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Batavia - Marvin J. Skelton, husband of Berniece Rudolph Skelton, passed away on June 23, 2015. He had recently celebrated his 96th birthday and his 74th wedding anniversary.

He was born April 16, 1919 in the town of Batavia, to Norman and Celia Eick Skelton, both deceased. Two brothers, Roger (Ruth) and John (Dorothy), also predeceased him. Mr. Skelton graduated from Batavia High School, class of 1937.

A lover of the land, he was a youthful member of the 4H, where he won prizes for his potatoes, poultry, and other products. Eventually, he became a successful and progressive farmer. He had dairy cattle for many years, but later turned solely to crops, farming beans, peas and corn. He lived on his farm on the Buckley Road in Stafford for almost seventy years, in the house where his wife was born.

Mr. Skelton was a long-time active member of the Farm Bureau and served on the Board of Directors for over 25 years. He and his wife enjoyed many trips with the Farm Bureau to places near and far, including Spain, Africa, Hawaii, Texas, Arizona and Chicago. He was also a member of the Kitchen Konference, Old Boys & Gal’s Club and the Stafford United Methodist Church. Mr. Skelton served on the Board of Appeals in Stafford for a number of years and the board of the Stafford Rural Cemetery.

In his younger years, he regularly went deer hunting in the Adirondack Mountains. He also earned his private pilot’s license and love to fly small airplanes. He and his wife enjoyed dancing as well and did so often with several different groups in their winter home in Englewood, Florida. They travelled often – besides the Farm Bureau trips, they visited Branson, Missouri and Orlando, Florida, many times, often taking family members with them. In his later years, Mr. Skelton became an avid (and pretty good) golfer. He played his last game of golf at the age of 95!

He and his wife, Berniece, had no children of their own but loved and cared for many children of family and friends over several generations, including but not limited to the Bentleys, the Brantons, the Halls, the Scotts, the Besetts, the Fullers, the Blythes and the Swansons. He was especially attached to his other-abled nephew David and bragged about him to everyone who would listen. He and Mrs. Skelton also supported children through the original Children’s Home of Batavia and Gateway.

Mr. Skelton is lovingly remembered as a man who always had a good joke to share and who loved to talk to people. He was an astute business man, who persevered despite setbacks. He volunteered many hours of work to Habitat for Humanity in Florida, and helped family and friends who were in need, without expectations. A plaque give to him by his (deceased) sister-in-law, who he loved as a sister, summed him up:

It’s easy to be pleasant,

While life goes by with a song

But the man worthwhile is the man who can smile

When everything all goes wrong.

Mr. Skelton was that kind of man.

He is survived by his wife, Berniece of Batavia; nephews, Thomas (Mary) Skelton of Batavia, Earl Skelton of Stowe, Pennsylvania, David Miner of Batavia; nieces, Kathryn (Joseph) Fry of Jacksonville, Florida, Susan (Geoffrey) Briggs of Stafford, Rita (Dennis) Brayley of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Jan Miner of Hartsdale, Carol (Paul) Beechler of Manassas, Virginia. In addition, he had several grand and great-grand nieces, nephews, cousins and godchildren.

Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Memorials may be made to Genesee County ARC, 64 Walnut Street, Batavia, New York 14020, HomeCare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite #6, Batavia, New York 14020 or to Stafford United Methodist Church, 6134 Main Street, Stafford, New York 14143. He will be laid to rest in Stafford Rural Cemetery.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Bergen - Bruce M. Cooper, 66, of Bergen, a retired machinist at Gettinge, in Henrietta, passed away suddenly on Monday, (June 22, 2015) at his home, in Bergen.

Mr. Cooper was born March 9, 1949 in Rochester, a son of the late Paul and Helen (Mann) Cooper.

Bruce was a member of the NRA and greatly enjoyed time spent at the Firing Pin, in Bergen.  He loved everything involving mechanics and was always fixing something.  He also greatly enjoyed spending time with his family.

Bruce is the husband of Mary Anne (Ferguson) Cooper, of Bergen.  The two were married April 5, 1975.

Surviving along with Mary Anne are his children, Paul (Carrie) Cooper, and Kelly Mirra both of Bergen; four grandchildren, Tyler Mirra, Matthew Cooper, Dakota Cooper, and Ryan Cooper all of Bergen; two sisters, Judy Giffard of Huntington Beach, CA, and Noreen Grant of Greece.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Friends may call on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co., Inc., 51 South Lake Street, Bergen, where Bruce’s Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, (June 27, 2015). 

Memorials may be made to National Rifle Association via https://joinnra.nra.org/donate.aspx or The Firing Pin, LLC, 8240 Buffalo Road, Bergen, NY 14416.  Flowers are gratefully declined.   

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

scan0001.jpgDAVID A. CAMPBELL

   Beloved son, devoted husband and amazing father, David was 31 years old and of Batavia. He died suddenly Monday morning, June 22, 2015, as the result of injuries he sustained in an accident at work. He was born August 9, 1983 in Batavia, the youngest son of Alexander and Abbie (Kennedy) Campbell of Alexander.

   David was a 2001 graduate of Alexander Central School and worked as a Union Carpenter for Pike Structural since he graduated. He enjoyed being outdoors and loved to be with his wife and children going on trips to the mountains, snowmobiling, camping, four wheeling and dirt biking. He accomplished much in only 31 years, touching the lives and hearts of everyone he came in contact with; friends, neighbors or strangers. His infectious smile and selfless attitude will forever comfort those left behind.

   Surviving along with his parents; his high school sweetheart, soul mate and beloved wife of 7 years, Renee (Dills) Campbell of Batavia and their three beautiful children, Harper, age 6, Camille, age 4 and Harlan, age 2; brothers and sisters, Gregory Campbell of Alexander, Michael (Eileen) Campbell of Pavilion, Elizabeth (David) Brumsted of Byron, Lynn (Tyrone) Woods of E. Bethany, Laura (Perez) Dinkins of Alexander, Stephen (Kristie) Campbell of Pembroke, Mary Kay (Patrick) Reeves of Pembroke and Sarah (Norm) Liss of Batavia; father and mother-in-law, Thomas and Michelle Dills of E. Bethany; sister-in-law, Rachelle (Rick) Heller of Iowa, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

   The family will be present from 4-8 PM on Thursday June 25 and 3-8 PM Friday June 26 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020. Please join the family for funeral services 11:00 AM Saturday June 27 at the First Presbyterian Church 300 East Main Street Batavia. He will be laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant cemetery in Alexander, in lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to David's children, c/o M/M Thomas Dills 5455 Jerico Road E. Bethany, New York 14054.

   Please leave your words of comfort to David's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

 

heiler1_0.jpgMarie E. Heiler, 91, of Brockport passed away on Thursday June 18, 2015 at The Landing in Brockport. She was born November 12, 1923 in Greenwich, CT., to the late George (Florry Durant) Merritt and grew up in Miami Beach, Florida. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband William Heiler; brother George Merritt and loving step-father Isadore Benjamin.

Marie attended the University of Alabama. She was a member of the Resurrection Parish, the Genesee Community College Choral and volunteered for the St. Jerome’s Guild. She had a deep love for music, as it was a big part of her life. Marie loved to dance and sing.  The love she had for music, however, didn’t compare to the love she had for her husband and her family.

She is survived by her children William (Sue) Heiler of Garland, TX., Florence (William) Moore of Harleysville, PA; Barbara (Donald) Maleski of Hamlin, Susan Keeler of Clark Summitt, PA.; sister-in-law Jean Merritt of Meridan, MS.; 9 grandchildren Greg (Lauren) Heiler, Cathy (Scott) Grzybek, Jenny (Keith) Cramer, Drew (Maggie) Moore, Melissa (Jack) Trumbull, Matthew, Mark, and Lindsay Maleski, Sean Detota; 7 great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Friday June 26, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday June 27, 2015 at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s) 303 East Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Resurrection Parish 303 East Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. 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.

 


BATAVIA — A Celebration of Life for Leon C. Bennett, 92, who passed away on Jan. 4, 2015, will be held on Friday, June 26, at the First Baptist Church, 306 East Main St., Batavia. 
The memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. with a luncheon to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church. 

 

Batavia - Edith M. Wright, 81, of Batavia, who enjoyed cooking, passed away Sunday (June 21, 2015) at home in Batavia, while under the care of Homecare & Hospice.

Edith was born April 19, 1934 in Rock Glen, NY, a daughter of the late Floyd and Grace Good.

Survivors include two granddaughters, Jessica (Kevin) Simmons of Batavia and Vanessa (Brian) Wright-Heick of LeRoy; five great-grandchildren, Jamar Wright, Kali Holmes, Kayla Holmes, Adam Heick and Ivy Heick and brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews also survive.

Edith is predeceased by her husband, Eugene Wright, daughter, Elizabeth Fisher and grandson, Adam Wright.  

Calling hours are Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.  Services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday also at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the family. 

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

 

kitten1.jpgJoanne Loncao, 63, of Batavia passed away on Friday June 19, 2015 at Genesee County Nursing Home. She was born October 13, 1951 in Batavia, New York to the late Ignatius R. (Marie A. Gautieri) Loncao.

Joanne worked for Hickory Farms in Henrietta. She was a graduate of Caledonia Mumford High School and went on to Business School and was a member of Resurrection Parish.

She is survived by her sister Mary Anne (Daniel) Young of Dansville; special cousins Jennie “Bunny” (Frank) D’Aurizio of Batavia, Richard (Nancy) Cina of Batavia; close friend Alan Moore of Batavia and several cousins.

Friends are invited to call on Friday June 26, 2015 from 10:30-11:30AM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 12:00 Noon Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday June 26, 2015 at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s) 303 East Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the HomeCare & Hospice 29 Liberty Street Ste 6 Batavia, New York 14020.. 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.

pick.jpgJane R. Wojtczak, 100 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Sunday (June 21, 2015) at the Batavia Health Care Center.

She was born March 2, 1915 in Batavia, daughter of the late Stanley and Mary Tylinska Wojtczak.

Jane was employed by G.T.E. Sylvania prior to her retirement. She enjoyed gardening, reading and housekeeping. Jane was also a lifelong member of Ascension Parish and the Altar and Rosary Society.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Rose Twardowski, Sophie Zbock, Stanley and Metthew Wojtczak.

Survivors include her niece, Donna Twardowski of Sarasota, FL and nephew, Daniel Twardowski of Janesville, WI. 

There will be no prior visitation. Family and friends are cordially invited to her Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday (June 24th), 10:00am at Ascension Parish (Corner of Swan and Sumner Sts).  Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to St. Jude Childrens Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR & PROPRIETOR.

Batavia - Richard Daniel Earl, 60, of Batavia, passed away on Friday, June 19th, 2015 at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Earl was born October 30, 1954 in Rochester, a son of the late Bert C. Sr. and Shirley King Earl.

He is survived by his children, Tracy Toth of Wisconsin, Nicole Hatch of Niagara Falls, Richard Earl and  Mandy Earl, both of Rochester;  four brothers, Bruce (Ann) Earl and Michael (Darlene) Earl, both of Nappanee, Indiana, Bert C. Jr. (Cindy) Earl of Batavia and Chuck Earl of Rochester; two sisters, Becky (Jim) Smith of Livonia and Sue (Tom) Pendelton of Batavia; seven grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his sister, Candace Earl Buck.

Friends may call on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where services will follow at 7 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Elmwood Cemetery, Harvester Avenue. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the Earl Family. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Bergen - Kathleen Marie Taylor, 52, of Bergen, owner of Kathy's Cleaning Service in Bergen, died Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at Strong Memorial Hospital West, the former Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport.

Mrs. Taylor was born August 2, 1962 in Rochester, a daughter of Clara M. Rathbun Crowell of Bergen and the late Erwin G. "Pappy" Crowell.

She was a 1980 graduate of Byron- Bergen High School and enjoyed spending time with her loving husband Randy as well as doing things with her two grandchildren. 

Kathy was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend to many.  She was truly a saint and will be greatly missed.

Surviving along with her mother are her husband, Randy J. Taylor, whom she married on January 16, 1993; a son, Ryan (Christine) Flaherty of Churchville, two grandchildren, Aiden Flaherty and Alexis Flaherty, both of Churchville; two sisters, Rosemary (Tom) Anthony of Bergen and  Cindy (Tim) Jessop of Churchville;  many nieces and nephews.  

Friends may attend services at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Bergen, 38 S. Lake Street, Bergen.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, 2000 L Street, NW, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036-4916 (www.lupus.org) or to American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Pkwy West, Amherst, NY 14228.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Avenue, Bergen.

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