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d._wilson.pngDENNIS W. WILSON – Age 57, of Corfu, died peacefully Thursday July 2, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born in Batavia, NY, a son of the late William and Pauline (Demmer) Wilson.

Dennis was retired from the Batavia City School District and the Kleen-All Co. after many years of service. He was a member of the Batavia Assembly of God Church, avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed sports. Dennis enjoyed time with friends and family and most importantly time with his children.

Surviving is his beloved wife of 29 years whom he married June 8, 1991, Ruth (Baubie) Wilson of Corfu; loving children, Ryan Wilson, Olivia Wilson, Makaila Wilson all at home and Dustin Kent of FL; siblings, Donald (Diane) Bartz of AZ, Amy Wilson-Hall of Cheektowaga, Linda (Vincent) Wise of Cuba, Alice (Robert) Buckel of Batavia, Paula (Robert) Mendez of Palmyra and Susan (Steve) Lee of Warsaw; father & mother-in-law, James (Joanna) Baubie of Oakfield along with many nieces and nephews.

The Wilson family will be present from 2-6p.m. on Wednesday July 8, 2020 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 begin at 6p.m. Memorials in his memory are suggested to the family.

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


wittman_pic.jpgDENNIS J. WITTMAN ~ Age 77, of Batavia, passed peacefully at Charlotte House in N. Java, NY. He was born to the late Jerome and Evelyn (Hamilton) Wittman on June 2, 1943 in Buffalo, NY, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Allan Wittman and sisters-in-law, Jeanette Bangs and Dolores Clark.

Dennis was a graduate of Cleveland Hill High School, his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Wadham’s Hall Seminary, Ogdensburg, NY and earned his master’s degree from the University of Rochester.

He was employed for 36 years with Genesee County as a Probation Officer and in 1980 was asked by the late Sheriff, W. Douglas Call to head up a new program, Alternatives to Incarceration, which was a first in the United States with law enforcement and third such program in the United States. He began the first rural and fourth in New York State Child Advocacy Center and Multi-Disciplinary Teams serving Genesee County, as well as neighboring counties. He started the Driving While Intoxicated Conditional Discharge Program, Justice for Women Program and Team, the Western New York State Victims Coalition, he was President of the New York State Crime Victims Board Advisory Council and, Vice President of the New York State Association for Alternative Sentencing. Former Governor George Pataki appointed Dennis to the Western New York Citizens Review Panel (abused children), First Victim/Offender Reconciliation Program in New York State dealing specifically with serious/violent cases, National Institution of Corrections consultants, Office of Victims of Crime consultants, Chairman of Criminal Justice Advisory Council. Dennis represented the United States in a Bi-Lateral Summit in Japan, addressed the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, addressed the Canadian Parliament on Restorative Justice and traveled to forty states and the Canadian Provinces of Quebec, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and British Columbia.

Dennis recently served on the Diocese of Buffalo Sexual Abuse and Misconduct Policy Task Force. He was an Adjunct Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College and served as Town Supervisor for the Town of Bethany from 1978 to 1990. He was a faithful member of Ascension Parish in Batavia where he served as Vice President and President of the Holy Name Society, President of the Parish Council and Usher under the former Sacred Heart Parish.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol (Chmielowiec) Wittman of Batavia whom he married in 1971; loving daughters, Holly (Michael) Stoddard of Honeoye and Jennifer of San Antonio, TX; faithful Husky companion, Kodah; sister, Kathie (Paul) Beaulieu of Cheektowaga, NY and brother, Philip (Nancy) Wittman of Akron, NY; brother-in-law, Dr. A Steven Bangs of Long Island; sister in law, Marsha Deman of Defiance, Ohio along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great niece and nephew.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Epidemic a Mass of Christian Burial will be announced later. Memorials in his memory may be made to Charlotte House, P.O. Box 123, 4316 Route 98, North Java, NY 14113: Ascension Parish, 17 Sumner Street, Batavia, NY 14020, or MUSH Rescue Inc, 12820 Wyngate Trail, Alpharetta, GA 30005.

Thank you to our Wednesday morning library friend, Roger Richardson. Tuesday lunch time prayer group: Marg Miller, Leta Sackett, Pastor Ken Cromer and Elder Ron. Emilie, Board of Directors, the many volunteers, weekly communion from Holy Family Polish National Church and the community at Charlotte House for the excellent care provided, to the many doctors at University of Rochester Medical Center and Rochester Regional that provided such excellent care, for their prayers and visits Rev. Father David Glassmire, Deacon Mark Kehl, Rev. Father Matthew Kawiak, Deacon Corey Foegen and especially Sue Hatrick for giving a part of herself to Dennis.

The family kindly asks people consider signing to be an organ donor. Two special people gave Dennis thirteen extra years with his family.

Please share your words of comfort with the Wittman family at www.tomaszewskifh.com



Pavilion ~ Albert P. Strobel, age 92, of Lake Street, passed away Wednesday evening (July 1, 2020) at UMMC in Batavia.

     He was born October 13, 1927 in Batavia, a son of the late Ralph and Jane Peterson Strobel.

     Al will be remembered as a loving and caring man, who was devoted to his family and his faith.  He was a proud World War II veteran, having served with the U.S. Army.  He started his own family business, Strobel Auto Electric and was an exceptional wood worker.

      He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of almost 70 years, Mary Smith Strobel; his children, Sharon Grube of FL, Bruce (Mary) Strobel of Tonawanda, Nancy (James) Morthope of GA, Larry Strobel of Pavilion, Deborah (Don) Cahail of MO and Joan (Andy) Stevens of Mt. Morris; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; his brother, Rev. Herbert R. Strobel of PA; Fresh Air Fund Daughter, Debbie Farr, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     He was predeceased by his brother, Ralph W. "Billy" Strobel and his sister-in-law, Marge Strobel.

     There will be no prior visitation.  A public memorial service will be announced at a later date.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either the Pavilion Fire Department or the Pavilion United Methodist Church.

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

Lester E. “Piker” Gephart, 83 of Lockport, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020 at Buffalo General Hospital. He was born January 10, 1937 in Attica, to the late Lester A. (Carol Nichols) Gephart. He is preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth (Kreutter) Gephart, daughter Rose Mary Gephart, son-in-law Donald Lawrence, brother William Gephart, sisters Doris Sonricker, Virginia Joy and Patricia Sonricker.

Lester was a hardworking man, sealing driveways, landscaping, farming and always willing to lend a helping hand.

He is survived by his children June (Jerry Robbins) Lawrence of Angelica; Paul (Michelle) Gephart of Rushford; sister Beverley Shaw of Varysburg; sister-in-law Helen Gephart of Springville; grandchildren David (Jennifer) DeLude of Concord, NC; John (Chris) DeLude of Johnsonburg; James (Lindsey) Gephart of Pembroke; Chris Gephart of Bergen; 8 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00 AM Graveside Service will be held on Monday, July 6, 2020 at St. Vincent’s Cemetery in Attica.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. 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.

evelynsanders.jpgEvelyn M. Sanders, 86 of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Premier Genesee. She was born in Batavia on January 10, 1934 to the late Floyd (Ethel Greenman) Thomas. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Clair Sanders, daughter Linda Sanders, sons David and Michael Sanders; son-in-law David Gendron; sisters Betty Baker, Carol Sevor and Patricia Twitchell.

Mrs. Sanders worked as Assistant Director of Genesee Community College Day Care. She enjoyed going to horse races. Evelyn spent her entire life taking care of everyone, from her husband to her grandchildren, a loving and supporting mother that loved her family.  

She is survived by her beloved children Bonnie (Jim) Moore of Oakfield; Daniel Sanders of NC; James Sanders of Batavia; Thomas (Sandy) Sanders of Batavia; siblings Floyd “Sonny” Thomas Jr. of Tonawanda; Nancy Sanders of FL; James (Joanie) Thomas of NC; 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours, Funeral Services will be held privately. She will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North Street, 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, New York 14020.

airforce.jpgAlexander Toth Jr age 74 of Attica, NY died June 27, 2020 at Millard Suburban Hospital, Williamsville, New York after a long battle with cancer.

He was born October 3, 1945 to Alex and Elizabeth (Slak) Toth in Washington Pennsylvania. He is preceded in death by his parents and Brother John Toth. Best friend and fellow hunter Mike Bowerman, He is survived by one sister, a sister-in-law, two nieces and two nephews.

Alex graduated in 1963 from Weirton Madonna High School, Weirton, West Virginia. He served in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam era and is retired with over thirty years of service from US Airways, Buffalo, New York. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and a teller of tall tales. He will be missed by all who knew him.

It was Alex's wishes that there will be no calling hours. Due to covid 19 a celebration of a life well lived will be held later.

Donations in his name can be made to the American Cancer Society and the Boy Scouts of America. To leave an online condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

PITTSFORD - Gertrude A. Woodring, 98, of Pittsford, formerly of Batavia, passed away Tuesday, (June 30, 2020), at the Atria Senior Living Center in Penfield.

Mrs. Woodring was born December 20, 1921, in Batavia,a daughter of the late Dominic and Rose (Sce) Marone.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Woodring; brothers, Frank, Louis, Angelo, and Joseph Marone; sisters, Mary Cina, Virginia Sanfrantello, and Ann Mandia.

Gertrude is survived by her sons,  Patrick (Peggy) Woodring of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Donald (Christine) Woodring of Pittsford, and Ronald (Paul Birkby) Woodring of Rochester; a daughter, Suzanne (James) Spiecher of Pittsford; a brother Patrick Marone of Rochester; a daughter-in-law Georgia Woodring of Pittsford.  13 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren also survive.

The Woodring family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff of Atria Senior Living, especially Galina, for the wonderful care provided to Gertrude.

There will be no visitation.  A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Ascension Parish with Fr. David Glassmire officiating.  Entombment will be in St. Joseph's Mausoleum in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gertrude's memory may be made to Camp Good Days, PO Box 665, 1332 Pittsford-Mendon Rd., Mendon, NY 14506 as well as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia.

Elba - Robert "Bob" Thompson, 93, of Elba, passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Robert was born in Batavia January 4, 1927. The son of the late Glenn and Zelda Heywood Thompson, he was raised by his aunt, Carrie Deagman.

As a member of the United States Army, Mr. Thompson proudly served his country during World War II. After his return to Western NY, he owned and operated the IGA grocery store in the Village of Oakfield, partially restored the East Shelby Methodist Church, and developed the former Oakfield High School into the Schoolhouse Manor.  A lifetime VFW member, he enjoyed collecting tools, spending time in his workshop, and being with his family.

Robert was preceded in death by his first wife, Madeline Waterman Thompson, who passed away in 1962, and his sisters, Ruth Johnson and Martha Thompson.

Robert is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Calus Thompson. Also surviving are his children: Dianne (Keith) Boeheim of Batavia, Alan R. Thompson of Montana, Michael Robert (Anne-Marie Yunker) Thompson of Chesterland, Ohio, Katrina Marie (Labros) Petropoulos of Chardon, Ohio, and Melissa Marie Thompson of Macon, Georgia; seven grandchildren: Kathrine, Matthew, Elizabeth, Liam, Spiridon, Anastasia, and Aidan; three great-grandchildren; his brother, Clifford (late Arlene) Thompson of Bergen; his brother-in-law; John (Linda) Calus of Missouri; along with many nieces and nephews. 

Mr. Thompson's family wishes to extend their gratitude to the VA in Batavia and the VNA of WNY for the compassionate care they provided Robert during his time of greatest need.

The family will be holding private services, with military honors. There will be no visitation. He will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Stafford ~ Edward G. Scott, was welcomed home into the arms of the Lord on June 28, 2020 surrounded by family after a brief illness. He was 98.

     He was born in Batavia on November 22, 1921, along with his twin sister Edith, to the late Jay and Alice Dampier Scott. After graduating from LeRoy High School in 1939 he enlisted in the Army and served as a medic in World War II. Upon returning from service he married the love of his life, Harriet Eichler, in 1949 and had four children. The family settled in Stafford where Ed worked on the family farm, as a carpenter building houses and at Lapp Insulator, Jello and GTE Sylvania. He was a man of faith and longtime member of LeRoy Methodist Church and United Methodist Church in Stafford.

     To know Ed was to love him. He was quick witted, honest and at times mischievous. He had an exceptional love for his family and proudly told everyone his grandchildren resided around the world. He was an avid outdoorsman that could be seen riding his bike around Stafford into his 90’s and spent many winters swimming in Florida where he was known as “the Mayor”. He livened up every dance floor, never missed out on a game of cards and enjoyed playing ping pong where he lovingly earned the name “Fast Eddie”.

     He is survived by his children Doreen (Gene) Vance of Hornell, Rickey (Jane) Scott of Stafford, Sue (Tom) Jasinski of Sneads Ferry, NC and Nelson (Dawn) Scott of Batavia. He was cherished by his grandchildren: Erin, Jay, Tim, Emily, Anne, Brent, Heather, April, Kyle, Tommy, Sarah, Tom and Rachael. He was proud to have 24 great-grandchildren and referred to everyone as “precious”. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and longtime friend and companion Doris Jean Belt of Marceline, MO.

     He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Harriet Eichler Scott and his sisters Elsie Dorsey, twin Edith Longchamps and Leona Nagle.

     Family and friends may call on Sunday, July 5 from 4 ~ 7 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy. (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 33% capacity during the course of visitation and face masks will be required.) Funeral services will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to ARC of Genesee-Orleans or the Palliative Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital. The family would like to thank the Palliative Care Unit for providing exceptional care and comfort to Ed and his family.

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

bernard.jpg  Donald M. Bernard, age 57, of Fillmore, NY passed away on Friday June 26, 2020 in Stafford, NY from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. He was born in Warsaw, New York on October 5, 1962 a son to the late Donald F. and Beverly (Rice) Bernard.

Don was a graduate of Letchworth Central School class of 1981. Don was employed by Jimmy’s Towing and Auto Body in Mt. Morris. He enjoyed gardening, riding his motorcycle, listening to music, was an outdoorsman who like to hunt, trap and fish..

He is survived by his companion: Cheryl Lariviere of Fillmore, 2 sons: Austin and Chase Bernard both of Fillmore, 4 step-children: Shanda (Jason) Marshall of Portageville, Josh Boyd of Sardina, Kayla Stott of Fulton, Logan Lariviere of Fulton, sister: Connie McHugh of Silver Springs, 4 brothers: Robert (Lisa) Bernard of Silver Lake, Greg Bernard of Stafford, Steve (Theresa) Bernard of Arcade, Brian (Pam) Bernard of Venice, Fl., grandson: Damon Bernard,5 step grandchildren: Jayden , Aaliyah and Mariah Marshall, Destiny Stott and Zachary, along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

An 11:00AM Graveside Service will be held on Thursday July 2, 2020 at Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.  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.




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