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Richard D. Walls, 87, of Elba, passed away on November 19, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Richard was born October 3, 1935 in Batavia, a son of the late William and Rachel (Ware) Walls.

Richard was a 1953 graduate of Oakfield Alabama Central School and graduated in 1957 from Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  After graduation, he entered into the NYS National Guard and served 6 months of active duty at Ft. Dix in New Jersey followed by 5 1/2 years in the reserves.  

Richard worked for the family business, Walls Bean and Grain.  He then had the opportunity to start his own business, Carefree Industrial Laundry, serving Western New York businesses with their uniform needs.  After 25 years, the business was sold to a larger competitor.  

In retirement, he and his wife were able to travel and spend time at their home in Sarasota, Florida.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and going to all of their sporting events.  Richard enjoyed gardening, landscaping and photography.  Richard was published in the Best of Photography in 1994, 1995 and 1996.  He was also published in America at the Millennium (best photos of the 20th century), published in 2000.

Surviving are his wife, Marjorie (Churchill) Walls, they were married December 22, 1956.  Also surviving are his sons, Michael Walls of Elba and Stephen Walls of Tokyo, Japan; daughter, Susan (Michael) Lyons of Elba; grandchildren, Ashley (Callum) Pollok, Michael (Leah) Lyons Jr., Stephen, Maika, Lucas and Rachel; 5 great-grandchildren, Licca, Graham, Kennedy, Bennett and Hudson; a brother, William (Jane) Walls; a sister, Mary (Stephen) Waite and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, William Walls Jr.

Calling hours are Friday, November 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, where services will be held at 11:00 a.m. also on Friday.  Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba, followed by a reception at the Oakfield Rod and Gun Club.

Memorials may be made to the Southwest Indian Foundation, P.O. Box 86, Gallop, NM 87305-9901, www.southwestindian.com/donate.  

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

img-0207.jpgBatavia – Richard F. Seymour was reunited with the Lord, his wife and their son on Friday, November 18, 2022, after his passing at the NYS Veterans’ Home at Batavia, NY. He was 90 years old. A man of faith, he was a member of the Northgate Free Methodist Church.

Mr. Seymour was born August 2, 1932, in Lyons, NY, the son of Franklin and Laura Woods Seymour. He was predeceased in death in 2008 by his wife Kathryn Keif Seymour and son, Paul H. Seymour in 1984.

Perhaps best remembered for his numerous contributions to the education of the children of Batavia, Mr. Seymour served as a General Science teacher, Science Department Chairman, Assistant Principal and Principal at Batavia Junior High School. He retired from the Batavia City School District as Assistant to the Superintendent. Known fondly to his colleagues as “Dick” you could be sure to find him after school either enjoying his weekly bowling on the Batavia Teachers’ Bowling League or announcing and taking stats for all the home Batavia Blue Devil Varsity Basketball games.

Mr. Seymour’s contributions to our country and community are numerous. From 1953-1961, he was a member of the US Army, bravely serving in the Korean Conflict. He has been a lifetime member of the Sertoma Club; a long-standing Board member of Homecare and Hospice, GCASA, Genesee Memorial/ UMMC Hospital Board, Grand View Cemetery Future Development Committee, Victim’s Impact Panel, Salvation Army, the NYS Retired Teachers’ Association; Genesee Arts Council GO ART! having The Seymour Place named in the family’s honor.

Baseball, basketball, and soccer were the type of sports Mr. Seymour followed. He was an active supporter and season ticket holder to the Batavia Muckdogs minor league team and served on the booster club and Board of Directors for both the Clippers and Muckdogs. He and Mrs. Seymour hosted young baseball players during the summer seasons for many years. They also hosted educators from around the world as active members of the American Host Program.

Richard was the co-developer and co-chairperson of the First United Methodist Church food ministry where for many years, he shared his love of cooking by organizing and preparing meals to host school sports teams’ end-of-season banquets, weddings, and community social gatherings.

Never at a loss for words, Mr. Seymour enjoyed sharing memories of his travel experiences, especially his trip to Alaska. His interests included all things science related, history, sports, and bowling. He was a collector of coins, stamps, and National Geographic Magazines. Additionally, at the NYS Veterans’ Home, Richard was Resident Council Secretary and enjoyed doing the morning announcements. He was a man of integrity and a friend to all.

Mr. Seymour was husband to the late Kathryn F. Seymour and father to the late Paul H. Seymour. Survivors include his twin sister Jane Seymour Pask of Fairport, NY, nephew John and his nieces Mary and Carrie; Brother-in-laws/sister-in-laws John and Joyce Marshek, Batavia, NY, Barbara Read, Elba, NY, Charles Keif, Batavia, NY and James Keif, Ocala, FL and their families. Also surviving are his close friends Dave and Holly Parzych, William Thayer, Jr., and Fran and Bobbi Norton.

Friends may call on Tuesday, November 29 th from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia. Services will follow at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Grand View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Homecare & Hospice, 550 E. Main Street, Batavia NY, The UMMC Foundation, 127 North Street, Batavia NY, The Batavia City School District Foundation, Inc., 260 State Street, Batavia NY to create a scholarship in honor of the Seymour Family, or the NYS Veterans’ Home at Batavia NY, 220 Richmond Avenue, Batavia NY.

Arrangements were completed by the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home of Batavia. Condolences may be
made at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Elsie June Rowcliffe, 93, of Elba, passed away on November 18, 2022 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Elsie was born June 28, 1929 in Bergen, a daughter of the late Maynard and Blanche (Ackerson) Brown.

Elsie was a member of the Elba Historical Society, Card Club and the Collector's Club.  She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, word search books, going to flea markets and watching the birds out of her window.

Surviving are her children, Dennis Rowcliffe, Diane Moore, Scott Rowcliffe, Jeffrey (Kim) Rowcliffe and Donna (Greg) Hillabush; ten grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Elise is the wife of the late Howard Rowcliffe, grandmother of the late Jason Rowcliffe and sister of the late Walter Brown, Edward Brown, Marion Neeley, Delia Richenberg, Pearl Priestly, Mable Pocock and Ruth Galliford.

There are no prior calling hours and Elsie's funeral will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elba Presbyterian Church, 23 North Main Street, Elba, NY 14058 or the Elba Fire Department, P.O. Box 58, Elba, NY 14058.

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

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

June Kanaley, 92, of LeRoy, passed away on Friday, November 18, 2022. She was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother who had a unique ability to make others laugh. June was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Parish and the American Legion. She loved spending time with her family, dancing, reading, angels and the Buffalo Bills. 

   june_kanaley_0.jpg  Born in Jamestown, NY, she was the daughter of Merrill and Margaret Rogers. In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her loving husband, Ronald Kanaley, her brothers, Edward and Roger Rogers, sister-in-law, Mary Alice Rogers, brother-in-law, John Kanaley, and sister-in-law, Mary Kanaley.

     June will be sadly missed by her daughters, Christine (David) Baker, Pamela (Thomas) Rider and Patricia (Guy) Clark; grandchildren, Kimberly (Michael) Amico, Erin Baker, Katherine (Shannon) Whaley, Caylin (Stephen) DePuy, Daniel (Erin) Rider, Adam Clark, Connor (fiancée Becca) Clark; great-grandchildren, Mikayla and Sean Amico, Isaac and Sarah DePuy, and Jade and Brayden Whaley; sister-in-law, Angeline Rogers, nephews, Steve (Chris) Rogers, Greg (Jody) Rogers and niece, Ann Marie (Rick) Suttell.

     Family and friends may call Tuesday, Nov. 22 from 4 ~ 7 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., LeRoy.  Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Epilepsy Foundation of America.

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

Batavia - Graveside services for Robert Luke Shell have been cancelled for Monday due to family members not being able to travel in from out of state. The ceremonies will be rescheuled at a later date.
Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

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CORFU - Family and Friends of James Cassidy may call on Friday (Nov. 25, 2022) from 4 to 7 p.m. at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 E. Main Street in Batavia. James' Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 8656 Church Street in East Pembroke. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Florence A. Mooney, 88, of Oakfield, passed away on November 17, 2022 at Rochester General Hospital.

Florence was born May 13, 1934 in Oakfield, a daughter of the late Roy and Myrtia (Kingdom) Brumsted.

Florence was an auto racing fan, having supported her daughter, Rhonda, as she raced.  She was also a fan of the New York Yankees, Buffalo Bills and the Syracuse Orange.  Florence enjoyed baking apple pies and was a nurse's aide at the former Genesee Memorial Hospital.

Surviving are her children, Robin Mooney, Roxanne Mooney, Rhonda (David) Waters and Ryan (Noreen) Mooney; her sister, Iola Anderson; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Florence is the wife of the late Frederick Mooney and sister of the late Jeanette Taber, Vivian Brumsted, Florine Taggert and Francis Gray.

There are no prior calling hours and services for Florence will be held privately.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, www.lung.org or the Genesee County Animal Shelter, www.vol4animals.org/donations.  

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

Arrangements for Florence were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, (585) 948-5325.

flag_2.jpgRaymond J. Jamalkowski, 90 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday (November 11, 2022) at St. Johns Home in Rochester, NY.

He was born March 5, 1932 in Batavia, a son of the late Stanley and Mary Brzeczkowski Jamialkowski.

Ray was a 1949 graduate of Batavia High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. Shortly after high school, he played professional baseball with the Batavia Clippers. Ray then served in the U.S. Army, where he also played baseball. He graduated from McNeese State College in Lake Charles, Louisiana with a Master’s Degree in Education. He played football while he was at McNeese. Also while in Louisiana, Ray played fast-pitch softball and his team reached the Fast-Pitch World Series.

He spent his career as a physical education teacher and coach. Most notably, Ray coached nine seasons of football at Batavia High School. He also coached football and basketball at LeRoy High School and football at Livonia. During his career, he also coached golf, tennis and track and field. Before his retirement from coaching, Ray was an assistant football coach for Brockport State College.

In 2005, Ray was inducted into the Batavia Blue Devils Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2018, into the Section V Football Hall of Fame. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing golf as well as watching the Buffalo Bills and Duke and Syracuse basketball teams.

He was the husband of the late Dorothy Ann “D.A.” Jamalkowski and brother of the late Carl, Leo, Stanley, Victor, Steven, Henry, Irene, Genevieve and Florence Jamalkowski.

Survivors include his son, Thomas Jamalkowski of Batavia; brother in-law, William "Butch" (Judith) Walters of Mecedon; and several nieces and nephews.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




pete1.jpg  Peter J. “Bear” Gravante Jr., 33, of Byron passed away on Wednesday November 16, 2022. He was born on February 1, 1989 in Rochester to Peter J. (Christine) Gravante Sr. of Rochester and Barbara Gravante of Byron. He is predeceased by his grandparents; John Gravante, Mary (Albert) Smith and Richard (Arlene) Lyman.

Peter graduated from Byron-Bergen High School. He worked in construction and was known as a very hard worker. Peter enjoyed working and tinkering with cars and trucks. He had a big heart and was always willing to help someone in need.

In addition to his parents, Peter is survived by his siblings; John Gravante of IN., Nikki Gravante of GA., Jason Kone of Byron, James Kone of Byron, Matthew Thornley of LeRoy and Christopher (Trish) Thornley of TX., along with many Aunts, Uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are invited to call on Monday November 28, 2022 from 4:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday the November 29th at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s) 18 Ellicott St. in Batavia. Peter will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Crossroads House www.crossroadshouse.com.. 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 ~ Carmella A. Say, age 54, of South Street Road, passed away Tuesday evening (Nov. 15, 2022) at Rochester General Hospital.

     She was born May 3, 1968 in Batavia, a daughter of Anita Ange Iannello and the late Leonard J. Iannello.

    carmella_a._say_0.jpg Carmella was a loving wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, niece and dear friend to many.  She enjoyed scary movies and loved to decorate for all the holidays.

     She will be sadly missed by her husband, Peter; children, Olivia Taney and Dustin (Tessa) Say; grandson, Dawson Say; mother, Anita Iannello; brothers, Augie Iannello and Leonard (Tammy) Iannello; mother-in-law and father-in-law; five brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law, along with several loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     In addition to her father, Leonard, she was predeceased by her sister, Anna Lynn Iannello.

     Family and friends are invited to attend her Rite of Christian Burial to be held on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 10:30 A.M. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.  Interment will be in St. Francis Cemetery, LeRoy.

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


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