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jackie_hokenson.jpgEMMA L. “JACKIE” HOKENSON ~ of Batavia, age 69, died peacefully Wednesday afternoon July 17, 2019 at Crossroads House in Batavia. She was born in Wellsville, NY on October 9, 1949, to the late John and Helen (Houghtling) Kleinbach also preceded in death by her brother, Robert Austin.

Jackie’s life revolved around food service where she owned and operated a restaurant in Andover, NY to running a catering service in Belmont, NY and in Batavia where she worked for Bohn’s Restaurant, Terry Hills Banquet Facility and Sunny’s Restaurant. She enjoyed golf, yard sales but most of all her beautiful flower gardens around the house in which she took great pride in.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Murrie Hokenson of Batavia; sons, John (Christine) Hokenson of Fredericksburg, VA and Troy (Tracey Kaczynski) Hokenson of Batavia; 5 grandchildren, Jonathan, Jason, Jeremy, Caitlyn and Lindsay Keller; special nephew, Robert Austin and many, many friends.

Jackie’s family will be present from 3:00 – 7:00p.m. on Monday July 22, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where a Celebration of Life Service will take place 11:00a.m. Tuesday July 23. In lieu of flowers memorials in her memory can be made to the Wilmont Cancer Center or to Crossroads House.

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




LeRoy ~ Clyde L. Schutt Jr., age 77, passed away Thursday morning (July 18, 2019) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, in the loving presence of his family.

     He was born July 9, 1942 in Batavia , a son of the late Clyde and Adelyn Clark Schutt.

     Clyde was a very loving and caring husband, father, grandfather and friend, who will be remembered as a fun loving, yet compassionate person.  He enjoyed camping, traveling and old cars.  He was a well known businessman in the community and was also a lifetime member of the LeRoy Moose Lodge. 

     He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Dempsey Schutt; his daughters, Wendy Miller of LeRoy and Shelley (Rick) Scott of Stafford; step-daughter, Deanna (Jimmy) Leach of Leicester; grandchildren, Sara Jo, Jesse, Peyton, Erica, and Emilee; step-granddaughter, Tiffany; great-granddaughters, or as grandpa called them the "blond bombers", Kallia and Tatum, along with nieces, nephews and dear friends, especially his partner, Bob Sovocool.

     Family and friends may call on Monday, July 22 from 2 ~ 6 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where a Remembrance Service will be held at 6:00 PM.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to United Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Inc., 127 North Street, Batavia, N.Y. 14020

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

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

LeRoy ~ Mary (Gentile) Indivino, a devoted lifelong Catholic, passed away on July 14, 2019.

     She was predeceased by her husband, John Indivino and her son, Christopher Indivino.

     She is survived by her daughters, Nancy Rausch, Mary Ann Beattie and Rose Marie McGowan, along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

     Mary enjoyed serving her family many traditional Italian dishes.  She was a loyal member and volunteer of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

     Family and friends are invited to attend her Rite of Christian Burial to be held on Saturday, July 27 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake Street, LeRoy.  Interment will follow in St. Francis Cemetery.

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

     Mrs. Indivino and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

BATAVIA - Teresa Ann Robinson, 64, of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at Erie County Medical Center, surrounded by her family.

Teresa was born on August 10, 1954, in Batavia, a daughter of the late James and Irene (Pietrzykowski) Goodenbery.

Teresa worked as a Reset Manager at the Batavia K-Mart, for 35 years prior to her retirement.  She enjoyed traveling with her husband Steve and visited NY City and Niagara Falls often, to name a few, was an avid theater lover and attended many theatrical events at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo.  She collected owl figurines and was described as one of the strongest and kindest of ladies. She greatly loved her grandchildren. 

Survivors include the love of her life, Steven L. Robinson, whom she married on April 23, 1988; 3 sons, Michael Devay, Jr. (Jessica Lafarnara) and Christopher (Tara) Devay, both of  Batavia  and Kurt Devay (Bryna Moreau) of  New Hampshire; a daughter, Tina Martin (Craig Gates) of Batavia; 9 grandchildren, Dora Devay (Aaron Farley), Sydney Devay, Ayden Devay, Brady Devay, Colton Martin, Macey Martin, Calla Gates, Isabella Devay and Lucas Devay; 5 sisters, Barbara (Michael) Crowley of  Attica, Ann Wilson (Steven Bennett) of East Bethany, Rose Luce,  Irene Fuller, and Bernadette Goodenbery (Michael Owens), all of Batavia; 3 brothers, Martin Goodenbery of  Greece, NY,  Mark Goodenbery of  Batavia and  Matthew Goodenbery of TX; and a sister-in-law, Dawn (Jeff) McCoy of IL.

She was predeceased by her brother, James Goodenbery. 

Friends may call on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, 238 Vine St., Batavia where services will immediately follow at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.  Arrangements were entrusted to H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main St., Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


mary_patricia_sellers_paxon_-_photo1.jpgMary Patricia Sellers Paxon, age 94, peacefully went home to the Lord on Monday, July 1, 2019 at her residence at Canterbury Woods in Williamsville, NY.

Known to all as “Pat”, she was a longtime resident of Akron NY, where she and her late husband, Erie County Family Court Judge Leon W. Paxon, raised their two sons, retired Congressman L. William (Bill) Paxon (Susan Molinari) of Sarasota, FL, and Robert J. Paxon of Depew, NY and daughter-in-law JoAnne McCullough Paxon of Clarence Center, NY.

Pat Paxon was born in Buffalo, NY on November 7, 1924, the youngest of the five children of the late John and Sabina (Cuthbertson) Sellers, and she was a graduate of Saint Rose of Lima Grammar School and Lafayette High School (’41).

Pursuing her love of education throughout her lifetime, Pat graduated at age 58 with a BA in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the State University of New York at Buffalo (’82) and at age 69 received a BA in English from UB, Phi Beta Kappa (’93).

At the suggestion of her U.B. English Professor, in 1981 she turned a term paper into a self-published memoir entitled “Our Stories”, charting her Irish and Scottish family history from their 1800’s arrival in Western New York, through World War I and the Great Depression, and her life growing up on the West Side and North Buffalo.

Pat joined the War effort at age 19, working at Bell Aircraft, and then was a proud U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a Yeoman First Class at the newly constructed Pentagon in Washington, DC.

After the War, she began what turned out to be her lifelong involvement in government and Republican politics. She worked in Albany during the legislative session for New York State Senator John H. Cooke of Alden and also at the Erie County Board of Supervisors, where she met Leon Paxon, then the Newstead Town Supervisor. They were married in 1952 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Buffalo and made their home in Akron, where the Paxon family had lived for many generations.

In addition to managing her husband’s campaigns and working on Bill’s elections to county, state and federal office, Pat served as president of both the Republican Business and Professional Women and the Erie County Federation of Women’s Republican Clubs, as vice chair of the Erie County Republican Committee, and as a State Committeewoman of the NY State Republican Committee.

Throughout her lifetime, Pat was deeply involved in Catholic Church activities, serving for over 30 years as religious education teacher at five area parishes, was the recipient of the Diocesan Teacher of the Year Award, chair of the executive committee of the Pastoral Council of the Diocese of Buffalo, and she served as past president of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.

Pat’s service to the Church culminated in her receiving from Pope Paul VI the Pro Ecclesiae et Pontifice medal (otherwise known as the Cross of Honour), the highest medal awarded to the laity by the Pope.

While raised a “city girl”, after her marriage to Leon, Pat dove into activities in her new “hometown” of Akron/Newstead, helping found the Akron Nursery School, serving on the Board of the Denio Memorial Library, and as active member of the Akron-Newstead Historical Society, Meals on Wheels, and many other local organizations.

During the last quarter-century, Pat spent winters enjoying the sun on Florida’s Siesta Key, where she, as always, became involved in local activities, was a daily communicant at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, and developed many close friendships.

Pat was a devoted and loving grandmother and is survived by her six grandchildren, Jill, Robert, Jonathan, Susan Ruby, Rose and Katherine Mary Paxon. They were a daily source of joy to Pat, who constantly shared their latest activities with her many friends and relatives.

As the last survivor of her four siblings, John and William Sellers, Sabina Lambrix, and Betty Nuttle, Pat remained very close to her many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members throughout Western New York and across the country.  She was particularly close to and thankful for the years of wonderful friendship and care provided by her two cousins, Bonnie Larotonda and Lynne Manning and their husbands, Joe and John. Pat also deeply appreciated the daily and faithful assistance of her two longtime aides, Mary Beth Robson and Joanne Wiertel, as well as the outstanding staff at Canterbury Woods in Williamsville, which she called home for the past 13 years.

Relatives and friends may call Friday, July 19, 2019 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John Street in Akron, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted on Saturday, July 20th at 11:00 AM at St. Teresa of Avila Parish, 5771 Buell Street, Akron, NY. Please assemble at the church. Immediately following Mass, a luncheon will be held at Samuel’s Grande Manor, 8750 Main Street in Harris Hill, NY to which all are invited to go directly from the Church. Private interment at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution in Pat’s name to either of her chosen charities: Carmelite Monastery, 75 Carmel Road, Buffalo NY 14214 or the Newstead Public Library, 33 Main Street, Akron NY 14001.




malcolm.jpg  Debra R. Malcolm, 61, of Perry passed away on Friday July 12, 2019 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. She was born on July 29, 1957 in Buffalo to the late Clarence and Sandra (Bohall) Brown. In addition to her parents, Debra is predeceased by her husband; Denziel Malcolm.

She is survived by her sons; Denziel (fiancé Tara Bailey) Malcolm Jr. of Warsaw and Daryl Malcolm of Perry; significant other Richard Olsen of Perry; siblings Scott (Patty) Heppner of Amherst, Kari (Dennis) Moss of Buffalo, Sean (Karen) Heppner of Castile, Colleen (John) Ayers of Mt. Morris and Julie Holland of Lime Lake, along with many nieces and nephews.

Debra was a Registered Nurse for many years. She loved the outdoors, especially fishing, camping and gardening.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday July 18, 2019 from 6:00-7:00PM at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. Perry, New York 14530. A 7:00PM Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Cornerstone 204 N. Main St in Perry. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

LeRoy ~ Gerald F. Sherman Sr., age 86, of Bernd Road, passed away Friday evening (July 12, 2019) at Rochester General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

     He was born May 19, 1933 in LeRoy, a son of the late Harold and Dorothy Ridley Sherman Sr.

    Jerry will be remembered as a very loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, who loved to ride motorcycles and work on Sudoku puzzles.  He always enjoyed being busy with handy-man and carpentry work, and totally rebuilt the family home.  He was also a proud U.S. Army veteran.

     He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of almost 62 years, Sandra Shepard Sherman; his sons, Gerald (Kimberly) Sherman of LeRoy and Leslie (Kathy) Sherman of LeRoy; grandchildren, Matthew Sherman, Casey (Libby) Sherman, Christina Sherman, Stephanie (Sean) Histed, Tom Wolf and Dennis Wolf; great-grandchildren, Haley, Emily, Grace Histed and the late Micah Sherman; brother, Harold (Stella) Sherman of LeRoy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ruby (late Reid) Ackley, Dorothy (Peter) Kelly, Robert (Barbara) Shepard, the late Russell (late Susan) Shepard and Sharon (Russell) Kelso, along with many nieces and nephews.

     Family and friends may call on Thursday, July 18 from 5 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road, LeRoy, where his Celebration of Life Service will be held at 7:00 PM, along with Military Honors.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 175 North Street, Caledonia, NY 14423.

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

LeRoy ~ Helen L. Ladd was born in Glasgow, Scotland on January 27, 1928 and died on July 11, 2019. Helen was born to Christina and John Laughlin, along with siblings Catherine, Christina, Isabelle, and Hugh, who all passed away in Scotland.  Her sister Lynette (Scotty) Graham, who lived in LeRoy as Helen did, passed away January of 2017.

     Helen met 101st Airborne Paratrooper Richard Ladd in July of 1944.  They were married in Glasgow September 14, 1945. Richard went back to the war and didn’t see Helen again until April of 1946. She sailed over on the U.S.S. Henry Tyler and lived with Richard for 70 years until his death, September 27, 2015.  Helen was a homemaker, an avid bridge player, a member of the LeRoy United Methodist Church and will always be remembered for her beautiful Scottish voice. She was  always a hit in the old Rotary shows.  Helen was full of pranks and was known to make grand entrances in some sort of hysterical regalia.  Helen became a United States Citizen and was proud to be an American. Amazing enough  watching Jeopardy, often her best category was U.S. History.

     Helen is survived by her children, Kent (Lori Mcbride) Ladd, who live in So. Carolina, Brock (Kerry Herrington) Ladd, who live in Phoenix, AZ and her daughter,  Leslie (Daniel Johnston) Ladd, who live in Stafford, N.Y. with whom Helen spent her last 3 years.  Her son, Stuart Ladd died in 2010.  Brother-in-law, Donald Ladd also died in 2010, but is survived by his lovely wife, Barbara Ladd, who resides in Mansfield, CT. Brother-in-law, David  Graham, husband of Lynette, resides in LeRoy.  Helen is also survived by her grandchildren, Caroline (Andrew) Costa of Maryland, Rebecca (Stephen) Saeva of Stafford, Jonathan (Katherine) Ladd of So. Carolina and Owen Ladd also of So. Carolina and  8 great- grandchildren, whom she adored.

      Services will be private and interment will be in Machpelah Cemetery.

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

     Mrs. Ladd and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Kathryn “Kay” A. (Rudgers) Allen, 72, Formerly of Pavilion, passed away July 9, 2019 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Born in Pavillion, NY, June 5, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Duane and Rosemary (Coefield) Rudgers. Kay worked as a dental hygienist for many years at the offices of Mackler, Siurek and Associates in West Springfield. She leaves her beloved sons, Brian of West Springfield and Sean of Great Barrington, her brothers, Jim, Dan and Dave Rudgers, and her loving granddaughter, Kayla Allen. A funeral home service will be held Tuesday, July 16 at 11AM from the TOOMEY-O’BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 Westfield St., West Springfield with calling hours from 9AM-11AM. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations in Kay’s name to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104. For more details please visit www.toomeyobrien.com

Jane E. Read, 75 of Corfu, passed away peacefully on Monday (July 1, 2019) at her residence, under the care of her family and Hospice.

She was born February 27, 1944 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Albert and Helen Schifla Hamilton.

Jane was a generous, loving, thoughtful, and endlessly kind woman who never stopped moving. Born and raised in Corfu, she met her future husband, Don M. Read, in high school. They married in 1967. An avid athlete, she studied physical education at Cortland State University and earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in 1966. After graduating, Jane began her career as a physical education teacher, and spent more than three decades at Pembroke Primary School. Jane felt a strong dedication to teaching young children how to play and enjoy sports and take these lessons off the field into their daily lives. She developed many innovative approaches that built bridges between the gymnasium and the classroom, stayed up late laboring over report cards, and placed a great emphasis on sportsmanship: A sign in her gym read, “If the game was fun, then everybody won.” 

Jane was an excellent cook and baker, and her thoughtfulness and affection for others often took the form of delicious desserts. Workers who came to Jane’s house never made it a day without being asked about their favorite type of cookie or pie. Jane loved to be outside and took great pride in her large and immaculate yard, riding her lawnmower, tending to colorful flowers and pulling up dandelions, which she hated. Jane was also an active member of Cornerstone Church, serving on the church council and many committees, and often making sure fresh flowers were on hand to brighten the sanctuary. Jane served for seven years as a board member of Genesee Community College, and she was an officer of the Genesee County Women’s Republican Club. Most of all she loved her friends and family. She provided tender care to loved ones during their long illnesses, and delighted in the happiness and accomplishments of her two sons and their families. 

Survivors include her husband, Don M. Read of Corfu. Sons, Brock (Libby Sander) Read of Washington, DC and Spencer (Cory) Read of Irondequoit. Grandson, Nathaniel Read. Brother, Thomas Hamilton of Corfu.

Family and friends may call on Friday, July 19th from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at the C.B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main St., Corfu, NY.  A funeral service will be Saturday, July 20th at 10:00 am at Cornerstone Church of East Pembroke, 2583 Main St., East Pembroke, NY. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Corfu.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jane’s name to Cornerstone Church, 2583 Main St. PO Box 189, East Pembroke, NY 14056 or Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263.

Arrangements were entrusted to the C.B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.




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