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Mary L. Knowlton, 81, of Corfu, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2020, at United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia.

Mary was born on September 21, 1938, in Akron, a daughter of the late Robert and Maybelle Rosenthal Brady. She was the wife of the late William C. Knowlton and grandmother of the late Kelsey N. Milks.

Mary was a devoted wife and mother. She loved being in the kitchen and was known for making the best coffee. Mary loved attending all the party’s that were held at 400 Towers when she lived there and doing puzzles.

Mary is survived by her son, Randy (Antionette) Savage; daughters, Robin Parks and Roxanne (Greg) Milks; sister, Annette (Frank) Pfalzer; brother Robert (late Barbara) Brady; 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive. 

Family and friends may call Friday, August 28, 2020, from 11 am to 1 pm at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu. Graveside services will immediately follow at 1 pm in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu. A face covering is required at the funeral home and capacity limited to 33% due to  COVID-19 restrictions.


BRACKETT - Phillip W. “Joe”, of Batavia, NY, died peacefully at Premier Genesee Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, August 19th, 2020 in Batavia, NY at the age of 82. He is survived by his children, Sharon Brackett of Baltimore, MD and Jeffrey Brackett and wife, Marcy of Webster, NY; grandchildren, Elizabeth, Emily, and Erica Brackett of Webster, NY and Steven Brackett of Baltimore, MD and Jessica Brackett of Laurel, MD; sister Donna Hatcher of Akron, NY. His wife Doris preceded him in death in 2017. 

Joe was born on February 2nd, 1938 in Akron, NY to Wilbur and Gladys Brackett. He graduated from Akron Central School in 1956. Following high school, Joe found himself working as an orderly at Genesee Memorial Hospital where he met his future wife, Doris, a nurse. They were married in Batavia, NY in 1960. Leaving the hospital in the early 1960’s Joe then worked for many years at McAlpine-Barton and later Charles Mens Shop in Batavia until his retirement. In that role he dressed and outfitted many people from around Western NY who would seek him out for his keen eye on professional attire. Even after retirement he could be found still working at the store around holiday times and for many years designed and laid out the store windows. Always having a creative spirit you would find him with projects like painted birdhouses or colorful drawings.  In his retirement he became known for crocheting hundreds of winter caps and donating them to charities like the Salvation Army or Community Action of Orleans & Genesee. Joe was a kind, generous, and gentle soul who loved everybody he met.  He often said if you cannot say something nice about somebody then say nothing at all. We will all miss him greatly.

Due to COVID-19 concerns a private memorial service will be held on August 27th, 2020 at the Ross Funeral Home, 10 Eckerson Ave, Akron, NY 14001, with internment in a private ceremony at the Pioneer Cemetery in Akron, NY immediately following the service. Pastor Bobby Dean will officiate the ceremony. We ask that in lieu of flowers, you please send donations to the Community Action of Orleans & Genesee.  Donations should be made out to Community Action of Orleans & Genesee, 5073 Clinton Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020, or online (https://www.justgiving.com/communityactionoforleansandgeneseeinc). Please reference "In memory of Joe Brackett" on your check. Arrangements were made by ROSS FUNERAL HOME OF AKRON, LLC. Please visit rossakorn.com.


Alfreda M. SAWDEY, 64, of Wellsville, NY, formerly of Batavia, died Monday, August 17, 2020 in her home.

Born October 16, 1955, in Warsaw, she was the daughter of Alfred and Mary Ellwood Bigelow. On April 29, 1989, she married William E. “Bill” Sawdey, who predeceased her on October 1, 2013. A graduate of Warsaw High School, she worked in various factories and was last employed at the Batavia VA Hospital. 

Surviving are: three sons, Brandon Sawdey of Silver Springs, Shannon (Sarah) Sawdey of Colorado, and Joe (April) Durkee of Alexander; five grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; four siblings, Terry Showns of Batavia, Dorothy (John) Dorvitt of Belfast, Edna Schramm of Batavia, and Norma Bigelow of Buffalo; nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to a celebration of life on Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM at Letchworth State Park, Castile entrance. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. 
Cremation was at Olney-Foust Crematory. Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wellsvillefuneralhome.com.

Paul R. Avino, 47, of Batavia, was called home to the arms of his loving Savior, on August 20, 2020.

Paul was born January 7, 1973, in Batavia, the son of Diane (Sterling) Burroughs of Batavia and the late Gene Avino.

Paul was an avid sports fan. He loved the New York Giants and Yankees. Paul had a hidden artistic talent and a funny sense of humor. He over came his life struggles and served his Lord. He loved spending time with his family and friends. WNY Concrete was his extended family where he was employed.

Survivors include his mother and step-father, Diane (Ron) Burroughs of Batavia; sister, Gina Avino of Batavia; step-brothers, Greg (Christine) Burroughs of South Windsor, CT and Wayne (Darlene) Burroughs of Alexander; step-sister, Sherry (Michael) Lucien of Phoenix, AZ; uncles, aunts, cousins and a special friend, Christina Scopano.

Services for Paul will be held privately and he will be laid to rest in St. Joseph's Mausoleum, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Paul's memory may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North Street, Batavia, NY 14020, www.geneseecancerassistance.org/donate as well as American Heart Association, 5488 Sheridan Drive, #300, Williamsville, NY 14221, www.heart.org.

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

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

Byron - Richard C. "Barney" Barnard, Sr., 88, passed away Thursday, August 13, 2020, at New York State Veteran's Home.

Mr. Barnard was born September 1, 1931, in Byron, son of the late George and Elsie Airth Barnard.

Known as "Barney" to many, he was loved by his family and was a friend to all who he came in contact with. He was a lifelong Genesee County resident who spent the majority of his life in Byron on Mill Pond Road in the family homestead that was built by his father. A lifetime member of the South Byron Fire Company, Barney was a member of the Sackett-Merrill-White American Legion Post 575 in Bergen for 23 years. A machinist by trade, he loved to tinker with anything. Barney was an avid golfer and skilled bowler well into his 70's. He proudly served his country with the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 65 years Helen Kwasniak Barnard; his children: Vicki (late Gene) Austin of Batavia, Michelle (Peter) Yasses of Byron Richard (Pam Pera) Barnard, Jr. of Barre and Mary (Joe) Hawken of Brentwood, Tennessee and his sister: Arlene Boldt of Byron. Barney is also survived by ten grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his siblings, Burton Barnard, Stanley Barnard, Lois Watson, Leone Sadler, Lester Barnard and Dean Barnard.

Barney's family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the staff at the New York State Veteran's Nursing Home for the caring and compassionate care he received while he was a resident.

Friends may call from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. on Friday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where members of the South Byron Fire Company will meet at 7:30 p.m. for services. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Harold N. Coller officiating. Burial, with military honors will follow in Byron Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Richard’s name to the New York State Veteran's Home, 220 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020 or to Sackett-Merrill-White American Legion Post 575, 21 North Lake Avenue, Bergen, New York 14416. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Barney's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

John P. Farley, 84, of Corfu, passed away peacefully at his home, Friday, August 21, 2020.

John was born on December 8, 1935, in Elmira, NY, a son of the late John E. and Ida Mathew Farley.

He was the husband of the late Sonja Farley and father of the late John Edward Farley.

John was a corrections officer, retiring from Attica Correctional Facility. He, along with his late wife Sonja, were longtime caretakers of St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Crittenden. John served in the United States Navy.

Surviving are: his children, James A. (Dawn Crull) Farley, Jerald M. (Dawn) Farley, Jeffrey E. (Margaret) Farley and Judith A. Farley; his siblings, Mary Feldman, Theresa Striegel, Matthew (Theresa) Farley and Ida (Anthony) Dandrea; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends may call on Monday, August 24, 2020, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary Inc., 4 E. Main St., Corfu, NY. (A face covering will be required and capacity of the funeral limited to 33 percent per COVID-19 regulations.)

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, August 25, 2020, at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 18 W. Main St., Corfu, NY. All COVID-19 regulations will be followed at the church. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Crittenden, NY.

Batavia - On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, Walter D. Monteleone, II, loving husband and father of three children passed away at the age of 57. 

Walter was born on December 20, 1962 in Warsaw to Walter D. and Dorothy (Snow) Monteleone.  On May 21, 1988, he married Cynthia Ann McAndrew.  They raised two daughters and a son, Cassandra Ann, Tiffany Jean, and Brandon Walter Monteleone. 

Walter was an avid sports fan.  He loved the Green Bay Packers more than any other team.  He also had a passion for art; creating beautiful pieces with his carpentry skills.  Most of all, he loved his family and friends.  He will always be remembered for his humor, compassion, and willingness to help others. 

Walter was preceded in death by his mother Dorothy, his sister, Cheryl, and a cousin, Tim Gerasimchik.  He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; his three children, Cassandra (Dan), Tiffany (Rickie), and Brandon (Kaylee), his sisters, Jill (Jon)and Michelle (Jeff); grandchildren, Noah, Benjamin, Peighton, Lucas, and James; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Walter's Life on Saturday (August 29, 2020) at 6191 Main St. Rd. in Stafford from 1 to 6 p.m.  Food and beverages will be served. Those wishing may make a memorial contribution in Walter's name to the American Cancer Society, 726 Exchange St., Ste 815, Buffalo, NY 14210.

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.

Diana F. Cooley, 69, of Batavia passed away on August 11, 2020 at the Premier Genesee Nursing Facility. She was born on November 14, 1950 in Buffalo to the late Arthur and Frances (Gonyea) Defoe.

Diana worked for many years as a dog groomer and trainer. She loved all of her animals very much. She enjoyed doing arts and crafts. Diana was a long-time member of St. James Episcopal Church in Batavia.

She is survived by her daughters; Karin and Kimberly Cooley; sister Lenora Shepard; step-siblings Donna Scott, James Scott, Diane and Norm, Debbie and Debbie; cousins Charlene Urbanski, Esther Skotniski, Charlotte Witkop, along with many other nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and a private Funeral Service will be held at the convenience of the family. Diana will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery in Batavia.

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.

Bergen -- Bonnie C. Johnson passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 18, 2020 at the age of 59.

She was predeceased by her parents Raymond and Jeanne Burger; brothers Fred, Ray, Joe, and Dan Burger. She is survived by her husband, Richard; children Nicholas, Timothy (Megan), and Kathryn Johnson; and grandchildren Sadie, Kayson, Zachary; brothers Mike (Mary Jo), and Todd (Natasha) Burger; sister-in-law Kay Burger; and many nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call Aug. 22, 2020 Saturday 1-3 p.m. with her service to follow calling hours at 3 p.m. at the Alhart Funeral Home. 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia. The funeral home will be operating at limited capacity per state guidelines, New York State Requires those in attendance to adhere to these guidelines including to those related to social distancing and face coverings.

Private interment, Mumford Rural Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit Alhartfuneralhome.com

Bergen ~ Brett James Beverly, 37, passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 17, 2020.

     He is the son of Aubrey and Patti Gemsheim Beverly and is survived by his siblings, Aimee (Jeff) Maurer, Mark Puma, Matt Beverly (Riley Galbraith), Katie (Bryan) Mazerbo, Justin (Kennedy) Beverly, Jenna Beverly and several nieces and nephews.

     He was predeceased by his brothers, Nick Puma and Bryan Beverly.

     He was a member of The City Church and will be remembered for his unique sense of humor and being a caring son, brother, and uncle. He had such a loving and strong bond with his mother and father.

     Family and friends may call on Monday, August 24 from 4 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy. (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 33% capacity during the course of visitation and face masks will be required.)     

     A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, August 25, from 11:00-11:45 AM at The City Church, 210 East Main Street, Batavia.

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

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