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By Joshua Smith

Batavia - Mr. Gilbert J. Morith, 95, of Batavia, retiree of Eastman Kodak Co. in Rochester, died Sunday, October 7, 2012 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Facility.

Mr. Morith was born August 14, 1917 in Batavia, a son of the late Joseph G. and Winifred Taylor Morith.

A lifetime resident of Batavia, Mr. Morith was a member of the First Baptist Church of Batavia where he served as a deacon of the church. He began working at Doehler-Jarvis in Batavia then worked for Mallory Times in Warsaw, the University of Rochester, Sykes Datatronic in Rochester, and Chapin Manufacturing in Batavia before finishing his career with Eastman Kodak Co.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, going dancing, bowling, hunting, fishing, golfing and tending to his flower gardens.

His wife, Margaret Near Morith, died February 17, 1986.

He is survived by his children, Jeanne (Pete) Sheffer of Stafford,  Gloria (Jack) Shepler of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Donna (John) McMillan of Melbourne, Florida and Steve (Gretchen) Morith of Rochester; two brothers, Harry Morith of Akron and Robert (Fay) Morith of Batavia;  11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He is the brother of the late Violet Armstrong, Gertrude Precore, Franklin (Jake) Morith, George Morith, Charles (Chuck) Morith, Gordon Morith and William Morith.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at The First Baptist Church of Batavia, 306 East Main Street, Batavia followed by burial in Grand View Cemetery.

Please consider memorials to The First Baptist Church of Batavia, 306 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020, American Diabetes Association, 315 Alberta Drive, Amherst, New York 14226 or to the Arthritis Foundation, 1330 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, Georgia, 30309. To share a story, light a candle or send a condolence, visit

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