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Corfu - Dean R. Lawrence, 89, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020.

Dean was born December 4, 1930, to Harold and Jessie Lawrence of Attica, NY and attended Attica Central School, graduating in 1948.

Following graduation, Dean worked in a Golf Pro Shop in Bradford, PA, then joined and served in the United States Navy from 1950 - 1954. After returning home, he managed Newell’s Dairy in Attica for several years and then managed Genesee Farms Dairy in Batavia. When Corfu constructed their new sewer treatment plant, Dean was Supervisor of the Corfu Water and Sewer Department Plant until his retirement.

Dean was a life long member of the Attica Golf Course. He loved playing the game with his friends and enjoyed competing in the many area tournaments. He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, yard work and especially spending time with his grandchildren. Dean also enjoyed watching baseball, football, hockey and golf on TV and truly enjoyed his 20 plus winters in Florida.

Dean is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Sue; his daughter Laural; grandsons David Lawrence, Nicholas, Matthew and Paul Ianni; a brother, James Lawrence of Alexander and many nieces and nephews.

Dean is predeceased by his parents Jessie and Harold Lawrence; brother, Harold; sisters, Marian, Ina, Lois and Janet; a son, Christopher; granddaughter Angela and grandson Lyle.

There are no services at this time because of COVID 19 restrictions. A graveside memorial service will be held at a future date.

Memorials in memory of Dean may be made to the charity of the Donor’s Choice.


Stafford - Karen (Balduf) King, 77 of Stafford, NY, daughter of the late John and Gladys Balduf, passed away in her home, Friday, May 29, 2020, after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
She is survived by her son Brian (Christine) King, sister JoAnne (Paul) Tenney, five grandchildren, Christopher, LeAnne (Peter), Brittany (Matt), AJ and Cody. One great grandson, PJ and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Richard (Rip) King, and daughter Colleen King.
Karen started her career at Sylvania where she was a secretary for 17 years. She finished her career and retired from the NYS Trooper Barracks in Clarence where she was a secretary for 25 years.
She enjoyed making gifts for the special people in her life with her sewing and crafting. She loved working in her flower gardens and playing cards with family and friends.
A celebration of life and memorial will be held at a later date.
Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY

Clarence - Isabel M. Blanchard, 93, formerly of Corfu, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Brothers of Mercy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Isabel was born in Batavia, a daughter of the late Cornelius and Olive Staebell Donovan. She was predeceased by her husband Lavern Blanchard.

Isabel worked for many years at the E.N. Rowell Box Factory in Batavia and retired from the Genesee County Nursing Home as a nurse’s aide.

There are no calling hours. Private burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu, NY.

Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu.

Akron ~ Laurence E. Hanley Jr., age 82, formerly of LeRoy, passed away Thursday afternoon (May 28, 2020) at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Williamsville.

     He was born November 12, 1937 in Fulton, N.Y., a son of the late Laurence and Mary Welch Hanley Sr.

     Larry will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and dear friend to many.  He was a proud U. S. Navy veteran, having served 19 years and then worked for the U. S. Postal Service as a letter carrier for 24 years. He was a member of the American Legion in Akron and the Akron First United Methodist Church.  Larry enjoyed Sunday dinners with his family, the NY Yankees, Buffalo Bills, bowling, along with eating peanuts and drinking beer.

     He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 4 years, Mary Fralick Hanley; his children, Brian (Tammy) Hanley of Batavia, Teresa (John) Phelps of FL, Linda (John) Burger of Caledonia and Wayne (Annie) Hanley of LeRoy; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Hanley, along with many nieces and nephews.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife of 54 years, Carol Filio Hanley, two sons, Dean Joseph Hanley and Kenneth Hanley, and his brother, Bernie Hanley.

     A public memorial service will be announced at a later date.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Akron First United Methodist Church, 7 Church Street, Akron, N.Y.  14001 

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

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

Batavia - Catherine E. (Koontz) Epperson, wife of William R. Epperson (deceased 1984) and mother of the late Willden D. Epperson (deceased 1986), daughter of the late Jacob Koontz and Marie G. (Bettis) Pendleton was born in Ventnor, New Jersey on July 24, 1930.

She passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 25, 2020 in Batavia, where she lived with her daughter’s family for 5 years.

Catherine spent most of her life living in South Florida where she was a friend to many who knew her. She will be remembered as a caring and giving person.

She is survived by her children; Jack Epperson and his wife Jennifer, Willdeanna Epperson Parkhurst and her husband Bob as well as her grandchildren Bob Jr. and Brice and her step daughter Iris Fortney. She also leaves her nieces and nephew, Mary, Catherine and Jacob from her brother Jacob F. Koontz.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

ESTHER JEANETTE GRAY ~ Age 67, of Elba, went home to be with our Lord and Savior early Wednesday morning May 27, 2020 at home while under the care of Hospice and her loving family. She was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on April 26, 1953 to the late William and June (Reetz) Miller also preceded in death by siblings, Keneth R. Miller, William Miller, Roger Miller, and Donna Kapan.

Esther graduated from Genesee Community College as a Registered Nurse after raising her children and worked at many area nursing homes as a Nurse Supervisor. Esther was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Elba for the last 48 years, teaching Sunday School, Bible Club and Vacation Bible School for the Junior Church. She also volunteered on the social committee, in the children’s nursery and as the missionary secretary at the church.

Esther loved knitting, crocheting, and sewing. Her handcrafted items were made for many church activities, All Babies Cherished, Elba Central School Glove Drive and Operation Shoe Box Ministry.

Surviving is her beloved husband of 48 years, David Lee Gray of Elba; loving daughter, Dorothy Gray De Roque of Elba and her children, Angelica R. (Celso Vasquez) Acosta, Emiliano Acosta and Guillermo Roque Gray; Esther and David raised Lisa Hodgins and Dorothy (Patrick) McNutt; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Epidemic a Celebration of Esther’s life for family and friends will be announced in the future. Memorials in her memory are suggested to Crossroads House PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021.

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

THE FAMILY OF ESTHER JEANETTE GRAY IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

 

norway.jpgPEGGY S. NORWAY ~ Age 50, of Elba, passed peacefully on Tuesday May 26, 2020 at home while under the care of Hospice, surrounded by her loving family following a courageous battle with colon cancer. Peggy was born on June 8, 1969 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Ivan and Joan (Kearns) Boyce.

Peggy enjoyed baking, doing crafts and just sitting on the deck enjoying life and her family, but most of all was her love of Christmas so much so that by the day after she would begin planning and counting down for the next holiday season.

Peggy is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, Larry Norway of Elba; beloved children, Michael Norway and Amanda Norway both at home; siblings, Marty (Bonnie) Boyce, Marvin (Judy Shedlock) Boyce, Steve (Linda) Boyce, Brian (Chita) Boyce, Craig (Sue) Boyce, Dan (Cheryl) Boyce, Dawn Boyce, Laura Boyce, Carol Boyce and Brenda Boyce; father & mother-in-law, Mick (Fern) Norway of Elba; brother-in-law, Dan (Sarah) Norway; sister-in-law, Tracy (Mike) Lyons; dear friends, Nadine(Ken) Snyder along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to the on-going COVID-19 Epidemic a Christmas in July celebration of Peggy’s life will be held this coming July 4th weekend at the family home in Elba. Memorial contributions in her memory are suggested to HomeCare & Hospice 29 Liberty St. Suite #6 Batavia or Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. 127 North St. Batavia, NY 14020.

Please share your words of comfort with Peggy’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com

THE FAMILY OF PEGGY S. NORWAY IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 – (585)343-7500

 

gaylord.jpgPAUL F. GAYLORD - age 71, of Batavia, died tragically at the Buffalo VA Medical Center Tuesday May 26, 2020 at 4:57a.m. He was born August 7, 1948, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to the late Harry R. and Ruth (Botts) Gaylord, also preceded in death by his brother, Gerald Gaylord and granddaughter, Hannah Michelle.

Paul served his country honorably with the US Airforce during the Vietnam War, he has been serving as the Commander of the DAV and was an active member of the Joint Veterans Honor Guard of Genesee County, Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion and the VFW. He served as a veteran mentor for the Genesee County Drug Court, a member of Ascension Parish and a 4th Degree Knight/Grand Knight with the Monsignor Kirby Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Paul will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and a man of faith in the Lord. He was a friend to all that knew him, just met him and those who had not. Paul, the world is a little less bright know that you have gone home to rest in eternal peace with the Lord

Surviving is his beloved wife, Michelle (Zanghi) Gaylord of Batavia; children, Christian Gaylord, Oliver (Karen) Gaylord, Shawn Gaylord, Aaron (Jessica) Gaylord, Joshua (Joyce) Gaylord and Samantha (Emmett) Maguire; 13 cherished grandchildren, Brandon, Olivia, Cambrie, Trey, Ethan, Lily, Dominic, Sebastian, Rocco, Vincent, Thomas & Christianna Jean; siblings, Peggy (Nick) Falanga, Carol (James) Brandes, Robert (Millie) Gaylord, Donna (Sherman) Gaylord along with several nieces and nephews..

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Epidemic, Paul’s visitation and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a future date and he will be laid to rest in the future Western New York Veterans Cemetery. Memorials in his memory are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

THE FAMILY OF PAUL F. GAYLORD IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020

 

 

 

 

 

Bergen- David Peter "Pete" Cummings, 61, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center.

Pete was born June 9, 1958, in Rochester, a son of Elizabeth C. (Fodge) Cummings and the late Donald A. Cummings of Bergen, NY.

Surviving along with his mother are his siblings; Donald (Melanie) Cummings of Palmyra, John (Christine) Cummings of Bergen, Bob (Jane) Cummings of Gates, Liz (Ron) Vergamini of North Chili, Kevin (Debra) Cummings of Churchville and Paul (Susan) Cummings of Churchville. Pete is also survived by sixteen nieces and nephews and twenty-two great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pete loved basketball, especially the Boston Celtics and Larry Bird. He was an enthusiast for the sport and was well versed in the statistics that went along with basketball. He enjoyed talking with people on the telephone and had a knack for making great connections through those conversations. His other favorite things were Ralph & Rosie’s Pizza, Pepsi, Payday candy bars, homemade chocolate chip cookies and McDonald's. He will be remembered by his family and friends as a smart, kind, gentle and friendly person with a great sense of humor.

Pete's family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Elderwood of Lakeside at Brockport for the excellent love, care and support they gave to their brother and to the staff at Hildebrandt Hospice who made his final days comfortable.

There will be no visitation.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, private services will be held at the convenience of the family. He will be laid to rest in St. Brigid's Cemetery, Bergen, NY. A public Memorial Mass will be scheduled in the future for Pete at St. Brigid's Church, 18 Gibson, Street, Bergen. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pete's memory may be made to Elderwood of Lakeside at Brockport, 170 West Avenue, Brockport, New York 14420 where memorials will be used for resident activities. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Pete’s memory, visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com

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

murtagh.jpg  Thomas E. Murtagh, 62 of Rochester, passed away May 27, 2020. He was born on January 26, 1958 to the late Edward and Myrtle Murtagh. He is preceded in death by his sister Karen Beigas.

Tom worked as a painter and carpenter. He was an avid Pittsburg Steelers, Minnesota Wild and New York Mets fan. Tom loved music, St. Patrick’s Day and most of all his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his children Amanda Smith of Wilmington, NC; Trevor Murtagh of Ontario, NY; grandchildren Lilian and Asher; the love of his life Jane Maskell of Byron; brother Michael (Dee) Murtagh of Rochester; niece Siobhan Murtagh, nephews Michael Murtagh Jr. and John Beigas

There will be no prior calling hours. A Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

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

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