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Pavilion ~ Cody R. Lowe, aka Cody Bob or CoCo, age 21, passed away Wednesday (Sept. 15) at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville.

     He was born November 30, 1999, a son of Chris and Beth Lowe of Pavilion.

     In addition to his parents, Cody is survived by his brother, Ryan (Angela Graham), sister, Lindsay; grandparents, Ron and Betsy Lowe of Pavilion and grandfather, John Weddle of Columbus, GA; uncle, Darin Lowe (Pam Torrey), cousins, MacKenzie Lowe and Maddie Lowe; aunt, Julie (Rusty) Shearing, cousins, William Shearing and Austin Shearing; uncle, Bob Weddle (Colleen Tarpey), cousins, Jack Weddle and Brandon Weddle; uncle, JT (Carley) Weddle, cousins, Tucker Weddle, Mason Weddle and Rees Weddle, along with many great uncles, aunts and cousins.

     He was predeceased by his grandma, Mary Beth Weddle and great-grandparents, Ken & Fran Lowe and Wes & Betty Kline.

     Cody was an amazing young man with autism.  At 10 1/2 years old, he went to live with Lifetime Assistance for 8 years, then moved to Doylestown, PA with Foundation Behavioral Health for 3 years and recently moved to a home with Fingerlakes DDSO.  Cody was known for his amazing smile and infectious laugh!  He loved music and loved to dance.  He loved animals, especially cats...he was crazy about cats.  His love was Taylor Swift and his momma!  He gave the best forehead kisses.  McDonalds was his all time favorite place to eat. 

     Cody has touched so many people's lives!  He will be greatly missed.  Cody donated his organs to at least 3 people.

     The family would like to thank everyone that has been involved in his life.  You all made a difference.  We appreciate you all.

     Family and friends are invited to Cody's Service of Remembrance to be held on Sunday, September 19 at 1:00 PM at the Pavilion United Methodist Church.  A luncheon will immediately follow at B W's Restaurant.

     The courtesy of no flowers is requested with memorials suggested to an organization that supports Autism Awareness.

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

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

lewis.jpg  Margaret E. Lewis, 75, of Batavia passed away on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She was born on May 29, 1946 in Batavia to the late Leon (Mary Arnold) Hale Sr. She is predeceased in death by a daughter, Shelley Ann Michel, brothers William and David Hale, sisters, Eleanor Hale and Paulette Konieczny.  

Mrs. Lewis worked for the Daily News for many years. She always donated her time, energy and love to volunteering at the Salvation Army in Batavia. She was an avid Bingo player and truly loved to play and call any chance she got. Margaret enjoyed delivering papers at Washington Towers too.

She is survived by her children, Les “Mickey” Micheal, Charmaigne Michel of Batavia, siblings, Leon R. Hale Jr of FL, Judith (Zenon) Kowal of Lockport, Paul “PJ” Hale of Tonawanda, one grandchild and many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to a Celebration of Life on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 from 4:00-7:00PM at the community center of Washington Towers, 1 State Street, Batavia, NY 14020.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army of Batavia, 529 E. Main 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.

LeRoy ~ Kenny, 36, passed peacefully with family by his side, on Tuesday, Sept 14th, 2021. Even though a failing heart took him away from this world, his loving heart left a beacon of light for all who knew him.

     Kenny was born Sept 23rd, 1984.  He’ll be forever missed by his family- parents, Kenneth “Chip” & Christine Smith; sister, Nicole Smith and brother, Thomas Smith.  He was predeceased by his soul mate, Cassondra Majors, his paternal grandparents, Ken & Lucile “Blondie” Smith, and maternal grandfather, John Innes Jr.  Kenny will also be missed by maternal grandmother, Mary Innes, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephew, and loving friends.

     He’ll forever be remembered for his intensity on the football field, his booming laugh, warm hugs, and caring, giving nature.

     Family and friends may call on Saturday, September 18th from 1 PM – 5 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt, 19) in LeRoy, followed by an informal service at 5 PM.

     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society or Strong Memorial Hospital.

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

Batavia - David Paul Elwell, age 67, of Batavia, passed away at Buffalo General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Monday, April 26, 1954 in Batavia, a son of the late Eldon J. Elwell and Emajean R. Berry Elwell.

A diehard fan of the New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills, he enjoyed spending time with his family and his lottery tickets

Surviving are his children; Justin (Gillian Ritzel) Elwell of Avon and Emily Jean Elwell of Buffalo; three grandchildren; Jenna Elwell, Kelsee Elwell and Kobe Vanskiver and his fourth grandson who is due in February, 2022; his brother; Douglas J. (Liz) Elwell  of Laughlin, Nevada; his sister; Barbara (David) Benedict of Dansville; nieces, nephews, loving cousins many friends including his best friend of over 50 years Joe Pietrzykowski also survive.

Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family in East Bethany Rural Cemetery. A public celebration of life for David is being planned by his family and will be announced. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

mckenzie.jpg  Gloria J. McKenzie, 69 years old, of Batavia, formerly of Warsaw passed away on Sunday September 12, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born in Warsaw on August 31, 1952 to the late Ernest Burdette and Lillian (Hare) Galton. She is predeceased in death by her daughter; Kimberly DuBois-Rider; sister Charlotte Strathearn; brother Eric Galton.

Gloria was an amazing woman, so kind and loving. She would do anything for anyone and had a heart of gold. She loved dirt racing, gardening, baking and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her beloved husband; Thomas McKenzie of Batavia; children David (Sheila) DuBois, Duke (Danielle) DuBois, Lindsay (Andrew) McKenzie and son-in-law Joseph Rider; siblings Alan Galton, Darlene Gray and Julie (John) Lawson; 8 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and Funeral Services will be private for the family.

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.

Deborah “Debbie” Gail Gabriel f/k/a Debbie Chamberlain Voltura Plant passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 5th at the age of 72 in Vail, AZ.

Debbie was born February 23, 1949 in Rochester, NY to Earl & Betty Chamberlain. Along with her parents she was predeceased by her Step-mother Evie Chamberlain. 

Surviving are her husband Marc Gabriel of Vail, Arizona, her brothers Chris (Rhonda) Chamberlain of California & Steve (Judy) Chamberlain of New York. She is also survived by her Step-children Debbie (Tom) Shea of Batavia, NY and Greg (Nicole) Voltura of Corfu, NY, Step-grandchildren Addison Shea, Angelo, Sara & Melissa Voltura and 2 nieces and a nephew, Scott, Meredith & Gabby as well as many close friends and fans. 

Debbie graduated from Nazareth High School in Rochester, NY and she went on to earn an Associates Degree in Hotel Management from Sullivan County Community College but singing was always her passion. She started her professional singing career at age 16. Often referred to as “Vanilla Ella,” Debbie’s voice was as powerful as the vivacious energy she brought into a room whether with family and friends or with her audience. Debbie worked with many distinguished musicians including Kenny G and Chuck Mangione. 

Debbie had an incredible voice and produced several jazz CD’s over the years! Even toured with Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer & Deepak Chopra and played shows all around the country including Madison Square Garden. She had an infectious zest for life filled with humor and joy. Similar to her ever-changing hair color and style, she was bold, blunt and beautiful. Debbie’s email address and personalized license plate perfectly described her personality - “diva girl”. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The Miami Project and mailed to Debbie Shea at 9395 Shepard Rd. Batavia, NY 14020. 


James L. Werth, age 72, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021 at his home.

Jim was born on November 20, 1948, a son of the late Wilber W. and Katherine I. Ruck Werth.

Jim leaves behind his wife; Dawn M. Betties Werth; his sister; Kay Burger; children; Greg (Amy) Werth Freeman, Steven (Trisha) Werth, Dawn (Mike) Stoll, Lance (Michelle) Werth, Jim (Brianne) Emery, Jenn (John) Cascell and Michael (Brian) Betties; thirteen grandchildren; Lauren, Will, Tony, Miah, Mason, Austin, Brady, Colton, Michael, Brittny, Ryan, Ellie and Jamison; his nephew; Brandon (Liz) Burger; special aunts; Mary, Rosalie and Elaine along with several cousins and lifelong friends.

Jim was predeceased by his brother in law Raymond Burger and nephew Justin Burger.

Jim loved everything outdoors including farming and hunting.  He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.  He had a huge love for animals, especially his dogs.  

Friends may attend visiting hours on Thursday, September 16, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield where services will immediately follow visitation. He will be laid to rest in Reed Cemetery, Oakfield. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, 901 Washington Street, Buffalo, New York 14203. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Jim’s memory, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

LeRoy ~ Patricia M. Moore, age 73, passed away Friday evening (Sept. 10, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

     She was born April 8, 1948 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Anthony and Margaret Tolan Feldman.

     Pat was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, who was devoted to her family and to her community.  She was very involved with the ladies auxiliary of the American Legion, where she served as secretary and volunteered at the LeRoy Food Pantry.

     She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, David Moore; her sons, Steve Moore (Valerie Joslin) of LeRoy and Tim Moore of Geneseo; grandchildren, Alyssa Moore (Chelsey Merlino), Zachary Moore and Kelsey Moore; sister-in-law, GeorgAnn Feldman of Greenville, SC; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Cindy (Henry) Oches of Batavia, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     She was predeceased by her brother, Thomas “Tom” Feldman in 2020.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, Sept. 17 from 3 ~ 7 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Her Rite of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake Street, LeRoy.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either the LeRoy Ambulance Service or the LeRoy American Legion.

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

douglashhuber.jpgDouglas H. Huber, 90 of Bennington, passed away at Unity Hospital in Rochester, on September 9, 2021. He was born on April 24, 1931 in Batavia, to the late Joseph and Caroline (Straub) Huber. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Ann “Boots” (Carnevale) Huber, brother Ronald Huber and sister Janice (Norwood) Bohn.

Mr. Huber was a lifelong Dairy Farmer, working alongside his sons and was even raking hay last week. He was the chairman of the Bennington Town Planning Board for 20 years. Mr. Huber was an avid golfer that enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling and playing cards.

Mr. Huber is survived by his sons, Keith (Leslie) Huber, Kenneth (Debbie) Huber both of Bennington, sister-in-law, Diana Huber of Alden, three grandsons, Bradley, Matthew and Kevin Huber, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, September 17, 2021 from 1 to 4 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. An 11:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 (please note these dates are a week apart) at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 1230 Clinton St., Attica, NY 14011. He will be laid to rest in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Bennington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bennington Fire Company, 1353 NY-354, Attica, NY 14011. 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.

Batavia - Jacqulyn M. Jones, 50 of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, (August 14, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Ms. Jones was born May 7, 1971 in Ogdensburg, a daughter of the late Mary R. Jones.

Jackie attended the ARC of Genesee-Orleans Day Hab and was a member of the Northgate Free Methodist Church Friendship Class. She loved her family, especially her mom, and enjoyed all kinds of music, crafts, and dancing. Always the life of the party, she liked to socialize with friends often leaving a room and then coming back proclaiming "I'm Back!!!." Jackie truly loved to go grocery shopping, she was kind, and very brave.

She is free at last to delight in the joys of Heaven and enjoy fellowship with many loved ones already there.

Jacqulyn is survived by her brothers, Lee (Emily), Joshua, and Sheldon; a niece, Maggie; a nephew, "Baby" Lee; her Aunt Donna, Aunt Sharon and Uncle Carter, Aunt Debbie, and Aunt Bonnie; cousins, Chrissy, Adam, James, Karen, John, Amy, Becky, Candy, Katie, and Leon.

She is preceded in death by her mother, uncle, Carl Jones; aunt, Brandi Syfrit; cousin Michael Donovan; and good friend, Jason Tinklepaugh.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday (September 14, 2021) from 6 to 7:00 p.m. at Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank Street Road in Batavia, where Jacqulyn's Celebration of Life will immediately follow at 7:00. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the ARC of Genesee-Orleans, 64 Walnut Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia, New York 14020.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.





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