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orr.jpg  James D. Orr, 75, of Alexander, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 3, 1945 in Buffalo, NY to the late James (Ethlyn Drake) Orr. He is preceded in death by three sisters, Catherine Hyer, Judi Cross, Eve McAlister; a brother, John Orr; and a granddaughter, Tara Parsons.

Jim moved to Genesee County at a young age and remained a lifelong resident.  After brief stints as a farmer and factory worker, he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, a job he both excelled at and loved.  He was one of the first recipients of the Carl Draxler Award, a statewide award recognizing excellence in the performance of his duties as a New York State deputy sheriff.  Prior to his retirement in 1993, he rose to the rank of Chief Deputy, the highest non-elected rank in the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, and made many lifelong friends throughout the county. 

During his time with the Sheriff’s Department, Jim undertook extensive training in the reconstruction of motor vehicle accidents.  Many local members of law enforcement received training from him in this field.  Following his retirement from law enforcement, he worked throughout the remainder of his life as a consultant hired to reconstruct motor vehicle accidents in both the private and public sectors.  Near the end of his life, he returned to public service and was elected Town Justice in the Town of Alexander, a position he held until he again retired in October of 2020.

In both his various careers and his personal life, Jim was known for treating people with honesty, fairness and respect.  To his family, he was a steady, reliable presence who could always be turned to for help with problems both big and small.  He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife of 42 years and a true role model for his children and their offspring.  He will be greatly missed by both several generations of family members and many others who thought of him as family.         

He is survived by his beloved wife, Debra Orr (Hewitt) of Alexander; children Christine Orr of North Tonawanda; James (Nancy) Orr of Akron; Michael (Gael) Orr of Conesus; Heather (Gregory) Robinson of Stafford, Brett (Sarah) Orr of Alexander; brother Charles (Millie) Orr of Washington; sisters Janice (Lowell) Durant of Potsdam; Patricia (Ed) Ewert of Batavia; Becky (Joseph) Rangel of Idaho; Cindy (Anthony) Gennoe of Tennessee; grandchildren Ashlee Kenyon, Alexis Kenyon, Emmaleigh Odom, Jay Armstrong, Kaiel Robinson, Sarah Orr, Drake Orr, and Clyde Orr; great-grandchildren Cuylar West, Avalyn Carubia, Noah West, Donavin Hilton and Kashius Hilton; along with several nieces and nephews.

No Memorial Service will be held at this time due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.  A Celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.  For more information please call 585-343-8260, or 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.

celia.jpg  Celia Klein, 94, of Batavia, passed away due to complications from COViD-19 on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. She was born August 3, 1926 in Batavia, to the late Angelo (Angeline Tizzano) DiLaura. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Donald Klein, sisters, Mary DiLaura, Lena (Dominic) Cutitta; brothers, Thomas (Rose) Minuto, Frank (Josephine) Minuto, Joseph, James and Angelo (Beverly) DiLaura; in-laws, Ceil and Jack Zackey, Jeanne and James Redivivo, Margaret and Pat Radice, Henrietta Ingebrech, Eileen and Roland Amedick, Helen and Donald Zorn, Neil Klein, Richard Miller, Paul, Robert, Edward, Joseph and Dorothy Klein.

Celia was most known for her generosity of spirit. Her door was open for anyone. Our large family enjoyed the Memorial Day and Fourth of July picnics she held. She maintained beautiful gardens, enjoyed reading, music and of course her visits to many casinos. Mom worked hard for St. Mary’s and Notre Dame. Her many nieces and nephews always enjoyed her company.

She is survived by her children, Margaret (James) Brady, John Klein, Donald (Joellen) Klein. She was a doting grandmother to Regina Conte, Beth (Alfred) Clark, Philip (Susan) Klein, John (Ashley) Klein, Tyler (Kara) Klein. She was so proud of her great-grandchildren, Silvauno Sykes, Ethan and Makayla Clark, Karter and Tessa Rose Klein.

The family would like to thank the staff at Le Roy Village Green for their care and affection for mom and our family.  

Due to COViD-19 restraints, her burial will be private. The family will plan a Celebration of her Life in the summer. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia

In lieu of flowers please make any donations to the Donald and Celia Klein Scholarship at Notre Dame High School, 73 Union St., Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to send a message of condolence, please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

z.jpgGerald E. Schwab, 83 of Sheldon, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born at home in Sheldon, on May 20, 1937 to the late Edward (Pauline Hanley) Schwab. He is preceded in death by siblings, Norma (William) Marzolf, Herbert (Arlene) Schwab, Carl (Doris) Schwab, Leon (Cecilia) Schwab, Rosalyn (Leo) Bartz, Theresa (Al) Dominessy, granddaughter Hope Geiger, sister-in-law Wanda Schwab.   

Mr. Schwab was a 3rd generation dairy farmer; member of Upstate Milk, retired from farming in 1987 and went on to work at Darien Lake doing RV maintenance before working at and retiring from Buffalo RV. He was a life member of Sheldon Fire Department and member of WNY Gas & Steam Engine Association. Jerry Built and maintained the family “pond & getaway”, he loved spending time with his family.

Mr. Schwab is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen A. (Rautenstrauch) Schwab, children, Mark (Karen) Schwab, Nancy (Dave) Meyer, Daniel (Deanna) Schwab, AnnMarie (Douglas) Geiger; siblings, Donald Schwab, Harold (Margaret) Schwab, 9 grandchildren, 3 ½ great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, January 10, 2021 from 1 to 4 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011. An 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 11, 2021 at St. John Neumann Parish, 991 Centerline Road, Strykersville, NY 14145. He will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery, Sheldon.  

Please note the Funeral Home will be operating at 33% capacity per state guidelines. New York State requires those in attendance to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and face coverings are mandatory. Thank you for your cooperation.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Sheldon Fire Department, 996 Centerline Road, Strykersville, NY 14145. 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.   

Audrey  J.  (Brown) Fay, 87, of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

Audrey was born October 9, 1933, in East Bethany, a daughter of the late Howard and Winifred (Carlson) Brown.

Audrey was a greeter at Walmart in Batavia, loved being with her family and was a New York Yankees and Miami Dolphins fan.

Surviving are her daughters, Lori (Raymond) Luzier of California, Patricia (Lawrence) Cassatt of Elba and Sandra (Robert) Tunningley of Henrietta; a sister, Marilyn (late Merlin) Kirch of Kansas; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  

Audrey is the wife of the late Richard Fay.

Services will be held at a later date in East Bethany Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Genesee County Senior Center, 2 Bank Street, Batavia, NY 14020.  

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

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

Batavia - Frederick  G.  Facer, 96 of Batavia passed away on Wednesday, (January 6, 2021) at New York State Veterans Home in Batavia.

Mr. Facer was born  February 10, 1924 in Rochester, a son of the late Claude and Carolyn (Schlageter) Facer.

Fred was a member of Resurrection Parish. He served the country honorably with the US Army during World War II. He took part in the D-Day Campaign and was with the Quartermaster Corps. under General Patton. He was a 65 year member of Local #276 in Rochester and was an accomplished carpenter and woodworker. He also enjoyed gardening.

Frederick is the husband of the late Priscilla (Hottois) Facer.

Surviving are his children, Kathleen M. Facer of Batavia, Cheryl A. (Richard) Price of Maryland, Michael J. (Kim Jin Kyeong) Facer of Oregon, and James P. Facer of Delaware; a brother, Francis Facer of Ithaca. 4 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Mr. Facer is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Facer.

There will be no visitation. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church. Burial with military honors will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021 or online at www.crossroadshouse.com; or to a charity of the donor's choice.  

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.

merica.jpgJohn “Brad” Stangrover, 90 of Cowlesville, passed away on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at the VA Medical Center in Buffalo. He was born September 3, 1930 in Cowlesville to the late George F. (Frances Vinning) Stangrover. He is preceded in death by a brother George Stangrover and step-son Ernest Carney.

Mr. Stangrover is a United States Navy Veteran who proudly served his country. He owned and operated the Tipperary in Attica with his wife Lena Belle.

He is survived by his wife Lena Belle (Bailey) Stangrover of Cowlesville, step-sons, Richard (Doreen) Carney of Bennington, Donald (Maria) Carney of Stroudsburg, PA, Garry (Lori) Carney of Windgap, PA, Gregory (Renee) Carney of Ohio, sister Jean Foster of AZ, brother Graham Stangrover of CA, 22 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours, a Celebration of Life will be determined for a later date due to COVID-19 restrictions. He will be laid to rest in Cowlesville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. For more information please call 585-591-1212, or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main St., Attica, New York 14011.

duke.jpg Leslie "Duke" Tash , 83, of Batavia went to be the with our Lord on December, 30, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family.  He was born on May 22, 1937 in Batavia to the late Dayton & Dorothy Tash.  He is preceded in death by his wife of 27 years, Shirley (Leffel) Tash in 2019.

He served in the US Marine Corp as Special Agent Counterintelligence- Admin Chief from 1954 to 1974, serving 5 tours in Vietnam. The awards earned from his service include Vietnam Service Medal w/5 Bronze Stars, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Award of the Gallantry Cross w/frame & palm, Good Conduct Medal w/5 Bronze stars, Combat Action Ribbon, and Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal. He spent the next 10 years in the Reserves.

He is survived by his children, Cheryl MeEwan (D. Bruce Becking) of Medina, Lori Tash of Byron, Christy (Tom) Scheuing of LeRoy, Colleen Tash of LeRoy, Lori Gere of Batavia, Karin Leffel of Corfu and Steven Leffel of Corfu, 7 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter.

He was a lifelong member of the Stafford Fire Department.  In his earlier years he was an avid bowler, loved wood working and was a NASCAR fan.

There are no prior calling hours or Funeral Services.

Please send memorials to the Batavia Animal Shelter in his name www.vol4animals.orgArrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

 

gravante.jpg  John J. Gravante, 86, of Batavia, passed away on January 5, 2021 at VA Medical Center in Buffalo. He was born June 20, 1934 to the late John J. (Marion Gentile) Gravanda. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Katerine Zaccarella, Mary Eckelberger, Ida Spiotta, Philamena Gravanda, Barbara Adams, Nicholas, Fred, Tony and Jim Gravanda, along with several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Gravante was a United States Army Veteran and served in Korea. He retired from the City of Batavia Police Department in 1979. Mr. Gravante was a huge Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees fan, an avid bowler over the years and a past Batavia Masters Champion.  

He was a long time Section V girls softball umpire and enjoyed watching the growth of the girls softball program at Lions Park in Batavia. John was very passionate about Batavia Little League Baseball, he served as an officer and volunteered many hours over the years umpiring and attending games. He truly enjoyed watching baseball of all levels.

He was a loving and caring father, grandfather, brother, uncle, great-grandfather and friend. John loved his outings to the Town and Country for coffee with the boys. He was a fun loving man who liked to tell a joke and laugh, but he was always there to help or talk if you needed him.

Mr. Gravante is survived by his children, Peter (Christine) Gravante, Patricia Gravante, Robert (Katie) Gravante all of Rochester; grandchildren, John Gravante, Peter Gravante Jr, Nikki Gravante, Matthew and Christopher Thornley, Josh Gravante, Jennifer Cook, Kaitlin Carey, Nicholas Gravante, Julia Gravante, Samantha Gravante, 9 great-grandchildren; sisters Connie Diantonio, Irene Lilis both of Batavia; along with several nieces, nephews and many friends.

A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held for the family. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia.

Memorials may be made to the Batavia Little League www.batavialittleleague.com.  For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to send a message of condolence, please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

Oakfield - Michelle Katherine Bauer, 54 of Oakfield, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, (January 4, 2021) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Mrs. Bauer was born June 8, 1966 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Richard and Bonnie (Burr) Say.

Michelle had a heart of gold and accepted people for who they were. She loved to see people smile and was easy going. Mrs. Bauer enjoyed playing board games and cards, and spending time with her family; especially her grandchildren.

Michelle is survived by her husband, Robert Bauer of Oakfield; children, Troy (Amanda Ames) Bauer of Oakfield, and Kaleigh Bauer of Nevada; grandchildren, Willow and Jasper Bauer; brothers, Scott (Elaine) Say of Oakfield, and Thomas Say of Batavia; a sister, Shari Fox of Florida. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

She is preceded in death by a son, Travis Bauer; and a brother, Richard Say.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue in Oakfield. Michelle's Funeral Service will be held privately for the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, the funeral home will be restricted to 33% capacity throughout the course of visitation. Please be prepared to wait outside. Face coverings and social distancing will be required. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

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

Patricia Ellen (James) Waddell-Snodgrass, age 77, a resident of Philippi, NY, passed away Thursday Dec. 30, 2020 in the United Hospital Center. 

Patricia was born Feb. 13, 1943 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, a daughter of the late Lewis and Bernice (Hodgins) James. Patricia was united in marriage on Aug. 22, 1985 to Dr. Ralph R. Snodgrass Jr., who preceded her in death on Sept. 13, 2012. 

Patricia had a love and passion for horses. She was a member of the United States Trotting Association and was pivotal in publicity for the Canadian Trotting Association. She trained a small stable of horses in western New York including Stonegate Payoff, Gails Rusty, VV Dexter and Patrick Will. She was always highly regarded in the Standardbred community as well as the West Virginia Miniature Horse Club. Pat loved everyone she came into contact with.

Patricia is survived by daughter Karen F. Waddell-Wellman, grandson David Waddell, stepdaughter Wendi Chapman and husband Randall, grandchildren Eric Allan Wellman and companion Ashley Mullen, Patric Christopher Wellman, Lauren and Daniel Yung, great-grandchildren, Islas Yung, Adalynn and Levi Wellman. 

Donations can be sent to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation in her name. In honor of Patricia’s request, cremation will be honored and a celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

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