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Kathryn E. Zerby, 95, passed away on January 17, 2015 at Phoebe Nursing Home in Allentown, PA. She was preceded in death by her husband Clark Zerby of Batavia, New York.  Born in the town of Caroline, NY, Kathryn was the daughter of the late George F. and Marie L. Edwards. She was the granddaughter of the late “Uncle Bob Edwards” of Ithaca Gun Works. 

She was a graduate of Batavia High School and the Bryant and Stratton Business Institute of Buffalo, New York.  She worked as a book keeper for Massey Harris in Batavia and later for the Democrat and Chronicle office in Batavia.  She was a member of the Batavia First United Methodist Church.  During World War II she was a volunteer nurse’s aide at Genesee Memorial Hospital.  After retirement she volunteered at the Holland Land Office. She loved history, travel, reading and playing Bridge.  She is remembered for her love of family, her sharp intellect and keen sense of humor.

Kathryn is survived by daughter Margaret Minneman of Allentown, PA; grandchildren Michael and Sarah Minneman of Allentown, PA along with many nieces and nephews.

An 11:00 AM Memorial Service will be held Saturday March 14, 2015 at the Batavia First United Methodist Church 8221 Lewiston Road Batavia, New York 14020.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in her name to the Batavia First United Methodist Church 8221 Lewiston Road Batavia, New York 14020. 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

Batavia - Douglas R. Strang, (71), died March 4, 2015, after a brief illness. Born in Batavia, NY, he was the son of the late Robert and Mary Kenyon Strang.  He was married to Judith Ann Markek Strang. He was a graduate of Corfu-East Pembroke High School, class of 1961 and a lifelong resident of the Western Genesee County area.

Doug was employed by E. Sprague, Batavia, Inc., Electrical Contractors, from 1964 until his death, with over 50 years of service. He owned and operated one of the area’s largest electrical construction firms.  During his tenure with the firm at one time they did the largest electrical project in the area at that time working with and for virtually every major industry.   He graduated from high school with National Merit and New York State Regents scholarships and went on to attend The College of Emporia, in Emporia Kansas. Doug was a past master of Akron Lodge #527 F&AM, Akron, NY., active serving twenty two years as the Chaplain.  In addition, Doug was a 32nd degree A.A.S.R. Valley of Buffalo, a member of Ismailia Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., serving as drill instructor and Captain of the Motor Corps, the Shrine precision motorcycle drill team. A member of Buffalo Court #22 Royal Order of Jesters and a charter member of the Jesters on wheels motorcycle unit. Doug's other Masonic affiliations were Western Star Chapter #35 R.A.M., Batavia Commandery #34, K.T., and the BiCentennialMaster Association of Erie County.  Doug was a member the Loyal order of the Moose Lodge #1132, in LeRoy.  In addition, Doug was also a member of Batavia Lodge #950 B.P.O.E., the Jamestown Shrine Club and the Kachina Club. He served on the board of the Raymond Lawrence Fund  (a Masonic benevolent fund) and was life member of the American Motorcyclist Association.  Doug was a boy scout, cub scout Packmaster, Little League Coach and member of the Pioneer Men’s Club predecessors of the present Pembroke Youth Athletics Club. He was a longtime member and active in the International Association of Electrical Inspectors, the National Electrical Contractors Association and the former adequate wiring bureau of western New York.

He endowed the original Rachael Kenyon Memorial Fund (a scholarship fund for students) at Pembroke Central School District and the very first CD Rom drive to the school while serving on a technology committee at the school.  Doug was a member of the Pembroke Central School District Board of Education, for over ten years, serving as Vice President and then President. During this period he was also one of the individuals who helped establish the Genesee Valley School Boards Association after the merger of Batavia and Mount Morris BOCES districts. He also served as a state legislative network representative of the New York State School Boards Association to the New York State Legislature.  While still active on the school board he was elected to serve as councilman on the Batavia Town Board. 

Doug is survived by his immediate family sons, Scott D. Strang (Joanna) of Batavia and Douglas R. Strang, Jr. (Melissa) of Corfu, and his daughter Kimberly M. Strang-Ferreira (Joe) of Batavia.  Two brothers, Donald (Linda) and Robert (Sandra) of Attica, two sisters Susan (George) Anderson of Tucson and Deborah (Glenn) Russ of Corfu. Several cousins, nieces and nephews, and many close personal friendships that have sustained him across his lifetime. He loved his grandkids more than anything in the world.

Relatives and friends may call on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C.B. Beach and Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu.  Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, 63 Allegheny Street, Corfu. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 516 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104 or the Rachael Kenyon Memorial Fund, c/o the Pembroke Central School District, PO Box 308, Corfu, NY 14036.

Richard Eugene Forrestel was born on December 5, 1924 to Viona and Eugene Forrestel in Akron, NY.  He was the fourth of five children: Mary (who died before he was born), Marjorie, Helen, Richard and Tom.  His parents and contemporaries knew him as Dick while his family and many others called him REF.  REF graduated from Akron H.S. and went on to earn his B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Michigan where he met Virginia Rogers.  Virginia and Richard married on 12/18/48 and REF graduated from Michigan Law School the next year.  He served in the US Navy during WW II. 
 
Richard and Virginia moved back to Akron in 1949 and REF went to work for Cold Spring Construction Company where he remained employed for 66 years.  REF was a director of Bank of Akron for 64 years.  Virginia and REF had six sons and five daughters born between 1949 and 1970.  REF loved his family dearly, always helping, trying to provide his children with both opportunity and a different perspective.  He was an incredibly diverse man with interests from the heavens, flying, to the depths of the sea, scuba diving.  He encouraged all of us to try hard.....and then try harder, just as he did while lettering in track at Michigan.  REF lived his entire life in Akron but he traveled extensively, always interested in different cultures and lands.  REF's gentle thumb prints can be seen in numerous projects in and around Akron.  He loved this community and the folks who live here, quietly helping scores of people in countless ways.  
 
REF and Virginia were married for more than 64 years until her passing in 2013.  What follows is a chronological list of those who survive Richard:  Stephen and Cathy, grandchildren (GC) Ryan, great grand children (GGC) Emma Marie and Anieka, GC Alison and Kabir, GGC Eslyn, GC Beth and Brett; Anne, GC Laura, GGC Kaia, GC Alex; Eugene Peter and Linda, GC Peter and Holly, GGC Ethan and Gabriella, GC Becky and Jonathan; Mary and Russ Borden, GC Andy and Rachel, GGC Drew and Ben, GC Jeff and Katie; Ryan and Kim, GC Daniel and Mari, GGC Eleanora, GC Amy and GC Patrick; Andrew and Anne, GC Andrew, John and Patrick; Richard Jr. and Sandy, GC Jack, Olivia and Emmett; Colleen and Scott Ponto, GC Ben, Kalie and Evan; Julia and Peter Beckford, GC Simon and Ursa; Sara and late husband, Craig Greene, GC Will; Thomas and Jessica, GC Nathan and Lucas and finally the glorious canine love of the last several years of his life, Buckets.
 
REF lived each of his 32,963 days like it was his last, living fully, caring deeply, observing intently, making a difference to those around him, near and far.  His impact on the construction world will be felt for years to come and spans the country, coast to coast.  His zest for life was acutely evident to all and his can-do attitude was both infectious and productive.  REF quietly supported countless causes and he requested donations in lieu of flowers to Hospice (hospicebuffalo.com) or St. Teresa of Avila Parish (stteresaofakron.com).
 
Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, fond memories and condolences on Friday (March 6th) from 1-5pm and 6-9pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St. Akron, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30am on Saturday at St. Teresa of Avila Church, Buell St. Akron.
 
Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net. 
 
ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY 14001. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR & PROPRIETOR.

Mark D. Vogel, 53, of Mt. Morris passed away on Monday March 2, 2015 at his residence. He was born March 6, 1961 in Chicago to Rev. Donald Vogel of Mt. Morris and the late Jean (Alfvin) Vogel.

Marks formal education took place in Chicago Schools. He enlisted in the United States Army, and his training as an Infantry Rifleman took place at Ft. Benning, GA. Mark served 2 tours of Duty in Germany and was appointed to attend the French Army Commando School. He interviewed and photographed with the Army Stars and Stripes Europe Addition. Mark previously worked for Tropicana Oil in Chicago, Archway Cookie Company and Livingston County Nursing. He was a member of the Perry Vets Club and the American Legion 350 McKelton Post in Perry. Mark was an accomplished pianist and loved music especially heavy metal. He was an avid Cubs, Bears and Raiders fan. Chicago will always be his home. “Up The Irons.”

Mark is survived by his son Jay Vogel of Chicago; daughters Ashley (Fiancé Derek Baker) Vogel of Perry, Erin (Fabian) Rodriguez of Chicago and brother John (Brenda) Vogel along with 4 grandchildren.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday March 7, 2015 from 4 PM- 7 PM at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. A Funeral Service will immediately follow at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the  American Legion 350 McKelton Post PO Box 183 Perry, New York 14530. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

Nancy J. MacConnell, 83, of Batavia passed away on Friday February 27, 2015 at Genesee County Nursing Home. She was born November 5, 1931 in Bergen the late George (Esther Wessendorf) MacConnell. She is preceded in death by her brother Roderick MacConnell and sister Shirley (George) Hankey.

Nancy worked as a Registered Nurse for Genesee Memorial Hospital prior to retirement.  She was a Deacon at East Bethany Presbyterian Church and sang in the choir. Nancy loved gardening and bowling.

She is survived by her loving children Mary A. (Christopher) Savino of Wappingers Falls, NY, Karen M. DeFelice of Pavilion; brother Larry (Pat) MacConnell of LeRoy; grandchildren Amanda S. MacConnell, Brian A. DeFelice, Bradley A. DeFelice along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Service will be held at the convenience of the family in the spring. She will be laid to rest in Mt. Rest Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association www.alz.org/wny.com  or Volunteers for Animals 3841 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020. 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.

Oakfield - Orma Marie Worthington, 87, a longtime resident of Oakfield and resident of the School House Manor in Oakfield for twenty years and the owner and operator of the former Oakfield Cash Market, passed away on Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Genesee County Nursing Home, in Batavia.

Orma was born on August 5, 1927 in Lisbon, a daughter of the late Fredrick and Florine (Mills) Montroy.

In January 1948, she married Newell Worthington and was a longtime Oakfield Resident. 

She owned and operated the Oakfield Cash Market from 1947 through 1953 and from 1962 to 1975.  In the late 1950's she owned the Royal Restaurant and The Country Grill.  She was the manager of the Oakfield Mobile Home Park through the 1980’s and into the 90’s.  Orma was proud of her nurse's training and was an extremely hard worker with a focus on raising her sons. 

She was the loving mother to James (Carrie), Jeffrey (Kristin), and John (Sandy) and the proud grandmother of Jennifer, Becky, Jeffrey, Holly, Jamie, Randy and Kasey as well as 7 great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Belva Meyer and Shirley Ram.   

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Burdett and Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave., Oakfield.  Orma’s Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecelia’s Worship Site, 56 Maple Ave., Oakfield, NY.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Muriel H. Marshall Fund for the Aging, Rochester Area Community Foundation, 500 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14607.  Burial will be in Cary Cemetery in Oakfield.

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

Batavia ~ Edward Panek , age 56, passed away early Saturday morning (Feb. 28, 2015) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

     Mr. Panek was born July 25, 1958 in Batavia, N.Y., a son of the late Edward and Rosemary Lamendola Panek.

     He enjoyed motorcycles and family gatherings.  He also resided in Daytona for several years, where he loved to watch nascar racing and go fishing every chance he had.    

     Mr. Panek is survived by his son, Daniel Panek (Sarah Bell) of LeRoy; brothers, Duane (Carol) Lamendola of Chili, Robert Panek of Daytona Beach and Ronald (Gerri) Panek of Wyoming; sisters, Denise (Robert) Renouf of Hornell, Sheree Panek of Pavilion and Mary (David) Coates of LeRoy; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law, David and Heather Panek. 

     Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Ed's Life on Saturday, March 7 from 1 ~ 5 PM at the LeRoy American Legion, 53 W. Main Street. Interment in St. Francis Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.

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

     Mr. Panek and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Earl “Butch” M. Spring, 90, of Attica passed away peacefully Saturday February 28, 2015 surrounded by his family at United Memorial Medical Center. om  HHe was born August 2, 1924 in Batavia to the late Harry (Esther Bey) Spring. He is preceded in death by his sister Eleanor Beaver.

Butch was a graduate of Alexander Central High School. Upon graduation he entered the service. Butch was a Corporal Combat Engineer of the United States Army, WWII.  He earned 5 Battle Stars, fought at Omaha Beach during the Normandy Invasion, Battle of the Bulge, Battle for the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen. He was a member of the 299th Engineers (Combat) Battalion. He was recently honored with a living tribute by the Patriot Guard Riders. His expertise in masonry and pride in his work was evident in the beautiful homes he built in the area. After his retirement he pursued a second career in 1980 as a Building Inspector for New York State Office of General Services which he retired from in 2001. He loved to read and was a huge fan of the Buffalo Bills. His greatest joy however was spending quality time with his grandchildren.  Butch was a member of SS Joachim and Anne Parish and a life member of the Bricklayer and Allied Craft-Workers Local 45.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years Helen “Honey” (Shreder) Spring; daughter Mary Kay (Dr. Gerardo) Palacios of Tampa, FL; son Jim Spring of Buffalo; sisters Betty Bauer of Batavia, Barbara Spring of Batavia; 3 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Services will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Attica Rescue Squad 11 Water Street Attica, New York 14011. For more information please call 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.

Joan C. Stark, 83 of Eden, formerly of Akron, NY, passed away peacefully on Sunday (March 1, 2015) at St. Francis Home in Williamsville, NY.

She was born in Buffalo, NY on August 22, 1931, daughter of the late Clarence P. and Catherine Schimmer Wangler.

Joan was a former Sister of St. Joseph and a cook for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Williamsville.  She was a member of St. Teresa’s Church in Akron.  Joan also enjoyed cooking and baking and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

She was predeceased by her husband, Clarence Stark.

Survivors include three brothers, Paul (Karen) Wangler of West Falls, NY, Thomas (Gayle) Wangler of Newton, MA and David (Marilyn) Wangler of Edmonton, Alberta.  Two sisters, Ann (late William) Sayers of Akron and Mary (late Jack) Young of Pembroke.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday (March 4th) from 3-7pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, 10am at St. Teresa’s R.C. Church, Buell St. , Akron.  Interment will be in Clarence Center Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Teresa’s R.C. Church, 5779 Buell St., Akron, NY 14001. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

 

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR & PROPRIETOR.

Mildred “Mickey” O. Tourville, 78 of LeRoy, passed away on Saturday February 28, 2015 at United Memorial Medical Center. She was born June 12, 1936 in San Diego, CA to the late Walter (Mildred Smith) Beetle. She is preceded in death by a son Daniel Tourville.

Mrs. Tourville worked for PW Minor. She enjoyed scrapbooking and put together numerous photo albums for her family. Mickey was an avid Buffalo Bills Fan, enjoyed doing crafts, playing the lotto and playing bingo. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren during the Christmas Season.

She is survived by her loving children Rev. David Tourville of Olean; Dennis Tourville of Batavia; Deborah Tourville of Batavia; Diane Tourville of Ogdensburg; Donna (Fred) Kabel of Batavia; Darlene (Dan) Bailey of Batavia; she was married to Lester Tourville of Hamburg; sisters Evelyn Bishop of Clifton Springs; Edith Beetle of FL; Loretta Wyatt of Rochester; Carol Ganias of Liverpool; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday March 3, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday March 4, 2015 at Ascension Parish 19 Sumner St. Batavia, New York 14020.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to LeRoy Village Green 10 Munson St. LeRoy, NY 14482 and or Mass Intentions in care of Father David 202 South Union St. Olean, NY 14760. 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.

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