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Lorraine Bates Zury, 86 of Bergen, NY, passed away peacefully on January 25th, 2023.

     Born, September 14, 1936, in Batavia, NY, daughter to the late Kenneth and Marion Welker Bates.

     She is survived by her companion Bill; 2 sons, Daniel (Lena) and Timothy (Late Grisel); Grandchildren, Keith Zury (Diana), Nicolette Zury Mendez (Alex); Great Grandchildren, Ellie and Derek. She is also survived by her siblings, Robert Bates (late Shirley), Ronald Bates (Robin) and Frank Bates (Barb), along with several nieces and nephews.

     She is predeceased by daughter, Renee Zury Stone, brother, Richard Bates, sisters, Joyce Bates Newcomb (late Robert) and Marjorie Bates Cunningham (late George).

     She is remembered as a caring mom, grandmother, aunt, and a person who never passed up the opportunity to light up and decorate her property to the relevant holiday at the time.

     Lorraine was a stay-at-home mother, she also worked early and later on in life for multiple years at Kodak, with some years spent at the Democrat and Chronicle newspaper.

     Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 18 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Brigid Church location, 18 Gibson Street, Bergen, NY.  Burial will be at St. Brigid’s Cemetery in Bergen, NY.

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

JoClair M. Surman, of Corfu, passed away peacefully of natural causes on Wednesday morning, February 1, 2023. 

She was born in Wheeling, WV, on March 29, 1934.  

JoClair is survived by her daughter Stephanie (Scott) Thompson of Memphis, TN, her granddaughter Zoe Thompson of Corvallis, OR, her brother Raymond (Priscilla) Kuntz, sister Mary Ellen (the late Joe) Giblin, and brother George (Christine) Kuntz and a large number of nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years Norman Surman, her parents Raymond and Esther (nee Knabe) Kuntz, sister Rose Ann Kuntz, and brothers William “Billy” Kuntz and Louis “Eddie” Kuntz.  

Up until the last several years she was an active parishioner at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Corfu, NY, where she taught children’s religious education classes for many years.  She was also a volunteer for All Babies Cherished of Batavia, NY.  JoClair was an amazing artist and loved sending greeting cards which always included a stick of gum.  

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 7, from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, February 8 at 10 AM at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish 18 West Main Street, Corfu, NY.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to All Babies Cherished 445 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY 14020 or the Corfu Food Pantry PO Box 159 Corfu, NY 14036. 


Darien - Ronald A. Rupp, 70, of Darien, passed away peacefully at home with his loving wife Margie on Thursday, January 19, 2023.

Ron was born in Batavia on March 24, 1952, a son of the late Alton and Ruth Hare Rupp. 

Ron worked as a mechanic at General Motors. Margie and Ron loved working on tractors together. His favorite things to do were attending the annual Alexander Steam Show, camping and just spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.

Ron is survived by his devoted wife, Margie Lyn Rupp; his children, Kelly (Jason) Underwood, Heidi Backus, Brad Rupp, Megan (Travis) Odell, Shelby (Diamond) Cummings and Shania (Corey) Durzewski; grandchildren, Natalie, Brady, June, Gauge, Thor, Gunnar, Buck, Rose, Lucius and Koda; his siblings, Rick (Barb) Rupp, Jeff (Amina) Rupp and Suzanne Hare. Many nieces and nephews also survive.

There will be no calling hours. Graveside services will be held Saturday February 25 at 11am at the Maple Hill Cemetery, Simonds Road, Darien. A celebration of life to follow at the Pembroke Community Center, located at the Corfu Fire Hall In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart association or the American Kidney Fund.

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

1835_1.jpegBatavia - Patricia M. Hinz , 60 of Batavia passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at Rochester General Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Patricia was born Tuesday, February 13th, 1962 in Batavia, NY the daughter of William and Diane Shamp.

She was an active member of the Oakfield Ladies Auxiliary. Patricia loved spending time in the outdoors, camping, visiting with family and friends, loving her fur babies, and spoiling her grandchildren. Patricia grew up in Oakfield, NY where she graduated high school and married the love of her life, Larry (Jay) Hinz Jr., on October 9, 1982 at St. Cecilia's worship site. Patricia proudly served in the ARMY Reserves, was a loving and devoted wife, and raised 2 wonderful children. Patricia is survived by her husband, Larry (Jay) Hinz Jr., of Batavia; children, Suzanne Cole, of West Henrietta, and Joseph (Robyn) Hinz, of Brockport; parents, William (Diane) Shamp, of Oakfield; grandchildren, Charles "Charlie" Cole, Anthony "Tony" Cole, and Esme Hinz; sibling, Larry Shamp of Robbins, NC and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In death Patricia is reunited with her brother, Paul Shamp.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 11, 2023 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Burdett and Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave. Oakfield, NY. Patricia’s memorial service will be held at 12:00 pm on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at Burdett and Sanford Funeral Home. Private burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oakfield Volunteer Fire Department.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdett&sanford.com.

cowie.jpg James L. Cowie, 77 passed away surrounded by loved ones in his home in Attica on Thursday, January 26, 2023. He was born on June 1, 1945 in Warsaw, NY to the late Leslie and Doris (Etter) Cowie.

Jim worked on farms in his youth, owned two restaurants in the past, and ran a blacktop and snow plowing business. He cherished his family. His daughter Nicole and his grandchildren were his life. Jim loved family get togethers, the Erie County fair, and Elvis.

James is survived by his daughter, Nicole (Brian) Frost of Attica, his brother John (Georgette) Cowie of Batavia, sisters Llana Cowie of Batavia, Sheri (Mark) Whyle of Lancaster, his grandchildren Hailey, Sara, Aiden Frost, along with many nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude’s, https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html?sc_icid=header-btn-donate-now. To leave an online message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

sackett1.jpgJohn Lemuel Sackett, Jr. died at home January 2nd, 2023. Born July 18, 1928, the third child and only son to John L. Sackett and Florence Minerva Wells Sackett of Riga, NY.

Raised with three sisters on a farm, after attending Alfred State College, John hitchhiked to Kansas State University (BS) and served in the intelligence service of the US Army during the Korean War. He married Jean E. Lovejoy in 1956 and worked as a dairy farm manager before buying and moving to their own farm in Byron with their three children- Deborah (Jay Miller), John III (Rose)- both deceased- and Charles (Amy).

John completed his MS in Education at Cornell University after losing his left hand in a farm accident while harvesting corn. He taught agriculture at LeRoy and Warsaw high schools and then Agricultural Mechanics at Gen-Wyo Co. BOCES until his retirement.

John was active in local politics and served for years as Byron Town Supervisor and a Genesee County Legislator. He was an engaging conversationalist and was always eager to discuss current issues with anyone. John believed strongly in the value of the exchange of ideas and opinions and was a prolific writer of letters to the editor in the Batavia Daily News. He especially championed personal responsibility, lower taxes and freedom from government interference.

He was a life member of Byron Kiwanis, NRA, Genesee Co. SCOPE and various agricultural organizations. He was also an avid private pilot and past president of the Genesee County Pilots Assn. He enjoyed flying his plane and using his tractors and did so into his 9th decade despite infirmities and handicaps.

Ultimately, John was a farmer and teacher who believed that one reaps what one sows. He spent his life sowing good seed, pulling weeds and hoping to reap a manifold harvest. He leaves five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A Memorial Service for both John and Jean Sackett will be held later in the spring.

Memorials may be made to the Byron Kiwanis Club. To leave messages 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.

jackson.jpgDonald R. Jackson Sr., 63, passed away at home on Friday, January 27, 2023.

Donald was greatly loved by his family and friends. He loved repairing and working on all types of vehicles. He enjoyed being outside, mowing lawns, fishing, just working with his hands while talking to people. He never passed up a conversation or spending time with his special friend, his pug Simon, who never left his side.

Donald was proceeded in death by his father Robert L. Jackson, his mother Eleanor (DeLude) Jackson and sister Debra L. Jackson.

Donald is survived by his wife of 35 years, Colleen Jackson, children, Donald R. Jackson Jr, Carrie Jackson, Tausha (Cory) Allen, Sara Jackson, Robert (Crystal) Spenton, Timothy (Kris) Harmon, Wendy Harmon and Krissy Harmon. Along with 20 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, brothers, Roger (Loretta) Clark, Michael L. Jackson Sr., Thomas (Louvenia) Jackson, sister Linda (Bruce) Arney, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at New Covenant Chapel, 6690 Oak Orchard Road, Elba, NY 14058 on February 4, 2023 at 2PM followed with a luncheon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. To leave an online message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Bergen ~ Peacefully at home with his family, Pat passed away on January 26th, just shy of his 80th birthday. 

     He was predeceased by his parents; Salvatore and Rose Camelio; sons, Patrick and Peter Camelio; brother, Joseph Camelio and brother-in-law, Frank DiQuattro.

   patrick_camelio_edited.jpg  Pat is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, Linda Camelio; son, Dominick (Bridget) Camelio; daughter, Catherine Rose (Richard) Figaro; sister, Marie DiQuattro; brother, James (Emma) Camelio; sister-in-law, Ann Camelio; granddaughters, Madelynn Mary Camelio, Grace and Zoey Shepard; grandsons, Nicholas David and Alex Patrick Figaro, along with several nieces, nephews and many friends.

     Pat grew up on Scio Street in Rochester.  He attended Mount Carmel School and East High.  After school, he joined the Operating Engineers and later became the owner/manager of Demo’s Truck Parts Inc. in Bergen. 

     Pat was a member of St. Brigid Church in Bergen and the Holy Name Society.  He enjoyed his time socializing with his friends, especially at the Bergen Farm Market diner. How he loved to go to the truck and tractor shows to see “old iron”.  He even ventured out to Las Vegas a few times to the trade shows to see all of the “new iron” construction equipment. However, we believe his true fun was people watching, no matter where he was, he would sit and patiently wait passing the time by taking in all of the doings!

     Pat was friend to many, but watch out for those who broke the law as he was right there to help apprehend the bad guys, whether at Walmart or at Demo’s. He had a lot of tales to tell!

For all those that knew him you will certainly remember his smile, his smirk and his sense of humor!  What a guy he was!

     Family and friends may call on Friday, February 3 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 Saturday, February 4 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish at the St. Brigid Church location, 18 Gibson Street, Bergen, NY.

     In lieu of flowers, the family has selected Mary Cariola Children’s Center and the Holy Name Scholarship Fund through Our Lady of Mercy/St. Brigid Parish.  Both organizations held a special place in Pat’s heart.

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

radley_jeanette_-_photo1.jpgJeanette M. Radley, 91 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Thursday (January 26, 2023) while visiting family in Colorado.

She was born March 26, 1931 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Stanley and Eleanor Gorecki Kosciolek.

She attended Jackson Elementary School, and Batavia High School, where she was a member of the 1949 graduating class.  In September of 1951, she married her high school sweetheart, Robert E. Radley (who passed away on October 6, 2019).  With the exception of some traveling that occurred early in their marriage as a result of Mr. Radley’s semi-pro Major League Baseball career, they spent their entire married life living in the Town and City of Batavia, where they raised 4 children.   They were blessed with 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren later in their married life.

Mrs. Radley worked as a stay-at-home mom for over 18 years.  Following that, she worked as secretary and office manager for Dr. Sadegh Danesh in Batavia before retiring.

She was a lifelong parishioner at Sacred Heart Church (Ascension Parish) in Batavia, where she was also an active member of the Rosary Society.

To her surviving family, she will always be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Survivors include her children, Kathleen Flynn of Evergreen, CO, Robert (Marion) Radley of Batavia, Susan (Thomas) Fiesthumel of Forest, VA and Daniel (Cheryl) Radley of Roswell, GA. Grandchildren, Robert (Amanda) Radley, Kelly Radley, Becky (Aaron) Patterson, Joseph (Andrea) Prinzi, Lindsay (Tristan) Michaleski, Lauren Fiesthumel (Ivan Dirkx), Alyse Fiesthumel (David Quarshie), Brooke Fiesthumel, Alexandra Radley and Ian Radley. Great –grandchildren, Lucas, Ella and Nolan Radley, Nolan and Cameron Michaleski, Thea Dirkx, and Maya Quarshie.  Brother, Richard (Antoinette) Kosciolek and nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Saturday (February 4th) 9:30am-11am at Ascension Parish (S. Swan St.), where her Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00am. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered to the Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America (https://www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org). Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE VAE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

katherinemognibene.jpgKatherine “Kay” M. Ognibene, 96 of Batavia, passed away on Monday, January 30, 2023 at United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia. She was born December 19, 1926 in Batavia, to the late Paul and Mary (DeCarlo) Martino. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Samuel Ognibene, along with all of her siblings.  

Kay was a longtime Realtor and was very well known locally. She was a member of Professional Woman’s Association, Paulo Busti Cultural Foundation, Real Estate Association and Resurrection Parish.

She is survived by her children, Stephen, Mary Jo Ognibene both of Batavia, William Ognibene of Rush, 7 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to a 9:30am Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, February 4, 2023 at Resurrection Parish, 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 church. To leave an online 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.

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