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Akron - Joyce L.  Wyder, 94 of Akron passed away on Monday, October 25, 2021, at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.

She was born on Tuesday, April 12th, 1927, in Sayre, Pennsylvania the only child of the late Earl Mattocks and Iva Ayers Mattocks.

Joyce is the wife of Edward C. Wyder who passed away on January 29, 2018.

Surviving are her children; Erlene K. Jordan of Pennsylvania, Francis A. (Karen) Harper of Oakfield, Cliff L. (Donna) Harper of Ohio and Thad L. (Marites) Cotter of Akron; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.

She came to the Western New York area at 35 years of age with a background of sewing and tailoring. She began making clothing for the drivers at Batavia Downs and Hamburg Racetracks and word spread quickly and her clothing and designs were in demand. She worked for a few years under her personal name and then registered the name of her business as Joyce's Racing Silks.

The business grew, she hired employees and later moved out of her home and added a new building to the house because of the growing demand for her goods. Her business grew to a modern factory, and she hired as many as fifteen women at one time. She was assisted by her husband, Edward, and together they went to racetracks and horse sales showing her line of clothing.

Joyce became well known all over the United States and was requested overseas wherever they raced horses. Later she also worked for not only the standardbred horses but the jockeys who rode the thoroughbred horses.

Joyce then branched out into other fields including snowmobile suits, bicycle racing, motocross, dirt bike and flat track motorcycle racing. There was also some special and thrilling design works with demand for using the Jockey Design Jackets for waiters and waitresses at famous restaurants in California, New York City and Florida.

In 1982, she will be remembered locally for designing and building a brown Chalet building with yellow shutters and hearts opening Joyce's Doll Shop in Batavia across from McDonald's Restaurant on West Main Street Road. It grew to become the largest doll shop on the East Coast. Three years later she opened another doll shop in the place where she was born Troy, Pennsylvania. After 10 years ill health forced her to quit but she continued sewing silks in Oakfield.

After 45 years of operating Joyce's Racing Silks, she retired and sold the business and name to one of her first employees who had been with her for over 30 years. Her company was one of four companies doing this work in the United States. Upon her retirement, Joyce went back to crocheting, which was her hobby, spending time with her family, children, and grandchildren.

There are no prior calling hours. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family at Grand View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice, American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, Virginia 22116-7023 or the Arthritis Foundation-Buffalo Branch, P.O. Box 1094, Buffalo, New York 14226. Joyce struggled with both diabetes and arthritis for many years. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in Joyce's name, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.

Medina - Diane C. Scheiber, 69 of Medina, formerly of South Byron, passed away on Monday, October 25, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

She was born Friday, January 11th, 1952 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Leslie and Lucille Rudd Bates.

Diane loved to bowl and play euchre with her friends. She enjoyed her wind-chimes, watching the hummingbirds and traveling to the annual Dansville Balloon Festival with her husband.

Diane is the wife of Kenneth E. Scheiber who passed away on May 9, 2014 and sister of the late David Bates.

Surviving are her sons, Pete (Deb) Scheiber of Oakfield and Charles (Joyce) Scheiber of Chili; her grandsons, Collin (Abigail Klos) Scheiber of Oakfield and Ryan Scheiber of Chili; her siblings, Susan (Charlie) O'Geen, Sandy (Danny) Snell, Shirley (Les) Bates, Joyce (Dean) Cottom, Tracy Sittig, Bryan Bates and Dean (Theresa) Bates along with several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 31st, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where funeral services will immediately follow visitation at 4 pm.  She will be laid to rest in Byron Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, Virginia 22116-7023.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

jeanhowardpetre.jpegJean Embt Petre of Varysburg, passed away on October 26, 2021 surrounded by her loving family & her Agape family. She was born in Varysburg, on November 6, 1925 to the late Millard F. and Mabel M. Embt. She is preceded in death by her husband Howard Petre who passed away November 17, 2018 and her brother Clair and sister-in-law Eleanor Embt.

Jean will be remembered for many things, including her kindness and gentle nature. Jean loved her family. There was nothing she wouldn’t do for them. She will be forever missed.

In her younger years Jean carried on her parent’s tradition of the Embt’s Maple Syrup business. She also worked at Rude’s Grocery Store in Varysburg. Jean did many ham dinners for her St. Joseph’s Church and was a member of the Fireman’s Auxiliary.

Jean loved going with her girlfriends to lunch and craft shops. She loved bowling, cross country skiing, knitting and riding her bike. She was Best Baker in town.

Jean is survived by her children Michael (Lynette) Petre, Mark (Barb) Petre and Brian (Cheryl) Petre, 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Friends are invited to a 10:30 AM Mass of Christian Bural at Saints Joachim and Anne Parish, 2311 Attica Road (Route 98), Varysburg, NY 14167 on Saturday, October 30, 2021. She will be laid to rest in Varysburg Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzehiemer’s Association www.alz.org. To leave thoughts or condolences visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Frederic L. Baker, 81 of Varysburg, passed away on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. He was born on October 29, 1939 in Vero Beach, FL to the late Frederic and Lydia (Lawry) Baker.

Mr. Baker worked for General Motors in Buffalo for many years. He was an avid sports fan, especially Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.

He is survived by his wife Barbara (Rabey) Baker of Varysburg; children, Brian Baker of Varysburg, Connie (Mike) Kaczmarczyk of Depew, Frederic Baker of Varysburg, Martin Baker of Fairbanks, AK, Alan (MaryAnn) Baker of Cheektowaga; sisters, Cyntia Hubbard of Laverne, OK, Susan (Reid) Fairburn of TN, four grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wyoming County SPCA, 808 Creek Road, Attica, NY 14011. To leave thoughts or condolences visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Batavia - Elsie Mae Pursel, 96 of Batavia, passed away on Monday, (October 25, 2021) at the Premier Genesee Center in Batavia.

Mrs. Pursel was born January 24, 1925 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Leonard and Mary Jane (Rider) Dixon.

Elsie was a sociable person and was well liked. She enjoyed playing bingo at Washington Towers, going for rides and out to dinner. Most of all, she loved to shop - often returning whatever she had purchased.

She is the wife of the late John Henry Pursel, Sr.

Surviving are her children, John (Margaret) Pursel, Jr. of Batavia, and James (Helene) Pursel of Surfside Beach, South Carolina; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Pursel of Batavia. Four grandchilren, several great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews also survive.

She is preceded in death by a son, Gary Pursel; grandson, Gary Lee Pursel; brothers, Willis Dixon, and Earl Dixon; sisters, Roberta Cole, Blanche McEwen, and Mildred Zimarino.

There will be no visitation. Family and Friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday (October 29, 2021) at 10:00 a.m. in Stafford Rural Cemetery, Transit Road, in Stafford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021 (www.crossroadshouse.com) or to a charity of the donor's choice.  

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

Leon J. Seweryniak, 96, of Corfu, passed away on Friday, October 22, 2021 at his home.

Leon was born June 30, 1925 in Corfu, a son of the late John and Michalina (Przybysz) Seweryniak.

Leon was a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Polish Falcons, Sportsmen Club of East Pembroke and the NRA.  He is a veteran serving with the United States Air Force, an avid hunter and was a corrections officer at Attica Correctional Facility.

Surviving are his daughter, Lisa Seweryniak of Fort Worth, TX, sister, Ann Rumfola of LeRoy and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his wife, Violet Seweryniak, son, John Seweryniak, siblings, Edwin Seweryniak, Chester Seweryniak, Joseph Seweryniak, Raymond Seweryniak, Irene Smart and Mary Sovon.

There are no prior calling hours.  Leon's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, November 1 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 8656 Church Street in East Pembroke.  A reception will be held at the conclusion of Mass at the church hall.  Graveside services will be at 2:00 also on Monday at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Batavia.  

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

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

Arrangements for Leon were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

Cyndi Utter, 58, of Bergen, passed away on Monday, October 25, 2021 at her home.

Cyndi was born June 16, 1963 in Rochester, a daughter of Dennis Payne, Sr. of Bergen and the late Wilma Jean (Williams) Payne.

Cyndi enjoyed fishing, garage sales, camping and racing, especially the races at Genesee Speedway.  She was a certified nursing assistant at United Memorial Medical Center and a lifetime member of the Bergen Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.  Cyndi loved her grandbabies and the time she spent with them.

Surviving along with her father are Kathryn (fiancé Nathanael Dietz) Utter of Darien Center, grandbabies, Beau Hannon and Tanner Paul, Johnny Smallidge of Bergen, Josh (Jenny Lewis) Smallidge of Churchville, Chuck Smallidge of North Chili, Dennis (Lisa) Payne, Jr. of Byron, Lisa (Victor) Flanagan of Bergen and several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Cindy's Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society - Ovarian Cancer Center, www.cancer.org/cancer/ovarian-cancer.html.  

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

Arrangements for Cyndi were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen, (585) 494-1210.

fatherjamesfugle.jpgRev. James Leo Fugle, 57 of Varysburg, passed away on Saturday, October 23, 2021. He was son of the late Leo and Carol (Conrad) Fugle. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

James Leo Fugle was born January 28, 1964 and lived in Varysburg, NY.  He was a graduate of Attica Central School, received his BA degree from Canisius College, Buffalo, NY and an MA degree in Theology from Christ the King Seminary, East Aurora, NY.  He was ordained to the priesthood on May 17, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Buffalo, NY.

Jim was first inspired to become a priest when he was an altar server at St. Joseph’s Church in Varysburg with Fr. “Joe” Boruszewski.  He enjoyed working with and mentoring various youth groups, especially Wyoming Association of Catholic Youth (WACY), and organized several beautiful live nativities at Christmas and Shadow Stations of the Cross at Easter.

Prior to joining the priesthood, Jim worked briefly at a nursing home in Warsaw, NY, and as a toll collector at the NYS Thruway in Ridley, NY.  He was the heart and soul of every gathering he attended and had a wicked sense of humor.  Although a newbie to Social  Media, he began every day with a daily prayer on Facebook which brought hope, comfort, and peace to so many.

He is survived by his sisters, Yvonne “Vonnie” (Dennis) Keeler of Fredericksburg, VA, Kathy Koestler of Corfu, Penny (Vaughn) Sheffield of Attica; four nieces and one nephew, Kim (Mike) Bartz, Mary Koestler, Sarah Sheffield, Matthew (Cherri) Sheffield, Anne (Steve) Wolford,  Aunt Marion Conrad, grand-nephews Kenny, Tristan, Nathan, and grand-nieces Aria and Lydia.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 3 to 7 PM at Saints Joachim and Anne Parish, 2311 Attica Road (Route 98), Varysburg, NY  14167, followed by a Mass at 7 PM.  Friends may also call from 10 to 11:00 AM on Friday, October 29, 2021 at St. John Neumann Parish, 991 Centerline Rd., Strykersville, NY 14145, followed by an 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Bishop Mike Fisher.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org, or in his memory to any Catholic Church. To leave thoughts or condolences visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

allenvgoudy.jpgAllen Victor Goudy, Age 87, Formerly of Buffalo, NY. Passed away in Bennington, NY on October 22, 2021. Mr. Goudy was born on November 28, 1933 in Buffalo, NY. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Peggy of 57 years, three sisters, and one granddaughter.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1956. He mentored many boys and girls while serving as a Buffalo Newspaper distributor in the early 1970’s. He enjoyed thirty years of retirement after working as a pipefitter for Dunlop Tire from 1966-1991.

Mr. Goudy is survived by his sister, Janet Guralny of Tonawanda, his four sons, Dennis (Christina) of Prosper, TX, Ronald (Teresa) of Bennington, NY, Gregory (Adriana Ciach) of Tonawanda, NY, and Keith (Amy) of Tonawanda, NY; his companion, Annette Miller; Nine grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

The family wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Gateway Home of Attica, NY, www.gatewayhomeattica.org, 91 Main St, Attica, NY 14011. To leave a thoughts or condolences visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

 

Karen Anne Reeb, 65, of Corfu, passed away early Sunday, October 17, 2021, at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. 

Karen was born on April 29, 1956, in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Louis M. and Irene Springer Reeb. She is predeceased by her sister Kathleen Reeb and brother David Reeb.

Karen was a 1974 graduate of Pembroke High School. Karen was a woman of many interests. In 1983, she and her sister, Beverly, started the Pizza Pantry in Corfu. She would leave the pizza business in the 90s to pursue other passions. She traveled to Las Vegas to train as a blackjack dealer. She then obtained her pilot's license and started her own flight school. She also pursued a degree in accounting and became a bookkeeper for the aviation business. Karen loved her cats. Her favorites are Persian cats but would give a home to any loving feline in need. She was a lover of true crime and mystery novels. Karen was also a HUGE Buffalo Bills fan. 

Karen is survived by her siblings Christine Thornley, Beverly Snider, Louis (Pamela) Reeb, Donald (Kathy) Reeb, Andrew (Sherry) Reeb, sister-in-law Fran Reeb and many nieces and nephews.

A service will take place at C.B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu on Sunday, October 31 at 11:00 am. A celebration of life gathering will take place immediately following the service at the Pizza Pantry. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to the SPCA or any local animal shelter.

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