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Basom - Lee C. Prentice, 82 of Basom, passed away on Monday, (January 2, 2023) at Unity Hospital in Rochester.

Mr. Prentice was born August 29, 1940 in Medina, a son of the late Roy and Joyce (North) Prentice.

Lee was a lifetime member of the Alabama Volunteer Fire Department and a social member of the American Legion Post 626 in Basom. He was the owner of Prentice Auto Parts in Basom. Lee enjoyed racing, and took pride in having built many race cars over the years, both for dirt and asphalt tracks. He was an avid bowler, and competed in tournaments in Reno, Las Vegas, and Syracuse.

Lee is preceded in death by his wife, Carol (Scroger) Prentice; children, Russell and Leann Prentice; great-grandchildren, Russell and Justin Muntz; and brothers, Steven and Bruce Prentice.

He is survived by his daughter, Stacy (Ron) Swimline of Basom; grandchildren, Mike (Heather Captain) Swimline of Alabama, and Nicole (Corey Klase) Muntz of Alabama; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Reed, and Blair; sisters, Alair (late Norman) DuBois of Medina, and Valerie Prentice of Texas; sister-in-law, Rita Prentice of North Carolina. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 3 to 8:00 p.m. at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue in Oakfield, where Lee 's Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Medina.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Prentice Family.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

Charles W. Knapp, age 73, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2022 surrounded by his family and friends at United Memorial Medical Center following a brief battle with cancer.

He was born in Batavia, New York on November 7, 1949, a son of the late Clarence and Florence Moore Knapp.

Charlie worked at the Albion Correctional Facility as a corrections officer for 29 years. As an avid hunter and outdoorsman he enjoyed trips to the Adirondack Mountains, Montana, Pennsylvania and anywhere he could be in the woods surrounded by nature. He was a member of the Blue Knights and loved riding his Harley all over the country, especially at Sturgis during Bike Week. He was an active volunteer for the Genesee County Fish & Game Protective Association (Godfrey's Pond) serving on their board of directors.

Charlie touched the lives of many and will be remembered for the love, laughter, and guidance he gave to all.

Survived by his longtime companion, Ann Collins of Batavia; children, Colby (Stephanie) Knapp of Cape Coral, Florida, Jennifer (Bill) Schwartz of Pensacola, Florida, Chelsea (Caleb) Baker of Cape Coral, Florida, Erica (Derek) Armstrong of Lehigh Acres, Florida, Noah Knapp of Fort Myers, Florida, Jake (Bailey) Knapp of Yuma, Arizona along with their mother Grace Sweeney of Ft Myers, Florida, Christin (Justin) Hoffman of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Colby (Maria) Hutchins of San Antonio, Texas; 22 grandchildren; his brother, John (Cathy) Knapp of Albion, and his niece, Shannon Knapp of Albion.

Family and friends may call on Friday, January 6, 2023 from 5 pm to 8 pm at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia where services will be held at 2 pm Saturday. He will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee County Fish & Game Protective Association, P.O. Box 217, Batavia, New York 14021. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements for Charles are under the care of H.E. Turner & Co. Inc. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.


Paul Kustas
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Paul came from a family of candy makers. It was a talent passed down to him and a tradition of making sponge candy that he perfected through the years. His love for making candy showed through its amazing flavors. Paul was a loving and dedicated husband to Debra Kustas for 24 yrs, a wonderful stepfather, and a grandfather. His love for his family is forever remembered and cherished.





Buddy Oderkirk
Your laugh was so infectious, and your smile could light up the world! You were the epitome of kindness and fought your battle until the very end. You are FOREVER our CHAMPION! Missed and loved beyond all words.






Tyler Busch
To try and find the words to describe how incredibly much we loved you, there are none that can describe that greatness. To try and find the words to describe how incredibly much we miss you, there are none to describe that loss. Every night you are on our minds as we lay down to sleep.

Every morning as we awaken, it begins with unbearable grief - as once more we are reminded you are not here. All we have left now are the memories. Memories of your infectious smile that would light up a room. Memories of your gentle and warm touch. Memories of how you always thought of others before yourself. You taught us so much in the short time you were here. We had so many plans for the future, but unbeknown to us, God had other plans.

So much has happened in this past year – we had expected you to be here to share. We do believe that you are looking down on sharing in these moments. You will always be with us each and every day. One day, we will be together once more. Until then, we look for you in the sunrise of a brand new day, in the breeze as the wind blows, in the birds and the butterflies as they fly thru the sky. You will never be forgotten, we will remember you every day – forever in our hearts.

We love you Ty! Love, Dad, Mom, Tess, Dustin, Dawson, Nick & Maria -- Luke 23:43 And he said to him,” Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

LeRoy ~ Charles R. Steffenilla, age 94, of Pleasant Street, passed away late Friday afternoon (December 30, 2022) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

  charles_r._steffenilla_0.jpg   He was born July 29, 1928 in LeRoy, a son of the late Angelo and Mary Tramontana Steffenilla.

     He was predeceased by his siblings; brothers, Anthony, Michael, Samuel, Joseph, Alphonso, Thomas (age 2 years) and Thomas (age 8 days) Steffenilla, along with sisters, Carrie Riggi, Rosie Tuzzeo, Jennie Hale, Fannie Steffenilla, Josephine Thomas, and Agnes Steffenilla.

     Charles, or as most of his family called him, Uncle Chuck, will be remembered as a loving and kind man, who enjoyed being around his family. Chuck owned the Chili Big M grocery store for many years. Upon his retirement, he relished in hosting family and friends every morning for coffee.  He never missed an episode of General Hospital or Wheel of Fortune. He took pleasure in watching the Buffalo Bills, Syracuse Orange, and The Ohio State Buckeyes play football. His nephew, Anthony (Nino) Riggi lived with Chuck for over thirty years, and they often enjoyed heading to casinos with their free time.

     He is survived by his brother, Thomas (Sharon) Steffenilla; special nieces and nephews, Sam Steffenilla, Judy Orlando, John and Mary Riggi, Brenda Walters, Sue and Tom Collier, and Brett and Evie Babcock, along with many other family members and dear friends.

     At his request, there will be no public visitation or services. He will be laid to rest privately at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Batavia.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to LeRoy Ambulance Service, P O Box 56, LeRoy, N.Y. 14482

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

normabower.jpgBethany - Norma L. Bower, 93 of East Bethany went to be with our Lord on Saturday, December 31, 2022.

Norma was born Tuesday, January 22nd, 1929 in Batavia, NY a daughter of the late William A. and Laura (Wood) Phillips. She graduated from Pavilion High School and married the love of her life, Robert Bower on March 21, 1953 at East Bethany Presbyterian Church.

She was a lifelong member of the East Bethany Presbyterian Church, where she was an organist for many years. Norma was tax collector for the town of Bethany for over 44 years and was an active member in the Marine Corps League, American Legion Auxiliary #332, and National Rural Carriers Auxiliary and Provident Guild. She enjoyed gardening, canning, and watching the Muckdogs play.

She is survived by children, Robert (Susan) Bower of Rush, Kathleen (Rev. Edwin) Blair of VA, Douglas (Dawn) Bower of Albion, Calvin (Ruth) Bower of Canadice and Daniel (Anne) Bower of Tupper Lake, 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In death Norma is reunited with her husband  Robert B. Bower and her parents William A. and Laura Phillips.  

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, January 5th, 2023  from 4:00 pm  to 7:00 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main Street Batavia, NY. Norma 's funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, January 6th, 2023 at East Bethany Presbyterian Church, 5735 Ellicott Street Road East Bethany, NY.  Burial will be in East Bethany Rural Cemetery in East Bethany.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Bethany Presbyterian Church, Bethany Fire Department, Supportive Care of Orleans or a charity of your choice.
Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

emeraldrosegreen.jpgEmerald Rose Green, born August 22, 2022, of Buffalo, passed away unexpectedly on December 26, 2022. Emerald was the light and joy of her parents Kevin Green II and Mollie R. Harding and her brother Kevin Green III.

Emerald’s life was filled with love and happiness and she will always be remembered for her sweetness and her ability to melt hearts.

In addition to her parents and brother, Emerald is survived by her grandparents Phillip P. Heale, Joanna Harding, Lisa Hanley and the late Kevin Green, Sr., great-grandparents Janice R. Heale, Paul B. Heale, Edward and Darlene Harding, Lawrence and Patricia Hanley, aunts and uncles Brook Garrett, Loden Garrett, Honesty Green, Destiny Green, Lorenzo Vazgus and the late Tyana Green, great-aunt Karen Orasco and many other cousins, friends and loved ones.

Services will be held privately for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All Babies Cherished, 445 Ellicott St, 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.

Jeanette Burgel, 91, of Basom, NY passed away at United Memorial Medical Center, Wednesday, December 28, 2022.
Her husband William passed in June of 2020.

She is survived by her only child Claranne Burgel of Batavia, her four grandchildren Rhiannon Hawley (Brooks) of Batavia,  Jonathan Burgel of Basom, Jacob Burgel of Batavia and Jesse Russell of Basom. She is also survived by her five great grandchildren Ayla, Troy and Quinn of Batavia and Kaylee and William of Basom. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Memorials and donations may be made to the family in her honor. 

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

Robert D. “Bob” Eschenlauer, 59, of Batavia passed away on December 29, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center. He was born on January 24, 1963 to Donald Eschenlauer and the late Yvonne (Mulvihill) Eschenlauer.

In addition to his father, Bob is survived by his wife of 41 years; Theresa “Momma” (Ammirati) Eschenlauer and all of his children; Crystal (Eschenlauer) and Mark Gutman, Patricia “Pattie” (Eschenlauer) and Thomas De Salvo, Jessica Eschenlauer, Brian Eschenlauer, Robert “Robbie” Eschenlauer, Sophia Eschenlauer and Nicole Saeli, his grandchildren; Brianna Gutman, Luke Gutman, Cristian De Salvo, Gracie Eschenlauer, Aubrey Eschenlauer, and Layla Saeli, his beloved dog; Spider, grandpuppy; Blew, his siblings; Ronald (Luann) Eschenlauer, Donald (Rita) Eschenlauer, Dawn Yarington and Robin (Walt Hale) Eschenlauer, and many nieces and nephews.   

Bob loved the Miami Dolphins, video games, music, snowmobiling, gardening, being outside barefoot in nature and hanging out with his friends. Those closest to him, you know who you are.

Per Bob’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or Services. He wouldn’t want anyone to fuss. There will be a Celebration of Life party outside in the summer, place, date and time to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. 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.

robert_haynes.jpgRobert G. Haynes, 93, of Attica passed away on December 30, 2022. He was born September 27, 1929 in Norwich, NY to the late G. Arthur Haynes and Lucile (Torrey) Haynes. He is predeceased by his wife Betty (Abendschein) Haynes in 2009.

He graduated from high school in 1947 from the Ross Street High School in Batavia. Robert was a part of the Korean War where he served as a paratrooper with 13 jumps. He worked for Ford Motor Co, Lockheed aircraft in California, and retired from O&K Trojan in 1990. He held offices in Citizens Lodge #309, IOOF and Masonic Lodge #462 in Attica.

Robert is survived by his sister Ruby (Ronald) DeMay of Greenville, TN, sons William, Larry Haynes of Florida, step children David (Diane) Van Valkenburg of Attica, Cathie (late Dennis) Turton of West Seneca, Peggy (William) Simons of Attica, Violet (Arthur) Allen of Seneca Falls, and many nieces, nephews, grand and great grandchildren.

There will be no prior calling hours. Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Attica Rescue Squad at 11 Water Street, Attica, NY 14011 or the New York State Veterans Home at 220 Richmond Ave, Batavia, NY 14020. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Stafford, N.Y. ~ Joan Blyth, age 88, of Horseshoe Lake Road, passed away early Friday morning (December 30, 2022) at Strong Memorial Hospital.     

  joan_blyth_0.jpeg   She was born May 11, 1934 in Bethlehem, PA, a daughter of the late James and Helen Johnson Blyth.

     Joan will be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother, who was very proud of her World War II research work.  She, along with a historian, researched the “B-29 Bomb Group”, which ultimately brought many veterans and their families together.  Joan worked for the Princeton Theological Seminary for many years as a secretary.  She had a love for all animals, especially wolves and was an avid reader.

     She is survived by her daughters, Donna L. Voorhees and Tracey L Collins (Ken); son, John M. Stahl (Diane); grandchildren, Christopher J. Voorhees (Chelsea), Travis A. Voorhees (Maria), Sarah C. Cliff and Heather M. Kasprzak; great-granddaughters, Rileigh E. Voorhees and Athena S. Voorhees, along with her feline companion, Fred.

     A celebration of Joan’s life will be held at a future date in New Jersey.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, Lollypop Farm or Lakota Wolf Preserve.

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


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