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Loren F. Merrill of Bethany Center died on Thursday, April 15, 2021 leaving behind his 100-year-old body to enter into still sweeter communion with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When asked about his age, he would frequently say “I’d like to live to 100, but if I don’t, all the better,” telling us in our grief to rejoice for him because he will be in heaven with his savior whom he loved and served so faithfully. He was a gentle and kind man, a man of integrity, who lived his life according to scripture: he put God first, his family second, and the needs of others before his own.  Although Loren was a great example for not only his descendants but all who knew him to emulate, he gave all the credit for anything good in his life to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Loren was born August 10, 1921 in Oakfield and graduated from Alexander High School in 1940. He attended the Burgard Vocational School but because of his skill and natural aptitude for resolving mechanical problems, was encouraged to leave school and work at Bell Aircraft in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. He built and repaired airplanes for 5 years during WWII. He was a mechanic at Climax in Batavia for 23 years, where he designed and built the first self-propelled bean harvester using hydraulics, oil, and a small motor. He also built the “Genesee,” one of the largest cars available in the US at the time. His lifetime interest in airplanes and automobiles was evidenced by all the model planes he built and his kindhearted auto repair and restore service to so many in the community. His 14-year career at the NY State School for the Blind in Batavia earned him the respect and admiration of students and staff alike. He was honored by the Kiwanis for his work in the Key Club, teaching marketable skills as well as life lessons.

Loren married Avis Embt on March 4, 1948 and designed and built their house on the Bethany Center Road in 1954-55 where together they raised their 5 surviving children: Glenn & Linda (Merkle) Merrill, Joy Hattendorf, Ann & Greg Miller all of Bethany Center, Ellen & David Bittner of Canandaigua, and Jim & Bethany (Wright) Merrill of Folsom, CA.  Also surviving are his grandchildren, Aaron & Rosanne (Seafuse) Merrill of Rouses Point, Emily (Merrill) & Tim Craft of Gates, Lori Hattendorf and Peggy (Miller) & Greg Johnson of Bethany Center, Stephen & Terry (Jessop) Miller of Dansville, Terenti Bittner of Canandaigua, Max Bittner of Rochester, Amy (Attridge) Bittner of Henrietta, Tahlia (Merrill) & Ronald Kirk, and Trevor & Diana (Reilly) Merrill of CA, and step-grandchildren Mark Bittner and Ruth (Bittner) & Jeff Butler of Illinois. Also surviving are 15 great-grandchildren and 8 step-great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, ‘adopted children’ who are honored to call him ‘Dad,’ and Diggen, his constant feline companion. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 years, Avis (2017), parents Earl and Edna (Myers) Merrill, brother Robert Merrill and son-in-law Rev. Lance Hattendorf.

Loren was an 80+-year member of the Bethany Center Baptist Church where he faithfully and humbly served his God in many capacities. He will be remembered for greeting everyone with a friendly smile and firm handshake, but mostly for his concern that they join him in heaven one day by accepting Christ and making Him Lord of their lives. For over 70 years he was caretaker of the Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bethany Center as well as being president for many years.

Loren’s family invites friends and relatives to a funeral service of thanksgiving to God at the Bethany Center Baptist Church on Saturday, April 24 at 12 o’clock noon. The funeral service will be live-streamed and recorded on facebook.com/BCBC4Christ.  Visitation will be held at the church also on April 24 from 10 am to noon and again from 1 pm to 3 pm. Facial coverings and social distancing are expected. A celebration will be held in the summer in “The Woods” to honor this incredible man and the selfless gifts he gave to us all. The family gratefully declines flowers and suggests instead that memorials may be made to the Maple Lawn Cemetery of Bethany Center or the Bethany Center Baptist Church.

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


Dawn M. Watkins, age 40, of Bank Street Batavia, passed away suddenly, at home, Wednesday, April 14th 2021. Dawn was born in Batavia, November 25th 1980, a daughter of the late Kenneth Scutt and Susanna Scutt of Silver Springs, New York. Dawn was a lifetime resident of Batavia and was known as the “Life of the party”. She was always smiling and was a practical joker. As a homemaker, Dawn became a terrific wife and cook. She enjoyed reading romance and fiction novels and watching mysteries on television. Dawn was a beautiful person who will be missed by all who's life she touched. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents; Alvin (Judy) Thurley, her paternal grandparents; Walter (Doris) Scutt, a nephew; David Welch.
Survivors include her beloved husband of twenty years, Anthony “Tony” Watkins of Batavia, whom she married on October 13th 2001, her mother; Susanna Scutt of Silver Springs, four sisters; Bobbi Sue Scutt and Rebecca Scutt both of Silver Springs, Samantha (Chris) Reinhardt of Batavia, Nicole (Andrew) Leaton of LeRoy, her mother in-law; Elizabeth Watkins of Batavia, two nephews; Kyle Scutt and Cody Davis, five nieces; Natalie Royse, Skylar Rumble, Bella Leaton, Aubrey and Emilee Reinhardt, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial celebration of Dawn's life will be held at a later date to be announced.
Please visit www.weeksfuneral.com to offer condolences. Memorials are requested to the family at the GofundMe account Dawny Dawn.

Nelson  A. Foley, 83, of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Facility in Rochester.

Nelson was born June 30, 1937 in Moira, a son of the late Ross and Marian (Bowman) Foley, Sr.

A member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Batavia, Nelson loved racing, watching wrestling, tinkering on cars and jigsaw puzzles.  Nelson worked at the former P.W. Minor & Sons Shoe Factory in Batavia.

Surviving are his step-children, Karen (Randy) Becker of Corfu and Brian (Wendy) Smith of East Bethany; brothers, Donald (late Mary Margaret) Foley of Spencerport and Dennis (Betty) Foley of LeRoy; a sister-in-law, Janette Foley of Warsaw; step-grandchildren, Jason Becker, Stacy Malone, Sarah Malone and Samuel Malone, eight step-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceded in death by his wife, Shirley M. Foley, a brother, Ross Foley, Jr. and a sister, Loretta (late Ed) Loranty.

Calling hours are Friday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Ave., Batavia, where services will be held on Friday at 1:00.  He will be laid to rest in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, 11 Liberty Street, Batavia, New York 14021, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate.  

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

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

Bergen - Gary S. Antinore, Jr., 58 of Bergen, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, (April 13, 2021) at his parent's home in Bergen.

Mr. Antinore was born December 8, 1962 in Batavia,  a son of Sandra (Howard) Brew of Bergen and the late Gary S. Antinore, Sr.

Gary was a deeply religious person who enjoyed hunting, hockey, football, and politics. He also greatly enjoyed buying and selling sheep.

In addition to his mother and step-father, Gary is survived by a sister, Wendy (David) Cellini of Rochester; and a step-brother, William (Karen) Brew of LeRoy.

He is preceded in death by a step-brother, David (late Phyllis) Brew.

There will be no visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Tuesday at 11:00 am in Mt. Rest Cemetery in Bergen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Kidney Association, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005.

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

Oakfield - Thomas S. Butler, 43 of Oakfield, passed away on Sunday, (April 11, 2021) as a result of injuries sustained in an ATV accident.

Mr. Butler was born January 14, 1978 in Batavia, a son of Beverly (Jack, Jr.) Hillabush of Elba.

He was a supervisor with the NYS Dept. of Transportation in Albion and a past member of the Elba and Oakfield Fire Departments. He enjoyed all outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, racing, and four-wheeling. Most of all, he enjoyed time spent with family and friends.

Thomas is the husband of Kimberly (Drachenberg) Butler of Oakfield.

Surviving along with his wife and parents, are his children, Jessica (fiancé Rob) of Batavia, Cory of Oakfield, Scott of Michigan, and Shannon of Oakfield; brothers, Michael (late Debrah) of Elba, and Peter (Katie) of Maryland.

There will be no visitation. A celebration of Tommy’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to National Wild Turkey Federation, 1025 New Road, Buffalo, New York 14228 or online at www.nwtf.org.  

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

Janet M. Anderson, 80, of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at her home under the care of her loving family and HomeCare and Hospice.

Janet was born November 15, 1940 in Watertown, a daughter of the late Lawrence "Bud" and Loretta (Boucher) Delaney.

Janet was an active member of Resurrection Parish with her faith being very important to her.  She was a lector at St. Mary's Church and in the 1990's Janet made all the church banners and the nativity scene that was also displayed at St. Mary's Church.  She was an avid New York Yankees fan and along with her husband Charles, they celebrated their honeymoon and 50th wedding anniversary at Yankees Stadium.  Janet loved her grandchildren, carpentry, sketching and painting.  She will be remembered for making her family and friends the best peanut butter fudge and she graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy in Watertown.

Surviving are husband, Charles Anderson, they were married August 24, 1963.  Also surviving are her children, Fr. Lawrence Anderson of Albany, Laura Lee (Steven) Schertler of Silver Springs, MD, James (Patricia) Anderson of Lockport, Jeffrey (Michelle) Anderson of Cheektowaga and Michael (Korinne) Anderson of Batavia; grandchildren, Kelly Anderson, Scott Anderson, Jeffrey Anderson, Zachary Anderson, Aidan Anderson and Ava Anderson; sisters, Sally (Dick) Ulmen of Watertown, Carol Cring of Ticonderoga and Jane (Thomas) Broedel of Ocala, FL and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by brothers, Richard Delaney and Thomas Delaney and her sister, Mary Timlick.

Calling hours are Monday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.  Janet's Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday at Resurrection Parish, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia. She will be laid to rest in the Western New York National Cemetery in Corfu.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org/.

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

The funeral home and church capacity are limited to 50% capacity and face coverings will be required. Thank you for your cooperation.

Batavia - Richard  A.  Lawrence, 76  of Batavia,  passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Facility in Rochester.

Mr. Lawrence was born on September 22, 1944 in Buffalo, New York a son of the late Leo Lawrence and Ida Bognar Lawrence.

A registered professional nurse, he retired from the United States Army Reserve as a Major and served for many years in the Army Nurse Corps. Prior to serving with the United States Army, he served as a hospital corpsman with the United States Navy. Richard served in Operation Desert Storm in the early 90s. Following his retirement from the United States Army he worked as a staff nurse, head nurse, and an operating room supervisor at Buffalo General Hospital.  He completed several successful civilian and military leadership/manger courses. Using those skills, he managed the gaming floor at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel.

Surviving is his fianceé, Paula Kelly of Perry; his daughter, Sara (George) Calvin of Apex, North Carolina; his grandson, Luca Calvin; Sara's mother, Barbara Lawrence of Amherst; his brother-in-law, Peter Simon of Buffalo; his niece, Jessica (nee Simon) Murphy of Buffalo; and his niece, Rebecca Simon of Denver, Colorado.

He is predeceased by his beloved sister, Barbara Simon.

Richard had a zest for life that was apparent to all. He loved travel, particularly to Ireland and Europe with his fiancée Paula, as well as many road trips to military bases and civil war battle sites. Richard was an avid fan of music, particularly The Beatles. He was lucky enough to see Elvis Presley in concert in his younger years. One of Richard’s most cherished memories was attending a Paul McCartney concert with his daughter Sara in 2015. Richard was blessed to have a group of friends with whom he regularly played low-stakes cards in Batavia.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services, with military honors will be held at the convenience of the family at Western New York National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.  Please 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.

Gary Vernon McWethy, age 81, a creative and gentle soul, died peacefully at United Memorial Medical Center on December 1, 2020.

Gary was born in Stafford, New York on January 12, 1939 to Vernon L. McWethy and Gertrude (Trudy) Sheffer McWethy.  In 1944, his family moved from Stafford to a farm on South Main Street Road, Batavia, NY where Gary treasured his surroundings for the rest of his life.

Gary's vision for design and construction started at the age of eighteen when he built his first home in Linden, NY.  After graduating from Batavia High School in 1957 he served in the Army Reserve, worked for Rumsey & Petronio Construction Company and then became partners in in the DVM Corporation.  After attending RIT where he studied design and architecture, Gary's dream of owning and operating his own construction company became a reality.  Later, McWethy Construction Company, took part in the completion of the Genesee Country Mall. Gary, with his brother Wayne, and good friend Dick Bausch created Devil’s Rock Bar and Lounge. This was enjoyed by owners and customers alike.  A lifelong goal was accomplished by planning and developing Meadowbrook Estates on the land of the family and surrounding farms.   The project expanded over time to include the Meadowbrook Golf Course and a 5 Star AirBnB. He treasured his conversations with guest from all over the world.

Early in life, as a member of the Stafford Hunting Club, Gary fell in love with the Adirondack Mountains while hunting and camping with his grandfather, father and later with his children, grandchildren and nephews.  Family and friends recall that Gary could also be a prankster and full of fun.  It would not be unusual while camping at Cranberry Lake to wake up in the night to scary sounds only to find in the morning that Gary created the noise by tying tin cans to a string. 

Throughout life, Gary was generous with time. He graciously acted as a consultant to family members on numerous carpentry and home projects.  Along with travel and skiing, Gary enjoyed boating in the Finger Lake area.  For many years, Gary hosted numerous pool parties for family, friends and employees, and the traditional family Christmas breakfast.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Wayne and grandson Eric. 

Gary is survived by his loving sons, Mark and Randy, their Mother Barbara McWethy, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his sisters, Sharon McWethy and Marcia McWethy and her husband Jeff Singer along with several cousins.

A Celebration of Life with a buffet lunch will be held on Saturday, May 15th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Meadowbrook Golf Course, 6 Woodland Drive. If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to [email protected] by May 10th with the number attending to help plan for food preparations. Or Call 585-343-0837. Condolences and memories can be shared by visiting  www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.  Memorial contributions can be made to Meadowbrook Golf course to further Gary’s dream.

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

Rose Marone (Gaeta), age 98 of Batavia, NY passed away April 11, 2021. She was born in Batavia on June 30, 1922 to the late Anna and John Gaeta. In addition to her parents, Rose is predeceased by her beloved husband; Angelo "Shieko" Marone; sisters Sarah (Joe) Mangefrida and Marion (Joe) Mancuso, and her brothers Calvin (Dee) Gaeta and Harry Gaeta

She was a graduate of Batavia High School and later served as an Administrative Assistant at Doehler Jarvis.  Rose was especially known for her hospitality and always welcoming friends and family with open arms, fresh brewed coffee, and store bought cookies!

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.  

The family would like to express extreme gratitude and thanks for the wonderful loving care given by The Manor House and LeRoy Village Green where Rose spent the last several years of her life.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life to take place this summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Le Roy Village Green 10 Munson St. Le Roy, NY 14482. To leave messages 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.

chamberlain.jpg   chamberlain2.jpg  Benay (Benz) Chamberlain - On April 10, 2021, after a brief decline in health, Benay journeyed home to be with the Lord and to be reunited with her soulmate, Robert (Chamberlain), her mother Esther and brothers Dion and Fred (Benz).

Benay always said of herself “What you see is what you get.” That could not have been more wonderfully true. She was genuine in her interactions with others, never pretentious, and always made an effort to help those in need. She instilled her spirit of generosity into her children and grandchildren thus spreading her humanitarian impact as they carry on her legacy across the country.

Her positivity, humor, wisdom, comfort and sincere friendship will be sadly missed by so many whose lives were touched by her ever helping hands throughout the wonderful eighty years of her life. All who knew her were recipients of her handmade lap blankets, heat packs, scrubbies, and bag holders. She was an avid gardener and believer of all things frugal. Her community will miss her countless hours of volunteerism for numerous organizations including the Elba Historical Society, Crossroads House, Community Action, Genesee County Animal Shelter, the Town of Batavia Fire Department (gardener) and local nursing homes (handmade lap blankets). During the Covid-19 pandemic, Benay sewed 245 face masks as donations to the community.

Prayers for comfort as we mourn the loss of our beloved Benay are appreciated by her children Vanessa, Kelly (Luanne), and Sandra, her grandchildren Elliot Miller, Matthew Chamberlain (Genelle), Sarah Crowley (Scott), Gregg Miller, Corrin Miller (Kevin), Jordan Parker (Adam), great grandchildren Reilee, Carsyn, Jackson, Jamison Chamberlain, nephews Scott (John), Mike (Debbie), Wayne (Sandy), David (Rayne) Benz and Jim Chamberlain, nieces Debbie Chamberlain and Kathy Gardner and her dear friends Anna Fenton (Dave), Cheryl Manz, Mary Iama (Rick), and Phyllis Brassington.

At her request, a private Graveside Service will be held with no calling hours.

Memorial donations can be made in her honor to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021. To leave messages 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.

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