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Batavia – Raymond A. Chudoba, age 91, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

He was born on January 29, 1931 in Batavia, a son of the late Michael Chudoba and Josephine Oles Chudoba.

A member of St. Joseph’s Church in Batavia, he was a retired New York State Trooper with Troop A in Batavia.

He is predeceased by his wife, Patricia A Kuznicki Chudoba of Dunkirk who passed away on January 1, 2017.

Surviving are his children, Raymond M. Chudoba of Midwest City Oklahoma, Carol L. (Ronald) Roy of Del City, Oklahoma and Michael J. Szatkowski of Batavia; his companion for over 40 years, Joan Szatkowski of Batavia; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He is predeceased by his siblings, Josephine Kukoski of Grants Pass, Oregon, Michael Chudoba of Seattle, Washington, Edward Chudoba of Batavia, Bernice Johnson of Basom.

Memories and a Tribute to my father:

Hey Dad. I remember when I was a small child how you would come home after work in your State Trooper uniform and we would share hugs.

I remember how you took over the family roofing business your father established in 1947 so you could keep your father active after he watched his son (your brother) Eddie fall to his death while painting the WBTA radio tower in 1962. You were a State Trooper at that time and also building a home for your family with your own two hands. Who does all this at the same time? You Dad. Yes, you were a man amongst men.

I remember us installing our first roof together in 1967 on Mr. and Mrs. Golkie’s home on Seward Road in Alexander when I was 12 years old, just a little distance from the home you built for us on Dodgeson Road. Pastel green T-Lok shingles. I slipped them in place and you followed me to nail them down. 

I remember going with you in 1970 to the nursing home where your father was a resident, how you would trim his nails and comfort him. I remember Grandpa tearing up when we prepared to leave.

We roofed together for many years and bowled together, too. You taught me the life lessons a boy needs to learn in order to become a man and always supported me in my decisions whether they turned out to be right or wrong.  

We have shared a lifetime of memories Dad. I have been blessed to have you as my father. I love you so much. Carol and other family send their love as well.

So now Dad, you will be laid to rest next to Mom. My honey Dawn is there too. Someday I will join you three and we will all be together again.

Sleep well Father,

Your loving son, Raymond

A viewing will be held at the H.E. Turner & Co, Inc. Funeral Home in Batavia on Friday morning, May 27 from 9:45 to 10:30 followed by graveside services at 11:00 in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, 531 Ellicott Street, Batavia. 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 of Batavia.

Batavia - William G. Wescott, Jr., 82 of Batavia, passed away on Monday, (May 23, 2022) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Mr. Wescott was born July 15, 1939 in Batavia, a son of the late William G. Wescott Sr. and Pauline (Cooper) Wescott.

William was a parishioner of Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church. He was a member of Mighty St. Joe's Drum & Bugle Corps and the Bills Mafia. He was also an avid Yankees fan.

Mr. Wescott was a teacher for 38 years at Kendall Central School where he taught 6th grade math and social studies. He was a coach for the Oakfield T-Ball, Little League, and Senior League baseball teams. William enjoyed vacationing in Daytona Beach, Florida and loved his dog, Rex. Above all though, he cherished time spent with his grandchildren, who he adored.

William is the husband of Joan (Woodstock) Wescott of Batavia; father of Kathy (Thomas) Wommack, Tim Wescott, and Sue Lewandowski all of Batavia; grandfather of Hannah Wommack, Rachel (Nick) Yackeren, Brenden Wescott, Olivia Wescott, Jonah Luplow, and Jillian Luplow; great-grandfather of Paisely Yackeren; brother-in-law of Elizabeth Wescott of Virginia.

He is preceded in death by a brother, Donald Wescott; and a sister, Mary Kay (late John) Rock.

Family and friends are invited to share in William's Mass of Christian Burial on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street in Batavia. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021, or St. Joseph's School, 2 Summit Street, Batavia, New York 14020, or Volunteers for Animals, PO Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021.

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

dobbs.jpg  Debra Lynn Dobbs, of Attica, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2022 surrounded by family and loved ones. Debbie was born on October 24, 1965 in Plattsburgh, NY. The daughter of the late Donald and Julia (Robare) Dobbs.

Debra attended Attica Schools from 1970-1981, completing her high school education in Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1982. After completing school, Debbie began her life’s adventure living in Florida, where she met the man whom gave her the joy of her life, her daughter Nicole Marie. After a separation, Debbie moved back to her home state to Chatham, NY (Columbia County) where she began raising her daughter. In time she returned to her hometown where she grew up, Attica, NY. Debbie enjoyed her work as a teacher’s aide working with disabled children, until she herself became disabled. Debbie enjoyed and loved her gardening, cooking, being outside, singing and dancing, spending time and talking care of her family and friends.  The most important people to Debbie were her daughter, Nicole and granddaughter, Natalie. Debbie’s ultimate satisfaction was taking care of and being with her daughter and granddaughter with “Papa” Patrick C. Foley.

In addition to her parents, Debra is predeceased by her maternal grandparents; Sherry and Leona Dobbs; a brother Thomas Dobbs.

She is survived by her brothers; Donald Dobbs Jr., John Dobbs; sister-in-law Dawn Dobbs; Daughter Nicole M. Dobbs; granddaughter Natalie M. Dobbs; companion Patrick C. Foley, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and her extended family; Erin Armstrong, Kathryn Foley, Nicole Foley and Sarah Foley; her longtime friends Jody (Jeff) Comfort, Judy Bailey and Doug Butler, Mary (Chris) Foley, Rose Montpetit and her favorite pet dog; Cooper.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of her life will be held on July 30, 2022 at the home she so loved, Patrick Foley’s residence on Eck Rd. in Attica. Please attend. She will be laid to rest in Ogdensburg at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Nicole and Natalie or the donor’s choice. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York


Raymond A. Schmigel, went home to be with his Lord on May 21, 2022. He was born in Pembroke, NY on October 14, 1929 to the late Walter and Eva Leona (Sprague) Schmigel.
Ray attended Pembroke School and then followed his brothers into stock car racing while working different jobs, racing first at Civic Stadium and later at Ransomville Speedway. He worked as a mechanic for Al Zimmerman Oldsmobile before changing careers to drive a concrete truck for Clarence Redi-Mix where he retired in 1993. Ray enjoyed deer hunting. He was an usher at the Akron First Baptist Church where he was always ready to lend a helping hand. He especially enjoyed helping Duane on the farm and took great pride in his garden.

Loving father of Dale Schmigel and Mark (Connie) Schmigel; cherished grandfather of Carissa (Darren) Berghorn, Chelsea (Brad) Kunkle, Tonya (Jeff) McCormick and Stefanie Schmigel.  He is also survived by his great grandchildren Lilly and Lacey Berghorn as well as many nieces and nephews. Raymond is predeceased by his wife of 71 years, Marian E. Schmigel and his siblings, Roy, Millie, Ed, Fern, Don, Doris, Bud, and Ramona.

Friends and relatives may call on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Ross Funeral Home of Akron, LLC., 10 Eckerson Avenue, Akron, NY 14001. Ray’s Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 11 AM. at the First Baptist Church 122 Main Street Akron, New York (Please Assemble at Church). To share memories and condolences with Ray’s family, please visit rossakron.com.

 

martinm1.jpg  Martin C. McDonald, 71, of Attica passed away on May 20, 2022 at his home. He was born on April 12, 1951 in Buffalo to the late Martin G. McDonald and the late Dorothy (Faslon) Stiles. He is preceded in death by a sister; Ginny McDonald; daughter in law Rebecca McDonald and father in law; Albert Stewart.

Martin was a proud United States Marine veteran who devoted his life to working. At a young age he started collision work and eventually opened up his own shop in the buffalo area where he grew up. Marty moved to Darien in his 20s where he spent many years as an EMT at the Darien fire department, he held many positions and eventually became chief. He then went on to be a correctional officer and after dedicating 27 years he retired from Attica State Correctional facility. When Marty was in his late 40s, he moved to Attica where he resided the rest of his life. He liked to do his own handy-man work and in the early 2000s he and his wife remodeled the home and built a 2-car garage. Marty spent his free time with friends and family. He enjoyed going out to eat, vacations, going for a drive to jam out with his daughter Taylor, doing work around the house and being outside, going to different casinos with his wife Barb, but Marty most loved spending time with his “pride and joy” Taylor. Martin was a kind soul with a heart bigger than the world.

He is survived by his wife; Barbara (Stewart) McDonald; beloved children Taylor McDonald, Robin McDonald, Michele (Robert) Wesley, Mike (Jen) McDonald, Marty McDonald, Scott McDonald; sister Mary Louise (McDonald) Miller along with many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Thursday May 26, 2022 at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Darien Fire Company PO 135 Darien Center, NY 14040. 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.

LeRoy ~ James F. Christner, age 79, passed on March 21, 2022.

     He was born on April 5, 1942 to the late Paul Christner and Kathryn Gentner Christner. He is survived by his son, Peter; and brothers, Edward and Thomas.

     He was a graduate of Pavilion Central School and Cornell University. Jim was an officer in the U.S. Navy and active in Veterans for Peace. He travelled the world and enjoyed singing with the Cornell Alumni Glee Club.

     His graveside memorial service will be held on June 4th at 11:00 AM at St. Francis Cemetery, Exchange St., LeRoy, with a reception to follow at noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall, West Main St., LeRoy.

     Memorials to Rochester-Veterans for Peace, Chapter 23, 203 Montpelier Circle, Rochester, NY 14618; Lydia’s Kitchen c/o of First Baptist Church, 306 East Main St., Batavia, NY 14020; George Fry Memorial Scholarship (payable to Pavilion Central School), Pavilion, NY 14525.

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

Darien Center - Carl  E. Doell, 85, of Darien Center passed away on Tuesday (May 17, 2022) at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo, New York.

Mr. Doell was born May 16, 1937 in Ilion, NY, a son of the late Gordon and Hazel (Rouse) Doell.
 
Carl was a classic car enthusiast (especially treasuring his '57 Thunderbird), and a faithful attendee of car shows. Carl had a brilliant sense of humor. He was a hardworking family man, a loving husband, devoted father, beloved grandfather and cherished uncle.

He is the husband of Diane (Helwig) Doell of Darien Center. The two were married on August 22, 1964 in Attica and spent nearly 58 years together.

Surviving along with his wife are his son, Carl E. (Barbara Landers) Doell, II of Attica; a grandson, Nick Doell; brothers, Larry Doell of Ontario, and Richard Doell of Batavia. Carl is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call on Saturday (June 25, 2022) from 10-11 a.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia. Carl's memorial service will immediately follow visitation at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Darien Fire Department (10537 Alleghany Rd, Darien Center, NY 14040) or to Mercy Flight (100 Amherst Villa Road, Buffalo, NY 14225) at https://www.mercyflight.org/support/. Flowers are gratefully declined.

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

Thomas A. Atkinson, 76, of LeRoy, NY, passed away peacefully on May 20th, 2022 at the Batavia V A Medical Center after a long battle with lung cancer.  He was born November 22, 1945 to Thomas & Martha (Harding) Atkinson. He graduated in 1963  thomas_a._atkinson_0.jpg  from Plains High School. He served in the United States Army and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Sharpshooter (Rifle m-14). He graduated from Kings College with a Degree in Drafting.  He was employed as a sales representative for Mideast Aluminum, as well as a sales representative for the NYS lottery.  He retired in 2006.

     He was married 41 years to his beloved wife, Joanne Wasmanski on May 2, 1966 and moved to LeRoy in 1981. He enjoyed bowling, golf and bingo.

     He is predeceased by his parents, wife (2008) and son, Paul F. Atkinson (2020). He is survived by his sisters, Linda (Richard) White and Bonnie (Bob) Abromavage; daughters Cheryl (Kenneth) Weaver of Crawfordville, FL and Wendy Nelson of LeRoy, NY.  He has 6 grandchildren: Bekki (Greg Houghtaling) Weaver, Kimberly Weaver, Holly (Phil) Barone, Kristin (Christopher) Decker, Paula Atkinson and Thomas Atkinson.  He has 3 great-grandchildren:  Jacob Anthony and Amelia Barone; Allora Decker as well as several nieces. nephews, and cousins.

       Family and friends may call on Thursday, June 2 from 2 ~ 4 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., LeRoy, where his Funeral Service, with military honors, will be held at 4:00 P.M.  Family and friends are then invited to the American Legion for his Celebration of Life reception at 5:00 PM.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Tom are suggested to either Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North St., Batavia, NY 14020 or the LeRoy American Legion, 53 W. Main St., LeRoy, NY 14482

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

Batavia - Robert Luke Shell, age 85, of Batavia, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Bob was born on January 13, 1937, in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the only child of Chester Heaks Shell and Ruth Angeline Siefert Shell. As a young boy, he loved roaming the Pennsylvania woods - especially in the company of those who would become his lifelong friends.

A graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Bob served in the United States Army from 1959-1961 as an MP in Verona, Italy. Following his return from military service, he settled in Batavia, where he devoted himself to his family, his community, and multiple small business that he owned and tirelessly operated through the years.

Bob was known throughout Batavia - not only as the owner of the Hub Restaurant and Midtown Motel, Optimum Realty, and Shell Associates Appraisals, but also as a member of the Rotary Club and St. Paul Lutheran Church, through which he dedicated himself to his faith and his community through service. In addition to the love he showed his family, friends, and community, Bob found joy in so many different things, including his dogs; the Penn State Nittany Lions; Christmas music and decorations; Italy (and speaking bad Italian); working in the garden; listening to jazz; making sauerkraut; taking a drive; playing golf and tennis; going skiing, fishing, and camping with his children; and monitoring the weather (both locally and wherever his children may have been at any given moment). Always excited to talk to people, he thrived on making connections with others - whether they were family, friends, or literally any waiter at any restaurant he ever visited.

Bob spent his life giving to his family and friends, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Lisa Marie Long Shell; his children, Elaine (Robert W. Reyes, Jr.) Shell, Eric Shell, Walter Shell, Jonathan (Lisa) Shell, Susan (Andrew Schulte) Shell, and Ben (Mallory) Shell; and grandchildren, Elizabeth Shell, Erin Shell, Olivia Shell, Zoe Schulte, Clara Schulte, and Callum Shell.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 pm to 7 pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran School, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020. He will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Donald J. Palone, 92, of Oakfield passed away on May 21, 2022. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked many years for GTE Sylvania and Doehler Jarvis. He was a member of St Padre Pio Parish and the American Legion. He enjoyed and loved his family and collecting antique car scale models.
He was predeceased by his Parents Joseph P. Palone Sr.; Gladys (Bordner) Palone; his wife of over 68 years Josephine (Galline) Palone; siblings Jeanette Palone; Geraldine (William) Smith; Joseph (Louise) Palone Jr.; Robert (Suzanne) Palone Sr.; and Son-In- Law, Michael A. McDonald.
He is survived by his daughter, Valerie (Michael) McDonald; Son, Dave (Debbie) Palone; Grandchildren Megan Palone and Shyanne (Ryan Palone) Garrett; Brothers William (Edie) Palone; Richard (Wilda) Palone; and, Sister Patricia (George) Murray, and many Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Great Nephews, and Great Great Nieces and Nephews.
There are no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Padre Pio Parish, on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. with internment in St Cecilia's Cemetery, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, NY 14125. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Cecilia's Cemetery Fund, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, NY 14125 or the American Legion Post, Allegheny Road, Basom, N.Y. 14013.
Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.
Arrangements for Donald were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, (585) 948-5325.

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