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LeRoy -Bonnie A. Beehler, 70, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Bonnie was born November 10, 1950 to the late Richard H. Fee Sr. and Irene Stafford Fee.

Bonnie is the wife of David Beehler Sr. who passed away October 14, 2007, mother of the late David Beehler Jr. who passed away on December 22, 2015, and the sister of the late Linda Ricketts and Richard H. Fee Jr.

Bonnie is survived by her loving daughters, Colleen Sortore of East Bethany, Tonya Lichti and  Jennifer Andrews, both of Leroy. Bonnie was the perfect grandmother to; Brianna Sortore of Batavia, Keegan VanAerman of East Bethany, Kayla Lichti, Tyler and Emma Andrews, all of Leroy, Kodi and Aprile Beehler of Pavilion, her great granddaughter; Mayanasia Long of Batavia: her fur baby “grandpa”; her sister, Susan (Bobby) Sutherland of Georgia, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends. She is also survived by her extended family Jason Raffel and his son Jason Raffel, Jr., John Lyons and his daughter Karmyn Clemons, Kyle Kotarski, Troy Kolb, Luann Brown, Jennifer Gibney, Shane Andrews, Jennifer Cardinali and her children, Michael Pfendler and Abigail Russell.

To know Bonnie was to love Bonnie. She had the biggest heart and cared and loved for all she came in contact with. She was often referred to as “the strongest woman I know” as she battled a 10 year fight against cancer. She never gave up and continued her fight with the utmost dignity. She wore a smile on her face no matter what challenges she may have been up against.

Bonnie adored and admired her family. She was the definition of a “True Matriarch”. Her kids and grandkids were the light of her life. Bonnie took great pride in family gatherings and holidays. She loved cooking for her family.  She was a doting Gramma and never missed an opportunity to tell each grandchild how proud she was of them and how much she loved each one of them. She loved attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and she was known for her cheering! A void will forever be in their hearts.

“Our hearts will forever be empty, but you are no longer in pain. You deserve paradise.  Fly high with the angels- Until we meet again-WE LOVE YOU MOST!!”

Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street where services will immediately follow visitation at 6 p.m. She will be laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery, Pavilion where she will be reunited with her loving husband and son. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in Bonnie’s name to the charity of your choice. To light a candle, leave a condolence or share a story please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Please note funeral home capacity will be limited to 50%. Face coverings and social distancing are required. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the sudden passing of Sandra Jean (MacDonald) Bowles, 67, on April 30, 2021. Sandy, as she was known by her friends and family, was born June 2, 1953 in Batavia, to Loren G. MacDonald and Geraldine (Baker) MacDonald. 

Sandy is survived by her husband and the love of her life for 28 years, Kelly Bowles, her son, Eric MacDonald (Lori) of Lawrence, KS, her daughter Carrie MacDonald (Tim Becker) of Batavia and her grandchildren, Spencer MacDonald (Veronica Pate), Maura MacDonald, Mason MacDonald, Reagan MacDonald, Alora Becker, and Jaylynn Becker, her sisters Joanne MacDonald and Jeanette DeFazio, both of Batavia, Carol Jolicoeur (Roger) of Dallas Texas, and Pearl Ribbeck (Doug) of Tennessee; her sister-in-law, Donna MacDonald of Sarasota, Florida and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her brothers David MacDonald and Loren (Lonnie) MacDonald and her great granddaughter Nadia Lily Pate. 

Sandy, a lifetime Genesee County resident worked for various local Batavia establishments over her career. In each, she developed friendships with her many regular customers.  She always spoke fondly of “her regulars”. If you were one of them, you know who you are. 

What she loved most was spending time with family and friends whether it was playing euchre, cooking big meals to share or just talking, she was a joy to be around, often sparking laughter with her jocular nature. 

What Sandy lived for most was her grandchildren. She was a doting grandmother that never missed the opportunity to let her grandchildren know how much she loved them and how important they were to her.  They thought she made the perfect pancake. And lest we forget her dogs Spike, Emma, and Tanner who will miss her very much.  

She enjoyed shopping and crafting with her sisters and cousins. She took every opportunity to reach out to her loving family all over the country thanks to the means of modern video communications, often prodding them to take care of themselves. 

While her loss leaves a void in the hearts of those that she loved and loved her we will forever cherish the generous and thoughtful spirit that she was.

Friends may call on Friday, May 7, 2021 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, where a celebration of Sandy’s life will follow immediately at 5:30 p.m. Graveside services will be held on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Alexander. Please consider memorials in her name to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021. To leave a condolence, share a story, light a candle or to view Sandy’s funeral online please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Please note that funeral home occupancy is limited to 50%. Facial coverings and social distancing are required. Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.

Stafford ~ Donald E. MacDonald, age 81, of Sweetland Road, passed away unexpectedly at home on April 28, 2021.

     He was born September 6, 1939 in Olean, N.Y. , a son of the late Donald C. and Mildred A. Foote MacDonald.

     Don was a part of Faith Community Church in LeRoy, where he regularly attended services and provided assistance with the church upkeep.  He enjoyed reading the Bible, constructing model airplanes and socializing with his friends.  His biggest passion though was working on cars and attending car shows and events.  He was also a member of the Lone Wolf Cruisers.  He was retired from Kodak Film Company in Rochester.  He was a special person with a great sense of humor.

     He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Sherri (Jim) Raab; step-daughter, Deborah Birch; his past wife and close friend, Ann MacDonald; his twin brother, Ronald (Norie) MacDonald of Ceres, PA; sisters, Patricia (Bill) Kinney of Ceres, PA and Carol (Curt) Lewis of West Almond, NY;  brother, Clayton "Jack" MacDonald; along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Ethyl (Chris) Fitch and Susan (Charles) Snyder.

     Family and friends may call on Thursday, May 6 from 2 ~ 4 and 6 ~ 8 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 7 at 11:00 AM at the Faith Community Church, 8419 East Main Rd., LeRoy, with interment in the Stafford Rural Cemetery. (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 50% capacity during the course of visitation and face masks are required.)  

     In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Don may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

Oakfield - Mrs. Mary  Lucille  Yunker, age 85 of Oakfield, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Buffalo General Hospital following a brief illness.

Mrs. Yunker was born March 25, 1936 in Medina, a daughter of the late Edward John DePalma and Marian Elizabeth Dujenski DePalma.

She worked as a telephone operator and bank teller before becoming a full-time wife and mother, which was her true calling and greatest joy.  She always put her family first.

A member of St. Padre Pio Parish in Oakfield, she was a lover of all animals. She enjoyed feeding the birds, squirrels and cats that would visit her home and took delight in tending to her flowers.  She loved dancing with Richard (especially the polka), and listening to Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand.

Surviving are Richard D. Yunker whom she married on October 19, 1963; two daughters, Kathleen (David) Yoder of Corfu and Kristin Yunker of Oakfield; her grandchildren, Matthew and Anna Yoder of Corfu; her brother, Edward "Butch" DePalma of Summerfield, Florida; her sister, Elizabeth (Duane) Quintern of Summerfield, Florida; brother-in-law, Donald (Joyce) Yunker of Oakfield, sisters-in-law, Joan Schrauth of Maryland, Irene Yunker of Batavia and Bonnie Yunker of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia's Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.

Brockport - Carla  L.  Ruggles, age, 56 of Brockport, passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2021 surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Ruggles was born on July 11, 1964 in Clarkson, a daughter of the late Lincoln F. Harvey and Louise S. Harvey.

A 1982 graduate from Brockport Central School, she was an avid gardener who enjoyed tending to her flowers and vegetable garden. She loved to gather with her family and friends and crafts. Carla liked to listen to live music, sing karaoke, and dance.

She is survived by her sons; Donald Ruggles and Matthew (Jesse Proia) Ruggles, both of Brockport; the father of her children, Donald Ruggles; four grandchildren; Ethan Ruggles, Jake Ruggles, Austin Ruggles and Robert Ruggles; her siblings; Candie L. (Carl) Pocock of Bergen, Lynette M. (Garry Nicholas) Weber of Florida, Philip L. (Sharon) Harvey of Hamlin and Colin P. (Kerstin) Harvey of Florida and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her brother, Alan J. Harvey and her former brother-in-law, Herb Weber.

There are no prior visiting hours. Graveside services will be held in Mount Rest Cemetery at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UR Medicine Hospice, 2180 Empire Boulevard, Webster, New York 14580.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home of Bergen.

Alabama - Kathryn Gilbert, 91 of Alabama passed away on Saturday, (May 1, 2021) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia where she had been residing.

Mrs. Gilbert was born August 24, 1929 in Shelby, a daughter of the late Harold and Minnie (Roggow) Meiser.

A devout christian, she was a member of the Alabama-Basom United Methodist Church where she held several leadership positions throughout the years.  Kathryn is a past member of the Alabama Cemetery Committee. She enjoyed going for walks, traveling, flowers, and watching old movies and PBS on television. Mrs. Gilbert was a patriotic woman who loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Kathryn is the wife of  the late Rowland Gilbert who passed away in 1980.

Surviving are her children, Keith (Judy) Gilbert of Alabama, and Melinda (Gordon McConnell) Gilbert of Basom; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Gilbert of Oakfield; grandchildren, Carrie (Frankie, Jr.) Desjardins of Oakfield, Kristina Gilbert of Oakfield, Chad (Sonya Charache) Gilbert of Basom, Candy (Justin) Hill of Oakfield, and Jason Gilbert of Middleport; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Dallas Gilbert, Rylee Hill, and Jamie Gilbert. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She is preceded in death by a son, Kevin Gilbert; brothers, Lester and Wendell Meiser; sisters, Viola Bentley, Edna Chugg, and Mildred Ross.

Services will be held privately for the family. Kathryn will be laid to rest beside her husband in Alabama Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alabama-Basom United Methodist Church, 1392 Church Street, Alabama, New York 14013 or Volunteers for Animals, PO Box 162, Batavia, New York14021.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

joannecdoll.jpgJoAnne C. Doll (née Clark), 74, of Attica, NY passed away on Thursday April 29, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.  JoAnne was born July 12, 1946 in Buffalo as the youngest of four daughters to Eileen Mae Clark (née Stuart) and Edward Holt Clark.  She is preceded in death by her sister Jane (late Jack) Schreiner.  Surviving is her husband of 41 years, Henry E. Doll of Attica, and two sons, Edward Doll of Hamburg, NY, and Robert (Alicia) Doll of Pittsburgh, PA.  JoAnne is also survived by sisters Mary (late Irving) Levin of Issaquah, WA and Judith (late Edward) Griese of Morrisville, grandson Theodore, and many nieces, nephews and friends. 

JoAnne held a degree in Physiotherapy from Ithaca College and spent years caring for patients in New York City, St. Jerome Hospital in Batavia, Genesee County Health Department, local school districts, and private client consultation.  She was an avid reader, traveler, florist by family trade, and pursued hobbies of antiquing, gardening, beekeeping, and raising chickens.  She was a devoted wife and caring mother.  

JoAnne was a longtime resident of Attica where she was active in the Saints Joachim and Anne (formerly St. Vincent de Paul) Roman Catholic Church.  Her faith, work ethic, and love of community were evident in years of service as a member of the church altar rosary society, funeral luncheon committee, and many fundraisers.  Through the years, JoAnne was a volunteer at Genesee-Wyoming Catholic Central School, the Attica Historical Society, the Veterans Administration, and other local charitable activities.  She was a member of Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Mary Jemison Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, Alice Putnam Chapter of the National Society Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, and Red Hat Society.  

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM at Marley Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011.  A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 11 AM at Saints Joachim and Anne Roman Catholic Church, 50 East Avenue, Attica, NY 14011.  JoAnne will be laid to rest at Brant Cemetery in Brant, NY.  

Please note face coverings and reduced capacity will be required at gatherings.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.  

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to ConnectLife (https://www.connectlife.org/) and Catholic Daughters of the Americas (https://catholicdaughters.org/).  For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14530.

mildredebell.jpegMildred E. Bell (nee Staiber). On April 30, 2021 at age 97, Mildred joined her husband Raymond J. Bell after being separated for 21 years. There was great joy when Mildred and Raymond joined their daughter Barbara (Kline) Roberts and their son Raymond (Nancy). Mildred was welcomed by her parents, Henry and Nora Staiber, and her brother George (Theresa) Staiber. Also joining in the celebration were her sisters, Marion (Thomas) Foster, Clare (Charles) Buecheler, and Barbara (William) Frisch. They were surrounded by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  

Surviving on earth are her children Janet (James) Brunner, Joan (Charles) Williams and Joseph (Diane) Bell, along with her sister Jean (Frank) McCormick, and brothers John (Gerry) Staiber and Mike (Peggy) Staiber. Mildred left behind fifteen grandchildren, twenty three great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish, Varysburg, NY at a time to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Attica Fire Department & Rescue Squad, 11 Water St, Attica, NY 14011 or to the church. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

hughjgraff.jpegHugh J. Graff, 61 of Corfu, passed away on April 29, 2021 at Terrace View Long Term Care in Buffalo. He was born on August 26, 1959, known by his family and friends as “Lefty”. He is preceded in death by his loving parents Paul and Beatrice (Brunner) Graff and a brother-in-law Jerry Henry.

Hugh was a hardworking heavy equipment mechanic and would help you out if you needed a hand with your own repairs. He truly enjoyed NASCAR racing and was a faithful Dale Earnhardt fan.

Survivors include his wife Barbara (Bartz) Graff, son Sonny (Laura) Graff, daughters Sherri Wahr and Tanya Mayback. Siblings Paul Graff, Audrey Henry and Connie (David) Rethlake, 7 grandchildren along with nieces and nephews.

A private interment at St. Vincent’s Cemetery, Attica, will take place for the immediate family. There will be a memorial luncheon to follow. Please call the family for details.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Terrace View Activities Fund, 462 Grider St, Buffalo, NY 14215. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Macomb/Zephyrhills - Gerald G Elliott, 73  of Macomb, New York and Zephyrhills, Florida and formerly of Corfu, passed away on December 22, 2020 at Advent Health in Zephyrhills.

Mr. Elliott was born December 1, 1947 in Batavia, a son of the late George and Evadene (Wiltse) Elliott.

He was a 1967 graduate of Pembroke High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the Army, where he served honorably during the Vietnam War. Gerald was a member of the Akron Masonic Lodge, the Shriners, American Legion, VFW, and the Elks Club. He retired in 2010 after 36 years as a heavy equipment operator with County Line Stone.

Mr. Elliott enjoyed landscaping, hunting, fishing, spending time with family and friends, and traveling between Black Lake and Florida.

Surviving are his children, Steven Elliott of Corfu, Michelle Czechowicz of Lockport, and Amanda Elliott of Basom; grandchildren, Bryce, Kristen, Jason, Amarri, Journie, Giara, and Isaiah;  his companion, Pai, of Florida; siblings, Reylene (late George) VanGeldren of Fishkill, Gayle (Dennis) Waldron of Byron, Lee (Bonnie) Schoenthal of Corfu, and Ila Jean (late John) Terry of Hammond. Nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Family and friends are invited to call on May 22, 2021 from 1:00 pm  to 2:00 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, where a Masonic Service and Memorial Service will immediately follow at 2:00 pm. Gerald will be interred in the Western New York National Cemetery in Corfu at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  

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




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