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Batavia - Ellen Southall of Batavia, was born on April 13, 1949 in South Dakota and left this earth on March 21, 2022 due to complications from angio sarcoma which was diagnosed in July 2021. She was a long-term employee of Genesee County and Marathon Insurance.

Survivors include her son, Jeffrey (fiance Laura); grandsons, Harrison and Dominic, and Laura's daughter, Sydney; siblings, Gayle (Reed), Nancy (Jack), Loren (Cindy), Anita (Steven), David, and Lisa (Bill); aunt, Wylla and uncle A.C; cousins, Diane, Denise, and Doreen. Mourning her death are friends forever, Vickie, Jean, Nellie, Audrey, Laurie, George, Pat, Sherry; support friend, Julie; former husband, James; and former daughter-in-law, Samantha; as well as members of the City Church family.

She is predeceased by her parents, Wanda and Allan; 20-year life partner, George Forsyth; her Aunt Darla; and cousin, Larry.

Services were private. To honor Ellen, please say something kind to those who cross your path and beautify this world as she did by planting zinnia and cosmos seeds each year.

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.

vanalstyne_mary_-_photo_correct1.jpgMary C. VanAlstyne, 100 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday (March 18, 2022) at her residence.

She was born in De Funiak Springs, Florida on June 12, 1921, a daughter of the late Maxwell and Edith Gray Calhoun.

She was predeceased by her husband Raymond VanAlstyne, who died March 12, 2000. Sister of the late Arthur Calhoun and Alleda Skinner.

Mary was a 1939 graduate of Corfu High School and then went on to graduate from the Rochester Business Institute. She was employed by the Genesee County Welfare Office and Genesee County Auto Bureau, Eaton Yale and Towne and finally Genesee Community College where she would eventually retire from. While at Eaton, she served as Editor of “Trojan News Letter” which led to association with the Niagara Frontier Editors Association as Secretary and President. She also served as District Vice President of the American Association of Industrial Editors. Mary received national recognition from this organization for year round support of “The United Fund”, leading to her induction in the 1972 edition of “Who’s Who of American Women”. She was one of the original members of The Genesee Area Genealogists Organization and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Batavia.

Survivors include daughters, Dorine (Russell) Morgan of Denver, CO and Barbara (Thomas) Mruczek of Batavia. Son, Robert VanAlstyne of Batavia. Grandchildren, Derek (Nicole) Morgan, Keith (Phillina) Morgan, Eric (Katie) Mruczek, Stephanie Mruczek and Alexandra Mruczek. Also survived by six great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Saturday (March 26th) from 2-5pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY,  where a funeral service will commence at the conclusion of visitation at 5pm.

She will be laid to rest next to her husband in Grandview Cemetery

Memorial contributions may be offered to the Richmond Memorial Library. Expression of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




James (Jim) Edwin Woodruff passed away on December 15th at his home in Batavia surrounded by his loving family and nursing staff.

Jim's Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the Batavia First United Methodist Church, 8221 Lewiston Road in Batavia.

nancyd.jpg  Nancy Jane Duncan, a longtime resident of Batavia, passed on March 15, 2022 at the age of 80.  She was born on July 19, 1941 in Binghamton to the late Raymond and Helen (Owczaryk) Durr. In addition to her parents, Nancy is predeceased by her daughters; Christyne Ray (Browne) and Susan Browne

Nancy was a loving wife, a mother of 4 and a friend to many. She loved her dogs, plants, knitting, crafts and was an avid reader and collector. 

Nancy is survived by her husband; Edward Duncan; her sons Michael Browne of San Diego, CA and David Browne of Rochester NY; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

There will be no prior calling hours and Funeral Services will be held privately for the immediate family. 

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor her life can make a donation to the Genesee County Animal Shelter 3841 W Main Street Rd, Batavia, NY 14020. 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.

kimk.jpg  Kim M. Knauss, 64, of Byron passed away peacefully on Sunday March 13, 2022 at her home. She was born on December 23, 1957 in Batavia to the late Herbert and Gloria (Miller) Scroger. In addition to her parents, Kim is predeceased by her sisters; Toni Scott and Peggy McBride.

She is survived by her husband; Dean Knauss of Byron; daughters Joy (Chris) Barberio and Tara Hodgins; brother Herbie (Pudgie) Scroger; sisters Tina (Bob) Kehlenbeck and Tammy (Dave) Culver, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

There will be no prior calling hours and Services will be held at a later date.

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.

flag.jpgJohn Brian Thompson, 70 of Batavia and formerly of Buffalo, passed away peacefully on Sunday (march 13, 2022) at the Batavia V. A. Medical Center.

He was born December 11, 1951 in Buffalo, a son of the late Walter and Agnes Sears Thompson.

John was a Veteran of the Vietnam War and served his country from 1971-1972.

He is survived by a brother, Mitchell Thompson, close cousins, Kenneth Junevic, Evelyn Nowacki, cousins and close friends.

 A private funeral service with military honors will be held at the Western New York National Cemetery.

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


stiles.jpg  Dale E. Stiles Sr., 75, of Batavia passed away on March 16, 2022 at the United Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Indiana, Pennsylvania on May 18, 1946 to the late Daniel and Dolly (King) Stiles. In addition to his parents, Dale is predeceased by his siblings William Stiles, Frank (Lucille) Stiles, Lowry Stiles, Ione Johnson and Patricia Neth.

Dale worked for Batavia City Schools for many years. He was everyone’s favorite uncle, all-time pitcher and all-time quarterback. Above all else, he loved his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his loving wife Beverly (Horch) Stiles of Batavia; children Julie (Jon) Robinson of Alden, Dale Stiles Jr. of Batavia, Daniel (Lori) Stiles of Corfu and Dawn Stiles of Batavia; siblings Sylvia (James) Marble of Nunda, James Stiles of Pavilion, Donna (Ronald) Johnson of Batavia and Lori (Greg) Baldwin of Holley; sister-in-laws Nancy Stiles and Donna Stiles, Patricia (Charles) Dingman, Marion Dupont, Elaine Horch, Rosemary Fitzwater, Elaine Klatt and and brother-in-laws Tom Neth and Brian Horch; grandchildren Amanda (Robert) Rickner, Jacob (Katherine) Stiles, Megan Stiles, Chayce Stiles and Luke Rindell; great-grandchildren Alizon Rickner, Zavannah Rickner and Mara Stiles, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM Graveside Service will be held on Saturday April 2, 2022 at Grandview Cemetery in Batavia, where Dale will be laid to rest.  

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crossroads House www.crossroadshouse.com PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021. 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.

George F. Cunningham was a lifetime resident of Bergen, New York, and passed away peacefully at home on March 16, 2022.

He was born June 20, 1936, at 45 Rochester Street, Bergen, a son of the late Morris and Monica Cunningham. 

George served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  He worked at the Genesee County Sherriff’s Department.  George then spent the remainder of his working years at the Eastman Kodak Company as a Supervisor of Security for 26 years.   The employees that worked for George respected him and always said he had a work ethic like no other. 

George was a member of St. Brigid Church, American Legion Post 575 in Bergen and a life member of the Bergen Fire Department where he served as President for several years. 

George joins his wife – the love of his life – Marjorie Bates Cunningham in heaven who passed away on January 12, 2022.

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Crosier (Chuck Bailey); son, Lewis (Linda) Cunningham; grandchildren Michael Crosier (Lexi); Stacey Crosier Cody (Chris Cody) and his great grandchildren whom he adored, Mckenzie and Cayden; and several nieces and nephews. 

George is predeceased by his sister, Ann (Robert) Murphy, and brothers, Jack and Robert Cunningham. 

Friends may call Monday, March 21st from 3 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Avenue, Bergen.  His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 22nd at 11 a.m. at St. Brigid Church, 18 Gibson Street, Bergen.  Private burial, with military honors, will be held at Mount Rest Cemetery, Bergen.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the American Legion Post 575, P.O. Box 207, Bergen, NY 14416. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in George’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Sandra L. Tabone of Rochester, New York, passed away on, March 13, 2022 at the age of 79. 

Predeceased by her husband, Charles F. Tabone; parents, Francis Vonada and Juvenilia Carlton, Tilloson and Genevieve Gear Gay; brothers, Robert Vonada, James (Tom) Collins, Richard Gay; sister, Constance Gautieri; sisters in law, Jeanette DiSanto and Delores Tabone.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Tabone; son, Michael Tabone; partner, Joseph Sasso; siblings, Margaret Lipphardt, Linda (Joe) Southern, Ruthann (Maynard) Swanson, Eric (Barbara) Reamer, Gail (Richard) Montgomery, Vicki (Gary) McKeirnan; many nieces, nephews, cousins and close family friends. 

Family will receive friends Monday, March 21st from 4-8PM, at New Comer Cremations & Funerals, 2636 Ridgeway Avenue. 

Private interment at St. Joseph Cemetery, Batavia, NY, Tuesday, March 22nd at 11AM.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to American Cancer Society or Camp Good Days in Sandra's memory. 

Douglas W. Heslor of Sun City Center, Florida. At age 79, Douglas passed away on March 12, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Hospital South. He was born to the late Arthur & Lena Heslor.

Doug & his wife, Patricia relocated to Sun City Center Florida in 2017 from Alabama NY. Doug had a love for hunting & fishing and loved the outdoors. While living in Alabama, NY he took great pride in teaching his grandchildren how to hunt & fish. A lot of great memories were made over the years taking the grandchildren hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his children: Tami (Larry) Burbules of East Pembroke, Pam (Mark) Talbot of Riverview, Florida, Randy Heslor of Alabama, NY. Grandchildren:
Craig (Rachael) Burbules, Tracy (Mathew) Stegeman, Heather (Cash Wilcox-Fiancé) Burbules, Jordan (Jennifer Chinnici) Talbot, Randy Heslor. Great Grandchildren: Cameron, Addison & Tanner Stegeman
Doug was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Heslor whom he married on July 15, 1961.

There will be no calling hours or service. He will be laid to rest in the Alabama Cemetery.



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