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Linda Pfaff LaWare, 72, passed away peacefully with her husband Ernest by her side at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Transplant Unit on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. 

Linda was born on August 1, 1948, daughter of the late George and Beatrice (Reiner) Pfaff.

Linda hit the ground running and had a zest for life. She was an accomplished artist, and her family enjoys and cherishes many of her works in their homes. She was a pioneer for the Women's Liberation movement as she was the first female cable splicer for NY Telephone in 1971, where she then rose through the ranks to cable engineer for Ma Bell. Her love for animals was evident as she studied and became a wildlife rehabilitator, nursing orphaned bears, raccoons and other wild animals. She also served on the board of the Wyoming County SPCA and was an avid donor to this and many wildlife organizations. She was a self-taught composition doll restorer, reclaiming many dolls that were shipped to her from around the globe. She loved antiques and had an antique booth at Kelly Schultz Auction House, making many friends of like minds. Linda was a very spiritual person, believing there is life everlasting, and relating many of her personal stories to friends and family of past experiences. Her kindness and spirit of giving will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Linda joins her parents Betty and George and brothers Eric, Lance and George. She leaves behind her loving husband of 40 years and soulmate Ernie LaWare, daughter Marcy Kowalchuk, step daughter Rebecca (Wayne) Fenton, along with her sisters, Suzanne West and Jacquelyne (Steven) Leach, and many adoring nieces and nephews. She had an extremely close bond with her great nieces and nephews who dubbed her “Honeybun”, and she in turn, dubbed them “Sweetypies”. Linda also leaves behind her beloved pooches, cats, chickens and horses.

A celebration of Linda’s life will be held on October 2, at 2300 Buffalo Rd., Varysburg, NY, starting at noon. A barbecue, memories and laughter will be served up to commemorate Linda. We invite all who knew her to attend this special day. Memorials can be made in Linda’s memory to the Wyoming County SPCA, PO Box 269, Attica, NY 14011 or electronically through their website: www.wyomingcountyspca.org, and/or the National Autism Society, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 305, Rockville, MD 20852

LeRoy - Adriane  C.  Broadbooks, 93, formerly of Byron and Bergen, died Thursday, January 7, 2021 at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

Mrs. Broadbooks was born on Sunday, March 20th, 1927 in Niagara Falls, a daughter of the late James Patrick Casey and Alida Van Esbroek Casey.

Raised in Rochester, Adriane was a graduate of Houghton College. She taught for many years at the Rochester Christian School. In the summers, she would go to Peniel Bible Conference in the Adirondacks, where she volunteered in the kitchen.   

She married Herbert Broadbooks on February 11, 1972, and assisted in operating the family farm in Byron until retirement. After living a few years in California, they returned to western New York and lived in Bergen. Adriane was a member of the Christian Women's Club in Batavia and the Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder.

Survivors include a sister, Patricia Russell of Bergen; nieces, Karen (Michael) Thunell, Diane (Donald) Cunningham and Cindy (Dennis) Burke of Bergen, Christine (Thomas) Silburn of Lake Luzerne, Kathy Matthews of Oregon; nephews, Michael Russell of Hawaii and Danny Russell of South Dakota and several grand-nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Herbert; a brother and sisters.

There are no prior visiting hours.  Memorial services will be held on Saturday, August 7th, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 38 South Lake Street, Bergen. Private burial was held in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica. Memorials may be made to Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 206, Bergen, New York 14416. Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Street, Bergen.

mara.jpg Jonnelle Jean Marra, 50, of Fallsburg, N.Y., died Friday (July 30, 2021). She was born October 25, 1970, in Batavia, N.Y., the daughter of John O. Marra and Carole A. DiSanto.

Jonnelle was a stay-at-home mom for her daughter Johnni and her triplets Addison, Jaxon, and Brian. She possessed the unfaltering character of a nurse and was often told she would have made a great one. She gave love, support, and kindness freely, and if ever she felt burdened, she never let on. Jonnelle’s spontaneous nature, magnetic personality, and infectious laugh touched the lives of everyone who knew her.

Jonnelle is survived by her mother Carole DiSanto, her daughters Johnni Brown and Addison Ingber, her sons Brian and Jaxon Ingber, her brother Jamie Marra, her sisters Luanne Marra (James Beam) and Nicole DiSanto (Rob Cimino), several doting nieces and nephews: Ava and Kate Marra (Jamie), Daisy Hewitt (Luanne), and Eva DiSanto-Sobb and Vincent and Carlo Cimino (Nicole) and her best friend, Amy Nichols.

Jonnelle is predeceased by her father John O. Marra and her daughter Jerica L. Marra.

Friends are invited to call from 4-8pm Thursday, August 5, 2021 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, N.Y. On Friday, August 6th, friends are welcome to attend a 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s Church) 18 Ellicott St., Batavia. Interment will take place at Grand View Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. For more information or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home and Cremation Company Inc., 329-333 West Main St., Batavia, NY 14020.

Alexander – Nellie I. MacConnell (Roth, Pope) 86, died Thursday, July 8th at Rochester General Hospital. 

Nellie was born on October 9, 1934 in Alexander, N.Y. and was the youngest daughter of Orin and Katherine Roth of Alexander, N.Y. Nellie was a life-long member of the Alexander United Methodist Church and is survived by 3 sons, Thomas J. Pope of Batavia, Eric L. Pope (North Haven CT) and Tracy (Marie) L. Pope of North Chili, NY, and 6 grand- children and 3 great grand-children. 

A memorial Service will be held for Nellie at the Alexander United Methodist Church on Saturday, August 7th at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alexander United Methodist Church. 

Family and friends are invited to the graveside service of Elizabeth (Betty) Mathers Ward, who passed away on December 28, 2020.  The service will be held on Monday, August 2 at 11:00 AM at the Stafford Rural Cemetery.

Elba - Christian Dean Boyce, age 57, of Elba passed away on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Niagara Falls Medical Center in Niagara Falls while under hospice care.

He was born November 14, 1963 in Batavia, a son of the late Irel Dean Boyce and Shirley Ann Kipfer Boyce.

Christian was the owner and proprietor of CB Weld in Elba for many years and a former volunteer with the Elba Fire Department. He enjoyed NASCAR, local stock car races, cooking pig roasts for parties and loved old time country music. He was a fan of the History Channel and relaxing in the great outdoors.

Surviving are his daughter, Rita (Sam) Vigiano of Elba; his grandson, Mason Vigiano of Elba; his siblings, Marcy (Nicholas) Colantonio of Stafford and Scott (Michelle) Boyce of Churchville. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. He will be laid to rest next to his parents in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elba Fire Department, P.O. Box 58, Elba, New York 14058. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Christian's name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

Geraldine Lega passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at the age of 96. 

Gerry was born on May 30, 1925, in Alexander, NY a daughter of the late Charles and Mary Newell Fisher. She lived her married life in Corfu. Gerry was the wife of the late Stephen Lega and devoted mother of the late Carol. She was predeceased by siblings Laverne Fisher and Genevieve Crawford.

Gerry’s engaging smile greeted customers at Loblaw’s in Batavia for more than three decades. Her coworker, Aggie Aquina was a lifelong friend. The family wishes to acknowledge and thank a special group of people who cared for Gerry in her later years. Richard Siebert, Annie Lawrence, Joyce Kohorst, Elizabeth Fenton and Alan Spiotta (who was like a son), lovingly saw to her every need. Gerry is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call Tuesday, August 3, 2021, from 11 am to Twelve noon at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY.  Services will follow at Noon with interment to follow at North Pembroke Cemetery.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation WNY, 110 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14203. Final arrangements are entrusted to C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Corfu, NY.

Bergen - Cathi A. Adams, 51 of Bergen, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, (July 27, 2021) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Ms. Adams was born November 22, 1969 in Brockport,  a daughter of Susan (John) Devery of Churchville and the late Fred Luce.

Cathi was a hairdresser for many years and a caretaker. She greatly enjoyed helping people and had the ability to talk to anyone she met. She had a kind heart and was full of life. She was a supportive friend to many, but most of all a very proud mother.

Surviving along with her mother are her daughters, Nicole (fiance Joseph Oddo) Adams of Lake St. Louis, Missouri, and Shawna Adams of Buffalo; siblings, Tammy (Jerry) Menzie of Bergen, Sege Kalmbacher of Churchville, Rebecca (fiance Ken Cowan) Hamlin of Rochester, Mark (Kimberly) Luce of Clarkson, Doug (Cayce) Luce of Dixon, Missouri; and Kristin (Kelly) Snyder of LeRoy. Several nieces, nephews, cousins and her two canine companions, Zola and Ellie also survive.

Cathi is preceded in death by a brother, Keith Luce.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, (August 1, 2021)  from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Street in Bergen. Burial in Lakeview Cemetery in Brockport will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, PO Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021 or the Alzheimer's Association, WNY Chapter, 6215 Sheridan Drive, Suite 100, Amherst, New York 14221.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Elinor F. Rice, 100, of Batavia, passed away on Monday, July 26, 2021 at her home.

Elinor was born October 4, 1920 in Oakfield, a daughter of the late Anson and Florence (Ferguson) Forsyth.

Elinor was very active with the YMCA and the Genesee County Senior Center.  She also volunteered at the Salvation Army.

Surviving are her brother, George Forsyth of Batavia; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, Charles Rice, brothers, Rodney Forsyth and James Forsyth and sisters, Virginia Shera, Celia Maykuth and Joan White.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where services will follow at 10:00 a.m. also on Saturday.  She will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oakfield United Methodist Church, 2 South Main Street, Oakfield, NY 14125.  

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

Louis S. Adamczyk, 79, of Attica, passed away on Friday July 23, 2021 at the Gateway Home in Attica. He was born on June 29, 1942 in Lackawanna to the late Ludwig and Marianne (Dziedzic) Adamczyk.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years; Carol (Zolnierowski) Adamczyk; his son Brian (Melissa) Adamczyk and granddaughter; Mattie Adamczyk.

A private Service will be at Black Lake, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorials gifts may be made to the Gateway Home 91 Main St. Attica, NY 14011. To leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011.





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