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Edward F.  Walbridge, 95, of Stafford, passed away on Friday, September 4, 2020 at the LeRoy Village Nursing Home.
Edward was born June 10th, 1925 in Batavia.
A veteran, Edward served with the United States Navy.  During World War II, he was a radio operator and an aviator, flying both the PBY4-2 and the privateer.   He was a licensed pilot instructor owning several airplanes.  Edward also taught instructor school at the Bethany Air Park.  Edward was a hobby farmer and also a truck driver for Howard Sober in Buffalo.

Surviving are his daughters, Sara Weylman of Florida and Jan (Reggie) MacDonald of Stafford; a granddaughter, Meghan (Ben) Bernard of Stafford; grandchildren, Noah, Violet, Oliver and Zek Bernard; a step-grandson, Aaron (Felicia) Richenberg of Lima; a sister, Jean Baines of Virginia and nieces and nephews.

Edward is the husband of the late Nellie Walbridge and father of the late Allan Walbridge.

There are no prior calling hours.  Edward's funeral service along with military honors will be held at 11:00 am on Friday at Stafford Rural Cemetery, Transit Road in Stafford.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Edward's memory may be made 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 Edward were entrusted to the H.E. Turner Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

Robert L. Johnson, 71, of Tonawanda, NY, entered into rest on Tuesday (Sept. 1). He was the beloved husband of Patricia (Tabone) Johnson; devoted father of Jill (Michael, DDS) Piazza and Emily (Fernando) del Valle; cherished grandfather of Dominic, Nicholas and Mina; loving son of the late Robert and June Johnson; dear brother of Deborah (William) Negrych; also survived by loving aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. 

Mr. Johnson was a regular on the Western New York harness racing circuit since 1970 and won the training title twice during that time. He campaigned many horses over the years including Dragoon and Tonto Hanover, but the best horse of his career was the 46-time winner Incredible Looker (1:52.4, $202,559). He was part of the local racing fabric for two generations and he will be missed by his fellow horsemen.  

Relatives and friends may visit the Lombardo Funeral Home (Northtowns Chapel) at 885 Niagara Falls Blvd. (near Eggert/Sheridan Drive) on Sunday (Sept. 13th) from 1-5 p.m. 

Online condolences may be offered at www.lombardofuneralhome.com.

LeRoy ~ Emily S. Flensted, age 80, of Randall Road, passed away peacefully at GrandeVille Senior Living on September 4, 2020.

     She was born December 16, 1939 in Oil City, P.A., a daughter of the late George and Catherine Chmiel Skiba.

     Emily will be remembered as very loving, caring, and devoted to her family. She enjoyed playing Bingo, working in the garden, eating cookies and most of all, spending time with her family. She also took much pride in volunteering at Gillam Grant.

     She is survived by her children, Kathleen Henning of LeRoy and Kevin (Dawn) Flensted of Westerlo, NY; grandsons, Randal Henning, Matthew Henning, Bryant Flensted and Trevor Flensted; siblings, Phyllis Vrobel, Joann Rearick, Max (Dolores) Skiba, Mary Jaggers and sisters-in-law, Myrtle Skiba and Sophia Skiba.  In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by, her brothers Felix (Barbara) Skiba, Carl (Frances) Skiba, Edward Skiba, George Skiba and William Skiba; sisters, Julia Bliznasky and Sophie Goreczny; brother-in-laws, Joe Vrobel, Skip Rearick and Bill Jaggers.

     Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 7 ~ 9 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Her Rite of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy. (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 33% capacity during the course of visitation and face masks will be required.)

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

cackett_james_-_photo.jpgJames E. Cackett, 78 of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday (September 2, 2020) at his residence.

He was born April 19, 1942 in Utica, NY, a son of the late Clarence and Donna Esmay Cackett.

Jim was born and raised in Utica, NY. He graduated from Utica Free Academy in 1960.  He entered the United States Marine Corps immediately following high school  graduation and served honorably for eight years. He proudly served in Vietnam and was awarded a Purple Heart, a Combat Action ribbon, and a Presidential Unit Citation which is awarded to units in the armed forces of the United States for extraordinary heroism in action. Upon completing his tour of duty, he was then stationed in Batavia as the Marine Recruiter and that is when he met the love of his life, Brenda. They married on April 27, 1968. He began his college studies at Genesee Community College and transferred to Syracuse University to complete his Bachelor’s degree in 1971. He was proud to call himself a Syracuse alumni.

He entered into the New York State Police, was assigned to Troop A – Batavia, and rose through the ranks to become a Sergeant as well as serving as Station Commander. He moved into the Bureau of Criminal Investigation within the Special Investigators Unit. He retired after 26 years of dedicated service and entered into the private sector as a Fraud Investigator for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company. He retired, again, after six years from the Buffalo office.

Jim and Brenda enjoyed a wonderful retirement spending time with family and friends as well as traveling throughout the National Parks, Canadian Rockies, Alaska, Mexico, and Europe. He especially enjoyed their many visits to Puerto Vallarta, where he was able to utilize his love of the Spanish language.

He was a past Commander of the American Legion, life member of the VFW, Marine Corp League member, a volunteer driver for the Veterans Administration Hospital to transport local veterans to their medical appointments, and past member of the Lions Club as well as other organizations.

Jim was a giving individual and would always lend a hand whenever it was needed. He loved going out to dinner with friends (the finer the establishment, the better). The house was always open to friends and family for good food, great conversations, and lots of laughter. Some of you got to enjoy one of his famous Muddled Old Fashion’s and if you were one of the luckier ones, he might have offered you one of his cherished bottles of Utica Club.

Jim was an honorable man with strong family values, to serve and protect those that he held close. A man with true integrity and an unbelievably kind heart. His greatest accomplishment in his life was love; love for his family and love for his precious beautiful grandchildren. He will be missed for eternity.

Survivors include his loving wife, Brenda Fanara Cackett of Batavia. Daughters, Jackie (Michael) Battaglia of Batavia and Rebecca Cackett of Virginia Beach, VA. Grandchildren, Mason, Natalie and Lily Battaglia. Brothers, Robert (Judy) Cackett of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Thomas Cackett of Washington, D.C. and Philip (Barbara) Cackett of Ocala, FL. Brother in-law, Ross (Shirley) Fanara of Batavia. Also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (Sept. 8th) from 3-7 pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Resurrection Parish. Family and friends are invited to Mr. Cackett’s Committal Service and Military Honors on Wednesday (Sept. 9th) at 12pm in St. Joseph Cemetery, Ellicott St., Batavia.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty Street, Batavia, NY 14020 or to a charity of the donors choice. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Gary A. Floar, 78, of Batavia, formerly of Lyndonville and Rochester, NY passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 29, 2020. Gary was born on August 29, 1942 in Syracuse to the late Burnett and Florence Floar. In addition to his parents, Gary is predeceased by two brothers; Burnett and Neil Floar both of Rochester.

Gary enjoyed the outdoors and loved animals.

He is survived by his best friend “Bunny Rabbit” Diane Ball of Elba; one daughter Jodi M. (Floar) Zeppetella of Albion; 3 grandchildren Casey A. Busenbark, Brian Russo and Kassidy M. Hastings.

A private burial was performed on September 2, 2020 at Grandview Cemetery.

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.

Delevan, N.Y. ~ Miguel Angel DeJesus “ Mike", "Pops", "Papi”, age 73, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 29, 2020 at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo.

     He was born July 2nd, 1947, in Salinas, Puerto Rico, to Pablo DeJesus and Rosa Rivera. He was married to Betty R. DeJesus, his wife of 32 years.

     Miguel loved to enjoy the finer things in life like spending time outside with his many dogs, fishing and watching TV with his wife.

     He is survived by his wife, Betty and his children, Marisol DeJesus, Miguel DeJesus Jr. of FL, Diana DeJesus of NJ, Mickey, Gregory and William DeJesus of LeRoy; his grandchildren, Dominic, Aliyah, Harlan DeJesus, as well as many others.

     Any other family and friends, whose lives Miguel touched are invited to call on Saturday, Sept. 5 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service, 8700 Lake Road, LeRoy, NY. (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 33% capacity during the course of visitation and face masks will be required.)  His burial will immediately follow visitation at the Stafford Rural Cemetery on Transit Road, Stafford, NY.

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

Kenneth L. Goodman of Alexander, passed away August 31, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. He was born in Alexander on September 25, 1933, the son of the late Harold & Joy (Wight) Goodman. He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Susan (Green) Goodman; son Leslie A. Goodman, and daughter-in-law, Mary Goodman.

He is survived by his sisters, Irene Johncox, Lillian Bowen, Stella Peck, and Louise (Ken) Post; sisters-in-law Natalie (Kenneth) Eddy and Judith (Joseph) Spin. He will be dearly missed by his companion of many years, Nancy Gerspacher.

Ken leaves behind his children, son James Goodman; daughters Debra (Craig) Lund and Kate (John Hanobik) Goodman; daughter-in-law Christine Goodman; grandchildren Nick (Laura) Hanobik, Rebecca (Fred) Gregio, Elizabeth Hanobik, Brendan “Jake” (Shea Coleman) Lund, Michael Lund, Zachary Goodman.  

He enjoyed his farm life and ran a successful sawmill operation and welding supply business. Ken was a life member of the Alexander Fire Department and WNY Gas & Steam Association where he served as director for several years. He cherished his time with many friends as he pursued several other hobbies.

A private service will be held at the family’s convenience. He will be laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Alexander.

Memorials can be made to Home Health Care & Hospice, 29 Liberty St., Suite 6, Batavia, NY 14020; Alexander Fire Department, P.O. Box 336, Alexander, NY 14005 or WNY Gas & Steam Engine Association, P.O. Box 75, Alexander, NY 14005. 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.

It is with great sadness that the family of Gisela Elizabeth Fueglein announces her passing on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at the age of 83.

She was born February 18, 1937 in Bergrheinfeld, Germany and traveled to Batavia with her husband in 1955. Shortly afterwards she became the proud owner of “Gisela’s Beauty Shop,” which she operated until 2001.  She devoted over 20 years of selfless volunteer work as an aquatic instructor in the ‘rusty hinges’ program.

Gisela will be forever remembered by her beloved husband of 63 years, Eric. She is preceded in death by her loving daughter Tamy (Mark) Butcher. She will be fondly remembered as the best Omi to Aimee (Adam) Snyder and Kimberlee (Brian) Carpenter and to four great grandchildren (Ava, Colin, Evan, and Owen).

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with entombment in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum. In Lieu of flowers, please send donations to give.ocrahope.org or Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, 14 Pennsylvania Plaza, suite 2110, New York, NY 10122. 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 Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

John  A.  Rumble, 69,  of Medina, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at Medina Memorial Hospital.

John was born April 7th, 1951 in Batavia, the son of the late Robert and Dorothy (Prentice) Rumble.

John loved spending time with his family and will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband.  He enjoyed tractors and spending time outdoors.  John was a past Chief for the East Pembroke Volunteer Fire Department.  He worked at LeRoy Machine and also Perry's Ice Cream in Akron.  

John was a fighter who dealt with many long illnesses throughout his life.

John is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Palenski) Rumble of Medina; his children, John R. "Spike" Rumble of Batavia, Laurie (Rick) Smith of Basom and Melanie Rumble of East Bethany; grandchildren, Ally, Myah and Coleton; sisters, JoAnn (Ron) Spears of Bradenton, FL, Laura (Charles) Yueckstock of Batavia and Diane (Dennis) Zuch of Batavia; several nieces and nephews and his dog, Uno.

John's services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in John's memory may be made to Medina Dialysis, 11020 West Center Street Ext., Medina, NY 14103, Shelby Volunteer Fire Company, 4677 Alabama Road, Medina, NY 14103 or to the family.

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

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

LeRoy ~ Lawrence Peter Steen, 94, passed away peacefully at home on August 30, 2020.

     He was born to the late Edith Roberts Steen and Lawrence Steen.

     He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Regina Van Alst Steen; daughters, Barbara Steen, Nancy (Michael) Glover and Dorothy (Ed) Schramm; special granddaughter, Alexandra (John Dawson) Glover; sisters, Vee (Earl) DeLong and Sally (Robert) Bickford; sister-in-law, Kathleen Steen, along with several nieces and nephews.

     He was predeceased by his brothers, Robert (Joan) Steen and Thomas Steen and sisters, Arlene (Carl) Murray and Jean (Lester) Allen. 

     Pete graduated from LeRoy High School and was a proud member of the '43-'44 undefeated football team.  He was a veteran of the US Navy and served aboard the USS New Jersey in the South Pacific during World War II.  Pete was a life-time member of the Sampson WWII Veterans, USS New Jersey Veterans, the United States Navy Memorial, the American Legion and the Oatka Fish and Game Club.  He was an employee of Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation for 33 years.

     There will be no calling hours or services as per Pete's request.

     Memorials are suggested to the American Legion Botts Fiorito Post 576, 53 West Main Street, LeRoy, NY 14482 or the LeRoy Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 56, LeRoy, NY 14482.

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




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