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Rose Marone (Gaeta), age 98 of Batavia, NY passed away April 11, 2021. She was born in Batavia on June 30, 1922 to the late Anna and John Gaeta. In addition to her parents, Rose is predeceased by her beloved husband; Angelo "Shieko" Marone; sisters Sarah (Joe) Mangefrida and Marion (Joe) Mancuso, and her brothers Calvin (Dee) Gaeta and Harry Gaeta

She was a graduate of Batavia High School and later served as an Administrative Assistant at Doehler Jarvis.  Rose was especially known for her hospitality and always welcoming friends and family with open arms, fresh brewed coffee, and store bought cookies!

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.  

The family would like to express extreme gratitude and thanks for the wonderful loving care given by The Manor House and LeRoy Village Green where Rose spent the last several years of her life.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life to take place this summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Le Roy Village Green 10 Munson St. Le Roy, NY 14482. 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.

chamberlain.jpg   chamberlain2.jpg  Benay (Benz) Chamberlain - On April 10, 2021, after a brief decline in health, Benay journeyed home to be with the Lord and to be reunited with her soulmate, Robert (Chamberlain), her mother Esther and brothers Dion and Fred (Benz).

Benay always said of herself “What you see is what you get.” That could not have been more wonderfully true. She was genuine in her interactions with others, never pretentious, and always made an effort to help those in need. She instilled her spirit of generosity into her children and grandchildren thus spreading her humanitarian impact as they carry on her legacy across the country.

Her positivity, humor, wisdom, comfort and sincere friendship will be sadly missed by so many whose lives were touched by her ever helping hands throughout the wonderful eighty years of her life. All who knew her were recipients of her handmade lap blankets, heat packs, scrubbies, and bag holders. She was an avid gardener and believer of all things frugal. Her community will miss her countless hours of volunteerism for numerous organizations including the Elba Historical Society, Crossroads House, Community Action, Genesee County Animal Shelter, the Town of Batavia Fire Department (gardener) and local nursing homes (handmade lap blankets). During the Covid-19 pandemic, Benay sewed 245 face masks as donations to the community.

Prayers for comfort as we mourn the loss of our beloved Benay are appreciated by her children Vanessa, Kelly (Luanne), and Sandra, her grandchildren Elliot Miller, Matthew Chamberlain (Genelle), Sarah Crowley (Scott), Gregg Miller, Corrin Miller (Kevin), Jordan Parker (Adam), great grandchildren Reilee, Carsyn, Jackson, Jamison Chamberlain, nephews Scott (John), Mike (Debbie), Wayne (Sandy), David (Rayne) Benz and Jim Chamberlain, nieces Debbie Chamberlain and Kathy Gardner and her dear friends Anna Fenton (Dave), Cheryl Manz, Mary Iama (Rick), and Phyllis Brassington.

At her request, a private Graveside Service will be held with no calling hours.

Memorial donations can be made in her honor to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021. 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.

Edmund ("Sunny") Leon Farr, Jr. - Wilson, North Carolina. Edmund was born on August 13, 1935, in Rochester, New York, and passed away at home, in Wilson, North Carolina, on Friday, April 9, 2021, at the age of 85.

Edmund is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Cherry Ann Farr, beloved dog Bella Marie, Daughter Julie Ann (Farr) Goode, Grandsons: Jordan Farr, Timothy Goode Jr., Jason (Melissa) Walters, and Christopher Walters, and 2 great granddaughters, Sisters and Brothers: Barbara Walker (Gary Eddy), Lawrence
“Butch” (Elizabeth) Shaw, Richard (Deborah) Shaw, Diane (late George) Sawdey, George (Cindy) Walker, Eddie (Teddy) Walker, Mary (Bruce) Zollner, and Larry (Lorie) Walker; several nieces and nephews, several great nieces and nephews, and many cousins.

Edmund is predeceased by: his Father Edmund Farr Sr., Mother Jennie (Keller) Walker, Step-Father Harold Walker Sr., Sister Kathleen (Kurt) Pfeffer, Sister Ella Mae (late Frank) Merrill, Brother Duane (Patty) Shaw, Brother Harold (“Father Edmund”) Walker Jr., and Brother Joe (late Ann) Walker.

Edmund lived most of his life in Rochester, New York, and moved to Batavia, New York, in 2012, where he met and eventually married his loving wife, Cherry. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and he and Cherry made the decision to relocate together to Wilson, North Carolina, in 2019, to be closer to his daughter and 2 grandsons living there. Edmund was a member of Ever Present Church in Batavia, New York, and he volunteered at Care-A-Van Ministries in Batavia, New York, during the years that he lived there in the City of Batavia. Prior to his current marriage to Cherry, Edmund was previously married to Shirley (Berglund) Davis, the mother of his daughter, and also was married to and shared many years together with the late Zillah (Sally) Hockenberry-Farr, who passed away in 2012. He was also an important part of the lives of Zillah’s children, the late Raymond Hockenberry, Jr., the late, Susan (late Jack) Walters, and the late John Hockenberry, and grandchildren, Jason and Christopher Walters.

Edmund was known by all who knew him for his sense of humor and jokes. He was always laughing and smiling. No one was a stranger to him. He was also known for always being positive and having a good attitude in all circumstances. He was kind hearted and always giving to others and always lifting a helping hand. He loved his wife and his family. He loved kids and he loved animals, particularly dogs. He loved to cook and bake, and he was a hard worker. To know Edmund was to love him.

In lieu of floral arrangements, donations can be made to Care-A-Van Ministries, Batavia, New York and/or All Babies Cherished, Batavia New York. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 2:00 pm, at First Baptist Church, 306 East Main Street, Batavia, New York.

LeRoy ~ Karen E. Parks, age 72, of North Road, passed away early Monday morning (April 12, 2021) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

     She was born August 6, 1948 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Harley and Ann Cooper Ingalls.

     Karen was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend, who cherished time spent with her family, especially “her babies” – grandchildren.  She enjoyed travelling to Kentucky to visit family, doing puzzles, crocheting and rooting for the NY Yankees.

     She is survived by her daughters, Sandy Parks (Chris James) and Stephanie Parks; grandchildren, Jeffrey James and Bethani James; sister, Alice Ingalls; in-laws, Franklin Parks (Karen Faulds), Jean (Roger) DeVinney, June Elliott and Dorothy Parks, along with many nieces and nephews.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Alfred L. Parks (2018) and in-laws, Stanley Parks, Keith Parks, Karen Parks and Russell Elliott.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, April 16 from 3 - 5 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road, LeRoy, where her Service of Remembrance will be held at 5:00 PM. (Funeral home capacity is limited to 50% and face masks are required) 

     In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to either the Boy Scouts of America (https://donations.scouting.org/)   or the Wounded Warriors (www.AmericanWarriorFestival.com)   

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Mrs. Parks' family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

Elba - Shirley Ann  Boyce, age 80, of Elba  passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 12, 2021 at her home.

Mrs. Boyce was born on April 14, 1940, in Warsaw, a daughter of the late Nelson Kipfer and Anna Lee Logsdon Kipfer.

Shirley was a rural United States Postal Carrier in Elba for 30 years. A devoted mother and grandmother, she always put her family first. She loved hosting a big Christmas Eve Party every year for her family.  Shirley enjoyed attending her great-grandchildren's' sporting events and loved animals of all kinds. She enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels in her yard and relaxing in the sun and watching her flowers grow.

Shirley is the wife of Irel Dean Boyce who passed away on October 16, 2020.

Surviving are her daughter; Marcy (Nicholas) Colantonio of Stafford; two sons; Scott (Michelle) Boyce of Churchville and Christian Boyce of Elba; her granddaughter; Rita (Sam) Vigiano of Elba; great-grandson, Mason Vigiano of Elba; step-granddaughter; Teresa (Ronald) Tobolski of Oakfield; step-great-grandchildren; Jordyn, Kara and Hunter Tobolski of Oakfield; step-grandchildren; Jordan Croston of Churchville and Krysta (Eric) Nardone of West Henrietta and nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her sister, Betty Lou Lichti.

There are no prior calling hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

Martin Charles Will “Marty”, of Florida, passed away at his home on January 10, 2021. He was born on December 6, 1953 in Batavia to Junamae Will Qutermous of Batavia and the late John V. Will. Marty was predeceased by his sister; Christine Will and stepfather; Paul Qutermous.

Marty was a skilled carpenter. He lived in the Fort Lauderdale area for over 40 years. He was very meticulous about his home, garden and restoring his car.

He is survived by his mother, a daughter Stacey Paterson of Powderly, KY., a son Jake Magnus of Indiana; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers Richard E. Will of Pinellas Park, FL. and Jeffrey A. Will of Chandler, AZ.; 5 step sisters and one step brother, an aunt and several cousins.

An 11:00AM Graveside Service will be held on Friday April 16, 2021 at St. Cecilia’s Cemetery in Oakfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021. 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.

garyjmilbrand.jpegGary J. Milbrand, 65 of Attica, passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from Covid-19. He was born February 16, 1956 in Williamsville, NY to the late John (Rosemary) Milbrand and the late Patricia Hoppel Milbrand.

Gary retired from General Motors and the US Navy. He enjoyed life in general including time with family and friends, traveling and camping.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Almeter-Milbrand; Father and mother-in-law, Richard and Kathleen Shaw of Batavia, Children; Justen (Amy) Milbrand of Getzville, Jessica Milbrand of Depew and Jennifer Milbrand of Depew. Step children; Tim (Rachel) Almeter of S. Byron, Eric (Alexandria) Almeter of Batavia, His grandchildren, Hailey and Aiden Milbrand of Getzville and Evelyn, Eleanor and Newton Almeter of S. Byron. His brother Glenn (Cheryl) Milbrand of N. Tonawanda and sister Erika Milbrand of N. Tonawanda.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, April 19, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. He will be laid to rest in the Western New York National Cemetery.

The Funeral Home will be restricted to 50% of its normal capacity. Face coverings and social distancing are mandatory. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 331 Alberta Drive #106, Buffalo, NY 14226. 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, Inc. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

Oakfield - Mrs. Mary  Lucille  Yunker, age 85 of Oakfield,  passed away peacefully on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Buffalo General Hospital following a brief illness.

Mrs. Yunker was born March 25, 1936 in Medina, a daughter of the late Edward John DePalma and Marian Elizabeth Dujenski DePalma.

She worked as a telephone operator and bank teller before becoming a full-time wife and mother, which was her true calling and greatest joy.  She always put her family first.

A member of St. Padre Pio Parish in Oakfield, she was a lover of all animals. She enjoyed feeding the birds, squirrels and cats that would visit her home and took delight in tending to her flowers.  She loved dancing with Richard (especially the polka), and listening to Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand.

Surviving are Richard D. Yunker whom she married on October 19, 1963; two daughters, Kathleen (David) Yoder of Corfu and Kristin Yunker of Oakfield; her grandchildren, Matthew and Anna Yoder of Corfu; her brother, Edward "Butch" DePalma of Summerfield, Florida; her sister, Elizabeth (Duane) Quintern of Summerfield, Florida; brother-in-law, Donald (Joyce) Yunker of Oakfield, sisters-in-law, Joan Schrauth of Maryland, Irene Yunker of Batavia and Bonnie Yunker of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a future date at St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia's Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021. 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 ~ Mary A. Ferrara, age 89, of West Bergen Road, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday evening (April 6, 2021) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

     She was born December 27, 1931 in LeRoy, a daughter of the late Joseph and Carrie Licata Cordaro.

     Mary will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend, who was devoted to her family and her faith.  She provided a welcoming home for family and friends in the traditional Italian customs which included plenty of great food and good times. Nothing gave her more pleasure than being surrounded by her family. The highlight of every year was her magnificent Christmas dinner of pasta, sauce and meatballs, her famous stuffed shells, and her beloved Christmas cookies, especially the soft white biscotti, which everyone asked for on special occasions as well. She kept a sparkling clean home, she enjoyed poetry, cooking and baking, gardening, and watching “her story”, General Hospital, every day.

     She is survived by her children, Louis (Franceen) Ferrara, Karen (Douglas) Haskin and Daniel Ferrara; her grandchildren, Ashley Ferrara, Rachel Haskin, Mary Grace Ferrara and Daniel Ferrara; her great-grandchildren, Brently, Nash and Nova; all of whom she simply adored. Her siblings, Ann (late Dominic) D’Pasquale, Betty (late Joseph) Merica, Margaret (late Jim) Gravanda, Rachel (late David) Abbott, Theresa (late Daryl) Hamler, Rito (Leslie) Cordaro and Joann Yamonaco, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     Mary was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Louis V. Ferrara; and her siblings, Samuel (Rose) Cordaro, Joseph (Marietta) Cordaro and Charles (Carole) Cordaro.

            The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Strong Memorial Hospital that provided such great care for her. We will miss her for the rest of our days.

     Family and friends are invited to her Rite of Christian Burial on Saturday, April 17 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.

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

     Mrs. Ferrara and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

kalicki_janice_-_photo1.jpgJanice M. Kalicki, 94 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Tuesday October 6th, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

She was born April 22nd, 1926 in Batavia NY, a daughter of the late Edgar and Oloween Burbee Domm.

Janice began her working career as a telephone switchboard operator and quickly moved up to the position of supervisor. More recently she was well-known for her 20 years of volunteer work at My Sister's Closet which was part of the YWCA, overseeing the jewelry display and donations. She received recognition from President George W. Bush for her many years of selfless volunteer work. She always enjoyed shopping for antiques and spent many years attending auctions.  She was a devoted mother and wife, a talented seamstress and loved to cook and bake pies and other treats for her family and friends. In later years she became known as "the crossword queen" as she was a whiz at solving crossword puzzles. She enjoyed many meals at Settlers and Sport of Kings, local diners where everyone knew her and she would browse the newspapers for the puzzles.

She was predeceased by her husband, Theodore Kalicki, son Eric Kalicki, daughter Laurie  Kalicki, siblings Jack Domm from Houston Texas, Joyce Motz of Batavia New York, and Joanne Gerhardt of Auburndale Florida.

Survivors include her daughters Candace Bullock and Beth Gregory, both of Colorado, grandson Christopher Bullock and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Saturday (April 24th) from 11am-12pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY, where a memorial service will follow at 12pm. Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery.

Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.







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