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torcello_joan-_photo.jpgJoan D. (Waclawski) Torcello, 96, beloved wife of the late Ralph F. “Rick” Torcello, died June 1, 2020 at Crest Manor Nursing Home in Fairport, NY.  Mrs. Torcello was born February 8, 1924, a daughter of the late Anthony and Anna Waclawski of Bethany Center & Buffalo, NY.  She was a Business Major graduate in 1941 from Riverside High School in Buffalo and upon graduation, worked first as an aircraft riveter and then as account clerk at Bell Aircraft Corporation. 

During WWII Joan moved to Washington, D.C. to work as an account clerk with the Navy Department and later for the Veteran’s Administration in D.C. and in Buffalo after the war.   She and Rick were married on October 19, 1946 after his discharge from the Naval Armed Guard that year.

Joan continued to be employed over the years in accounting and office management for Roy Porter Produce & Brokerage in Elba for over 12 years.  She retired from the Batavia Holiday Inn in 1986 after 14 years as their bookkeeper and accountant.  Over her lifetime she was a member of the Stafford Planning Board, the Republican Stafford and County Committees, the Byron-Bergen PTA, serving as president, and the Byron Bergen Advisory and Educational Study Committees.

She enjoyed volunteering at the St. Jerome Hospital Gift Shop and the Batavia Senior Center.  She also participated as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Glenn S. Loomis Post #332, Batavia American Legion.  With her husband, she was an avid summer Silver Lake camper and loved showing their antique automobiles at area car shows.  A devout Catholic, she was a member of Ascension Parish/Sacred Heart Church and former member of the Altar & Rosary Society.

She is survived by her four children, Patricia A. (Joseph) Catalina of Valatie, NY; Marcia A. (Joseph) Rice of Pittsburgh, PA; Ronald R. (Mary Cain) Torcello of Churchville, NY; and Robin J. (Stephen) Hodownes of Honeoye Falls, NY; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by sisters Mary Dombrowski, Sophie Adolf, Stella Kawacz, Frances Polec, Julia Slusar, Helen Hunt and Josephine Mager, and by brothers Joseph Waclawski, John Waclawski and Walter Waclawski.

Private services and funeral mass will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Mass cards or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




merle.jpg  Florence C. Merle, 105, of Attica, passed away peacefully Monday, June 1, 2020 at Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw. She was born on September 28, 1914 in Warsaw to the late Mark (Ruth Cox) Chamberlain. Mrs. Merle is preceded in death by her husband Arthur E. Merle June 19, 1995; daughter-in-law Julie Merle; siblings Carrie (Richard) Smith, Agnes (Andrew) Ellicott, Ray (Arlene) Chamberlain and Paul (Margaret) Chamberlain. 

Florence graduated from Warsaw High School. She took a trip to the West Coast with her best friends Ora and Bernice Putney, in 1936. They drove a Model A and pulled a trailer that her father built to stay in.

She was very active in 4-H, especially the poultry project. Florence’s first job was secretary at the Wyoming County Cooperative Extension/4-H. She met her husband, Arthur, while both were very active in 4-H and together they were 4-H leaders for nearly 100 years! They got married in a leap year – Arthur thought it was a great idea since there was an extra day that year. They had been married for 55 years when Arthur passed away in 1995. They moved to a house on Route 98 in Attica and spent the rest of their lives there. Florence worked with Arthur on the farm and helped develop the maple business. She packed tons of maple sugar candy over her life.

Florence is a lifetime member of the Farm Bureau. She received the Hubbell Award in 1998 recognizing her for furthering education in maple production. She has been an active member of the EUB and Trinity United Methodist Church for 80 years. Florence was well known for her wonderful home-baked rolls and maple-bacon baked beans that were common at church fundraisers. Florence cared for both of Arthur’s parents and her own father in their latter years. She supported her children in their 4-H and FFA projects and school work. She was kind, quiet woman who lived her faith and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  

Mrs. Merle is survived by her beloved children, Phyllis (Charles) Couture of West Valley, NY; Bruce (Nancy) Merle of Attica, Milton Merle and Mary Kautz of Attica; Douglas (Sara) Merle of Kendall; Lyle (Dottie) Merle of Attica; daughter-in-law Marilee Merle of Attica; 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.  

A private Graveside Service will be held for the immediate family, there will be a Memorial Service at a later date. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. 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.

boss.jpg  Nancy A. Boss, 84 of Attica, passed away peacefully June 1, 2020 at Friendly Home in Rochester.  She was born in Batavia, on September 29, 1935 to the late Burton (Dorothy Waite) Lewis. She is preceded in death by a sister Patricia Treat and brother-in-law Clarence Rich.

Mrs. Boss worked for many years at George King Boss Insurance Agency. She was a member of Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Attica and the Attica Golf Club. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her beloved husband Ivan “Ike” Boss of Attica; children Brenda (Thomas) Parkes of Victor; Richard (Cheryl) Norton of Murphy, NC; Randall (Tilma) Norton of Palm Bay, FL; step-children Michelle (Michael) Perkins of Pavilion; Philip Boss of East Bethany; Luanne (Neil) Jacobs of Batavia; sister Sara Rich of Sebastian, FL; brother-in-law Norman Treat of Auburndale, FL; 15 grandchildren, 18 grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours, a Graveside Service will be held for the immediate family. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.  

The family would like to thank the staff at Friendly Senior Living for the amazing care they gave Nancy over the years.

The family requests that donations be made to Friendly Home (in memo line Lee Place in memory of Nancy Boss), 3156 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14618. 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.

Corfu - Dean R. Lawrence, 89, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020.

Dean was born December 4, 1930, to Harold and Jessie Lawrence of Attica, NY and attended Attica Central School, graduating in 1948.

Following graduation, Dean worked in a Golf Pro Shop in Bradford, PA, then joined and served in the United States Navy from 1950 - 1954. After returning home, he managed Newell’s Dairy in Attica for several years and then managed Genesee Farms Dairy in Batavia. When Corfu constructed their new sewer treatment plant, Dean was Supervisor of the Corfu Water and Sewer Department Plant until his retirement.

Dean was a life long member of the Attica Golf Course. He loved playing the game with his friends and enjoyed competing in the many area tournaments. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, yard work and especially spending time with his grandchildren. Dean also enjoyed watching baseball, football, hockey and golf on TV and truly enjoyed his 20 plus winters in Florida.

Dean is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Sue; his daughter Laural; grandsons David Lawrence, Nicholas, Matthew and Paul Ianni; a brother, James Lawrence of Alexander and many nieces and nephews.

Dean is predeceased by his parents Jessie and Harold Lawrence; brother, Harold; sisters, Marian, Ina, Lois and Janet; a son, Christopher; granddaughter Angela and grandson Lyle.

There are no services at this time because of COVID 19 restrictions. A graveside memorial service will be held at a future date.

Memorials in memory of Dean may be made to the charity of the Donor’s Choice.

Stafford - Karen (Balduf) King, 77 of Stafford, NY, daughter of the late John and Gladys Balduf, passed away in her home, Friday, May 29, 2020, after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
She is survived by her son Brian (Christine) King, sister JoAnne (Paul) Tenney, five grandchildren, Christopher, LeAnne (Peter), Brittany (Matt), AJ and Cody. One great grandson, PJ and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Richard (Rip) King, and daughter Colleen King.
Karen started her career at Sylvania where she was a secretary for 17 years. She finished her career and retired from the NYS Trooper Barracks in Clarence where she was a secretary for 25 years.
She enjoyed making gifts for the special people in her life with her sewing and crafting. She loved working in her flower gardens and playing cards with family and friends.
A celebration of life and memorial will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY

Clarence - Isabel M. Blanchard, 93, formerly of Corfu, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Isabel was born in Batavia, a daughter of the late Cornelius and Olive Staebell Donovan. She was predeceased by her husband Lavern Blanchard.

Isabel worked for many years at the E.N. Rowell Box Factory in Batavia and retired from the Genesee County Nursing Home as a nurse’s aide.

There are no calling hours. Private burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu, NY.

Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu.

Akron ~ Laurence E. Hanley Jr., age 82, formerly of LeRoy, passed away Thursday afternoon (May 28, 2020) at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Williamsville.

     He was born November 12, 1937 in Fulton, N.Y., a son of the late Laurence and Mary Welch Hanley Sr.

     Larry will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and dear friend to many.  He was a proud U. S. Navy veteran, having served 19 years and then worked for the U. S. Postal Service as a letter carrier for 24 years. He was a member of the American Legion in Akron and the Akron First United Methodist Church.  Larry enjoyed Sunday dinners with his family, the NY Yankees, Buffalo Bills, bowling, along with eating peanuts and drinking beer.

     He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 4 years, Mary Fralick Hanley; his children, Brian (Tammy) Hanley of Batavia, Teresa (John) Phelps of FL, Linda (John) Burger of Caledonia and Wayne (Annie) Hanley of LeRoy; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Hanley, along with many nieces and nephews.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife of 54 years, Carol Filio Hanley, two sons, Dean Joseph Hanley and Kenneth Hanley, and his brother, Bernie Hanley.

     A public memorial service will be announced at a later date.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Akron First United Methodist Church, 7 Church Street, Akron, N.Y.  14001 

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

     Mr. Hanley and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Batavia - Catherine E. (Koontz) Epperson, wife of William R. Epperson (deceased 1984) and mother of the late Willden D. Epperson (deceased 1986), daughter of the late Jacob Koontz and Marie G. (Bettis) Pendleton was born in Ventnor, New Jersey on July 24, 1930.

She passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 25, 2020 in Batavia, where she lived with her daughter’s family for 5 years.

Catherine spent most of her life living in South Florida where she was a friend to many who knew her. She will be remembered as a caring and giving person.

She is survived by her children; Jack Epperson and his wife Jennifer, Willdeanna Epperson Parkhurst and her husband Bob as well as her grandchildren Bob Jr. and Brice and her step daughter Iris Fortney. She also leaves her nieces and nephew, Mary, Catherine and Jacob from her brother Jacob F. Koontz.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

ESTHER JEANETTE GRAY ~ Age 67, of Elba, went home to be with our Lord and Savior early Wednesday morning May 27, 2020 at home while under the care of Hospice and her loving family. She was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on April 26, 1953 to the late William and June (Reetz) Miller also preceded in death by siblings, Keneth R. Miller, William Miller, Roger Miller, and Donna Kapan.

Esther graduated from Genesee Community College as a Registered Nurse after raising her children and worked at many area nursing homes as a Nurse Supervisor. Esther was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Elba for the last 48 years, teaching Sunday School, Bible Club and Vacation Bible School for the Junior Church. She also volunteered on the social committee, in the children’s nursery and as the missionary secretary at the church.

Esther loved knitting, crocheting, and sewing. Her handcrafted items were made for many church activities, All Babies Cherished, Elba Central School Glove Drive and Operation Shoe Box Ministry.

Surviving is her beloved husband of 48 years, David Lee Gray of Elba; loving daughter, Dorothy Gray De Roque of Elba and her children, Angelica R. (Celso Vasquez) Acosta, Emiliano Acosta and Guillermo Roque Gray; Esther and David raised Lisa Hodgins and Dorothy (Patrick) McNutt; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Epidemic a Celebration of Esther’s life for family and friends will be announced in the future. Memorials in her memory are suggested to Crossroads House PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021.

Please share words of comfort with Esther’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.



norway.jpgPEGGY S. NORWAY ~ Age 50, of Elba, passed peacefully on Tuesday May 26, 2020 at home while under the care of Hospice, surrounded by her loving family following a courageous battle with colon cancer. Peggy was born on June 8, 1969 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Ivan and Joan (Kearns) Boyce.

Peggy enjoyed baking, doing crafts and just sitting on the deck enjoying life and her family, but most of all was her love of Christmas so much so that by the day after she would begin planning and counting down for the next holiday season.

Peggy is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, Larry Norway of Elba; beloved children, Michael Norway and Amanda Norway both at home; siblings, Marty (Bonnie) Boyce, Marvin (Judy Shedlock) Boyce, Steve (Linda) Boyce, Brian (Chita) Boyce, Craig (Sue) Boyce, Dan (Cheryl) Boyce, Dawn Boyce, Laura Boyce, Carol Boyce and Brenda Boyce; father & mother-in-law, Mick (Fern) Norway of Elba; brother-in-law, Dan (Sarah) Norway; sister-in-law, Tracy (Mike) Lyons; dear friends, Nadine(Ken) Snyder along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to the on-going COVID-19 Epidemic a Christmas in July celebration of Peggy’s life will be held this coming July 4th weekend at the family home in Elba. Memorial contributions in her memory are suggested to HomeCare & Hospice 29 Liberty St. Suite #6 Batavia or Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. 127 North St. Batavia, NY 14020.

Please share your words of comfort with Peggy’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com




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