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josephjversagejr.jpgJoseph J Versage Jr, age 58, of Conesus, passed away due to complications from COVID-19 on December 30th, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital in the arms of his wife. He was born on September 10th, 1962, in Batavia, son of the late Joseph Versage and Bonnie Versage of Batavia. Joe was a graduate of Batavia City Schools and The University at Buffalo. On July 28th, 2001, he married his best friend, Stephanie Versage, who survives him. To know Joe was to love him. He was known for his infectious laugh, goofy smile, knack for coming up with a nickname that stuck, and his ability to make you feel like you were the most important person in the room when you were in his presence. Joe lived life to the absolute fullest and found joy in everything he did. From boating, to riding motorcycles, to coaching his sons’ hockey and baseball teams, he never stopped moving. As a father, Joe raised his 4 children with unconditional love. He was always involved in every aspect of their lives and made sure to take the time to lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on. He was the foundation and true embodiment of family.

He is predeceased by his father, Joseph J. Versage Sr. of Batavia, Uncle Larry and Aunt Beverly Williams of Batavia, Uncle Frank Versage of Warsaw, Uncle Tony and Aunt Becky Versage of Bath, and cousin Michael Versage of Warsaw.

He is survived by his wife, Stephanie of Conesus, his children, Kristen (Nick) Pribanich of Raleigh, NC, Justin (Stephanie) Hilt, of Conesus, Colin Hilt of Norfolk, CT, and Adrian “AJ” Versage of Conesus, his grandson or, “little buddy”, Waylen Hilt of Conesus, his mother, Bonnie Versage of Batavia, brother, John (Theresa) Versage of Batavia, sister, Stacy (Mark) Marzello of Cheektowaga, cousins, Michelle Williams of Batavia, Laurie Williams Comer of Batavia, Teal (Tim) Abel of Carthage, his in-laws, Charlie (Lorraine) Allmaras, brother-in-law, Stephen (Vicky) Allmaras, sister-in-law, Jodi (fiancé Doug Turner) Elkins, and brother-in-law, Chuck Allmaras, all of Colorado, nieces and nephews, Kara, Dylan (Katie), and Mason Versage, Arianna Marzello, Sean (Neha Wickramasekaran), Derek, and Cameron Comer, Jacob and Jessie Elkins, Merlin Allmaras, his boating family, camping family, hockey family, Dribbles family, and countless others who were lucky enough to call him, friend. The family would like to take a moment to thank and recognize the amazing team at Strong Memorial Hospital for their exceptional and compassionate care for Joe.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family memorial service will be held at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main St., Batavia, NY 14020.

In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that you consider donating to the American Red Cross as a tribute to those who were able to selflessly give to Joe while in the care of his team at Strong. To leave a message of condolence visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.


Stafford ~ Elizabeth (Betty) Ward, age 93, passed away on December 28, 2020 at the New York State Veterans Nursing Home in Batavia due to corona virus. Betty was born on December 15, 1927 in Batavia, the youngest child of the late Albert and Laura Rumsey.

     She was a long time member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Stafford, and the Stafford Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary.

     She is survived by her daughter, Jennie Lynn (Patrick) Mooney; son, Fred (Joan) Mathers; step-daughters, Diane (Paul) Voightmann and Rita (Pete) Zarbo; grandchildren, Peter, Cory, and Jeffrey Fowler, Emily Radaker, Michael Mathers and Rachel Sanfratello, 14 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandsons and several nieces and nephews.

     She was predeceased by husband, Fred Mathers (1981) and Warren Ward (2019). She was also predeceased by her siblings, Art, Al, Fran, George, and Howard, and an infant granddaughter, Erin Lynn Fowler.

     There will be no calling hours due to current covid conditions. A memorial service will be held in 2021, when we can gather safely.

     Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6188 Rt.5 Stafford, NY, 14143

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

Corfu - Sheila K. Hale, 72  of Corfu passed away on Wednesday (December 30, 2020) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Mrs.  Hale was born February 3, 1948 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Philip and Rita (Corcoran) Pribison.

Sheila was a member of Resurrection Parish and enjoyed reading. She was a die hard Bills fan. Mrs. Hale was a hard worker and enjoyed helping others. She worked simultaneously as a housekeeper at Genesee Community College, as a lunch aide at Jackson School, and a crossing guard with the Batavia School District.

She is survived by her husband, Richard L. Hale of Corfu. The two were married Valentine's Day 1970. Also surviving is her daughter, Jacqueline R. (Douglas) Ferris of LeRoy; grandsons Jacob Ferris and Trevor Pahl; a sister,  Beatrice (late Jerry) Ensign of Florida; her mother-in-law, Norma (late LaVerne) Hale of Batavia. Several sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews also survive.

Sheila is preceded in death by her son, Jason Christopher Hale who passed away October 26, 2020.

There will be no visitation. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Resurrection Parish. Burial will be in St.  Joseph's Cemetery in Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Parkinson's Disease Association, Parkinson Plaza, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10305-1425.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home in Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - David Lee Funston, 82 of Batavia  passed away on Tuesday, (December 29, 2020) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mr. Funston was born  January 11, 1938 in Syracuse, a son of the late Herbert and Margaret (Windett) Funston.

Dave was a devout Episcopalian and active musician.  He played percussion in the Genesee Symphony Orchestra for 50 years and held several leadership positions including President.  Dave played percussion with several other groups including "A Pretty Good Band" in Speculator, NY and in support of local high schools musicals, the Rotary Club and others.   

A veteran, David served honorably with the Air Force. Mr. Funston worked in electrical design for nearly 20 years at GTE Sylvania followed by nearly 20 years at Eastman Kodak and was proud of the 21 patents he earned during his career. He and his wife enjoyed summering at their cottage in Lake Pleasant, in Hamilton County where he liked to sail and fly fish. He was also a talented woodworker who enjoyed sharing his products with friends and family.

Surviving are his wife, Anne (Benjamin) Funston of Batavia; children, Barbara (John) Baker of Stafford, Virginia, and Brian (Kristin) Funston of Golden, Colorado; grandchildren, Alison Baker (Jeffrey) Bryant, Samuel (Kayla) Baker, Elsie Baker, Jeb Baker, Maggie Funston, and Matthew Funston; a brother, Bruce (late Shirley) Funston of Jackson, Michigan; a sister, Eileen (late Robert) Houston of Lansing, Michigan.

There will be no visitation. Services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery in Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Symphony Orchestra, PO Box 391, Batavia, NY 14021; St. James Church, 405 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020; or Speculator Ambulance Corps, PO 203, Speculator, NY 12164.

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.

Batavia- Beverly (Woodhouse) McAllister, age 82, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, December 28, 2020 at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Facility.

Mrs. McAllister was born Saturday, June 4, 1938 in Batavia, New York a daughter of the late Gordon Woodhouse and Marion Dempsey Woodhouse.

A 1956 graduate of Batavia High School, she worked for Kozak Auto Dry Wash in Batavia and was the office manager for Genesee County Abstract in Batavia for many years. A member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Batavia, Bev was a wonderful mother and wife of 60 years to William McAllister.  She was a kind and gentle soul who was always in good spirits and loved to laugh. She had a great way of finding the good in anyone.

Beverly is the wife of William R. McAllister who passed away on April 28, 2016.

Surviving are her children;  Scott (Lorie Jaszko) McAllister  of Batavia and Colleen (Mark Plessinger) Bosse of Pittsford; five grandchildren; Angela (Jarred) Schlaggel, Aaron R. Bosse, Emily A. Bosse, Alex W. Bosse and Zachary L. Bosse; five great-grandchildren; her sister; Barbara (David) Green of Dover, Delaware; her brother; William Woodhouse of Dover, Delaware and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her infant son, Shawn Allen; granddaughter, Alyssa L. Bosse and her brother, Robert Woodhouse.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery. Memorials in Bev's name may be made to the Salvation Army, 529 East Main Street, Batavia,  New York 14020. 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, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

butterfly.jpgDelorice C. Anderson, 87 of Attica, passed away on December 29, 2020. She was born October 31, 1933 in East Pembroke to the late Charles and Ruth Carroll. She is preceded in death by her husband, Howard R. Anderson and brother Marvin Carroll.

Dee lived most of her life in Attica before retiring to Port Charlotte, FL, then returning to Attica after the death of her husband. Dee enjoyed many hobbies such as knitting, crocheting and was an award winning quilter at Charlotte County Fair.

Delorice is survived by sons, Brian (Marcy) Anderson of Port Charlotte, FL, Barry (Denise) Anderson of Attica, Bruce (Mindy) Anderson of Attica and her Dutch son Arend (Late Kathy) Koers of Attica. She is also survived by her pride and joy, 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to covid restrictions a private service will be held at a later date. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Attica Rescue Squad, 11 Water St., Attica, NY 14011 or Murdock Christian Church, 17500 Elmwood Ave, Port Charlotte, FL 33948. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC., 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Le Roy ~ Martin J. "Mike" Brusso, age 85, of Woodward Drive, passed away Monday morning (Dec. 28, 2020) at Strong Memorial Hospital

     He was born March 25, 1935 in Union Hill, N.Y., a son of the late John and Minerva Rathbun Brusso.

     Mike will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, who enjoyed spending time with his family, especially at their cottage on Silver Lake.  He was a US Army veteran and had a passion for baseball and tractors.

     He will be sadly missed by his daughters, Melissa (Jeff) Tack and Melinda Miller; step children, Christopher (Sue) Ecker and Kelly (Paul) Frawley; grandchildren, Bethany, Dori and Evee Rivaldo, Caleb and Hannah Miller; step grandchildren, Christopher Ecker, Jonathan Ecker, Christine (Bradley) Oliver and Pauli Frawley; 5 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     He was predeceased by his loving wife, Leni Lee Brusso, his daughter, Michelle Brusso, 11 siblings and stepson, David Ecker.

     Services for Mike will be private at the convenience of his family.   

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either the Alzheimer's Association or the American Heart Association.

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

Batavia - Henry I.  Larson, age 79, of Batavia, went home to the loving arms of his savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at the Buffalo VA Medical Center in Buffalo, New York.

Mr. Larson was born Saturday, February 8th, 1941 in Niagara Falls, a son of the late Eric and Mary Estella Adrian Larson.

He attended Niagara Falls High School and the Columbia School of Broadcasting. He joined the United States Army in 1958, completing his basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. He was transferred to Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri for combat engineer training. He joined the Paratroopers in 1959 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and served in Germany during the Berlin Crisis when the Berlin Wall was erected.

He was the co-founder and president of Batavia Channel 14 radio club, Free and Accepted Masons, Landmark Lodge in Niagara Falls, a lifetime member of the VFW Post No. 1602 and Disabled American Veterans, Batavia American Legion and the Loyal Order of the Moose, #1132 in LeRoy. He was the first president of the 400 Towers resident council and a member of the Batavia Housing Authority board of directors.

He drove tractor trailer for 35 years beginning with Tyler truck lines of Oakfield and ending his career with Cummings & Bricker of Batavia. During his 35 years, he drove over 3 million miles over 48 states, Canada and Mexico.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Patricia Tozer Larson; daughters, Dawn Larson (Randy) Piazza, Darlene Larson (Scott) Watson, Teresa “Trixie” Phelan (Ray) Eighmey; sons; Carl Eric (Suzie) Larson, Jason Eugene Phelan and David (Aaron) Larson; fourteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one sister and many nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by three sisters and one brother.

There are no prior calling hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial, with military honors, will be held at Grand View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family in care of Patricia Larson. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in his memory, please visit  www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Roosevelt Smith, Sr., 75, long time residence of Genesee County, passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at his son’s home under the care of his family.

Roosevelt was born, January 24, 1945 in Minter, Alabama, a son of the late Lee Earnest and Lucinda (Moore) Smith.

Roosevelt was a founding member of the Genesee Country Church where he served as a trustee; developed, organized and lead both the elementary and teen programs for years; and drove the church bus.  He enjoyed reading his bible daily, mentoring youth, fishing, hunting and was an exercise enthusiast.  Roosevelt was a member of Godfrey's Pond and summered at Lei-ti Campgrounds for many years. He also participated in bowling and softball leagues in Batavia and Oakfield for many years.  He worked at P.W. Minor’s and Sons, for over 25 years, and also loved driving school bus for the Elba Central School District and worked for several years at Walmart in Batavia prior retirement.

Surviving are his sons, Roosevelt (Liza) Smith, Jr. of Byron and Christopher (Katelynn) Smith of Batavia. Grandchildren; Deacon, Malachi, Roman, Solomon, Genevieve, Ella, Lyla, Eva and Christopher and several nieces and nephews. His brothers; JD Smith, Lee Earnest, Willie Smith and Sisters; Viola Smith, Rosie Mae Davis, Alberta Smith and Shirley Jackson.

Preceded in death by James Smith, Bessie Davis, Willie Nell ”Lucy” Smith, and Deloise Smith.

A Celebration of Roosevelt's Life will be held at a later date at the Genesee Country Church.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, https://act.alz.org/donate or A Cure for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), pkdcure.org.  Please use the email [email protected] if you would like to notify the family that you made a contribution in Roosevelt’s name.

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

Arrangements for Roosevelt were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, (585) 948-5325.

Richard  A.  Cecere, 84, of Alexander, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020 at his home.

Richard was born August 19, 1936 in Batavia, a son of the late Anthony and Anna (Palvino) Cecere.

Richard loved being with his family, raising his turkeys, mowing his lawn and going to the track and watching the horses race.  He was an avid outdoors-man.  Richard was a member of Resurrection Parish and was inducted into the Batavia High School Sports Hall of Fame.  He was a steel worker at Continental Can Company in LeRoy and was also a veteran, serving with the United States Army.

Surviving are his wife, Helen (Gilhooly) Cecere of Alexander; children, Richard (Melanie) Cecere of Alexander, Debra (Tom) Irr of Arcade, Jeff (Jill) Cecere of Alexander, Julie Heale of Alexander and Gary Cecere of Bergen; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Richard is the brother of the late Adeline Cecere and William Cecere.

Calling hours will be held on Monday, January 4, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.  Please join Richard's family for his military honors which will be held in the front parking lot of Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street in Batavia, on Tuesday, January 5 at 10:15 a.m.  Richard's funeral mass will be held privately by his family.   

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the funeral home will be limited to 25 people throughout the course of calling hours. Please be prepared to wait outside. Face coverings and social distancing are required. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lake Plains Dialysis, 587 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.  

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




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