Local Matters

Community Sponsors


Myron Albert Seward, 92, of Basom, NY passed away peacefully at Premier Genesee Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Batavia, NY on January 31, 2021. He was born April 22, 1928 to the late Wellington and Edith Seward in Bergen, NY.

Myron was proud to be a lifelong farmer. As a young man he worked at the family’s dairy and crop farm as well as their milk hauling business in Bergen. In 1951 he married the love of his life, Ethelyn Sumeriski. They moved to their own farm in Basom, NY where they lived, farmed and raised a family together for the next 55 years. Myron was predeceased by Ethelyn in 2006. 

Myron loved farming and his family. He loved people, and enjoyed reminiscing about farm life,   times gone by and the way things used to be done! He could, and would, talk with anyone he met, always regaling them with a farming or milk hauling story. His family and friends will be able to retell some of his favorite stories for years to come! Myron was a kind and gentle man who will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Myron is survived by his children; daughter Brenda Seward of Basom, son George Seward and his wife Cricket Johnson- Seward of Basom, grandsons- Elias (Catherine) Seward of Oakfield and Noah (Niki) Seward of Attica, greatgrandchildren- Tyler, Sydney, Cade and Paxton. Myron was predeceased by his younger brothers, Norman and Gordon. Also surviving are his brother Elton (Jean), and sister-in-laws Marion and Delores, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Myron’s name to: St Paul Lutheran Church 31 Washington Ave Batavia, NY 14020 or Stone Church Presbyterian Church 7549 South Lake Rd Bergen, NY 14416.

Arrangements were entrusted to C B Beach & Son Mortuary Inc. 4-6 East Main Street Corfu, NY 14036. A limited family and close friends funeral service will be held at St Paul Lutheran Church on Saturday February 6, 2021 at 11 AM with a brief viewing prior to the service at 10AM. COVID guidelines –face coverings and social distancing will be required for attendance. The service will be available via Zoom from the church. For Zoom information, please contact St Paul’s Lutheran Church, during business hours, at 585 343 0488. Myron will be laid to rest beside Ethelyn in the Evergreen Hill Cemetery Corfu, NY. A celebration of Myron’s life is being planned for the summer of 2021, at the farm he and Ethelyn loved so much, on Gorton Rd in Basom. Hopefully all of Myron’s extended family and friends will join us to remember and share stories of Myron’s remarkable life at that time!

barrett.jpg  William M. Barrett Jr. age 76 of Pavilion, NY passed away on Sunday January 31, 2021 at his home surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Batavia, NY on June 20, 1944, a son to the late William M. and Althea (Brydges) Barrett.  Along with his parents he is preceded in death by brothers: Richard and Roger Barrett.

William was a graduate of Pavilion High School.  Bill worked for the former Eaton Yale and Towne in Batavia, NY as a cost accountant, was a bus driver for Pavilion High School and later became a Correctional Officer at Groveland Correctional until the age of 62.  He was a member of the Alexander United Methodist Church where he sang in the church choir and a member of the International Camping Club. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, playing softball, camping, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife: Judy A. (Satter) Barrett whom he married on August 31, 1963, daughter: Debbie (Kevin) Slough of Grand Island, NY, son: Duane Barrett of Pavilion, NY,1 grandson: Ian Brunskill along with several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 11:00am-12:00pm on Friday, February 5, 2021 at the Alexander United Methodist Church 10540 Main St. in Alexander, NY 14005. Funeral Services will follow at 12:00pm. Bill will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery in Batavia, NY.
New York State requires those in attendance to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and face coverings are mandatory. Thank you for your cooperation. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alexander United Methodist Church 10540 Main St, Alexander, NY 14005 or the Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester and Finger Lakes Region 435 East Henrietta Rd. Rochester, NY 14620. 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.

Caledonia ~ Passed away on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 at age 84.  He was born Feb. 2, 1936 in Caledonia, a son of the late Andrew and Blanche Leathersich Keenan.

     John will be remembered as a very loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend, who was dedicated to his family and his community.  He was a proud US Army veteran, ran his own electrical contracting business, along with many other jobs and served on many town, village and church boards.

     He will be sadly missed by his children; Joan (Charles) Robinson, Michael Keenan (Terri Lambert) and Daniel (Barbara) Keenan; grandchildren, Chad Robinson, Kailee (Travis) Salamone, Kasey (Seth) Mitchum, Kevin (Janey) Keenan and Emma Keenan; great-grandchildren, Aizlyn, Jozlyn, Zaydalynn, Madelynn, Kayleigh and Abbygale; siblings, Robert Keenan of FL, Mary Sickles, Marilyn (C. Richard) Fisher and Melville (Martha) Keenan, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     He was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Patricia Callan Keenan and his siblings, Margaret Steiner, James Keenan, Marion Wood, William Keenan and Marjorie Gray.

     Due to COVID restrictions, a private funeral mass will be held at St. Columba Church on Saturday, Feb. 6., however friends are invited to join the family at St. Columba Cemetery at 11:00 AM for committal prayers and military honors.  A Celebration of John’s Life will immediately follow at Jones Hall.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Caledonia Library, 3108 Main Street Caledonia or the Big Springs Museum, Main St., Caledonia.

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

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

Attica ~ Alan R. Hoyt, age 68, of Sokol Drive, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

     He was born June 25, 1952 in Batavia, a son of the late Ward and Dorothy Grant Hoyt.

     Alan was a graduate of LeRoy High School, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of LeRoy and a former member of the First Baptist Church in LeRoy.  Alan will be remembered for his love of collecting political memorabilia.

     He is survived by his brother, Donald I. Hoyt of Seneca Falls, N.Y., along with many cousins and friends.

     Services and interment in Machpelah Cemetery, LeRoy, N.Y. will be at the convenience of the family.

     Contributions in memory of Alan are suggested to either the First Presbyterian Church of LeRoy or the First Baptist Church in LeRoy.

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

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

Adam Douglas Monroe was born to Douglas F. and Patricia Berryman Monroe in Batavia.

He attended Alexander Central School and didn't graduate because of health issues.

Adam was a happy, cheerful soul that always had a smile on his face. He was a charter member of the reorganized Glenn S. Loomis American Legion Post No. 332 and an organizing charter member of the Niagara Frontier Charter The Society of the Second War with Great Britain in the State of New York-The General Society of the War of 1812.

He is survived by his siblings; Gary F. Monroe of White Plains, Anne K.M. Allen of Hillsborough, North Carolina, Elijah B.A. Monroe of Attica who is a school bus driver for C+F Transportation and Andrew G. Monroe of Adolphus, Kentucky; three aunts; Jean S. Monroe, JoAnn Monroe and Mrs. Larry Casper all of Batavia and many cousins and nephews.

He is predeceased by his brother, Douglas W. Monroe of Houston, Texas.

There are no prior calling hours. He will be laid to rest in Maple Hill Cemetery, Darien. Public funeral services will be announced for a later date. Please consider memorials in Adam's name to the American Diabetes Association, 4955 North Bailey Ave #217, Amherst, New York 14226. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Adam's name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

terryrkilian.jpgTerry R. Kilian, 68 of Lima, passed away at home after a short illness. Terry was born October 3, 1952 in Batavia. He is preceded in death by his father Ralph Kilian and niece Randall "Randi" Miller.

Terry loved music, jigsaw puzzles and people, everyone was his friend. Growing up he had chores and worked on the family farm. He was not however a fan of picking up rocks or chickens.

He is lovingly remembered by his mother Arlene M. Kilian, sister Cindy Fish, brother Jeff Kilian, sister Nancy (Doug) Miller, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. A private burial will be held at a later date for the immediate family.

Memorials can be made in Terry's name to Special Olympics of Genesee Region, www.specialolympics-ny.org, 1 Grove St, suite 216, Pittsford, NY 14534 or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital www.stjude.org. 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, NY 14011.

Dale G. Bremiller, 77 of Corfu, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2021 at his home.

Dale was born on September 20, 1943, in Buffalo, a son of the late Gerald and Evelyn Boll Bremiller. He was the brother of the late Wayne Bremiller.

Dale grew up in Lancaster and served with the United States Army in Vietnam. A longtime resident of Corfu, he worked at Agway and served as the Town of Pembroke Code and Zoning Enforcement Officer until he retired.

Dale was a Lionel train collector, a love he shared with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved his 1964 Ford Galaxy 500 and going to car shows. He was a member of the WNY Gas & Steam Engine Association since the early 1970’s and held the office of President for several years. He shared his joy and collection of hit & miss engines with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Dale was the loving husband to Judith (Ehrenreich), father to Bryan (Rebbecca), Arick and Rebecca Sue (Kevin). Grandfather to Emeraldgene, Sterling, Coral, Austin and Nicholas and great grandfather to Dina, Trevor and Evan.

Friends may call Friday, February 5, 2021, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu. Burial will be in the Western New York National Cemetery, Corfu, NY at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors or WNY Gas & Steam Engine Association.

Dale was greatly loved and will be sorely missed.

Mary Elizabeth Delbridge Shuknecht, 94, of Elba, passed peacefully at home on Sunday, (January 31, 2021). She was born on August 22, 1926 in Batavia to the late Raymond and Mae Delbridge. She is predeceased by her husband, Neil Shuknecht, whom she married on April 29, 1950 in an intimate ceremony. Mary was a devoted farm wife during their many years together.

Mary graduated from Batavia High School and then attended a two-year business program at Miami University in Ohio. She worked in the banking business for most of her career at Anchor Bank in Batavia, where she always had a smile and a friendly hello for her customers. In her free time, she supported her children who were actively involved in the local 4-H program.

Mary was a lifelong avid reader and would frequently tell the story of the time she was running and reading as a child, when she tripped over a toy and broke her arm. She could be seen frequently looking for the latest books to read at Richmond Memorial Library into her early 90s. She was also an active member of St. James Church of Batavia and enjoyed their Friday Fish fry dinners. Mary always put others first and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mary’s lifelong motto at dessert: “I’ll have a little of each!” She loved life and her sweet treats!

Mary was the loving mother of Gerald (Valerie) Shuknecht of Keeseville, NY, Cynthia Chisholm of Las Vegas, Donald (Cindy) Shuknecht of Elba, and Cathy (Chip) Wynn of Hummelstown, PA.  She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jered (Katie) Shuknecht, Sarah (Barry) Christ, Shane (Anastacia) Shuknecht, Amanda (Rich) Drowne, Courtney (Erik) Jenks, Mary Jean Shuknecht and Ashley (Eric) Rossello. Mary was also blessed with ten great-grandchildren.

Mary was predeceased by her son-in-law, Christopher Chisholm; her brother, Wade; sisters, Donna Coward and Eleanor Gaiser; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the spring at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

A message of condolence can be made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements completed by H. E. Turner and Company, Inc. 403 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Julia Marie Falleti passed away at the age of 74 on January 30, 2021 in Batavia.  Mrs. Falleti was born on May 19, 1946, in Albion, the daughter of the late Stephen and Mary Tokotch.

For the last 3 years, Julia had bravely fought ovarian cancer. She will be remembered as a strong and selfless Wife, Mother, Grandmother and overall spirit.

Julia worked for the Batavia City School District as a Secretary for 30 years. She enjoyed guiding students in becoming college ready and was always ready to shine a positive light on their futures. She remained active after retirement by cooking, baking, knitting and crocheting. Julia also gave back to the community through various organizations.

Julia is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Domenico Falleti. She was the mother of Maria Falleti of Naples, Florida and Antonino (Michelle) Falleti of Batavia; Grandmother of Maximus Falleti ; sisters, Betty Falleti, Frances Pellegrino, Helen Warner; brother, Bruce Tokotch; along with many nieces and nephews.

A Private Memorial Mass to celebrate her life will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be entombed in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be directed to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, 901 Washington St, Buffalo, New York 14203. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

Harry Louis Kalish was born May 2, 1951 in Queens, NY, to Walter Kalish and Catherine Cuthill. He died at age 69 in Florida on Jan. 18, 2021.

He was formerly a longtime Batavia resident.

Harry has three brothers. Harry leaves behind three adult children and three grandchildren: Sara Hall (37), Harry's youngest daughter, her fiance, Jeremy Brown, and Sara’s children, the twins Cody and Brylie Hall (13), and Autumn Hall (11). Harry's son, Jacob Kalish (41) and Harry's oldest daughter, Katherine Kalish (42).

Harry was retired, but worked as a cook for more than 35 years, and spent his last 10 years as a truck driver delivering tires around Central Florida. He enjoyed his work and always put his best integrity forward. When Harry fought and gained his three children in 1995, he would work two jobs at a time to provide a new home and life for them. 

Harry loved the Jets and football. He loved the Mets in baseball. Harry could be found watching sports 90 percent of his last days and loved watching and talking about each game and highlights with Jeremy Brown. Harry was a huge fan of rock 'n' roll and would always have his radio up overloud as he worked out. He loved to dance with his grandkids and joke around with silliness. 

Harry was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in early 2019. He was a fighter and never wanted to give up. His body became too weak and he left this world holding his daughter Sara’s hand and his love of his life at one time, Sandra Brooks. His grandchildren and family were gathered as he took his last breath with his favorite rock 'n' roll music seeing him out. 

Harry always cared so much for his daughter Sara and her children and would always help out in any way he was able to. Harry was a great man and will be truly missed.




Copyright © 2008-2020 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service

blue button