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harrylonnensr.jpgHarry E. Lonnen Sr., 80 of Bergen, passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was born July 11, 1941 in Medina, to the late Walter W. and Saloma J. (Seeley) Lonnen. He is preceded in death by two brothers Delbert and William “Billy” Lonnen.

Mr. Lonnen was a proud United States Army Veteran. He was still working at GCASA in Batavia. Harry was always willing to help anyone do anything, he especially enjoyed working with other Veterans. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan, even when they weren’t winning.

He is survived by his children, Harry Lonnen Jr. of KY, Carrie (Doug) Teeter of Rochester, Christine (Harold) Ertel of Bergen, Jeffrey (Kristen) Lonnen of Wyoming, NY; siblings, George (Cindy) Lonnen, Rosie (Ernie) Stephens, Kenneth (Linda) Lonnen, Leona Quackenbush, Alice Klatt-Miller, 9 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North St., Batavia, NY 14020. Thoughts and condolences may be left online at www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

ericwflint.jpgEric W. Flint, 39 of Gainesville, passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. He was born March 7, 1982 in Orange, CA to Jeffrey (Teresa Lynk) Flint of Pike.

Eric worked as an Auto Technician for Matthews Busses in Avon. He enjoyed playing paintball, fishing and was an avid gamer. His biggest hobby was his family and he loved being around them.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Deanna E. (Bentley) Flint of Gainesville, sons, Kobe, Emerson and Liam Flint, mother and father-in-law, Todd (Tracey) Bentley of Castile, siblings, Robert Flint of Batavia, Rachael (Travis) Clark of Alfred, Stacy (James Lathrop) Flint of Pike, Kelly (Adam Wicker) Flint of Pike, Marquis Flint of Pike, Kelly (Ryan) McAvoy o f Hilton Head, SC, Heather (Michael) Allaire of Java, Lindsey (Andy Fraas) Rickettson of Varysburg, Steven (Fiancée Anna Giordano) Rickettson of Java, brother-in-law, Brandon (Lindsay) Bentley of Syracuse, along with many nieces and nephews, Jeff (Jodi) Hager of Varysburg.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530. An 11:00 AM Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, October 22, 2021 at the Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest in Maple Grove Cemetery, Gainesville.

Memorials may be made to the family for his boys future. Thoughts and condolences may be left online at www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

flowersdaisy.jpgRaymond M. Pierson, 79, of Perry, died on Sunday, October 17, 2021. He died after battling Lymphoma for many years, assisted by his dedicated team at the Wilmot Cancer Center. He was born April 30, 1942 in Perry.

Ray appreciated fine art and architecture; he frequented the ballet and theater while living in New York City. He could bring beauty out of chaos with holiday decorating and love of flowers. He was an avid reader and was an authority on family and local history. Ray also enjoyed collecting antiques.

Raymond is survived by the Hepler family, Charles and Patti, Lynn Ramsay, Albert Walker Hepler III, Barbara Stewart, Janet VanRysevyk, Beverly Bottema and friends, Linda Hyland, Millie Mandeville, Amy Mandeville.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 1 to 2:00 PM at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530. He will be laid to rest at Middle Reservation Road Cemetery, Castile.

Donations may be made to Wyoming County Historian’s Office, 26 Linwood Ave, Warsaw, NY 14569. Thoughts and condolences may be left online at www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

Stafford – Elfrieda G. Bridge, age 90, passed away on Friday October, 15, 2021 at her home.

She was born September 6, 1931, in Darien, a daughter of the late Robert and Frieda Gramp Humel.

Elfrieda led a full life and worked many years at G.T.E. Sylvania, Kodak, as a hair stylist and motel owner in Verona Beach, New York. She was an excellent baker and her Christmas cookies were legendary.

She was the loving wife to David J. Bridge, who survives her. She is also survived by three sons, Mark (Kate) Bridge, James (Karen) Bridge and Randy (Irene) Bridge; four grandchildren, Jessica (Garrett) Tarnowski, Justin (Nicole) Bridge, Alexis (Josh) Armstrong and Matthew (Madelyn) Bridge; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Rudy (Jackie) Humel, Norm (Mary Lou) Humel and Kenny (Janet) Humel along with several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her siblings, Robert Humel, Ernest Humel, Linda C. Dibble, Elsie Duckworth, Shirley Evans, Eleanor Luce and Alice Martin.

Friends and family may call on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where services will immediately follow at 1 p.m. She will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

digiacomo_june-photo1.jpgJune Marilyn DiGiacomo (né DiCesare) passed away peacefully at her home in Pembroke, New York on October 14, 2021, at the age of 92. She was born on March 10, 1929, to the late Marion Allers, a concert pianist, and Pierino DiCesare, designer of a revolutionary type of airplane propeller. 

June was also predeceased by her husband Carmen Salvatore DiGiacomo, son Thomas Joseph DiGiacomo, and sisters Jean Travis, Gloria Cannon, and Marion Zendano. She is survived by her daughter Diane Marie Denton-DiGiacomo and beloved cats Blake, Dante, Oscar, Yoshi, and Kenji. 

June was born and spent much of her childhood in Oak Park, Illinois, amongst the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and the family of the writer Ernest Hemmingway. She never met the legendary author but crossed paths with his mother while babysitting his nephew “little Ernie”, his sister Sunny’s son. 

June was a talented artist whose spontaneous, impressionistic style captured landscapes, animals, and flowers to add beauty and brightness to this world. She loved to listen to music and to sing, also to read, especially poetry, copying out favorite lines into notebooks and on to whatever scraps of paper were at hand. She was an irresistible spoken storyteller, entertaining many with fascinating reflections on he past. 

June worked for years at the Buffalo Courier Express, until she retired and, with her husband, moved from Tonawanda, a suburb of Buffalo, NY, to the Town of Pembroke in the 1980s to fulfil their dream of living in the country. Suddenly widowed a few years later, she became an active member of the community, including joining the local Methodist church and serving as an election inspector well into her 80s. She always kept abreast of current affairs and cared deeply for the well-being of her fellow humans, the natural environment, and animals. She was wonderful with children, helping them to learn, conquer their weaknesses and discover their strengths through their budding interests and talents. 

Those who knew her at any point, will remember June’s “Mona Lisa smile”, sparkling hazel-blue eyes, and infectious engagement in a life to be celebrated rather than grieved over. 

There will be a private burial of her ashes at Indian Falls Cemetery in the Town of Pembroke. 

In lieu of flowers, her daughter requests that donations be made to one or the other or both of the following animal rescue organizations: 

Second Chance Networking Shelter: www.secondchanceshelteringnetwork.com Click on “Donate” in the upper right-hand corner. On second payment screen, please click “Write a note” to indicate that your donation is in memory of June M. DiGiacomo. 

Wyoming County SPCA: www.wyomingcountyspca.org Click “Donate”. Click on “Memorial Donation”.  Click on “Memorial”, “In Loving Memory” to June M. DiGiacomo, “Human”. Please fill in “Send notification of donation to” with [email protected]

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.

 

To Mom, with love from your daughter: 

The secrets of your heart 

are stacked against the wall, 

canvases for your art 

of hiding what you missed. 

No mistaking your style,

a freedom out of hand 

that kept you all the while

believing as you wished.

A world that long was yours

before it was revealed— imagination soars 

with courage its master.

Flowers filling a place left bereft

of your own, a portrait in a vase found

by me, your daughter.

Landscapes take you afar,

cats and soup bring you home to

settle for who you are:

the author of this poem. ~ DM Denton

 

 

 

butterfly.jpgArta J. McGhan, 69 of Batavia, passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Rochester General Hospital, following a lengthy illness. She was born in Batavia, January 31, 1952 to the late Walter V. and Alice (Hottois) Pawelski. She is preceded in death by her son Michael McGhan and brother Walter L. Pawleski.

She is survived by sisters, Wallene Peck of Sun City, AZ and Alice (Scott) Dean of West Hurley, NY; close friends, Alicia (Steve) Fitzsimmons of Oakfield, grandchildren Sarah and Michael, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Thoughts and condolences may be left online at www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

James E. Sullivan, 84, of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at his home.

James was born March 6, 1937 in Batavia, a son of the late Henry and Lucy (Brice) Sullivan.

James was a member of Resurrection Parish and the Knights of Columbus.  He retired from O-AT-KA Milk Products in Batavia and is a veteran, serving with the United States Army.  He enjoyed sports, especially baseball and was a supporter of Batavia baseball and the NY Penn League.

Surviving are his niece, Karen Spiotta of Batavia; a nephew, Alan (Linda) Spiotta of Corfu and cousins.

Preceded in death by his sister, Joan Spiotta.

There are no prior calling hours.  James's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, October 19 at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia.  He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph's Mausoleum in Batavia.  

Face coverings will be required inside of the church.  We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union Street, Batavia, NY 14020, www.ndhsbatavia.com/support-nd.html.  

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

Arrangements for James were entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-5673.

Fred passed away at 93 on Monday, October 4, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.

Born January 11, 1928 in Rochester, NY son of the late Ralph & Jennie (Huntley) Dunham.

Fred is survived by his wife of 23 years, Gladys (Newcomb/Cassada) Dunham and his children, Anita (Guy) Hinkson, Allen Dunham, Doug (Cindy) Cassada and Kay (Gary) Clark, his daughter-in-law Judy (David) Dunham along with 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Predeceased by his 1st wife, Beatrice (Backus) Dunham, his son David (Judy) Dunham, his brother-in-law Burton Newcomb and his grandson Craig DeRue.

He was a Specialist 2nd Class in the US Army in Korea from 1954-1956.

Fred was an active member of the Bergen United Methodist Church, served as the Bergen Town Zoning Officer for many years as well as the Chairman on the Bergen Town Board of Appeals.  Fred was a member and Superintendent of the Mt Rest Cemetery Association and was also a registered Morgan horse breeder for many years.

Fred retired from the Sullivan Insurance Agency in Bergen NY in 1998.

He was a man of strong faith in God and dedicated to his family, church and community.

There are no prior calling hours.  Fred's Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 23 at the Bergen United Methodist Church, 27 South Lake Avenue in Bergen.  A reception will held at the conclusion of Fred's service in the fellowship hall at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bergen United Methodist Church, 27 South Lake Avenue, Bergen, NY 14416 or Homecare and Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite 6, Batavia, NY 14020.  

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

Arrangements for Fred were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

Robert N. Miles, 82, of Corfu, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

Robert was born on December 19, 1938. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Albert and Catherine Miles as well as his siblings Albert “Henry” Miles, Catherine “Ann” Kelly, Sarah “Sue” Duschen, Oliver Miles and William “Bill” Miles. 
His loving wife of 53 years, Linda P. (Hollenbeck) Miles, passed away November 19, 2011.

Robert was a loving brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather. Robert was  a member of the United States Army. He was a lifelong welder at O.K. Trogan for 30 year and retired from Stripp It. For many years he owned and operated Miles Welding. In his spare time, he enjoyed farming, camping, hunting and gardening.

Robert is survive by his wife Sharon (Bachert) Miles; his children, Lynn (Richard) Draves, Kathleen Miles, Virginia (Joseph) Paper, Ronald Miles and Daniel (Jody) Miles; three step daughters, Amanda, Jessica and Tracy; 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; sister-in law Kathy Miles, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call Friday, October 15, 2021,  from 4 to 8 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street Corfu. Funeral services will be held at the mortuary Saturday, October 16th at 11a.m. Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu.

rzepka1.jpg  Norman J. Rzepka, 80 of Alden, passed away on Saturday October 9, 2021 at the Buffalo VA Medical Center.  He was born March 6, 1941 to the late Mildred and Alexander Rzepka of Alden.

He is survived by his children Randy (Shari) Rzepka, Jeff (Jen) Rzepka, Wendy (John) Miszuk; dear brother of Marie (Roger) Measer, Patricia Ann (late Darrell) Williams, Richard Rzepka and the late Maryellen and John J. Rzepka.

The beloved grandfather to Rily, Nolan, Paige, Alex, and Marty Rzepka; John (Robyn), Steven (Sarah), Joshua and Brayden Miszuk; and Meghan McLaughlin. Great-grandfather to Lily Kent.

He enjoyed riding his tractor and farming, and spending time with his grandchildren.

There will be no prior calling hours, services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made Buffalo VA Medical Center 3495 Bailey Ave. Buffalo, NY 14215. For more information 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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