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prestonsr.jpgDean F. Preston Sr., age 70 of Perry, New York passed away on Tuesday February 18, 2020. He was born in Warsaw, New York on January 31, 1950, a son to the late Charles and Juanita (Conley) Preston. He is preceded in death by his mother-in-law Stella (Szczpanek) Bzduch.

Throughout Dean’s working career he worked for the former Rich Plan in Perry and “Big M” supermarket in Caledonia as a meat cutter, Consolidated Natural Gas Co., Lamb and Webster, Perry Central School District and retired from SUNY Geneseo where he worked in their maintenance department. Dean enjoyed playing his guitar, fishing, boating, camping, gardening, mowing yards, watching sports, especially hockey, football, golf and NASCAR or just working out in his garage. He especially enjoyed spending time with his 5 grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife: Marcia (Bzduch) Preston whom he married on Feb. 15, 1969, a daughter: Gina (Jeffrey) Chamberlain of Perry, 3 sons: Jeffery (Venus) Preston of Perry, Dean (Becky Pierson) Preston Jr. of Perry, Peter Preston of Pascoe, Wa., 2 sisters: Cindy (Stan) Kelley of Owasso, OK, Paula (Scott) Wolcott of Perry, 2 brothers: Charles (Sandy) Preston of Perry, Michael (Cheryl) Preston of Castile, 5 grandchildren: Jessica and Josh Preston, Dominic, Cameron and Hayden Chamberlain, father-in-law: Walter Bzduch of Perry, along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 2-6pm on Saturday February 22nd at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. Perry, New York, 14530. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, February 23rd at 2 pm at the Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123 or to the American Heart Association P.O. Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005. For more information 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.

flowersunset.jpgJoyce Latko, 72 of Batavia, passed away February 19, 2020. She was born on September 30, 1947 in Batavia to the late Felix (Julia Penkszyk) Latko.  

Joyce worked for many years at Chapin Manufacturing. She enjoyed crocheting.  

She is survived by her sister Christine (Steve) Pettine of TN; brother John (Providence) Latko of Batavia; niece and nephews Edward (Ashley) Graff; Teresa (David) Sanchez and Joshua (Andrea) Latko.

An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 28, 2020 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Genesee County Animal Shelter, 3841 West Main Street Road, Batavia, New York 14020. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

WALTER C. “SKEETER” BLATT – Age 61, of Batavia, died Wednesday evening February 5, 2020 at home. He was born in Batavia, NY, a son of Ella Mae (Hyland) Blatt of Warsaw and the late Charles M. Blatt, also preceded by a sister, Ann Earl and his longtime companion, Maggie.

Skeeter was a self-employed “Fix It Guy” who specialized in car and electronic repairs, he enjoyed wood carving, had a love for dogs and wolves.

Surviving along with his mother are his siblings, Zaundra (Ed) Harris of Indiana, Gloria (John) Carpenter of Indiana, Richard Blatt of Attica, Charles (Deb) Blatt of Batavia, Terry (Shone) Reed of TN, brother-in-law, Bruce Earl of Indiana along with many nieces and nephews.

There is no prior visitation and funeral services will be held privately by the family and memorials in his memory can be made to the family.

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




Angela M. McCall, age 65, of Las Vegas, NV, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 3, 2020, with her loving husband, Steve, of 43 years and her son, Stevie, by her side.

     She was born August 20, 1954 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Charles and Lena Rossi O’Geen.

     Angela will be remembered as a huge future Las Vegas Raider fan, fun loving, full of laughs and for all her spunk. She adored her family, and her beautiful grandchildren, Connor and Marley.  She is also survived by her loving siblings, Charlie (Marianne) O’Geen,  Jeannine (Patty) O’Geen, both of Batavia and Susan (Bob) Cordaro of Las Vegas and her In- Laws, Pam and Jim Waldren, Rob (Patricia), Bonnie, Mary, Judy, June, Mark, Larry, Amy (Chet), Stacey (Dan), cousins, along with her nieces and nephews.

     She was predeceased by her parents, Charles and Lena, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and June McCall and her sister-in-law, Jody McCall.

     There are no Services at this time and burial will be private at a later date in St.Francis Cemetery, LeRoy, NY.

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

     Mrs. McCall and her family are being cared for locally by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.

Batavia - Ellen M. Ryan, 88, of Batavia, died on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at her home under the care of her loving family.

Ellen was born April 25, 1931, in Corning, a daughter of the late William and Loretta (O'Connor) McCarthy.

Ellen was a graduate of SUNY Cortland with a BS in Education and obtained a nursing degree at Genesee Community College.  She was a registered nurse at the former St. Jerome Hospital retiring in 1996 and was an active member of Resurrection Parish volunteering in many of the church's outreach programs.  Ellen belonged to the Legion of Mary and was an honorary member of Stafford Country Club.

Survivors include her children, Mark (Nancy) Ryan of Washington, DC, Joseph (Mary) Ryan of North Carolina, Thomas Ryan of Oregon,  John Ryan of Guam, Daniel (Colleen) Ryan of Maryland, Elizabeth Ryan of Batavia and Ann Ryan of New Jersey; a sister, Mary (William) Dougherty of Elmira;  a sister-in-law, Nancy McCarthy of Addison; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Ellen is the wife of the late Michael J. Ryan and a sister of the late William McCarthy.  

Ellen's family acknowledges with gratitude the excellent care given to their mother by Dr. Pamela Sloan and her staff and by Dr. Patrick Reagan and the staff at Wilmot Cancer Center in Rochester.

Calling hours are Friday (February 21) from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Ellen's Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday (February 22) at 9:30 a.m. at Resurrection Parish - St. Mary's Church, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia.  Ellen will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia. 

Memorial contributions in Ellen's memory may be made to HomeCare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite 6, Batavia, NY 14020, Genesee Community College Foundation, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020 or online at https://www.genesee.edu/home/foundation/donate/.

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

bconnolly.jpgBruce S. Connolly, 73, of LeRoy passed away February 18, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was born on March 5, 1946 in Batavia to the late Harold and Phyllis (Hyde) Connolly. In addition to his parents, Bruce is predeceased by a daughter; Michelle Connolly; brother Alan Connolly and sister, Lois Ford.

Bruce was a United States Navy veteran who served during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Vietnam Vet Chapter 193 and the American Legion in LeRoy. Bruce was a Civil War buff and belonged to the Civil War Round Table, an avid fisherman, astronomer, reader and enjoyed computers and science. He loved traveling, teaching, the color blue and strawberries, but above all loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his longtime girlfriend; Sally Macaluso of LeRoy; children Amy Connolly of E. Bethany, Tammy (Kevin) Sandeen of Detroit, Tara (Troy) Chamino of Bergen and Carrie Connolly of Orange, VA.; brother Steve Connolly and sister-in-law Mary Connolly both of Batavia; brother-in-law Wayne Ford of Stafford; 23 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Saturday February 22, 2020 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. There will be a luncheon to follow.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or to American Legion Post #576, 53 West Main Street, LeRoy, NY 14482. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

smith_eric_-_photo.jpgEric J. Smith “Rick”, 67 of Batavia, passed away Monday (February 17, 2020) at United Memorial Medical Center.

He was born January 18, 1953 in Batavia, a son of Jean S. Smith of Batavia and the late George E. Smith Jr.

Rick was the owner of the family business, George E. Smith Motors in Batavia, until his retirement in the late 1990’s. He was also an avid golfer and a lover of cars.

Surviving besides his mother is his wife, Mary Zak Smith of Batavia. Daughters, Marijeanne Bugenhagen of Buffalo and Michelle (Tony) Morgante of Akron. Son, Eric G. Smith of Ashburn, VA. Two grandchildren, Angelina and Tony Morgante. Step-son, Michael Zak of Batavia. Sisters, Cathie (Bob) Kersten of Buffalo and Peg (Bill) Lawrence of Batavia. Also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share in his Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday (February 22nd), 11:00am at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main St., Batavia.

Memorial contributions in his name may be offered to a charity of the donors preference. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




East Pembroke -- Lee Klawer, 99 of East Pembroke, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Lee was born on Sept. 9, 1920 in Newstead, NY, a son of the late Louis and Anna Koch Klawer. He was the husband of the late Ruth (Clute) Klawer; father of the late Judy L. Russell; and brother of the late Clarence Klawer, Gladys Morgan, Mabel Klehn, Roy Klawer, Anna Cummings, Florence Carpenter, Albert Klawer and Bertha Webster.

Lee was a longtime farmer and farming was his life. After he retired, he operated a fruit and vegetable stand.

Lee is survived by his son, Randy (Chris) Klawer; son-in-law, James Russell; grandchildren, Melissa (Ed) Cole, Sarah (Bill) Millen, Amy Russell, Kelly (Alan) Heizmann, and Brian Russell. Eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews also survive. 

Family and friends may call Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary Inc., 4 E. Main Street, Corfu, NY. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Cornerstone Church of East Pembroke, 2583 Main Road, East Pembroke, NY. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery, East Pembroke.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cornerstone Church of East Pembroke, P.O. Box 189, East Pembroke, NY 14056 or to Gateway Home, 91 Main St., Attica, NY 14011.

Francis “Homer” N. Shiltz, 78, of Strykersville, passed away on February 17, 2020 in Perry, NY. He was born on June 10, 1941 in Warsaw, NY to the late Norman and the late Mary (Glaser) Shiltz. Homer was preceded in death by his son, Michael Shiltz; sister, Sharon Kelly; brother and sister-in-law, Richard (Mary Sue Thurber) Shiltz; father-in-law, Philip Schloss; mother-in-law Alberta Schloss; sister-in-law, Shirley (Schloss) Gawron ; and brother-in-laws, Carl Grover and Francis Schloss.

Homer did a lot of various jobs early in his life and then started his own business. He owned and operated Homer’s Hoof Trimming for 38 years. He liked to fish, hunt, and cut wood. Homer was an avid WCJW Tradio listener.

Homer is survived by his wife of 54 years, Linda (Schloss); his children, Tracy (Cheryl Kohl) Shiltz of North Java, Amy (Todd) Meisner of Bennington, and Greg (Julie Hoefer) Shiltz of Orchard Park; grandchildren, Ashley, Jeremy, and Alexia Ammerman, Alexis, Devin, Daynin, and Matt; sibling, Lucille Grover, brother-in-law, Donald Schloss; many nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Mass will take place at 12 pm at the St. John Neumann Church in Sheldon on Saturday, February 22, 2020. In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to Suzanne’s Comfort House, 167 N. Main St., Perry, NY 14530.  For more information please call 585-591-1212, or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main St., Attica, New York 14011


Marguerite K. Arelline, 69, of Oakfield passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, February 14, 2020 at United Memorial Medical Center.  Margie was born on September 29, 1950 in Amityville, NY, the daughter of the late Robert F. Stenson Jr. and the late Shirley M. (Baehrel) Stenson. 

Margie attended Murray State College. She retired from Harlequin Distribution Center last year, where she worked as a Systems Analyst.  She also spent many years at Frontier, Kodak, and Xerox where she worked as a brilliant, self-taught programmer always impressing her colleagues with her analytical expertise.  She was also a Specialist 4th Class veteran of the U.S. Army.  Margie enjoyed hosting family get-togethers and sharing family memories, her modeling days and choreographing dance routines as a teen, working her green thumb in her garden, hiking and traveling with her husband, visiting family, writing, painting, sketching, doing puzzles, and enjoying the casino.  She cherished spending time with all of her children and especially her grandchildren.  Margie had a smile and wit that could light up a room, and always found the best in everyone she met.

Margie is survived by her devoted husband; James C. Arelline; her 2 sons and her daughter; Joseph Waala of Philadelphia, PA, James Waala of Lancaster, NY, and Catherine (Philip) Toal of Chippewa Lake, OH; her 5 grandchildren; Sadie Waala of Buffalo, Maggie Waala of Bethlehem, PA, Alexander Waala, Juliette Toal, and Victoria Waala; her sister Michele Taylor of Paris, TN, her brother, Daniel Stenson of Rocklin, CA, her nephew, Matthew Taylor of Paris, TN.  Margie is also survived by her 2 stepsons, Matthew Arelline of Wolcott, Michael Arelline of Albuquerque, NM, and her stepdaughter, Heather (Tony) Natalie of Webster; 3 step-grandsons, Jack Arelline, Liam Hill, and Samuel Natalie, and one step-granddaughter, Rachel Arelline, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may call this Friday (2/21) from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday (2/22) from 1 to 3 p.m. with funeral service to immediately follow at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave., Oakfield. In addition to flowers, memorials to the Disabled American Veterans charity are being accepted.  Burial services will take place at St. Mary's Cemetery in Coxsackie, NY later this spring. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.





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