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mcculloch.jpgDonald Frederick McCulloch, 83, of Attica, died on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, surrounded by those he held most dear (missing a few). He peacefully fell asleep trusting in Jesus and the promise of Heaven. Don, also known as MC, Donny by his cousins, or Grandpa Cookie by his great grandchildren, was the oldest of two children born to the late Thomas and Thelma (Lang) McCulloch on September 18, 1983, in Buffalo, NY.

His family moved from Buffalo to Bennington as a young boy, and he quickly fell in love with farming. Don graduated from Attica High School in 1956. He was married to the late Darralee Roberts, better known as “Cookie”, on June 11, 1959 for 61 years.

Don was proud of the fact that he helped build the Niagara Power Plant. He worked for Frontier Trucking, was a service manager at Chevy in Attica, until starting at the Attica Prison in 1974 as an Autobody Vocational Instructor for 29 years. He retired in 2003. He ran his own business on the side, plowing snow up until this past year. His real passion came after he retired from the prison. He spent the last 19 years driving big truck for BreezyHill farm and running for parts. He will be remembered for always having a big smile on his face and a great laugh.

When he wasn’t working, he loved to ride motorcycle with Cookie. Their adventures took them as far as Alaska and Nova Scotia. MC spent the early 1970’s until 1983 coaching AYA football. He also enjoyed throwing horseshoes, golfing, playing cards, bowling, snowmobiling and going to camp in the Adirondacks.

Surviving are his children, Debra (Roger) Almeter of Sheldon, Scott (Michelle) McCulloch of Attica, and Todd McCulloch of Attica. He was proud of his grandchildren, Brad (Carolyn) Almeter, Jared (Michele) Almeter, Adam (Amanda) Almeter, Melinda (Jeremy) Meyer, Natalie (James) Flint, Courtney (Derek) Wolfley, Megan McCulloch, Cassandra McCulloch and Nick, and Hunter McCulloch. Also surviving is Don’s sister Shirley McCulloch Loefke of Hamburg, sister-in-law Mary Jane Roberts of Attica, Michelle Carr and Frank of Arizona, Yvone (Rex) Bishop of Colorado, Linda Roberts of Michigan, and Barb Roberts of Batavia, and brother-in-law Gene Limpinsel of Elma. As well as 17 great grandchildren, and many nieces & nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Graceful Gatherings, 2300 Gassman Rd, Varysburg, NY 14167, on Friday, August 26, 2022. Beginning promptly at 3:00PM, followed by visiting and refreshments until 6:00PM. He will be laid to rest at Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Attica Fire Department, 11 Water St, Attica, NY 14011, or Attica Youth Athletics, 84 Exchange St, P.O. Box 14, Attica, NY 14011. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

February 20, 1968 – August 19, 2022

James Robert Worthington, age 54, of Pavilion, NY, passed away suddenly on Friday, August 19 after sustaining injuries from a motor vehicle accident.  james_worthington_0.jpg

     He is survived by his beloved wife, Debby (Loveland) and his son, Matt; step-mother Nancy (Charles) Slaven; brothers and sisters, Dale (Cathy) Worthington, Jeffery (Kimberly) Worthington, Gloria (Roger) Smith, Dawn (Wilber) Gray, Brenda (James) Alvut, Lisa (Thomas) Partridge, Daniel (Leslie) Johnston, David (Dawn) Johnston, Charles (Leanne) Johnston, Robert (Judy) Johnston, Steven (Cindi) Johnston, Sheryl (Greg) Schultz, Sandra (Richard) Kosciolek, Pamela (Rance) Choate, Yvonne Ortiz, Patricia Boots, Shelia (late Anthony) Colombo, Stephen (Carla) Earle, Jason (Shannon) Earle, sister-in-law Kathy (late Douglas) Johnston; several nieces and nephews.

     Jim is predeceased by his parents Loren Worthington, Dorothy (Robert) Johnston; brother Douglas Johnston; sister, Sheila Morse; niece, Nicole Gerold and great-nephew, Collin Crane.

     Jim loved his family fiercely and adored spending his free time with them. Together, they enjoyed camping, traveling and going out to eat. He enjoyed watching the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres play. Jim was an avid Candy Crush player.  He liked cracking jokes and making everyone around him laugh.

     He worked for over 30 years at Chapin International in Batavia, NY.

     Friends and family may call on Thursday, August 25, 2022 from 1 ~ 3 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., LeRoy, NY. There will be a reception to follow at 4 PM at the Pavilion Fire Hall, 11302 Lake St., Pavilion.

     Memorials are suggested to either Arc GLOW, 64 Walnut St., Batavia, NY 14020 or the Pavilion Fire Dept., P O Box 156, Pavilion, NY  14525 

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

Patricia A. Laird, 75, of Batavia, passed away on August 17, 2022 at Unity Hospital.

Patricia was born August 19, 1946, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Patrick and Anna (Spadaccino) Avino.

Patricia will be remembered for her beautiful smile.  Patricia loved her cats and was a secretary at the First Baptist Church in Batavia.  She was also a seamstress at Melton Shirt Factory and Batavia Tailors & Cleaners.   

Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Roger Laird, Sr.; children, Donna A. (Harry) Gimlin, Roger (Taylor) Laird, Jr. and Kimberly (fiancé Kenneth Drury) Laird; 7 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her brother, Patrick Avino and sister, Joanne Avino.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, August 22, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main in Batavia, where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m.  Patricia will be laid to rest in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers For Animals, 3841 West Main Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020.  

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

Robert J. McElroy Jr. “Bob”, 62, was found deceased in his home on April 27, 2022. 

  bob_mcelroy_0.png   Robert was predeceased by his adoptive parents, Robert McElroy Sr. of LeRoy and Mary Jane Brodie of Lowville, NY.  He is also predeceased by his sisters, Jillanne (Bob) Bush of Lowville, NY and Colleen Murillo of Houston, Texas and his aunt Margaret Mooney of LeRoy.    

     He is survived by his former wife, Tamara McElroy of Marietta, Georgia; children, Stacie McElroy of Rochester, NY and Jason (Heather) McElroy of Charlotte, NC; granddaughter, Madison McElroy of Charlotte, NC; stepfather, Douglas Brodie of Lowville, NY; sister, Jennifer (Robert) Hanno of Lowville, NY; uncle, Ed Mooney of LeRoy, along with several nieces and nephews.

     Robert grew up in LeRoy and moved to Marietta, Georgia in 2017.  Robert attended LeRoy High school and graduated from Lowville High school in 1977.  He attended MCC and RIT, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering.  He was an active member of the Catholic church in LeRoy and had a fond love for the outdoors and motorcycles. 

     Family and friends are invited to share condolences and memories on Saturday, August 27, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service, Inc., 8700 Lake Street Rd, Le Roy, NY 14482. 

David L. Campbell, 79, of Batavia passed away on July 28, 2022 at Rochester General Hospital. He was born on May 23, 1943 in Greenwood, NY to the late Gilbert and Athelma (Rice) Campbell.

David was a long time dairy farmer in Byron.

He is survived by his wife; Anna May Campbell of Batavia; daughter Betsy Campbell of Batavia and son; David (Barbara) Campbell of TX.

There will be no prior calling hours and Services will be private.

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.

Judith A. (Konieczny) of Batavia passed away on Friday, August 5, 2022, surrounded by her family. She was born in Batavia on May 22, 1953, to the late Joseph and Dorothy (Adams) Konieczny. Judy was a loving daughter, sister, and aunt. She loved animals and donated to several organizations, including the SPCA.

She is survived by her brothers; Joseph (Cheryl) Konieczny of Corfu, James (Michelle) Konieczny of Batavia, and two nieces and three nephews; Heather Hedden of Raleigh, NC, Jennifer Konieczny of Oakfield, NY, Christopher Konieczny of Batavia NY, Michael Konieczny (Sarah) of Lancaster NY, and Joshua Konieczny of Batavia, NY. A private memorial service will be held at the family's convenience later this fall.

In Judy's memory, Memorials may be made to the SPCA or your local animal shelter.

Batavia - Thomas M. Brown, 74, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Monday, August 15, 2022 at his home.

He was born on October 30, 1947 in Batavia, the only child of the late Charles Brown and Regina Ryan Brown.

Tom made friends everywhere he went.  He worked at Attica Lanes, the Batavia Post Office and finished his career with his family at Terry Hills Golf Course. 

Tom loved live music, rock 'n' roll, concerts and all sports including horse racing, auto racing, football, and the New York Yankees. He was an avid bowler in his day and was inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame.  His favorite places were Big Daddy's and St. Nicholas Social Club. Tom was quick-witted, well known for his one-liners and had countless stories to tell.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years,  Mary Elizabeth Rotondo Brown; his son, Casey Ryan Brown of Batavia and his daughter, Natalie Rae Brown of Chicago and close relatives: Constance Babcock, Joan Rotondo, Nick Rotondo (Ellen Simkulet), Danielle Rotondo (Jessica Ecock Rotondo), Lauren Rotondo Kondo and Annette Rotondo.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, August 21st, 2022, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia. His Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 am on Monday, August 22nd, 2022 at St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. He will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a local charity of your choice or Genesee Cancer Assistance, Michael Napoleone Foundation or The Ricky Palermo Foundation. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

LeRoy/Basom - Anna L. Weber, 93 of LeRoy and formerly of Basom,  passed away on Monday, (August 15, 2022) at St. Ann's Nursing Home in Rochester, New York.

Mrs. Weber was born October 24, 1928 in San Mateo, California, a daughter of the late Emil and Grace (Myers) Pahlka.

Anna was active in the South Alabama Baptist Church and recently in Calvary Baptist Church of Le Roy. She was a member of the American Legion Post 626 Ladies’ Auxiliary. Mrs. Weber was a bookkeeper at a variety of businesses over the years and greatly enjoyed winning at cards and games.

Anna is the wife of the late Stanley J. Weber, Sr, mother of the late Joanne Weber, Alan Weber, and Diane Spinelli; grandmother of the late Christoper Weber; and sister of the late Elsie Garner, Martin Pahlka, and Ervin Pahlka.

Surviving are her children, Barbara (Michael) Strollo of Brockport, Stanley (Kathleen) Weber, Jr. of LeRoy, and Brian Weber of Industry, Maine; 16 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, (August 19, 2022)  from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm  at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue in Oakfield where Anna 's Memorial Service will immediately follow visitation. Burial will be in Cary Cemetery in Oakfield.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Legion Post 626, 6554 Alleghany Road, Basom, New York 14013.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

On Friday August 12th, Sarah Southcott, Loving Wife and Mother of Three children, of Perry, NY passed away at age 43.

Sarah was born on October 9th 1978, in Rochester, NY to Brian and Donna (Heaman) Clark. She grew up and attended school in LeRoy, NY. On September 22 2001, she married Jeremy Southcott. They raised one son, Clark and two daughters, Sally and Jane.

 sarah_southcott_0.jpg  Sarah was the most loving and caring mother. She was a truly genuine friend to all that met her. Her passion for happiness was only surpassed by her love for her children. She enjoyed sitting on the beach building sand castles with the kids while living in Georgia, and playing in the snow building snowmen while living in New York. Her smile would light up a bottomless pit, and her language was not for the faint of heart, but she never judged a soul and always had an embrace for any that needed one. The love between her and her husband was pure and true. They were inseparable from the day they met. Family was her highest priority, and as the baby of six she loved a full house. When times got hard it was all “easy peasy”. She was and will always be our Cutie Pie.

Sarah was preceded in death by her daughter, Sadie. Sarah is survived by her Husband, Jeremy, Son, Clark (Mariah), Daughters, Sally and Jane, Parents, Brian and Donna Clark, Sister, Deborah (Eric) Kinney, Brothers, Michael (Catherine), Patrick (Tracey), Mathew (Alicia), and Josh (Margarita) Clark, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The world will be a little duller without her bright smile and giving heart... In lieu of flowers, her family is asking that donations be made to Sully and the Ladies in Pink, 9605 Nunda-Dalton Rd., Dalton, N.Y. 14836.

Family and friends may call on Friday, August 19 from 4 ~ 8 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy with her Funeral Mass to be held on Saturday, August 20 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.

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

LeRoy ~ Burton R. Manley, age 77, of Warsaw Road, passed away at home Monday afternoon (August 15, 2022) in the loving presence of his family.

He was born December 30, 1944 in Rochester, NY, a son of the late Gilbert and Ruby Smith Manley.

burton_r._manley_0.jpg  Burt will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend to many. He loved camping, fishing, the outdoors, woodworking and riding in Gypsy the golfcart at Southwoods Campground.

He worked for Huther Brothers Saw Manufacturing Company in Rochester as an Anvil Man for 42 years prior to his retirement. Burt was one of the founding fathers and lifetime member of LeRoy Volunteer Ambulance, where he was a first aid instructor. He was a former member of the LeRoy Moose Family Center and LeRoy Fire Dept. Auxiliary and was a current member of the LeRoy Fire Dept. Fire Police and the Excelsior Hook & Ladder Co.

Burt will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Josephine Campesi Manley; his children, Wendy (John) Johnson and Brian (Jennifer) Manley; grandchildren, Jennifer (Scott) Pellett, Craig (Lindsey) Johnson, Alexandra Manley and Briannah Birch; great-grandchildren, Ellison Pellett and Josie Pellett; brothers, Donald (Jeanne) Manley and Earl (Diane) Manley; sisters-in-law, Joyce Manley and Barbara Manley, along with many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Amy Manley; siblings, Albert Manley, Elizabeth (Donald) Boughner, Charles Manley, Floyd (Sandra) Manley, Genevieve Manley and mother-in-law and father-in-law, Augustine and Sarah Andolora Campesi.

Family and friends may call on Thursday, August 18 from 4 ~ 8 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where his funeral service will be held on Friday, August 19 at 11:00 AM. Private interment to follow in St. Francis Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Burt’s family for distribution to charities of their choice.

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


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