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image.jpgBergen - Michele Worden , 60  of Bergen  passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2022, after a long battle with cancer, at Highland Hospital in Rochester, New York.

Michele was born Monday, July 16th, 1962 in Rochester, NY a daughter of the late Michael Fleming Sr. and Judy Fleming. She graduated from Byron-Bergen Central School and later married the love of her life Wayne Worden. She was a fantastic mother to her four children and loved her grandchildren. Michele dedicated her life to helping others as a Nurse's Aide at Premier Genesee Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She enjoyed crocheting gifts for family and friends, loved animals, spent her life caring for people, and dedicated time to sending out uplifting posts on facebook. As a friend Michele was fierce and loyal, she would always stand by your side. 

Michele is survived by her mother Judy Fleming; three sons, Cory Worden, of Bergen, Kevin Worden, of Bergen, and Kyle (Katrina) Worden, of Honeoye Falls; grandchildren, Eithan, Kellsie, and Haylee Worden, of Rome; Siblings, Ron (Barb) Conrad, of Wayland, Tom (Kim) Fleming, of Brockport, Bob (Joanne) Fleming, of LeRoy, Mike (Mariann) Fleming, of Bergen, and many nieces and nephews.

Michele is reunited in death with her husband, Wayne Worden; father, Michael Fleming Sr., and her daughter Kristie Stack.

As per the family's request there will be a private interment in Mumford Rural Cemetery, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to James P. Wilmont cancer center, 90 Crittenden Blvd, Rochester, NY 14642.  

Arrangements are under the care and direction of H.E. Turner & Co., Inc. Funeral Home, Bergen. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

image0000_1.jpgBatavia - Antwon Lamont Lerkins, 24 of Batavia went to be with our Lord on Friday, October 28, 2022 at Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake, NY.

Antwon was born Friday, September 18th, 1998 in Batavia, NY the son of Lamont Crimes and Laurie Lerkins.

He enjoyed Drawing, Swimming with his siblings, listening to all genre of Music, Learning new skills, and Spending time with family.

Antwon will be fondly remembered by his father, Lamont Crimes; mother, Laurie Lerkins; brother, Jacob Crimes; sisters, Breanna and Alicia Crimes; grandparents, Mattie and Gary Cooper; aunts, Crystal and Vickie Crimes; uncle, Fred Crimes, and everyone who had the chance to meet him.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 4, 2022 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at H.E. Turner & Co., Inc Funeral Home, 403 E. Main Street Batavia, NY, where the funeral service will commence at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salvation Army 529 E. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of H.E. Turner & Co., Inc. Funeral Home. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Byron ~ Jeanne Avis Moultrup Freeman, age 76, passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon (October 30, 2022) in the loving presence of her family.

  jeanne_freeman_0.jpg   She was born August 26, 1946 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Paul and Mildred Bohadlo Moultrup.

     Jeanne will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend, who wore many “hats”.  She worked as a 4 H secretary, a stay at home mom, which coincided with making wedding cakes and finally serving as the Byron Town Clerk from 1985 – 2005 before retiring.

     She was a lifelong seamstress, a photographer, enjoyed scrapbooking, gardening, snowmobiling, watching her daughters show horses, a 4 H leader and a member of the Byron Historical Society.  Above all, she was a car enthusiast at heart.  She and her husband, Bill, would travel to car cruises and shows with her prized possessions; her 1970 Mach I Mustang and her 2002 Mustang GT.  jeanne_freeman_mach_1_0.jpg

     Jeanne married the love of her life, William Kent Freeman in 1965 and they shared their home in Byron for 57 years.  In addition to her husband, Bill, she is survived by her daughters, Melissa A. (Brian) Sheard and Debra L. Freeman Baris (Ron Coniber); grandchildren, Brent Sheard (Lauren Williams), Alianna Baris and Camden Baris; sister, Donna (Cliff) Harper of OH and their son, Steve (Susan) Harper and children, Sophie and Hayden of TX; brother-in-law, Mike Smith of NC and his daughter, Michelle (Mike) Childers and children, Jayden and Sabastian, along with many dear friends.

     In addition to her parents, Jeanne was predeceased by her sister, Eileen Smith and nephew, Jason Smith.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, November 4 from 2 ~ 4 and 6 ~ 8 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Her Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, November 5 at 11:00 AM at the Morganville United Church of Christ, 8466 Morganville Road, Stafford, NY.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Morganville United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 43, Stafford, N.Y. 14143.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Jeanne’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

Walter John Gavenda, Jr, 81, of Annandale, Virginia, passed away on October 26, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Walt was born in Buffalo, a son of Walter and Rose Gavenda on October 15, 1941.

He graduated from Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University in 1963. He worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for 33 years. His career included two overseas assignments in East Asia and while serving in the Washington Metropolitan area he reviewed and declassified Project Stargate. Following his retirement from the CIA, Walt served as a researcher with a newly formed company, Courage Services, which supported clients in the national security sector.

Following his ultimate retirement, Walt pursued his main passions, writing, researching history and the study of the paranormal. His book A Guide to Haunted West Virginia became a regional best seller.

Walt is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Rose Gavenda, his nephew Thomas Gavenda, and his sister-in-law Ann Gavenda.

Walt is survived by his brother Donald Gavenda of Elba, his niece and three nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, October 31 at St Ambrose Church, Annandale, VA with the Fr. Rampino of officiating.

Family and Friends are invited to attend a graveside service for Walt at on Thursday (November 3, 2022) at 11:30 a.m. in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St Ambrose Catholic Church, 3901 Woodburn Road, Annandale, VA 22003.

The family of Walt wishes to extend our sincere thanks to his wonderful family of friends that have been there for him through out the years.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue in Oakfield. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

Larry Gaylard Hill, age 65, of the Town of Shelby, passed away unexpectedly at his home on October 27, 2022.

Larry was born on May 17, 1957 in Medina, NY to parents H. Gaylard Hill and Gladys (Bruning) Hill. He graduated from Medina High School in 1975. He married Michele R. Boyle in 1982.

Larry was an accomplished mechanic who started his career at Lisle and Ricker working on International Harvester farm equipment. Shortly after Lisle and Ricker closed, Larry took on a full-time position at Keeler Construction in Albion, where he dedicated himself for the next 45 years.

He was a devoted husband and father who loved his family and friends. He would often be found at home or on a farm wrenching away on equipment. He was passionate about helping others whenever he could. On Sundays, Larry and Michele loved having breakfast out at the local restaurants. Afterwards, Larry loved to drive around and tour the countryside looking at equipment and taking note of everything that had changed. He was very knowledgeable about many topics, always having a thought or an answer when in discussion. He was known to be able to recite the extended genealogy of practically any family.

Larry is survived by his beloved wife, Michele Hill; and son, Christopher G. (Katie J. (Graton)) Hill; two grandchildren, Byron G. Hill and Joshua J. Hill. He is also survived by his sister, Judy. He is preceded in death by his parents, H. Gaylard and Gladys Hill.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 4-8PM at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 10AM in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family greatly appreciates any contributions in Larry’s memory to be made to the Medina FFA, 1 Mustang Drive, Medina, NY 14103, for a scholarship fund to be set up in his memory. Share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Darlene S. Sztaba, 75, of Bergen, New York, passed away peacefully on October 25, 2022 surrounded by her family.  

     Darlene was born on February 28, 1947, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin to June Dakins and James L. Syms.  She was one of six siblings: Lawrence “Butch” Syms, Fred “Stubby” (Terri) Syms, Rick (Sandy) Syms, Mike (Dianne) Syms, and Nancy (Dennis) Blagg.  Darlene moved to New York State in 1967, married and started a family. Darlene retired from Byron-Bergen Central School where she worked first as a cafeteria worker and then a custodian.  She loved her job and working with the many wonderful people at the school.

  darlene_sztaba_newspaper_0.jpg   The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Darlene.  Her love for her family was unparalleled, equalled only by her overwhelming love of the game Yahtzee.  She never went anywhere without it and happily destroyed any Yahtzee amateur that challenged her.  She was also an avid fisherwoman and felt at home being on the peacefulness of the water.  Originally  from Wisconsin, Darlene was very passionate about all things Wisconsin.  She faithfully cheered on her Green Bay Packers both in the brightest and darkest of times.  Perhaps being a native of Wisconsin and a lifelong cheesehead brought out her love for a great grilled cheese sandwich or two! She loved her time spent in Rhinelander, Wisconsin visiting family, fishing, and making memories.  She was most at  peace visiting the stone cottage on the Wisconsin River.  She also fancied a piece or two of grape pie.  She loved taking her excursion out in search of the best pie, which of course was always Monica’s Pies.  Darlene was an avid crafter and enjoyed expressing her creativity through her many projects that she created.  She loved crocheting towels for everyone she knew.  She was also a devoted fan of Days of Our Lives and hated to miss an episode.  Darlene could best be described as both sassy and genuinely kind-hearted.  She was a friend to all and always wanted to help others.  Her witty nature and great one liners kept us all on our toes up to the very end.  Her stubbornness was her greatest asset at times.  It was the way in which she lived, on her terms and in her own way.

     Darlene was preceded in death by her parents and son, Matthew Charles Staba.  She is survived by her companion, Dennis Walker; her children: James (Susan) Staba, Roxanne (Peter) Coleman, and Melissa (Randal) Staba-Busch; her grandchildren: Tyler Murtha, Courtney (Eric) Hyde, Rayleigh Staba (Joe Brown), Kyle Coleman, Caleb Busch, Jamie (Spencer) Thomas, and Zander Staba.

     As per Darlene’s request, her immediate family will be celebrating her life privately. 

     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Crossroad House, 11 Liberty Street, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021.  www.crossroadshouse.com/donate

     In memory of Darlene, the family asks that you crack open a Genny Light, make yourself a grilled cheese sandwich, and splurge on some grape pie in her honor, it is the way she would have wanted you to celebrate her.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Darlene’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.


Jan. 25, 1974 — Oct. 23, 2022

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Christopher Michael Robinson, formerly of Ramona, Calif., and most recently a resident of Darien Center, N.Y., after a brief but brave battle with cancer.

Gail and Michael Robinson were living in Ramona, Calif., when they welcomed their firstborn child, Chris, on Jan. 25, 1974.

Chris lived in Ramona throughout his childhood, attending Cornerstone Christian School in Poway and graduating from Ramona High School in 1974. He enjoyed getting together with his grandparents, aunts, uncles and many cousins. Some of his favorite past times were hunting, fishing, and vacationing with his family.

He met Sandie Barbaritz, the love of his life, and they were married on March 22, 2003, making their home in Ramona and adding to their family with the births of Maddie and Noah. In 2014, they made the move to New York, where Sandie was raised.

Chris was devoted to his wife and children, and his greatest joy was being with them and cheering them on in sports and other interests.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Gail Robinson (Williams). He is survived by his beloved wife, SandraLee “Sandie” (Barbaritz); children, Madalyn “Maddie” and Noah; father, Michael Robinson; and sister, Joetta “Jodi” Williams (Robinson); and many family members and friends who will miss him greatly.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main St., Attica, N.Y., 14011. The family encourages friends and teammates of Maddie and Noah to attend. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. at Alden Community Church, 1400 Sullivan Rd., Alden, N.Y. 14004. He will be laid to rest at Forest Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his children, Maddie and Noah. 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

yannick-pulver-fau2ni1uixg-unsplash.jpgBatavia - Robert  (Bob) Louis  Racine , 67  of Batavia  passed away on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, New York.

Mr. Racine was born Monday, April 4th, 1955 in Buffalo, New York a son of the late Robert Racine and Florence (Kornichuck) Racine. He enjoyed  his work as a paid volunteer for the Wyoming County SPCA.

Bob liked working with cows of the farm and fishing. He had a passion for taking care of animals and loved his dog, Zena.  

Surviving is his companion, Patricia Dibble, of Batavia; his son Robert "Bob" Racine Jr., of Arizona, and many siblings. 

In death Bob is reunited with his parents, Robert and Florence Racine, and 3 of his siblings.

Bob's committal service will be on Monday, October 31, 2022 at 10:00am at St. Joseph's cemetery with burial to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude's Hospital.  

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

LeRoy ~ Angela M. “Angie” Filio, age 82, of West Main Street, passed away early Tuesday morning (October 25, 2022) at Highland Hospital in Rochester.

   angela_filio_newspaper_0.jpg  She was born May 29, 1940 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Samuel and Mary DeLella Mirando.

     Angie loved to spend time with her grandchildren, read, watch TV and work on her puzzlebook.  She can also be remembered as the very cordial and friendly cashier at Rite Aid.

     She is survived by her daughters, Laurie (Brian) Pocock, Christine (Joel) Cornell and Gina (Timothy) Kingdon; grandchildren, Ami Cornell, Sydney Cornell, Benjamin Pocock, Andrew Pocock and Zachary Pocock; brothers, Joseph (Ellen) Mirando and Richard (Donna) Mirando, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     She was predeceased by her husband, Samuel L. Filio in 1992 and her brother, Frank (Kathy) Mirando.

     Family and friends may call on Sunday, Oct. 30 from 2 ~ 6 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Her Rite of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Oct. 31 at 2:00 PM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.  Interment will follow in St. Francis Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Wilmot Cancer Center.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Angie’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

Wyoming ~ Sharon Ann Cone, age 68, of Roanoke Road, passed away Friday evening (Oct. 21, 2022) in her sleep. Mrs. Cone was born Nov. 26, 1953 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Philip and Louise Cinquino Scheuing.

  sharon_cone_newspaper_0.jpg   She is predeceased by her loving husband, Gerald “Jerry” A. Cone and survived by many family members. Sharon and Jerry raised six children; Jesse (Joanna) Cone of Seattle, WA, Joseph (Melissa) Cone of LeRoy, Jarrod (Christina) Cone of Champlain, Jacob (Gretchen) Cone of Stafford, Jonathan (Jessica) Cone of Dundalk, MD, and Taylor Louise Cone (Jason Colwell) of San Antonio TX; fifteen grandchildren; McKenna, Kaylynn, William, Lucas, Lydia, Alex, Lance, James, Caleb, Lincoln, Geri, Louise, Kiptyn, Charlie, and Dylan; two dear children; Kayla and Sophia Colwell; sister; Donna Muehlig of Batavia; and several very close friends, cousins, nieces, nephews, and brothers- and sisters-in-law.

     Sharon was a strong and independent person who often provided advice, insight, and comfort to those who needed it. Much of her strength came from her unwavering faith and she lived everyday using her Catholic values as her North Star. She was parishioner of the church of Our Lady of Mercy throughout her life and, for many years, was an active member of the Third Order of Lay Carmelites while often serving executive positions.

     Sharon was an avid Steelers fan and her love for the game had a palpable reaction to those around her. She loved all things art; being visual, written, or audible. Sharon was quite an artist herself. In fact, she first garnered her future husband’s interest by drawing a mural on an apartment wall. She also enjoyed drawing chalk portraits of her children when they were young.   Her favorite author was Stephen King and she spread her passion for all things spooky to her children and grandchildren. Sharon loved all holidays but did not like turkey and so that meant that Thanksgiving Day was about rooting against the Cowboys. She spent many afternoons and evenings revealing the joys of classical literature to anyone who would listen or couldn’t outrun her. As a result, she had opened worlds of contemplation and intrigue to her less speedy children, nieces, and nephews.

     A mass in her honor will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake Street in LeRoy.

     IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St., P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14020.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Sharon’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.


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