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Batavia - Joyce E. Diegelman, 97, of Batavia, passed away on Friday (November 25, 2022).

She was born February 2, 1925 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Ralph and Dorothy (Thomas) McCullough.

She was a graduate of Alexander Central School. Joyce worked as a dental assistant and lab tech for Dr. L. L. Mulcahey and Dr. Greg Patterson. She was a bookkeeper for the family business, Diegelman Brothers, Inc. for many years. Later she worked part-time in the Batavia Town Clerk's office. Joyce was also a long time Bingo Inspector and Election Inspector for the Town of Batavia.

Joyce served as past president and member of the Town of Batavia Fireman's Ladies' Auxiliary since 1962. She was also a member of the Town of Batavia Fire Department as an EMT. She and her late husband were lifetime members of the Genesee County Fish and Game Association. Joyce was a member of Resurrection Parish and St. Joseph's Sodality.

Joyce was predeceased by her husband, Herbert who passed in 1995 and her brother, William McCullough.

She is survived by her sons, Douglas (Beth), and Gary (Abigail) all of Batavia; grandchildren, Ian (Katherine), Guy (Meggie), Katherine, David (fiancee Morgan Fee), and Stephen (Rebekah) Diegelman; great-grandchildren, Kylar, Rowyn, Everly, Willa, Adeline, and Eliana. A niece and two nephews also survive.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street in Batavia (Please use School Street entrance). Joyce's Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday (December 2, 2022) at 11 a.m. at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street in Batavia. Burial will follow in St. Joesph's Cemetery in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, PO Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Donald E. “Butch” Waters, 93, of Medina, entered into rest on Friday, November 25, 2022.

Born on May 26, 1929 in the Town of Ridgeway, Butch was a son of the late Valentine F. and Marion E. (Smith) Waters. He married the love of his life, the former Dorothy E. McKee in December of 1957. Being one of thirteen children, Butch left school early to help on the family farm. He went on to work for US Gypsum Co. in Oakfield and then for FMC in Middleport. While working, he still managed to work on the family dairy farm and in 1966 he purchased the farm and continued to farm it for many years. Butch also owned the Hilltop Restaurant in Middleport and helped to build Kennedy Brothers in Medina. A motorcycle enthusiast, Butch was a past member of the Crusaders Motorcycle Club. He also enjoyed snowmobiling, watching old westerns, was a fan of the Buffalo Bills and especially enjoyed buying, selling and bartering with others.

A jack of all trades, Butch was also a skilled carpenter and mechanic. In 1988 he went to work with his son at Waters Auto Body, where he was a tow truck driver and mechanic. Working up until the age of 93, just two days before his passing, Butch was the hardest working man many had ever met. A true testament of the work ethic and true grit of those of his generation.

Butch was predeceased by his wife, Dorothy E. Waters in 2014; son, Kim “Muddy” Waters in 2012; and 11 siblings, Dorothy (Ivan) Strickland, Virginia (Charles) Carpenter, Lois (Richard) Deyarmin, Joyce (Ernest) Oliver, Ione (Fred) DiMarino, Beverly Quackenbush, Norman Waters, Lawrence Waters, Raymond (Audrey) Waters, Valentine “Buddy” Waters and Gary Waters; brother in-law, Robert Elmer.

Survivors include his children, Sandra (Michael) Diehl, Penny (Steven) Stallcup, Donald (MaryAnn) Waters, Angela (Timothy) Frasier and David (Rhonda) Waters; daughter in-law, Barbara Waters; 19 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Marion Elmer; sister in-law, Nancy Waters; and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, November 30 from 3-7PM at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Private interment will be in Bates Road Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Crusaders Motorcycle Club, 3312 Culvert Rd., Medina, NY 14103. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

DeFedericis-Eugene a long time resident of Darien, NY passed away November 18, 2022 at the NYS Veteran's Home in Batavia. 

He was born November 11, 1924, at home, in Cheektowaga, NY to the late Mario and Martha (Luczak) DeFedericis. 

He was the beloved husband of 70 years to the late Evelyn (Prince) DeFedericis; dear father of Jerry (Margie) DeFedericis of Las Vegas, Nevada, James (Jeannine) DeFedericis of Darien, NY, Robert (Tina) DeFedericis of Varysburg, NY, Amy (Glenn) Cramer of Varysburg, NY, Joyce (Dan) Mattice of Darien, NY and Annette (Jim) Blanchard of Darien, NY; also survived by 19 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; brother of the late Theodore (late Loretta) DeFedericis and Gloria Jordan; brother-in-law of the late Lawrence (Mary) Prince. 

Family will be present to receive friends at the Charles Meyer Funeral Home, 13228 Broadway Alden, NY Saturday, November 26th from 3-4:45PM, with military honors being held at 4:45 PM. 

Flowers gratefully declined.  Eugene was a proud WWII Corporal T/5 Army Veteran, serving in Europe from 1944-46.  He was the oldest member and past president of the American Legion Post 1377 in Alden, NY.  He retired from NYSE&G in 1984. Share your condolences at meyerfuneralhome.com.

joe1.jpgJoseph R. Lawrence, 68, of Batavia, NY, passed away Saturday, November 26,  2022.  He was born March 20, 1954 to the late Robert E. Lawrence and Frances (Radley) Lawrence.  

Joe is survived by his loving wife, Teresa (Fix), devoted children, Marie (Shawn) Bigsby, John (Carrie) Lawrence, Catherine Lawrence (Ronald Schramm), & Elizabeth (Nicholas) Grasso, and adoring grandchildren, Emma, Brock, & Ryan Bigsby, Sophia and Jack Lawrence, and Gia and Joseph Grasso. Joe is also survived by his mother, Frances, siblings, William (Margaret) Lawrence, Nancy (Richard) Hale, Robert (Diane) Lawrence, JoAnn (Steven) Hyde, John (Corinne) Fix, James (Christine) Fix, and Marie (Randall) Smith and several nieces and nephews.    

Joe loved spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren and telling others about them and all of their accomplishments.  Joe was known for his passion for hunting, fishing, and trapshooting.  He was a member of the Batavia Rod and Gun Club and Sportsmen Coon Hunters Association.  He spent many summers vacationing at Black Lake, Oneida Lake, and Horseshoe Lake.  

Joe worked for the City of Batavia.  He started there in 1970 working in the summer.  Later he became a water plant operator.  He ended his career as an operator at the wastewater treatment plant.  

Joe will be missed by family and friends alike.  He was generous to all who knew him.  He had a huge heart and would help anyone in need.  

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, November, 30, 2022 from 3:00-7:00 pm at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc.  329-333 West Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.  A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, December 1, 2022 at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main St., Batavia, NY.  

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Genesee Cancer Assistance 127 North St. in Batavia. 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.  

parker_sherri_-_photo1.jpgSherri Louise Parker, age 55 of Basom, NY, entered into rest November 25, 2022.

She was born February 27, 1967 in Batavia, NY a daughter of the late Edmund Sr. and Barbara Snyder Parker.

Sherri was of the Tonawanda Seneca Nation and a member of the wolf clan. Sherri enjoyed cooking and talking to family and friends. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her son, Maison (Cierra Ninham) Parker. Sister, Jennifer (Raymond Groff) Parker, her niece, nephews and longtime companion David Dietz.

She is predeceased by her brothers Edmund Parker Jr. and Jeffrey B. Parker.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Monday (November 28th) from 12-2pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, NY, where a funeral service will commence at 2pm.

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.

 

 

nicholas_a_perry.jpgNicholas A. Perry, 74, of Strykersville passed away on Friday, November 18, 2022. He was born January 17, 1948 in Sheldon, to the late Nicholas E. and Mary E. (Gebel) Perry. Nicholas is preceded in death by daughter Barbara Perry and brother Chet Perry.

Nicholas was proud to be a lifelong Sheldon dairy farmer. He worked hard almost every day of his life alongside his family. He was proud of all the quality milk produced and all the cows that were cared for. He loved the land and was proud of all the crops grown and maple syrup produced. He was proud of the farm community he lived in and enjoyed talking farming with family and friends. He enjoyed sharing every Monday with his friends at Maplehurst Market and driving around to see his neighbors’ farming successes.

He loved his family and was especially proud of his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his beloved wife Donna T. (Conrad) Perry of Strykersville, children, Theresa (Steve) Bernard of Arcade, Nick (Dawn) Perry III, Herb (Rhonda) Perry, Earl Perry all of Strykersville, Mark Perry of North Java, Luke Perry of Java Village, Anna (Miguel) DeLoach of San Antonio, Regina Perry of Strykersville. Grandchildren, Nicholas Perry IV, Paige Perry, Brittany (Jake) Denz, Kayla Perry, Brandon Perry, Riley Perry, Madison Perry, Nolan Perry, Morgan Perry, Ethan Perry, Felix DeLoach, Olivia DeLoach, Boris DeLoach, and great-grandson Andrew Denz. Siblings John (the late Cheryl) Perry, Catherine Perry, Leon (Becky) Perry, Elizabeth Perry, Rita Brown, Vince (Monica) Perry, David Perry, Mike (Carol) Perry, Joan (Jim) Namenek, Bernard Perry, Nelson Perry, Joe (Chris) Perry, Monica (Kevin) Zielinski. Along with numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Services will be held privately for the family. He will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery, Sheldon. There will be a celebration of life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sheldon Fire Company or any neighboring fire company. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.   

skawienski.jpgSophia E. Skawienski, 95 of Varysburg, passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. She was born February 27, 1927 to the late Joseph (Katarzyna) Klecha. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 59 years, Joseph C. Skawienski, siblings, Edward, Mildred, John, Michael, Stanley, Frank Klecha.

Mrs. Skawienski was a dedicated Farm Wife and lived the dairy life for many, many years. She was a former member of the Holy Name Society. Sophia has been a longtime member of Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish in Varysburg.

She is survived by her beloved sons, Joseph M. Skawienski, Stephen (Julie) Skawienski both of Varysburg, Alan (Kelly) Skawienski of Branford, FL; 6 grandchildren, Brandon, Collin, Austin, Kiele, Darren, Emily; 2 great-grandchildren, Sophia and Wyatt, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 from 4 to 7pm at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. A 10:00am Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish, 2311 Attica Road, Varysburg, NY 14167.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Varysburg Rescue Squad, PO Box 638, Varysburg, NY 14167 or to Sheldon Rescue Squad, 996 Centerline Road, Strykersville, NY 14145. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.   

betzold_joann_-_photo1.jpgJoAnn Edgerton Betzold, of Batavia, NY and formerly of Akron, NY, went to her heavenly rest at age 88 on November 23, 2022.

She is predeceased by her husband, Gary, parents, sister Pat and brother Louis.

Joann was born on March 21, 1934 to Leslie and Elizabeth Edgerton of Elba, NY, where she was raised. She lived her entire life in the Western New York area, where she built her life around her faith and her family.

Joann never met a person she didn’t like and viewed every conversation as an opportunity to make a new lifelong friend. She was a vibrant gift to her church community, and a loving cheerful presence wherever she went.

She will be dearly missed by her children, Todd (Debbie), Mark (Brenda), John (Anita), Laurie (Mike), Beth, Linda (James), Matthew ( Joy), Stepson, Gary (Annette), and her thirteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (Nov. 29th) from 4-7 pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. Her funeral service will be Wednesday, 11am at the Clarence Center-Akron Mennonite Church, 11500 Clarence Center Rd, Akron, NY 14001.

She will be laid to rest next to her husband in the Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in Akron. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

carolirwin.jpgCarol J. Irwin, 86 of LeRoy, passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center, surrounded by her family. She was born April 2, 1936 in Batavia, to the late Joseph and Pearl (Wilcox) Demmer. She is preceded in death by her first husband William Lampke, second husband David Irwin, children, William Lampke Sr, JoAnn Miller, Ann Bonham, Amy Weaver, Dale Lampke, siblings, Roger, Richard, Joseph, Kermitt Demmer, Ramona Dudley, Ann Hearse, Shirley Greenman and Marian Kendall.

Mrs. Irwin worked at Angelica for many years. She loved decorating for the holidays and family gatherings. Carol was the best mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her beloved children, Rex (Janet) Lampke of Silver Springs, Margaret (Craig) Hurley of LeRoy, Barbara (John) Vescovi of LeRoy, Steve (Lisa) Lampke of Ithaca, Robin (Mark) Hall of Batavia, Linda Weig of Batavia. Siblings, Janet Mann of WV, Julia (Bruce) Henning of NC, sisters-in-law, Sue Demmer of GA, Carol Demmer of Batavia; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date. She will be laid to rest at Reed Cemetery, Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or to LeRoy Ambulance Service, Inc., 1 Tountas Ave, LeRoy, NY 14482. 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.  

kurek1.jpg  Albert S. Kurek “Big Al”, Age 83, of East Pembroke, NY. passed away on November 22, 2022 at Buffalo General Hospital. He was born on March 18, 1939 in Buffalo, the son of the late Stanley & Helen (Sikorski) Kurek. He was the husband of the late Florence “Annie” Docherty. 

Al is survived by his son; Alan (Lori) Kurek; daughter Kimberly (Kevin) Hale; beloved grandchildren Adam & Marc Kurek, Erin, Michaela & Mitchell Hale ; late sister Norma (Richard) Mathewson, brothers David (Lynn) Kurek and Dennis Kurek; dear companion Michelle Spoto;  along with several nieces & nephews. With great pride, he loved watching his children and grandchildren grow into adulthood and was proud of their many accomplishments. 

He served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956-1960, was a NYS Trooper from 1962-1985 stationed in Batavia and was a special agent with the Department of Defense from 1985-2001.  Albert was a noted historian of the New York State Police, having authored three books detailing the NY Troopers history.  He was a 25 year officer in the Batavia Chapter of Former NYS Troopers, a member of the former St. Nick’s Club, the Polish Falcons, the Loyal Order of Moose, the Fraternal Order of Elks and NYS Police Benevolent Association.  He enjoyed the camaraderie he had with friends & golf partners.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday December 1, 2022 from 3:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday December 2nd at Resurrection Parish 18 Ellicott St. in Batavia. Al will be laid to rest at a later date in the spring with full military honors in the Western New York National Cemetery in Corfu.

Memorial/donations can be made to the Former Troopers Helping Hands, P.O. Box 432, West Seneca, N.Y. 14224-0432 or the WNY National Cemetery, 1254 Indian Falls Rd, Corfu, N.Y. 14036. 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

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