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LeRoy ~ Donald A. "Rooster" McBurney, age 90, formerly of Cole Road, passed away early Saturday morning (Feb. 29, 2020) at the New York State Veterans Home at Batavia.

     He was born July 25, 1929 in Batavia, a son of the late Ambrose and Catherine Mooney McBurney.

     Don will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, who was a proud Korean War veteran.  He enjoyed baseball, golfing, deer and rabbit hunting.  He also cherished the time he could spend with his buddies catching up on the news.

     He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 69 years, Grace Gelsomino McBurney; his children, Nancy (Jerry) Roth, Joan McBurney and Patrick (Susan) McBurney; 2 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister, Rosemary Graham, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Veronica Airth and Madonna Haley.

     Family and friends are invited to his Rite of Christian Burial to be held on Saturday, March 7 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake Street, LeRoy.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, N.Y. 14021. www.crossroadshouse.com

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

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

e._bezon.jpgEUGENE E. BEZON ~ Age 80, of Elba, NY died peacefully Friday February 28, 2020 at Rochester General Hospital. He was born in Batavia, May 12, 1939 to the late Joseph A. and Stephania (Mickey) Bezon, he was also preceded in death by siblings, Richard Bezon, Monica Bezon-Rice, Joseph M. Bezon, Jr. and Douglas Bezon.

Eighty years, Gene had Elba in his heart, spending his entire life at his family Homestead on Oak Orchard Road where at an early age he started pulling weeds on the precious “Muck Lands.” He attended Elba Central School where he was a member of the FFA and played on the basketball and football teams.  Graduating in 1958 and remaining on the family homestead, Gene married his sweetheart, Susan Dickens in 1963, took to milking cows and thus began, Eugene Bezon Farms. His hard work and dedication to the farm and his family is evident as the farm continues to operate today under his motto of, “Work Done First.” Gene was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and was so very proud of his grandchildren and loved to attend their sporting events.

Surviving is his beloved wife of 56 years, Susan (Dickens) Bezon of Elba, sons, Kevin (Lynn) Bezon, Dennis Bezon and Steven (Candy) Bezon all of Elba; daughters, Karen (Michael) Cusmano of Oakfield and Debra (Todd) Reilly of Elba, dearest grandpa to, McKenzie, Kelsey, Tucker, Kaden, Kameron, Leah, Ashton, Logan, Sydney, Ty, Kelsey (Matthew) Smith and John; sisters-in-law, Edith Bezon of Byron and Joan Bezon of Florida along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Gene’s family will be present from 4-8p.m. on Wednesday March 4, 2020 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:15a.m. Thursday morning March 5 followed by his Mass of Christian Burial 10a.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish (Elba Site) with Rev. Thaddeus Bocianowski, Officiating, he will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba, NY. Memorials in his memory will benefit the Future Farmers of America Programs at both Elba & Oakfield-Alabama Central Schools, those donations are payable to Elba Central School PO Box 370 Elba, New York 14058, please write in memo line, In memory of Eugene Bezon.

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


LeRoy - Roger D. Smith, age 70, passed away unexpectedly at home January 17, 2020.

     He was born October 8, 1949, in Batavia, a son of the late Robert and Edith Bennetti Smith.

     Roger was a 1967 graduate of LeRoy Central School where he will be remembered for his athletic abilities, especially on the basketball court.   He was passionate about sports, both watching them and playing in several leagues through his life.  His most proud moments were watching his son and grandchildren play in various sports events through the years. 

     He is survived by his son, Travis (Kerri) Smith of Stafford, grandchildren, Jaidyn and Jagger; sisters, Roxanne (Gerry) Paganin of Avon and Renee (Michael) Miller of Pavilion, along with several other relatives.

     Services will be private at the convenience of his family.

     Contributions in his memory are suggested to either LeRoy Sports Boosters, c/o LeRoy Senior High School, 9300 South Street Rd., LeRoy, N.Y. 14482 or LeRoy Little League, P.O. Box 156, LeRoy, N.Y. 14482.

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

     Mr. Smith and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.

Gasport – Mr. Loren E. Hall, age 80, of Gasport, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Niagara Hospice, surrounded by his family.

Loren was born May 27, 1939, in Batavia, son of the late Glenn and A. Fern McGiveron Hall.

He worked at Harrison Radiator in Lockport as a machine production operator. Loren was the proud owner of a 1980 El Camino that he entered in numerous area car shows. He enjoyed Friday night fish-fry’s and attending car shows.

He is survived by his wife; Judith Unger Hall whom he married on December 10, 1983; his daughters; Kathy (James) Crandall of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Susan (Hank) Richards of Moncks Corner, South Carolina; his step-daughter; Diane Barletta of Greece, New York; his step-son; Daniel Barletta of Greece, New York; six grandchildren; David (Nicole) Crandall of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Jeremy Crandall of Chesapeake, Virginia, Krystie Beckwith, Matthew (Cynthia) Beckwith of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, Vincent Edwards and Jackie Edwards, both of Greece, New York; five great-grandchildren; Abigail, Joseph and Aryana Crandall and Lilyanah and Dakotah Beckwith; his brother; Donald (Joan) Hall of Oakfield and nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield where services will immediately follow visitation at 6 p.m. He will be laid to rest in East Shelby Cemetery. Please consider memorials in Loren’s name to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, New York 14094-1231.  To light a candle, share a story or leave a condolence, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

graham1.jpg  Gerald H. Graham, 91 of Perry, passed away peacefully at the NYS Veteran’s Home at Batavia on February 27, 2020. He was born January 16, 1929 in Perry to the late Robert J. (Eloise Goodwin Horton) Graham. He is preceded in death by brother Robert J. (Gladys) Graham, sister Erestine (George) Cox, son-in-law Jacques Schmit, parents-in-law Maynard (Mary) Ess, sisters & brothers-in-law Anna (Perry) Borsching, Jean (Victor) Pietrzykowski, Donald Ess, Raymond Ess, John Neff, nephews Darrel Borsching, Dennis Borsching and Victor Pietrzykowski.  

Gerald was a veteran of the US Air Force where he was a SSGT serving in France as a member of Air Police during the Korean Conflict. After his military service from 1950-1954 he worked in security for Eastman Kodak. He was a farmer and truck driver for Jones Chemicals in Caledonia. After retirement he drove truck for Emerling Farms, Perry and worked at the Tired Iron Tractor Museum in Cuylerville.

Gerald enjoyed antique cars and tractors. He also enjoyed tractor pulling, car shows and spending time in Florida. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. He was a member of McKelton Post American Legion in Perry and the NRA.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Madeline (Ess) Graham of Perry; children Deborah Graham-Schmit of Warsaw; Mary (Bruce) Carney of Castile; Darlene (Sidney) Broughton of Silver Springs; Sandra (Brent Maines) Graham of Castile; Gerald H. (Sam) Graham of Perry; grandchildren Hans VanValkenburg, Stacey Jaggard, Amberley (Daryl) Robb, Carrie (Brian) Kehoe, Harvey William Jaggard IV, Melinda (Robert) Trowbridge; great-grandchildren Levi and Grayson Trowbridge, Alexander and Oliver Robb, Hollow Vail VanValkenburg, Merit Scott Kehoe, sisters-in-law Dorothy Neff of Warsaw; Janet Ellis of Warsaw; Cheryl (Jim VonGundon) Bryant of Perry; brother-in-law Edward (Lynda) Ess of Batavia; along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 3- 4 PM at First Congregational Church, 7205 Perry Center Road, Perry, NY 14530. A Funeral Service will immediately follow at 4:00 PM at the church. He will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery, Perry with full military honors.

The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff of the NYS Veteran’s Home at Batavia for their compassionate care of Gerald. Memorial contributions may be made to NYS Veteran’s Home at Batavia Activities Fund, 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020. 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.

ingersollmargaret.jpgMargaret L. Ingersoll, 90 of Warsaw, passed away peacefully on Friday February 28, 2020 surrounded by her family at Brothers of Mercy in Clarence. She was born August 22, 1929 in Sheldon, to the late Edgar (Caroline Smithley) Heintz. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Niles C. Ingersoll; daughter Patricia (Tom) Zak, grandson Chad Lynch, brother Jack Zittel, sister Dorothy Vetter, daughter-in-law Virginia Ingersoll.

Margaret worked as a Telephone Operator at NY Tel, GTE Sylvania, sold real estate and as a Ward Clerk at the VA in Batavia. She was an avid Buffalo Bills fan, an amazing cook and lived life to the fullest. Mrs. Ingersoll loved the Lord, family reunions and her many friends. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and family was everything to her.

She is survived by her children Niles E. Ingersoll of Jefferson City, TN; Mark (Vicki) Ingersoll of Pawleys Island, SC; Scott (Roseann) Ingersoll of Wheaton, IL; Robert (Gerry) Alexander of Corfu; Jo Ann (Marshall) Lynch of Smyrna, TN; sister-in-law Madonna Zittel; brother-in-law Richard Vetter; 17 grandchildren along with many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, March 2, 2020 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. An 11:00 AM Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday March 3, 2020 at St. Johns United Church of Christ, 608 Centerline Road, Strykersville, NY 14145. She will be laid to rest in St. Johns Cemetery, Strykersville.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the church. 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.

BATAVIA - Glenn R. Frier, 83, of Batavia, passed away Wednesday, (February 26, 2020), at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mr. Frier was born November 29, 1936, in Ellenburg, a son of the late Ernest and Iva (Miller) Frier.

Glenn was a retiree of Lapp Insulator and enjoyed golfing, fishing, and woodworking.

He is the husband of the late Jessie E. (Meyers) Frier who passed away on April 5, 2015.

Survivors include his children, Kathleen (James) Grasby of LeRoy, Deborah (Douglas) Brown of Cowlesville, and Bradley Frier of Batavia; 3 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law Sidney Cree of Shelby.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Glenn is preceded in death by his siblings, Cloyce Frier, Herman Frier, Iola Cree, Victor Frier, and Kathleen Frier.

There will be no visitation.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Mr. Frier will be laid to rest with his wife in Grand View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Glenn's memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, Dav Chapter 166,  222 Richmond Avenue, Suite 2-102, Batavia, New York 14020.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.  The Frier family has entrusted the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia with arrangements.

reneemorris.jpg Renee’ M. (Strain) Morris, age 38 of Portageville, NY went to be with the Lord on Tuesday February 25, 2020 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in the Town of Castile. She was born in Warsaw, NY on January, 8 1982 a daughter to Ronald B. and Charlene M. (Grover) Strain of Portageville. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather Donald Strain.

Renee’ was a 2000 graduate of Keshequa Central High School. She was a honor student at Genesee Community College finishing up her last semester in their nursing program. A profession she was looking forward to helping people in need. She was currently working part time as a waitress at John-N-Sarah’s Restaurant in Perry. Renee’ was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. She was an active member of Old Path’s Church in Perry. Her faith was a big part of her life. She was the proud mother of 4 beautiful daughters who she adored. She enjoyed spending time with her family, church family and extended friends.

She is survived by her daughters: Jaelyn, Jessah, Hope and Khloe, the father of her children: Jeremy “Bear” Morris of Perry, sisters: Rhonda (Kris) Gross of Mt. Morris, Danell (Jeff) Guesno of Perry, maternal grandparents: William (Carol) Grover of Portageville, paternal grandmother: Gladys Strain of Nunda, along with many Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins.

A Celebration of Renee’s life will be held on Sunday March 8th at 3:00pm at the Old Paths Chapel 181 South Main St. in Perry followed by a time for fellowship at 4:30pm at the church gymnasium. Renee’ will be laid to rest in East Koy Cemetery in Portageville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Charlene Strain to set up an account to benefit Renee’s daughters. 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.

outdoor.jpg  James C. Suttell, 57, of Batavia passed away on Monday February 24, 2020. He was born on December 24, 1962 in Batavia to the late John A. and Stella (Hamera) Suttell. In addition to his parents, James is predeceased by a niece; Megan T. Suttell.

Jimmy was an over the road truck driver for many years. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, motocross and loved NASCAR.

He is survived by 3 children; a brother John (Kathleen) Suttell of Oakfield; a niece Rachel Suttell.

There will be no prior calling hours. Friends are invited to a 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday February 29, 2020 at St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Ave. Oakfield, NY 14125. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House www.crossroadshouse.com PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021. 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, New York 14020.

Batavia - Michael A. McDonald, 63, of Batavia, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2020, at his home.

Michael was born November 28, 1956, in Alexandria, VA, a son of the late William M. and Lorraine (Veringo) McDonald, Sr.

Michael retired with 35 years of service with the FBI Forensic Laboratory and proudly served six years with the United States Marines.  He was a member of St. Padre Pio Parish and the USMC League in Lockport.  Michael loved music, his guitars and his trusted companion, Gino.

Survivors include his wife of over 38 years, Valerie (Palone) McDonald of Batavia; a brother, William (Terry) McDonald, Jr. of Virginia; his father-in-law, Donald J. Palone of Oakfield; a brother-in-law, Dave (Debbie) Palone of Oakfield and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Along with his parents, Michael is predeceased by his mother-in-law, Josephine (Galline) Palone.

There are no prior calling hours.  Michael's Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish - St. Cecilia's Worship Site, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.  Burial with military honors will be in St. Cecelia's Cemetery, Oakfield.

Memorial contributions in Michael's memory may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1602, Batavia, New York 14021 as well as St. Cecelia's Cemetery Fund, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, NY 14125. 

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

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




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