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Oakfield - Evelyn L. Smith, 97, of Oakfield, former Housekeeper at the NYS School for the Blind, died Monday, December 21, 2015 at her home, in Oakfield.

Mrs. Smith was born January 12, 1918 in Jeannette, PA, a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Fleming) Lowry.

She had volunteered for over 20 years at the Batavia VA Medical Center and loved crossword puzzles.

Her husband, John T. Smith, died May 13, 1977.

Survivors include a daughter, Marylu (Henry) Stachowski of Oakfield; 2 sons, Thomas Smith of Oakfield and Jack (Norma) Smith of GA; 7 grandchildren, Henry (Merry) Stachowski, Stacey Stachowski, Becky (Brian) Costello, Tommy (Janelle) Smith, Rachell Hill, Scott Smith and Michael Smith; 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Thomas Lowry, Mary Houston and Elsie Creech.  

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers For Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021.  Private burial will be in Cary Cemetery.  Arrangements were completed by Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave., Oakfield.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

Batavia - Shirley A. Davis, 71, of Batavia, a housekeeper at several businesses in Batavia, died Thursday, December 17, 2015 at her home. 

Mrs. Davis was born July 15, 1944 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Gordon L. and Cleta E. (Duckworth) Baker.

She is survived by a son, James (Pam) Buszka of New York, NY; her companion, Jeffrey Strong of Batavia; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was the mother of the late Jackie L. Buszka.

Friends may call on Saturday (December 26, 2015) from 10 to 11 a.m. at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 E. Main St, Batavia, where services will immediately follow at 11 a.m.    Private burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Alexander.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  

Gail Webb Seamans, 83, of Alden, The Man in the Green and White Polka Dot Hat, passed away suddenly Wednesday (December 16, 2015).

Gail was the son of Grace Phelps Seamans and Harley Webb Seamans of East Pembroke.

Gail leaves behind his son, James Harley Seamans of Batavia, grandson Nicholas Webb Seamans of East Pembroke, Hannah Jeanne Seamans of Florida. Gail also leaves behind a fiancé Nan Eutsler of Alden, also James Seamans mother Jeanne Seamans of Batavia. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Gail Seamans was the 4th generation owner of Seamans Hardware in East Pembroke. James Seamans took over ownership in 1997. Even though retired, Gail was still very active in the store up until the day of his passing. He was the last sibling of his generation of 7 brothers and sisters.

Gail was a member of the New York State Retail Hardware Association as well as the National Retail Hardware Association. Gail served on the Board of the Genesee Memorial Hospital. In Gail’s early years he was an Eagle Scout, member of the Lions Club and a member of the East Pembroke Fire Department. Gail was also a graduate of St. Lawrence University.

Gail’s passion for most of his life was Bird Watching and was a member of The Buffalo Ornithological Society as well as many other bird watching clubs.

Gail was a study candidate at the Dent Neurologic Institute for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research.

A Celebration of Life for Gail Seamans will be held at a later date. Memorials in his honor may be made to the East Pembroke Fire Department as well as the Alzheimer’s Association.

Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY.

almeter1_0.jpgDarwin F. Almeter Age 89, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, went home to be with the Lord, surrounded by his loving family on December 16, 2015.  He was born in the Town of Wales, NY on July 4, 1926 to Henry and Catherine Barvian Almeter. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Ethelbert West Almeter and siblings Donald (Fran) Almeter, Regina Lewis, and youngest brother, Richard.

Darwin was a pillar of the community, and a member of St. Joseph's RC Church of Varysburg. In his early years he built silos and went to work on the P40's at the Curtis Wright Plant in Buffalo, NY.  He started working in the family business, West Service Station, which was owned by Burt West, in 1948 and stayed there for the next 67 years, retiring in 2015 as the owner of the four generation family business. He proudly served in the Army National Guard, Varysburg Fire Department, also served as a member of the Attica Board of Education, and a founding member of the Attica Medical Board.  

He took the most joy in his family, friends and work, but also took pride in restoring antiques, both furniture and automobiles, along with carpentry. He loved the Albuquerque Balloon Festival and the Attica Rodeo and all types of music.

His is survived by his children, Darburt (JoAnn) of East Aurora, NY Richard (Becky) of Hedgesville WV, Vicki (Rick) George-Tillow of Crossville TN.  Becky Patterson, and Scott of Varysburg NY.  Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his sister Barbara Ripstein of Cowlesville NY, and brothers, David (Donna) of Michigan, James (Barbara) and Robert (Bertie) both of Florida and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call on Sunday, December 27th from 2pm - 6pm at Marley Funeral Home, Attica, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, December 28, 2015 at 10:00am  SSJoachim & Anne Parish, Varysburg, NY.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute www.roswellpark.org. For more information please call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

american_flag.jpgNICOLA J. MIDKIFF

Age 80, of Batavia, died peacefully Sunday December 20, 2015 at the Batavia VA Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Batavia, NY on April 24, 1935, to the late Samuel and Mary (Aquino) Copani, also preceded in death by her husband, Lon Midkiff, Jr. in 2011; sisters, Mary Fasano and Sandy Orr.

Mrs. Midkiff was a United States Army Veteran having served from 1953-1955, she was a longtime member of Ascension Parish. Nicki will be remembered as a wonderful wife, sister, grandmother and a "great" stay at home mom for her two boys.

Surviving are her beloved sons, Michael (Susan Connell) Midkiff of Whitesboro, NY and Mark (Valerie) Midkiff of Simpsonville, SC; brothers, Jack (Carol) Copani and Carmen (Sandy) Copani both of Batavia; sisters, Grace (James) Deni of Batavia and Josephine Burke of TN; grandchildren, Mitchell, Connor, Gianna & Aiden Midkiff; sisters-in-law, Janice Burns and Shirley Carr; brother-in-law, Sheryl Midkiff along with several nieces and nephews.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   


There is no prior visitation and funeral services will be held privately by the family. She will be entombed with her husband in the Father T. Bernard Kelly Mausoleum at St. Joseph's Cemetery with full military honors and in lieu of flowers memorials can be made to a charity of the donor's choice.



18_4.jpgMargaret R. Clark, 98, of Batavia passed away Sunday December 20, 2015 at Garden View Senior Care in LeRoy. She was born June 17, 1917 in Gouverneur to the late William (Bernice Williams) Reynolds.

Margaret worked for Motorola in Elma. She was involved in church activities at the Arcade United Methodist Church. Margaret was a loving mother and was totally devoted to her sons and grandsons.

She is survived by her children Robert (Diane) Clark of Batavia, Larry Clark of Culpeper, VA.; brothers William Reynolds of Richville, Welby Reynolds of Gouverneur sisters Elaine Gruneisen and Jean Reynolds both of Gouverneur; 3 grandsons Paul (Fiancé Debbie Gramza) Clark, Paul Clark, Eric Clark along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Services will be held at convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery in Gouverneur at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Arcade United Methodist Church 212 Main Street Arcade, New York 14009. For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

schultz_carol_-_photo1.jpgCarol Ann Schultz, 76 of Akron, passed away peacefully on Saturday (December 19, 2015) at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Williamsville.

She was born October 2, 1939 in Akron, NY, daughter of the late Wilfred and Arletta Corbet Snell.

Carol was a bus aide for Akron Central School prior to her retirement. She enjoyed gardening and landscaping around her home. She also loved her family dearly, enjoyed spending time with them and will be missed by all who knew her.

Carol was predeceased by her husband Jack H. Schultz, who died in 1996.

Survivors include her children, Kathy (Rodney) Plowe of Java Center, Deborah (Albert) Graham of Corfu and Scott (Brenda) Schultz of Akron. Grandchildren, Lindsay Comstock, Brandon Kocol, Taylor Plowe, Joshua and Ryan Graham and Tyler and Garrett Schultz. Great-grandchildren, Peyton, Jaxson and Ethan. Brothers, Donald (Bonnie) Snell of Akron and Merle Snell of Florida. Sisters, Geraldine (Gene) Schuler and Sandy (James) Stuart, both of Akron. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Monday (Dec. 21st) from 4-8pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, NY. A funeral service will be Tuesday, 11:00am at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to a charity of the donors preference. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.






Batavia - Mary F. Mullen, 98, died Saturday, December 19, 2015 at the Genesee County Nursing Home.

Mrs. Mullen was born November 19, 1917 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Henry and Sophia (Tetz) Tandlmayer. 

A member of Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) for many years she, her late husband and their families provided the chairmanship of the Cadillac Raffle at the Church’s annual lawn fete.  Mrs. Mullen also belonged to the Home School Associations of St.  Joseph’s School and Notre Dame High School and was lifetime member of the Batavia Lioness Club.

She was the wife the late Robert W. Mullen who died in 1993 and sister of the late Herbert Tandlmayer.

Survivors include three sons; Robert (Laura) Mullen of Batavia, Richard (June) Mullen of Byron and William (Joyce) Mullen of Brockport; two daughters, Mary Anne Mullen of Batavia and  Ann Marie (late Dr.  S. Paul) Dhanda  of East Bethany.  Also surviving are 8 grandchildren, several great and great greatgrandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia.  Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph Church, 303 E. Main St. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s School, 2 Summit St. Batavia, NY 14020, Notre Dame High School, 73 Union St., Batavia, NY 14020 or the Sisters of Mercy, 625 Abbott Rd. Buffalo, NY  14220.  Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Rochester - Daniel Joseph Youll, 52, of Rochester, died Thursday (December 17, 2015) at his home in Rochester.

Dan was born July 11, 1963 in Batavia, a son of Yvonne (Hall) Youll of Stafford and the late Richard David Youll Sr.

Dan loved his family, especially his daughter, Haleigh and step-daughter, Sarah.  He was a Buffalo Bills fan and worked maintenance at the Churchville-Chili Central School District.

Surviving along with his mother are his daughter, Haleigh Youll of Olean; his step-daughter, Sarah Ferns of Cranston, RI; four brothers, Richard (Polly) Youll of Henrietta, Barry Youll of Rochester, Charles (Kathy Watkins) Youll of Batavia and Robert Youll of Stafford and several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his fiancée, Anita M. Gomez-Ferns.  

Calling hours are Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.  Dan’s Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. on Monday at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia.  Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.  Memorials may be made to the family.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Byron - Karen L. Gagnon, 71, of Byron, passed away Monday, (December 14, 2015) at Batavia Health Care Center, LLC, in Batavia.

Mrs. Gagnon was born June 6, 1944 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Ralph and Virginia (Pask) Hale.

Karen was a past member of the Byron Fire Department Rescue Squad.  She enjoyed crafting, knitting, crocheting, and antiquing.  Along with her husband, she loved to camp and host family cook outs.

She is the wife of Gary Gagnon, of Byron.  The couple spent 24 wonderful years together.

Surviving along with her husband, are her children, Todd Naylor of Rochester, Tonya Passamonte of Batavia, Timothy (Cindy) Naylor of Batavia, Troy (Lynn) Naylor of Elba; a step-daughter, Jennifer (Bruce) Hotaling of Edwards, NY; a sister-in-law, Mary Hale of Batavia; a brother-in-law, Wayne (Susan) Gagnon of Scottsville.  15 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren also survive. 

She is preceded in death by her first husband, Allen Naylor; a son, Thomas Naylor; an infant granddaughter, Nicole Naylor and her brother, Craig Hale.  

There will be no prior visitation.  Family and friends are invited to attend Karen’s Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, (December 22, 2015) at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.  Those wishing may direct memorial contributions to the family or to Volunteers For Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021.  Burial will take place in Elmwood Cemetery, Batavia.

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


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