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LeRoy ~ Ruth G. Brady Harvie passed away quietly on April 5, 2021 at the LeRoy Village Green Skilled Nursing Facility. She was born October 26, 1924, in Denver, CO.

   She is predeceased by her parents Fred and Julia Brady, husbands Ross and Russell A. Harvie and son, Russell I. Harvie.  She leaves behind her children:  Judy (Terry) Hair, Ellen (Clifford) Faull, Susan (Jeffrey I) Carmichael, Patricia “Tish” (Brian) Williams, and Stephen Harvie; grandchildren:  Scott Hair, Russell (Ellen) Hair, Cindy (Barry) Wilson, Brian (Lauri) Myers, Kristen (Chad) Pickles, Sara (Genio Bertin) Faull, Heather (John) LeGrand, Jeffrey II (Lisa) Carmichael, Ian Harvie, Sophie (Dolan) Matla, Colleen (Phil) Czubinski, Clifton I (Pam) Williams, Patrick Williams, 22 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, as well as special friends, Elaine Booten, Barb Elliott, and Lynne Belluscio. 

     Although she originated in Denver, CO, she became a LeRoyan in the 1940's and never looked back – in fact, she was named LeRoyan of the year in 2010 in recognition of her commitment to the community. As scorekeeper for her husband's baseball teams she would overlook errors as she just didn't have the heart to list them all. She was a Girl Scout leader, member of the St. Mark's and St. Joseph's churches, Ladies of Charity, Episcopal Church Women, American Legion Auxiliary, and a charter member of the WWII memorial.  Aside from her family, her pride was running the Smoke Shoppe with her husband, Ross and as one of the original docents for the Jell-O Museum (Our own Jell-O girl!). She was known for her quick wit, generous spirit and occasional poison pen. She had a knack of making each person she met feel special and welcomed. Although she will be sadly missed by family and friends, we will smile when we think of how she made us feel. 

     Thank you to the staff of LeRoy Village Green for taking good care of Ruth since November.

     Visitation will be held at Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road, LeRoy on Saturday, April 10 from 12:00 PM (noon) to 2 PM,  followed by an internment at Machpelah Cemetery at 2:30. Due to COVID restrictions, the service will be held prior to calling hours, but will be limited to family members. 

     Feel free to join Ruth's family at a reception at the Botts-Fiorito American Legion beginning at 3:00 PM for refreshments.

     Donations can be made in Ruth’s name to the LeRoy Historical Society or the American Legion.

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

brendacwalsh.jpgBrenda C. Walsh, 75 of Varysburg, passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw. Brenda was born in Buffalo, August 18, 1945, daughter of the late Clifford and Viola Glor. She is preceded in death by children Cindy Fugle and Robert Walsh Jr.  

Brenda enjoyed several hobbies and activities, including ceramics, woodworking, and crafts. Her late daughter Cindy and her attended many basket raffles and estate sales where Brenda would collect and repurpose Religious Relics. Always a hard worker, Brenda was employed in a variety of fields. She retired from Motorola and then continued working over the years, always helping others. After her most recent employment in the fabric and crafts department at Warsaw Walmart, Brenda then kept busy rehoming religious memorabilia on eBay.

It is with very heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Brenda; beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. We know she is in Heaven with Cindy and Bobby now.

Brenda is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert J. Walsh, children Robin Walsh and Patrick E. (Jocelyn J. Berg) Walsh, son-in-law Mark Fugle, her loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many dear friends and loved ones. 

A 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish, 2311 Attica Rd (Route 98), Varysburg, NY 14167. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Varysburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church or to Varysburg Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 638, Varysburg, NY 14167. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Judith “Judy” A. Murnan, 73, of Batavia, passed away on Monday, March 29, 2021.  She was born on October 9 1947 in Batavia, to the late Donald and Ruth (Yager) Luce.  She is preceded in death by her husband Walter John Murnan.

Places of employment to note in Judy’s early career days were Sylvania and Fix Printing.  After she finished her Bachelor’s Degree at SUNY Brockport she went on to be a Pre-Kindergarten teacher at St. Mary’s School in Batavia.  She also worked alongside her husband at Murnan Realty.  Her most recent employment was at HSBC.

She was a long-time member of First Spiritualist Temple of East Aurora, where she served on the board, chaired services, and was a speaker and teacher.  She loved animals and being with nature, especially in the water where you could see her kayaking with family and friends.  She enjoyed the simpler things in life like baking for people, enjoying the sunshine, or a nice cold beer on a hot day.

She is survived by her two sons, Benjamin (Kristine) Heintz, James Heintz, siblings, Donald Luce Jr., Marjorie (Rick) Dorman, Charles Luce, 3 granddaughters, Haley, Hanna, and Emily along with her 4-legged faithful companions Mick, Red, and Kitnen.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 3 to 4 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.  A 4:00 PM Celebration of Life will immediately follow.  She will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia.

The Funeral Home will be restricted to 50% of its normal capacity.  Face coverings and social distancing are mandatory.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Genesee County Animal Shelter, 3841 W Main St. Rd., Batavia, NY 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 NY 14020.

Bergen - Shirley  T.  Mowers, 97  of Bergen, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Mrs. Mowers was born September 1, 1923 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Daniel Rich and Edna Spencer Rich.

A graduate of Elba Central School, Shirley loved to sew and will be remembered as a wonderful seamstress that made hundreds of baby bibs and numerous Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy dolls. She took great pride in sewing sewed teddy bears for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren for their first birthday. An excellent baker, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren would comment that her cookies were the best around.  An avid baseball fan, she attended numerous Batavia Muckdog baseball games and was a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays. She also was a fan of the Miami Dolphins and enjoyed reading books and solving crossword puzzles.

She is the wife of Loren J. Mowers who passed away on December 19, 1998.

She is survived by her daughter, Gail (James) Wride of Bergen; her son, Gary (Joyce) Mowers of Bergen; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; her sister, Doris Boshart of Alden and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her daughter, Bonnie (late David) Stanton, her grandson, Sam Mowers and her siblings Bertha Stokes, Alice Stokes, Lillian Say, Charles Rich, Ida Raymond, Harold Rich, Celia Chilson, Theodore Rich, Paul Rich, Marian Rich and Raymond Rich.

There are no prior calling hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Mount Rest Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021.  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 of Bergen.

charlesroneill.jpgCharles Robert O’Neill, 86 of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021. He was born on the family farm in Alexander, July 29, 1934 to the late Edward (Anna Pundt) O’Neill. He is preceded in death by a daughter-in-law Eileen Poblocki, brother John (Peggy) O’Neill, sisters Helen Deja, Mary Vanas, Ruth Lehnis, Dorothy Baker, Margaret Meyer, brothers-in-law Tom Perry and Jack Smith, sister-in-law Peggy O’Neill.

Mr. O’Neill retired as a master carpenter at Darien Lake Theme Park and truly loved his work. He enjoyed yardwork, putting around the house and his many friends.

He is survived by his beloved wife Judith A. Wysko of Batavia, son Arthur Poblocki of Depew, daughter Holly (Steve) Prevaux of FL, siblings Ann Smith of Buffalo, Marcy (Tony) Saraceni of Batavia, Edward (Sharon) O’Neill of NC, Francis O’Neill of Batavia, sister-in-law Christine Perry, brother-in-law Gary (Gail) Wysko both of Attica, 7 grandchildren, Nicole, Justin, Evan, Jenna, Steven all of FL; Matthew and Rebecca of Depew, 6 great-grandchildren all in FL, along with many, many nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 405 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 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.

LeRoy ~ Gary L. Smith, age 77, of Myrtle Street, passed away Wednesday afternoon (March 31, 2021) at Unity Hospital.

     He was born June 17, 1943 in Warsaw, the son of the late Lawrence and Lois Phillips Smith.

     Gary is survived by his step-children, John E. Jaszko, Kim L. Weatherbee, Gerald F. (Darla) Jaszko and Sherry M. (Brian) Weaver; step-grandchildren, Jason (April) Weatherbee, Sommer (Guy Westermeier) Weatherbee, Melissa (Christopher) Plath, Amanda (Buzzy) Lowe, Curtis (Katie) Weaver and John Jaszko; 8 step-great-grandchildren; special friends, Wendy Paladino, Liz Mills and Jen Garland Wilder.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Beverly J. Smith in 2019 and his step-son, Robert P. Jaszko.

     Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

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

     Mr. Smith and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Buffalo - Michael F. Raczka, 73 of Buffalo passed away on Wednesday, (March 31, 2021) at Orchard Rehab and Nursing Center in Medina.

Mr. Raczka was born December 8, 1947 in Buffalo, a son of the late Frank M. Raczka and Helen S. (Papaj) Raczka.

Michael served honorably with the Air Force. He was a lover of sports, especially baseball; and enjoyed umpiring for little league.

Michael is survived by his sister, Elaine Skotnicki (late Robert) of Wethersfield; brother, Clifford Raczka (Michelle) of Florida; a niece, Lisa Portelli (Michael) of New Hampshire; nephews, Harry, Thomas, and Jeffrey of Florida and several great-nephews, great-nieces, and cousins.

Michael 's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, (April 7th, 2021) from St. Padre Pio Parish - St. Cecilia's Worship Site, 56 Maple Avenue in Oakfield.  Burial with military honors will be in Union Park Cemetery in Wethersfield Springs.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northpointe Council, which provides high-quality, person-centered prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery to those affected by alcoholism, substance use disorders, and other addictions. Their address is: 800 Main Street, Suite 2A, Niagara Falls, NY 14301.

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

LeRoy ~ Daniel S. Gangi, age 63, of Myrtle Street, passed away Wednesday morning (March 31, 2021) at Strong Memorial Hospital.

     He was born April 17, 1957 in Batavia, a son of the late Sebastian and Isabel Nelson Gangi.

     Dan will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend to many.  He was very devoted and passionate about his Catholic Faith.  Dan was proud to say that he had visited and attended mass at all the catholic churches within the Buffalo and Rochester Dioceses.  With his love for traveling, Dan would drive to Montreal and Quebec, where he would visit all the cathedrals and basilicas.  Dan was also a dedicated 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, where he served as a past Grand Knight.  Dan also achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

     He is survived by his loving wife, Lorraine Naples Gangi; his children, Jennifer Gangi of Batavia and Daniel Gangi Jr. of Oakfield; step-children, Cheryl Kirshgessner and David Winling of LeRoy; grandchildren, Kalista, Owen, Arianna, Aaron, Tyler, Zachary, Anthony, Alyssa and Nikolas; step-grandson, Chandler; his siblings, Nancy Robords of Dansville, Thomas (Sandra) Gangi of Alliance, OH, Joan (Quentin) Call of Stafford, Paul (Norma) Gangi of Dansville, Mary Margaret (John) Scanlan of Bergen, Steven Gangi of Elba and Judy (David) Warner of LeRoy; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

     Family and friends may call on Monday, April 5, from 4 ~ 7 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  His Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, April 6 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.  (Funeral home and Church occupancy will be limited to 50% capacity during the course of visitation / mass and face masks are required.)    

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

Batavia - Michael Edward King, 57 of Batavia passed away on Tuesday, (March 23, 2021) at his home in Batavia.

Mr. King was born June 12, 1963 in Batavia, a son of the late Edward King Jr.  and Sharon (McEwen) Hillabush.

Mike attended City Church in Batavia and enjoyed antique cars, muscle cars, and racing. He was a lover of music and was always up to something mischievous. A man of quick wit, Mike was able to insert a joke into most any situation.

Surviving are his step-daughter, Angela Parker of Florida and her children, Todd Brelsford and Meryssa Parker; a brother, Mark Collier of Batavia; an Aunt, Joyce (Gordon) Cowell of Batavia; Uncles, Tim (Linda) King of Corfu, and Tim (Cindy) McEwen of Texas. Mike is also survived by dear friends, Tammy and DJ Tuller of Florida.  And many cousins.
 
He is preceded in death by Aunts, Nancy Mendez and Dorothy Rodriguez.

There will be no visitation. A Celebration of Mike’s Life will be held on Saturday (April 24, 2021) at 11:00 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Church, 114 Liberty Street in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 5th Avenue, Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451 or online at heart.org.  

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the church will be limited to 50% capacity. Face coverings and social distancing will be required. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

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

hill_malcolm_-_photo1.jpgMalcolm W. Hill, 80 of Basom, passed away peacefully on Tuesday (March 30, 2021) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

He was born May 11, 1940 in Buffalo, NY, a son of the late William Hill and Delphine Blackchief Jones.

Mr. Hill was employed with Iron Workers Local 5 prior to his retirement. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving his country from 1958-1965. He was a passionate Buffalo Bills fan and was a member of the Beaver Clan.

Survivors include his partner in life, Kathy Melissa Smith of Basom. Brothers, Loren Jones and Darwin (Janet) Hill, both of Basom. Sister, Audrey Hill of Rochester. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Murray Hill, Carrie Cory, Hiram Jones and Kathleen Hill.

Family and friends may gather to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Friday (April 2nd) from 3-7pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY. A funeral service will be held Saturday, 2pm at the funeral home.

Covid-19 protocol will be observed for the visitation and funeral services at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY 14001. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

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