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sojda_pamela_-_photo2.jpgPamela (Stell) Sojda, 66 of East Bethany, passed from this earth on May 28, 2021.

She was born March 20, 1955, the youngest daughter of the late Max R. Stell and Esther (Bartell) Stell and grew up on Lewiston Rd. in Batavia. She moved to East Bethany with her late ex-husband, Julian Sojda in 1983, residing there for over 30 years.

Pam graduated from Oakfield-Alabama Central School and continued her education at Alfred State College and Genesee Community College. She was a teller at HSBC Bank for 11 years and an employee of Offhaus Farms, Inc. for over 25 years. She started working part time on the farm while still working at the bank, eventually going full time in 1991. Pam also worked part time at Noblehurst Farms where along with her co-worker, she helped with the development of the newsletter Calving Ease, which helped calf raisers do a better job of raising healthy calves on area dairy farms. A monthly meeting group called Heifer Discussion Group evolved from the newsletter, continued for over 10 years and helped those raising calves.

Pam’s love of animals was apparent and she enjoyed sharing her home and her life with many felines over the years. At times she was the loving caregiver of 5 cats in need of a good home and spoiling for a lifetime. She related that however long they would be a part of her life, she would make their lives happy, no matter how brief that time would be.

Pam was a person interested in a variety of things. She loved to cook and bake, trying new recipes and ingredients. She enjoyed being a homeowner, siding her own house, painting, wall-papering and laying floors. Along with her sister’s help, she built her own chicken coop and raised chickens as her father did when she was a child. Whatever project needed doing, Pam would try to do it herself, learning along the way. Pam enjoyed gardening, canning and freezing her produce and following her mothers passion for putting up what she grew. Pam enjoyed watercolor painting as well sewing her own cloths. Her knowledge of wildflowers, medicinal plants and birds became a passion in her teen years and continued throughout her lifetime.

A member of the Genesee Valley Bottle Collectors Assoc. of Rochester since the early 1970’s, she enjoyed collecting antiques and antique bottles. She was a person whose life was rescuing everything from baby birds, motherless bunnies and cats, to old broken and discarded things. Old furniture in need of love and repair became part of her furnishings.  She learned to refinish, repair and upholster along the way. Pam enjoyed having a home computer, creating spreadsheets and task lists for any need around her home. She enjoyed emailing and writing often times lengthy diatribes of her experiences with various happenings. The recipients of those emails, often funny, sometimes sad, related how talented a writer she was.

Pam served as a member and secretary of the Town of Bethany Zoning Board of Appeals for over 30 years. She was also a proud member of the NRA and SCOPE, having obtained her pistol permit when she was 59 years old.

She is survived by her sister, Deborah A. Konieczny and cousins. She is also survived by her longtime friend, Gordon Offhaus.

Friends and family may gather to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday (June 30th) from 5-7pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, where a memorial service will commence at 7pm after the conclusion of visitation.

Donations in Pam’s memory may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14020 or the Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program, P.O. Box 900, Buffalo, NY 14226. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

Stafford ~ Donna L. Ashley, age 86, passed away Saturday (June 19, 2021) at home, in the loving presence of her family.

     She was born October 29, 1934 in Emporium, PA, a daughter of the late Frank and Helma Van Epps Ellis.    

     Donna, better known as “Mom-Mom” will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and a dear friend to many.  She was a graduate of Cameron County High School in Emporium, PA and went on to received her degree as a registered nurse from Buffalo General Nursing School.  Her career as a devoted nurse spanned 40 years when she retired from the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home in 1996.

     She is survived by her children, Mark (Laura) Ashley, Michael Ashley, Matthew (Rebecca) Ashley and Anne Phillips; her grandchildren, Misty Ashley, Deanne Ashley, Andrew (Jennalee) Ashley, Ethan Ashley and Dylan (Alyssa) Ashley; several step grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, William Ashley, Ray (Regina) Ashley and Gerry (Phyllis) Ashley, along with 4 nephews.

    She will be sadly missed by her dearest and lifelong friend, Janie (the sibling she never had) and the whole Vathy family. Also a special thank you to her dear friend, Aggie for always being there for her.

   She was predeceased by her husband of almost 61 years, Francis C. Ashley; her son, Andrew Ashley; sister-in-law, Peggy Ashley and son-in-law, George Phillips

     Services will be private at the convenience of the family. 

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either the Bethany Fire Dept., 5253 Old Telephone Rd., East Bethany, NY 14054 or Home Care & Hospice, 29 Liberty St., Ste. 6, Batavia, NY 14020.

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

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

hoffman.jpg  Charles B. Hoffman, 78 of Pavilion, NY passed on June 18, 2021 with his family by his side. Charlie or Chuck, as he was known by many was a proud dairy farmer and active member of the agricultural community. He enjoyed reviewing history facts, the art of woodworking, traveling with friends (Tom & Sharon) and always learning new things.  He enjoyed a good old Sunday drive and always had a story with a life lesson to share.  He was the most proud of his family. As the dedicated family photographer, he was always behind his video camera or snapping family pictures.  He was the son of the late Bernard and Lorraine Hoffman of Pavilion.

Charlie is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years Phyllis Hoffman (Mattice).  Sons David (Michelle) Hoffman, Gerald (Karen) Hoffman, Aaron (Traci) Hoffman, Will (Megan) Hoffman and Daughter Margaret Kilby-Weaver. Sisters Linda Sprague of Batavia and Susan (Michael) Shrader of Gloversville NY.

His grandchildren which he gave special nicknames - Mindy (#1 Girl), Michele (Mini Mike), Jonathan (Johnny-Pop), Joshua (Osh Kosh), Tyler (Tippie-Canoe),  Gabrielle (Bright eyes), Jacob (Jake-brake), Caleb (Kibosh), Amanda (Honey), Sara (Squeakers), Leah (Sweetie Pie), Calvin (Cal-man). Also five great grandchildren Lily, Reed, Cora, Bryce and very soon to arrive Clyde.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday June 23rd from 5-8 pm at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. A 10:00AM Funeral Service on Thursday June 24th at Northgate Free Methodist Church 8160 Bank St. Rd. Batavia, NY 14020.  Charles will rest in the Pavilion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to The Friends of the Pavilion FFA 1818 Linwood Rd. Linwood NY 14486 or the Bethany Fire Department 10510 Bethany Center Rd. East Bethany NY 14054. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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.

Mrs. Patricia E. Becker, 94, of Attica, died at home in Attica surrounded by family on June 19th, 2021. She was born April 5th, 1927, in North Java, the daughter of the late Charles W. and Eleanor Mathews Griffin.

A 1944 graduate of Arcade High School, Mrs. Becker retired in 1986 from Becker Bus Service, where she was the Secretary and Treasurer. She was a member of St. Joachim and Anne RC church in Attica. She was also a member of the Attica Court San Sebastián #1012 Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Raymond Becker, her son Daniel Becker, grandson John Michael Leo, and brothers John (Teresa), Paul (Janet), and Frank Griffin.

She is survived by her daughter Mary (John) Cunningham, three grandchildren, Patricia (Isaac) Bath, Richard (Meressa) Leo, Steven (Audra) Leo, four great-grandchildren, Michael and Nilsson Leo and Alexandra and Miles Leo, two sisters-in-law, Alice Becker and Ann Schuessler, close family friend Ralph Marvin, and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday June 23, 2021 from 4-8PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, NY 14011. An 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday June 24th at Sts. Joachim & Anne RC Church 50 East Ave. in Attica followed by burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Java Center.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Flowers are gratefully declined. 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.

The announcement of a loved one’s passing is never something one wants to do.  So, it is with great sadness, and yet also joy that she is now at rest, that Margaret Jean Price (Jean), our mother, grandmother, aunt, passed into the hands of Our Lord on April 22, 2021 at age 95.  She spent her last days at Crossroads House, in Batavia, New York, where she had volunteered for 18 years.

She was born on October 31, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan to Charles A. and Isabelle R. Jackson.  Jean knew she wanted to be an Occupational Therapy while quite young, and went to Cass Technical High School for Occupational Therapy in the early 1940’s in Detroit, Michigan.  She continued to Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) and became one of the earliest OT’s in the country.  She met her future husband, Arthur Burke Price, at Youth Fellowship, and they married September 7, 1948, at the Chapel of Martha and Mary, built by Henry Ford, in Willow Run, Michigan.

Jean and Arthur moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where Arthur taught electrical engineering at Indiana Institute of Technology.  They had 6 children before moving to Byron, New York in 1967: Margaret Jean, Charles Arthur, David Lee, Dale Robert, Kenneth Allen and John Burke.

Jean and Arthur were avid boaters, and belonged to the Oak Orchard Yacht club on Lake Ontario.  They were very active in the leadership of the club, helping to build it when it moved to a new location. Jean was the first female officer and was an honorary member until her passing.  Boating was something that our family did not do, but lived.  We lived on our boat, from Easter to Halloween, some years.  Jean and Art would take their children on trips around Lake Ontario, the Thousand Islands, or “up” the Rideau waterway. 

Jean loved to travel and she would take her family on a trip every summer. These were memorable and a wonderful way for her children and grandchildren to be together, while living many states apart during the rest of the year.  She took us to the Middle East, Scotland, Canada, California, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Arkansas, and many more places.  They were all places she had been to and wanted to share, or places she always wanted to see.  What a wonderful legacy to leave her family.

Jean worked at many hospitals and nursing homes as an Occupational Therapist.  She last worked at the VA Medical Center in Batavia, New York.

After retiring (at age 70), she started volunteering at Crossroads House, a comfort home for the dying.  She volunteered there for 18 years, before “retiring” from there at age 92!  She was very proud of this facility and its caring, loving staff and volunteers.  She cared for residents who were in their last days, and the families that came and went.  Duties could include changing beds, feeding residents, vacuuming or washing dishes.  But they also included caring for family members, cooking for them, praying with them, laughing with them.  Jean spent her last days there herself, and her family, who always knew what a wonderful place Crossroads House is, discovered that they had previously known little of how much love and care Crossroads provides.

Jean was a caregiver for her entire life, caring for her younger twin, her children and husband, her patients and anyone else who needed it.  She was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in Elba, New York, where she had served as a Sunday school teacher, Elder and Memorial Secretary.

She was a very talented lady, having skills and talents which included woodworking, needle arts, drawing and painting, and gardening.  She enjoyed fixing things and was quite proud when able to “jury rig” something so that something which was not working, now worked.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur (1979), and her sons, Dale (1957), David (2000) and Charles (2015).  Siblings Isabelle Susan (late Percival) Flotte, George A. (late Beth) Jackson, and twin brother, James Jackson.

Jean is survived by her daughter Margaret (late Robert) Hayes, daughter-in-law Katherine (late David), and sons Kenneth (Ann) Price, John (Kari Simonetti) Price. She has 8 beloved grandchildren, Robert Hayes, Krystyna (Dan) Paradise, Ada Price, Heather Price, Christopher Price, Kip Price (Heather), Nata Price and Callum Price, and many nieces and nephews.  Jean also has a surviving sister-in-law, Barbara (late Don) Price.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 2 p.m. at The First Presbyterian Church of Elba, 23 North Main Street, Elba. In lieu of flowers, Jean has requested donations to Elba Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 188, Elba, New York 14058 and to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021.To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Jean’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

Batavia - Joshua Jones-Dickens, age 49, of Batavia passed away on June 8, 2021.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Alice Flagler, his aunt and uncle, Anne and Jack Endries and his cousins, Carrie and John Endries.

Joshua was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and attended SUNY Buffalo. He was a volunteer at the Batavia VA Hospital and a resident of the DePaul Home.

There are no prior visiting hours. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12:00 pm at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. He will be laid to rest in St. Francis Cemetery, LeRoy. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joshua's memory may be made to Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Joshua's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

Patricia Ann Birge, 78, of Byron, passed away on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Patricia was born December 16, 1942 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Clarence J. and Hazel (Hunn) Baker.

Patricia enjoyed reading, spending time at the casino, traveling, camping, fishing, flowers and gardening.

Surviving are her husband, Gerald Birge, Sr. of Byron; children, Gerald (Tracy) Birge, Jr. of Bergen, Andrew Birge of Akron, OH and Pamela Birge of Bergen;  grandchildren, Danielle (Stephen) Fennelly, Gerald (Katie) Birge, III and Cody J. Birge; great-grandchildren, Adysen, Hannah and Dominic and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her twelve brothers and sisters.  

There are no prior calling hours.  Patricia 's graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, June 22 at Byron Cemetery, 6395 Townline Road (Route 262), Byron.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Byron Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 326, Byron, NY 14422 or to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North Street, Batavia, NY 14020, www.geneseecancerassistance.org/donate.  

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

Arrangements for Patricia were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

v1.jpg  v2.jpg  Troy B Vereecken, 53, of Bergen, (formerly Elba) NY passed away June 11, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family, friends and his endless record collection playing.   

Troy was born November 11, 1967 to Sue & Brian Vereecken.  He is preceded in death by his sister, Lisa Seefeldt & father Brian Vereecken.

A 1985 graduate of Elba High School, Troy was a huge fan of the Buffalo Bills & the NY Yankees.  He absolutely loved to hunt and spending time with his hunting crew.  Troy was an amazing cook & baker and would enjoy discussing his BBQ & smoking techniques with his brother-in-law Rick.  He leaves behind several very close & amazing friends:  Jane & Kris Petote, Donny (Lori) Wray, Frank (Lisa) Penna & Mark (Carol) Benz, who's endless visits, euchre playing and watching cooking shows kept Troy going and laughter in the house.  

Troy is survived by his wife of 28 years, Denise (Tracy) Vereecken and his children:  Jennifer (Isaiah Mapp) Vereecken formerly of Los Angeles California, Caitlin (Emily) Vereecken of Rochester and Alexander Vereecken of Bergen. 

There will be no prior calling hours.  There will be a celebration in his honor at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance 127 North St. Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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.

Alexander  - Grace Violet Wickins Grefrath, 75, of Alexander, NY, died June 16, 2021, at Highland Hospital after a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
 
Grace was born July 29, 1945, in North Tonawanda, NY, to the late Robert and Frances Helf Wickins and spent much of her life in Alexander, NY.
 
Grace was a proud graduate of Alexander High School- Class of 1963 and kept in touch with several classmates over the years. She attended Alfred State College where she earned an Associates Degree studying to be an executive secretary. Grace worked as a secretary at Eaton Company in Batavia, Eastman Kodak in Rochester and served her alma mater as the secretary to the high school principal until she retired in 2011.
 
During her retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially sitting on the sidelines of baseball and soccer fields and basketball courts or in the audience at music concerts and other special events cheering on her two grandchildren. She looked forward to holidays and outings with friends and enjoyed exploring restaurants and shops.  In recent years, she cherished week-long summer vacations with family.
 
In years past, she volunteered with the Alexander Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary alongside her mother, Frances. Additionally, she helped fundraise and promote the Association for Research of Childhood Cancer (AROCC) in Batavia.
 
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Warren D. Grefrath, daughter and son-in-law, Lori Ann Grefrath Maher and Joe Maher of Brockport, NY; grandchildren, Nathan Joseph and Jessica Violet; nieces and nephews and close friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her son, Steven Dean; brothers Russell Wickins and Frank Wickins and sisters-in-law, Deanna Grefrath and Joan Wickins.

Family and friends may call on Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where Grace’s funeral service will immediately follow visitation. Burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alexander Fire Department, PO Box 336, Alexander, NY 14005 or to the charity of your choice. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

irvingikebeitz.jpgIrving “Ike” Beitz, 89 of Attica, passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Batavia. He was born October 25, 1931 in Attica, to the late George and Lena (Cortwright) Beitz.

Ike retired as Postmaster in Livonia, he also served in Attica, Wyoming and Avon. He was a US Navy Veteran, Korean War and member of Harder O’Donnell American Legion Post 734 in Attica. Ike volunteered for 20 years as an AARP Tax Return Preparer. He spent many years as referee at local high school basketball games and was a member of Attica Lion’s Club. Ike was an avid golfer and was a member of the Attica Golf Club for over 70 years.  

Ike is survived by his beloved wife Carolyn (Simet) Beitz, daughter Ellen Woods, son Timothy Beitz, granddaughter Jennifer (Zach) Jakubowski, brother-in-law Brian (Ann) Simet, along with many nieces and nepehws.

Friends are invited to an 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish, 50 East Ave, Attica, NY 14011.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 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.

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