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Avice V. Davis, 90, of Akron, died Tuesday (March 18, 2014) at Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home in Clarence.

She was born in the Town of Alabama, NY on July 14, 1923, a daughter of the late Herman and Nina Hoffman Brucker.

Her husband, George Davis died in 2002.

She was a homemaker and enjoyed fishing.

Surviving is a daughter, Deborah (John) Hehnen of Akron. Granddaughter, Kelli Lynn Hehnen of AZ, niece, Brenda Baker of Akron and nephew Steve Brucker of Clarence. She is the sister of the late Harvey (Ethel) Brucker.

No prior visitation. Private services will be conducted with burial in Pioneer Cemetery.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to; Brothers of Mercy Nursing home, 10570 Bergtold Rd., Clarence, NY 14031.

Expressions of condolence may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.


Betty Ruth Doehring, 89, died peacefully on March 12, 2014, at Crossroads House in Batavia, with her family by her side.

She was born Aug. 23, 1924, in Buffalo, the only child of Elmer and Ruth Marquardt. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Walter; with eight children, James (Richard Episcopo), Thomas (Steven Chalfant), Jack (Gareth), Daniel (Anna), Andrew (Sandra), Sarah, Rachel (David) Fasano, William (Phoebe); and five grandchildren, William, Matthew, Zalya, Stella and Erin. 

Her greatest joy in life was her children. She was also a proud graduate of Wells College at the age of 70, a hugely important milestone in her life. She traveled the world and spent many years traveling the country to visit her children in California, Florida, Idaho, Maine, Montana, and New York. Betty and her husband spent 13 years in Sedona, Ariz., before returning to New York in 2010.

Her passion was swimming; it brought solace to her life. She loved to go to the movies (foreign films were her favorite) and in her younger days, she enjoyed dancing at the Crystal Beach Ballroom in Canada. She loved to go out for breakfast, "two poached eggs, dry rye toast and home fries extra crisp with peppers and onion, please", coffee with loads of creamers and water with no ice!

Those who knew her best knew that quality of life meant everything to her. She will be sadly missed by those who had the privilege to know her.

As per her wishes, there will be no calling hours and a private family gathering will be held at a later date. Memorials in Betty Ruth's memory would be gratefully  appreciated to Crossroads House, where she was cared for with utmost dignity and respect during her final weeks.

Arrangements for Betty Ruth Doehring have been taken care of by the Dengler Roberts Perna Funeral Home, 8630 Transit Rd., East Amherst, NY 14051, a member of the Neptune Society/Dignity Memorial Network.

Ambrose J. Ryan of Webster, formerly of Elba, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014 at age 85.  Predeceased by his parents, Clarence & Irene (Rogers) Ryan; grandson, Clarence Z. Ryan; infant sister, Mary Ryan; brother, LCDR, USN Roger Ryan; and nephew, Patrick E. Ryan.  He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margaret “Peg” (Schlosser) Ryan; children, Michael (Brenda) Ryan of Austin, TX; Dr. Mark (Susan) Ryan of Geneva; Jane (Dr. Joseph) Vacca of Telford, PA; and Dr. Gregory (Marian) Ryan of Webster;  grandchildren, Daniel & Kevin Ryan; Dr. Melissa (Dr. Peter) Mroz & Stephen  Ryan; Joshua, Dr. Kaitlin, Patrick & Rosemary Vacca; Ambrose T., Martin  & Deaglan Ryan; great-grandson, Ryan Mroz;  brothers, Henry Ryan and Francis P. Ryan, M.D.; sister-in-law, Joanne (William)  Errett; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ambrose received a B.S. from Fordham University and an M.S. from Albany State.  He taught science in the Batavia City Schools for 35 years, retiring as Department Chairman in 1991.  He also coached the freshman football team.  He was an Air Force Veteran, life member of the Elba Fire Department, former Trustee and Mayor of Elba.  He faced life cheerfully with Parkinson’s Disease for over 25 years.  He loved singing and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church Choir and the Elba Elegants.  After moving to Webster, he enjoyed singing at Mass at St. Rita Church and was a member of the Webster Senior Singers.  He also enjoyed playing bridge, fishing and sports.  He was a longtime fan of high school sports in Elba and loved watching his grandchildren’s sporting events. His greatest joy was spending time with his family.

His family will receive friends on THURSDAY 4-7 PM at Profetta Funeral Chapel (1650 Empire Blvd., Webster) and FRIDAY 4-7 PM at  Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co., Inc. (329-333 West Main St., Batavia).  On SATURDAY, please join his family at St. Padre Pio Parish at Our Lady of Fatima Church (65 South Main St., Elba, NY 14058) for his Funeral Mass at 9:30 AM.  Interment Maple Lawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to National Parkinson Foundation, PO Box 23204, Rochester, NY 14692 in Ambrose’s memory, or Masses may be offered at St. Rita Church in Webster or St. Padre Pio Parish. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Local arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.


Batavia – Mrs. Anne N. Zickl, 76, passed away March 16, 2014 at Highland Hospital in Rochester.

She was born September 1, 1937, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Robert E. and Helen Stull Noonan. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Randolph P. Zickl; sons, Robert R. (Mary Ellen Welch) Zickl, R. Philip Zickl, Jr., William G. (Rachel Siverling) Zickl and Donald E. Gugel; grandchildren, Sean M. Czaja, Kathleen A. Czaja, Meghan R. Zickl, Daneale M. Zickl, Helen E. Zickl, Joseph R. Zickl, Robert S. Zickl, James B. Zickl and Claire S. Zickl; a sister, Suzanne R.  Noonan; five cousins and many cherished friends.

Anne was an active member of the community for most of her life, contributing her time and talents to a number of causes and institutions, most notably those whose aim was to serve others. She served on the Human Rights Commission, the Batavia Housing Council and the Migrant Child Day Care Center Program. She was a volunteer and board member of St. Jerome’s Hospital Guild, the Holland Purchase Historical Society and Museum and All Babies Cherished. For a number of years she worked with young children through the Primary Mental Health Project within Batavia Public Schools. From 1985 until 1991, on behalf of native Batavian Terry Anderson’s sister, Peggy Say, Anne coordinated the many individual and group efforts throughout the nation seeking the release of Mr. Anderson by his Middle Eastern captors.

Anne routinely opened her home and heart to others, providing a temporary home when such was needed, and not letting a birth, illness or funeral pass without an outpouring of counsel, concern and an abundance of delectable meals. She is well remembered by many for her devotion and for her many acts of kindness.

Friends of Anne and her family may call from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19th at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia. Her funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 20th at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. The family gratefully declines flowers and requests that any remembrances be made in Anne’s name to the donor’s choice of charities.

To light a candle, share a story or send a condolence, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Robert J. Tenney, 81 of Batavia, passed away on Sunday March 16, 2014 at his home. He was born on July 2, 1932 in Alexander to the late John (Ada Hyde) Tenney. Mr. Tenney worked at Tyler Truck Lines in Oakfield for 46 years. He was a member of Resurrection Parish and the Moose Club. He enjoyed gardening and meeting his friends for coffee when he could. Mr. Tenney is preceded in death by brothers George and Thomas Tenney; sisters Marian Cooper, Josephine Bruggman, Betty Bunting, Edith Robertson, and Joyce Borst.   

Robert is survived by his beloved wife Jean M. (Capossela) Tenney; daughters Deborah (Bob Ryan) Tenney; Judith (George) Buckenmeyer Jr., grandson Stephen Buckenmeyer all of Batavia, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 12:00 Noon Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday March 19, 2014 at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. Batavia, New York 14020. Entombment will take place in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org . To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

 LeRoy / Batavia - John "Jack" E. Horgan , age 83, passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

     Jack was born September 27, 1930 in Batavia, NY, a son of Joseph and Viola Maloy Horgan.  He grew up on Church Street in LeRoy.  

     Jack was an avid sports fan and was bemoaning the fact, even though he was critically ill, the number of losses that the Syracuse basketball team was having this year.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James F. Horgan, Sr.  He is survived by a cousin, Ann Minnick of Phoenix Arizona, several nieces and nephews as well as many great-nephews and great-nieces.

     There will be no prior calling hours and burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, LeRoy, at the convenience of the family.

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

    Mr. Horgan and his family were cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service, 8700 Lake Road, LeRoy.  585-768-2400


Stephanie T. Hawkins Legg, 89 of LeRoy, passed away peacefully on Saturday March 15, 2014 at United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia. She was born August 1, 1924 in Bennington to the late Stephen (Catherine Taraseck) Podwika. Mrs. Legg formerly owned and operated the Attica Bar and Grill with her husband Virgil. She was a member of Our Lady of Mercy in LeRoy. Mrs. Legg loved playing cards, bingo and going to the casino as often as possible. She is preceded in death by her first husband Virgil Hawkins; second husband Donald Legg Sr., brother John; sisters Lottie, Mary, Celia, and Rose.

She is survived by her sons Ronald (Darlyn) Hawkins; James (Debra) Hawkins; Donald Legg Jr. all of LeRoy; granddaughter Sherry (Rich) Reba; great-grandsons Dominick and Christopher along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday March 18, 2014 at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish 50 East Ave. Attica, NY 14011. She will be laid to rest in St. Vincent’s Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family or to a charity of the donor’s choice. 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 St. Attica, New York 14011.

Corfu - Russell W. “Russ” Sharick, 88, of Corfu, passed away Wednesday (March 12, 2014) at home surrounded by his loving family.

Russ was born in Depew on December 9, 1925, a son of the late Isaac and Ruth Lockwood Sharick.

Mr. Sharick was a member of the Batavia Masonic Lodge #475 and the Corfu United Presbyterian Church. He was a  U.S. Army Veteran and enjoyed telling everyone his "war stories”. Russ worked for Keebler for many years, Williams Poultry Farm and ran "Russ’ Friendly Service Station" in Batavia. Russell was predeceased by his wives Betty (Shafer) Sharick and Gladys (Rohan) Sharick.

Russ is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years, Eleanor M. Sharick of Corfu, a daughter, Deborah (Frank) Czapeczka of Batavia, a son, Randy (Lisa) Sharick of Corfu, a step-son, Edward (Carol) Beideck of Akron, a step-daughter, Nancy (Richard) Clare of Akron, two brothers, Richard (Martha) Sharick of Texas and Donald (Carole) Sharick of Corfu, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc. 4-6 East Main Street, Corfu, NY. Funeral services will be held at the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, 63 Allegheny Street, Corfu, NY at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Russell’s name to Crossroads House, PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14020 or to the Corfu United Presbyterian Church PO Box 159, Corfu, NY 14036.

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.




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