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LeRoy - Died peacefully at home on 8/16/19 at age 88. Predeceased by parents, Nathalee and Philo Gates; brother Olaf and infant brother, Nathan. Survived by Douglas, her husband of 66 years; daughters, Melissa (Richard) Zschoche and Martha (Jeffery) Lansberry; grandchildren;  Mark and Juliana Zschoche; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Gates; nephews; Carl and Duane Gates; niece, Donna Gates, and dear friends Nina and Leslie Hungerford.

Helen was a retired earth science teacher from Oakfield-Alabama Central School District.

Her memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 7th at Bergen United Methodist Church, 27 S. Lake Ave., Bergen.

Donations may be directed to Bergen United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 216, Bergen, NY 14416 or Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021.

The family wishes to thank our team of loving caregivers and Genesee Home Care and Hospice.

To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Avenue, Bergen.

BASOM - Frances A. Zigrossi, 90, of Basom, passed away Tuesday, (August 27, 2019), at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Facility.

Frances was born May 28, 1929, in Basom, a daughter of the late Charles and Frances (Bacewski) Burbules.

Mrs. Zigrossi is predeceased by her husband, Joseph Zigrossi; and siblings, Charles (Adeline) Burbules, Mary (late Fred) Zigrossi, Helen (late Bill) Kumpf, and Henry (Lorraine) Burbules.  

She was a loving sister, aunt, and god-mother who was proud of her Polish-Lithuanian heritage.  

She is survived by her sister, Beatrice (late Roy) Cook of Medina along with many nieces and nephews.  

There will be no visitation. Family and Friends are invited to attend Frances' Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM Thursday (September 5, 2019) at the St. Padre Pio Parish - St. Cecilia's Worship Site, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield with Rev. Thaddeus N. Bocianowski officiating. Burial will be in St. Cecilia's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Frances's memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield. 

BYRON - Winfield S. Cooper, 82, of Byron, passed away Saturday, August 24, 2019, at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Facility in LeRoy.

Winfield was born November 20, 1936, in Rochester, the son of the late Leonard and Eva Cooper.

He was a driver for Lift Line in Gates, and formerly worked at the Eastman Kodak Co. and Trailways.  He was a former member of the Bergen Rod and Gun Club.

His wife, Charlotte (Callery) Lambe Cooper died on December 6, 2018.

Survivors include 3 grandchildren, Niki Dupont, Jamie Dupont and Zoe Sanders; 7 step-children, Sarlynn Bennage of Penfield, Deborah Scofero and Charlene Williams, both of Byron, Joyce (George) D'Ambrosia of Greece, Steaven Lambe of Canisteo, Jim (Stef) Lambe of Penfield and Scott (Mary) Lambe of Churchville and several step-grandchildren.

He was the father of the late Cathy Ann Cooper who died in 2017. 

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Winfield’s name to the VA Medical Center, 222 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, NY  14020.  Arrangements were completed by H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 S. Lake Street, Bergen, NY 14416. Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


Robert J. Graham, of Alexander, NY, age 87, joined his loving and cherished wife Rita, of 64 years, in heaven on August 26, 2019. Bob passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his devoted family. Surviving are loving children: Robert (Cher), Donald (Doreen), Thomas (Eva), James (Lisa Wall), David, Susan (Kristopher) Kautz, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sister Jean Johnson and sister-in law Lynne Graham, both of Buffalo NY along with many nieces and nephews. Bob was predeceased by parents Robert and Margaret Graham, brother James and brother-in-law Carl Johnson.

Bob retired as plant manager from Sylvania in Batavia, NY. Subsequent to his retirement from Sylvania, he ran his own business, A1 Painting and Wallpapering, for nearly 20 years. He and his sons also operated Vacationland boarding kennels.

Bob was an avid deer hunter and also enjoyed field training beagles, rabbit hunting and ice fishing. The thrill of opening day and hunting season was ongoing. He passed this passion on to his five sons and grandchildren, enjoying many exciting times together. Bob enjoyed years of riding his Harley with sons and close friends.

Bob and Rita spent the last 26 years wintering in Palm Springs, Florida, where they enjoyed going to the ocean, shuffleboard and club activities. Bob would hold Rita so tightly while dancing to their old-time favorites. An accomplished pool player, Bob earned numerous trophies. Euchre was a sociable game enjoyed by both. Traveling together, including trips to Ireland, Hawaii, Alaska and Caribbean cruises with family and friends was another favorite pastime.

So many cherished memories were made when Bob, Rita and all their children would gather together at the family camp in Shamokin, PA, target shooting, searching for bears, and playing cards. The simple things, like sharing a meal together, sitting around the table telling hunting stories and laughing were the times Bob treasured. For many years, the family gathered together each summer for a family vacation at Kring Point in the 1000 Islands.

Bob was a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather, family was everything to him and he will be sadly missed by all. The family takes comfort knowing that inseparable in life, Bob and Rita are joined together again for eternity.

The Graham family welcomes you to attend a memorial service at the Alexander United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2:00 PM. All are welcome to join in the celebration of Bob's life immediately following at the Attica Golf Club from 3:30 to 7:30 PM.

Contributions/Donations may be made to the Gateway Hospice Home of Attica NY.

LeRoy ~ Trevor M. Breemes, age 4, gained his angel wings on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

     He was born May 24, 2015 in Batavia, a son of Kirk A. Breemes and Felicia A. Dumar.

     Trevor touched the lives of so many people.  He was so full of joy and the smallest things made him happy.  He loved cars and spending time with his family and friends.

     He will be sadly missed by Mom and Dad; brother, Thomas Breemes; sister, Tinsley Breemes; maternal grandmother and grandfather, Mildred Johnson and John Dumar; paternal grandmother and grandfather, Lillian and Thomas Breemes, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and dear friends.

     Family and friends may call on Sunday, Sept. 1 from 10:00 AM ~ 12:30 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where Trevor's Service of Remembrance will be held at 12:30 PM.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Trevor are suggested to AutismUp, 855 Publishers Pkwy, Webster, N.Y. 14580  (www.autismup.org)

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

Tim B. Stoneham, 53, of East Pembroke, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 27th at Premiere Genesee Nursing with his family by his side. He is predeceased by his father Charles Stoneham and niece Brandi Vincent.

Tim was self-employed with his father Chuck with their father son business, Chuck and Sons Carpet Service for more than 30 years. He had pride in his work and his business. He was also a life time member, serving more than 25 years with the East Pembroke Volunteer Fire Department, where he formed a loyal 2nd family. He was a proud dad and even more proud the day he became a grandpa. 

Tim is survived by his mother Shirley Stoneham of East Pembroke, Daughter Magen (Jake) Martin of Bethany NY, Sister Debra (Danny) Vincent of East Pembroke, Brothers Rick (Lori)Stoneham of Corfu NY, and John (Ginny) Stoneham of Stafford NY, Granddaughter Autumn Nicole Martin of Bethany NY, along with many nieces and nephews and a great niece and nephew.

Friends may call Friday, August 30th from 3 to 6 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu. Funeral services will follow at 6 p.m. at the mortuary. 

Neil L. Schildwaster, 89, formerly of Tracy Avenue, Batavia, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 at his daughter’s home in DeBary, Fla., while under Hospice Care.

Neil was born in Batavia, NY on July 5, 1930, the son of the late Henry Jr. and Isabelle Henderson Schildwaster. He graduated from Oakfield Alabama Central School in 1949.

Neil worked as a miner at the Oakfield Plant of U.S. Gypsum until he was drafted into the Army in 1951. After two years in the service, Neil returned to work at USG where he held many positions through the years. In 1979, he became the Mine Safety and Health Administration Compliance Supervisor, a position that was created for him and one he held until his retirement in 1990.

Neil served his country honorably in the United States Army from 1951-1953 in Germany, for which he received an Occupation Medal. He was in the 91st Anti-Aircraft Artillery, Automatic Weapons Battalion, and achieved the rank of Sergeant First Class E-7.

Neil was a member of Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s site) before moving to Florida in December 2017. He enjoyed all things outdoors, including golf and gardening. Neil always enjoyed being busy with handyman and carpentry work, and built an addition to the family home himself. He loved spending time with family, coaching his sons in baseball, and watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports.

Neil was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Rider Schildwaster, who passed away on Jan. 14, 2019; his son, David Schildwaster; his brother, Richard Schildwaster; and his sisters, Lois Catino and Marilyn Chirico.

Survivors include his son, Mark (Sandy) Schildwaster of Batavia, NY; daughter Dawn (Ted) Oglesby of DeBary, Fla.; daughter-in-law Mary Ellen Schildwaster of Middletown, Conn.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019 at Riverwalk Church of Sanford, 801 W. 22nd St., Sanford, Fla. A Committal Service will be held in the fall at St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia, where he will be entombed.

Please visit www.baldaufffuneralhome.com to offer condolences. Memorial contributions may be made in Neil’s name to St. Joseph’s Regional School, 2 Summit St., Batavia, NY 14020, or to Vitas Hospice Care, 1105 Saxon Blvd., Orange City, Fla. 32763.

Batavia - Helen I. Scroger, 86, of Batavia, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019, at the Buffalo General Medical Center.

Helen was born December 26, 1932, in Medina, a daughter of the late Patrick and Mary (Stall) Macioszek.

A member of the Oakfield Alabama Baptist Church, Helen enjoyed gardening, hummingbirds, crafts, all animals, particularly dogs and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She was a custodian for the Oakfield Alabama Central School District.

Survivors include her children, Jaqueline Scroger of South Carolina, Mike (Judy) Scroger of Rushford, Daniel (Theresa) Scroger of Buford, Georgia, Jimmy (Ronda) Scroger of Eldon, Missouri and Scott Scroger of Batavia; a sister, Victoria Mills of Pennsylvania; grandchildren,  Kerry (Michael) Karbowski, Jeremy Scroger, Corey Scroger, Michael (Ashley) Scroger and Danielle Tihey; several great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Helen is the wife of the late Willis E. Scroger.

There will be no prior calling hours. Helen's funeral service will be held on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Oakfield Alabama Baptist Church, 2210 Judge Road, Oakfield. She will be laid to rest in Alabama Cemetery, Alabama.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Helen's memory may be made to the Oakfield Alabama Baptist Church, 2210 Judge Road, Oakfield, NY 14125 as well as Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021. 

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

Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, (585) 948-5325.


zuch.jpegRONALD E. ZUCH ~ Age 57, of Attica, died suddenly Monday morning August 26, 2019 at home after his short battle with ALS. He was born in N. Tonawanda, NY on October 9, 1962, a son of the late Judith (Welch) Schumacher and Ray Schumacher of Corfu.

Ron worked for Chapin manufacturing for 38 years and was a member of The City Church in Batavia. He enjoyed his projects around the house, archery, fishing and trips to Lorimer Lake in Canada. He will be remembered as a wonderful family man who most enjoyed his wife’s cooking and baking.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 31 years, Brenda (Buchholz) Zuch of Attica; children, Sherri Wahr of Batavia and Adam (Christine Cowell) Zuch of Batavia; siblings, Dennis (Diane) Zuch of Batavia, Greg (Peg) Zuch of Batavia, Michelle (James) Cansdale of Corfu and Michael Schumacher of FL; 6 cherished grandchildren, Alexis, Lydia, Myles, Cameron, Keira & Isaac along with several nieces and nephews.   

Ron’s family will be present from 3 – 7p.m. on Thursday August 29, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where a Celebration of His Life will be led by Pastor Marty McDonald. Memorials are suggested to the ALS Association Gift Processing Center PO Box 37022 Boone, IA 50037-0022 or Home Care and Hospice 450 N. Main Street Warsaw, New York 14569.Please share your words of comfort with the family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.



betty_jane.jpgBETTY JANE TOWNE ~ Age 91, of Stafford, died peacefully Sunday evening August 25, 2019 at home while under the loving care of her granddaughter. Betty was born October 11, 1927 in Elba, NY to the late Albert C. and Alice (Emmonds) Morrow also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Harold Towne; sons, Robert, Lawrence and Guy Towne; brother, David (late Jean) Morrow.

Mrs. Towne was a Park Ranger in the Arizona State Parks for many years, she enjoyed travelling and had a true love for life.

Surviving are her loving grandchildren, Darlene Towne, Lacey (Michael) Ruth and Eric Towne; 6 great-grandchildren, Reese, Shelby, Justice, Bailey, Elijah and Ethan; daughter-in-law, Doris Towne; former daughter-in-law, Colleen Smith along with several nieces and nephews.

Per Betty’s wishes funeral services will be held privately by her family. She will be laid to rest alongside her husband in Clear Creek Cemetery in Camp Verde, AZ and in lieu of flowers memorials in her memory are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY 6215 Sheridan Drive Suite 100 Amherst, New York 14051.

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back 
and until we meet again 
may God hold you in the hollow 
of His Hand. 

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






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