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scottmeidenbauer.jpgScott P. Meidenbauer, 70, of Varysburg, passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021, peacefully at his home with his family by his side. He was born April 16, 1951 in Buffalo, New York, to the late Clifford and Doris (Radder) Meidenbauer. 

Scott was a 1969 graduate of Lancaster High School and was drafted into the United States Army where he served his country in Thailand.

After graduating from Genesee Community College, Scott joined his father at Byrncliff Golf Resort & Banquets where they worked together to make it a premier stay and play golf and ski destination in Western New York. His most proud professional achievements include working alongside his father, wife and then daughter and son-in-law to grow the business.

He served his community in many ways, including with the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce for 10 years, which included a term as President. Scott founded and then coordinated the Cardboard Olympics for 25 years to raise funds for the Varysburg Fire Department and Rescue Squad.  He loved spending time on the golf course, grooming cross country ski trails, bowling with his buddies and jamming on the guitar.

Ultimately, none of those things brought him as much joy as spending time with his family.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Patricia (Blair) Meidenbauer of Varysburg, daughter, Lindsay (Brian) Eddy of Varysburg, brother Randall (Bernice) Meidenbauer of Lancaster, four grandchildren, Lucia, Charlotte, Olivia and Lucas, along with many brother and sister in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

They will remember him as a loving husband and father, kind and generous community member, and fun grandpa who loved to go for rides for ice cream!

Friends are invited to call on Monday, September 27, 2021 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main St, Attica, NY 14011. An 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Ss. Joachim & Anne Parish, 2311 Attica Road, Varysburg, NY 14167. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Varysburg Fire Department & Rescue Squad, PO Box 638, Varysburg, NY 14167 or to Gateway Home, 91 Main St, Attica, NY 14011. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Jean M. Ewert, 86, of East Pembroke, passed away Sunday, September 19, 2021.

Jean was born on March 30, 1935, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Ralph Pfalzer and Grace (Rodgers) Pfalzer Astor. She was the wife of the late Richard Ewert, mother of the late Gail Joyce and sister of the late James Pfalzer and John “Jack” Pfalzer.

Jean was a talented seamstress and work for many years at the Darien Knitting Mill. She loved cooking, baking and gardening but especially enjoyed spending time with her family. 

Jean is survived by her children, Gary (Beth) Ewert, Cindy Judd and Jerry (Peggy) Ewert; son-in-law Joseph Joyce; 12 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; siblings, Donald (late Marilyn) Pfalzer, Vern (Joan) Pfalzer, Tom (late Janet) Pfalzer and Eileen (Ron) Mast; sisters-in-law, Theresa Pfalzer and Janet Pfalzer. Many nieces and nephews also survive. 

Family and friends may call Thursday, September 23, 202,  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY. Services will follow at 1 p.m. Burial will be held privately with only the immediate family.

duaniemarble.jpegDuane Ivan Marble, 82 of Attica, formerly of Nunda, NY went home to the Lord on September 19, 2021. Duane was born in Nunda, on October 23, 1938 to the late Bryan and Blanche (Brokaw) Marble. He is preceded in death by a son Duane A. Marble, brothers Darwin, Lyle and Lloyd Marble, sisters Thelma Chatley and Vivian VonKramer.

Duane, the second youngest of 8 children, he graduated from Pembroke High School in 1957. He joined the National Guard and was a SPC5 Tank Commander in part of a radar controlled mobile 3 gun artillery unit.

As the owner/operator of Dreamland Supplies he did maintenance and repair of mobile homes for 30 plus years. He retired and moved to a cottage in Nunda, right next door to the house he was born in. Duane remained there with his wife Patricia of 24 years before moving to Attica, to be closer to his family.

He was always tinkering with something and enjoyed collecting and processing scrap metal, fixing or re-purposing things and drinking coffee at local diners. Duane also enjoyed his 6 wheel ATV, camping, hunting and spending time with family.

Duane is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia A. (Myers) Marble of Attica, son Greg Marble of Darien, step-children, Calvin (Meri) Kelsey of Basom, Lynne (Jeffrey) George of Strykersville, Robert Kelsey of Batavia, Kerry (Michelle) Kelsey of Alexander, sister, Lila (Henry “Junior”) Robinson of East Bethany, Lester Marble of Albion, 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14020 or to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North St, Batavia, NY 14020. To leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.


butterfly.jpgIsabelle H. Burr, 94, passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw. She was born in Nunda, NY on May 10, 1927 to the late Lloyd and Florence (Keating) Hoagland. She was married for 72 years to her husband Lester Burr who passed away in August 2020.

Isabelle was a longtime member of the Attica Artists Group and loved to paint. She also enjoyed baking, reading, golf, gardening, birdwatching and happy times with her family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Norman Burr of Sarasota, FL, Donna (Marc) Andre of Attica, and her grandson Erik (Michelle) Andre of Darien.

A private Graveside Service will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stevens Memorial Library, 146 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. To leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Batavia - Gloria  A. Phelps, 83 of Batavia  passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Gloria was born Tuesday, July 5th, 1938 in Batavia,  a daughter of the late Revere Phelps and Arlie Ferris Phelps.

Gloria enjoyed puzzle books and taking rides in the car with her sons.  She cherished her time with her family and had a deep love for all animals, especially dogs. A person of deep faith, Gloria enjoyed attending church services while living at Washington Towers.

Surviving are her sons; Paul Kempton of Newark and James (Bonnie) Kempton of Lockport; her granddaughter; Ashleigh Kempton; two step-granddaughters; Michelle and Heather Kunselman; sisters; Gail Welker  of Batavia and Virginia Phelps  of Rochester and her nephew; David Phelps.

There are no prior visiting hours. Friends are invited to her celebration of life which will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the home of her son James who lives at 5734 Keck Road, Lockport from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. She will be laid to rest in Hillside Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, New York 14450. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

andrews_chester1_-_photo1.jpgChester R. Andrews, 98 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday (September 17, 2021) at his residence.

He was born August 28, 1923 in Batavia, a son of the late Clarence and Luella Burrill Andrews.

Mr. Andrews was employed as a public accountant and bookkeeper for Woodruff Door Co. in Batavia prior to his retirement. He was also a member of the Northgate United Methodist Church.

He is predeceased by all of his seven brothers and sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 75 years, Thelma Schiller Andrews of Batavia. Sons, Donald (Mariela) Andrews of New Jersey and Keith Andrews of Batavia. Daughter, Beth Andrews of New Jersey. Grandchildren, Steven, James and Melina.

Funeral services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

Expressions of sympathy may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




conrad_deborah_-_photo1.jpgDeborah A. Conrad “Debbie”, 53 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Sunday (September 19, 2021) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born June 30, 1968 in Alexander, NY, a daughter of the late Cletus and Onolee Osborne Ritchey.

She was formerly employed as a nurses aide for the Genesee County Nursing Home, where she retired after 25 years of service. Debbie enjoyed taking trips to Letchworth and canoeing. She loved her family and cherished spending time with them, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Terry Conrad of Batavia. Children, Nicholas Conrad, Kassondra Conrad, Julie (Christopher) Gallup and Nathan Conrad, all of Batavia. Sister, Tammy Liteer of Rochester. Brothers, David Ritchey of Rochester and Terry Ritchey of Batavia. Also survived by five grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (September 21st) from 4-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY, where Debbie’s funeral service will be Wednesday at 12pm.

She will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family for future distributions. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with her family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Daniel Martin Cox, 64, of Oakfield NY, passed away unexpectedly on September 6th, 2021. Daniel was predeceased by his father William Cox, his mother Esther Cox, and his older brothers William Cox Jr. and James Cox.  He is survived by his brother Thomas Cox (Geri Cox), his sister Nancy Bove (Dale Bove), and his sisters-in-law Kay Cox and Lisa Adour. He is lovingly remembered and will be dearly missed by his many nieces and nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews, along with his many friends and co-workers.  Daniel was a reflective and intellectual man who loved music (he was a gifted musician and singer), nature, photography, and most of all, his ancestral home of Ireland. Daniel’s compassion for others was best reflected in his career choice. His lifelong work as a social worker included supporting those with developmental challenges and those with mental and physical disabilities. He was very passionate about those marginalized by society and very attuned to those most in need. Daniel will be buried with his mother and his father at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Ontario NY and his memorial service will be determined at a later date and time and announced via Facebook.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, (585) 948-5325. 

Theodore “Ted” Genagon of Oakfield, New York passed away peacefully at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center in Rochester, New York on September 17, 2021.

Ted was born on December 11, 1945, the eldest of four children born to the late June and Herbert Genagon of Byron, New York. He grew up on his family’s dairy farm, where a strong work ethic and a love for the outdoors was instilled in him at an early age. He attended Byron-Bergen School and was a member of the Genesee County 4-H program from 1955-1964. He proudly showed his family’s Holstein cows, including his favorite cow Lucy, and won Master Showman twice. This was a legacy he was proud to share with his children and grandchildren.

Upon high school graduation, Ted attended Rochester Business Institute, but knew his heart was back in Genesee County, where he would spend the rest of his life working with his hands. He was a skilled electrician, farm worker, welder and mechanical engineer and worked for L. Brooke Farms, the United States Gypsum Company, Doehler Jarvis, Rochester Products and finally Eastman Kodak Company where he retired in 2005.

Ted took pride in always bettering himself and learning new skills, and spent years attending night school at Genesee Community College where eventually earned his Associate’s Degree in 1993. He shared his passion for the outdoors with boy scouts, serving as Scout Leader for the local Elba, New York troop.  He also earned his recreational pilot’s license and became an avid photographer. He spent his retirement returning to his love of farming, and worked at Naas Farms in Oakfield, New York, Zuber Farms in Elba, New York and Del Mar Farms in Batavia, New York until this year.

Ted enjoyed sharing his lifetime of stories and experiences with family and friends. His warm and inviting personality meant he never met a stranger, and one introduction to Ted guaranteed you a helping hand or an invitation to his home for a meal.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, including his first wife Kathryn Genagon, daughters Laura (Kevin) Kemler of Albion, New York and Amy (Al) Hagovsky of Gaithersburg, Maryland, stepdaughter Tammy (Rich) Cook of Batavia, New York, brother William Genagon of Byron, New York and sister Nancy Genagon of Bolivar, Tennessee. He is also survived by his seven grandchildren, Kirstie, Lennon, Lindsie, Anya, Orion, Willow and Calvin, and his great granddaughter Ophelia. He is predeceased by his beloved wife Ruth (Weinert) Genagon.

Internment will be private. A celebration of life will be jointly held for Ted and his recently deceased wife Ruth “Ruie” Genagon for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ted’s honor can be made to the Genesee County Cooperative Extension, attention 4-H. Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Company Funeral Home of Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle for Ted at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

LeRoy - Retired City of Batavia Chief of Police Mark L. Robinson passed away unexpectedly at his residence on September 7, 2021.

 A 30 year veteran of the Batavia force Mark was predeceased by Karen his loving wife of 51 years.

 Mark is survived by his children Mark (Kathy) Robinson and Kellie (Jamie) Baker as well as his brothers Richard (Cindy) Robinson, Kevin (Susan) Dowd, his nephew Scott Giddings, his grandchildren Peyton and Trevor Robinson along with several other nephews and nieces.

 A 1968 graduate and class president of LeRoy Central School, Mark was a key member of both the LeRoy basketball and football teams, for which he served as team captain.

 As a police officer, a little league coach, a husband, a grandfather and father Mark was known as honest, direct, hard working, sarcastic and loyal leader!

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday (September 22, 2021) from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where a brief non-denominational service will follow from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m. Mark has donated his body to the UB School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting any donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Mark’s memory.

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


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