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Richard H. Kern, 84, of Corfu, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 7, 2021, from complications from COVID-19 at United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia. It was 1 day before his 85th birthday.

Dick was born on February 8, 1936 in Batavia, son of the late Harold and Alice Bartholf Kern. He was the beloved husband of Shirley A. Kern, who passed away Monday, February 1, 2021. 

Dick worked for 39 years at William’s Poultry Farms. He was active in the Pioneer Men’s Club, enjoyed snowmobiling but most of all riding on his John Deere tractor mowing his lawn. His 14 acre lawn looked like a park!

A kind and generous man who loved to tell a story! His charm and wit was infectious. But most of all he was a loving husband and amazing dad and Grandpa!

Dick is survived by his daughters, Carol Kern, Brenda Caudle, Debbie Kern and Patti Kern; grandchildren, Stephen (Kathy) Messa, Jessica Messa, Jacob R. Kern-Mireles, Jana (Ben) Glatt, Jami Saladin and Lucas Saladin; two great grandchildren, Xavier and Avi Messa and soon to arrive Theodore Glatt.

Family and friends may call Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu. Funeral services will be held Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11 a.m. at the mortuary. Masks and social distancing are mandatory. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dollars for Scholars at Pembroke High School.

givens.jpg Richard M. Givens, age 85 of Perry, passed away on Sunday February 7, 2021at the NYS Veterans Home at Batavia where he had been residing. He was born on August 4, 1935 in Cortland, New York a son to the late John D. and Ilma W. (Wood) Givens. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his wife: Rosemary who passed away on September 22, 2020

Dick was a 1954 graduate of Owego Free Academy where he lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. During his senior year he was named to the New York State All Star basketball team. Dick was also active in Scouting and finished his Scouting career with a rank of Eagle Scout. After high school Dick joined the US Coast Guard. After basic training he was sent to the South Pacific for the next three years. Upon completion of his Coast Guard duty Dick took a position with International Harvester Company, working his way up to Sales Manager of the Northeast region of the US. In 1970 Dick joined Walkley Farm Equipment in Perry, and became owner and President in 1984. On December 11, 1971 Dick married the love of his life Rosemary Beschen. Dick and Rosemary owned and operated Sears Catalog Store and Berry’s Variety Store in Perry for several years in the late 1980s. He was a Member of St. Immaculate Conception in Pavilion, member and Past President of the Perry Rotary Club, Perry Library Board, Cornell Cooperative Extension and Silver Lake Country Club. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by 4 sons: Steven (Margaret) Givens of St. Cloud, Fl., David (Megan) Givens of Owego, John (Jessica) Givens of Phelps, Mark (Bridget) Givens of Perry, 8 grandchildren: Kaitlin Banfield, Nicole, Carol-Leigh, Sierra, Mary, Matthew, Kara and Claire Givens, 2 great grandchildren: David Jay and Noah Richard.

An 11:30AM Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday February 13, 2021 at St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) in Perry. Dick will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry with full honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Perry Rotary Club P.O. Box 103 Perry, New York 14530.  For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, N.Y. 14530.

josephinegarofalo.jpgJosephine M. Garofalo, 78 of Batavia, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2021 at Rochester General Hospital. She was born on October 22, 1942 in Cuylerville, to the late Leonard (Angelina Zanghi) Celentano. She is preceded in death by a brother Michael Mead.  

Josephine worked alongside her husband for many years at Garofalo Construction and West Main Enterprises. She enjoyed cooking, baking and working outside. Family was her life and her love, from grandchildren, children and her husband who she adored.  

Josephine is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Domenico Garofalo Sr, children, Antoinette Platek, Domenic (Jennifer) Garofalo, Michael (Amy) Garofalo, sister Rose McDonald, grandsons Joseph, Jacob, sister-in-law Pierina (Tony) Buccini, niece Rosanna (Tim) Klassen, special friends and caretakers, Mary Ellen Wilber and Michelle Gaylord, along with several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many relatives through Western New York.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, February 15, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St, Batavia, NY 14020. A 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Ascension Parish, 15 Sumner St., Batavia, NY 14020. She will be entombed in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum.   

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14020. 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.

evelyngorny.jpgIt is with deep sadness that we share with family and friends the passing of our dearest mother Evelyn (Carpenter) Gorny. Mom was lifted into Heaven by Angels on January 29, 2021 at the age of 89 at East Side Nursing Facility where she had been a resident for several years.

Mom was born on April 7, 1931 in Attica; a daughter of the late Everett and Julia (Barney) Carpenter.

She was the beloved wife of Arthur Gorny Sr., her one and only love (her Honey) who passed away on August 2, 1994. She was also predeceased by her sons Arthur Gorny Jr.; Steven Gorny and her brothers; Everett Carpenter and James Dunn; also a special granddaughter Sassy.

Surviving is her sister Catherine Kubala; her children, Paul (Marcia) Gorny, Gale (Ron) Walters, Teresa (Mark) Smith, Linda Feeley, Richard (Sharon) Gorny, Mark Gorny, Philip (Tina) Gorny, along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She loved her children and only wished the best for each of them.

Mom was an amazing cook. Anything from cookies to a pot roast was mouthwatering. As a mother of 9 children anything that could be canned or processed certainly was. Her embroidery skills were amazing; from table linens to pillow cases. She enjoyed playing Bingo with the residents at East Side Nursing Home and was overjoyed when a prize was won. The activities employees are truly caring and kind. Mom could listen to “Elvis” for hours. Her favorite song was “Love Me Tender”. “Oh” he’s so handsome were words often spoken by mom. She so loved all flowers and vary much appreciated the many bouquets that she received during her time at East Side. Mom anxiously awaited the arrival of the Humming Birds each spring and admired their beauty. One luxury she gave herself was to visit her hairstylist weekly.

What do you say to a mother who is largely responsible for who you are as a person? We say thank you Dear Mother. Thank you for being our support when it was needed. Thank you for teaching us good moral values. Thank you for allowing us to know you as the kind hearted person that you are. We are so grateful to have had you as our mother and cherish the times we had together. So please Guardian Angels, take our thank you’s and gently deliver them to our Dearest Mother and may she always know how deeply she loved and how very much she will be missed.

As I was leaving the Nursing Facility not knowing that it will be my final visit with my mother a very caring individual spoke these caring words to me. “There are no wasted tears if they are tears for your mother.” I lovingly agree. Thank you Mel.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, February 12, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011. She will be laid to rest in Varysburg Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to East Side Nursing Home Activities Department, 62 Prospect Street, Warsaw, NY 14569 or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023. 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, NY 14011.

Batavia - LaVerne  C.  Cooley, Jr., age 92,  of Batavia,  passed away on Friday, February 5, 2021 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Mr. Cooley was born Saturday, March 10, 1928 in Batavia, a son of the late LaVerne C. Cooley Sr. and Florence E. Butler Cooley. He is also predeceased by his step-mother, Mayme Tober Cooley, his brother, Duane S. Cooley and a dear friend, Ruth E. Gear.

LaVerne worked at the Batavia Times Publishing Co., Inc. as a printer and was a graduate of Batavia High School. He furthered his education at the Fredonia School of Music, was an accomplished organist and served many area churches.  A member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Batavia he served as the church organist for 42 years. Prior to St. Paul's, he was the organist for the First Presbyterian Church of Attica and the Church of Christ in Attica. He was a lifelong member of the American Guild of Organists in Buffalo.  He enjoyed small scale model trains and the vacations he took through the Rocky Mountains and the Grand Canyon by train.

Surviving are two nieces Diane Cooley Sharp and Joanne Cooley Goodwin, both of Virginia, along with other nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, February 12th, 2021  from 10:00 am  to 11:00 am  at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia where LaVerne 's Funeral Service will follow visitation immediately at 11:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Church capacity will be limited to 50% - Face coverings and social distancing will be required for attendance. Thank you for your cooperation and consideration.

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

Oakfield - Suzanne B. Dickens, 71 of Oakfield,  passed away peacefully on Thursday, (February 4, 2021) at her son's home in Rochester following a brief illness.

Mrs. Dickens was born, February 7, 1949 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Richard and Shirley (Sumeriski) Manning.

Suzanne is the wife of C. Curtis Dickens who passed away in 2006 and half-sister of the late Ann Johnson.

She is survived by her sons, Christopher Dickens of Rochester, and Dan (Kate) Dickens of Batavia; sisters, Linda (Joseph) Higley of Alexander, and Terry (Kevin) Weber of East Bethany. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

There will be no visitation. A private graveside service will be held in St. Cecelia's Cemetery in Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oakfield Betterment Committee, PO Box 2, Oakfield, New York 14125.

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.

eileenmyrtlegilbert.jpgMyrtle “Mert” Gilbert, 97 of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Villages of Orleans in Albion. She was born April 29, 1923 to the late Alfred C. (Margaret Kinsella) Baker. She is preceded in death by her husband Earl E. Gilbert whom she married November 8, 1941 and he passed away January 3, 1993. Also preceded in death by daughters Patricia H. (Andrew) Zigrossi, Anne M. Moore, grandchildren Lisa M. Moore, Patrick D. Moore, Daniel R. Gilbert, siblings Mary Dusel, Margaret Ellingham Carroll, David Baker.

Mrs. Gilbert was a member of Holly Name of Mary RC Church in East Pembroke for over 70 years, Holy Name Society, Bereavement Committee and received the St. Joseph’s Medal of Honor Award. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and baking.

She is survived by her son Ronald (Wanda) Gilbert, son-in-law Leon Moore, grandchildren Dawn (Kevin) Fisher, Denise (Darrin) Bull, Mary Anne (Lisa Carter) Moore, Leanne (Kris) Lickfeld, Christopher (Stephanie) Zigrossi, Todd (Carrie) Zigrossi, Susan Gilbert, great-grandchildren Erika (Jason) Ranlett, Colleen M. Fisher, Jessica (Dale) Brumsted, Matthew and Jenna Gilbert, Sara, Julia and Emily Zigrossi, great-great-grandchildren Isabella George, Penelope and Natalie Ranlett, Hunter and Amelia Brumsted, Abraven Chamberlain, along with many nieces and nephews.

There are no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for the family. She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia's Cemetery, Oakfield. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 18 West Main St., Corfu, NY 14036 or to St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Ave, Oakfield, NY 14125. 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.

LeRoy ~ Margaret A. Dillon, age 80, of Myrtle Street, passed away early Saturday morning (February 6, 2021) in the loving presence of her family.

     She was born December 1, 1940 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Joseph and Alice Johns Hawker.

     Margaret was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend, who cherished time spent with her family.  She always looked forward to family reunions where she could catch up with her brothers and sisters.  Margaret was a huge Elvis fan and enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and reading.

     She will be sadly missed by her children; Vickie (David) Maskell of Missouri, Sue (Kevin) Pike of Batavia, Hugh (Leanne) Dillon of Leicester, Larry Dillon of Perry, Dianna Dillon (Wade Godlove), Betty Dillon (Dennis Draper) and Brenda Dillon, all of LeRoy; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; siblings, Jean (Duane) Watson of IN, Patricia Burkhead of MI, Joyce (Bob) Gerber of MI, Don (Phyllis) McHugh of IN and Howard (Loretta) Yoder of IN; best friend, DonnaLee Dries; feline companion, Buttons; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

     She was predeceased by her sister, Eleanor (David) Scott and the father of her children, Harold “Buster” Dillon.

     The family would like to recognize and thank her two special care providers, Joeylyn and Chad, for the loving and devoted care they provided to their grandmother.

     There will be no prior visitation or services at this time.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Volunteers for Animals, 3841 West Main Street Road, Batavia, N.Y. 14020

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

paullaudico.jpgPaul Laudico Sr., 63, passed away unexpectedly on February 3rd, 2021. He was born October 27th, 1957 to the late Charles (Karen) and Rita Laudico. 

Paul was known and loved by so many. He was a well-respected and hardworking union carpenter in Buffalo until his retirement. He loved nature and animals, especially his dogs. He made the best breakfasts and sauce and loved to have family meals. He told the best stories and made everyone around him laugh, even when you were mad at him. His family was his world. He will be deeply missed. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Holley, his four children Sarah (Cody) Millspaugh, Paul Jr., Dan (Chelsie), Alyssa (Maxwell) Torrey, his four grandchildren, Carmella, Karter, Kerigan, Evelyn, his siblings Roberta Mustachia, Charlie (Michelle), Tom (Shelley), Steve (Sharon), and Becky (TJ) Hopkins, along with aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces & nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 11th from 5-8 pm at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. The funeral home will be operating at 33%  of its capacity during visitation due to COViD 19 restrictions. Face coverings and social distancing are mandatory. Thank you for your cooperation.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jordyn Torrey Augello Foundation, 27 Main Street, Elba, NY 14058 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital www.stjude.org. 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.

delllouisgriffith.jpg Dell L. Griffith, 87 of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Premier Genesee. He was born August 20, 1933 in Franklinville, NY to the late Harry (Eleanor Smith) Griffith. He is preceded in death by his wife Lillian (Gibson) Griffith and a sister Carol Fite.

Dell was the oldest and only son of six children.  He left high school in the 10th grade and eventually enlisted in the Air Force where he served during the Korea conflict. He was stationed throughout the United States, including Colorado, and also in the French Morocco. At this time he received his high school diploma.  After his Air Force service, he eventually made his way to Kodak and became a supervisor. He took his first wife and three daughters to live in Fort Collins, Colorado where his last daughter was born. Dell was eventually transferred back to Rochester and lived life as a single man until he met his beloved wife, Lillian. Shortly after their marriage in 1981, they moved to Loveland, Colorado. Dell retired from Kodak in 1990 and enrolled in journalism and art classes. He worked part-time at Walmart to help pay to keep his 1979 Chevy Blazer running, buy painting supplies and pay for the care of horses he would have over the years. He retired from Walmart in 2012. Dell and Lillian enjoyed traveling throughout the western states and lived happily until Lilian passed away unexpectedly in 2013. Dell decided to move back to NYS in 2015, but his heart and mind were always in Colorado. Before Dell died, he was able to meet his first great-grandson that was born this past October.

Dell was known for his love of life, sense of humor, his camera at his side, willing to go anywhere at any time, his love of Lillian, his daughters and grandchildren (natural, step and “adopted”). His passions were his 1979 Chevy Blazer, painting, photographing wild horses in the Rocky Mountains and cheering on the Denver Broncos!

Dell is survived his children, Betsy Griffith of Le Roy, Lisa Griffith of Batavia, Kelly Zintel of Le Roy, Kris (Ted) Tsoukalos of Batavia, step-children, Linda (Bob) Hendricks of Lancaster, Ronald (Ruby) Downs of Alexander, Terry (Ann) Downs of Florida, sisters, Irene (Bob) Fite of Byron, Donna Kruppa of Penfield, Janice (Ron) Browne of Washington, Dorothy (Neil) Poff of Arkansas, 10 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 6 step-grandchildren, 7 step-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews. Dell is also survived by “adopted” Colorado grandchildren, Adrienne Godwin & Jennifer Benson and Jesse Jankowski & Lindsey Jankowski.  He is also survived by his grandcat buddy, Andy.  He was predeceased by his best friend, George Miles.

There are no prior calling hours. A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Cloud Foundation www.thecloudfoundation.org. 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.

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