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marjorie_herman.jpgMARJORIE GAYTON-HERMAN

Age 84, of Batavia and formerly of Warsaw, died peacefully Saturday February 27, 2016 at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. She was born March 7, 1931 in Hornell, NY, a daughter of the late Charles E. and Marjorie (LeMunyan) Darling; also preceded in death by her husbands, Thomas Gayton in 1978 and George Herman in 2006, step-son, Mark Herman, step-daughter, Ellen Schaumloeffel and brother, Charles E. Darling.

Marjorie is a Marine Corp Veteran and a member of the Wyoming County Veterans Club in Warsaw. She was a volunteer at the Senior Center and a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star. 

Surviving are her children, Ronald of St. Pete, FL; Pamela (Thomas) Radell of TN, Madeline Gayton McCready and Doreen (Scot) Wright all of Batavia; step-sons, Brian Herman of NC and Steve Herman of TX; 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild along with several nieces and nephews.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

The family will be present on Sunday March 6 from 1 - 3pm at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where funeral services and military honors will immediately follow. Burial will be in Warsaw Cemetery at a later date, in lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Care-A-Van Ministries 4 Lewis Place PO Box 1611 Batavia, New York 14021. 

Please share your thoughts and memories of Marjorie with her family at www.tomaszewskifh.com 

THE FAMILY OF MARJORIE GAYTON-HERMAN IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

sacred_heart.jpg  Lottie Skop Borkowski, 97, of Fairport, formally of Oakfield and Batavia, passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday March 1, 2016.  She was born in Batavia on August 29, 1918 to the late Bruno and Maryann (Odakowski) Sulimowicz.

She is predeceased by her 1st husband Frank W. Skop and 2nd Leon Borkowski; brothers John and Leon Sulim, Joseph and Anthony Sulimowicz; sisters Rosie Smith and Sophie Matla.

Mrs. Borkowski is survived by her daughters; Mary (Mark) Hackett of Batavia and Diane (Stephen) Saunders of Pittsford; son Frank (Joann) Skop of Fairport; sister Florence Salviski and sister in law Betty Sulim both of Florida; 5 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday March 5, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:30AM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Prayers will be recited at 11:30AM at the Funeral Home. A 12:00PM Noon Mass of Christian Burial will follow calling hours Saturday the 5th and will be held at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s) 18 Ellicott St. Batavia.  She will be laid to rest in St. Cecelia’s Cemetery in Oakfield.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish (for St. Mary’s Church) 303 E. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call 585-343-8260 or 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.

bramer1.jpg  James F. Bramer Sr., age 85, of Perry passed away at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. James was born in Perry, New York on November 22, 1930 to the late Howard (Edith Hoste) Bramer. He is preceded in death by a sister Beverly (Joe) Redden.

Mr. Bramer served with the US Army from 1952-1954.Jim was a graduate of Perry Central School. He worked many years at his father’s bakery business (Perry Baking Company later known as Bramer’s Bakery) before taking it over in 1975. He retired in 2003. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, a former member of the Constellation Lodge #404 of the Free and Accepted Mason and the American Legion McKelton Post #350. Jim enjoyed roller skating, boating, and fishing on Silver Lake, woodworking and watching football games.

He is survived by his wife: Bonnie (Darrow) Bramer whom he married on April 4, 1980; 2 sons Rick (Cindy) Bramer of Warsaw, Craig (Linda) Bramer of Portageville; step-daughter Penny (Terry) Bovee of Dansville; step-sons Tim (Helen Whiteman) Craft of Perry, Jim (Denise) Craft of Dalton along with many grandchildren; step grandchildren; great grandchildren nieces and  nephews.

A Memorial service will be announced at a later date. He will be laid to rest in Mt. Morris Cemetery in Mt. Morris.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Association for the Blind 422 South Clinton Avenue Rochester, New York 14620-1198 or visit www.seegreatthings.com or to Livingston Wyoming ARC 18 Main Street Mount Morris, NY 14510 or visit www.lwarc.org. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

nyy-pin-logo1_0.jpgJacqueline K. Pope, 71, formerly of Pavilion, passed away peacefully, Monday, February 29th at the Wyoming County Nursing Facility where she resided. Born April 17, 1944 in Batavia, New York to the late Reginald (Edith Richardson) Shepard. She married Lawrence W. Pope, Jr. on July 17, 1971 in Leroy, New York who preceded her in death on October 26, 2003. 

Jacqueline graduated from Leroy Central High School in 1962. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Jacqueline was a beautician, worked for GTE Sylvania until they closed, and then retired from Eastman Kodak Company. She was an avid Sports fan of especially the NY Yankees and the Buffalo Bills.  In addition, Jacqueline enjoyed playing cards and bingo.

She is survived by her loving twin sister Janice (Vincent) Cervoni,Batavia, New York, sister Bonnie (Roland) Sage, Leroy, New York, sister Dorene Shepard, Bergen, New York, Debra Shepard, Bergen, New York, sister-in-law Audrey Stout, Batavia, New York; daughter Crystal Nestler, Swansea, Illinois; son Eric Pope, Danbury, Connecticut; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Thomas and Marcia Pope, Attica, New York, Tracy and Marie Pope, North Chili, New York; four grandsons, four granddaughters and two great grand-children.

Visitation is scheduled on Tuesday March 8, 2016 from 3 - 6 PM at Marley Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.  Funeral Services will take place immediately following at 6pm at Marley Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Attica SPCA, 808 Creek Road, Attica, New York 14011 or to a charity of donor's choice.  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.

almeter1_0.jpgDonald C. Almeter, 92, of Varysburg formerly of North Java, entered heaven peacefully Thursday February 25, 2016 at Elderwood Nursing Home in Cheektowaga. Donald was born July 28, 1923 in North Java, New York to the late Edward J. (Josephine Seewaldt) Almeter. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Glenora E. (Perry) Almeter and brothers Vincent Almeter, E. Wilson (Red) Almeter, Bernard Almeter.

Donald was the owner/operator of Almeter Garage in North Java for more than 30 years, who served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943-1946. He was a member of St. Nicholas Church for most of his life; member of the American Legion for many years; as well as a volunteer of the North Java Fire Co for over 70 years and was volunteer Chief for 33 of those years. He was also partner in establishing the Volunteer North Java Rescue Squad in 1959 with its first ambulance.  Donald became an EMT and then helped teach their firemen to become to become EMT’s. In addition, Donald was the main catalyst in erecting the current North Java Fire Co. building. He was involved with the Wyoming County Fire District and Fire Board. Donald was an avid hunter for most of his life and part of the “Sugar Hill Gang”.

He was survived by his children Joanne M. (Gugino) Almeter of Buffalo, David D. (Roberta) Almeter of Rochester, Diane E. Almeter-Marsh of Buffalo; 4 grandchildren Erin Zarcone, Michael Gugino, Kristopher Almeter and Alexandra (Todd) Gugino-Piotrowski; 2 great-grandchildren Emily and Lyla; sister Lorraine E. (Almeter) Garlock along with many nieces and nephews and friends.

Friends are invited to call on Friday March 4, 2016 from 1-4 PM and 6-8 PM at Marley Funeral Home 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. An 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday March 5, 2016 at Holy Family Church (St. Nicholas Church) 4316 Route 98 North Java, New York 14113. He will be laid to rest in St. Nicholas Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to North Java Fire Company 4274 Route 98, North Java NY 14113.  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.

buffalobills_0.jpgFrancis L. Shattuck Jr., 31, of Friendship, New York passed away February 23, 2016 at his home. He was born January 5, 1985 in Rochester, New York to Francis Shattuck Sr. of Dryden and Lorraine Gagner of Castile.

He was a graduate of Perry Central School where he played football and baseball. Fran loved music, fishing and was very artistic. He was an avid Buffalo Bills Fan and was extremely passionate about football. In his memory the family would like anyone who wants to wear their Buffalo Bills attire to please do so.

He is survived by his fiancé Tonja Hopseker of Friendship; son Christopher Shattuck of Lima; brother Joshua (Fiancé Laura Brandes) Shattuck of Castile; sister Amanda (Fiancé Juan Rosario) Shattuck of Lakeville, their children Gabrielle and Sylus.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday March 1, 2016 from 4 to 6PM at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. Perry, New York 14530. A 6:00PM Celebration of Life will immediately follow calling hours on Tuesday March 1, 2016 at the Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery, Perry.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family for his son Christopher. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

hawley1_1.jpgHerbert, J. Hawley of Perry Center/Geneseo,passed away February 23, 2016 at the age of 90. He was born May 27, 1925 in Perry Center, New York to the late Fred (Marian Knox) Hawley. He is preceded in death by brother Fred Hawley, Jr., and sister Ruth Hawley Gibson.  He is survived by two nephews; Mark (Marie) Gibson of Rush, and James (Rose) Hawley of Rochester, grand-nephew, Corey Gibson of Rush and grand-niece, Nicole Gibson of Gainesville Florida.

Most of his life was lived in Perry Center and Geneseo.  He was the salutatorian of Perry High School Class of 1942.  He received a full scholarship to Cornell University and graduated with a degree in Government in 1946.Herb had a life-long love of theatre, music, and fine arts.  In 1964, he was awarded the Dramatist Play Service Scholarship at the Univ of Wisconsin.  He acted in plays at Perry High School, Cornell University, San Antonio, Texas, Little Theatre in Rochester, Batavia Players, and was actor, producer and director of Perry Players for fifteen years.  Herb was a long time member of First Congregational Church in Perry Center, Perry Center Fire Department, and Masons Constellation #404 of Perry.  He owned and operated an insurance and real estate business in Perry for 35 years. 

In 2005 he established the Jean M Besser Scholarship for a student in the arts at SUNY Geneseo.  He was the curator of the Stowell Wiles Art Gallery at the Perry Library, where he served as a trustee for 22 years, 8 of those years as president.  He retired from the library at age 80, but continued as the principal fundraiser for the library parking lot expansion plan.  He was also a volunteer at Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester.

The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support extended to us at this difficult time.

You are invited to join the family for Herb’s Memorial Service at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the First Congregational Church in Perry Center 7205 Perry Center Road Perry, New York 14530.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Perry Public Library70 Main Street  N, Perry, New York  14530 or the Prospect Hill Cemetery Association C/o Joan Sage7284 Route 20APerry, NY 14530. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

don.jpg  Donald “Donnie” Edward Merlau, 56, of Cowlesville, NY passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the Geneseo IRA.  Donald was born December 15, 1959 at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, NY.  He was the second child and first son of Herbert Hartman and Mary Ann Merlau of Dunnellon, Florida.  

Donnie enjoyed participating in his daily household tasks, going out for coffee, lunch, or the movies, sending cards to his family on special occasions, and rocking in his favorite rocking chair. 

Don will be forever remembered by his loving sisters, Peg (Scott) Skellington of Seymour, CT, Pamela (Mark) Hondzinski of Sugar Hill, GA, and Jennifer (Paul) Ahr of Doylestown, PA; his devoted brothers, John Merlau of Kansas City, MO, and Thomas Merlau of Springfield, VT; his many nieces and nephews; and his countless friends at the Geneseo IRA and DOTY Day Services.

There are no calling hours.  A Graveside Service will be held Friday, February 26, 2016 at 10:00AM at the Cowlesville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations may be made to The ARC of Livingston-Wyoming Counties at www.lwarc.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.

air_force.jpg David J. Gavlak, 62, of Perry and Syracuse, passed away at his home in Syracuse on February 22, 2016. David was born in Whitinsville, Ma. on December 27, 1953 a son of the late John J. and Regina N. (Petrovitz) Gavlak.

He was a graduate of Perry Central School. David entered the Air Force in 1972 where he made a career out of it retiring in 1993. He was stationed with the Air Force in many states including Alaska, California, and Nevada as well as being stationed in Iceland and Greece. He received many medals during his career including the Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters, Good Conduct Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Longevity Service Award Ribbon with three oak leaf clusters, along with many other medals awards and ribbons. He then started working VA Hospitals retiring on December 31, 2015 from the VA Medical Center in Syracuse where he was a surgical technician.  He was a member of the Perry VFW Post #5009 and a booster club member of the Batavia Muck Dogs. He enjoyed going to the Batavia Muck Dogs games, going to air shows, collecting model trains, photography, traveling, and hot air balloons, often traveling around the United States to balloon festivals where he would work with the chase crew. 

He is survived by 3 sisters: Karen (Douglas) Heiby of Perry, Mary Jane Gavlak of Snowflake, AZ., Gina (Russell) Flint of Warsaw, 2 brothers: Steven Gavlak of Warsaw and Michael Gavlak of San Fidel, NM, 2 nieces Devon Lee (James) Abejo and Julie Grills, 4 nephews: Timothy (Bridget) Gavlak, Derek (Heather) Heiby, Thomas and John Grills, 2 great nephews: Ethan and Trenten Gavlak along with several Aunts, Uncles and cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday June 15, 2016. Service time to be announced. He will be laid to rest with Military Honors in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Perry.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, Kansas 66675 or visit wounded warrior project.org/donate. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

Midwest City, OK- Dawn Christine Pehrson, 51, of Midwest City, Oklahoma, a certified nurse’s aide at Reliance Living Center in Oklahoma City, died Friday, February 19, 2016 at Alliance Health Midwest in Midwest. Ok.

Mrs. Pehrson was born January 29, 1965 in Sunbury, PA, the daughter of Ronald Dawson of AZ and Ruth (Weist) Dawson of Shortsville, NY.

She graduated from Genesee Community College

Survivors include her companion of 30 years, Raymond Chudoba of Midwest, OK; 2 sons, Chadwick Chudoba of Del City, OK and Joshua Pehrson of Batavia; 2 grandchildren, Isaac and Alexandra; 3 sisters, Tammi, Tina and Tanya; and numerous nieces and nephews. .

Services will be at 11:00 a.m., Saturday at St. Joseph's Mausoleum, 531 Ellicott Street, Batavia. Arrangements were completed by H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home of Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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