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Elba - Shirley Ann  Boyce, age 80, of Elba  passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 12, 2021 at her home.

Mrs. Boyce was born on April 14, 1940, in Warsaw, a daughter of the late Nelson Kipfer and Anna Lee Logsdon Kipfer.

Shirley was a rural United States Postal Carrier in Elba for 30 years. A devoted mother and grandmother, she always put her family first. She loved hosting a big Christmas Eve Party every year for her family.  Shirley enjoyed attending her great-grandchildren's' sporting events and loved animals of all kinds. She enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels in her yard and relaxing in the sun and watching her flowers grow.

Shirley is the wife of Irel Dean Boyce who passed away on October 16, 2020.

Surviving are her daughter; Marcy (Nicholas) Colantonio of Stafford; two sons; Scott (Michelle) Boyce of Churchville and Christian Boyce of Elba; her granddaughter; Rita (Sam) Vigiano of Elba; great-grandson, Mason Vigiano of Elba; step-granddaughter; Teresa (Ronald) Tobolski of Oakfield; step-great-grandchildren; Jordyn, Kara and Hunter Tobolski of Oakfield; step-grandchildren; Jordan Croston of Churchville and Krysta (Eric) Nardone of West Henrietta and nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her sister, Betty Lou Lichti.

There are no prior calling hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021.  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, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Martin Charles Will “Marty”, of Florida, passed away at his home on January 10, 2021. He was born on December 6, 1953 in Batavia to Junamae Will Qutermous of Batavia and the late John V. Will. Marty was predeceased by his sister; Christine Will and stepfather; Paul Qutermous.

Marty was a skilled carpenter. He lived in the Fort Lauderdale area for over 40 years. He was very meticulous about his home, garden and restoring his car.

He is survived by his mother, a daughter Stacey Paterson of Powderly, KY., a son Jake Magnus of Indiana; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers Richard E. Will of Pinellas Park, FL. and Jeffrey A. Will of Chandler, AZ.; 5 step sisters and one step brother, an aunt and several cousins.

An 11:00AM Graveside Service will be held on Friday April 16, 2021 at St. Cecilia’s Cemetery in Oakfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021. To leave messages 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.

garyjmilbrand.jpegGary J. Milbrand, 65 of Attica, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from Covid-19. He was born February 16, 1956 in Williamsville, NY to the late John (Rosemary) Milbrand and the late Patricia Hoppel Milbrand.

Gary retired from General Motors and the US Navy. He enjoyed life in general including time with family and friends, traveling and camping.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Almeter-Milbrand; Father and mother-in-law, Richard and Kathleen Shaw of Batavia, Children; Justen (Amy) Milbrand of Getzville, Jessica Milbrand of Depew and Jennifer Milbrand of Depew. Step children; Tim (Rachel) Almeter of S. Byron, Eric (Alexandria) Almeter of Batavia, His grandchildren, Hailey and Aiden Milbrand of Getzville and Evelyn, Eleanor and Newton Almeter of S. Byron. His brother Glenn (Cheryl) Milbrand of N. Tonawanda and sister Erika Milbrand of N. Tonawanda.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, April 19, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. He will be laid to rest in the Western New York National Cemetery.

The Funeral Home will be restricted to 50% of its normal capacity. Face coverings and social distancing are mandatory. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 331 Alberta Drive #106, Buffalo, NY 14226. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 591-1212. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, Inc. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

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 at a future date 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, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

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

LeRoy ~ Mary A. Ferrara, age 89, of West Bergen Road, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday evening (April 6, 2021) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

     She was born December 27, 1931 in LeRoy, a daughter of the late Joseph and Carrie Licata Cordaro.

     Mary will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend, who was devoted to her family and her faith.  She provided a welcoming home for family and friends in the traditional Italian customs which included plenty of great food and good times. Nothing gave her more pleasure than being surrounded by her family. The highlight of every year was her magnificent Christmas dinner of pasta, sauce and meatballs, her famous stuffed shells, and her beloved Christmas cookies, especially the soft white biscotti, which everyone asked for on special occasions as well. She kept a sparkling clean home, she enjoyed poetry, cooking and baking, gardening, and watching “her story”, General Hospital, every day.

     She is survived by her children, Louis (Franceen) Ferrara, Karen (Douglas) Haskin and Daniel Ferrara; her grandchildren, Ashley Ferrara, Rachel Haskin, Mary Grace Ferrara and Daniel Ferrara; her great-grandchildren, Brently, Nash and Nova; all of whom she simply adored. Her siblings, Ann (late Dominic) D’Pasquale, Betty (late Joseph) Merica, Margaret (late Jim) Gravanda, Rachel (late David) Abbott, Theresa (late Daryl) Hamler, Rito (Leslie) Cordaro and Joann Yamonaco, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     Mary was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Louis V. Ferrara; and her siblings, Samuel (Rose) Cordaro, Joseph (Marietta) Cordaro and Charles (Carole) Cordaro.

            The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Strong Memorial Hospital that provided such great care for her. We will miss her for the rest of our days.

     Family and friends are invited to her Rite of Christian Burial on Saturday, April 17 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.

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

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

kalicki_janice_-_photo1.jpgJanice M. Kalicki, 94 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Tuesday October 6th, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

She was born April 22nd, 1926 in Batavia NY, a daughter of the late Edgar and Oloween Burbee Domm.

Janice began her working career as a telephone switchboard operator and quickly moved up to the position of supervisor. More recently she was well-known for her 20 years of volunteer work at My Sister's Closet which was part of the YWCA, overseeing the jewelry display and donations. She received recognition from President George W. Bush for her many years of selfless volunteer work. She always enjoyed shopping for antiques and spent many years attending auctions.  She was a devoted mother and wife, a talented seamstress and loved to cook and bake pies and other treats for her family and friends. In later years she became known as "the crossword queen" as she was a whiz at solving crossword puzzles. She enjoyed many meals at Settlers and Sport of Kings, local diners where everyone knew her and she would browse the newspapers for the puzzles.

She was predeceased by her husband, Theodore Kalicki, son Eric Kalicki, daughter Laurie  Kalicki, siblings Jack Domm from Houston Texas, Joyce Motz of Batavia New York, and Joanne Gerhardt of Auburndale Florida.

Survivors include her daughters Candace Bullock and Beth Gregory, both of Colorado, grandson Christopher Bullock and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Saturday (April 24th) from 11am-12pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY, where a memorial service will follow at 12pm. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery.

Expressions of condolence 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.

 

 

roby_joyce_-_photo.jpgJoyce Ann Roby, 85 of Batavia and formerly of Lima, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Wednesday (April 7, 2021) at her residence.

She was born December 19, 1935 in London, Ohio, a daughter of the late Maxwell and Edith Knedler Snyder.

Joyce loved to sing in her church choir at New Creation Lutheran Church and was a member of the Sweet Adeline's group. She was a beautiful painter and loved to paint woodworking her husband would build for her.  She loved spending time with family and friends to whom she was devoted to.

She was known for her silly sense of humor and was an avid dominos player.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Charles E. Roby of Batavia. Children, Stephen (Doveina) Roby of London, OH, Deborah (Steven) Alloway of Huntsville, OH, David (Jennifer) Roby of Bluffton, OH and Janine (David) Fagnan of Batavia. Sister, Brenda Smith of London, OH. Also survived by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a sister, Edna Mae Baum and brother, Leroy Snyder.

Services will be held in Ohio at a later date and time to be announced.

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.

 

 

LeRoy ~ Roberta I. (Horgan) Graney, age 75, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2021 in the presence of her loving family.

     She was born August 23, 1945 in Batavia, N.Y., the daughter of the late W. Sidney Horgan Sr. and Naomi Fletcher Graham Horgan.

     Roberta was a 1964 graduate of LeRoy High School.  She was very close with many classmates, and continued their friendship by meeting for lunch or dinner just to keep in touch.  She was very athletic and participated in cheerleading and loved to play softball.

     Roberta worked for many local professionals and businesses to include, Dr. Hall, DDS, Dr. Das, MD, BOK Industry, LeRoy Plastics and Rite Aid in LeRoy, where she was the first cashier to be employed there.

     She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary unit 576 in LeRoy and served one year as president.

     She is survived by her husband of 52 years, John J. “Chip” Graney; her sons, Sean (Robertta) Graney and their children, Lauren and Margaret of Stafford; Patrick Graney (Leah McNair) and her children, Faryn and Nevin of St. Petersburg, FL; her sister, Catherine (Carl Sr.) Hyde, her brother, Wm. Sidney (Linda) Horgan Jr.; sister-in-law, Dorothy (Alan) Graham; cousins, Jane (Gary) Larson and her son John, Dorothy Fletcher, along with 5 sisters-in-law, 3 brothers-in-law and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Donald J. Graham.

     Roberta felt her greatest accomplishment was raising their two sons to be good men with a great sense of humor.

     Per her wishes, there will be no prior calling hours.  A Celebration of Roberta’s Life will be held at a future date.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the LeRoy American Legion Post 576, 53 W. Main Street, LeRoy, N.Y. 14482

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

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

stefanski_-_photo.jpgHenry Stefanski, 74 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Tuesday (April 6, 2021) at the Grand Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Batavia.

He was born June 7, 1946 in Munich, Germany, a son of the late Henryk and Marianna Kwiecinska Stefanski.

For over 25 years, Henry Stefanski performed professionally with some of Poland's most prominent jazz bands, including Prowizorka Jazz Band, The Old Timers, and Swing Session. An accomplished banjo and electric/acoustic guitar player, Mr. Stefanski's music has been featured on Polish radio and television.

With his groups, Mr. Stefanski recorded many albums, with one record obtaining gold status -- Poland's first gold Jazz record. Along with teaching at jazz workshops, and performing in various venues across Europe and Asia, Mr. Stefanski performed at Warsaw's Congress Hall, and at the Warsaw National Philharmonic.

Mr. Stefanski worked with several renowned musicians including Sandy Brown, Buck Clayton, "Wild" Bill Davison, Joe Newman, Albert Nicolas, and Bob Wilber. After emigrating from Poland in 1989, he continued to play with several bands around the United States and Canada. When not immersed in music, Mr. Stefanski also enjoyed cooking, board/card games, spending time with family, and spending time outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Eva Zajfert Stefanski of Batavia. Daughter, Monika (Daniel) Luhn of Chicago, IL. Son, Peter Stefanski of Batavia. Also survived by a step-granddaughter, Samantha Luhn.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Monday (April 12th) from 5-7pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 11am at Resurrection Parish, 18 Ellicott Street. Burial will be in Stafford Rural Cemetery.

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, NY14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

Le Roy - John F. Rider passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at Strong Memorial Hospital on April 6, 2021 at the age of 82, as a result of injuries from a fall. He was born on November 5, 1938 in Batavia, NY.

  John is predeceased by his parents, Fred and Rita Rider, his infant daughter, Amy and grandson, Jeffery Rider.

  John served two years in the United States Army as a tank mechanic, after which he started his own contracting business, building many of the homes on Linwood Road and other local commercial buildings, notably the log style Batavia Country Club.  He then moved on to selling real estate for many years as the Owner/Broker of John F. Rider Real Estate in Le Roy, NY.  While running his real estate business, he also served as Le Roy Town Justice, was on the Board of Directors of the Pavilion State Bank and the Genesee Country Bank.  John was a founding member of the Le Roy Business Council and Le Roy Ambulance, where he served as treasurer for many years.  He served on the Le Roy Town Board, was a Third Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of The Hooks and Our Lady of Mercy Parish.

  John cared deeply for his community and was always willing to do whatever he could to make it a better place to live.  His generosity and kindness went without saying. 

  John had a passion for the outdoors and trees, planting hundreds of seedlings around his farm every year, sharing them always with friends and family or anyone who might want a tree for their yard. 

  Nothing was more dear to John than his family. He loved them all deeply and couldn't be more proud of them. He was always there to support them, never missing an event of any kind that any one of them would be participating in.  He will be deeply missed by everyone, but none more than his family who adored him.

  John is survived by his loving wife and soul mate of  61 years, Gloria (Englerth) Rider, daughters, Beth (Paul) Hiscutt, Barbara (Howard) Hotze, Martha Butzbach and son, Steven Rider (Amy).  He is survived by his grandchildren, Chad Pieri (Jacquelyn), Joshua Hotze (Dee), Zachary Hotze (Courtney), Sara Butzbach, Courtney Butzbach (Shawn), his great-grandsons, Tyler Rider and Luke Rider as well as his siblings, Mary (David) Fee, Phil (late Linda) Rider  and Jeanne (Ray) Ianita and many dear friends.  John is also survived by his special feline friend, Rusty Rider.

  The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Strong Memorial Hospital for the wonderful care they provided during John's stay.

  A mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 13 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake Street, LeRoy.

  In lieu of flowers, a Le Roy High School scholarship will be created in honor of John.  This will be presented to a Senior who embodies the dedicated work ethic, selflessness and kindness that he exhibited each and every day of his life. Donations for this scholarship can be mailed to Martha Butzbach, c/o Le Roy Central School Disrict, 2-6 Trigon Park, Le Roy, NY 14482.

  Donations can also be made in John's name to The Open Door Mission, 156 North Plymouth Avenue, Rochester, NY 14608.  https://opendoormission.com/give-give

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with John's Family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Mr. Rider and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

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