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Mr. Dennis E. Sexton (“Nicho”) of Batavia, NY passed peacefully on Monday, December 6, 2021, at Crossroads House comfort care home during his 78th year, in the company of those who loved him. He was born in Lancaster, NY on October 7, 1944. As a man who made deliberate choices along his path in life, he participated, along with the assistance of Crossroads House volunteers, in the writing of this remembrance while eating a coconut Popsicle. He also pre-arranged to have it published within three days of his passing.

“If you’re reading this today, I’ve gone to the Great Beyond.” A remarkable, well-traveled man who decided to go shopping for his “final home,” Dennis visited Crossroads House in April of 2018 and was given a tour. “I didn’t want to leave anyone with my final decisions,” he explained. His desire was to live here when his time came, if at all possible. Three years later, it was possible. Having received his education in the Catholic School system, Dennis found himself called to a life of service to his fellow man. He would spend a year and a day employed by the Erie County Welfare Department, and when he realized “working there wasn’t going to end poverty,” he took a more personal, pro-active role in leaving things a little better than he found them. “People respond to kindness.” On the advice of his uncle, he became a door-to-door salesman and helped young brides set up their homes with pots and pans and plates. Thereafter, he worked for General Electric and New York Life Insurance Company. After saving all his money, he eventually went into business as the owner/operator of a ski lodge in Ellicottville, NY. The Kelly House Lodge, a rambling Victorian, was his pride and joy for fourteen years.

His true calling came later when he began serving our local migrant workers through the Cornell Educational Program (now known as The Research Foundation of SUNY-Potsdam). When Dennis visited the refugee camps in Mexico his heart was burdened for those living in poverty. Through Save the Children he was able to work at a home for disabled children and intended to become an LPN so he could someday return there to be a caregiver. Unfortunately, he was a victim of gunfire in July of 1992 while on a humanitarian effort to deliver 9,000 used sweaters (collected from Buffalo area churches) intended for Guatemalan refugees. Medical issues changed his course.
Dennis would become known as that “pajama man” who accompanied migrant workers to the Batavia Tops and Walmart. (“They are the most comfortable pants I’ve ever known. I bought 11 pairs.”) He was called into duty whenever a non-English-speaking husband needed a ride to the hospital because his wife had gone into labor, acted as translator at doctors’ and dentists’ offices, movie theaters, the DMV, and would be the teacher of how to get a money order at the local banks. This way of meeting people at their point of need and changing the world one life, one gesture, at a time created a well-lived life for Dennis.

Fond memories demonstrate how his adventurous spirit took him on hikes all over Europe. He once did a bike trip around Ireland, the British Isles, and Scotland. He also shared a cigarette break (though not more conversation than a sentence about the weather) with Her Majesty The Queen. Their paths crossed briefly under a bridge in Scotland on a summer day in 1984, when he was taking a train ride to Aberdeen. She had Gold Benson & Hedges, he, the Marlboro red box. She would be spotted walking about small towns from time to time, he says, wearing flat shoes and a scarf on her head. With security, she would travel in a wine-colored Rolls Royce, alone, she drove a little orange VW.

Looking back on his life, Dennis felt himself gifted to have lived so long. “I’ve had the opportunity to discover so many great people, many of whom are right here. If you want to find a wonderful place to end your days, this is the place.”
Dennis is pre-deceased by his parents Michael and Ellen Sexton, and 2 brothers, Michael and Conal. He is survived by nieces, nephews and many cousins who reside in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Spain, England, and here in the U.S. Dennis was very grateful to two special friends, Leanne and Sandy, who assisted him in making his final plans. There will be no memorial service; however, arrangements have been made for his ashes to be taken to Dunquin Harbor on the Dingle Peninsula (off the coast of Ireland), by his cousin Paul. This was a peaceful place where Dennis would sit and watch herders bring their goats down from the mountain, while enjoying a loaf of bread and a wedge of cheese, quenching himself with a glass of Drambuie.

Resting comfortably in his sunny bedroom and thinking about the days to come, Dennis imagined seeing his Mother and her sister in heaven. They had very busy lives, having raised 10 children between them. He said that when he comes upon them, heads down and focused on reading the good books that they missed, they most likely will not look up. (He grins). As for himself, Dennis has said that he would like to pass through “the gates” at his former age of nineteen and have St. Peter hand him his backpack for his next adventure. Bon voyage, Dear Friend. Dennis has requested that memorials in his name be made to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty Street, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021 or visit www.crossroadshouse.com.

Spencerport - William T.  Richardson, 77 of Spencerport, passed away on Monday, December 6, 2021 at his home.

Mr. Richardson was born Wednesday, August 16th, 1944 in Rochester, a son of the late Kenneth Richardson and Marian Munt Richardson.

A veteran of the United States Navy, he was a graduate of Byron Bergen High School and proprietor of Richardson & Stella in Spencerport.

Surviving are his wife, Starr L. Myers Richardson of Spencerport whom he married on October 17, 1970; his siblings, John (Gloria) Richardson of Bergen and Ada Elwell of Olean along with nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his son, James Richardson who passed away in 1990 and his sister, Eloise Mignano of Holley.

There are no prior calling hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. He will be laid to rest in Mount Rest Cemetery, Bergen.  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 have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Avenue, Bergen.

guz.jpg  Charles J. Guzdek, Sr., 71, of Corfu passed away on December 7, 2021 at Unity Hospital in Rochester. He was born in Buffalo on August 26, 1950 to the late Edward J. and Elverna S. (Lommer) Guzdek. In addition to his parents, Charles is predeceased by his wife; Nancy (Buck) Guzdek; brother Edward W. Guzdek Sr.

Chuck was a United States Navy veteran. He worked in the printing industry his entire career, which allowed him to travel the world up until he retired. He was an excellent carpenter and spent his spare time making furniture, hunting, mowing his lawn, doing puzzles and with his family and good friends.

He is survived by his children; Michelle (Sherman) Seelinger of Afton, WY., Charles J. (Rebecca) Guzdek Jr. of Pembroke and David (Butch) Guzdek of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.; sister Elverna “Sis” Kotkiewicz; grandchildren Zachary Guzdek, Ayrton (Lacey) Blankenberg, Emma (Dominic) Herman, Jaclyn (Rodolfo) Guzdek, Chase Guzdek, Sierra Seelinger and Austin Seelinger; great-grandchildren Molly Guzdek, Aspyn Blankenberg, along with his dog, Rogue.

There will be no prior calling hours or Services.

To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

douglas_burg.jpgDouglas M. Burg, 79, of Orangeville, passed away Monday December 6, 2021 at Wyoming County Community Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw. He was born in Warsaw, NY on June 7, 1942 a son of the late George and Mabel (Bowen) Burg.

Doug was a dairy farmer, worked at the Attica Westinghouse Foundry, and Hidden Valley Animal Adventure in Varysburg. He enjoyed all things outdoors: hunting, fishing, and gardening. He especially loved going to auctions and finding great deals.  

Douglas is predeceased by his sister Marlene Norton, brother Roger Burg, and half-brothers Richard and Norman Moultrup.

Survivors include son Jacob (Sumiko) Burg of East Amherst, brother David Burg of Attica, loving companion Evelyn Zeitz of Lockport, grandchildren Julia and Leo, and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 10, 2021 from 3:00 – 7:00pm at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street Attica, NY 14011. An 11:00 AM Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at the Funeral Home. Interment at Pleasant View Cemetery in Orangeville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Immanuel United Church of Christ, PO Box 144, Attica, NY 14011.  To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011.    

Batavia ~ Linda L. Kelley, age 69, of West Main Street Road, passed away Monday morning (Dec. 6, 2021) at the Buffalo Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.

  linda_kelley_newspaper_0.jpg   She was born March 1, 1952 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Benjamin and Patricia Johnson Kelley.

     Linda will be remembered as a kind and loving person, who cared deeply for her family and her pets.  She enjoyed gardening, watching soap operas, listening to gospel and country music and had a passion for butterflies.  In her younger years, she loved to dance and spend time with her father hunting.

     She will be sadly missed by her daughter, Mellisa McClurg of Warsaw; her son, Donald McClurg of Batavia; her siblings, Benjamin (Cathy Jo) Kelley of Idaho, Kathy Nevinger of Alexander and Scott (Becky) Kelley of Batavia; her loving feline companion, "Kitty", along with her nieces and nephews.

     In addition to her parents, Linda was predeceased by her sister, Suzanne Ramsey and her brother-in-law, Kenneth Nevinger.

     Family and friends may call on Monday, Dec. 13 from 4 ~ 6 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where her Service of Remembrance will be held at 6:00 PM. 

     Contributions in memory of Linda are suggested to A New Start Kitty Shelter, 6342 Denton Corners Road, Castile, N.Y. 14427

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

VISITATION RESTRICTIONS: All visitors age 2 and older will be required to wear a face mask upon entering the funeral home, regardless of vaccination status.

Rochester - Joan K. Bell, 71 of Rochester passed away on Monday, (November 29, 2021) at St. Ann's Nursing Home in Rochester.

Ms. Bell was born June 23, 1950 in Rochester, a daughter of the late Anthony and Jean (Sinaguglia) Marini.

Joan worked for many years as a paralegal with the New York State Appellate Court in Rochester.

She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer (Christopher Hecht) Bell of Rochester; grandchildren, Richard and Anjalia Bell; a brother, Adam Marini of Rochester; sisters, Linda Barr, Karen Marsh, and Tina (Neil) Jacobs all of Rochester; a godson, Anthony Marsh of Rochester; god daughters, Michelle (Mike) Dixon of Woodlands, Texas, and Alicia Otis of Rochester. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Joan is preceded in death by her brother, Richard Marini.

A private family service will be held. Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Foundation, 13770 Noel Road, Suite 801889, Dallas, TX 75380, or to the family.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Bergen.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Mary Anne Higgs, 80, of Batavia, passed away on Monday, December 6, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Mary Anne was born December 2, 1941 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Wallace and Meta (Kessler) Kornow.

Mary Anne enjoyed the activities at the Monsignor Kirby Apartments with the other residents.

Surviving are her children, Scott Higgs of Virginia Beach, VA, Lori Hammon of Bergen, Ken (Tina) Higgs of Ontario, NY and Rick Lapa of Phoenix, AZ; brother, Wallace (Tina) Kornow of Oakfield, six grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, LaVerne Higgs and brother, Wayne Kornow.

There are no prior calling hours and services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  

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

Arrangements for Mary Anne were entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-5673.

mazur1.jpg Barbara Schum Mazur 84, of Batavia passed away Monday December 6, 2021 at Buffalo General Hospital. She was born September 18, 1937 in Brockport, NY; a daughter of the late Maynard J. Schum Sr. and Evelyn (Meyers) Schum. In addition to her parents, Barbara is predeceased by a brother Maynard J. Schum Jr., sister Nancy Schum Nowry, and grandson Glen William Kruger.

A graduate of Attica High School, Barbara was a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Batavia, NY. She worked as a telephone operator for The New York Telephone Company where she met her adoring husband. She retired from Tops Friendly Markets in 1995. Barbara will always and forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was always selfless and forever thinking of others, especially her family, whom she loved so much and always put their needs above hers. Barb loved reading, baking, watching sports, and crossword puzzles. She truly lived for her husband, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Surviving are her beloved husband of 64 years, Richard F. Mazur of Batavia, loving children, Susan (Jerry) Mazur Fortunato of Endicott, NY, Janet (Dave) Lambert of Leroy, Randall (Ann) Mazur of Indian Land, SC, Nancy (Nicholas) Ficarella of Churchville, NY, Diane (Larry) Hale of Batavia, Bradley (Lisa) Mazur of Batavia, and Andrew (Deanna) Mazur of Murfresboro, TN. She is also survived by her adoring eighteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Barbara is survived by a sister in law Rose (Gerald) Sheelar of Malone NY, brother in law Leonard Nowry of Jacksonville FL, and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior visiting hours, Family and friends are invited to share in her Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30AM on Friday, December 10, 2021. Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s Church) 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, NY 14020.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation P.O. Box 267 Batavia, NY 14021-0267 or donate online to www.michaelshope.org. To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

Pavilion ~ Nancy A. Cutcliffe, age 89, passed away December 5, 2021.

   nancy_a._cutcliffe_0.jpg  Nancy was born November 14, 1932, a daughter of the late Milton and Kathleen Whaley.  She was raised in Pearl Creek and married Edward Cutcliffe on June 16, 1951.  Edward and Nancy raised nine children. 

     She was a loving wife, mother and friend; attending all her children's sporting events cheering loudly.  She supported her family in all their endeavors.  Never one to sit still, she took up golf, learned to play bridge, loved to read and visit with family and friends, but what she loved most was Sunday morning coffee.

     In addition to her parents, Nancy was predeceased by her grandson, Kurt Kingsley, her sister, Mary "Mamie" Fay and brother, Thomas Whaley.

     She is survived by loving husband and caregiver, Edward; her nine children; Jo (David) Milligan, James (Marj) Cutcliffe, Susan Kingsley, Cathy (Doug) Cerefin, Mark Cutcliffe, Mike Cutcliffe, David (Laurie) Cutcliffe, Karen (Tom) Jeffres and Kristin (Timothy) Hoffmeister; her sisters, Peg Smith and Linda Dierks; brother, William (Sonia) Whaley; sister-in-law, Rosemary Whaley and brother-in-law, Donald (Mary) Cutcliffe; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren and more nieces and nephews than we can count.

     Nancy was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Church in Pavilion and worked many years at the Pavilion State Bank and later, Broughton Insurance.

     She was a lifelong Pavilion Sports Fan and was the #1 fan of all her children and grandchildren's sporting events.  Therefore, contributions in memory of Nancy may be made to the "Pavilion Sports Boosters", c/o Pavilion Central School, 7014 Big Tree Road, Pavilion, N.Y. 14525.

     Services for Nancy will be private at the convenience of her family.

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

     Mrs. Cutcliffe and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Robert LaVerne Easton, "Butch", 74 of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, December 3, 2021.

Butch was born April 9, 1947 in Batavia, the son of the late LaVerne and Eleanor Easton of Batavia.

Butch was an employee of Chapin Manufacturing for 38 years until he retired.  Butch enjoyed airplanes, fishing, hunting, auto racing and assembling models.  Butch served with the Army during the Vietnam War.

Butch is survived by his daughters, Shirley (Jake) Sands of North Carolina and Tammy Rudnicki of Akron; four grandchildren, Hannah Sands, Jacob Sands Jr., Alyssa Sands and Tyler Easton and one great-granddaughter, Iris Frausto.  Butch is also survived by his two sisters, Annette Lewis of Medina and Kay Cook of Tennessee.

There are no prior calling hours.  Butch's service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

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

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