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Donald L. Torcello, 89, passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at the home of his son, Joseph.

Donald was born in Batavia, NY.  He was the second son of two children, his brother, the late Anthony Jr., sons of the late Anthony and Mary (Smiegelski) Torcello.

Donald attained his undergraduate degree from SUNY at Brockport, and, he is remembered as a teacher of junior high school science at the Corfu-East Pembroke High School.  He retired in the middle 1980s, relocating to Granada Hills, CA for the remainder of his life.

Donald was married to his surviving and loving wife, Dolores K (Pirro) Torcello, for 66 years.  He was a man of many talents.  He loved working with his hands in fields as diverse as making bread, homemade Italian sausage, and doing carpentry, upholstery, and dress making.

In California, friends and family alike, will fondly remember being invited to and served a 'family style' dinner seated around the table at their home.  During his retirement years, Donald pursued his passion for artistic wood carving; winning many awards at carver's conventions across Southern California. 

Donald cherished the company of, and is survived by his wife, Dolores, their immediate family; sons, Joseph, John, daughter-in-law, Carol, and grandson, Justin, and his wife, Maggie.

In the final days of his life, Donald asked, in lieu of flowers, those who felt compelled, to make a donation in his memory, to either the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, or, an unrestricted donation to the Corfu-East Pembroke 'Dollars for Scholars' program.

jeromeeloranty.jpgJerome E. Loranty, 85 of Attica, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on October 20, 2021. He was born in Batavia, February 15, 1936 to the late John and Mary (Wawczynczak) Loranty. He is predeceased by his daughter, Terri Almeter and siblings, Theodora Gorsey, Ida Kowalczyk, Charles, Theodore, Joseph, Chester, Edward, and Stanley Loranty.

Mr. Loranty was a proud United States Army Veteran. He retired as a Corrections Officer from Attica Correctional Facility and was a longtime member of Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish.

Jerome is survived by his beloved wife, Margaret (Amedick) Loranty, children, Barbara (Randy) Gorski, Mark (Ann Marie) Loranty, Bonnie (Mike Hodgins)  Loranty, Tina (Dwight) Thornton, 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 22, 2021 from 3 to 7 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC., 135 Main St., Attica, NY 14011. An 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 Sts Joachim & Anne Parish, 50 East Ave, Attica, NY 14011. He will be laid to rest with Military Honors in WNY National Cemetery, Corfu.  

Flowers are gratefully declined, memorials may be made to the church or to Gateway Home, 91 Main St, Attica, NY 14011. Thoughts or condolences can be left at www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Martin D. Maher, 69 of Oakfield, passed away on October 17th, 2021 at home.  He was born in Buffalo, NY on July 7th, 1952, to the late Robert and Anna May (Feeney) Maher.   He is preceded in death by his wife Gina (Barone) Maher, who passed away in 2016. 

Martin was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He was employed by RailComm in Fairport, NY.

Survivors include his beloved children:  Son, Matthew (Anmarie) Maher of Batavia; daughter, Megan (Jesse) DeNardin of Amherst; and son, Nicholas Maher of Oakfield.  Other survivors include his sister, Noreen (David) Tillotson of Pavilion; cherished grandchildren Amelia, Hannah and Connor; and longtime good friends Darlene and Robert Penepent of Batavia.

From a young age, Martin was curious about how things worked.  He was self-taught on everything from wiring electronic devices to computer programming languages.  That curiosity led to a career as a software developer.  Combining his knowledge and his shared love of music with his children, he created sound systems for their homes.  

Whether it was taking long hikes with his daughter or fishing with his sons (one of his favorite joys), Martin loved the outdoors.  Vacations on Conesus Lake became a family tradition and the highlight of his year.   He loved spending time with his family, and every get-together was special, simply because they were together.   His children’s endeavors were always met with love, encouragement, and great fatherly advice.   

Martin will be remembered for many things including his kindness, gentle nature, and humor.  But most of all, he will be remembered for his complete and selfless devotion to his family.   There was nothing he wouldn’t do for them, and he will be forever missed.

There will be no calling hours.  Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am on Monday, October 25th at St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecilia Worship Site, 56 Maple Ave., Oakfield, NY.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

Gregory Rhodes passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully in his sleep Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, at the age of 66.  Gregory was born in Gloucester, England July 8, 1955, to parents Judy and Curtis Rhodes. His family moved to Batavia, N.Y., where he graduated from Batavia High School in 1974.
Greg joined the U.S. Coast Guard in 1977. He was first stationed at Indian River, then in Milwaukee, Wis., where he crossed the Arctic Circle twice. In 1991 he became a law enforcement agent for the Delaware Department of Fish and Wildlife and rose to the rank of sergeant. He retired in 2016 after 25 years working for the State of Delaware.  

Greg enjoyed working outdoors on the water most of all throughout his career, and in his free time he enjoyed boating, riding his motorcycle, restoring his Landcruiser, and watching live music. Gregory was a talented carpenter and mechanic who undertook many home renovation projects at his homes in Seaford and the beach. Since retirement, he worked as a handyman to keep himself busy, and always helped any of his friends, family, or strangers any time he was needed. 

He is survived by his immediate family, Judith Madden Rhodes, Ellen Hugh Cole; his children Sean (Michele), Kyle and Mallory; and his four grandchildren, Malaki, Finley, Elliot and Joseph. He is also survived by his mother Judy Greer; his brother Nick (Laura); his sister Elizabeth (Scott); and his nieces and nephews.  

Memorial services will be held outdoors at VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View, Sunday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m., with a reception following. Flowers and condolences can be sent to Judith Madden Rhodes and Ellen Hugh Cole.

Batavia - Shawn A. Bush, 51 of Batavia passed away on Thursday, (October 7, 2021) at his home in Batavia.

Mr. Bush was born May 13,1970 in Batavia, a son of Linda (Livingston) Bush of Elba and the late Richard Bush, Sr.

Shawn enjoyed playing music, watching movies, his pets, and spending time with children.

Along with his mother, Shawn is survived by his son, Angel Maldonado of Cortland; brothers, Richard (Lori) Bush, Jr. of Wyoming, and Jeffrey (Pam) Bush of Way Cross, Georgia; sisters, Kimberly (Dan) Bush of Rochester, and Marsha (Mark) Frey of Way Cross, Georgia.

There will be no visitation or service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements for Shawn were entrusted to the care of Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield. To leave a message of condolence, share a story, or light a candle please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.  

harrylonnensr.jpgHarry E. Lonnen Sr., 80 of Bergen, passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was born July 11, 1941 in Medina, to the late Walter W. and Saloma J. (Seeley) Lonnen. He is preceded in death by two brothers Delbert and William “Billy” Lonnen.

Mr. Lonnen was a proud United States Army Veteran. He was still working at GCASA in Batavia. Harry was always willing to help anyone do anything, he especially enjoyed working with other Veterans. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan, even when they weren’t winning.

He is survived by his children, Harry Lonnen Jr. of KY, Carrie (Doug) Teeter of Rochester, Christine (Harold) Ertel of Bergen, Jeffrey (Kristen) Lonnen of Wyoming, NY; siblings, George (Cindy) Lonnen, Rosie (Ernie) Stephens, Kenneth (Linda) Lonnen, Leona Quackenbush, Alice Klatt-Miller, MaryAnn (John) Buckland;  9 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North St., Batavia, NY 14020. Thoughts and condolences may be left online at www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

ericwflint.jpgEric W. Flint, 39 of Gainesville, passed away on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. He was born March 7, 1982 in Orange, CA to Jeffrey (Teresa Lynk) Flint of Pike.

Eric worked as an Auto Technician for Matthews Busses in Avon. He enjoyed playing paintball, fishing and was an avid gamer. His biggest hobby was his family and he loved being around them.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Deanna E. (Bentley) Flint of Gainesville, sons, Kobe, Emerson and Liam Flint, mother and father-in-law, Todd (Tracey) Bentley of Castile, siblings, Robert Flint of Batavia, Rachael (Travis) Clark of Alfred, Stacy (James Lathrop) Flint of Pike, Kelly (Adam Wicker) Flint of Pike, Marquis Flint of Pike, Kelly (Ryan) McAvoy o f Hilton Head, SC, Heather (Michael) Allaire of Java, Lindsey (Andy Fraas) Rickettson of Varysburg, Steven (Fiancée Anna Giordano) Rickettson of Java, brother-in-law, Brandon (Lindsay) Bentley of Syracuse, along with many nieces and nephews, Jeff (Jodi) Hager of Varysburg.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530. An 11:00 AM Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, October 22, 2021 at the Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest in Maple Grove Cemetery, Gainesville.

Memorials may be made to the family for his boys future. Thoughts and condolences may be left online at www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

flowersdaisy.jpgRaymond M. Pierson, 79, of Perry, died on Sunday, October 17, 2021. He died after battling Lymphoma for many years, assisted by his dedicated team at the Wilmot Cancer Center. He was born April 30, 1942 in Perry.

Ray appreciated fine art and architecture; he frequented the ballet and theater while living in New York City. He could bring beauty out of chaos with holiday decorating and love of flowers. He was an avid reader and was an authority on family and local history. Ray also enjoyed collecting antiques.

Raymond is survived by the Hepler family, Charles and Patti, Lynn Ramsay, Albert Walker Hepler III, Barbara Stewart, Janet VanRysevyk, Beverly Bottema and friends, Linda Hyland, Millie Mandeville, Amy Mandeville.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 1 to 2:00 PM at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530. He will be laid to rest at Middle Reservation Road Cemetery, Castile.

Donations may be made to Wyoming County Historian’s Office, 26 Linwood Ave, Warsaw, NY 14569. Thoughts and condolences may be left online at www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

Stafford – Elfrieda G. Bridge, age 90, passed away on Friday October, 15, 2021 at her home.

She was born September 6, 1931, in Darien, a daughter of the late Robert and Frieda Gramp Humel.

Elfrieda led a full life and worked many years at G.T.E. Sylvania, Kodak, as a hair stylist and motel owner in Verona Beach, New York. She was an excellent baker and her Christmas cookies were legendary.

She was the loving wife to David J. Bridge, who survives her. She is also survived by three sons, Mark (Kate) Bridge, James (Karen) Bridge and Randy (Irene) Bridge; four grandchildren, Jessica (Garrett) Tarnowski, Justin (Nicole) Bridge, Alexis (Josh) Armstrong and Matthew (Madelyn) Bridge; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Rudy (Jackie) Humel, Norm (Mary Lou) Humel and Kenny (Janet) Humel along with several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her siblings, Robert Humel, Ernest Humel, Linda C. Dibble, Elsie Duckworth, Shirley Evans, Eleanor Luce and Alice Martin.

Friends and family may call on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where services will immediately follow at 1 p.m. She will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

digiacomo_june-photo1.jpgJune Marilyn DiGiacomo (né DiCesare) passed away peacefully at her home in Pembroke, New York on October 14, 2021, at the age of 92. She was born on March 10, 1929, to the late Marion Allers, a concert pianist, and Pierino DiCesare, designer of a revolutionary type of airplane propeller. 

June was also predeceased by her husband Carmen Salvatore DiGiacomo, son Thomas Joseph DiGiacomo, and sisters Jean Travis, Gloria Cannon, and Marion Zendano. She is survived by her daughter Diane Marie Denton-DiGiacomo and beloved cats Blake, Dante, Oscar, Yoshi, and Kenji. 

June was born and spent much of her childhood in Oak Park, Illinois, amongst the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and the family of the writer Ernest Hemmingway. She never met the legendary author but crossed paths with his mother while babysitting his nephew “little Ernie”, his sister Sunny’s son. 

June was a talented artist whose spontaneous, impressionistic style captured landscapes, animals, and flowers to add beauty and brightness to this world. She loved to listen to music and to sing, also to read, especially poetry, copying out favorite lines into notebooks and on to whatever scraps of paper were at hand. She was an irresistible spoken storyteller, entertaining many with fascinating reflections on he past. 

June worked for years at the Buffalo Courier Express, until she retired and, with her husband, moved from Tonawanda, a suburb of Buffalo, NY, to the Town of Pembroke in the 1980s to fulfil their dream of living in the country. Suddenly widowed a few years later, she became an active member of the community, including joining the local Methodist church and serving as an election inspector well into her 80s. She always kept abreast of current affairs and cared deeply for the well-being of her fellow humans, the natural environment, and animals. She was wonderful with children, helping them to learn, conquer their weaknesses and discover their strengths through their budding interests and talents. 

Those who knew her at any point, will remember June’s “Mona Lisa smile”, sparkling hazel-blue eyes, and infectious engagement in a life to be celebrated rather than grieved over. 

There will be a private burial of her ashes at Indian Falls Cemetery in the Town of Pembroke. 

In lieu of flowers, her daughter requests that donations be made to one or the other or both of the following animal rescue organizations: 

Second Chance Networking Shelter: www.secondchanceshelteringnetwork.com Click on “Donate” in the upper right-hand corner. On second payment screen, please click “Write a note” to indicate that your donation is in memory of June M. DiGiacomo. 

Wyoming County SPCA: www.wyomingcountyspca.org Click “Donate”. Click on “Memorial Donation”.  Click on “Memorial”, “In Loving Memory” to June M. DiGiacomo, “Human”. Please fill in “Send notification of donation to” with [email protected]

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



To Mom, with love from your daughter: 

The secrets of your heart 

are stacked against the wall, 

canvases for your art 

of hiding what you missed. 

No mistaking your style,

a freedom out of hand 

that kept you all the while

believing as you wished.

A world that long was yours

before it was revealed— imagination soars 

with courage its master.

Flowers filling a place left bereft

of your own, a portrait in a vase found

by me, your daughter.

Landscapes take you afar,

cats and soup bring you home to

settle for who you are:

the author of this poem. ~ DM Denton





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