the late Ivan Draper; dear brother of Gordie (Sandy) Draper, James Draper (Betty) and Darlene (Kevin) Heinrich; also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Snyder Chapel), 4614 Main St., near Harlem Road, on Thursday from 3-7 p.m. Military Honors will immediately follow. Interment Fairview Cemetery. Flowers gratefully declined. If desired, donations may be made in Larry's name to the VA of WNY. 

Online condolences at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.

LeRoy ~ Florence M. Silvernail, age 93, of Asbury Road, passed away Monday afternoon (Sept. 28, 2020) in the presence of her loving family, at the home of her son and care provider.

     She was born December 23, 1926 in LeRoy, a daughter of the late Samuel and Rose DiMaria Mogavero.

     Florence had a great love for her home and her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.  She loved her job as an executive secretary at Jones Chemical for over 25 years.  She was proud of her professional career and wasn't afraid to "correct" the grammar of her family and friends.  Florence was also a breast cancer survivor.

     She is survived by her children; Ann Koehler (James Erb), Karen (David) Antinore and Michael Silvernail; grandchildren, Jason (Marsha) Shetler, Diane Miller (Chris Calice), Debbie (Mike) Trickey, Mathew (Kelly) Koehler, Brent Antinore (Amanda Nunz), Vanessa Silvernail, Marshall Silvernail (Allysa Lampkin); great-grandchildren, Kaleb, Michael, Ally, Cole, Alyssa, Ashley, Justin, Amber, Trevor, Emma, Chloe, McKenna, Ryan, Rylie, Lexi, Luke, Austyn, Hudsyn; brother, Richard Mogavero, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Richard "Dick" Silvernail; her son, John Silvernail; her daughter, Darla Shetler and siblings; Eileen Conrad, Josephine Ivison, Mary Mogavero, Joseph Mogavero, Elenor Mogavero and Elinora Rebban.

     Her Rite of Christian Burial will be announced at a later date.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggest to the Rochester Area Community Foundation, Attn: Elizabeth Wende Breast Care Fund, 500 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14607.  (https://www.ewbc.com/patient-resources/ewbc-breast-care-fund)

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

zacharyapope.jpgZachary A. Pope, 54 of Attica, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020. He was born January 4, 1966 in Batavia to Janice (Michael) Beedham of Attica and the late David Pope.

Zach was an avid Buffalo Bills and NASCAR Fan, he enjoyed playing Euchre, and had an infectious laugh. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and dog Junior.

He is survived by his children Jacob and Hannah Pope of Alexander; siblings Dennis, Adam (Galadriel) and Sarah Pope; Meridith, James and Hailey Beedham; Mindy (Mike) Herman; Robert (Kendal) Dunbar; step-mother Linda Pope; along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 3 to 7 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. An 11:00 AM Graveside Service will be held on Friday, October 2, 2020 at Wyoming Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. For more information please call 585-591-1212, or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main St., Attica, New York 14011.

moore_cindy_-_photo.jpgCindy L. Moore, 66 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday (September 25, 2020) at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY.

She was born September 3, 1954 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Laverne Thayer and Betty Peck Weatherbee of Batavia.

Cindy was formerly employed by Seacraft in Batavia prior to her retirement. She was an avid reader and enjoyed attending theatrical plays and playing cards. Most of all she enjoyed her family and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Edward Moore of Batavia. Children, Buffy (Patrick) Lancer of Lutz, Florida, Scott (Donna Horn) Moore of Batavia. Sisters, Beverly Morgan of Batavia and Sue Wolfe of Lockport. Also survived by her grandchildren, Cora, Andrew, Tia and Timmy and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




samuelewilliams.jpgSamuel E. Williams, 72, of Corfu, passed away on Sunday, September 27, 2020. He was born August 27, 1948 in Buffalo to the late Melvin (Hester Neff) Williams. Sam is preceded in death by his wife Deborah (Powell) Williams and brother-in-law William Bruggman.

Sam was a United States Navy Veteran. He worked as a civilian at Albion and Attica State Prison. He was a longtime member of the WNY Gas & Steam Engine Association. Sam was a Darien Volunteer Fireman. He was an avid hunter and greatly enjoyed it.

He is survived by his significant other Linda Rindell of Corfu; children Staci (Nate Woodard) Williams of Sheldon; Amy (Robert) Gromlovits of Darien; Jenny (Travis) Sholes of OH; siblings Connie Bruggman of Batavia; Gary (Donna) Williams of Myrtle Beach, SC; Melvin (Helen) Williams of East Concord; Paula (Marty) Wolcott of Woodburn, OR; Ronald (Susan) Williams of The Villages, FL; 7 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and services will be private. He will be laid to rest in Darien Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Darien Fire Company, 10537 Alleghany Road, Darien Center, NY 14040. For more information please call 585-591-1212, or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main St., Attica, New York 14011.

Majorie K. Gray (Keenan), PAVILION - September 26, 2020 at age 93. She is survived by her children, Jane (Wayne) Smith, John (Joan) Gray both of Pavilion, David Gray of Perry, Karen Gray of Geneseo, Kevin (Laurie) Gray of Caledonia, Rog-er (Sue) Gray of LeRoy, Kathy (Dana) Fleming of East Bethany; 12 grand-children; 11 great grandchildren; sisters, Mary (Abe) Sickles, Marilyn (Richard) Fisher; brothers, Robert, John, Melville (Martha) Keenan; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Keenan; many nieces and nephews. Marge was predeceased by her husband Thomas Gray; sisters, Margaret Steiner, Marion Wood; brothers, James, William Keenan.

Family and friends are invited to call Friday 2- 4, 7 – 9 pm at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 West Main Street, Caledonia. (Please note that masks and social distancing will be required.) Funeral Services and interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Interment Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Fowlerville. In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to Covington United Presbyterian Church, 1701 Craig Road, Pavilion, NY 14525 or Pavilion Fire Dept., PO Box 156 Pavilion, NY 14525. To share a memory or send a condolence visit alhartfuneralhome.com

Madison "Maddie" Masters died unexpectedly on September 25th in LeRoy, NY at the age of 17.

     Madison is survived by her parents, Kate Cross of LeRoy, and Chris (Christy) Masters of Lima; siblings, Brooklyn, Breck, Brinnley, & Bristol; Grandparents, Debbie & Tom McCullough, Doug & Sharon Cross, John & Candy Masters; Great-Grandmother, Margaret King; Great-Grandfather, John Flint; many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, special friend, Joey Volpe and many dear friends. 

     Madison was born on April 11, 2003 in Rochester at Highland Hospital.  She attended LeRoy High School and was in her senior year.  She loved working at Batavia’s Original in Batavia. She played volleyball and softball for the LeRoy Knights and was a dancer at Fusion Dance Studios since when she was two years old. 

     She was a kind, caring and beautiful young woman, with a loving heart, taken too soon.  She was loved by so many family and friends and will be missed always and forever.

     Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 30th from 2 ~ 8 P.M. at Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy, NY 14482. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Madison's life. (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 33% capacity during the course of visitation and face masks are required.)  A private family funeral is scheduled.  The service will begin live streaming, Wednesday, September 30th at Noon;  follow this link: http://bit.ly/MaddieFuneral

     In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Maddie may be made to:  https://www.racf.org/fund/madison-grace-fund/

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

Virginia T. Tresco, 88 of Corfu, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at ECMC in Buffalo. She was born June 28, 1932 in Batavia, to the late Gerald (Irene Colantonio) Tresco. She is preceded in death by sister Shirley (Gary) Cox, grand-nephew Nicholas DiMartino and brother-in-law Francis Penkaszyk.

Ms. Tresco worked for over 40 years at Farmers Protection Credit in Batavia and was an avid reader. She had a huge heart, always giving to charities, lending a helping hand and was always there when you needed her. A longtime member of Resurrection Parish, she had a strong faith and attended church often.

She is survived by siblings Geraldine Penkaszyk; Jeanette Cox and David Tresco all of Batavia; along with several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Funeral Services will be held privately. She will be laid to rest at Grand View Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Catholic Charities, www.CCWNY.org. 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.

LeRoy - Marilyn J. McCabe , 81  of LeRoy, formerly of Scottsville and Batavia, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home in LeRoy.

Mrs. McCabe was born August 19th, 1939 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Herbert Clausius and Anna Harbison Clausius Lenz.

She was a member of the Batavia First Presbyterian Church and a retired nurse, having worked for many years in Dr. Khan's office.

Marilyn is the wife of the late Michael McCabe.

She is survived by her children, Jacqueline M. Grasso of Rochester, Michael J (Nancy) Grasso of Scottsville and their children Gina and Jared Grasso, Jeffery A Grasso of Rochester and his children, Nicole Grasso, Brittany LaBore, and Adam LaBore, Wendy S. (Brian) Winslow of Scottsville and their children Mallory and Abigail Winslow; a sister, Barbara (late Larry) Hoffman; a sister-in-law, Mary Clausius of Rhode Island.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Preceded in death by her brother, Raymond Clausius.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 1st, 2020  from 4:00 pm  to 7:00 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main Street in Batavia. Marilyn's Funeral Service will be held privately.  Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery in Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Batavia First Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020 or to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021 (www.crossroadshouse.com).  

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the funeral home will be restricted to 33% capacity during visitation.  Face coverings and social distancing will be required.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

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

Batavia - James  V.  Lewis , 83  of Batavia  passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home in Clarence.

Mr. Lewis was born November 13th, 1936 in Oswego,  a son of the late James Lewis and Nettie (Murray) Lewis.

He was a member of Ascension Parish - Sacred Heart Church, where he served as an Eucharistic Minister.  He is a former member and Eucharistic Minister at Resurrection Parish; Mr. Lewis retired after 20 years in the US Navy as a Lt Commander and was a long-time teacher in the Batavia City Schools.  He was a member of the Batavia Lions Club, Knights of Columbus Council 325, 4th Degree Assemble Knights of Columbus Council 755, Batavia Teachers Union, Genesee County Retired Teachers Association, and former town of Batavia Councilman.

James is the husband of the late Jean Anne (Spath) Lewis who passed away in 2010.

He is survived by his children, Kelli (Ricky) Falker of Florida, Heather (Frank) Markowski of Batavia, Christopher (Angie) Lewis of Maryland, and Patrick (Susan) Lewis of Arizona; a brother, Edward (late Bonnie) Lewis of Hannibal; a sister, Christine Clancy of Clay.  5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

There will be no visitation.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Ascension Parish for the immediate family.  Mr. Lewis will be entombed in St. Joseph's Mausoleum in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance,127 North St., Batavia, NY 14020. 

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.





Copyright © 2008-2020 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service

blue button