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Basom - Lorraine Burbules, 95 of Basom, passed away on Tuesday, (July 6, 2021) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Mrs. Burbules was born January 14, 1926 in Medina, a daughter of the late Paul and Rose (LeVandowski) Ciesinski.

She was a parishioner of St. Padre Pio Parish - St. Cecilia's Worship Site.

Lorraine is the wife of the late Henry F. Burbules and sister of the late Genevieve Scofield, and late Joseph Ciesinski.

Surviving are her children, David Burbules of Florida, Richard (Melissa) Burbules of Batavia, and Larry (Tami) Burbules of East Pembroke; grandchildren,  Craig (Rachael) Burbules of Cheektowaga, and Heather Burbules of Irondequoit; a sister, Irene (late Henry) Lichwiarz of Virginia; a sister-in-law, Faye Ciesinski of Cowlesville.

There will be no visitation or services. Burial will be in Alabama Cemetery in Alabama. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alabama Fire Department, 2230 Judge Road, Basom, New York 14013.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

Batavia - Carol Ann Hoak, age 82, passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Mrs. Hoak was born Monday, August 1st, 1938 in Byron,  a daughter of the late Charles Ross and Violet Roggow Ross.

Carol is the wife of Donald Vincent Hoak who passed away on March 15, 2001.

She is survived by her son, Joseph (Rebecca) Hoak of Alexander, two grandchildren; Douglas (Char) Hale of Corfu and Jennifer (Randy) Boyce of Alden; three great-grandchildren; Arianna and DJ Hale and Mason Boyce; her sister, Thelma Welch of LeRoy along with several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her siblings, Albert and George Ross and Mary Butler.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Byron Cemetery, Byron.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

Alice “Jean” Roda passed away on July 8, 2021 at the age of 99.  She was born September 11, 1921 in Williamsville, NY to the late Bert and Elizabeth (Chittenden) Brennan, and was a resident of Genesee County (Batavia, Elba & Byron) for most of her life.  Jean worked in a number of office positions after obtaining a degree at Rochester Business Institute, and retired from the USPS in 1978.  She was also involved in the community through her church, Byron First Presbyterian, and volunteering (Meals on Wheels, blood drives and UMMC).  Jean will be missed by all who knew her.

Jean is survived by special niece Ann B. (Peter) Van Horn, niece Barbara Tedder, nephew Robert D. Brennan, friend Judy Ames who visited often, as well as many grand/great-grand nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband Everett Roda, brothers Kenneth D. & Thomas J. Brennan, sister Elizabeth B. Bigelow and nephew Donald B. Bigelow.

A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at 11am at the Byron First Presbyterian Church, 6293 West Main Street, Byron on Monday.  Private interment in Byron Cemetery.  

Donations in Alice “Jean” Roda’s name may be made to the Byron First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 206, Byron NY 14422.

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

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

Rochester - Madison R. Boorom, 20 of Rochester, passed away on Tuesday, (June 22, 2021) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Madison was born October 3, 2000 in Rochester, a daughter of Denise Boorom of Rochester.

She loved animals and rescued several cats and dogs over the years. A caring person, Madison enjoyed her work caring for patients as a Health Care Aide with All Metro. She liked to sing, dance, do her hair and nails, and wash her car. She cherished time spent with family and friends.

Surviving along with her mother is her twin sister, Emily Boorom of Rochester; an aunt, Susan (Frank) Chittenden of Corfu; uncle, Michael Boorom of Batavia; special aunt and uncle, Elsa and Tony Trotto of Irondequoit; cousins, Zachary, Cody and Wyatt Chittenden.

She is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, James and Lois Boorom.

A private family service was held for Madison. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite no kill animal shelter.

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.

Byron - Alan A. Hyde, 72 of Byron, passed away on Wednesday, (July 7, 2021) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Mr. Hyde was born June 11, 1949 in Batavia, a son of the late Avery E. and Myrtle (Richardson) Hyde.

Alan was a Navy Veteran who served with the US Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 121 in Vietnam and past commander and life member of VFW Post 1602 in Batavia. An avid golfer, Alan was a member of Batavia Country Club. While working with BernzOmatic, he was instrumental in developing the fire element used in the 1996 Olympic Torch, an accomplishment he was extremely proud of.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen M. (Hume) Hyde of Byron; son, Adam A. (Caitlin) Hyde of North Bergen; grandson, Paul Alan Hyde; sisters, Gloria (late Jerry) Klein of Florida, Sue (Paul) Cocuzzi of Holley, Linda (Ivan) Camerera of South Carolina, Cathy Hyde of West Seneca, and Terry (Bill) Dixon of North Carolina. Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews also survive.

Alan is preceded in death by his brother, Gary Paul Hyde.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday (July 14, 2021)   from 4 to 7 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia. Military honors will follow visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salvation Army, 529 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

nancybburns.jpgNancy Bradlee (Luh) Burns of Bennington, NY, passed away June 30, 2021, in the peaceful surroundings of her home with her daughter and grandchildren beside her. Nancy was born September 25, 1934, in Niagara Falls, NY to the late Howard C. Luh and Helen (Bradlee) Luh. She was educated in the City of Tonawanda where she met and married Robert J. Burns Sr.. They were married 67 years when Bob passed in 2018.

Nancy was immensely proud of her long and notable American heritage dating back to 1620. Two of her great aunts unfortunately were convicted of witchcraft and put to death as a result of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. She is descended from a former mayor of NY City, prominent members of the clergy and a pioneering Western NY engineer. Her favorite ancestor however, was her 4th Great-Grandfather, Nathaniel Bradlee, who was one of the “Indians” of the famed Boston Tea Party. He along with his fellow “Indians” dressed for the Tea Party at his house and hid in beds there afterwards. When the British came looking for them, his sister, Sarah Bradlee, convinced the British Officers that they had been in their beds all night. Sarah, a great patriot in her own right, carried secret messages throughout the Revolution and General George Washington himself visited their home after the war to thank her personally. Nancy was an organizing member of the Anna Ingalsbe Lovell Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution based in Batavia, NY. She served many years as the Chapter Chaplain.

A humble Christian woman, she had great faith in her Lord. She possessed many Bibles, all of which she had read numerous times, and all were highlighted with her favorite passages. She was hilariously funny without ever trying to be. Nancy was always surrounded by her extended family of dogs, cats and birds. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and was an avid reader of mystery novels.

Nancy will be remembered as a loving, giving and selfless person who would help her family in any way possible, always placing their needs before her own. She taught her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren the true meaning of unconditional love.

Her family extends special thanks to Pastor Rosann Lowder of Bennington’s Salem UCC Church for bringing communion, prayers, blessings and conversation every Sunday during Nancy’s declining health.

Besides her parents and husband, Nancy is predeceased by a son, Timothy Burns, her sister June Lizzio, and her brother Richard Luh and his wife Mary.

She is survived by her children, Linda Burns, Robert J. Burns Jr., Dawn (David) Berg, Bradlee (Laurie) Burns, Nanette (Thomas) Beechler, Michael (Angela) Burns; 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior visitation. Services will be held privately with family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salem United Church of Christ, 1327 Clinton St. Attica, NY 14011. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

potwora.jpg  Richard M. Potwora, 62, of Batavia passed away on July 7, 2021 at Unity Hospital in Rochester. He was born in Batavia on May 12, 1959 to the late Richard and Barbara (Johnson) Potwora. In addition to his parents, Richard is predeceased by his wife; Mary (Stevens) Potwora.

Richard worked for many years at Syntec Optics in Rochester. He enjoyed fishing and NASCAR and loved baseball, especially his hometown Muckdogs.

He is survived by his children; Cassandra (Jacob) Ward of Oakfield, Norman (Danielle) Michael of Batavia and Dustin Potwora of Miami; sisters Judy (Dave) DeJohn of Geneva and Karen (Fred) Potwora of SC., 4 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the local SPCA www.vol4animlas.org. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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.

hank.jpg Henry C. “Hank” Zalewski, age 70, of Portageville, NY passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday July 7, 2021.  He was born in Warsaw, NY on January 18, 1951 a son to the late Bronislaus and Victoria (Swiontek) Zalewski. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his first wife: Lorraine (Blaszak) Zalewski who passed away in 2000, sister: Jean Bzduch and brother: Stanley Zalewski.

Hank was a 1969 graduate of Perry Central High School. He was a self-employed electrician for many years. Hank loved being a Husband, Dad, and Grandpa. Known too many as being an awesome guy.

He is survived by his wife: Jan (Dell) Osborn-Zalewski of Portageville, daughter: Sara (Chris) Scollon of Dansville, son: Brandon (Mindy) Zalewski of Perry, step-daughter: Lauren (Chris) Blauch of Morris, MN, 3 step-sons: Kasey (Alison) Osborn of Indianapolis, IN, Dan (Katie) Osborn of Aurora, NY, Nate (Amanda) Osborn of Perry, 3 sisters: Mary Ballard of Perry, Joan (Bill) Romasser of Leicester, Carol (Adam) Koziel of Perry, 12 grandchildren: Jahzlin, Maciej and Teagan Scollon, Isabella, Dexter and Lewis Zalewski, Elise, Brodie, Nevie, Hayden and Fiona Osborn and Ada Blauch along with many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

stoller_louis_-_photo1_3_2.jpgLouis James Stoller, Sr., 54 of Collins, NY, passed away on Tuesday (July 6, 2021) at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY, following a brief illness.

He was born August 12, 1966, in Cheektowaga NY. Son of Irene Paulino Stoller of Corfu and Louis Joseph (Gloria) Stoller of Clifton Park, NY.

Lou truly had a love for life. He enjoyed fishing, horseshoes, golfing and bowling and at the center of it all the love for his family. The proof of that being what he carried in his wallet- pictures of his family. Lou was one of the hardest working men we knew, sometimes even his priority. He was always there for a friend in need, with a helping hand and a caring heart. Lou had loyalty to everything he believed in, especially the Buffalo Bill’s and his faith in the lord. Lou will be remembered for his free spirit, not caring what others thought he would sing his heart out at games or karaoke and danced as if no one were watching. With a heavy heart we know he is watching over all of us now and is at peace.

Surviving besides his parents are his children, Ashley (Michael) Meyers of LeRoy, Amber Stoller of Churchville and Louis (Trisha) Stoller Jr. of Campbell, NY. Grandchildren, Rayna Stoller, Catelyn Terboss, and Aiden and Owen Meyers. Siblings, Raymond (Amy) Stoller of Fort Edward, NY, Nicole Stoller of Clifton Park, NY and Ronald Markek of Batavia. Also survived by several other family members.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories of Louis, Thursday (July 15th) from 2-4pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. A funeral service will follow at 4pm and a celebration of life will continue at the Beach Head in Alexander NY. 

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

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUENRAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

Robert Donald Ayers departed this life peacefully at age 92, on July 4, 2021 at LeRoy Village Green. He was born in Cortland, NY Sept. 7, 1928, to the late Donald and Aldine Ayers. He was married for over 63 years to the love of his life, Barbara Davall Ayers, who passed away on Sept. 12, 2012. They will be together again in Heaven

His lifetime career was in the transportation industry, working 37 years for Red Star Express. For 23 years he was the union steward for the Teamsters organization at Red Star. While working full time, he also did crop farming on his farm in Spafford NY, overlooking Skaneateles Lake, and helped his father and brother maintain the family dairy farm in Lapeer, NY. He was always a hard worker and typically had the equivalent of two full-time jobs.

He moved his family to Batavia in 1965, and soon volunteered as a Genesee County Auxiliary Police officer, where he eventually achieved the rank of captain, while he was also working at Red Star.

After his retirement, they moved to Leesburg, Fla., in 1992. While there he was treasurer at the First Presbyterian Church in Leesburg and she was an elder and chairperson of the worship committee. He also taught Defensive Driving for the AARP 55 Alive Florida safety program and eventually became the Assistant State Coordinator for Florida.

They moved back to Batavia in 2006 and joined the First Presbyterian Church where he was an elder on session and the chair of the Personnel Committee. He also was an instructor in the Genesee Valley BOCES Adult Education Program, CDL Class A Commercial driver license training.

Throughout his life he loved to help people in a number of ways. When he saw a need, he would be right there to do whatever was needed. He truly was a “jack of all trades." It seemed like he knew how to fix or build anything!! He loved his family and would drop anything to respond to a wide assortment of “fix-it” situations.

He learned how to play the organ when he was in Florida. He and Barbara would play lovely piano and organ duets together. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping trips to Northern Canada (the more remote the better) with his father in law, brother in law, son, nephew, uncles, and family friends.

He was a person of great faith. He loved his church and rarely missed a Sunday service. No matter how hard he worked, he always had Sunday open for church followed by lunch at a favorite diner and then a Sunday drive along country roads.

He is survived by daughter Donna (David) Blake, of Stafford, and son Tim (late Julaine) Ayers, of Fairfield Pa.; grandson Brendan (Shauna) Blake, of Byron; sister-in-law Lucie (late Arland) Ayers, of Batavia. As well as nephews (late Doug) Helen Leastman, Jerry (Karen) Leastman; Kevin (Rachel) Leastman; and nieces Judi (Kurly) O’Brien and Joanne (late Richard) Kennedy, all of Arizona; grand-nephew David Leastman, of Florida;  many dear friends and extended family.  

Special thanks to the wonderful staff at LeRoy Village Green for their loving expressions to our dad. They went out of their way to show dad kindness and compassion and as a result were very special to him. Seeing them always brought a huge smile to his face and twinkle to his eyes. Their love for him was especially apparent during those last weeks of his life. As a result of their compassionate care, he was comfortable and at peace. COVID in 2020 made personal contact difficult but we were comforted knowing he was surrounded by the love of his LVG family.

In addition, dad loved our pastor, Roula Alkhouri (of Batavia First Presbyterian Church) and each time she visited it was apparent as he smiled and had that twinkle in his eyes. Thanks be to God for the many ways she radiated the love of God to him.

The family will receive friends and all those who loved Bob on Wednesday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Main St., Batavia, NY.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at Parker Street Cemetery in Lapeer, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Batavia First Presbyterian Church, 300 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020.

Perkins Funeral Home, of Dryden, NY assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

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