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simpson.jpg  Jacquelin M. “Jackie” Simpson, age 83 of Perry passed away on Tuesday March 9, 2021 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She was born in Jamestown, New York on July 26, 1937 a daughter to the late Gordon L. and Ethel (Erickson) Engwall. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Robert E. Simpson who passed away on February 7, 1994 and brother: Richard Engwall.

She was a 1955 graduate of Chautauqua High School. Jackie worked for 27 years at SUNY Geneseo as a principal account clerk retiring in 1993. She was an active member of the Hope Chapel in Perry where she was the church treasurer. A member of Care To Knit, a ladies group that creates lap blankets, bookmarks, baby sets for area nursing home, hospitals, school and also donates to the Office of the Aging and Salvation Army. She enjoys crocheting, baking, doing jigsaw puzzles, gardening, reading (often reading a book a day) and decorating her house for Christmas. Jackie took great pride and joy in her home. She was an amazing caretaker and mother.

She is survived by 3 daughters: Lorie Hill of Perry, Tammy Brown of Darien Center, April (Gene) Matteson of Perry, 2 sons: R. Michael (Janice) Simpson of Perry, Richard (Brenda) Simpson of Perry, 10 grandchildren: Jamie Simpson, Michael (Krista) Simpson, Roger Hill, Tara (Jim) Kuhn, Myriah (Greg) Brown-Hawk, Rebecca Brown, Jolynn (Dan) Kemp, Geno (Ashley) Matteson, Kaitlyn Matteson and Colin Matteson, 16 great grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends may call from 6-8pm on Saturday March 13th and Sunday March 14th from 11am-1pm at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. in Perry where Funeral Services will follow at 1:00PM. Jackie will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery in Perry.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Chapel 7 Church St. Perry, NY 14530.  For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, N.Y. 14530.

Elba - Stephen Robert Goff, "Stork", age 64 of Elba, passed away on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Stork was born on October 20, 1956 in Canandaigua, a son of Marguerite Park Goff of Batavia the late Robert A. Goff. 

Stork was the longtime owner and proprietor of the Stumblin' Inn in Elba and served as the Village of Elba Mayor. He enjoyed playing softball and golf and was a longtime fan of the Buffalo Bills. He proudly served his country with the United States Marine Corps from 1975-1979 earning a Rifle Marksman Badge and a Good Conduct Medal. 

Surviving along with his mother are his brother, James (Ellen) Goff of Oakfield; two nieces, Jessica (Keith) Kertman of Palmyra and Elizabeth Goff of Oakfield; his great-niece, Cali Kertman; his brother-in-law, Greg Frielinghaus of Rochester; his aunt, Betty Monagan of Batavia; his girlfriend, Debbie Dilker of Brockport and her grandson Tripp.

He is predeceased by his sister Lorie Goff who passed away on July 29, 2020.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, March 15th, 2021  from 4:00 pm  to 6:00 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Services, with military honors will immediately follow visitation at 6:00 pm. He will be laid to rest in Mount Albion Cemetery, Albion.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

James P. Calarco, 74, of Byron, passed away on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the Batavia VA Medical Center.

James was born October 30, 1946 in Batavia, a son of the late Alphonso and Esther (Hundredmark) Calarco.

A veteran, Jim served with the United States Navy from 1966-1969 aboard the USS Canberra.  He was a member of St. Brigid Church, VFW, VVA 193 and he retired from Eastman Kodak Company.  James enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, camping and was a "city farmer" who loved gardening.

A special thank you to all the staff of Pine Lodge at the Batavia VA Medical Center for caring for Jim as one of their own family.

Surviving are his children, Amy (Thomas) Enderle of Brockport and James (Kim) Calarco, Jr. of Buffalo; grandchildren, Mya, Ava and Ethan Enderle; his cousin brother, Thomas (Maryanne) Sprague of Buffalo; lifelong friend and brother, James (Elizabeth) Conway of Pavilion; close friend, Edgar (Donna) Lougheed of Byron; his godson, Joseph (Erika) Calarco of Rochester and beloved nieces and nephews.

Jim is the husband of the late Rebecca M. Calarco and brother of the late Anthony Calarco and Kathryn Moirez.

Calling hours are Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.  Jim's Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Brigid Church, 18 Gibson Street, Bergen.  Burial with military honors will be in Byron Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vietnam Veterans Chapter 193, 29 Main Street, Warsaw, NY 14569 or Honor Flight Rochester at https://honorflightrochester.org/donations/.

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

Per New York State guidelines, funeral home and church occupancy will be limited to 50% capacity during calling hours and the mass.  Face masks will be required.

sigl.jpg Robert E. Sigl, 70, of Batavia passed away on March 3, 2021 at Rochester General Hospital. He was born on November 6, 1950 to the late Ronald and Rita (Kinnen) Sigl. In addition to his parents, Robert is predeceased by his brother; Steven Sigl.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years; Donna Sigl; Son Michael Sigl; sister Sharon (Bob) Laux; brother Terry (Laurie) Sigl; sisters-in-law Diane Sigl, Margaret Plunkett and Barbara Roberts, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Robert was born in Rochester, NY and was a proud Army veteran serving in Alaska. He worked for many years at Toyota of Batavia, known to many as “Toyota Bob”. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid golfer.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday March 14, 2021 from 2:00-5:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, New York 14020. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Robert will be laid to rest in the Western New York National Cemetery.

Donations may be made to Volunteers for Animals 3841 West Main St. Batavia, NY 14020 or Genesee Cancer Assistance 127 North St. in Batavia. 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.

Marcia Jane Gleber
LeRoy, March 5, 2021 at age 87. Predeceased by her husband, Russell M. Gleber, sons, David and Eric Gleber. She is survived by her children; Michael (Judy Pierce), Russell (Catherine), James (Tammy), Roger (Sherrie) Gleber, 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 4 step grandchildren, 17 step great-grandchildren, sisters, Alice (Gary) Bubel, Jeanette (Ed) Kelly, several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call Tuesday, March 9, 2021 from 4-7 P.M. at Cameron Brady & Steuber Funeral Home, 111 Wolcott Street, LeRoy. Service and interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the LeRoy Ambulance, 1 Tountas Ave, LeRoy, NY 14482. To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit, www.leroyfuneralhome.com

Oakfield - Valera Mae Dart Radka, loving wife and mother, died Tuesday March 2, 2021 at the LeRoy Village Green Residential Healthcare Facility. She was 95.

Born in Batavia on September 11, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Rhoda Blossom Dart and Harold J. Dart. She was a 1943 graduate of Batavia High School.

After high school, she worked in the office of the Massey Harris Company. She married her husband of 74 years, Sherwin A. Radka, on January 16, 1947. The couple lived in Batavia and Buffalo before moving to Oakfield where she became a homemaker.

Valera was active in the Oakfield Home Bureau and several women's organizations at the former Oakfield Presbyterian Church where she was a member. She and Sherwin enjoyed traveling in the United States often visiting family and friends.

In addition to her husband, Valera is survived by her daughter, Gayle Miraglia (Peter) of Guilderland, New York and her son, Jeffrey Radka (Mary) of Brockport. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Janelle Baker (Sean) of Lancaster, Meghann Hongach (William) of Bronxville, New York, Leslie Radka of Rochester and Damian Miraglia of Chicago; four great-grandsons, nieces and a nephew.

She was predeceased by her half brother, Donald Scoville.

Her family would like to thank the entire staff of the LeRoy Village Green for their compassion and care.

Funeral services will be held privately. Memorial contributions to the Oakfield United Methodist Church, 2 South Main Street, Oakfield, New York 14125. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.

LeRoy – Brian W. Kettle, age 79, of LeRoy, passed away peacefully at the LeRoy Village Green on Monday, March 1, 2021.

     Brian was born on March 20, 1941 in Warrington, England at the depth of the second World War. He was the son of the late William and Frances (Leigh) Kettle.  Brian emigrated from England to America on October 4, 1964 following his sister Joan Kettle Feeley and her American US Serviceman husband, Walter Feeley.  Lapp Insulator initially sponsored Brian for work in the USA as a welder.  Brian was Catholic, attended Catholic schools growing up in England and became a member of the St Peter’s/Our lady of Mercy Parish.  Brian’s fiancée Florence “Nancy” Woolham would soon join Brian for a life in America and they were married at St. Peter’s Church in LeRoy on February 27, 1965.  Brian and Nancy celebrated 56 years of marriage the weekend prior to his passing.

     Brian began working at Lapp Insulator in 1964 as a welder. In 1983, Brian started his own welding business known as BK Precision Welding, retiring in 2006.    

     In addition to Brian’s welding career, he was involved in many other ventures.  During the mid- 1960’s and 1970’s, Brian was known as the guy from England who played the drums at all the local clubs and many weddings in the local area.  In the late 1970’s, Brian opened up his own bar/restaurant on Main Street called “Brian’s Pub” bringing in the best local talent including Dave North of the Dave North Trio.   Along with his main job as a welder, Brian became a Disc Jockey in the 1980’s. During this time Brian became known as “The Gov”.   Brian loved entertaining and enjoyed celebrating with many families for their joyous occasions from birthday celebrations to weddings.   In 1990, Brian purchased the building on Main Street that once housed his Pub and with the help of his sons, started the “LeRoy Athletic Club” aka “Kettle’s Gym” which is still in operation today.   

     Brian also served as a civic volunteer as President of the Hooks and Ladders Club in 1974-1975 and again in 1991.  Brian also coached youth soccer in the 1980’s and was a member of the Genesee Creamer’s Rugby Club as both a player and a coach.  A very special highlight of his time with the Creamer’s was their 1986 team visit to Ireland to play in several exposition matches.  

     Brian will be sadly missed by his loving and devoted wife, Nancy and his children; Robert (Sarah) Kettle, William (Laura) Kettle, James (Donna) Kettle and Ann (Kevin) Olivani; grandchildren; Evelyn, Ryan and Andrew, step-grandson Eric Donohue, Kristen and Jamie, Kade and Zoey; step-great grandson, Nathan Fullmer; along with many nieces and nephews from both the Kettle and Woolham families.

     In addition to his parents, Brian was predeceased by his sisters, Joan Kettle Feeley of LeRoy and Patricia Kettle Brandwood of Warrington, England; in-laws Walter Feeley and William Brandwood; and nephew David Feeley.

     A special thank you to everyone at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing home for the care they provided Brian over his year and half stay at the Green’s, with special thanks to dear family friend, Samantha Vagg.

     Calling hours will be Friday, March 5, 2021 from 4 pm -7 pm at Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road, LeRoy and a Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 11:00 am at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church on Lake Street in LeRoy.  (Funeral home and church occupancy will be limited to 50% capacity during the course of visitation and the mass and face masks are required.)  Brian's funeral mass will be livestreamed through the parish website. www.ourladyofmercyleroy.org 

     Contributions can be made to the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home, 10 Munson Street LeRoy, NY 14482 or the American Legion, 53 West Main Street, LeRoy NY.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Brian's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Mr. Kettle and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Jon N. Roblee, age 45, passed away Monday afternoon (March 1, 2021), after a long battle with cancer, at Buffalo General Medical Center in the loving presence of his family.

     He was born August 30, 1975 in Batavia, a son of Suzanne Juliano Roblee and the late Darrell Roblee.

     Jon will be remembered as always being a kind and respectful person, who was free spirited, very resourceful and determined to follow his dreams.  He developed many friendships along his chosen paths.  He enjoyed reading and was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

     He is survived by his mother, Suzanne Roblee; his brother, Scott (Jennifer) Roblee; his loving nieces, Madison Roblee and Presley Roblee, all of LeRoy, grandmother, Betty Juliano of Florida, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

     Services for Jon will be private at the convenience of his family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Jon are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North Street, Batavia, N.Y. 14020   www.geneseecancerassistance.org/donate

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Jon's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Mr. Roblee and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

brucehmerle.jpegBruce H. Merle, 76 of Attica, passed away on Monday, March 1, 2021. He was born January 18, 1945 in Warsaw, to the late Arthur E. (Florence C. Chamberlain) Merle.   

Bruce was a very involved member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Attica. He taught tractor safety for 4-H for many years, he was a FFA Officer with the local chapter and State Association. Mr. Merle farmed his whole life, a book of knowledge that enjoyed working on machinery, running loaders, his tractors and planting corn until all hours of the moring. He was a dedicated family man, always supporting their athletics and other ventures.

Bruce is survived by his beloved wife Nancy L. (Steaderman) Merle; children Brent (Jaime) Merle, Todd (Lynette) Greene, Cindy (Steve) Crowley; siblings Phyllis (Charles) Couture, Milton (Mary Kautz) Merle, Douglas (Sara) Merle, Lyle (Dottie) Merle, sister-in-law Marlilee Merle; grandchildren Nathan, Emily, Kayla, Sarah (Joe), Miranda (Jeff), Evan, RJ, Stephanie (Josh); great-grandchildren Hazel, Cailee, Analeese, Reva, Olivia, Jackson, JJ, Ava, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, March 8, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 Main St, Attica, NY 14011 where a 10:00 AM Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. He will be laid to rest in Pleasant View Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church or to Varysburg Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 638, Varysburg, NY 14167. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

pmessina.jpg  Patricia Ann Messina of Batavia passed away Sunday, February 28, 2021, after a brief illness.  Patty was born on January 20, 1944, the daughter of the late Francis and Eleanor Tatarka. 

She graduated from Notre Dame High School and soon after began working at THE DAILY NEWS where she continued to work for many years.  In later life, Patty was also employed at the NYS Bureau of Unemployment.

Her life was one of devotion to her family that soon included her husband Charles Messina, Jr., and his family.  The couple had two sons David Charles (Susan) and Jeffrey Francis (Elizabeth).  Together they formed an indelible bond of familial love with the birth of Patty’s precious Grandchildren, Ava, Giada, Joseph (Joey), Charles (Charlie) and Giulianna. Special highlights were the “alone” visits last summer at ‘Ma Pats’ with Ava.  Then last fall the insidious disease began to surface ever so slightly.  Something wasn’t right.  And so it began and too quickly took over.” 

Patty was the one behind the camera; at the sink; in the kitchen; quietly preparing and always helping; assisting any way and anywhere she saw a need.  Another very famous person summed it all up: “If she saw a need, she fixed it,” in her own, quiet, unobtrusive way never calling attention to herself. Always letting YOU lead.  Patty was known for her artwork, treasures from cheerful drawings to tasteful note cards, and projects of all kinds.  At every family occasion, it was Patty who held the camera.  She made the most delicious Macaroni with Fresh Peas; from scratch Cinnamon Rolls and cookies and her homemade Manicotti shells were like eating air! Charles and Pat were truly a couple.  They did everything together. You couldn’t have a conversation with one that they didn’t turn to the other one for a comment.   They attended any and all sporting events for their sons in all kinds of weather and traveling no matter the distance.  They we devoted beyond measure to family first and to their Alma Mater, Notre Dame.  Patty’s Manicotti were fundraiser favorites for many years. 

As families aged, she helped to take care of her father, her father-in-law, Charles Messina, Sr., and kept vigil for her mother-in-law, Beatrice.  Charles and Pat welcomed her own mother into the family home on Redfield Parkway until her passing.  It was Patty who quietly stood by a coffin and carried cups of water to family members.  And when one of her sister-in-law’s mother was dying, it was Patty who was there to help. Her family and an outpouring of that same strength attended to Patty with love and care from the legions of friends who were at one time or another, recipients of Charles and Pat’s outreach!   People did what they could to show how much she was loved and selfishly would have kept her longer. 

“In the end you can’t change anything. But in the end your presence is everything.”

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Charles Messina, along with their sons and families. Surviving Patty are her brother Robert (Joan) Tatarka and their children Melissa, Robert and Christopher; sister-in-law Jean (the late Vincent Messina) and children, Denise (Charles) Hull, Theresa (Steven) DiMarco, and Dean Vincent (Patricia); brother-in-law Paul (Sharon) Messina and their daughters, Shelley (Bob) Bailey and Rebecca Messina (Derk) Hendriksen.  Aunt Katherine Ognibene also survives her along with great nieces and nephews, cousins, etc.  She was a daughter-in-law of the late Charles (Beatrice) Messina.  Her oldest brother, Thomas Tatarka and brother-in-law Vincent Dean Messina predeceased Patty.   

There will be no prior calling hours. A 12:00PM Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 5, 2021 at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph Site) 303 East Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. Patty will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum. The church will be restricted to 50% of its normal capacity. Face coverings and social distancing are mandatory. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Memorials may be made to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union Street, Batavia, NY 14020.  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.

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