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bell.jpg  Donna L. Frappier Bell, 73, went to be with the Lord on July 1, 2022 after a year of battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Donna was blessed with a large & loving family who will remember and deeply miss her. Her husband of 53 years; Pastor Randall N. Bell; four children David (Cheryl) Bell, Holly (Tony) Santoro, Heather (Shawn) Domes and Tim (Michelle) Bell; seventeen grandchildren Felicity (HJ) Sipes, Caleb (Ciera) Santoro, Nathanael (Shay) Domes, Matthias Bell, Elias Bell, Titus Domes, Aubrey Santoro, Graceanna (Jason) Spencer, Havilah Bell, Carissa Domes, Kaylynne Bell, Hope Bell, Joy Domes, Annavah Bell, Enoch Bell, Anastasia Bell and Obed Bell; two great-grandchildren Grayson and Oliver Santoro.

Donna was born to the late Raymond & Dorothy Frappier; four siblings;  Judy (Garry) Hogan, Dee (Dan) Williams, Joy (Bob) Pannkuk and Mark (Michele) Frappier.

Donna was born in Holly, Michigan and was immersed in the Christian community her entire life.  She graduated from East Ridge High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, attended Bryan College where she met & married her husband on May 24, 1969.  She ministered to many individuals and their families through the years as a Pastor's wife in Duncanville, Texas and Grandview, Tennessee and then in Attica, New York.  Music was an important part of her life and ministry, through piano and singing.

There will be no calling hours.  A family Graveside Service was held Sunday, July 3 at Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica.  A Memorial Service will be held at Attica First Baptist Church on July 9, 2022 at 11 a.m. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Attica or First Baptist Church of Marilla.  To leave a message of condolence, please visit www.MarleyFuneralHome.com Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011.

Vito Pricola age 96, of Batavia passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday July 1st, 2022.

Born on July 7th, 1925 in Batavia, son of Vincenzo and Maria (Decelso) Pricola.

He was predeceased by his wife of 69 ½ years, Rosalind (Colombo) Pricola, siblings Mary Gaeta, Katherine Gringer, Rosie Zinni, Anthony Pricola, Rocco Pricola and Brother-in-law Manuel Colombo.

Vito is survived by his three children, James (Diane) Pricola, Karen (John) O’Donnell and Betsy (Jim) Mungillo. He was “Papa” to nine grandchildren: Jennifer (Steve) Horak, Dr. Katie (Dr. Corey) Fehnel, Sara (Justin) Schuff, Dr. Michael Mungillo, Christopher Pricola, Sean O’Donnell, Matthew Mungillo, Nicholas Mungillo and Alex Pricola. He is a great-grandfather to seven. He is also survived by his sister Jeanette Attardi and sister-in-law Kathy Colombo as well as several nieces and nephews.

At age 18, right out of high school, he joined the Navy Air Corps and served in World War II as a tail gunner on a PB4Y, where he received a Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with two gold stars. After returning from the Navy, he earned an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science from Bryant and Stratton in Buffalo. From there, he was hired by Jones Chemicals where he retired in 1994 as the Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

In his spare time, Vito enjoyed giving back to his community as seen by his many years of volunteering on the city planning board of Batavia, Republican Committee and Trustee of St. Anthony’s Church. He was a member of the Chlorine Institute, Stafford Country Club and the St. Nicholas Social Club. In 1994, he and his wife received the “Award of Excellence” for service to their community from the Paolo Busti foundation.

He was an avid golfer, playing his last round a week before his death and completing three rounds over three days at Turning Stone’s challenging courses several weeks prior. Vito was known to stay up late watching every New York Yankees baseball game he could, yelling at the TV when they required additional motivation. One of his favorite activities was making pizza for his family and friends. Most of all, Vito was a loving husband and father and had a very full life. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his family.

Friends may call on Wednesday July 6th from 4 to 7 pm at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street Batavia.  His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday July 7th at 10 AM at Ascension Parish, 19 Sumner St Batavia. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery also in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Vito’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

LeRoy ~ Frances Hulse, age 80, formerly of West Avenue, passed away Thursday morning (June 30, 2022) at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

   frances_hulse_obit_and_cards_0.jpg  She was born August 8, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY, a daughter of the late Rosario and Josephine Spallanzani Giuliano.

     Frances will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend to many.  She was a cub scout den mother for many years.  She enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and visiting with friends, but especially enjoyed going to lunch with her girlfriends, who were like sisters to her.

     She will be sadly missed by her children, Harold "Hal" Hulse III (Donna Tukey) of New Hampshire and Laura Putorti of LeRoy; daughter-in-law, Barbara Wright; granddaughter, Molly Hulse (fiancée, Zach Plath), along with many nieces and nephews.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Harold E. "Ed" Hulse in 2007 and three siblings.

     Family and friends may call on Wednesday, July 6 from 4 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM.  Frances will be laid to rest with her husband in St. Francis Cemetery.

     Contributions in memory of Frances may be made to LeRoy Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 56, LeRoy, NY  14482.

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

navyemlem.jpgJerry Gerard Falanga, 71 of Beaufort, SC, died suddenly on June 9, 2022 at his home. He was born December 11, 1950 in Batavia to the late Nicholas and Louise (Mirando) Falanga. He is preceded in death by sisters, Nancy Paolucci, Angeline Falanga and Marie McIntyre; great-niece Alyssa DeMarzo.

Mr. Falanga was a proud United States Navy Veteran of 25 years.

He is survived by brother, Nicholas D. (Peg) Falanga, nieces, Jeanne (Jeff) DeMarzo and Louise Ann Wallace, great-nephews, Dylan and Jack DeMarzo, two great-great-nephews and former sister-in-law Marcia Falanga.

There will be no prior calling hours. He will be laid to rest with Military Honor’s in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at 10:00 AM.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 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, NY 14020.

Richard Steen, 53 of LeRoy, passed away unexpectedly June 24th, 2022.

   img_2060_0.jpg  He was born July 27th, 1968 to the late Robert and Beverly Steen.

     Rich worked at McGinnis excavating. He also worked at various farms, Dolomite, and McPherson Orchards, where he made apple cider. He was one of the hardest working people you would come to meet. 

     He will be remembered for being a kind person and father, who would give you the shirt off his back. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking on the grill, and loved watching the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

     He is survived by his wife, Virginia; daughter, Haley (Alex), Richard and step-daughter, Jessi; brothers, Robert (Amy), David (Jodi) and sister, Brenda (Mike) and many aunts, uncle, nieces, nephew and great-nieces and nephews and many friends. 

     There will be a celebration of his life, welcoming all family and friends on July 30th, 2022 at the Genesee County Park from 1 ~ 6 PM at Pavilion S in East Bethany, NY. 

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

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

mellenthien_robert_-_photo1.jpgRobert J. Mellenthien, 53 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Tuesday (June 28, 2022) at United Memorial Medical Center.

He was born January 26, 1969 in Seaford, Delaware, a son of Richard Mellenthien and the late Kay Anderson Mellenthien.

Robert was a member of ARC GLOW for several years where he met some wonderful people. He enjoyed watching home improvement tv shows and Mecum Auto Auctions. Some of his greatest moments were taking car rides with his father.

Survivors include his father, Richard Mellenthien of Corfu. Sister, Judy (Richard) Farr of Indiana. Also survived by nieces, aunts, uncles and friends of the ARC.

He was predeceased by his sister, Donna Lynn Mellenthien

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Saturday (July 2nd) from 3-5pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. A funeral service will follow at 5pm.

He will be laid to rest in the Western New York National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be offered in his name to the ARC GLOW, 18 main St., Mt. Morris, NY 14510. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Tyler J. Busch, age 28 of Corfu gained his wings and was called to his heavenly home.

He is survived by his parents Keith and Susan Busch, sister Tessa (Busch) and Dustin Say, brother Nicholas Busch (Maria Greco), nephew Dawson Say, grandparents Donald and Susan Busch, fur friends Patches & Zoey and an abundance of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends who loved him dearly.  He was predeceased by grandparents Ed & Ruth Korczak and Marilyn Busch.

Tyler worked at Oetiker in Batavia where he made many new friends. He loved to skateboard, play football, baseball, basketball and he was a hardcore Bills fan. 

He will be forever remembered as a kind compassionate soul, with a tender heart, always showing a special love for the less fortunate.  A true devoted animal lover especially to his cat “Zoe”. Tyler will be greatly missed, but forever will remain a beacon of light in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Genesee County Animal Shelter.
Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.

Irene Orlando, 71 of Batavia, passed away peacefully Monday (June 27, 2022) at Premier Genesee Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing.

She was born May 24, 1951 in Germany, a daughter of the late Boleslaw and Pauline Kowalski.

She was the wife of the late Samuel Orlando who died in 1999.

She is survived by a sister, Jane Thio of Schenectady, NY and nieces.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in St. Francis Cemetery, LeRoy, NY.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Robert Gary (Bob) Ammon, age 80 of Corfu, NY, entered into eternal rest Wednesday, June 15, 2022, surrounded by his loving family, two days prior to his permanent return home to Corfu.
He was born September 9, 1941, in Batavia, NY the son of the late Ralph and Katherine Ammon. Son-in-law to the late Nelson and Corrine Becker. Brother-in-law to the late Gary (Paulette Sheley) Becker
Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Sandra Becker Ammon, son Jeffrey Ammon, Daughter Shari (Anthony) Salim, grandchildren Kari Ammon, Samantha and Jenna Salim, niece Sherry (Josh) Livergood. He is also survived by several dear cousins who were the brothers and sisters he never had.

A celebration of Robert’s life will be held Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 1pm at 4267 South Newstead Rd, Akron, NY, directly across from Buckwheat Rd. Casual dress as we will be outside under a tent.
Memorials may be made to the family who will distribute them to local charities. Arrangements completed by C.B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY. 

Paul T. Merrill, 47 of Miami Beach, formerly Alexander, passed away on Monday, June 27, 2022. He was born October 7, 1974 to Ronald and Evelyn “Peach” (Brooks) Merrill of Alexander.

Paul was a 1992 graduate of Alexander High School. He was a tremendous athlete and excelled at wrestling.

Along with his parents he is survived by his daughters, Allison and Lia Merrill of Rochester; sister, Katherine (Douglas) Kautz of Lafayette and a niece Samantha Kautz.

There will be no prior calling hours, services will be held privately at the convenience of the family. He will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tri Town Youth Athletics, Inc. PO Box 252, Alexander, NY 14005. 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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