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Evelyn E. Nichols of Alexander passed away Thursday March 19, 2015 after a long courageous battle with Leukemia.   She is predeceased by her father Allen Meier, sister Ellen Batchelor and brother Kenneth Meier. 

Evelyn was very kind hearted.  She loved the outdoors and animals, especially her love for her cats.  She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her daughters Rachelle “Shelly” (Bill) States of Rixford, PA, Katrina “Kittie” (Dustin) Crosby of Port Allegany, PA; mother Ellen Meier of Alexander; grandson Evan Pekarski of Rixford and her longtime companion Tony Nigro of Alexander.

There will be no prior calling hours and funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Cancer Institute, Elm & Carlton Streets Buffalo, New York 14263 or the SPCA of Wyoming County 808 Creek Road, Attica New York 14011. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit Marley Funeral Home. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main St. Attica, New York 14011.

Paul R. "Goofy" Rice, age 66, of Silver Lake, died on Saturday March 21, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. Paul was born in Warsaw, NY on February 4, 1949 a son of the late Thomas Rice  andFlorence Irwin Rice of Perry. He is preceded in death by a brother  Tommy Rice, Sister and brother-in-law Cindy and Mike Laraby and brother-in-law  Bob Shepard.

Paul was a graduate of Perry High School. He retired from Consolidated Gas (Dominion Gas) in Silver Springs. He served with the US Air Force. He was a member of the Silver Lake Sportsman’s Club, Perry Vets Club, Perry VFW, lifetime member of the Bliss American Legion Post #1720, and was a former member of the Perry Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and collecting American Indian memorabilia. Paul was also a sun enthusiast.

He is survived by a daughter Amber (A.J.) Koronas of Perry; 2 sons Timothy and Thomas Rice both of Perry; mother Florence Rice of Perry; sister Linda Shepard of Perry; 3 brothers Jeff (Mary) Rice of Silver Lake, Steve (Polly) Rice of Leicester and Brian (Lee) Rice of Perry; 4 grandchildren Taylor Rice, Logan, Tessa and Fiona Koronas along with several nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services will be held on Wednesday March 25th at Glenwood Cemetery in Perry. He will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Perry Fire Department P.O. Box 243 Perry, New York  14530 or to the Perry Center Fire Department P.O. Box 204 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.

G. Dolores Barry, age 83, of Pittsford formerly of Perry, died peacefully with her daughters by her side on Thursday March 19, 2015 at the Highlands Living Center of Pittsford. She was born in Perry, New York on October 28, 1931 a daughter of the late Phil and Evelyn (Popp) LaDelfa.  She is preceded in death by her son Jeff Barry who died in 1968.

Dolores was a graduate of Perry Central School.

She is survived by her 2 daughters Nancy Canepa of Wellington, Fl., Richelle “Gigi” (William) Beach of Pittsford; grandchildren Jeffery, John and Chris Canepa, Kalie (RyanJohnson) Mollie and Cobie Beach.

Family and friends may call from 1-3 pm on Sunday March 22nd at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. Funeral Services will follow at 3pm. She will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry, New York.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Highlands Living Center of Pittsford 100 Hahnemann Trail Pittsford, NY 14534.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.

Evelyn K. Okay, 81 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday (March 20, 2015) at her residence.

She was born April 24, 1933 in South River, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Patrick and Martha McClosky Kirk.

Evelyn worked as a nurse anesthetist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo prior to her retirement.  She was committed to her profession and enjoyed working closely with colleagues.  Evelyn was known and loved for her loyalty and generosity to her family and friends.   She was energized by informed discussion about politics and history.  She loved the New York Yankees and her home state of New Jersey.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Cuneyt V. Okay, who died November 17, 2014.

Survivors include her children, Jale Okay of Amherst, MA, Mehmet Okay of Batavia and Kammie (Robert) Scott of Philadelphia, PA. Grandchildren, Madeline and Lucas Scott; niece, Patricia (Kirk) Murtha and nephew, Shawn Kirk.  

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family with burial in New Calvary Cemetery, Parlin, New Jersey.  The family has requested no flowers.  Expressions of condolence 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 & PROPRIETOR.

Oakfield - Frank J. Mikolajczyk, Jr., 80, of Oakfield, a retired General Foreman at US Gypsum Co. passed away Sunday, (March 22, 2015) at his home, in Oakfield.

Mr. Mikolajczyk was born February 1, 1935 in Oakfield, a son of the late Frank J. and Mary (Matla) Mikolajczyk, Sr.

Frank was a member of St. Padre Pio Parish and the Oakfield Rod & Gun Club.  He was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener and bread maker. 

He was extremely proud of his Polish heritage and took pride in teaching his grandchildren Polish traditions, and singing them silly songs. 

Those that knew Frank will remember him as a hardworking, devoted husband, father, and grandfather who was a true do-it-yourselfer.

He is the husband of Barbara (Grower) Mikolajczyk.  The two were married in Oakfield on July 11, 1957.

Along with his wife, Frank is survived by his children, Michael Mikolajczyk of Chili, Mark (Shelly) Mikolajczyk of Oakfield, Teresa (Robert) Castleman of S. Alabama, and Thomas (Kimberly) Mikolajczyk of Oakfield; ten grandchildren, Jillian (Dennis) DeMarco of Oakdale, Long Island, Bradley (Natalie) Mikolajczyk of Perinton, Christopher Castleman of Akron, Holly Castleman of S. Alabama, Benjamin Castleman of Batavia, Alyssa Mikolajczyk of Attica, Tyler Schroeder of Oakfield, Morgan Mikolajczyk of Batavia, Austin Schroeder of Oakfield, and Devon Schroeder of Oakfield; three great-grandchildren, Logan and Haley DeMarco of Oakdale, Long Island, and Kailynn Worthington of Spencerport; a sister, Julia (Wilbur) Easton of Oakfield; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Mikolajczyk of PA.  Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends also survive.

He is preceded in death by his brothers, Henry (late Helen) Mikolajczyk and Victor Mikolajczyk; and a sister, Anna (late Ignatius) Mikolajczyk.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.  Frank’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, (March 25, 2015) at Saint Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecilia's Site, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. 

Memorials may be made to Saint Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecilia's Site, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, NY 14125, or the Arthritis Foundation, 3300 Monroe Avenue, Suite 319, Rochester, NY 14618. 

Burial will be in St. Cecelia's Cemetery, Oakfield.  

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

East Pembroke - Robert L. Knapp, “Bob," 57, passed away Tuesday (March 17, 2015) at United Memorial Medical Center with his loving family and friends surrounding him.

Bob was born on August 22, 1957, in Batavia, a son of the late Beryl and Margaret Merch Knapp. He was the brother of the late Melvin Knapp.

He was a transport engineer for JB Hunt - Cargill Feeds. Bob was a very active member of the Indian Falls United Methodist Church and a member of the East Pembroke Grange. He had a wonderful singing voice and loved trains of all kinds. Bob’s passion in life was his family and farming. He loved his family and was a proud Grandpa of seven grandchildren.

Bob is survived by his beloved wife, Sue Herod Knapp; 3 sons, Dustin (Sarah) Knapp, David Knapp and Steven (Tiffany) Knapp; seven grandchildren; an honorary son, Jonathan Burgel; two honorary grandchildren; two brothers, Lawain (Paula) Knapp and William (Lori) Penepent; and a  sister-in-law, Carol Knapp. Bob is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends may call Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Indian Falls United Methodist Church, 7908 Allegheny Road, Corfu, NY. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at the church. Arrangements were made by the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc. 4 East Main Street, Corfu.

Bob touched many lives and will be deeply missed. His life was a testimony of true Christian faith. 

Shirley A. Bermingham, 82, of Batavia passed away after a 6 year battle with cancer on Wednesday March 18, 2015 at United Memorial Medical Center. She was born January 25, 1933 in Oakfield to the late Ralph (Cleda Cayea) Bowen. She is preceded in death by her husband Thomas A. Bermingham and son Stacey T. Bermingham.

Shirley was a supervisor for New York Telephone Company in Batavia and then went on to work as a switchboard operator at St. Jerome’s Hospital for 23 years. The family would like to extend their thanks to both Doctor Wisa and Doctor Mudd for the fantastic care they provided Shirley.

She is survived by her daughter Shelley Bermingham of Batavia; brother Sherwin (Janet) Bowen of Greenwich, sister Suzanne Christ of Williamsville; sisters-in-law Rita Potwora of Batavia, Elizabeth Hakes of Batavia along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 12:00 Noon Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday March 21, 2015 at Resurrection Parish (St.Joseph’s) 303 East Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the SPCA 3841 West Main Street 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

Edward A. Miller, 92 of Batavia, formerly of Alexander and Attica, passed peacefully on Tuesday March 17, 2015 at United Memorial Medical Center. He was born June 19, 1922 in Greigsville, NY to the late Harry (Elsie Stevens) Miller. He is preceded in death by his wife Hazel May Miller; son Russ Miller; daughter Maggie (Marsha) Miller; granddaughters Rachel Miller and Meredith Schaefer; brother Everett Miller.

Mr. Miller worked in sales at Fischer Storage Sheds in Liecester. He was a life member of Alexander Volunteer Fire Department; current member of Bethany Fire Department, and Oliver Tractor Association. Mr. Miller was an avid card player, fisherman, square dancer and enjoyed auctions.

He is survived by his six children Roger (Judy) Miller of Spring Grove, VA., Greg (Ann) Miller of East Bethany, Jeff Miller of Port Charlotte, FL., Paul (Sheri) Miller of Alexander, Paula (George) Miller-Schaefer of Norfolk, VA., Vicki (Jeff) Wolak of East Bethany; daughter-in-law Belinda (Rick) Miller Cox of East Bethany; family member Julie Pearce of Sebring, FL along with many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Friday March 20, 2015 from 2-4 & 7-9PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A Celebration of Ed’s life will be held 11:00 AM on Saturday March 21, 2015 at Bethany Center Baptist Church, 10420 Bethany Center Road, E. Bethany, NY 14054. He will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bethany Center.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. 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.

Marcia E. Lawrence, 68 of Alexander, passed peacefully on Tuesday March 17, 2015 at ECMC in Buffalo. She was born August 28, 1946 in Warsaw to the late Robert (Ruth Beardsley) Bender. She is preceded in death by her sister Claudia Carothers.

Marcia worked as a Med Tech at UMMC for 35 years and she loved to travel.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 48 years Jim F. Lawrence of Alexander; children Cathy and Dave Lawrence both of Batavia; brother Michael (Gail) Bender of Webster; brothers-in-law Joe Carothers of Baldwinsville; Richard Williams of Watkins Glen, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Friday March 20, 2015 from 4-7 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Funeral Services will be held privately.  She will be laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Alexander.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to HomeCare and Hospice 29 Liberty Street Suite 6 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.

GLORIA G. NEUBERT - age 81, of Batavia, NY died Tuesday morning March 17, 2015 at United Memorial Medical Center with her family by her side. She was born July 9, 1933 in Batavia to the late Sidney John and Rose Matilda (Taber) Gear also preceded in death by her husband, Francis C. "Frank" Neubert and siblings, Barbara Bowen and Ronald Gear.

   Gloria was an operator for 35 years with the former NY Telephone, a longtime member of Resurrection Parish and member of the former Red Hats. She was an avid golfer, enjoyed traveling and being on the go but most important to her was her family, especially her grandchildren.

   Surviving are her loving children, Frank (Frances) Neubert of Syracuse, Sue Giamartino of Ballston Spa, NY and Christina (Michael "Skinny") Rose of Batavia; brothers, William Gear of AZ, Arthur (Fran) Gear of Batavia, Sidney (Laura) Gear of Rochester, David Gear of Batavia; brother-in-law, Alex (Mary) Neubert of Batavia; 6 grandchildren, Chris and Keith Neubert, David (Kate) & Daniel Giamartino, Michael and Sydney Rose along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

   Gloria's family will be present from 4-8 p.m. Thursday March 19, 2015 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:00 a.m. Friday March 20 followed by a 9:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph's Site), she will be entombed in the Monsignor Francis L. Schwartz Mausoleum with her late husband. Memorials in her memory can be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. 16 Bank Street Batavia, New York, Crossroads House 11 Liberty Street Batavia, New York or Homecare & Hospice, Inc. 29 Liberty Street Ste. 6 Batavia, New York 14020.  

   Please leave your words of comfort to her family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF GLORIA NEUBERT IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

 

 

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