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Batavia - Catherine E. (Koontz) Epperson, wife of William R. Epperson (deceased 1984) and mother of the late Willden D. Epperson (deceased 1986), daughter of the late Jacob Koontz and Marie G. (Bettis) Pendleton was born in Ventnor, New Jersey on July 24, 1930.

She passed away peacefully in her sleep on May 25, 2020 in Batavia, where she lived with her daughter’s family for 5 years.

Catherine spent most of her life living in South Florida where she was a friend to many who knew her. She will be remembered as a caring and giving person.

She is survived by her children; Jack Epperson and his wife Jennifer, Willdeanna Epperson Parkhurst and her husband Bob as well as her grandchildren Bob Jr. and Brice and her step daughter Iris Fortney. She also leaves her nieces and nephew, Mary, Catherine and Jacob from her brother Jacob F. Koontz.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

ESTHER JEANETTE GRAY ~ Age 67, of Elba, went home to be with our Lord and Savior early Wednesday morning May 27, 2020 at home while under the care of Hospice and her loving family. She was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on April 26, 1953 to the late William and June (Reetz) Miller also preceded in death by siblings, Keneth R. Miller, William Miller, Roger Miller, and Donna Kapan.

Esther graduated from Genesee Community College as a Registered Nurse after raising her children and worked at many area nursing homes as a Nurse Supervisor. Esther was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Elba for the last 48 years, teaching Sunday School, Bible Club and Vacation Bible School for the Junior Church. She also volunteered on the social committee, in the children’s nursery and as the missionary secretary at the church.

Esther loved knitting, crocheting, and sewing. Her handcrafted items were made for many church activities, All Babies Cherished, Elba Central School Glove Drive and Operation Shoe Box Ministry.

Surviving is her beloved husband of 48 years, David Lee Gray of Elba; loving daughter, Dorothy Gray De Roque of Elba and her children, Angelica R. (Celso Vasquez) Acosta, Emiliano Acosta and Guillermo Roque Gray; Esther and David raised Lisa Hodgins and Dorothy (Patrick) McNutt; several nieces and nephews also survive.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Epidemic a Celebration of Esther’s life for family and friends will be announced in the future. Memorials in her memory are suggested to Crossroads House PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021.

Please share words of comfort with Esther’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.



norway.jpgPEGGY S. NORWAY ~ Age 50, of Elba, passed peacefully on Tuesday May 26, 2020 at home while under the care of Hospice, surrounded by her loving family following a courageous battle with colon cancer. Peggy was born on June 8, 1969 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Ivan and Joan (Kearns) Boyce.

Peggy enjoyed baking, doing crafts and just sitting on the deck enjoying life and her family, but most of all was her love of Christmas so much so that by the day after she would begin planning and counting down for the next holiday season.

Peggy is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, Larry Norway of Elba; beloved children, Michael Norway and Amanda Norway both at home; siblings, Marty (Bonnie) Boyce, Marvin (Judy Shedlock) Boyce, Steve (Linda) Boyce, Brian (Chita) Boyce, Craig (Sue) Boyce, Dan (Cheryl) Boyce, Dawn Boyce, Laura Boyce, Carol Boyce and Brenda Boyce; father & mother-in-law, Mick (Fern) Norway of Elba; brother-in-law, Dan (Sarah) Norway; sister-in-law, Tracy (Mike) Lyons; dear friends, Nadine(Ken) Snyder along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to the on-going COVID-19 Epidemic a Christmas in July celebration of Peggy’s life will be held this coming July 4th weekend at the family home in Elba. Memorial contributions in her memory are suggested to HomeCare & Hospice 29 Liberty St. Suite #6 Batavia or Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. 127 North St. Batavia, NY 14020.

Please share your words of comfort with Peggy’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com



gaylord.jpgPAUL F. GAYLORD - age 71, of Batavia, died tragically at the Buffalo VA Medical Center Tuesday May 26, 2020 at 4:57a.m. He was born August 7, 1948, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to the late Harry R. and Ruth (Botts) Gaylord, also preceded in death by his brother, Gerald Gaylord and granddaughter, Hannah Michelle.

Paul served his country honorably with the US Airforce during the Vietnam War, he has been serving as the Commander of the DAV and was an active member of the Joint Veterans Honor Guard of Genesee County, Vietnam Veterans of America, American Legion and the VFW. He served as a veteran mentor for the Genesee County Drug Court, a member of Ascension Parish and a 4th Degree Knight/Grand Knight with the Monsignor Kirby Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Paul will be remembered as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and a man of faith in the Lord. He was a friend to all that knew him, just met him and those who had not. Paul, the world is a little less bright know that you have gone home to rest in eternal peace with the Lord

Surviving is his beloved wife, Michelle (Zanghi) Gaylord of Batavia; children, Christian Gaylord, Oliver (Karen) Gaylord, Shawn Gaylord, Aaron (Jessica) Gaylord, Joshua (Joyce) Gaylord and Samantha (Emmett) Maguire; 13 cherished grandchildren, Brandon, Olivia, Cambrie, Trey, Ethan, Lily, Dominic, Sebastian, Rocco, Vincent, Thomas & Christianna Jean; siblings, Peggy (Nick) Falanga, Carol (James) Brandes, Robert (Millie) Gaylord, Donna (Sherman) Gaylord along with several nieces and nephews..

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Epidemic, Paul’s visitation and Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a future date and he will be laid to rest in the future Western New York Veterans Cemetery. Memorials in his memory are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Please share words of comfort with Paul’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information, please call Michael at (585) 343-7500.







Bergen- David Peter "Pete" Cummings, 61, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center.

Pete was born June 9, 1958, in Rochester, a son of Elizabeth C. (Fodge) Cummings and the late Donald A. Cummings of Bergen, NY.

Surviving along with his mother are his siblings; Donald (Melanie) Cummings of Palmyra, John (Christine) Cummings of Bergen, Bob (Jane) Cummings of Gates, Liz (Ron) Vergamini of North Chili, Kevin (Debra) Cummings of Churchville and Paul (Susan) Cummings of Churchville. Pete is also survived by sixteen nieces and nephews and twenty-two great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pete loved basketball, especially the Boston Celtics and Larry Bird. He was an enthusiast for the sport and was well versed in the statistics that went along with basketball. He enjoyed talking with people on the telephone and had a knack for making great connections through those conversations. His other favorite things were Ralph & Rosie’s Pizza, Pepsi, Payday candy bars, homemade chocolate chip cookies and McDonald's. He will be remembered by his family and friends as a smart, kind, gentle and friendly person with a great sense of humor.

Pete's family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Elderwood of Lakeside at Brockport for the excellent love, care and support they gave to their brother and to the staff at Hildebrandt Hospice who made his final days comfortable.

There will be no visitation.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, private services will be held at the convenience of the family. He will be laid to rest in St. Brigid's Cemetery, Bergen, NY. A public Memorial Mass will be scheduled in the future for Pete at St. Brigid's Church, 18 Gibson, Street, Bergen. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pete's memory may be made to Elderwood of Lakeside at Brockport, 170 West Avenue, Brockport, New York 14420 where memorials will be used for resident activities. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Pete’s memory, visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen.

murtagh.jpg  Thomas E. Murtagh, 62 of Rochester, passed away May 27, 2020. He was born on January 26, 1958 to the late Edward and Myrtle Murtagh. He is preceded in death by his sister Karen Beigas.

Tom worked as a painter and carpenter. He was an avid Pittsburg Steelers, Minnesota Wild and New York Mets fan. Tom loved music, St. Patrick’s Day and most of all his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his children Amanda Smith of Wilmington, NC; Trevor Murtagh of Ontario, NY; grandchildren Lilian and Asher; the love of his life Jane Maskell of Byron; brother Michael (Dee) Murtagh of Rochester; niece Siobhan Murtagh, nephews Michael Murtagh Jr. and John Beigas

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

STAFFORD - Rev. Raymond E. Walker, 77, of Stafford, passed away Wednesday, (May 27, 2020), at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center in Rochester.

Rev. Walker was born October 3, 1942, in Rochester, a son of the late William and Audrey (Hesson) Walker.

Rev. Walker graduated from Byron-Bergen Central School and enlisted in the Marine Corps.  Following his service to the country, Ray became a Genesee County Sheriff's Deputy while attending Roberts Wesleyan College where he earned his Master's Degree.  Following college, Rev. Walker began his teaching career as a history teacher at Batavia Middle School.  He moved to North Carolina where he worked in the court system and became an ordained minister in 1980.  Eventually, he returned to Batavia where he was the Assistant Principal at Batavia High School until retiring in 2005. 

Retirement did not last long as he began teaching inmates through Genesee Community College.  Following his work with GCC, Ray ran the Residential Program at the NYS School for the Blind.  Rev. Walker served as pastor of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Batavia for several years followed by the First Baptist Church of Batavia prior to his retirement just a few years ago.  An accomplished vocalist, Ray was trained at the Eastman School of Music and enjoyed performing at various churches.

He is the husband of Virginia (Farrell) Walker of Stafford.  The two were married August 4, 2007. 

Surviving along with his wife are his children, Raymond D. Walker of Rochester, Charles T. Wille of Kentucky, and Justin J. Wille of Missouri; sisters Delaine (Halbard) Pinkcett and Susan (Abram) Cotton both of Rochester; sisters-in-law Kathleen (late Bill) Farrell of Maryland and Eileen Farrell of New Hampshire. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Ray is preceded in death by a son, James C. Walker; a brother, Thomas H. Walker; and sisters, Audrey Walker and Ella Griffin.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public visitation.  A funeral service will be held privately for his family at the First Baptist Church of Batavia.  A public graveside service of interment will be held on Tuesday (June 2, 2020) at 11:00 a.m. in Mt. Rest Cemetery, Bergen.  Those wishing to attend are asked to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rev. Walker's memory may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607.

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

The H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main Street, Batavia was entrusted by Rev. Walker's family with his arrangements.

Byron - Dayle G. Chapman, 77, of Byron, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Dayle was born October 25, 1942, in Niagara Falls, NY, a son of the late Robert and Millicent (Anderson) Chapman.

A member of the Batavia First United Methodist Church and the Byron Kiwanis Club, Dayle was a floor inspector for General Motors in Lockport.  A veteran, he served with the United States Navy.  Dayle will be remembered for his exceptional woodworking skills, making people laugh and his beautiful sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife Johanna (Vargo) Chapman of Byron; children, Tammy Roviso, Sheila (Todd) Galen, Lora (Jeff Blakely) Green, Scott M. Nowak, Darla D. (Dan) Bellar, Jay (Tammy) Chapman and Michael J. Nowak; brothers, Bob (Susie) Chapman, Jack Chapman and Jerry (Emma) Chapman; a sister, Joyce Lynn Chapman, 18 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the Batavia First United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dayle's memory may be made to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263, https://www.roswellpark.org/

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

Arrangements for Dayle were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

mccabe.jpg  David J. McCabe, 68 of Bennington, NY, passed away peacefully on May 25, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born October 15, 1951 to the late Carlton and Dorothy McCabe.

He is survived by his beloved wife Peggy, and was the loving father of Kelly (Joe) Beck and Colleen (Chris) King, and grandfather to Madelyn, William, Jackson, Evelyn, and June.  He is also survived by his sister Linda (Richard) Beeman and mother-in-law Doris Kibler.  He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Robert Kibler. 

In 1978, he and his wife formed the trucking company D.J. McCabe, Inc., in which he was owner and operator for over 40 years.  Although he was willing to haul almost anything, he began by following in his father’s footsteps hauling milk, which he did for many years.  After hauling for Buffalo Molasses for several years, he retired from the business.

He always had a project he was working on, spending a great deal of time in the shop.  He enjoyed working on old cars and trucks, and most recently took an interest in woodworking, in which he had an amazing talent.  He cherished his time with family and friends, enjoyed taking long gator rides and was known to enjoy a Genny or two.  He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his sons-in-law.  He was well known and respected in the community, with countless lifelong friends who admired him for his wisdom and experience.  When the garage doors were open, it was always an invitation to stop in and visit.  He accomplished many things in his life, most importantly teaching us all how with dedication, hard work and the love of family and friends, any obstacles can be overcome.  

A Memorial Mass and reception will be held at a later date.  

Memorials may be made to Bennington Volunteer Fire Company, 1353 Clinton St., Attica, NY 14011, or to Charlotte House, P.O. Box 123, North Java, NY 14113. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 591-1212. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

mcjury_mary_jean_-_photo.jpgMary Jean (Borst) McJury, 88, passed on to eternal life Monday, May 25, 2020.  A lifelong Batavia resident, Mary Jean (“Mac”) leaves behind legacies of family and public service.  Her passing leads to a reunion with her husband, Robert K. McJury, and several other family members.  She is survived by 5 children, Dan McJury of Lancaster, NY, Bob (Patricia) McJury of Fairport, NY, Mary Beth (Dan) Riordan of Alexandria, VA, Ellen (Matt) Dooley of Vienna, VA, and Tom (Lori) McJury of Fairport, NY.  She is also survived by and was extremely proud of her 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren (with two more coming soon).

Mary Jean had committed her life to serving others via a nursing career that spanned over 40 years.  Each time her name came up in conversation with others – usually with strangers - there was always a “Mac” story that followed; this included delivery of babies, comforting the seriously ill in the hospice unit, dealing with late-night emergency room mayhem, and ultimately supervising dozens and dozens of nurses.  In 1972, she quickly volunteered to enter Attica prison during the infamous riots to care for the injured corrections hostages and inmates.  In her later years she continued her service on the Genesee County Board of Health, serving as president for several years.  Together with her husband Bob, they worked to instill in their children an attitude of giving back and serving others.

The family has a forever and deep sense of gratitude to the talented, wonderful, and compassionate staff at the LeRoy Village Green nursing home, who supported and guided her through these final years.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with entombment in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Mary Jean was a lover of animals, particularly dogs.  Therefore, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society of Greater Rochester / Lollypop Farm at www.lollypop.org or via mail Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.





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