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Medina - Lee Charles Weaver passed away peacefully at home on December 13, 2021. He was surrounded by his loving family.  

Lee was born December 23, 1944 in Buffalo, NY.  Throughout his life he lived in Oakfield, Batavia, Middleport, and Medina NY.   He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward (Lillian) Weaver. He is preceded in death by his brothers Edward Weaver and Earl Weaver.  

Lee was the proud owner of L&J Cleaning Service for over 50 years.  He was a hard working man, yet he always had time for those he met.  He had always dreamed of owning his own business and building his own home.  He was able to fulfill both those dreams with the help of his loving and loyal wife and their family.

He is survived by his caring wife Marlene whom he married on Valentine’s Day 1987. They shared many happy years dancing, traveling, and enjoying their life together.  Their strong faith has helped them to find the best in life.  

Lee is the father of Charles (Debbie) Weaver,  Scott (Cathy) Weaver, Tina (Rich) Hagen, Todd Weaver,  Darrin Moreland, and Wade Moreland.  He was a role model to his children.  He selflessly loved them and taught them many life lessons,  

Lee shared a special bond with each of his 21 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.  His grandchildren and great grandchildren loved spending time with him.  Grandpa or Pa always found a way to make their time together special.  He loved to see them smile and hear their laughter.    

He is also survived by his sisters Barbara (John, deceased) Jaszko and Nancy Dunn and brother Brian (Sherry) Weaver.  Several nieces and nephews and other family members.  

Family and Friends are invited to call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia; and on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Living Faith World Outreach, 161 S. Platt Street in Albion, where Lee's funeral service will immediately follow. Burial will be in Alabama Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans County:  14080 Rte 31 West, PO Box 489, Albion, NY 14411. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

say_melody-photo.jpgMelody Ann Say, 70 of Oakfield, passed away peacefully on Friday (December 10, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center.

She was born February 25, 1951 in Batavia, a daughter of Delores (Brajevich) Post and Walter & Amber Williams.

Melody was a very faithful individual and loved spending time with her family, doing crafts with her grandchildren, sewing and crocheting. She collected several dolls and enjoyed watching soap-operas as well as crime shows on television.

She is survived by her son, Samuel (Mandie) Coughlin of Oakfield. Also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and several brothers and sisters.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Say. Son, Jerrold W. Coughlin Jr. and 3 brothers, Walter Williams Jr, John Williams, & Richard Post.

Family and friends are cordially invited to a Celebration of Life on Monday (December 20th), 3:00pm at the Genesee Country Church, 3268 Drake Street Rd, Oakfield, NY.

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




Thomas M. Adams, 87, of East Bethany passed away on December 1, 2021 at the United Memorial Medical Center. He was born on September 1, 1934 in South Byron to the late Burt and Edna Adams.

Tom worked for 38 years in Maintenance Department at the VA Medical Center in Batavia.

He is survived by his wife; Mary (Sinibaldi) Adams; sons Michael (Noreen) Adams, Daniel (Melissa) Adams and Mark Adams, along with 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

There will be no prior calling hours or services.

To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

hinze.jpg  Catherine A. Hinze, 76 of Attica, passed away on Friday, December 10, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She was born in Yonkers, NY on September 19, 1945 to the late Frank and Katherine (Miehofner) Waxenberger.  She is preceded in death by a granddaughter Lillie Hinze, grandson, Nicholas Mruczek, mother and father-in-law James (Nora) Hinze.

Mrs. Hinze worked as a bus driver for over 30 years at Alexander Central School District and she ran an Alpaca Farm with her husband. She was an excellent seamstress, known for making wedding gowns, prom dresses, vestments for priests and even Alpaca fleece clothing. Catherine was very involved in Alexander Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and Band. She was a devoted member of St. Vincent’s in Attica for many years and recently Immaculate Heart of Mary in Darien.

She is survived by her beloved husband James J. Hinze of Attica, children, Dawn (Kurt) Werner of Alexander, Scott Hinze of Basom, Michael (Ann) Hinze of Attica, Mark Hinze of Attica, 8 grandchildren, Justin (Lyndsay), Scott (Michelle) Jr, Matt, Nathan, Mason, Kyle, Tia, Dustin, Bailey and Jordan; 4 great-grandchildren, Jason, Cholie, Cora and Annalyse, along with many nieces and nephews.  

A 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday December 18, 2021 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 10675 Alleghany Road, Darien Center, NY 14040. A Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date.   

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alexander Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, PO Box 336, Alexander, NY 14005 or to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish. To leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Batavia - Gary Fore, 56 of Batavia passed away on Tuesday, (December 7, 2021) at Unity Hospital in Rochester.

Mr. Fore was born January 27, 1965 in Nurnberg, Germany a  son of the late Richard and Inge (Stark) Fore.

Gary enjoyed fishing along with attending auctions, going to garage sales, flea markets, and car shows.

He is survived by his fiance, Melissa Bowen of Batavia; daugher, Nicole Fore of Buffalo; step-daughers, Whitney (fiance Alex Muckle) Athoe, and Kayleigh (fiance Megan Marciniak) Perez all of Buffalo; step-granddaughter, Zoey Keith; and a brother, John (Joanne Cox) Fore of Batavia.

A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wilmot Cancer Institute, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, New York 14642 in Gary's memory.

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.

Walter R. Dyer, 68, of Bergen, passed away on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at Unity Hospital.

Walter was born February 13, 1953 in Athol, Massachusetts, a son of the late Arnold and Frances (Begor) Dyer.

Walter was a cook at the Bergen Farm Market.

Surviving are his sister, Deanna Blissett of Holley, brother, Bruce Dyer of Wisconsin, his friends, Patty Baker of Bergen and Jim Hundeley of Spencerport, 14 nieces and nephews, including Harbit (Diana) Hall, Jr., Tenerle Hall, Jesse Hall and Frank Hall and 7 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceded in death by his brother, Michael Dyer.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA  22116-7023, www.diabetes.org.  

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

Arrangements for Walter were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen, (585) 494-1210.

Digno C. Perez, 90, of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at the Gateway House in Attica.

Digno was born February 22,1931 in Humacao, Puerto Rico, a son of the late Liborio and Jauna (Perez) Castro.

Digno enjoyed fishing, boxing and spending time with his family.  He was a New York Yankees fan and will be remembered for being a good cook.

Surviving are his wife, Emily Perez of Batavia; children, Rosita (Adrian) Bernal, Julio Castro, Joseph (Sherry) Perez and Lou (Gina Gossett) Perez; a brother, Jerry (Cuc) Perez; step-sister, Maria (late Daniel) Cintron, six grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his children, Hector Castro and Carmen Castro and his brothers and sisters.

Services for Digno will be held privately for his family at St. Cecelia's Cemetery in Oakfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gateway Home, 91 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011 or online at www.gatewayhomeattica.org.  

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

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

David M. Miller, age 53, passed away at his home in the San Francisco Bay area on November 10, 2021, after a brief illness, with his best friend, Echebbers at his side.

    david_m._miller_0.jpg David was born May 2, 1968, in Batavia, NY, son of Rosemary (Paladino) Miller and the late David J. Miller.

     In addition to his mother, Rosemary, he is survived by sister, Michelle Miller (Matthew Betzler), brother, Greg (Peggy Forman) Miller, sister, Melissa (Jim) Lytle; grandmother, Victoria Paladino, Uncle, Paul Paladino, nephews, Jesse, Sam, Cody and niece, Emma, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his extended family in California, especially Lexi, Justin, and Donald.

     After graduating from high school in LeRoy, he attended Brockport State College before deciding to move to San Francisco, where he had resided since 1991. In San Francisco, he participated in the 500 mile AIDS Ride for Life and fundraising for the National AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park and was a caregiver to many.

     David loved his family, friends, and his dog (his rescued pitty, Echeb). He was kind, smart, funny and creative. His talent lives on in his many paintings, drawings and writings. He was also gifted in the kitchen and in decorating (in the house, the garden, or for the holidays). He gave a lot of himself to others and always tried to find the good in people. One of David’s favorite sayings was “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you” (Princess Diana).

     Family and friends may call on Friday, January 7, 2022 from 3 ~ 5 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., LeRoy, where his Service of Remembrance will be held at 5 PM.

     In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation, in his memory, to Rocket Dog Rescue, P.O. Box 460826, San Francisco, CA 94146 or www.rocketdogrescue.org/donate

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



stedman.jpg  William C. Stedman, 66, of Attica passed away on November 30, 2021 at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. He was born on September 9, 1955 in Attica to the late Paul and Dorothy (Coleman) Stedman. In addition to his parents, he is pre-deceased by his brother Gary and his sister Gloria Paine Stedman.

He is survived by his daughter, Melissa Stedman (Scott Pronesti), of Miami, FL, his sister-in-law, Gloria Stedman Brown of Phoenix, AZ, his brother, Douglas (Roxanne), of Attica, his sister, Laurie (William Wine), of Guilderland, NY and his long-time companion, Lynn Jakubowski of Batavia, NY.   He is also survived by eight nieces and nephews including Katrina Paine Smith (David Schwartz), Terry Paine (Debbie), Suzanne Paine Schauf (Richard), Karyn Paine Carpenter (Martin), Paul J. Stedman (Anne), Mary Stedman Vallone (Ron), Heather Stedman Hojnicki (Michael), Paul D. Stedman (Melinda) and many cousins.

Bill was a proud veteran of the US Air Force.  He worked in mortgage banking and was a branch office manager for HFC in south Florida.  He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 1999.  He survived that disease and went on to graduate from Schenectady County Community College with a degree in Computer Science.  He returned to Attica in 2005 and he established a computer repair and web design business, Geeky Geezers.

Bill loved to cook.  He won a chili cooking contest in Florida.  He was a Master Gardener.  He enjoyed teaching 4-H youth as he judged vegetables at the Wyoming County Fair.  He also loved working with the Attica Senior Citizens.

There will be no calling hours. His family expects to hold a celebration of life next summer.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Attica Rescue Squad, 11 Water Street, Attica, New York 14011, or to the Wyoming Co SPCA, 808 Creek Rd, 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, NY 14011.    

Mr. Dennis E. Sexton (“Nicho”) of Batavia, NY passed peacefully on Monday, December 6, 2021, at Crossroads House comfort care home during his 78th year, in the company of those who loved him. He was born in Lancaster, NY on October 7, 1944. As a man who made deliberate choices along his path in life, he participated, along with the assistance of Crossroads House volunteers, in the writing of this remembrance while eating a coconut Popsicle. He also pre-arranged to have it published within three days of his passing.

“If you’re reading this today, I’ve gone to the Great Beyond.” A remarkable, well-traveled man who decided to go shopping for his “final home,” Dennis visited Crossroads House in April of 2018 and was given a tour. “I didn’t want to leave anyone with my final decisions,” he explained. His desire was to live here when his time came, if at all possible. Three years later, it was possible. Having received his education in the Catholic School system, Dennis found himself called to a life of service to his fellow man. He would spend a year and a day employed by the Erie County Welfare Department, and when he realized “working there wasn’t going to end poverty,” he took a more personal, pro-active role in leaving things a little better than he found them. “People respond to kindness.” On the advice of his uncle, he became a door-to-door salesman and helped young brides set up their homes with pots and pans and plates. Thereafter, he worked for General Electric and New York Life Insurance Company. After saving all his money, he eventually went into business as the owner/operator of a ski lodge in Ellicottville, NY. The Kelly House Lodge, a rambling Victorian, was his pride and joy for fourteen years.

His true calling came later when he began serving our local migrant workers through the Cornell Educational Program (now known as The Research Foundation of SUNY-Potsdam). When Dennis visited the refugee camps in Mexico his heart was burdened for those living in poverty. Through Save the Children he was able to work at a home for disabled children and intended to become an LPN so he could someday return there to be a caregiver. Unfortunately, he was a victim of gunfire in July of 1992 while on a humanitarian effort to deliver 9,000 used sweaters (collected from Buffalo area churches) intended for Guatemalan refugees. Medical issues changed his course.
Dennis would become known as that “pajama man” who accompanied migrant workers to the Batavia Tops and Walmart. (“They are the most comfortable pants I’ve ever known. I bought 11 pairs.”) He was called into duty whenever a non-English-speaking husband needed a ride to the hospital because his wife had gone into labor, acted as translator at doctors’ and dentists’ offices, movie theaters, the DMV, and would be the teacher of how to get a money order at the local banks. This way of meeting people at their point of need and changing the world one life, one gesture, at a time created a well-lived life for Dennis.

Fond memories demonstrate how his adventurous spirit took him on hikes all over Europe. He once did a bike trip around Ireland, the British Isles, and Scotland. He also shared a cigarette break (though not more conversation than a sentence about the weather) with Her Majesty The Queen. Their paths crossed briefly under a bridge in Scotland on a summer day in 1984, when he was taking a train ride to Aberdeen. She had Gold Benson & Hedges, he, the Marlboro red box. She would be spotted walking about small towns from time to time, he says, wearing flat shoes and a scarf on her head. With security, she would travel in a wine-colored Rolls Royce, alone, she drove a little orange VW.

Looking back on his life, Dennis felt himself gifted to have lived so long. “I’ve had the opportunity to discover so many great people, many of whom are right here. If you want to find a wonderful place to end your days, this is the place.”
Dennis is pre-deceased by his parents Michael and Ellen Sexton, and 2 brothers, Michael and Conal. He is survived by nieces, nephews and many cousins who reside in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Spain, England, and here in the U.S. Dennis was very grateful to two special friends, Leanne and Sandy, who assisted him in making his final plans. There will be no memorial service; however, arrangements have been made for his ashes to be taken to Dunquin Harbor on the Dingle Peninsula (off the coast of Ireland), by his cousin Paul. This was a peaceful place where Dennis would sit and watch herders bring their goats down from the mountain, while enjoying a loaf of bread and a wedge of cheese, quenching himself with a glass of Drambuie.

Resting comfortably in his sunny bedroom and thinking about the days to come, Dennis imagined seeing his Mother and her sister in heaven. They had very busy lives, having raised 10 children between them. He said that when he comes upon them, heads down and focused on reading the good books that they missed, they most likely will not look up. (He grins). As for himself, Dennis has said that he would like to pass through “the gates” at his former age of nineteen and have St. Peter hand him his backpack for his next adventure. Bon voyage, Dear Friend. Dennis has requested that memorials in his name be made to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty Street, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021 or visit www.crossroadshouse.com.




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