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Warsaw - William E. “Bill” Kohl, 77, of Warsaw, formerly of Corfu, passed away Thursday (February 13, 2014) at Wyoming County Community Hospital.

Bill was born on May 14, 1936, in Batavia, a son of the late Albert and Katherine Moynihan Kohl.

Bill was a dairy farmer and worked for many years, first with his father and then with his sister’s family at Czapeczka Brother’s Farm in Corfu. He loved being outdoors, from driving his Farmall H tractor to cutting firewood with his nephew. Bill’s favorite holiday’s were Christmas and his birthday. He loved to eat but was especially fond of chicken wings and radishes. Bill was very happy at the East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw, where he lived the last couple of years and was well taken care of there. Bill was known for his shy smile and kind heart and will be deeply missed by many. He was the brother of the late John (late Regina) kohl and the late Courtney Kohl.

Bill is survived by his sisters, Mary (late Joseph) Czapeczka of Corfu, Pauline (Leo) Pelton of Alexander and Martha (Lee) Schrader of Indiana; a sister-in-law, Clara Kohl of North Java and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and a great, great niece and nephew.

Friends may call Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu. Mass of Christian burial will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 18 West Main Street, Corfu. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia, NY.

Kenneth W. Willey, 83 of Bennington, passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on September 30, 1930 in Castile to the late Henry (Florence Borgus) Willey. Mr. Willey was a United States Army Veteran and member of the Beachhead Veterans Club in Alexander. He was a longtime member of the Orangeville United Church of Christ, enjoyed playing Euchre and farming. He is preceded in death by his brother Elmer Willey.

Mr. Willey is survived by his beloved wife Gwen (Hall) Willey of Bennington; sons Greg (Sandra) Willey of Bennington; Stanley (Donna) Willey of Attica; daughter Valerie (Scott Wooton) Dyer of North Java; sisters Gertrude Caryl of Silver Springs; JoAnne Kelly of Perry Center; 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday March 15, 2014 from 3 to 7 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main St. Attica, NY 14011. An 11:00 AM Funeral Service will be held on Sunday March 16, 2014 at the Orangeville United Church of Christ 2165 Exchange St. Attica, NY 14011. He will be laid to rest in the Freedom Cemetery, Freedom, NY.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Orangeville United Church of Christ P.O. Box 144 Attica, NY 14011, HomeCare & Hospice 450 North Main St. Warsaw, NY 14569 or to the Bennington Rescue Squad 1353 Route 354 Attica, NY 14011. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or 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.

Bergen ~ Phyllis J. Fox, age 84, of S. Lake Street, passed away early Wednesday morning (March 12, 2014) at United Memorial Medical Center.

     Mrs. Fox was born June 15, 1929 in Byron, a daughter of the late Roy and Helen Petherbridge Forsyth.

     She will be remembered as a very loving and caring person, who looked forward to spending time with her children and grandchildren.

     Mrs. Fox is survived by her three daughters, Ann (David) Terrinoni of San Antonio, TX, Jane Gracie of LeRoy and Susan (Michael) Grasso of Batavia, her daughter in law, Amie Batz Fox of Bergen, sisters-in-law, Joan Zorn of Brockport and Margorie Hohn of FL, 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephew.

     She was predeceased by her husband, Leon F. Fox on February 12, 2014, a son, Richard F. Fox on March 16, 2010 and four siblings.

     Graveside services will be held in Mt. Rest Cemetery, Bergen at the convenience of the family. 

     Memorial contributions may be made to the Genesee Country Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford, N.Y.  14511.  

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

Reverend Charles Alexander lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday (March 11, 2014); his loving family was by his side. Charles Wayne Alexander was born on December 13, 1947 in North Little Rock, Arkansas to William and Clara Alexander.  Reverend Alexander began playing piano at the tender age of of six and went on to become an accomplished musician, using his talent and gift  throughout his ministry.  Finding his calling to the ministry at age 17,  Reverend Alexander started his work through pulpit supply to various churches throughout Arkansas. He later became a full-time minister continuing until his death at the age of 66. A Buck Sergeant in the  U.S. Airforce, he served from 1967-1971 including  tours of duty in Okinawa and Vietnam. In 1973, he married Mary Yaddaw from Westmoreland, NY. Reverend Alexander served as Chaplain and Trustee with the Corfu Fire Department, and Chaplain for the Darien Fire Department. He spent the last eleven years of his life as the Minister of Corfu United Presbyterian Church and his ministry reached far into the community and surrounding counties. 

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mary, and three children Jessie Alexander-East, Amanda Alexander, Mark Alexander, and his brother, William Michael Alexander.

A Memorial Service will be held at the the Corfu United Presbyterian Church at 63 Allegheny Street, Corfu, on Saturday, March 15 at 1:00 pm.  

Kendall ~  John Francis Downs, age 81, formerly of Rochester, passed away Tuesday evening (March 11, 2014) at home with his loving wife at his side.

     He was born February 9, 1933 in Rochester, NY, a son of the late Nicholas J. and Marie Byrne Downs.

     John was a proud veteran, having served during the Korean War with the U.S. Air Force.  He formerly worked for the Beech-Nut Corporation, and then eventually worked for and retired from the Genesee Brewery in Rochester.  John loved playing cards, his Irish heritage, trains, cats and his "3 girls". 

     He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Martha (Nesius) Downs, his daughters, Martha (Russell) Bailey of LeRoy, Margaret (Doug) Wells of Bowling Green, KY and Lucy (Brad) Hartman of Myrtle Beach, SC ,3 grandchildren; Christopher Bailey and Jaime (Dave) Bailey of LeRoy and Eric (Tonya) Pisher of Bowling Green, KY and 4 great-grandchildren; Victoria Fetzer, Blake Fetzer, Jacob Pisher and Rachel Pisher.  He was predeceased by his brothers, Nicholas J. Downs II of Rochester and Patrick Henry Downs of Long Beach, CA.

     Friends may call on the family on Monday, Mar. 17 from 2 ~ 4 and 6 ~ 8 at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where his funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM.  Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery at the convenience of the family. 

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either Hospice of Orleans, Inc., P. O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411 or Orleans County Animal Shelter, 4125 Oak Orchard Rd, Albion, NY 14411.

Your memories and condolences may be shared with Mr. Downs family at www.falconefuneralhome.com 

ROBERT JAMES KINNE - Age 84, of Batavia, died peacefully Monday evening March 10, 2014 at the Genesee County Nursing Home. He was born April 14, 1929 in Batavia, NY to the late Eugene and Helen (Fitzgerald) Kinne, also preceded in death by infant brother Clayton.

   Mr. Kinne was a member of Ascension Parish and a United States Navy Veteran. He worked for over 25 years at GTE Sylvania and at Delco until his retirement in 1992. Bob enjoyed drawing, woodworking and was an avid football fan.

   He is survived by his beloved  wife of 61 years, Elizabeth (Marcello) Kinne of Batavia; loving children, James (Linda) Kinne of TN, Susan (Robert) Lynch of Oakfield and Barbara (Al Panepinto) Johnson of Batavia; grandchildren, Steven (Veronica) Lamkin, Matthew Lamkin, Nicole & Austin Johnson, Miranda, Jacob & Joshua Kinne and Josie Panepinto; 7 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

   Family and friends are invited to recite prayers 10:30 a.m. Saturday March 15, 2014 at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 followed by an 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart Site) where services will commence with Military Honors. Entombment will be in St. Joseph's Mausoleum and in lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the family for distribution to various charities.           

Please share your memories of Bob, with his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500. 






Stafford - Mr. Adelbert “Bud” Snell, 92, died Monday, March 10, 2014 at the New York State Veteran’s Home in Batavia.

Mr. Snell was born July 16, 1921 in Elba, the son of the late Oscar H. and Helen Timmerman Snell.

He was a World War II Army Air Corp veteran. Stationed in England with the 8th Air Force, 44th Squad, he flew 33 missions as an aerial gunner aboard a B-24.  After discharge as a Staff Sergeant he returned to Stafford to be employed by the town highway department, eventually retiring after serving 26 years as the superintendent.  He was a life member of the Stafford Fire Department and the Stafford Exempts, former member of the Elba Grange and board member of Godfrey’s Pond Association.

His wife, Edna M. Lonnen Snell died April 28, 2005.

Survivors include three sons; Gary (Linda) Snell and Douglas (Sherry) Snell, both of Stafford, Richard (Selena) Snell of Greece, NY; 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren and 1 step great grandchild.  He was the brother of Daniel Snell and Marjorie Spangenburg and is also survived by nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia where services will follow at 5:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Stafford Rescue Squad, PO Box 56, Stafford, NY  14143 or the NYS Veteran's Home, 220 Richmond Ave. Batavia, NY  14020.  Burial will be in Stafford Rural Cemetery, Stafford.

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

Elmer John Ottney, 81 Akron, died Monday (March 10, 2014) at his residence while under hospice care.  He was born January  21, 1933 , a son of the late Elmer and Mildred Lamm Ottney of Williamsville.
Elmer was a loving and dedicated husband for 59 years to Jean Beiter Ottney, whom he married on January 29, 1955 at Sts. Peter & Paul Church. The devoted father of five children, Elmer always had time for games and conversation and enjoyed sharing time with his family on vacations. To his many colleagues and friends, Elmer was a steadfast and genial man who was generous with his time and many talents.
Elmer served in the U.S. Air Force at posts in the United States and in Labrador during the Korean War and was a member of the L.L. Tillman Post American Legion in Akron.   A civil engineer by training, he worked for Senior, Bissell & Bronkie land surveyors and then for Erie County where he gained a reputation for his work with the developing field of aerial mapping. He was contracted as part of a U.S. Geological Survey team that spent months doing photographic remapping from a helicopter of the devastated terrain surrounding Mt. St. Helens after the volcano’s eruption in 1980. He formed his own successful land surveying company, with the result that his work often encompassed entire streets of residential properties, major agricultural and suburban tract developments and even road construction projects throughout western New York. Elmer served as president of the NYS Professional Land Surveyors Association and was on the Village of Akron Planning Board.
Elmer was a devout parishioner of St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church. When the parish built a new church and elementary school, he was among the first to volunteer to serve at Bingo nights and auctions, design and build and staff booths for the annual festival, usher at Masses and count contributions, and serve in any other capacity needed. Every Christmas season, he would erect the manger scene that he constructed. He had a sharp mind that constantly worked on solutions to problems or projects and possessed unexpected talents including leatherworking, furniture-making and a gift for growing roses. He was an avid fan of auto racing and car shows and had a particular fondness for Mercury Cougars. Elmer had a large circle of dear friends with whom he enjoyed golfing and who, together with Jean, celebrated gatherings of family and friends. 
He had learned carpentry from his father and oversaw construction of a small home before the family outgrew it and moved to Akron, where he  built a larger home and successive additions to it at the top of Chestnut Street. The neighboring field that he regularly mowed served as an excellent neighborhood ball field and the slope behind the house led to hours of his hauling a toboggan back to the top in winter. Once their children had grown, he and Jean moved to a smaller home, which Elmer also designed and worked on. In his later years, he focused on slightly smaller, but equally creative structures, building birdhouses that he donated to family, friends and organizations for use in fundraising.
Elmer is survived by his wife, his children Jim, Kathy (John) Parker, Joe (Carolyn), and Rosanne (Paul) Sheppard, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, along with his sisters Jeanne (Walker) of Williamsville, Ann (Burch) of Greensboro, NC, and Donna (Feller) of Merritt Island, FL, as well as hundreds of people whose lives he touched with his caring manner, his sense of humor, and his generous help of others. He was preceded in death by a son, Danny, in 1970.
Friends of the family are cordially invited to share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family on Thursday (Mar. 13, 2014), from 3 – 7 pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC., 32 JOHN ST., AKRON. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 10:00 am at St. Teresa of Avila RC Church. Please assemble at church. 
In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorials in the form of Mass Offerings or to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd, Cheektowaga, NY 14227. 
Interment will be in St. Teresa’s Cemetery. Expressions of condolence may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net. 

Margaret F. Bogue, 71, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Monday (March 10, 2014) at the Genesee County Nursing Home.

She was born in Batavia, NY on April 22, 1942, a daughter of the late Edward and Frances Ksczanowicz Moscicki.

Margaret was formerly employed by Darien Lake Theme Park prior to her retirement.  She had a love for bingo and will be known always for her baking skills. As a resident of Washington Towers for several years, Margaret had started a tradition of passing out carnations to all the mothers on Mothers Day.

Survivors include two daughters, Pamela (William) Crawford of Sardinia and Annette Estrada (Timothy Slivinski) of Batavia. Son, David Bogue of Batavia.  Brother, Walter (Elaina) Moscicki of California.  Also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share memories, thoughts and condolences on Thursday from 5-7pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia.  A memorial service will conducted at the conclusion of visitation at 7pm.  Interment will be private in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family for future distributions and those desiring may share memories at www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.


Ann D. Ochal, 77 of Perry, passed away on Saturday March 8, 2014 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. She was born in Timmons, Ontario, Canada on November 10, 1936 to the late Paul (Auldia Malette) DioGuardi.

Ann was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Perry for many years. She is preceded in death by her husband Felix Ochal; grandson Daniel J. Nichols; brothers Ronnie, Paul Jr. and Steve DioGuardi.

She is survived by sons Terry (Patricia), Timmy (Celeste) Ochal both of Las Vegas, NV; daughters JoAnn (George) Crawford of Caledonia; Tammy (Don) Kelsey of Perry; brothers Donald (Sally) DioGuardi of Bergen, Brian (Maxine) DioGuardi of Batavia; sisters Carmella (Jay) Brick of Perry; Carol (Henry) Lukas of Sardinia; 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours and Funeral Services will be held privately for the family.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Perry Emergency Ambulance P.O. Box 288 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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