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Corfu - Allan M. Starkweather, 74, passed away on November 30, 2022.

Allan was born in Batavia on January 29, 1948, son of the late Clyde and Wilma Potter Starkweather. He was the brother of the late Sandra Thomas.

Allan graduated from Pembroke High School in 1966 and from SUNY Geneseo in 1970.

Allan taught Sixth grade at the Corfu Intermediate School from 1970-1971. He then worked for Jay E. Potter Lumber in Corfu from 1971-1978. He lived in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1978-2001. In Las Vegas, he worked for Von Tobel’s Home Center from 1978-1985. He was then the Safety Director at Houston Lumber Company in Las Vegas from 1986-2001. Allan returned to Corfu and worked for Jay E. Potter from 2001 until his retirement in 2010.

Allan has been the Village of Corfu historian and Town of Pembroke Co-historian since 2003. He has written many local historical brochures and co-authored a Town of Pembroke History Book in 2012.

Allan liked local history, model trains and railroading. He was a member of the Pembroke Historical Society since 1999, Brick House Fair Committee since 2002, Genesee County Historians since 2003 and secretary since 2014, government appointed Historians of WNY since 2008, The New Society of the Genesee History Group since 2008 and The Holland Land Office since 2012. He was also a member of The Toy Train Operating Society since 1970, the Lionel Collectors Club since 1973, The Silver State Train Club of Las Vegas since 1992 and the National Railroad Historical Association since 2003.

Allan was a Commissioner of the Corfu Fire District from 2004-2011, Member of the Corfu Fire Department from 1964-1978 and from 2006-present day, and on the Corfu Zoning Board of Appeals. He was on the Board of Directors of the Genesee County Baseball Club (Muckdogs) since 2004. He was a lifelong member of the Corfu United Presbyterian Church.

Allan is survived by his aunt, Alice Dix and several cousins.

There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 17, 2022, at the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, 63 Allegheny Street, Corfu, NY at 1 PM. Allan will be buried in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu,
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, PO Box 159, Corfu, NY 14036 or to the Corfu Fire Department, PO Box 418, Corfu, NY 14036.

Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.

Patrick Daniel Sullivan of LeRoy, NY, born 8/1/1949 in Rochester, died surrounded by his loved ones on 12/7/2022 also in Rochester.

  flag.jpg   He was welcomed to heaven by his parents Donald and Marjorie Sullivan; brother, Bill Sullivan and his wife, Atsuko; his sister, Donna Kahwati; his father and mother-in-law, Robert and Kathleen Chesser; his sister in-law, Carol Stevens; and his lifelong friend, R. Hyland.  

     He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Kathleen; his three sons, Brendan (Rebecca Rose), Daniel (Melissa Carll) and Kian (Julian Shaw); his two granddaughters, Kate Sullivan and Alice Sullivan; his sisters, Maureen Sullivan, Carol Coonan (Jamie) and Kathleen Grimsland (Henry), as well his wife’s siblings, Sharon Monaco (Larry), Robert Chesser (Susan) Mary Ellen Holmes (Tim), Nancy Wickham (Frank), and Margaret Chesser; his brothers in-law, Gary Stevens and Gus Kahwati; plenty of nieces and nephews, lots of cousins and many dear friends.

     Patrick was a devoted father and husband. He was loved by those who knew him for his quick wit and sense of humor. Patrick attended MCC in his youth and joined Gamma Chi Fraternity and made many longtime friends.  Patrick was a lifelong patriot and served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from October 1970 to October 1971, achieving the rank of Sergeant. Through a stroke of fortune on St. Patrick’s Day 1980, he met the love of his life, Kathleen. They were engaged in 17 days and married by October of the same year. Their marriage lasted for 42 beautiful years. They were blessed with three amazing sons. He is finally at peace after a long battle with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder. He will be missed by us all, but we are glad he can finally rest.

     Family and friends may call on Monday, Dec. 12 from 4 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  His Rite of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake Street, LeRoy.  Interment with military honors will follow in St. Francis Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please send donations in his name to Tunnel to Towers Foundation (T2T.Org), LeRoy Ambulance Service, or American Legion Post #576.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Patrick’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

Corfu ~ Michael Craig Mairose, age 65, of South Lake Road, passed away on December 7, 2022 in the loving presence of his family.

  mairose_prayer_card_photo_0.jpg   He was born September 17, 1957 in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Raymond Bruce Mairose and the late Ella Mae Lepke Mairose.

Michael proudly served in the US Navy aboard the USS Okinawa during Operation Frequent Wind; this was the final phase in evacuation of American Civilians and at risk Vietnamese from Saigon, South Vietnam before the North Vietnamese took over the city during the last days of the Vietnam war.  He served as a Culinary Specialist while aboard ship. He took his knowledge and love for cooking along with his attention to detail to the VA Medical Center where he was a Food Service Supervisor. During that time he joined the Army Reserve. He retired after 37 years of service from the VA; in retirement, his passion for caring for others brought him to the Clarence Senior Center where he was loved by all. 

Mike loved to spend time with family and enjoyed traveling, camping, and exploring new parks. He loved to cheer on the Bills and host parties with friends and family to watch the game. He had a unique but amazing sense of humor which he shared with all. He was always there to help others and lend a generous hand to those who needed it. He was cared for by his children and his partner, Kathie. In his final moments he was surrounded by those who loved him. He was a loving father and grandfather who will surely be missed by all.

He will be sadly missed by his father, Raymond (Linda) Mairose, partner, Kathie Oviatt; daughter, Sara (Herlan) Manurung; son, Michael Mairose (Ashley); grandchildren, Ella, Norah and Miles Manurung; siblings, Melanie (Michael) Cox, Pamela (Steven) Alban and Linda (Joe) Taormino; the mother of his children, Laurie Mairose, along with nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother, Ella Mae, Michael was predeceased by his loved ones; Brad Mairose, Rodney Mairose and Dale Morrison.

Family and friends are invited to attend his military honors which are to be held on Thursday, December 15 at 10:00 A.M. at the Western New York National Cemetery, 1254 Indian Falls Rd, Corfu, NY 14036. Luncheon to follow at BW’s Restaurant, 11070 Perry Rd, Pavilion, NY 14525.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Mairose Family to create a memorial bench in Michael’s honor in Genesee County Park.

            A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Genesee County Park.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Michael’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

Jessie Mae Montes Torres of Tampa Florida passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at Highland Hospital after a courageous fight with cancer.
Jessie was born in Batavia on August 6, 1983, the daughter of Blaze (Tommie) Parker and Elvin Montes.
Jessie is survived by her husband Dannie and son Lion and her parents, brothers Joseph, RaeShawn, Ryan, and sister Lois. In addition, she has many aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of life will be held for Jessie on Saturday 12/10/22 at LeRoy United Methodist Church,11:30 - 12:30 visitation of family and friends,12:30 service and reception to immediately follow. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Highland Hospital Palliative Care, 1000 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620.

LeRoy ~ Barbara Ann Knitter, age 74, of Randall Road, passed away unexpectedly at home early Thursday morning, December 8, 2022.

   barbara_knitter_0.jpeg  She was born May 8, 1948 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Robert and Lucille Love Peterson.

     Barbara was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and dear friend to many.  She was a very caring person and a wonderful homemaker. Barbara cherished her family, granddogs, baking, camping and the holidays. 

     She will be sadly missed by her loving and devoted husband of 53 years, Patrick Knitter; daughters, Beth Knitter (John Frank) and Erin (Lacee) Griffith; siblings, Albert “Fran” (Jane Dewberry) Peterson, Timothy Elmore and Gail (Jerry) Blair; In-laws, Peter Knitter, Gail (Jim) Horne, Thomas (Janice) Knitter, David (Fran) Knitter and Julie Knitter, along with many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

     Barbara was predeceased by her loved ones; Eugene “Gene” Elmore, Elmer (Grace) Knitter, Joanne Knitter, Suzanne Lenhard and Michael Knitter.

     Family and friends are invited to her Rite of Christian Burial to be held on Friday, Dec. 16 at 11:00 AM at St. Martin de Porres Parish at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 99 Main Street, Scottsville, N.Y.  Interment will be private in St. Francis Cemetery, LeRoy.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either Lake Plains Dialysis, 587 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020 or LeRoy Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 56, LeRoy, NY 14482

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Barbara’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

gayton1.jpg  Ronald B."Duffy" Gayton, 68 of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2022. He was born in Beaufort, SC to the late Thomas and Marjorie (Darling) Gayton. He is preceded in death by his sister Pamela (Thomas) Radell.

Ronald was a longtime member of Akron Fire Department, as well as the Warsaw and Silver Springs Fire Departments. He owned and operated Bug Be Gone in St. Petersburg, FL. Ronald was an avid Buffalo Bills Fan and loved WWE and he would argue with anyone that it was real.

He is survived by his sons, James (Nicole) Gayton, Andrew (Lindsay McKenzie) Gayton, sisters, Madeline McCready, Doreen (Scot) Wright all of Batavia; 5 granddaughters, Alexis, Paige, Payton, Aria and Brynn, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to call on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 from 4:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. An 11:00AM Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, December 14 at the Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest in Warsaw Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Senior Center at the Genesee County Office of the Aging, 2 Bank St. Batavia, NY 14020 or the East Pembroke Fire Department 8655 Barrett Dr. Batavia, NY 14020. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

stott3.jpg  It is with great sadness that the family of William (Bill) James Stott, announce his passing at the age of 66. He was promoted to heaven on Sunday December 4, 2022, at the Batavia Veterans Medical Center. He was born on December 21, 1955, in Jamaica Queens, New York to the late William H. and  Alice (Arensten) Stott. In addition to his parents, Bill is predeceased by a sister; Lisa Willey and a brother in law John Pflueger.

Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 43 years, Deborah (Cranmer) Stott; children Jason (Sharalyn) Stott, Justin (Rachel) Stott, and Jaime (Wade) Smith; sister Jeannie (Todd) Baham; Mother in law Nancy Sherbert; brother in law Cliff Willey; nieces and nephews. He was also an extremely proud Pop-Pop to his grandchildren Adalyn Stott, Kaylie Stott, Emelia Stott, Olive Smith and Isaac Smith who will miss him deeply.

Bill was friendly, warm, and able to easily strike up a conversation with anyone he met. A people-person through and through, he worked as an electronics technician for many years. If he wasn’t working or spending time with his family, Bill enjoyed perfecting his golf game, shooting pool with buddies, attending sporting events, and cheering on his favorite New York and Baltimore teams.

Bill drew people to him with his sense of humor, energetic nature, and ability to always laugh at a silly joke. He enjoyed telling stories about his time spent overseas while enlisted in the US Navy and growing up on Long Island, and always wanted to hear what was new with others, too. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" 2 Timothy 4:7

The family wishes to send a special thank you to the wonderful nurses at the Batavia Veterans Hospital CLC Unit who went above and beyond in their care of Bill during his last days.

There will be no prior calling hours and the services will be held privately. Bill will be laid to rest in Western New York National Veterans Cemetery in Corfu.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Activities Fund at the NYS Veterans Nursing Facility 220 Richmond Ave. Batavia, NY 14020. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, New York 14020.

donna_pringle_95_1.jpgBergen - Donna R. Pringle , 79  of Bergen  passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2022, peacefully surrounded by her loving family in Bergen, NY.

Donna was born Friday, March 19th, 1943 in Brockport, New York, daughter of the late Merton Reynolds and Ethel D John. She married Richard A Pringle, in January 1962. Donna graduated from Byron-Bergen Central Schools and later became a licensed hairdresser. She worked for Gilette/Sullivan insurance in Bergen and later as an associate for Wegmans in Brockport, until her retirement. 

She was active in the community as a member of the Bergen United Methodist Church, and the Gillam Grant Community Center. Donna enjoyed painting, gardening, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends. Donna was a wonderful grandmother that loved spoiling and playing with her grandchildren and new great-grandbaby, Ella 

Surviving are her children, Rich (Susan) Pringle and Deb Klieger; grandchildren, Richard (Taty) Klieger, Sarah Klieger, and Samuel Pringle; brothers, Richard Reynolds, Gary (Bernie) Reynolds, and Jim (Robin) Reynolds; sister, Sharon (John) Lohman and many nieces and nephews. 

Donna is predeceased by her husband, Richard A. Pringle; parents, Ethel D John and Merton Reynolds, and special friend, Tom Fischer.  

There will be a private celebration of life in the spring.  Burial will be in Mt. Rest Cemetery in Bergen, NY.

In lieu of flowers or memorial donations, Donna insisted that everyone perform a random act of kindness, in her memory.Arrangements are under the care and direction of H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

demarse.jpg  Mary Grace Demarse, 81, of Batavia passed away on December 6, 2022. She was born in Buffalo on August 9, 1941 to the late Henry J. and Teresa Marie (Koller) Poorten Sr. In addition to her parents, Mary is predeceased by her husband; Robert M. Demarse; brothers Henry Poorten and William Poorten SJ.; sister Eileen M. Poorten.

She is survived by her step-children; David (Sandra) Demarse and Denise Demarse of AZ; brother Robert J. (Sonja) Poorten of Walworth, NY; along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Mrs. Demarse got her Master’s Degree from Canisius College. She began her career as a math teacher and went on to finish as a guidance counselor in the Buffalo City Schools, she was also a member of the Buffalo Teachers Union Board. Mrs. Demarse was a member of Genesee Orleans Ministry of Concern, most recently as Treasurer, she was very passionate about the GOMOC. She enjoyed actively volunteering in the community. Faith was a big part of her life, she was a longtime member of Resurrection Parish in Batavia.

Friends and family are invited to call on Friday December 9, 2022 from 4:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 12:00PM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday December 10th at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. in Batavia. She will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Orleans Ministry of Concern 121 N. Main St. suite 311 Albion, NY 14411. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Edgar J. Hollwedel age 91, passed away at home on December 5th, 2022. 

   edgar_j._hollwedel_0.jpg  Edgar was born on May 16th, 1931 in Brooklyn NY.  Edgar was the Director of Vocational Education for the City School District of Rochester for most of his career.  He also completed a dream to build and open a campground, now known as Lei-Ti.  His family supported him prior to his retirement from the city school district in making this dream possible.

     He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Louise; his children, John (Sheila), Robert (Jodi); step-children, Elaine (Robert Reyes) Shell, Eric Shell, Walter Shell and Jonathan (Lisa) Shell; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

     There will be no prior calling hours.  Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

     Memorials may be made to Hollwedel Memorial Library in Pavilion or Genesee Community College, in Batavia.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Edgar’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.


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