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LeRoy - Mary Beth LaVare, 53, of LeRoy, died on Monday (April 17, 2017) at Strong Memorial Hospital.

She was born June 25, 1963 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Charles Douglas and Marguerite (Johnson) Laird.

Throughout Mary Beth’s whole life dealing with her illness, she was a fighter.

Survivors include her husband, Rick LaVare of LeRoy; one son, Joseph (Kimberley) LaVare of Williamsville; one daughter, Kelsey LaVare of LeRoy; two grandsons, Blake LaVare and Bertram LaVare; three brothers, Thomas (Kathy) Laird of Fort Pierce, FL, Kenneth Laird of East Bethany and Douglas Laird of Pennsylvania; two sisters, Catherine (William) Plaisted of Clifton Springs and Nancy (Dale) Thompson of Stafford and several nieces and nephews.

Mary Beth is predeceased by twin daughters, Jill and Rebecca LaVare.

Calling hours are Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia, where services will be held at 2:00 p.m. also on Saturday.  Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 315 Alberta Drive, Amherst, NY 14226 or online at http://www.diabetes.org.

Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Mary Beth’s memory at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.




Cazenovia - Dr. Conrad Joseph Kubiniec, 79, passed away on March 18, 2017 at the Syracuse VA Medical Center Hospice, surrounded by his family after a valiant 3-month battle with cancer.

He was born on March 30, 1937 in North Tonawanda, New York the son of the late Charles F. and Cecelia (Young) Kubiniec.

He graduated from North Tonawanda High School in 1954. He was a proud member of the University of Buffalo Dental School Class of 1961.  Conrad went on to serve his country as an officer and dentist in the US NAVY at Great Lakes Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois.

Upon his honorable discharge from the Navy, Conrad returned to Western NY and opened his dental practice in Batavia.  He practiced dentistry for 40 years, the last 10 with his son, Michael.  While a Dentist, he was elected into the Pierre Fauchard Academy, an International Honorary Dental Organization.  He was a member of the Tri-County Dental Society and the 8th District Dental Society.

Along with his successful dental practice, he was a member of The Batavia Lions Club, The Batavia Rotary Club and The Batavia Club.  He sang tenor in the Genesee Chorale and appeared in numerous Rotary Shows. He served on the Board of Directors of the Batavia YMCA and AAA of Western NY.  Upon retiring to St. Augustine Florida, he was an active member of St. Augustine’s Sunshine Rotary Club and the St. Augustine Bridge Club. He spent his summer months in Cazenovia, New York.

Conrad was rich with avocations.  He was an American Contract Bridge Life Master. He was an avid long distance runner and completed two Skylon Marathons in Niagara Falls. He ran for years with the Batavia Sunday Morning Running Club.  As an accomplished lifelong bowler, he achieved his goal of completing a sanctioned 300 game. He was a Master Gardener in the Cornell Cooperative Extension in New York and The University of Florida Cooperative Extension in Florida. He voluntarily tended plantings and community gardens in Batavia and at the St. Augustine Bridge Club and helped family, friends and neighbors with plans, plants and labor.

Conrad married Ann O’Grady Kubiniec of Cuba, New York in 1959. They shared 57 years of marriage and, together, they raised three children. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three children, Dr. Michael (Sharon) Kubiniec of Batavia, Thomas (Juliet) Kubiniec of Cazenovia and Katherine (Kenneth) Dunn of Danvers, MA.  He was the beloved “Grandpa Alligator” to Austin, Robert and Thomas Kubiniec of Batavia, NY, Colton, Hailey and Charles Kubiniec of Cazenovia, NY, Madelyn, Kenneth Conrad and Garrett Dunn of Danvers, MA. He is also survived by his sister Dr. Cathleen (James) Morano of New Britain, PA and two brothers, Charles “Chip” (Janice) Kubiniec of North Tonawanda, NY and Craig (Mary Anne) Kubiniec of St. Petersburg, FL and many cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Friends and family are invited to the GO-ART Center - Seymour Place, 201 East Main Street, Batavia on Saturday, April 22nd from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. where Connie's family will be present to greet you. Memorials may be made to the Richmond Memorial Library, Cazenovia Public Library or St. John’s County Library in St Augustine.  There would be no greater memorial than in lieu of sending flowers, to please plant some. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

Don't take life so serious. It ain't nohow permanent.”  - Walt Kelly

Jane Bonney Mason was an Elba girl born May 22, 1921, the daughter of muck farm manager and talented homemaker, Harry and Erma Bonney. Jane was always climbing a tree or on a horse or persuading neighbor kids to act in her plays in the barn. Her active life continued in Elba High School and Mary Washington College where she rode horses, performed in dances, participated in theater, choir and band. She worked for WBTA Radio as a "Penny Wise" (a radio announcer who gives grocery store prices). 

In 1949, she married Max W. Mason, Jr.,  discovered golf at Stafford County Club,  so much so that she was able to win the Women's Championship more than once. Also, birdwatching became a lifelong interest for the couple. Max and Jane were married for 68 years! Jane was a caring and active wife, generous mom and grandmother.  She is famous in her family for "Bommy's" chocolate chip cookies and apple pie. She helped care for Max in his last years until his death last September 2016. She loved her birds at the feeders and her Elba onions and potatoes. Jane was predeceased by her sisters Elizabeth (Betty) Bonney Stratton and Suzanne Bonney Duguid.

Survivors include her daughter, Suzanne (Suzie) Mason Salo (Glenn P. Salo) from Pittsburgh, Pa and her son, Marc Preston Mason (Lisa Bartlett) from Keuka Lake, NY, her grandsons Marc Edward Salo and Scott Mason Salo from Pittsburgh, Pa, also her nieces and nephews: Elizabeth Stratton (Jim), Beau Stratton (Carol), Holly Dill,  John Bertrand (Victoria Bertrand), Alison Bertrand, James Bertrand (Joann Bertrand)and several great nieces and nephews.  Many fabulous neighbors, mail retrievers, caregivers and friends from all over will miss her. Jane died peacefully after a stroke. Family and friends said goodbye on April 11, 2017.   Instead of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice. A private family celebration of Jane will be planned in the future.


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

Arrangements were completed by the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

smith.jpg Gloria J. Smith, 73, of Byron passed away on Thursday April 13, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.  She was born in Lock Haven, PA., on June 14, 1943 to the late Albert and Priscilla (Huntington) Lomax.  In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by a brother Linford Huntington.

Gloria was employed by Student Transportation of America where she drove a school bus for many years and was also a member of the Byron Ladies Auxiliary. She will forever be remembered as a very strong woman who above all else loved spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her loving husband Hardman G. Smith of Byron; children Sonya (Charles) Durkee of Byron, Laura Smith of FL., and Hardman Smith Jr. of FL.; brother Glenn Lomax of W. Middlebury; 4 grandchildren Chelsea Smith, Madysson Smith, Charles Durkee II and Nathan Durkee; 1 great-grandchild Bennett Durkee, along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend an 11:00AM Funeral Service on Tuesday April 18, 2017 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Gloria will be laid to rest in North Byron Cemetery Rt. 237 in Byron.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Byron Rescue Squad and Fire Department 6357 Townline Rd, Byron, NY 14422. 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.

shirley.jpg Shirley A. Ellsworth, 82, of Attica passed away on her beloved mother’s birthday, April 12, 2017 at home surrounded by family.  She was born on August 5, 1934 in Elmira to the late Frederick and Thelma (Ball) Redner. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband Paul Ellsworth; brother Frederick Redner and sister Arlene Harris.

Shirley worked as a bookkeeper at Greco's Sales and Service in Darien for 14 years. She retired from Attica Ford Garage in 1996. Shirley arrived in Attica from Elmira in 1961. Her first order of business was a door to door collection to replace the worn Christmas decorations that adorned the Attica street lights.  Later she organized the first ever ecumenical Living Nativity, bringing the true meaning of Christmas to Attica. She was a faithful member of St. Luke's Episcopal church and served on the vestry for several years. As the old pipe organ began to fail, Shirley took action and raised 25k to restore it to its original condition. Her devotion to the church was evidenced by her friendship with the Bishop. When budget concerns threatened the Attica Blue Devils sports program Shirley employed her accounting skills discovering a Five thousand dollar deficit. After restoring sports, she was elected to the school board, cheerfully serving for 12 years. Shirley was a devoted wife and mother, loved by young and old. A visitor never came to her home without a hug at the door, nor left without a full belly. She is best remembered for her brutal honesty, feisty personality.....and most of all, her cookies. A lifelong friendship ensued after moving next door to Pat and Jack LaVarnway, the family with all the kids! Shirley and her family are thankful and comforted by their love and support then and now. She and Pat enjoyed luncheons, shopping and a dream vacation to England. 

She is survived by her children; Kelley (Greg) Howell of Ballston Spa, Kristie (Robert Payton) Lyons of Attica, Karen Burdett of Virginia Beach and Paul Ellsworth II (Lida Mosouich) of Varysburg; brother Albert Redner of Big Flats, NY; 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday April 18, 2017 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 30 Favor St. Attica, NY 14011. Interment will be held at a later date. Shirley will be laid to rest in Woodlawn National Cemetery in Elmira.

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

Batavia - Allene M. Geitner, 75, of Batavia, died on Monday (April 10, 2017) at Unity Hospital in Rochester.

Allene was born September 22, 1941 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Leo and Rachel (Wilson) Geitner.

A member of Resurrection Parish, Allene sang with the choir at the church and also with Genesee Chorale. She worked cancer research at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas.

Survivors include one brother, Jay (Marlies) Geitner of Batavia; two nephews, Leo Geitner III of Batavia and Eric (Sara) Geitner of LeRoy and two great-nephews, Case Geitner and Ben Geitner.

There are no prior calling hours.  Her Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia.  Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia.  

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016 or online at https://www.kidney.org/support or to Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

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

Arrangements were completed by the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

horses.jpg Lauretta M. (Stewart) Bower, 91, of Ft. Myers, FL. passed away on Tuesday January 24, 2017 at the Page Rehab & Healthcare Center. She was born on September 7, 1925 in Machias, NY to the late Frank and Susan (Bond) Stewart. She is predeceased by her husband Donald Oliver Bower who passed away in 1975 from a World War II Pacific Theatre related disease.

Lauretta was a member of the Alexander Central Class of 1943, one year after her husband graduated. She and Don began a successful dairy and field crop farm right after his Naval Service in Darien Center, at the corner of Broadway and Smithley Road.  Lauretta was a practiced equestrian with their horses. Once the farm, driven by their mutual hard work was in the clear, Don earned his pilot’s license so the two of them could join the farmers’ group that enjoyed Fly-in Breakfasts every weekend at the Perry-Warsaw Airport. They also enjoyed boating on Silver Lake and eating at the Silver Lake Country Club.  Due to her husband’s health, they had to sell the farm they had worked so hard to make successful, and Lauretta had to leave her horses. In N. Fort Myers, Florida, Lauretta began new careers, first as an administrator as the Cape Coral Golf Club was beginning to sell housing lots around it, and later, for 30 years as a City of Ft. Myers employee. Lauretta became a very active member of the Riverside Baptist Church.  She served as a Sunday School teacher for adults, a member of the choir, and a member of the baptismal staff.  After her retirement she devoted hundreds of hours of her time each year to both her church and Hope Hospice, earning many awards for her excellent and devoted service.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM Graveside Service for Lauretta will be held on Saturday April 22, 2017 at Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica where she will be laid to rest.

For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.


darling_denis_-_photo.jpgDenis A. Darling, 90 of Stafford, NY, passed away Tuesday (April 11, 2017) peacefully at home.

He was born March 7, 1927 in the Town of Newstead, NY, a son of the late Alton and Amy Franz Darling.

Denis was a graduate of Parker High School. He entered into the U.S. Army in 1952 and fought in the Korean War from 1952-1954.  He attained the rank of Sergeant and was awarded a Bronze Service Star. He worked as a general contractor building homes in the Clarence area. He then bought a farm in Stafford, NY, helping raise 5 children with his beautiful wife Phyllis. An accomplished wood craftsman, his favorite thing to do was to make wooden items that challenged him, such as fiddles, tables, lamps and decorative lathe vases. Growing things were his forte, whether it be the grain crops in the fields or the multitude of raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cherries or sunflowers.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Phyllis Bedford Darling. Sons, Abe (Jennifer) Darling of Laurens, SC, Alan (Chandler) Darling of Greenwood, SC and Andrew Darling.  Daughters, Laura (Stephen ) Curry of Byron and MollyAnn Darling – Krajcer of West Seneca, NY. Grandchildren, Austin, Blaine and Jami Reese Darling of Laurens, SC, Benjamin Darling of Columbia, SC, Daniel Darling of Colorado Springs, CO, Luke Darling of Greenwood, SC, Megan Curry of Elba, NY, Kayla Curry of Byron, NY, Nigel and Jacob Krajcer of West Seneca, NY. Also survived by one great-grandchild, Cayden Nash of Elba, NY and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Saturday (April 15th) from 10am-1pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY, where a funeral service will commence at 1pm. Interment will be in Clarence Fillmore Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Denis may be made to your local SPCA, animal shelter or a charity of the donors preference.  Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




bradt.jpg Barbara A. Bradt, 81, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Sunday April 9, 2017 at Premier Genesee Nursing Facility in Batavia. She was born in Warsaw on April 24, 1935, the daughter of the late George and Doris (Irish) Motts. Mrs. Bradt is predeceased by her husband Lorenz C. Bradt.

Barbara graduated from Warsaw High School in 1952, Genesee Community College and the SUNY Brockport where she received her Master’s Degree in Education Administration. She was employed at Attica Correctional Facility as a Vocational Secretary and was the first female employee to work in the back of the correctional facility. Barb was promoted to the Mental Health Dept. at Attica before leaving to begin her career at G.C.C. as an Academic Advisor. She was then subsequently promoted to the Supervisor of Inmate Education program. In this position, she supervised the college education program at Attica, Albion and Groveland Correctional Facilities for two years prior to accepting a promotion as the supervisor of Volunteer Service at Wyoming Correctional facility until she retired in 1997.  After her retirement from the prison system, Barbara began her volunteer work in the community at many places including disabled clients supervised by the Dept. of Parole Supervision in Batavia, the city’s RAP hotline, All Babies Cherished, Community Action hotline and the Northgate Church.

She is survived by her son; Steven (Mary Jean) Durfee of Bennington, NY; daughter Julie Durfee, Moab, UT; step children Mark (Dawn) Bradt of Attica, Steve (Sandy) Bradt of Nunda, Kevin (Sue) Bradt of Oakfield, Collin (Carol) Bradt of Gilford, NY, Brian (Jollene) Bradt of Batavia, Candice (Steve) Stump  of Elmira; sisters Shirley (Fred) Gardner of Warrington, VA, Judy (Frank) Fine of Casselberry, FL, Caroline (Bruce) Lamar of Hollister, MO; along with several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held at the convenience of the family to be determined at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northgate Church 8160 Bank 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.

servanti.jpg Lewis J. Serventi, 95, of Perry, NY passed away peacefully on April 11, 2017. Lew was born on December 6, 1921, a son of Michael Serventi and Mary Ferretti Serventi of Rimersburg, PA.

Lew met the love of his life, Clelia ‘Cleo’ Martinelli Serventi, 96, during high school in Rimersburg, PA. They dated for six years and were happily married for another 73 years. Their nightly toast to each other was ‘we were meant to be’! Lew and Cleo raised two daughters, Michele ‘Mikey’ Rechberger (Wes Kline) of Perry, NY, and the late Debra Jones Duncan (Mike) of Charlottesville, VA. Lew was devoted to and passionate about his family, and passed along his joy of skiing, jazz music, and gardening. He also adopted the interests of those he loved, including his three grandchildren David (Leslie Stinson, Boulder, CO), Kristin (Enric Sala, Washington, DC), and Ed Rechberger IV (Karen), and three great-grandchildren, Derek (Carmen), Lizabeth and Gregory Rechberger.

A WWII veteran, Lew served as staff sergeant in the United States Air Corps from 1942-1946. He was stationed at Boca Raton, FL where he trained incoming squadrons in a new thing at the time called ‘radar’. His tour of duty took him to Saipan and Iwo Jima where his tent was at the base of Mount Suribachi. He could see the American flag waving above him. He was proud to serve the United States of America. After the war Lew returned to the family business of movie theatres in Rimersburg, PA. Later, being entrepreneurs at heart, Lew and his late brother, Mark, brought their young families to Perry, NY in 1954 to start and build the Lew-Mark Baking Company, which became the NY-NJ franchise of Archway Cookies. The baking business flourished and expanded for 46 years under three generations of family leadership, including nephew, the late Michael Serventi and grandson Ed Rechberger IV. Lew was dedicated to community service and was an active, often anonymous philanthropist. He served in the Perry Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow and a devoted photographer of the annual Perry Rotary Show. He was a great supporter of community organizations, including the Boy Scouts, Genesee Community College, Wyoming County Hospital, and Perry Central School. He was recognized regularly for his humble service. He often said ‘Make all you can honestly; Save all you can prudently; Give all you can wisely.’

Lew was known to be a generous gentleman, as well as a gentle man, full of kindness, good cheer and manners. He always, no matter what was going on, had time for the people in his life. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

In honor of Lew’s legacy, donations may be made to Livingston County Hospice, Building #2, 2 Murray Hill Drive, Mt Morris NY, 14510 or to The Foundation for Perry’s Educational Future, Inc, 33 Watkins Ave, Perry, NY, 14530. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.


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