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Gerald Norbert Fuerch, age 79, entered his heavenly home on July 22, 2022, with his family by his side at UMMC in Batavia.   He was born May 19, 1943, in Niagara Falls, New York, to Norbert and Arlene Fuerch.   He graduated from Trott Vocational High School in 1961, served in the US Navy, and attended Erie County Community College.   He earned his journeyman papers as a tool and die maker from St. Mary’s Manufacturing in North Tonawanda, New York, and worked for Eastman Kodak, and Delco (ITT, Valeo) from where he retired in 2001.

   gerald_fuerch_0.jpg  He is survived by his wife of 52 years Sharon (Patterson), son, David (Tanya) Fuerch of Versailles, Kentucky, daughter, Fay Fuerch of Stafford, granddaughter, Kimberly Fuerch of Versailles, sister, Linda (Randy) Jasulevich of North Tonawanda, brother, Les (Mary) Fuerch of Young Harris, Georgia, brother, the late, Duane (Janine) Fuerch of North Tonawanda, and numerous nieces and nephews.  Gerry is predeceased by his parents, Norbert and Arlene Fuerch.

     Gerry served in the volunteer fire service for 61 years.  At the age of 18, Gerry joined his hometown fire department, Bergholz Fire Department, and upon moving to Greece, later joined the North Greece Fire Department.   After moving to the area in 1973, he joined the Bergen Fire Department, where he served as chief from 1991-1992, president of the department, president of the Board of Directors, and fire police captain.   After moving to Pavilion in 2014, he joined the Pavilion Fire Department and served as Fire Police Captain and chairman of the Fire Commissioners.  He restored Bergholz’s 1933 American LaFrance to running condition, taking it to many parades and antique vehicle shows, and recently donated it back to that department.  He was a member of the Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motorized Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA).

     He was a member of Hope Lutheran Church Brockport (formerly Concordia Lutheran Church), having served there in many capacities including president of the congregation, usher, chicken bbq cook, and a constant volunteer who always had a truck or trailer available for any situation.

     He enjoyed boating and hunting at their cabin in the Adirondacks where he served as treasurer of the Beaver River Property Owners Association for over 20 years.  Nascar, golf, and the Yankees were his favorite sports to watch on TV, and he was able to have a ride-along at Daytona Race Track as well as make yearly trips with friends to Dover Race Track.  Gerry enjoyed his Harley Davidson, 1956 Cadillac, and Corvette, and was always willing to share that enjoyment with others.  

     Family and friends may call on Thursday, July 28 from 3 ~ 8 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  A firefighter’s memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM.  A Celebration of Gerry’s Life will be held at a later date in the Fall at the Hope Lutheran Church, Brockport.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pavilion Fire Department or the Bergen Fire Department.  

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

meyers_photo.jpgPauline M. "Polly" Meyers of Webster, NY, passed away, Friday, July 22, 2022 at the age of 90. Predeceased by her parents, Charles and Pauline (nee:Day) Scherf; husband, Paul Joseph Meyers; son, Robert Charles Meyers; grandchildren, Pauline Elizabeth "Pepe" Pieramico and Carrie Elizabeth Meyers; son-in-law, Emanuel F. "Neil" Pieramico; daughter-in-law, Geraldine A. "Gerry" Meyers; nephew, Michael Taggert Mangus.

Polly was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She and Paul were married in 1949 and spent 25 years in Attica, NY where they raised their children before moving to Webster, NY where they owned and operated the Denonville Inn for 37 years.

Survived by her son, Peter Michael (Gabrielle); daughters, Deborah Carol Pieramico and Julie Ann (Tom) Smith; sister, Carol Walker (Bill Butters); sisters-in-law, Catherine Eckhoff, Theresa (Joseph) Corigliano, Marsha Bugajski and Gail Schalk; best friend, Shirley Kelly; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are welcome Saturday, July 30th from 10am-12pm at the Profetta Funeral Chapel, 1650 Empire Blvd. Webster, NY.

Batavia - William S. Hume, Sr., age 51, passed away on Monday, July 18, 2022 at Rochester General Hospital.

Mr. Hume was born Tuesday, June 29th, 1971 in Batavia, a son of  Daniel Hume Sr. of Las Vegas and the late Linda Townsend Hume. 

He worked with Stafford Painters for many years. He enjoyed taking his 1970 Chevy Malibu to local car shows, riding his bike and painting.  

Surviving along with his father are his children, Tiffany Hume and William S. Hume, Jr. both of Batavia and Michael Hume of Bergen; his brother, Daniel Hume Jr. of Las Vegas, Nevada; seven grandchildren, two nieces and a nephew. 

He is predeceased by his Dachshund, Muddy. 

There are no prior visiting 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 were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Rochester – Mrs. Ethel M. McClurg, age 100, passed away on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at St. Ann’s Home for the Aged.

She was born on February 3, 1922 in Batavia a daughter of the late Harry Wiedrich and Isabelle Greuschow Wiedrich.

Ethel married Everett McClurg in December 1945 at St. James Episcopal Church, where they were lifetime communicants. The McClurg’s were also life time residents of Batavia.

Ethel and her late husband, Everett, traveled thru out the US and Canada but enjoyed spending their summers with their friends and family, at their cottage on Bob’s Lake in Ontario, Canada.     

Following Everett’s passing on August 15, 2000, Ethel eventually moved to an independent apartment at The Greens of LeRoy.  She enjoyed all of the support, social activities and new friendships that developed. She also became a Season Ticket holder with Syracuse Crunch Hockey and loved attending games and doing other activities with her family.

She is survived by daughter, Bette (Carl) Koch of Baldwinsville; her son, James (Cathy) McClurg of Elba; grandchildren, Douglas Koch, Brian Koch, Allison (Steven) Brill and Jeremy (Susan) McClurg;  great-grandchildren, Nathan Koch, Jenna Pangrazio, Brianna Manzella, Addison Brown and EJ Brill along with several  great- great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

She is the sister of the late Virginia Cheeseman and Robert H. Wiedrich.

Friends may call on Monday from 5 pm to 7 pm at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield where funeral services will be held at 1 pm on Tuesday. She will be laid to rest in Cary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Ann’s Foundation, 1500 Portland Avenue, Rochester, New York 14621. In the memo line, please designate memorials to the Greens of LeRoy or the 5th Floor Nurses in Irondequoit. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

ardyth_van_valkenberg.jpgArdyth “Ardy” (Suess) Van Valkenburg, 94, passed away peacefully on July 20, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She was born in Attica, NY on February 6, 1928 to parents Arthur Suess and Delia Seufert. She was married to her great love Irving S. Van Valkenburg from April 30th, 1949 until his death in 1991.

She is survived by her three children, Beth (Charles) Mullen of Rochester, Lee Van Valkenburg of Attica, and Peter Van Valkenburg of Florida. Grandchildren Jeffrey (Jill) Mullen, Michelle (Christopher) Dick, Kelly (Luke) Sementino and Megan (Brian) Pisula and 12 great grandchildren who were the light of her life. She is also survived by her sister Natalie Slocum and many nieces, nephews and the Mullen extended family.

Ardy graduated from Attica High School in 1945. She was the oldest and longest member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ where she was confirmed in 1940 and worked many years on their Sauerkraut Supper. She was also a member of Attica Golf Club, American Legion Harder-O’Donnell Post #734 Auxiliary, Attica Historical Society, and Attica Landmark Society.

Ardy is predeceased by her parents, brothers Arthur, Norman, Irving, Robert, Richard, sisters Janet Riley, Muriel Willard, Lorraine Kirkpatrick, Mary Lou (Poochie) Edwards and her good friend James Beitz.

Ardy worked at Westinghouse, Markin Tubing and Attica Penny Saver. She loved her large family, friends, golf and crossword puzzles. She was a role model for all that knew her as she always put others ahead of herself. Her and Ike loved to spend much time in Florida visiting their sons and friends. She was the best sister, mother, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother that anyone could hope for.

A 10:30AM Celebration of her Life will be held at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 11 Washington Street in Attica, NY 14011 on Thursday, July 28, 2022. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made out to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ or to Attica Ambulance, 11 Water Street, Attica, NY 14011. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Pavilion ~ Sandra L. Draper, age 74, of Lake Street Road, passed away at home Thursday morning (July 21, 2022) in the loving presence of her family.

     She was born July 16, 1948 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Herbert and Doris Van Alstine Cook.

    sandy_draper_0.jpg Sandy attended LeRoy Central School and resided in LeRoy for many years prior to marrying the "love of her life", Gordie Draper and spending almost 56 loving years together.

     Sandy was happiest when surrounded by others.  She loved her family and many of her fondest memories come from time spent with them.  Sandy's love for others extended to the Pavilion community where she ran the Country Cafe.  It was at the Cafe, where Sandy's sense of humor, outgoing personality and good cooking provided a chance to meet many friends, who became family to her.

     She will be sadly missed by her loving husband, Gordie; children, Todd (Becky) Draper, Jay Draper, Chad (Jodi) Draper and Tonya (Joe) Swyers; grandchildren, Jerid Draper, Jonelle Draper, Derek Draper, Marissa Draper, Mikayla Tillotson, Kiara Tillotson, Emmalene Draper, Allison Draper, Zackary Tillotson, Katherine Draper, Ella Tillotson, Eli Swyers and Gus Swyers; great-granddaughter, Adley Draper; brothers, Richard (Joyce) Cook and Robert (Teresa) Cook; In-laws, James (Betty) Draper, Darlene (Kevin) Hinrich and Donna Draper, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     In addition to her parents, Sandy was predeceased by her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Elva and Ivan Draper and her brother-in-law, Larry Draper.

     Family and friends may call on Monday, July 25 from 3 ~ 5 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., LeRoy.  Sandy's graveside service will be held on Friday, August 5 at 11:00 AM at Machpelah Cemetery in LeRoy.

     Contributions in memory of Sandy may be made to the First Baptist Church of Pavilion, 10956 Lake St. Rd., Pavilion, N.Y. 14525.

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

demb1.jpg  On Sunday, July 17, 2022, May “Toady” Dembowski, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, mentor, and friend joined her Savior at the age of 88. 

Toady was born July 7, 1934, and raised in Linden, NY.  She met her future husband, Glenn, in the fourth grade at Alexander School. Graduating in 1952, they were married in 1958 and celebrated their 64th anniversary together in March. They enjoyed sitting on the porch together drinking their coffee and watching the birds. 

Toady received her Commercial Art B.A. degree from Pratt Institute in 1956. She wore many hats in her life, including art teacher, wife, homemaker, mommy, artist/graphic designer, piano teacher, receptionist, waitress, soloist, counselor, speaker and writer. Toady and Glenn ran a mail order pattern business and operated the Linden Mill Gift Shop for several seasons. She was always serving in church beginning at age 4, helping her mother hand out carnations on Mother’s Day. Toady was ordained as an intern Pastor at Brockport Christian Center in 1976 for the ministry of pastoral care to women. She enjoyed painting and planning for Christmas. She had the “sewing bug” and was always working on a project of some sort or the other. Toady made everyone around her laugh with her jokes, stories, funny faces, and kooky antics. 

She will be remembered by her husband, Glenn; son Gregory (Laurie) Dembowski, daughter Rory (Tim) Whiting; and her granddaughters, the “3As”; Allison (Kris) Hamann, Anna (Kevin) Lotz, and April Whiting (Jacob Patterson); including Mary Ann (Ron) Saeva and Shirley (Mike) Wagner, who became part of the family early on. She is also survived by her sister, Rita Mallison, and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and cousins. 

In Toady’s own words, “I’ll … say once again how much I enjoy any of our contacts. … They all make me smile and stir up happy memories and sometimes, even my dreams. … I wish we could meet, greet, and giggle. … So stay well, keep your nose clean, and stay in touch. … Lots of … goals, laughs, and all such bologna! We’ll be in touch, and thankfully, Jesus will always be in the center.”

Calling hours will be held on Saturday July 23, 2022 from 11:00AM-1:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020, where a 1:00PM Memorial Service will follow visitation at the Funeral Home, followed by interment at the Dale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dale Baptist Church 1291 Dale Rd. Dale, NY 14039 or the Bethany Fire Department 10510 Bethany Center Rd. East Bethany, NY 14054. 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.

corona1.jpg  Norma Jean Corona, 85, of Alexander passed away peacefully on July 14, 2022 at Highland Hospital. She was born in Batavia on February 27, 1937 to the late A. Edwin and Doris (Peck) Kogle. In addition to her parents, Norma is predeceased by her loving husband; Patrick Corona Sr.

Norma was loved and encouraged by her dad, Ed, (always his ‘Jeannie Girl’) to believe that she could do anything in this life.  She worked towards completing coursework to become a teacher- her dream job- but selflessly changed path instead to support the dreams of her family.  She worked as a server, a bank teller, a community residence manager, an emergency responder, and finally as a sergeant at Albion Correctional Facility towards the goals and hopes of her family- and proved her dad right- She could indeed do anything that she put her mind to!

Jeannie was a selfless giver and hard worker in support of those she loved, but was never better than when making fun for her grandchildren or sharing adventures together. She shared her love of Disney, flea markets, silly pranks, monarch butterflies and Skipbo with her family making everyday a happy memory to be cherished.  Her family will remember and miss her for endless days by the family pool, for bounteous meals at every holiday, and for always being welcomed as the person she would most like to see.  Jeannie was a champion for her family, carrying on her own dad’s legacy helping them all to believe that they also could do anything they put their hearts and minds to achieve.

Jeannie loved Tom Jones, Kirby’s Avalanche games with her grandkids, the Ave Maria, and above all her husband and the love of her life “Tyke”.  She has missed him mightily for seven years as she battled her own health concerns, but never, ever lost her gratitude for life’s smallest pleasures and her joy in each day.  Her final words to all of us were “Thank you…I love you so much! I just want to go back to dance again with Tykie.”- There never was a better good bye!

She is survived by her children; Roxanne (David Mandelbaum) Corona-Redmond of Chili, Patrick (Barbara) Corona Jr. of Batavia and Jody (James) Turcer of Alexander; 8 grandchildren Kieran Redmond, Caitlyn (Anthony) Culotta, Kelley Redmond, Christopher (Randi Vengelen) Corona, Courtney (Peter) Wise, Travis Turcer, Chelsea Turcer and Jonathan Corona; 5 great-grandchildren Nico, Rosie Jean and Leo Culotta, Sullivan Tyke and Sienna Wise; and also by her AFS foreign exchange granddaughters; Preeyarat “Mink” Surajaroenjai, Eleonora Costa,  Christina Lehmann, Francesca Pugliese, Natalia Ubilia Sababa, and Rattanakorn “June” Suksaby.  

There will be no prior calling hours and a private Funeral Mass and internment will be held for immediate family as Jeannie’s wishes have always been made clear to us.  She asked that we forgive her any mistakes and that we remember the fun and love we shared. She did ask that those who loved her have a party with those they love in her honor.

We ask your smiles and remembrances in her honor. Your memories and thoughts are welcomed by her family and may be posted to her Facebook page, Jean Corona, or texted to her daughter Roxanne Redmond at 585-944-1040.  Should you wish to continue her legacy, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, PO# 1621 Batavia, NY 14021. 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.

Charles R. Pero, III, went home to be with the Lord at the age of 72 on July 18, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, surrounded by his family. 

Charlie was the son of the late Charles R. Pero and Marien Pixley Pero. He is also predeceased by his sister Adelyn Pero and his nephew Michael Napoleone.

Charlie was a member of the class of 1967 at Notre Dame High School. Upon graduation, he proudly served in the National Guard from 1967-1973. He worked for the family business in plumbing and heating for a number of years.

Charlie had a passion for theatre arts, fulfilling a dream of performing on stage beginning at the age of 50. He was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching his grandchildren compete. 

Those that knew him appreciated his kind heart and quick wit.  He will be missed by all. 

Charlie is survived by his beloved wife, Linda (Cook) Pero; his children, Amy (Jay Taranto) Southcott, Michael (Beth) Pero and Nick Pero; stepchildren, Kelly Zuzze’ and Tim (Bonnie) Zuzze’; siblings, David (Trish) Pero and Laurie (Mark) Napoleone; his grandchildren, Zach, Drew, and Emma Southcott, Ryan, Tyler and Molly Pero along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to attend calling hours at H.E Turner Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, New York on Thursday, July 21, 2022 from 3-5 p.m. A prayer service will follow at 5:00. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Michael Napoleone Association (www.michaelshope.org) or the American Heart Association Buffalo NY ([email protected]). To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Bergen - Jane Fox, age 77, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at her home.

She was born on July 27, 1944 in Batavia, a daughter of the late George William Peck and Hilda Stobbs Carey Peck.

A long time private duty home healthcare aide, she served as President of the 8th District, Sons of the American Legion and was the Adjutant for Genesee County for the past few years.

She is predeceased by her husband, Robert E. Fox, Sr. who passed away on November 21, 2003 and her grandson, Justin Robert Baker.

Surviving are her best friend and soulmate, David G. Henry of Bergen; her daughter, Melissa L. (David) Waterman of LeRoy; five grandchildren, Samantha (Steven) Tyson of Bergen, Chad (Melissa) Waterman of Texas, Hillary (Heath) Bender of Meridale, Jillian (Nick) Nesbitt of Waterport and Amy (Mark) Herman of Warsaw; two great-grandchildren, Kane and Mace Tyson; her sister, Carol (Rudolph) Shook of Rockland, Maine along with several nieces and nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Mount Rest Cemetery, Bergen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary, Sackett Merrill White Post #575, P.O. Box 207, Bergen, New York 14416. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake, Bergen, New York 14416.


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