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LeRoy ~ Regina (Van Alst) Steen, age 94, passed peacefully on November 16, 2022.

     She was born September 18, 1928 to the late Bertha (Criger) (Van Alst) Morrison and Harry Van Alst. She was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Pete Steen.

    stockfresh_2718788_monarch-butterfly-on-flower_sizexs1_0.jpg Regina was a 1946 graduate of LeRoy High School. She taught kids to swim at Red Bridge and Horseshoe Lake, worked at Lapp Insulator in the payroll department for ten years and the local school cafeteria for fourteen years.

     She loved her family, swimming, the Adirondack camp and car races.

     Regina is survived by daughters Barbara Steen, Nancy (Mike) Glover, Dorothy (Ed) Schramm; special granddaughter Ali (John) Dawson; nieces and nephews.

     In addition to her husband, Pete, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Jane (Fred) Grasby, Rita (George) Carmichael, Dorothy (Abe) Machols and step-father, Ellsworth Mike Morrison.

     At Regina’s request, there will be no visitation or services.

     Memorials are kindly suggested to LeRoy Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 56, LeRoy, NY 14482.  www.leroyems.org/donations-memorials

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

Roger P. Sabatino, 81, of Ocala, Florida passed away peacefully at his home in the early morning hours of November 8, 2022. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years, Joanne M. Sabatino, together they had 7 children, 14 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Roger leaves behind his second wife, Iris Kerr Sabatino, his children, Anna Marie (Wes) Peterson, Terri Sabatino, Stephen (Cheryl) Sabatino, Cathy (Chris) Morgan, Barbara (Kevin) Turner, Carolyn (Joseph) Suranni, and Tina Breton, along with his brothers, Jack (Judy) Sabatino of North Carolina, James Sabatino, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

He was born May 16, 1941, in Albion, NY to the late Jacob and Christine Sabatino. He was a graduate of Notre Dame High school, in Batavia and then went on to raise his family together with Joanne, in East Bethany, NY, where he was an active member of Immaculate Conception Parish, as well as a scout master for more than twelve years. He and Joanne moved to Belleview, Florida in 1994. He worked as head custodian of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in The Villages, Florida until his retirement in 2006.

He enjoyed gardening, reading and spending time with his family. Roger was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was a devout Catholic. He was a member of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala, Florida.

Roger will be deeply missed by his family and friends, but we are all comforted in the knowledge that he is now reunited with his wife, whom he dearly loved. He will be laid to rest at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery. At his request, there will be no visitation or memorial services held. There will be a Funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s church, Resurrection Parish, in Batavia on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 10:00am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Belleview-Santos Elementary School, 9600 US 441 S Belleview, FL 34420 for the media center to purchase new books so future generations can share Roger’s love of reading.

Batavia - George E. Bell, 71 of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, November 10, 2022 at Buffalo General Hospital.

George was born Saturday, March 31st, 1951 in Batavia, a son of the late Earl Bell and Ruth Moore Bell.

George was self-employed as a contractor for nearly 40 years. He has subcontracted to Will’s Carpet One, Imperial Kitchens, Frontier Kitchens, Kitchen World, and Wortzman’s Furniture where he spent the majority of his career. Most recently, George was employed as the Maintenance Director at Leroy Manor, in Leroy, NY. A hard-working, quiet man, with a wry sense of humor he loved being home with his family after a hard day at work. George was the consummate family man. He loved working on and at his home, watching home improvement shows, and Fox News. He was loved by all and will be greatly missed.

Surviving are his wife, Sally M. (Little) Bell whom he married on August 21, 1970; his children, Kevin C. Bell, of Upper Jay, NY and Heather R. Bell of Oakfield; his granddaughter, Clara Jean Murphy; his brother, Robert (Deborah) Bell of Elba.  

He is predeceased by his son Timothy E. Bell who passed away on January 19, 1992. His parents, Earl and Ruth (Moore) Bell also predeceased George.

There are no prior visiting hours.  George's Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, November 26th, 2022 at Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia. A luncheon reception will directly follow the service at Calvary Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021 or to his family. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

Corfu - Julie A. Herman, 68, of Corfu, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2022, at Strong Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Julie as born on June 26, 1954, in Batavia, a daughter of Charles A. and Eleanor Peterson Herman. She was the aunt of the late Nicole Elizabeth Herman and step daughter of the late Patricia J. Herman.

Julie was a 1972 graduate of Pembroke Central High School, where she excelled in athletics. She was a 1976 graduate of SUNY Cortland and a member of Arethusa Sorority. In the late 1980’s,  Julie went back to school at Simmons Institute of Funeral Service and in October of 1989, she received her license to be a funeral director. She immediately went to work with her Dad in the family business, C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc. She maintained her license up until June of 2022. Julie enjoyed all sports and would go and watch the local games at Pembroke High, especially the girls sporting events. Julie was a life long Yankees fan. She was a longtime member of the Corfu United Presbyterian Church.

Julie is survived by her life-partner, Patricia L. Marvin; her brothers, Charles B. (Lori) Herman and Richard B. (Nicole Hornstein) Herman; her sister, Elizabeth A. “Betsy” (Sander) Abramson; nephews, Jason T. Herman and John D. Baudhuin; niece, Jessie L. (Michael) Molle`; great nephews, William G. Molle`, Jack Charles Molle` and Alexander J. Baudhuin; great niece, Kate Elizabeth Molle`; several cousins and a host of dear friends.

Family and friends may call Friday, November 18th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu. A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 19th, at Noon at the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, 63 Allegheny Street, Corfu, NY with a luncheon to follow. Burial will be private in Evergreen Hill Cemetery.

20180611-133210.jpgElba - Pamela S. Weller, 67 of Elba passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2022.

She was born Tuesday, September 13th, 1955 in Batavia, NY a daughter of the late Lorne Horton and Nancy Horton. 

Pamela married the love of her life, Darwin Weller, on May 31, 1986. She worked as a CNA for Genessee County Nursing for 35+ years until her retirement in 2015. Pam was easy going and enjoyed, crafting shows, electronic games, card games, soap operas, and lifetime movies. She enjoyed vacationing in Florida, spending time with her family, and loved the Christmas season. 

Pamela is survived by her husband, Darwin Weller; brother, Peter (Michele) Horton; nephew, Kevin Horton; niece, Katie (Pat) Horton; uncles, Kennith (Louise) Post, Sherm Horton and several cousins.

In death Pamela is reunited with her Parents, Lorne and Nancy Horton and a brother, Michael Horton.

Family and friends are invited to call on November 17, 2022  from 4:00 pm  to 7:00 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co,. Inc. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main Street, Batavia.  Pamela 's funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on November 18, 2022 at H.E. Turner & Co,. Inc. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main Street, Batavia.  Burial will be immediately following the funeral service at Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals of Batavia 3841 W. Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Tammy Jean Culver, 58, of Batavia passed away Wednesday, November 10, 2022 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
She was born in Batavia NY on August 18, 1964 to the late Herbert Scroger and the late Gloria (Kinne) Cardinali. She graduated Oakfield Alabama Central School in 1983 and graduated from Continental Beauty School as a Cosmetologist. After marrying David Culver on October 10, 1987, she opened up of own shop, Tammy's Beauty Shop in South Alabama for 29 years and retired in 2016 after moving to Batavia.

Tammy is survived by her loving husband David Culver, 2 daughters Ashley (Josh) Dyrbala of Oakfield and Erica (Jessie Buchanan) Culver of Brockport. She will be deeply missed by her 2 granddaughters who affectionately called her Mimi, Chloe Lynn and Hailey Grace Dyrbala. She is also survived by a sister Tina (Bob) Kehlenbeck of Oakfield and a brother Herbie (Pudgie) Scroger of East Bethany and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. She will be missed by her loving dog Maci Mae.

Besides being predeceased by her parents she has lost her sisters Peggy McBride, Toni Scott, Kim Knauss, a niece Tracy Sumeriski, and nephew Chris Blake, Jr.
Tammy had an amazing sense of humor and made everyone around her feel welcome. She loved the sun and especially enjoyed her year-round tan. She really loved her yearly vacations with her family especially the beaches around the US. She loved her flowers and enjoyed decorating her home for the seasons. She loved being around family and friends and her summer end parties and card games. Her most cherished memories are the time she spent with Chloe and Hailey.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Golisano Children's Hospital or James P. Wilmot Cancer Center at URMC, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester NY 14642.
Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 4:00 PM-8:00 PM at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St. Medina, NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held on Wednesday 11:00 AM with the Rev. Erik Olsen officiating. Burial will be in the Alabama Cemetery.
Please light a candle or share a memory of Tammy at: www.bogantuttlefunerals.com

Batavia/Alexander - Betty M. Schmieder, 92 of Batavia, formerly of Alexander, passed away on Thursday, (November 10, 2022) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Mrs. Schmieder was born February 3, 1930 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Millard and Margaret (Schuster) Calkins.

Betty had a great love for animals and cared for many throughout her life. In her younger years she enjoyed traveling with her late sister, Carol.

Surviving are her children, Michael (Terry) Schmieder of Alexander, Stephen (Robin) Schmieder of Alexander, Paula (Jeff Welker) Lord of Georgia, Mary (Joe Wyland) Schmieder of Batavia, Eric Schmieder of Alexander, Joanne (Joseph) Laney of Alexander, and Paul (Lynette) Schmieder, Jr. of Alexander; daughter-in-law, Lisa Schmieder of Stafford. 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Betty is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Schmieder, Sr.; brother, Dean (late Chris) Calkins, and sister, Carol (late Jim) Geise.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday (November 26, 2022) from 3 to 4 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia.  Betty 's memorial service will immediately follow visitation.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.  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.

Scott James LeTourneau, 75, of Newfield, New York passed away on November 11, 2022. Scott was born in Udine, Italy on November 18, 1946. He spent most of his life traveling for work, leaving his mark in Germany, Massachusetts, Maine, Alaska, Libya, and Connecticut (to name a few). He retired as a project controller for Perini Construction.  

Scott was creative, a true artist at heart. He spent his free time reading, writing his novel, crafting leather accessories, telling stories, molding tin soldiers for his kids and grand-kids, painting landscapes, and journaling, among many other projects. He loved his family, and will be greatly missed by those who knew him.

Scott is survived by his wife of 29 years, Valerie LeTourneau; his children, Lance (Emily) LeTourneau, Lilly LeTourneau, and Wesley LeTourneau; his grandchildren, Gavin LeTourneau, Garret LeTourneau, and Grant LeTourneau; brother, Guy (Cathy) LeTourneau; sister-in-law, Jill LeTourneau; and his loyal dog, Pugsy.

In death, Scott is reunited with his parents, Roger and Vivian LeTourneau; his brother, Mark LeTourneau; and his three bulldogs, Margaret, Abigail, and Waldo.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Scott will be laid to rest in Western New York National Cemetery in Pembroke. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alexander Fire Department, PO Box 336, Alexander, New York 14005. Arrangements for Scott are under the care and direction of H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

CORFU - James F. Cassidy, 70 of Corfu, passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at Crossroads House in Batavia, after a brave battle with cancer and surrounded by family.  He was born on July 19, 1952, the son of the late Francis Cassidy and Helen Judge.  He was also preceded in death by his brother Wayne Cassidy.

Jim graduated from Pembroke High School, Bryant & Stratton College, and was a retired accountant who enjoyed working with numbers.  He loved music and played guitar and sang vocals in many local bands throughout his life.  He especially loved The Beatles.  Jim looked forward to football games and cheering on the Buffalo Bills.  In retirement, Jim was passionate about photography and bird-watching.  He loved having cookouts for the family, spending time outside working on projects, and building model train sets.  He had some of the best stories and enjoyed sharing them with the people closest to him.  Jim’s favorite activities were having family game nights, and as a brownie connoisseur, would bake the best brownies each time.  ‘Thursdays with Gracie’ was something he looked forward to every week.  He was dedicated to watching his favorite television shows with friends and family throughout his illness.  Above all things, he was a devoted grandfather (Papa) to Jameson and Vaeda, playing ball on the trampoline, splashing in the swimming pool, and playing hide and seek with squirt guns.  Jim was strong, kind-hearted, and kept his witty sense of humor up to the very end.  

Surviving are his children; Kolleen Cassidy (Bradley Smith), Katrina O’Connor (Mark), and Karah Cassidy, loving mother of his children Kimberly Cassidy, longtime companion Marjorie Ribbeck, her son Jared Cecere (Kiana Perry) and their children, two grandchildren, and a niece and nephew.

Family and Friends are invited to call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street in Batavia (Please use School Street entrance). Jim's Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 8656 Church Street in East Pembroke. Burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Batavia will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty Street, P.O. Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021.  www.crossroadshouse.com/donate.

In memory of Jim, the family asks that you remember his laugh, put on some good tunes, and kick back and watch the football game.  

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

sage_charles_-_photo.jpgCharles L. Sage, 86 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday (November 11, 2022) at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia.

He was born January 23, 1936 in Batavia, a son of the late William and Elsie Tiede Sage.

Mr. Sage served his country with the U.S. Army from 1958-1960. He was formerly employed by Doehler Jarvis in Batavia prior to his retirement. Charles was a member of the Cornerstone Church in East Pembroke. He enjoyed old classic cars, attending car shows, feeding animals around his home and gardening.  Mr. Sage was also a supporter of his fellow Veteran and would do anything he could for them. He loved his tractor, but most of all enjoyed time spent with family. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his loving companion and best friend, Barbara Plock of Virginia. Daughter, Michelle (Bob) Grazioplene of Batavia. Grandchildren, Alex Grazioplene and Lyndsey Grazioplene. Brothers, Duane (Joanne) Sage and Lee (Diane) Sage. Sisters, Marilyn (late William) Kaness, Beverly (Bob) Bobzin and Diane Parker. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late William (Nancy) Sage, Paul (Peggy) Sage, Anita Sage and Eva Jane Sage.

Friends and family are invited to share memories on Thursday (November 17th) from 10am-12pm at the C.B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4-6 Main St., Corfu, NY, where a funeral service will commence at 12pm. He will be laid to rest in the North Pembroke Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Church or the Activity Fund of the New York State Veterans Home.



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