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Thomas A. Atkinson, 76, of LeRoy, NY, passed away peacefully on May 20th, 2022 at the Batavia V A Medical Center after a long battle with lung cancer.  He was born November 22, 1945 to Thomas & Martha (Harding) Atkinson. He graduated in 1963  thomas_a._atkinson_0.jpg  from Plains High School. He served in the United States Army and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Sharpshooter (Rifle m-14). He graduated from Kings College with a Degree in Drafting.  He was employed as a sales representative for Mideast Aluminum, as well as a sales representative for the NYS lottery.  He retired in 2006.

     He was married 41 years to his beloved wife, Joanne Wasmanski on May 2, 1966 and moved to LeRoy in 1981. He enjoyed bowling, golf and bingo.

     He is predeceased by his parents, wife (2008) and son, Paul F. Atkinson (2020). He is survived by his sisters, Linda (Richard) White and Bonnie (Bob) Abromavage; daughters Cheryl (Kenneth) Weaver of Crawfordville, FL and Wendy Nelson of LeRoy, NY.  He has 6 grandchildren: Bekki (Greg Houghtaling) Weaver, Kimberly Weaver, Holly (Phil) Barone, Kristin (Christopher) Decker, Paula Atkinson and Thomas Atkinson.  He has 3 great-grandchildren:  Jacob Anthony and Amelia Barone; Allora Decker as well as several nieces. nephews, and cousins.

       Family and friends may call on Thursday, June 2 from 2 ~ 4 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., LeRoy, where his Funeral Service, with military honors, will be held at 4:00 P.M.  Family and friends are then invited to the American Legion for his Celebration of Life reception at 5:00 PM.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Tom are suggested to either Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North St., Batavia, NY 14020 or the LeRoy American Legion, 53 W. Main St., LeRoy, NY 14482

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

Batavia - Robert Luke Shell, age 85, of Batavia, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Bob was born on January 13, 1937, in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the only child of Chester Heaks Shell and Ruth Angeline Siefert Shell. As a young boy, he loved roaming the Pennsylvania woods - especially in the company of those who would become his lifelong friends.

A graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Bob served in the United States Army from 1959-1961 as an MP in Verona, Italy. Following his return from military service, he settled in Batavia, where he devoted himself to his family, his community, and multiple small business that he owned and tirelessly operated through the years.

Bob was known throughout Batavia - not only as the owner of the Hub Restaurant and Midtown Motel, Optimum Realty, and Shell Associates Appraisals, but also as a member of the Rotary Club and St. Paul Lutheran Church, through which he dedicated himself to his faith and his community through service. In addition to the love he showed his family, friends, and community, Bob found joy in so many different things, including his dogs; the Penn State Nittany Lions; Christmas music and decorations; Italy (and speaking bad Italian); working in the garden; listening to jazz; making sauerkraut; taking a drive; playing golf and tennis; going skiing, fishing, and camping with his children; and monitoring the weather (both locally and wherever his children may have been at any given moment). Always excited to talk to people, he thrived on making connections with others - whether they were family, friends, or literally any waiter at any restaurant he ever visited.

Bob spent his life giving to his family and friends, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Lisa Marie Long Shell; his children, Elaine (Robert W. Reyes, Jr.) Shell, Eric Shell, Walter Shell, Jonathan (Lisa) Shell, Susan (Andrew Schulte) Shell, and Ben (Mallory) Shell; and grandchildren, Elizabeth Shell, Erin Shell, Olivia Shell, Zoe Schulte, Clara Schulte, and Callum Shell.

Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 pm to 7 pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 am at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran School, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020. He will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Donald J. Palone, 92, of Oakfield passed away on May 21, 2022. He served in the U.S. Army. He worked many years for GTE Sylvania and Doehler Jarvis. He was a member of St Padre Pio Parish and the American Legion. He enjoyed and loved his family and collecting antique car scale models.
He was predeceased by his Parents Joseph P. Palone Sr.; Gladys (Bordner) Palone; his wife of over 68 years Josephine (Galline) Palone; siblings Jeanette Palone; Geraldine (William) Smith; Joseph (Louise) Palone Jr.; Robert (Suzanne) Palone Sr.; and Son-In- Law, Michael A. McDonald.
He is survived by his daughter, Valerie (Michael) McDonald; Son, Dave (Debbie) Palone; Grandchildren Megan Palone and Shyanne (Ryan Palone) Garrett; Brothers William (Edie) Palone; Richard (Wilda) Palone; and, Sister Patricia (George) Murray, and many Nieces, Nephews, Great Nieces, Great Nephews, and Great Great Nieces and Nephews.
There are no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Padre Pio Parish, on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. with internment in St Cecilia's Cemetery, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, NY 14125. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Cecilia's Cemetery Fund, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, NY 14125 or the American Legion Post, Allegheny Road, Basom, N.Y. 14013.
Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.
Arrangements for Donald were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, (585) 948-5325.


William G. Scoins (Bill) of East Pembroke, died on Friday, May 20, 2022, at home after a lengthy illness.

Bill was born in Buffalo on May 20, 1926, to the late Clayton J. and Frieda Baum Scoins. He is survived by his sisters Jean (Richard) Chase, Naomi (Donald) Grice, brother Alan (Janice) and was preceded in death by his brother Robert (Ella) Scoins. Bill is also survived by his three children; Todd (Mary) of Batavia, Barbara (the late Dennis) Richmond of Arlington, TN and Thomas (Sondra) of East Pembroke. He is also the proud grandfather of Brandon, Gregory, Tyler (Nicole), Philip, Natalie and Benjamin.

He worked in construction for many years eventually going into business for himself. He continued his career at Seamans Hardware then retired from Jay E. Potter Lumber in Corfu. He also loved the challenges that cabinet making afforded him.

Bill was a Navy Veteran of World War II, Electricians Mate 2nd serving on Guam, and a former Commander and lifetime member of the Corfu VFW Post 8642. He was a Batavia Bowling Association Director and Hall of Fame member and helped to create several area bowling leagues. He was in the Corfu Area Business Association and lifetime member of the Independent (later International) Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF). He served as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Corfu Fire District and a member of the Holland Purchase Society.He was also a member and chairman of the Pembroke Planning Board, a Pembroke Town Councilman and Town Supervisor. He and his family were hosts to several foreign exchange students through the American Field Service (AFS). Bill’s greatest pleasure came from over 80 years of membership to the Boy Scouts of America. As a member of the Boy Scouts, he served as a Troop Leader, Executive Board Member and a staff member at his second home, Camp Sam Wood. He was awarded the Silver Beaver, the highest local award, for his commitment to Scouting. Bill was an avid naturalist and especially enjoyed watching and identifying birds.

A memorial gathering will be held soon at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to The Pembroke Historical Society.

Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.

Jack Edward Housenger, longtime resident of Batavia, passed away Friday, May 20th at the Lower Cape Fear LifeCare Center in Bolivia, NC, after a brief illness.  He was 92.

He was born April 18, 1930 in Batavia and lived there for most of his life with his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, the late Verna Mae (Smith) Housenger, who passed away from M.S. in 2009 following many years of Jack’s faithful care.   

He is survived by his devoted children, daughter Vicki (John) Morrison, and son Jack (Jody) Housenger, both of Southport, NC.  He also leaves behind three grandsons, Matthew Morrison of Russellville, KY, Justin (Theresa) Housenger of Centreville, VA, and Alex (Chloe) Housenger of Milton, VT, as well as two great-grandchildren, Sarah and Joseph Housenger, who all adored their Gramps and Great-gramps.  He is predeceased by his brother, Robert E. Housenger, who resided in Ocala, Florida until his death in 2019.  

Jack served as the manager of the City of Batavia Water Department until his retirement.  He loved to hunt and fish, and his greatest joys were sitting in a boat on Canada’s Rideau Lake trolling for walleye, or outsmarting a wild turkey in a hunt.  In recent years, he relocated to North Carolina to be closer to his children.

Friends are invited to pay their respects at the H. E. Turner Funeral Home in Batavia on Thursday, May 26th.  Viewing hours are from 2:00-4:00 p.m., with a brief memorial service at 4:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests contributions to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (nationalmssociety.org) in his memory.

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


Lars B. Walker, 64, passed away suddenly, Saturday, May 7, 2022.

Lars was born on June 10, 1957, in Batavia, NY to the late Edward and Janice (Huth) Walker. He was the brother of the late Loren, Kim and Kathleen Walker. 

Lars is survived by his loving companion, Bonnie Swimline; his children, Courtney (Kevin Feran) Walker and Brett (Randee) Walker; granddaughter, Llewyn S. Walker; sisters, Cheryl Walker and Connie (Peter) Balon. Lars is also survived by several nieces, one nephew, great nieces, nephew and cousins.

Lars worked at Heil Industries for many years. He was a retired welder. Lars enjoyed fishing and gardening.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.

hardie.jpg  James Russell Hardie, 79, of Bennington passed away peacefully on Friday May 20, 2022 at the Gateway Home in Attica with his loving wife by his side. He was born on November 24, 1942 in Warsaw to the late Elmer and Elizabeth (Beaver) Hardie. 

Jim grew up on the family farm in Dutch Flats, Varysburg, graduated from Notre Dame High School in Batavia, NY in 1960 and received a business degree from Alfred State in 1962.  He served in the U.S. Army in signals intelligence from 1962-1964. He built an insurance agency business, Austin Hardie Wise Agency, in Attica, serving as President.  The agency then became part of Tompkins Insurance Agencies in which he worked until his retirement. Jim loved spending time with his wife Betty, his children and grandchildren and his brothers and sisters.  A lifelong resident of Wyoming County, Jim was passionate about serving his community. One of his favorite events of the year was attending and supporting the annual Wyoming County Fair 4-H auction. During his lifetime he served his community through many organizations including the Wyoming County IDA, the Wyoming County Hospital Foundation, the Attica Lions Club, and the United Way of Wyoming County. 

He is survived by his loving wife Betty (Eybers) Hardie; children Mary Beth (Rick) Crago, Sharon Hardie, Michael (Nancy) Hardie, and Megan O'Hagan; Grandchildren, Abbey Crago, Jordan, Haley and Maya Hardie, Carys, Camryn, and Sean O'Hagan; His siblings Robert (Janet) Hardie, Sue (Don) Townsend, Judy Hardie, Donna (Andy) Fay, Nick (Kathy) Hardie, Betsy (Chris) Van Son and Bill (Mary Beth) Hardie.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday May 24, 2022 from 3:00-7:00PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main St. Attica, New York 14011. An 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday May 25th at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish, 50 East Ave. in Attica. James will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gateway Home 91 Main St. in Attica, the Bennington Fire Company 1353 Clinton St. Rd. in Attica, the Wyoming County Community Hospital Foundation 400 N. Main St Warsaw, NY 14569. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 

Batavia – Sally I. Harloff entered eternal Life on Wednesday (May 18, 2022) at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Avon, Ohio. Her saving faith in Jesus began in her childhood home on Franklin Street and the United Methodist Church in Batavia.

Sally was born September 30, 1946 in Batavia, daughter of the late Morse and Nancy (Roebuck) Stringham. She inherited the Roebuck family love from her loving mother Nancy and passed this love to her children. Sally played field hockey in high school and excelled in art. She graduated from Batavia High School in 1965. Sally loved horses, swimming, and flowers. She led and mentored many young girls in Camp Fire and Girl Scouts in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Ohio; and was honored as Mrs. Scouting for several years in North Olmsted, Ohio.

Sally married December 25, 1965 and lived in Austin, Texas, Seattle, Washington, West Palm Beach and Gainesville, Florida, Irving, Texas, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and North Olmsted, Ohio while her husband prepared for and worked in defense and energy fields and NASA. She was president of Harloff Capital Management in North Olmsted, Ohio for 28 years.

We will always remember Sally for her endless compassion, unwavering fierce love and support of her family, beautiful caring nurturing spirit, always able to adjust and adapt, and stay on the positive side in everything. She will be in our hearts forever and will be deeply missed.

Sally is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 56 years, Dr. Gary J. Harloff, PhD; four loving daughters, June Ann (Will), Eve (Rob), Susan (Matt), and Nancy; and four beloved grandchildren, Alexandra (Aaron), Jessica, Victoria, and Grant.

She is also survived by brothers, Roy (Diane) and Richard (Barbara); sisters-in-law, Nancy and Shari; half-sister, Ann; and predeceased by her sister Lamar (Ken); and brothers, Ray and Alan.

There are no prior calling hours. Her graveside service will be at Grand View Cemetery, Clinton Street Road, in Batavia on Thursday (May 26, 2022) at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Respiratory Institute, Sarcoidosis Center, the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/departments/respiratory/depts/sarcoidosis.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Veronica C. Rapp, 98, of Hilton, passed away peacefully on May 18, 2022 at Unity Hospital.

Veronica was born August 2, 1923 in Rochester, a daughter of the late Edward and Irene (Streb) Herbst.

Veronica loved spending time with her family and friends, especially playing Scrabble with them.  She enjoyed coffee along with sewing, ceramics and Facebook, where she had many friends and family.  Veronica owned and operated the former Batavia Motel.

Surviving are her children, Lawrence (Charles Harrington) Letter of Atlanta, GA, Richard (late Bonnie) Letter of Mechanicsville, VA, Kathi (Donald) Conklin of Rochester, NY, Steven (Carol) Letter of Kent, WA and David (Dawn Dunlavey) Letter of Mechanicsville, VA; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by husbands, Robert Letter and George Rapp; son, Robert Letter, Jr.; brothers, Elmer Herbst and William Herbst and sisters, Marion Schulwitz, Irene Young and Dorothy Schaubert.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Ave. in Bergen.  Veronica's Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday at St. Brigid Church, 18 Gibson Street, Bergen.  She will be laid to rest in St. Brigid's Cemetery, Bergen.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance,127 North Street, Batavia, NY 14020 www.geneseecancerassistance.org/donate or to the School of the Holy Childhood, 100 Groton Parkway, Rochester, NY 14623, www.holychildhood.org.  

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

Stafford ~ Pamela J. Kingsley, age 75, of Main Road, passed away Sunday evening (May 15, 2022) at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

   pink_rose_0.jpg  She was born April 30, 1947 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Charles and Jean Pope Diefendorf.

     Pam is survived by her sister, Trudy (Jack) Miller of Attica and her nephews, Tyler Miller and Bill Trybushyn.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Reed C. Kingsley and a special cousin, Dave Diefendorf.

     Services and burial in Stafford Rural Cemetery will be private.

     Contributions in memory of Pam are suggested to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 401, Batavia, N.Y.14021.

     www.crossroadshouse.com/donate

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

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

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