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ELBA -- Peter Guy Buckel passed away peacefully February 15th, 2020 at his home in Elba. 

Peter was born in Batavia, NY March 3, 1961. He is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Leona (Stroh) Buckel, and a brother, David S. Buckel.

Peter enjoyed gardening, landscaping projects, horseback riding, woodworking and nature, campfires, and the ocean, playing and singing music, playing cards, cooking and barbecuing. He also enjoyed horseshoes, traveling, target shooting and he always found time to help others. Peter was a good conversationalist and had a kind heart.

He was employed at UMMC in Batavia, NY as Facility Mechanic/Maintenance worker; he also held the position of Emergency Preparedness Coordinator since 2015. He trained new drivers for the ambulance and volunteered as an Instructor of Emergency Medical Services training and education; he was also involved in the education and activities of children by teaching them safety procedures. He volunteered as Representative and Chairman of City, County and NY State EMT Programs. 

He is survived by: his daughter, Kristi Buckel Hebert, of Louisiana; three brothers -- James (Carol) Buckel, of Nunda, Ken (Sharon) Buckel, of Florida, and Robert (Alice) Buckel, of Batavia; and two very close friends, Ray Bolster and Michele Freeman, of Elba, and several nieces and nephews.

Private family services were held. 

Please share with the family your memories of Peter and any photos you may have at:   [email protected]

jp_hawks.jpgJACK P. HAWKS ~ 87, native and longtime resident of Batavia, New York, has sadly passed away in Hernando Beach, FL on March 5, 2020, surrounded by family and friends. Jack P. Hawks was the son of the late, Newman L. Hawks Jr. and Bendetta V. Page and stepson to the late Richard Kearney Sr.  He was a beloved sibling to the late Joseph Kearney.

Mr. Hawks graduated from the Batavia School System, where he enjoyed playing football, track, and baseball. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War and earned the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the PRES Unit Citation.

Mr. Hawks worked at Graham Manufacturing for 14 years. He began his career with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department as a Special Deputy on the Water Rescue Team in 1966 and became a Deputy Sheriff in 1969 and retired in 1992. He then worked as a security officer for the Social Services Department in Batavia until his retirement in 2012. Mr. Hawks proudly served his country and the people of Genesee County for most of his adult life

Jack lived his remaining years enjoying the wildlife and nature in Florida with his daughter, Susan, and son-in-law, Gary, after living at home with his son, Jack, for 26 years. The family is grateful for the homecare provided by the local Hospice agency until the end of his life. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. We will see you again in heaven, Jack.  

Mr. Hawks was married to Carol Berg, of Rochester, NY, for 26 years and was the loving father of four children, Debra Hawks (Bill Peabody), Jack L. Hawks, Judy Hawks, and Susan (Gary) Bricker. He was a devoted grandfather to Brianna (Jessica) Hawks, Eduardo (Araceli Solobac) Canudas, Nicholas Militello, Anthony Militello, Lorena (Victor Gonzalez) Canudas, and Lt. William Peabody (Lauren), and great-grandfather to Ana Lucia and Fernanda Gonzalez and Aiden and Alexander Hawks. Stepson to Jennie Hawks. He was a beloved sibling to Richard (Rita) Kearney, Kathleen Kearney, Janet Hawks, Betty Ann (Thomas) Bartz, Paul (Mary Ann) Hawks, Sharon (Peter) Walker, and Larry (Vicky) Hawks. He also leaves behind nieces, nephews, cousins, and many good friends.

The Hawks family will be present at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 W. Main St. Rd. Batavia, New York 14020, March 14th, 2020 from 10 am to 12 pm with a Celebration of Life Service to follow. Jack P. Hawks will be laid to rest at Grand View Cemetery in Batavia, New York. Memorial donations may be made in Jack P. Hawks’ name at the Alzheimer’s Association. http://act.alz.org/goto/Jack-P-Hawks  

Please share your words of comfort with Jack’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF JACK P. HAWKS IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

 

rosen_caryn_-_photo.jpgCaryn P. Rosen, 68 of Amherst and formerly of Akron, passed away peacefully on Monday (March 9, 2020) at McAuley Residence in Kenmore, NY, under the care of Hospice.

She was born in Buffalo, NY on November 18, 1951, a daughter of the late Irving and Olive Bennett Domres.

Caryn was a caring individual who always went out of her way to help others. She loved to spend time with her family and enjoyed other activities such a playing board games, card games and gardening. With her late husband, she had a passion for motorcycle rides. Caryn was a Unit Secretary for Brother of Mercy Nursing Home and most recently at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Her loving heart will be dearly missed by her family and anyone who knew her.

She was predeceased by her husband, Spencer Rosen and son, Wayne Rosen.

Survivors include her daughter, Kelly (Kevin) Neumann of Tonawanda. Grandchildren, Amber and Gavin Neumann. Brother, Corrie (Sandra) Domres of Akron and Debbie Freudenheim of Cheektowaga. Also survived by nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Friday (March 13th) from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY, where a funeral service will be Saturday at 11:00am. Interment will be in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery, Akron, NY.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227. 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.

 

 

Jane E. Bossart Campbell, 81, formerly from Stafford, NY, went to be with the Lord on March 2, 2020, at home surrounded by family.

She was born April 18, 1938, in Batavia, NY, the daughter of Helen and Mark Bossart. She was the youngest of 7 siblings.

On August 16, 1958 she married James W. Campbell, who survives. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Laura Campbell, of Irving, Texas; grandchildren Audra and Layden; daughter and son-in-law, Yvonne and Donald Smith, of Zephyrhills, Fla.; grandchild Caleb; daughter and son-in-law, Michelle and David Jasper, of Riverview, Fla.; and grandchildren Naomi, Nasya, Nehemiah and Nahum.

She is also survived by two siblings, Ruth Bossart Belling and Jean Bossart Stenshorn.

She was a lifetime member of the Stafford Fireman’s Ladies Auxiliary, an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and a Girl Scout Leader.

A memorial service will be held this spring at the Stafford Cemetery.

joanwood.jpgJoan Heath Lapp Wood, 94 of Batavia, passed away peacefully March 6, 2020 at Premier Genesee. She was born in Batavia, November 29, 1925 to the late George (Ruth Halbert) Heath. She is preceded in death by husbands Carlton J. Lapp in 1970 and Dale E. Wood in 1981; sons Douglas Lapp and David Lapp.    

Joan was the owner and operator of Joannie’s Pet Grooming Shop in Elba. A 1943 graduate of South Byron High School, she was a member of East Shelby Community Bible Church. Joan was a volunteer at Stephens Table in Batavia, and volunteered for the medical transport service for Office of the Aging in Batavia. She also worked as an assistant aide for over 30 years for Dr. Paul Phillips Animal Hospital in Batavia, retiring in 2005.

Surviving are her children Anne Clark of Albion; Sandra Johnson of Byron; Donald Lapp of South Bend, IN; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother Halbert (Barbara) Heath of WI; along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 4:00 PM Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at East Shelby Community Bible Church, 5278 E. Shelby Road, Medina, NY 14103. She will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bennington.   

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the church or the cemetery association. 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.   

reginameyer.jpgRegina M. Meyer, 92 of North Java, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility, Warsaw. She was born September 6, 1927 in Kansas City, KS to the late William (Margaret Murphy) McGee. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Gerald Meyer in 1989, sister Kathryn (Dick) Schaefer, sisters-in-law Dorothy McGee, Rita (Darwin) George, brothers-in-law Warren Hunt, Norman (Teresa) Meyer, Elmer and Nelson Meyer.

Mrs. Meyer worked as a Telephone Operator in Arcade before she married Gerald and spent the rest of her life as a Farmer’s Wife. She was a member of Home Bureau, a 4-H Leader for many years and volunteered at the North Java Fire Hall. Mrs. Meyer was member of the St. Nicholas Church Lady of Lords, head of the Bereavement Committee and said the rosary at the nursing homes in Warsaw every Friday. Her faith was incredibly strong and so was the love she had for her family.

She is survived by her sons John Meyer of North Java; Paul (Darlene Thompson) of Bliss; David (Nancy) Meyer of North Java; brother William McGee of Arcade; sister Susan Hunt of Bergen; sisters-in-law Patricia Meyer of AZ; Nancy Farmer of FL; 6 grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday March 10, 2020 from 2-4 PM & 7-9PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. An 11:00 Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at St. John Neumann, 991 Centerline Road, Strykersville, NY 14145. She will be laid to rest in St. Nicholas’ Cemetery, North Java.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Charlotte House, PO Box 123, North Java, NY 14113. 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.

Heaven received a kind, loving soul on March 4, 2020 when Jeffery Edward Miller, age 65, died suddenly following complications from surgery in Tampa, Fla.

Jeff was a corrections deputy who rose to the rank of corporal in the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office in Punta Gorda, Fla., prior to his retirement in December 2018. Upon retirement, he spent the next 14 months stopping to smell the roses and enjoying quality family time with his wife and beloved children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jeff was predeceased by his parents, Edward A. and Hazel M. (Kelsey) Miller, sister Marsha (Maggie) Miller, brother Russell B. Miller, and niece Rachel Miller.

He is survived by: his wife Theresa, of Placida, Fla.; two sons, Mark (Lisa) Miller, of Byron, NY, and Brian (Karen) Miller, of Palmyra, Va.; mother-in-law Susan Boehm, of Placida, Fla.; stepson, Sean Buotte (Jennifer), of Sebring, Fla.; brothers Roger Miller (Judy), of Surry, Va., Greg Miller (Ann), of East Bethany, NY, Paul Miller (Sheri), of Alexander, NY; two sisters, Paula Miller (George Schaefer), of Norfolk, Va., and Vicki Wolak (Jeff), of East Bethany, NY; and sister-in-law Belinda Cox (Rick), of East Bethany, NY.

He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who brought him an immense amount of joy, in addition to longtime family friend Julie Pearce of Sebring, Fla. -- who Jeff’s family also called their sister -- as well as numerous nieces and nephews and family friends in St. Petersburg, Fla.

In honoring Jeff's wishes, a private family memorial service will be held at a future date.

In recognition of Jeff’s longtime passion for animals, the outdoors and hunting, memorial donations may be made in his honor to one of the following organizations: Happy Valley Wildlife Management Area in Williamstown, NY.

Ears Animal Rescue Sanctuary of Englewood, Fla.; or the Suncoast Humane Society of Charlotte County, Fla.

Darien -- Gerald M. Reynolds, of Darien, NY, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Leroy Village Green.

Born on September 9, 1931, to the late Edward and Celestine (Richert) Reynolds, Gerald happily called the family farm in Darien, NY, his only home for 88 years. He had a lifelong interest in history, farming, and public service.  

Upon the death of their father in 1952, Gerald and his brother Edward decided to take on the additional duties managing the Reynolds farm. He belonged to many farm organizations and received awards for herd production, milk quality, and farm safety. He was named Jaycees Genesee County Young Farmer in 1962, and Genesee County Conservation Farmer of the Year in 1998. Shady Summit Farm received a “Dairy of Distinction” award every year since 1991, and was named a Century Farm in 2003 by the New York State Agricultural Society.  

Gerald dedicated his free time to a multitude of organizations, served 15 years as a Town of Darien Councilman, and seven years as Town Supervisor on the Democratic ticket. Prior to his elected positions, he served on the Planning Board for 12 years. He was elected to the USDA Farm Service Agency to represent the towns of Darien, Pembroke, and Alabama.  He had been Chairman of the Corfu Alumni Association, a charter member of the Genesee Valley Civil War Roundtable, a member of the Holland Purchase Historical Society, and a Trustee to the Darien Cemetery Association. He belonged to and was a leader in 4H, Dairylea Young Coop., the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, and Future Farmers of America. He was a faithful member of the North Darien Bible Church until he was physically unable to attend. 

He received the Grange’s 7th degree in 1951 and was Master of the Corfu Grange #142 for 15 years. He was Chapter President of the FFA, New York State Reporter, and earned the American Farmer Degree in 1951. He was elected Vice President of the National FFA organization serving from 1951-1952. Meeting President Harry Truman in the Oval Office in 1951 highlighted Gerald’s FFA service.  

Gerald loved long drives in the country, admiring other farms, antique auctions, investigating unmarked cemeteries, visiting historic sites like Fort Niagara, Gettysburg, and homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. He loved his family above all things and took great pride in cooking for family gatherings, bragging about his grandchildren, and live music – especially when it was performed by family.     

In addition to his parents, Gerald is predeceased by his wife Verna (Cook), his brother Edward John Reynolds, his daughter Deborah Morgan, and his son Michael Gerald Reynolds.  

Survivors include his son Thomas (Laura) Reynolds of Darien, NY, daughter Heather Reynolds of Hornell, NY, stepdaughter Susan Reynolds of Geneseo, NY, 7 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Gerald’s family will be present from 4 - 8  p.m. on Monday, March 9th 2020 at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 E. Main St., Corfu, New York (14036). where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 10th 2020.

Stafford ~ Sharon A. Mattice, age 75, of Main Road, passed away Thursday, March 5, 2020, peacefully with her family at her side.

     She was born March 2, 1945 in Batavia, N.Y., the daughter of the late Irving and Elizabeth Reid Ackley.

     Mrs. Mattice will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.  She loved going to cruise nights and car shows with her antique truck and was a member of the Lone Wolf Cruisers and Stafford Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.  She worked for many years at the  LeRoy Drug Store, Sleights in Batavia, Wandryk's Supermarket, as well as UMMC as their Shuttle bus driver prior to her retirement.

     She is survived by her son, Robert (Susan) Mattice of Stafford, her grandson, Benjamin Mattice of Stafford; her nieces, Diane (Doug) Janes of Pavilion and Linda Ackley (John Woods) of Batavia,  along with several grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

     She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Roger W. Mattice in 2010, and her brothers, Irving Ackley Jr. and Reid (Ruby) Ackley.

     Family and friends are invited to her Memorial Service to be held on Saturday, March 14 at 10:00 AM at the Stafford United Methodist Church.  Interment in the Machpelah Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either Meals on Wheels of Genesee County or the Stafford Fire Dept.

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

     Mrs. Mattice and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

richardkreutter.jpgRichard (Dick) Henry Kreutter was born on March 29, 1945 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the second child of Henry and Clara Kreutter. He passed away peacefully at Strong Memorial Hospital on Monday, March 2nd, 2020 surrounded by his family. Dick lived his early life in both Bridgeport, Connecticut, and later Savannah, Georgia. Dick’s parents were lifelong Catholics, and he later attended Catholic school in Savannah, Georgia.

At age 14 Dick’s family moved back to New York State, settling in Rochester, New York. Dick attended McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester. During his teenage years Dick began pursuing a lifelong hobby of ham radio. Dick’s father was a ham, and Dick began working with electronics and passed his ham radio license exam when he was a teenager. Dick’s call sign was WA2IKC. He continued to pursue ham radio as a hobby, which he pursued with vigor. He later studied for and passed his extra class ham radio exam. During his early adulthood he enrolled in the Air Force and was later given an honorable discharge.

Dick graduated from Monroe Community College, having studied electronics. He then pursued a career in the electronics industry, working for over 30 years at Harris RF Communications in Rochester. He was decorated as an Employee of the Month for his contributions at RF, where he made lifelong friends. He enjoyed fixing and building electronics for his family and friends. Dick also attended many ham fests over the years around New York State, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. While working at Harris, Dick traveled for work, which included travel to Bolivia, Saudi Arabia as well as to New Mexico. Dick enjoyed New Mexico immensely, and later took his two daughters there as adults.

Dick married Pam (Niver) in 1974, and they later had two daughters; Lisa (Kreutter) Acuna, and Kelly Kreutter. Lisa resides in Winter Park, Florida with her husband Hugo, and Kelly resides in Oakland, California, with her husband Auryn McCafferty along with their daughter Oona and son Alillil. Dick is pre-deceased by his parents Henry and Clara Kreutter. He is survived by his wife Pamela, his daughters Lisa and Kelly, two grandchildren, an older sister, Joan Jarzomski, of Port Charlotte, Florida, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He leaves behind two lifelong friends John Stevens and Jim Hastings.

Dick lived a life of devotion to his career, ham radio, and his family. His wife Pam continues to reside in the Rochester, New York area.

Dick will be buried alongside his parents Henry and Clara at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Strykersville, New York.

Dick was a devoted animal lover who enjoyed his pet cats, and memorials in his honor may be sent to the Humane Society (Lollypop Farms) in Perinton, New York.

A celebration of Dick’s life will be held at Calvary Chapel of Rochester sometime during the month of June 2020; details will be made available at a later date. . For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave an online 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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