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Batavia, NY: Dennis J. Wittman passed away peacefully at Charlotte House, North Java, NY on July 1, 2020 and was born on June 2, 1943 in Buffalo, New York the late Jerome and Evelyn (Hamilton) Wittman. Dennis is survived by his wife, Carol (Chmielowiec), daughter, Holly (Michael) Stoddard of Honeoye, NY, daughter, Jennifer (fiancée, Alfred Flores) of San Antonio, TX, sister, Kathie (Paul) Beaulieu of Cheektowaga, N.Y., brother, Philip (Nancy) of Akron, NY, brother in law, Dr. A. Steven Bangs of Long Island, NY, sister in law, Marsha Deman of Defiance, Ohio  and nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great niece and nephew and his dear Husky Buddy, Kodah. Predeceased in death by his brother Allan Wittman, sister in law, Jeanette Bangs and sister in law, Dolores Clark.

Dennis was a graduate of Cleveland Hill High School, State University of New York at Buffalo, Wadhams Hall Seminary and University of Rochester. He was employed by Genesee County first as a Probation Officer from 1969 to 1980 and from 1980 to 2005 as first Director of Genesee Justice with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department.

Dennis incorporated the Restorative Justice model to the program and Genesee Justice received world-wide notoriety and was recognized as a leader in promoting victims’ rights.  His career spanned traveling to 44 states, 6 Canadian Provinces and Japan speaking on Genesee Justice.

Dennis was a member of Ascension Parish, Batavia, New York. He was Vice President of the Sacred Heart Holy Name Society, President of Sacred Heart Parish Council, Religious Education Teacher and Pre-Cana Instructor with his wife.

Updated Arrangements:  Family and friends may call on Wednesday, September 23rd, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., 21 Big Tree Street, Rte 15 & 20A, Livonia, NY.  A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Ascension Parish, Batavia, NY.  Burial will be immediately following Mass at St. Joseph Cemetery, Batavia, NY. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Charlotte House, P.O. Box 123, 4316, Route 98, North Java, NY 14113, Ascension Parish, 17 Sumner Street, Batavia, NY 14020 and MUSH Rescue Inc., 12820 Wyngate Trail, Alpharetta, GA 30005.   To send a condolence or share a memory please visit:  www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com

*Please note the funeral home will be operating at a limited capacity per state guidelines.  New York State requires those in attendance to adhere to the guidelines related to social distancing and face coverings.

Batavia- Jennie Hawks, age 99, of Batavia passed away on Monday at her home in Batavia

Jennie was born March 18th, 1921 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Louis and Rose (Scammaca) DeFino. She was lovingly nick named “Joll” for her jolly and joyful ways. She is the wife of the late N. Lawrence Hawks Jr.

Mrs. Hawks was a lifelong member of The Resurrection Parish-St. Joseph’s Church. She could regularly be seen, walking her children to church.
She retired after 21 years of dedicated service to GTE Sylvania in Batavia. Her work ethic was second to none.

Jennie was a devoted and unconditionally loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, sacrificially considering the needs of others first, before her own needs. Her mottos were as follows: “Get up early and make each day count “ “Be mindful, God is watching.” “Be good and be careful!” Babies and children held an especially dear place in her heart. A talented homemaker, she was well known for her Italian cooking and exceptional baking, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas. She loved knitting and crocheting. She loved music and enjoyed dancing well into her nineties.

Jennie is survived by her children, Janet L. Hawks of Batavia, Paul L (Mary Anne) Hawks of Florida, Betty Ann (Thomas) Bartz of Alexander, Sharon (Peter) Walker of Pennsylvania, Lawrence (Victoria) Hawks of Massachusetts, 11 Grandchildren and 27 Great Grandchildren.
 
Jennie is preceded in death by her siblings: Sam “Spats” DeFino, Mary Klute, Josephine Pacer, Betty Magarine, Annie Lafanara and Millie Povorsky. She was also preceded in death by a son, Jack Hawks.

Friends and Family May call on Saturday (September 19, 2020) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 E. Main St. in Batavia where prayers will be recited at 12:30 p.m.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Jennie's Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Church will be private for the family only.  Burial will be in Grandview Cemtery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Choose to be Part of your Miracle Foundation, c/o The Community Foundation of NCM, 649 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg, MA 01420.  

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

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Kathleen “Kathy” Mary Cornelius, Alabama Center, NY, passed on September 9, 2020, after a long illness. Beloved wife of Francis L. Cornelius, Jr.; dearest mother of Stephanie (Timothy) Benson and Douglas Cornelius; loving and devoted grandmother of Chandler, Aiden and Ethan Cornelius, Mary, Timothy and Eleanor Benson; dearly missed sister of Carolyn Naab, Paul (Donna) Schmitz, Joe (Rondina) Schmitz, Christine Reigle and Mary Jane (Christopher) Wojnar; caring aunt to many nieces and nephews.

No prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 1:00 PM at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 18 W. Main Street, Corfu, NY 14036.  Arrangements by Ross Funeral Home of Akron, LLC. To share memories and condolences with Kathy's family, please visit rossakron.com.

Oakfield - Wilfred S. Brooks , 96  of Oakfield  passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at his home under the care of HomeCare and Hospice.

Mr. Brooks was born October 24, 1923 in Washington, D.C., a son of the late Arthur E. Brooks and Ruth (Steverson) Brooks.

Mr. Brooks was a member of the Oakfield United Methodist Church where he was a Lay Leader.  He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1197 in Batavia, where he served as Western New York Council President and 7th District Commander.  

Wilfred's list of accomplishments is plentiful.  He was at one time or another the Recording Secretary and Vice President of the Federal Labor Union #22485, Chairman of the Oakfield Republican Party, a member of the Board of Directors of Genesee/LeRoy United Way, Councilman of the Town of Oakfield (6 years), Supervisor of the Town of Oakfield (4 years), District #1 Genesee County Legislator (8 years), Chairman of the Public Service Committee, member of the Ways & Means Committee, Chairman, GLOW Solid Waste Management Committee, Chairman, Genesee Fingerlakes Regional Planning Council, Board of Advisory Directors at Pavilion State Bank, Board of Directors of Greater Rochester United Way, President, Oakfield Alabama Lions Club,  Dean of Annual Retreat with Camp Asbury, Chairman, Genesee Area Men's Prayer Breakfast (2 years), Chairman, DCOM United Methodist Batavia District, and a Cub Master with the Boy Scouts.  

Wilfred is the husband of the late Juanita A. (Thomas) Brooks who passed away September 19, 2019.

Surviving are his children, Craige Brooks of Oakfield, Braad (Dianne) Brooks of Oakfield, Linne (late Gordon) Hopkins of Dansville, and Heather Brooks-Stephens of Oakfield; a sister, Elaine (Mac) Booten of LeRoy. 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

He is preceded in death by a great-grandson, Anthony Jerome Smith; a brother, Jerome (late Jean) Brooks; and a sister, Oma (late William) Scott.

Family and Friends may call on Friday (September 18, 2020) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Oakfield United Methodist Church, 2 South Main Street in Oakfield, where Wilfred's Funeral Service will immediately follow at 12:00 noon.  Burial will be in Cary Cemetery in Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oakfield United Methodist Church.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the church will be restricted to 50% capacity,  Face masks and social distancing will be required.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


Bonita “Bonnie” Jean Fergus Crichton, aka Mrs. Crichton of Conesus, NY: Born in Angola, Indiana on August 15, 1949, Bonnie grew up in Findley Lake, NY, and relished living the last 35 years on a wooded hillside in Conesus, NY.

Bonnie graduated Valedictorian from Clymer Central School in 1967, and received her master’s degree from SUNY Geneseo in 1971. She spent most of her career teaching English to 7th graders at Pavilion Central School. You can recognize her former students by their impressive ability to diagram sentences.

Bonnie was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Livonia. Beyond the local church, she also found joy teaching, serving in Lay Servant Ministries, and providing leadership for the United Methodist Western NY Conference.

She hated to fly, but loved to be behind the wheel of her car. Vacations, adventures, Emily’s soccer games, even driving across the country twice, enabling her to fulfill her lifelong goal of visiting Alaska. In retirement, she combined her love of the road with her passion for helping others by driving patients to medical appointments for Catholic Charities.

An ardent Buffalo Bills fan, Sunday afternoons were for folding laundry and watching football. She also never turned down a round of Boggle, Bananagrams, or Rummikub, and was always ready to pull together a euchre match.

Bonnie loved her extended family and was a pillar of the Montgomery clan. She was their historian, secretary, and treasurer, and avidly researched her family genealogy.

Thank you to everyone who supported Bonnie during her journey. We recognize we will never know all of the countless ways you helped during her final years.

Bonnie was preceded by her parents Barney and Margie Fergus and her children Joseph, Jacob, James, and Mary Crichton. She is survived by her husband Peter Crichton, daughter Emily (Ross) O’Hara, brother Ben (Sheri) Fergus, Norwegian exchange sister Betzy (Torfinn) Naper, and nieces, nephews, and cherished family and friends she lovingly adopted along the way.

Family and friends may call at the United Methodist Church of Livonia, 21 Summers Street, Livonia, NY 14487 for drive-thru visitation on Tuesday, September 15th, from 5-7pm. The family will greet visitors in front of the church. All are welcome to attend and we ask that everyone remain in their vehicles. For public health, the family will hold Bonnie’s funeral privately. The service will be livestreamed Wednesday, September 16th, at 3pm on the church Facebook page: https://facebook.com/UMCLivonia. Burial will be held privately at Grove Hill Cemetery, Oil City, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the United Methodist Church of Livonia at the address above. To send a condolence or share a memory please visit:  www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com

perl.jpg  Dorothy Perl, age 93, of Sheldon, NY passed away peacefully on Saturday September 12, 2020. She was born in Orchard Park, NY on November 19, 1926 a daughter of Edward and Emma (Theil) Benz.

Dorothy and her husband, the late Bernard Perl, were partners in their family farm. She cherished her family and enjoyed every minute spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was well known for her cookies sprinkled with Grandma’s love and a pie for every occasion. Dorothy was an avid volunteer at St. Cecilia’s Church in Sheldon for many years and took great pride in being a regular blood donor for the Red Cross.

She survived by her son; James B. (Cathy) Perl; grandchildren Stacy (Jesse) Schmidt, James G. (Maura) Perl and Tanya (Shaun) Koch. She will be sadly missed by her great-grandchildren; Kierra Perl, Leah and Hanah Rosenbeck; Lilian, Madeline, Allison and Olivia Koch; Asher and Quinn Perl. She is survived by her brother Howard Benz.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband; Bernard Perl; son Gary Perl; brothers Raymond, Clarence, Gerald, Norbert and Lee Benz; sisters Evelyn Benz and Alice Graffeo.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 1:00PM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday September 19, 2020 at St. John Neumann Parish (St. Cecilia’s site) 991 Centerline Road Strykersville, NY 14145.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Visiting Nurses Association – GLOW Region 7070 Telephone Rd. Pavilion, NY 14525, or to a charity of your choice. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Lockport - Gloria  J.  "Tootie" Ferchen , 70  of Lockport,  passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family under the care of Niagara Hospice.

She was born Monday, July 17, 1950 in Indiana, Pennsylvania a daughter of the late Ronald J. Gibson Sr. and Rebecca Jean Moore Gibson.

Family was the  important thing in her life especially having her grandchildren by her side. The matriarch of her family and "leader" of her siblings, she will be remembered as kind and selfless. She loved giraffes and traveled to the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville. She enjoyed trips to the casino, crocheting doilies and bathrobes for her grandchildren.  Prior to working at Lockport Memorial Hospital, she worked for many years at P.W. Minor in Batavia.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Niagara Hospice especially Melissa, Cheryl and Judy for their kindness and compassionate care they provided.  

She is survived by her husband and best friend of 52 years; Stephen C. Ferchen Sr.; her children; Wendy (Ross) Walker of Batavia, Sandra (James) Morse of Attica and Stephen C. (Fleurette) Ferchen, Jr. of Lockport; ten grandchildren: Jessica and Samantha Walker; Felicia (James) Worthington, Brendon O'Donnell, Chloe Stevens; Ethan, Colby and Masey Ferchen; Averee and Keagan Stevens; three great-grandchildren; Sydney, Belle and Jimmy; her siblings; Ronald J. (Deborah) Gibson, Jr. of Batavia, Michael L. (Patricia) Gibson of Oakfield, Judith (Frank) Mack of Albion, Susan (Richard) Abraham of Akron and Betty (Lynn) Kirchner of Oakfield and several nieces and nephews.

 She is predeceased by her grandchildren; Evan Ferchen and Alexandra Walker.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4:00 pm  to 7:00 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.  She will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4657 Sunset Drive, Lockport, New York 14094 or Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York, 3025 Monroe Avenue, #200, Rochester, New York 14618.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in Tootie's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Marjorie “Pet” Norton German 80, was born on February 9, 1940 to the late Ellsworth and Frances Boldt Norton in Elba NY died Saturday September 12, 2020.  Over the years Marge worked for many different places including Sylvania, Dohler Jarvis, Dunkin Donuts, Big N and finally 20 years at the Batavia Kmart where she retired from in 1997.  Marge’s favorite thing was spending time in the kitchen cooking and baking for her family including making sure her babies “her dogs” over the years got fed. She also enjoyed traveling with her husband and going to casino’s.

Marge is survived by her beloved husband David of over 57 years, whom she married July 20, 1963; her sons, Scott D. German of Batavia, Jeffery (Julie Amato) German and her daughter Holleyann Amato of Stafford and Michael C. German of Batavia; her dog Buster and grand dogs Zach, Bailey and Jake.  She is also survived by her siblings Eugene “Jake” Boldt of Elba, Robert (Judy) Norton of Cumming GA, Beverly “Sis” Reamer of Maple Hill NC, Ellsworth “Chubby” (Carol) Norton Jr. of Elba, Joyce “Billie” (Ronald) Sixt of Punta Gorda FL and Linda Richenberg of Brockport, her sisters in law Janet Brinkman of Batavia and Maureen German of TN and many nephews and nieces. 

Marge was predeceased by her brother Charlie Norton, her sister Susan Cole, her sisters in law Ellie Boldt, Josie Gualtieri Boldt, brothers in law David Reamer, John Richenberg, Wayne Cole, James German and Donald Brinkman and her favorite dogs Poochie, Beaver, Teddy and Babe.

Per Marge’s wishes there will be no prior visitation or services at this time. Memorials in her name may be directed to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021. To leave a condolence, share a memory or light a candle in Marge’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

holz.jpg  Linda Carol (Hawks) Holz, 73, of Silver Lake, NY passed away Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. The oldest of eight children born to the late Burdette and Carol Hawks, Linda grew up in Buffalo. She met firefighter Theodore “Ted” Holz at a lake gathering and they married a year later on Sept. 17, 1965.

Linda was a self-employed hairdresser and former partner in business of Reflections in Design. After retiring, she moved to Silver Lake in 2000 where with her husband she designed their Old Orchard Beach home known for its turret, porch overlooking the lake, and the gardens surrounding the waterfront property. She joined Silver Lake Association to make new friends and learn about the lake community. Through SLA, she represented her tract at the lake and Castile Planning Board. She was the energy behind SLA’s Homeowner of Distinction program that she chaired for ten years and that SLA is renaming after her in tribute. Linda always enjoyed sewing, knitting and quilting. As a teenager, she made her own clothing and later made dresses for granddaughters. Linda loved vacations in Hawaii where she attended workshops of touring artists, learning from them as well as the various sections of Maui. She and Ted treated their grandchildren to ice cream parties and mystery trips to bring the cousins together. The trips included Letchworth, the Erie Canal, Mt. Morris Dam, Mumford Museum, Strong Museum of Play and perhaps their favorite, House of Guitars where the music-loving kids could buy vintage vinyl records. “We always did something they could learn from,” Linda said.

Linda is survived by her husband, Ted; sons Michael Burdette (Beth) Holz of Pennsylvania, Eric of North Carolina and T.J. (Karen) Holz of Hilton; grandchildren: Teddy, Audrey, William, Molly and Rebecca; sisters: Barbara (Richard) Giezentaner of MI, Patricia (Scott) Mathison of TX, Sandra Deleon of TX, Cynthia (Charles) Nicol of MI, Christina (Paul) McBride of FL and MD, Steven (Mary) Hawks of MI and Robert (Marta) Hawks of CA.

Family and friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8pm on Monday September 14th at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St in Perry. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday September 15th at 10:00am at St. Mary’s Church in Silver Springs. Linda will be laid to rest in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Williamsville, New York.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wilmont Cancer Center 601 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, NY 14642. Or plant a flower in Memory of Linda. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

thoma_richard_-_photo.jpgDr. Richard E. Thoma, DVM of Akron, NY, died Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital after a brief illness.

He was born in Syracuse, NY on May 3, 1941, a son of the late Bernard, Sr. and Carolyn Thoma.

Dr. Thoma was a retired veterinarian, having owned the Town and Country Animal Clinic on Genesee Street in Cheektowaga for many years. Dr. Thoma was involved in cancer research with the late Dr. Thomas Dougherty at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, helping to develop photodynamic therapy (PDT) against various types of cancer. PDT is still being used in the medical field today.

He was a graduate of Cornell University Veterinary School and was involved in various organizations in the veterinary field and a large contributor to Ducks Unlimited.

He is predeceased by a brother, Bernard Thoma, Jr.

Survivors include his sister in-law, Barbara Thoma of Akron, NY. Niece, Christine (Jay) Margeson and great-nephew, Nathan Margeson, all of Sydney, NY.

There will be no prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date with burial in St. Teresa’s Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy 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.

 

 

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