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Batavia - Richard  A.  Lawrence, 76  of Batavia,  passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Facility in Rochester.

Mr. Lawrence was born on September 22, 1944 in Buffalo, New York a son of the late Leo Lawrence and Ida Bognar Lawrence.

A registered professional nurse, he retired from the United States Army Reserve as a Major and served for many years in the Army Nurse Corps. Prior to serving with the United States Army, he served as a hospital corpsman with the United States Navy. Richard served in Operation Desert Storm in the early 90s. Following his retirement from the United States Army he worked as a staff nurse, head nurse, and an operating room supervisor at Buffalo General Hospital.  He completed several successful civilian and military leadership/manger courses. Using those skills, he managed the gaming floor at Batavia Downs Gaming and Hotel.

Surviving is his fianceé, Paula Kelly of Perry; his daughter, Sara (George) Calvin of Apex, North Carolina; his grandson, Luca Calvin; Sara's mother, Barbara Lawrence of Amherst; his brother-in-law, Peter Simon of Buffalo; his niece, Jessica (nee Simon) Murphy of Buffalo; and his niece, Rebecca Simon of Denver, Colorado.

He is predeceased by his beloved sister, Barbara Simon.

Richard had a zest for life that was apparent to all. He loved travel, particularly to Ireland and Europe with his fiancée Paula, as well as many road trips to military bases and civil war battle sites. Richard was an avid fan of music, particularly The Beatles. He was lucky enough to see Elvis Presley in concert in his younger years. One of Richard’s most cherished memories was attending a Paul McCartney concert with his daughter Sara in 2015. Richard was blessed to have a group of friends with whom he regularly played low-stakes cards in Batavia.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services, with military honors will be held at the convenience of the family at Western New York National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Gary Vernon McWethy, age 81, a creative and gentle soul, died peacefully at United Memorial Medical Center on December 1, 2020.

Gary was born in Stafford, New York on January 12, 1939 to Vernon L. McWethy and Gertrude (Trudy) Sheffer McWethy.  In 1944, his family moved from Stafford to a farm on South Main Street Road, Batavia, NY where Gary treasured his surroundings for the rest of his life.

Gary's vision for design and construction started at the age of eighteen when he built his first home in Linden, NY.  After graduating from Batavia High School in 1957 he served in the Army Reserve, worked for Rumsey & Petronio Construction Company and then became partners in in the DVM Corporation.  After attending RIT where he studied design and architecture, Gary's dream of owning and operating his own construction company became a reality.  Later, McWethy Construction Company, took part in the completion of the Genesee Country Mall. Gary, with his brother Wayne, and good friend Dick Bausch created Devil’s Rock Bar and Lounge. This was enjoyed by owners and customers alike.  A lifelong goal was accomplished by planning and developing Meadowbrook Estates on the land of the family and surrounding farms.   The project expanded over time to include the Meadowbrook Golf Course and a 5 Star AirBnB. He treasured his conversations with guest from all over the world.

Early in life, as a member of the Stafford Hunting Club, Gary fell in love with the Adirondack Mountains while hunting and camping with his grandfather, father and later with his children, grandchildren and nephews.  Family and friends recall that Gary could also be a prankster and full of fun.  It would not be unusual while camping at Cranberry Lake to wake up in the night to scary sounds only to find in the morning that Gary created the noise by tying tin cans to a string. 

Throughout life, Gary was generous with time. He graciously acted as a consultant to family members on numerous carpentry and home projects.  Along with travel and skiing, Gary enjoyed boating in the Finger Lake area.  For many years, Gary hosted numerous pool parties for family, friends and employees, and the traditional family Christmas breakfast.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Wayne and grandson Eric. 

Gary is survived by his loving sons, Mark and Randy, their Mother Barbara McWethy, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his sisters, Sharon McWethy and Marcia McWethy and her husband Jeff Singer along with several cousins.

A Celebration of Life with a buffet lunch will be held on Saturday, May 15th from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Meadowbrook Golf Course, 6 Woodland Drive. If you are planning on attending, please RSVP to [email protected] by May 10th with the number attending to help plan for food preparations. Or Call 585-343-0837. Condolences and memories can be shared by visiting  www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.  Memorial contributions can be made to Meadowbrook Golf course to further Gary’s dream.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Rose Marone (Gaeta), age 98 of Batavia, NY passed away April 11, 2021. She was born in Batavia on June 30, 1922 to the late Anna and John Gaeta. In addition to her parents, Rose is predeceased by her beloved husband; Angelo "Shieko" Marone; sisters Sarah (Joe) Mangefrida and Marion (Joe) Mancuso, and her brothers Calvin (Dee) Gaeta and Harry Gaeta

She was a graduate of Batavia High School and later served as an Administrative Assistant at Doehler Jarvis.  Rose was especially known for her hospitality and always welcoming friends and family with open arms, fresh brewed coffee, and store bought cookies!

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.  

The family would like to express extreme gratitude and thanks for the wonderful loving care given by The Manor House and LeRoy Village Green where Rose spent the last several years of her life.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life to take place this summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Le Roy Village Green 10 Munson St. Le Roy, NY 14482. To leave messages 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.

chamberlain.jpg   chamberlain2.jpg  Benay (Benz) Chamberlain - On April 10, 2021, after a brief decline in health, Benay journeyed home to be with the Lord and to be reunited with her soulmate, Robert (Chamberlain), her mother Esther and brothers Dion and Fred (Benz).

Benay always said of herself “What you see is what you get.” That could not have been more wonderfully true. She was genuine in her interactions with others, never pretentious, and always made an effort to help those in need. She instilled her spirit of generosity into her children and grandchildren thus spreading her humanitarian impact as they carry on her legacy across the country.

Her positivity, humor, wisdom, comfort and sincere friendship will be sadly missed by so many whose lives were touched by her ever helping hands throughout the wonderful eighty years of her life. All who knew her were recipients of her handmade lap blankets, heat packs, scrubbies, and bag holders. She was an avid gardener and believer of all things frugal. Her community will miss her countless hours of volunteerism for numerous organizations including the Elba Historical Society, Crossroads House, Community Action, Genesee County Animal Shelter, the Town of Batavia Fire Department (gardener) and local nursing homes (handmade lap blankets). During the Covid-19 pandemic, Benay sewed 245 face masks as donations to the community.

Prayers for comfort as we mourn the loss of our beloved Benay are appreciated by her children Vanessa, Kelly (Luanne), and Sandra, her grandchildren Elliot Miller, Matthew Chamberlain (Genelle), Sarah Crowley (Scott), Gregg Miller, Corrin Miller (Kevin), Jordan Parker (Adam), great grandchildren Reilee, Carsyn, Jackson, Jamison Chamberlain, nephews Scott (John), Mike (Debbie), Wayne (Sandy), David (Rayne) Benz and Jim Chamberlain, nieces Debbie Chamberlain and Kathy Gardner and her dear friends Anna Fenton (Dave), Cheryl Manz, Mary Iama (Rick), and Phyllis Brassington.

At her request, a private Graveside Service will be held with no calling hours.

Memorial donations can be made in her honor to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021. To leave messages 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.

Edmund ("Sunny") Leon Farr, Jr. - Wilson, North Carolina. Edmund was born on August 13, 1935, in Rochester, New York, and passed away at home, in Wilson, North Carolina, on Friday, April 9, 2021, at the age of 85.

Edmund is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Cherry Ann Farr, beloved dog Bella Marie, Daughter Julie Ann (Farr) Goode, Grandsons: Jordan Farr, Timothy Goode Jr., Jason (Melissa) Walters, and Christopher Walters, and 2 great granddaughters, Sisters and Brothers: Barbara Walker (Gary Eddy), Lawrence
“Butch” (Elizabeth) Shaw, Richard (Deborah) Shaw, Diane (late George) Sawdey, George (Cindy) Walker, Eddie (Teddy) Walker, Mary (Bruce) Zollner, and Larry (Lorie) Walker; several nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews, and many cousins.

Edmund is predeceased by: his Father Edmund Farr Sr., Mother Jennie (Keller) Walker, Step-Father Harold Walker Sr., Sister Kathleen (Kurt) Pfeffer, Sister Ella Mae (late Frank) Merrill, Brother Duane (Patty) Shaw, Brother Harold (“Father Edmund”) Walker Jr., and Brother Joe (late Ann) Walker.

Edmund lived most of his life in Rochester, New York, and moved to Batavia, New York, in 2012, where he met and eventually married his loving wife, Cherry. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and he and Cherry made the decision to relocate together to Wilson, North Carolina, in 2019, to be closer to his daughter and 2 grandsons living there. Edmund was a member of Ever Present Church in Batavia, New York, and he volunteered at Care-A-Van Ministries in Batavia, New York, during the years that he lived there in the City of Batavia. Prior to his current marriage to Cherry, Edmund was previously married to Shirley (Berglund) Davis, the mother of his daughter, and also was married to and shared many years together with the late Zillah (Sally) Hockenberry-Farr, who passed away in 2012. He was also an important part of the lives of Zillah’s children, the late Raymond Hockenberry, Jr., the late, Susan (late Jack) Walters, and the late John Hockenberry, and grandchildren, Jason and Christopher Walters.

Edmund was known by all who knew him for his sense of humor and jokes. He was always laughing and smiling. No one was a stranger to him. He was also known for always being positive and having a good attitude in all circumstances. He was kind hearted and always giving to others and always lifting a helping hand. He loved his wife and his family. He loved kids and he loved animals, particularly dogs. He loved to cook and bake, and he was a hard worker. To know Edmund was to love him.

In lieu of floral arrangements, donations can be made to Care-A-Van Ministries, Batavia, New York and/or All Babies Cherished, Batavia New York. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 2:00 pm, at First Baptist Church, 306 East Main Street, Batavia, New York.

LeRoy ~ Karen E. Parks, age 72, of North Road, passed away early Monday morning (April 12, 2021) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

     She was born August 6, 1948 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Harley and Ann Cooper Ingalls.

     Karen was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend, who cherished time spent with her family, especially “her babies” – grandchildren.  She enjoyed travelling to Kentucky to visit family, doing puzzles, crocheting and rooting for the NY Yankees.

     She is survived by her daughters, Sandy Parks (Chris James) and Stephanie Parks; grandchildren, Jeffrey James and Bethani James; sister, Alice Ingalls; in-laws, Franklin Parks (Karen Faulds), Jean (Roger) DeVinney, June Elliott and Dorothy Parks, along with many nieces and nephews.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Alfred L. Parks (2018) and in-laws, Stanley Parks, Keith Parks, Karen Parks and Russell Elliott.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, April 16 from 3 - 5 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road, LeRoy, where her Service of Remembrance will be held at 5:00 PM. (Funeral home capacity is limited to 50% and face masks are required) 

     In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to either the Boy Scouts of America (https://donations.scouting.org/)   or the Wounded Warriors (www.AmericanWarriorFestival.com)   

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

Elba - Shirley Ann  Boyce, age 80, of Elba  passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 12, 2021 at her home.

Mrs. Boyce was born on April 14, 1940, in Warsaw, a daughter of the late Nelson Kipfer and Anna Lee Logsdon Kipfer.

Shirley was a rural United States Postal Carrier in Elba for 30 years. A devoted mother and grandmother, she always put her family first. She loved hosting a big Christmas Eve Party every year for her family.  Shirley enjoyed attending her great-grandchildren's' sporting events and loved animals of all kinds. She enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels in her yard and relaxing in the sun and watching her flowers grow.

Shirley is the wife of Irel Dean Boyce who passed away on October 16, 2020.

Surviving are her daughter; Marcy (Nicholas) Colantonio of Stafford; two sons; Scott (Michelle) Boyce of Churchville and Christian Boyce of Elba; her granddaughter; Rita (Sam) Vigiano of Elba; great-grandson, Mason Vigiano of Elba; step-granddaughter; Teresa (Ronald) Tobolski of Oakfield; step-great-grandchildren; Jordyn, Kara and Hunter Tobolski of Oakfield; step-grandchildren; Jordan Croston of Churchville and Krysta (Eric) Nardone of West Henrietta and nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her sister, Betty Lou Lichti.

There are no prior calling hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Martin Charles Will “Marty”, of Florida, passed away at his home on January 10, 2021. He was born on December 6, 1953 in Batavia to Junamae Will Qutermous of Batavia and the late John V. Will. Marty was predeceased by his sister; Christine Will and stepfather; Paul Qutermous.

Marty was a skilled carpenter. He lived in the Fort Lauderdale area for over 40 years. He was very meticulous about his home, garden and restoring his car.

He is survived by his mother, a daughter Stacey Paterson of Powderly, KY., a son Jake Magnus of Indiana; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers Richard E. Will of Pinellas Park, FL. and Jeffrey A. Will of Chandler, AZ.; 5 step sisters and one step brother, an aunt and several cousins.

An 11:00AM Graveside Service will be held on Friday April 16, 2021 at St. Cecilia’s Cemetery in Oakfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021. To leave messages 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.

garyjmilbrand.jpegGary J. Milbrand, 65 of Attica, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from Covid-19. He was born February 16, 1956 in Williamsville, NY to the late John (Rosemary) Milbrand and the late Patricia Hoppel Milbrand.

Gary retired from General Motors and the US Navy. He enjoyed life in general including time with family and friends, traveling and camping.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Almeter-Milbrand; Father and mother-in-law, Richard and Kathleen Shaw of Batavia, Children; Justen (Amy) Milbrand of Getzville, Jessica Milbrand of Depew and Jennifer Milbrand of Depew. Step children; Tim (Rachel) Almeter of S. Byron, Eric (Alexandria) Almeter of Batavia, His grandchildren, Hailey and Aiden Milbrand of Getzville and Evelyn, Eleanor and Newton Almeter of S. Byron. His brother Glenn (Cheryl) Milbrand of N. Tonawanda and sister Erika Milbrand of N. Tonawanda.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, April 19, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. He will be laid to rest in the Western New York National Cemetery.

The Funeral Home will be restricted to 50% of its normal capacity. Face coverings and social distancing are mandatory. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 331 Alberta Drive #106, Buffalo, NY 14226. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 591-1212. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, Inc. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

Oakfield - Mrs. Mary  Lucille  Yunker, age 85 of Oakfield,  passed away peacefully on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Buffalo General Hospital following a brief illness.

Mrs. Yunker was born March 25, 1936 in Medina, a daughter of the late Edward John DePalma and Marian Elizabeth Dujenski DePalma.

She worked as a telephone operator and bank teller before becoming a full-time wife and mother, which was her true calling and greatest joy.  She always put her family first.

A member of St. Padre Pio Parish in Oakfield, she was a lover of all animals. She enjoyed feeding the birds, squirrels and cats that would visit her home and took delight in tending to her flowers.  She loved dancing with Richard (especially the polka), and listening to Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand.

Surviving are Richard D. Yunker whom she married on October 19, 1963; two daughters, Kathleen (David) Yoder of Corfu and Kristin Yunker of Oakfield; her grandchildren, Matthew and Anna Yoder of Corfu; her brother, Edward "Butch" DePalma of Summerfield, Florida; her sister, Elizabeth (Duane) Quintern of Summerfield, Florida; brother-in-law, Donald (Joyce) Yunker of Oakfield, sisters-in-law, Joan Schrauth of Maryland, Irene Yunker of Batavia and Bonnie Yunker of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a future date at St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia's Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.




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