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East Bethany - James R. Hinkson, "Hink", age 68, passed away on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 while on hospice at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Hink as born on September 22, 1953, in Batavia, NY to the late Robert and Margaret Schug Hinkson.

Hink worked as an inside salesman for 40 years at Calibrated Charts in Batavia, New York and GotToGo Electric in LeRoy, New York. Hink was a member of the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department and was a diehard Cleveland sports fan, including the Indians, Cavaliers and yes even his beloved Browns. In his free time, you could find him playing golf, skiing, camping with his family and friends, enjoying the outdoors while maintaining the upkeep of his yard with his wife, taking walks with his family and Golden Retrievers, attending his kid's sporting events, school functions and even dance recitals and competitions, spending time with his three grandkids, playing basketball or working out at the YMCA and enjoying the simplicity of life. Hink was easy going and the kind of guy you'd want to be around.

A man of few words but he was always ready to make people laugh with his witty humor and one liners. Hink had an ability to always see the good in every situation no matter what. He was known of his genuine kindness and gentle demeanor. Everyone loved his company. Hink didn't let much upset him and he lived by the motto of "you can't always get what you want" by the Rolling Stones. Hink was a husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, grandfather and friend and an irreplaceable one at that. His kindness and caring heart will be carried through all that knew him. He was loved by so many and will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife and best friend of 32 years, Glenna; son, Jesse (Sara) of Brooklyn, NY; daughters, Alyssa (Patrick) Murphy of Colonie, NY and Kaleigh (Jamie Scherer) at home; grandchildren, Connor James, Finn Joseph and Nora Janet Murphy. He is also survived by his brother, David of Batavia, NY, sister, Patty Ellen (James) Welch of Phoenix, Az.; nephew, Michael (Kelley) Welch of Savannah, Ga.; nieces, Katie (Michael Szymanski Welch and Kasey (David Petrosky) Welch, both of Phoenix, Az., sister-in-law, Beth (late Stephen) Hooker of Wyoming, NY; step-nieces, Kristin Luxon of Dansville, NY (her sons Daniel and Allen) and Nicole (Jon) Parkhurst (their children Nora, Matthew and Joseph) of East Bethany, NY; his aunt, Josie (late James) Schug of Ithaca, NY and several cousins.

He is predeceased by his parents, Robert and Margaret (Schug) Hinkson, his in-laws, Glen and Huletta (Darch) Lambien and many aunts and uncles.

Friends may call on Saturday, March 12, 2022 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the H.E Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Hink's funeral services will immediately follow visitation at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis by going online at http://www.themiamiproject.org. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Elba - Mary E. "Johnnie" Wilford, age 89, passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at The Friendly Home in Rochester.

She was born on August 8, 1932 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Edward L. Hottois and Bessie Johnson Hottois.  Mary grew up in North Bergen and graduated from South Byron High School.  She worked as an accountant at Batavia Times Publishing Co., Peterson Drug Company, and R&W Trucking and Excavating before her retirement. On May 26, 1951, Mary married the love of her life, Eugene “Bink” Wilford.

Always referring to herself as a “country girl”, Mary learned to drive a tractor before a car!  In their retirement, the pair loved to camp and travel, visiting 49 of the states.  Their dog, Lori Lee, was never far behind.  Especially if there were treats involved.  Mary loved to be outdoors and was known for her green thumb.  She possessed the rare gift of bringing light and life into every room she entered.  From hosting family holidays to making sure to speak to every person at her granddaughter (Lisa Freeman)’s wedding.  And then “borrowing” their drinks.

 Mary touched many lives through her charity work and volunteering.  She was a member for 70 years of the Elba First Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder and Deacon.  Her love of baking, cooking, and fellowship was shown in her participation in church bake sales, pot luck dinners, and the annual Turkey Supper every November, always sharing her famous “sweet rolls” with friends and family. 
 
She was a natural born caregiver, spending many years volunteering with Crossroads House, Genesee Co. Hospice Foundation, Catholic Charities Home Visitation Program, and the Genesee County Senior Center.
 
She is predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Eugene J. "Bink" Wilford, who passed away on December 12, 2004, her sister, Priscilla (late Frederick) Facer, and two brothers, Edward P. (late Mabel) Hottois and David L. Hottois.

 She is survived by her children, Debra (Derek) Reiss, Randy (Lorene) Wilford and Cindy (Scott) Freeman; grandchildren, Robert Reiss, Erika Reiss, Stephanie (Shawn) Eadie, Adam (Lexy) Wilford, Cody (Kari) Wilford, Lisa (Christina) Freeman and Christopher (Melissa) Freeman; four great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild; her sister, Dorothy (Floyd) Smith of Fremont, California, and several nieces and nephews.
 
Friends may call on Wednesday, March 9th, from 5 pm to 6:30 pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street. Memorial services will immediately follow visitation at 6:30 pm. She will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021 or the First Presbyterian Church of Elba, 23 North Main Street, Elba, New York 14058. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Bernadette R. Mills, 76 of LeRoy, NY passed away on March 1, 2022 after an 8 month battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a blood cancer.

   bernadette_mills_0.jpg  Bernadette was born on August 25,1945 to Mary and Constance Sawczyk in Niagara Falls, NY. After she graduated from Madonna High School in 1963, she went on to study at Niagara University graduating with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She had a 40 year career as a RN in hospitals, a professor at Genesee Community College, doctor’s offices, and finally again at GCC where she ran the nursing lab, helping students master their nursing skills.

     Bernadette enjoyed helping people, reading, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.

     Bernadette is predeceased by her parents, Mary and Constance, her siblings, Sylvia Svitak, Elizabeth Sawczyk and Anthony Sawczyk, as well as her grandson, Zachary Frey and son-in-law, Todd Wojtalewski. She is survived by her husband, M. David Mills, her sister, Constance Molinaro, her daughter, Lauren Wojtalewski (fiancé, James), her step children, Sylvia Karn (Ronald), Lisa Frey (partner, Steve), Thomas Mills (Renee), and Jonathan Mills, as well as her grandchildren, Joshua, Benjamin, Alissa, Stacey, and Charles.

     Family and friends may call on Saturday, March 12 from 2 ~ 4 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where her Service of Remembrance will be held at 4:00 PM.  Friends are invited to join the family for a reception at The LeRoyan at Mercy Grove, 7758 E Main St, LeRoy, NY 14482 immediately following services.

     In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Golisano Children’s Hospital, 300 East River Road, P.O. Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627

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

kehl.jpg  Norman J. Kehl, 83, of Sheldon, passed away on March 2, 2022 at Wyoming County Nursing Facility after a long illness. He was born June 5, 1938 in Sheldon, NY, son of the late Peter J. & Catherine (Fugle). 

He is survived by his wife Carol M. (Minkel) of 63 years, five children, Jeffrey (Nancy), Randall (Marcia), Jason (Melissa), Bryan (Linda) and Julie (Thomas) Jeziorski, twelve grandchildren, great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was brother to the late Robert Kehl (Violet).  He is survived by a brother and sister, Donald (Peggy) Kehl and Joan (John) George.

Norman lived in Sheldon, NY his entire life.  He was a third generation dairy farmer as well as a maple syrup producing enthusiast.  He was a lifelong member of the Sheldon Fire Department and St. Cecilia’s/St. John Neumann parish. He was an avid volunteer for the American Red Cross and served on many disaster assignments over his 30 year career. He was involved in 4-H, FFA, Wyoming County Fair and volunteered at Excalibur Leisure Skills. He also was involved in and traveled to Eastern European countries through the VOCA (Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance) and AIC (Agricultural Industries Confederation) where he worked with farmers to farmers aid programs teaching farmers how to improve agricultural best practices. Along with his involvement with many volunteer organizations, he was employed as a part time truck driver for various companies.

Family and friends are invited to call from 10:00-11:00AM on Saturday March 12, 2022 at St. John Neumann Church, 991 Centerline Rd. Sheldon, NY. An 11:00AM Catholic Mass will immediately follow visitation at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wyoming County American Red Cross, 109 Main St., Batavia NY, St. John Neumann Church, 3854 Main St. Strykersville, NY and Gateway Home, 91 Main St. Attica NY. To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Patricia E. Parness, 86, of Batavia, passed away on February 25, 2022 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw.

Patricia was born September 8, 1935 in Darien, a daughter of the late Earl and Laura (Patroni) Amidon.

A member of the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, Patricia enjoyed gardening, horseback riding, music, spending time with her family and talking with her sisters on the phone.   She worked in building management at the Batavia VA Medical Center.

Surviving are grandchildren, Michael (Kelly) Parness, Glenn Jr. (Jackie) Parness and Maryann (George) Martinez; long time friend William Pfalzer and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Parness; stepsons, Glenn and Gregory Parness; sisters, Norma McClurg, Thelma Crittenden, Lois Kelly and Ramona Kelly and her brother, Douglas Amidon.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, March 10 from 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where Patricia's funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. also on Thursday.  She will be laid to rest in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, 63 Alleghany Road, Corfu, NY 14036 or to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263, www.roswellpark.org.  

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

William L. "Wild Bill" Herrington, 83, of Byron, passed away on February 20, 2022 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

William was born September 8, 1938 in Portville, a son of the late Edward and Auta (Cline) Herrington.

After his retirement, he enjoyed gold panning.  William loved John Deere tractors.

Surviving are three step-children, Ellen Boyce, Douglas Coveny and Charles Coveny; a marriage to Doris Bater that ended in divorce; brother, Robert Herrington; a sister, Shirley Nelson and nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his brother, Burton Herrington.

William's Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 at the Byron Hotel, 6874 Route 237 in Byron.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, www.redcross.org/donate/donation.html.

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

Arrangements for William were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen, (585) 494-1210.

Mary (Betty) Elizabeth Barsuk, 95, of Batavia passed away at her home Wednesday evening.

Mary, daughter of Charles and Isabella Sivret, was born in Tupper Lake, NY and lived most her life in Batavia.  

She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Joseph Barsuk, her brother, Dr. Alexander Sivret and sons Robert Fowler and James Fowler.

She is survived by her sister Gertrude (Henry) Gorski, sons Joseph Barsuk Jr, David Barsuk and Harry Barsuk, daughters Myra Pecchio, Cheryl (Luciano) Perez, Ann (David) Kehrer, Doreen Barsuk and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Mary was a lifetime member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary Unit 49.

Family and Friends are invited to attend Mary's Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 9:00 a.m. at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street in Batavia. Burial will be at a later date in Elmwood Cemetery in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, PO Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021.

Arrangements for Mary were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia. To leave a message of condolence, share a story, or light a candle please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


Hilton - Leslie W. Ames passed away on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at the age of 77. He is survived by his children, Deborah (Leo) Starowitz, Rebecca Ames and Jeff (Erica Jacobs) Ames; his daughter-in-law, Christy Ames; his sister, Nancy Chapman; his grandchildren, Daniel and Timothy Starowitz, Joshua (Kaitlyn) Harris, Clark, Liam and Ethan Ames; his great-grandchildren, Braiden and Braxton; his former wife, Sue (Mason) Ames; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by predeceased by his parents, John Ames and Eunice (Goodliff) Ames, and his sisters, Ann Kelsey and Carole Zeigler. 

Les graduated from Elba High School in 1962 and from Alfred State University in 1964. He served in the US Army Reserves from 1965-1971. He moved to Hilton in 1974.  Les was a Foreman for Dover Elevators for many years, as well as helping with the family car dealership.  He enjoyed hunting, being at camp in the Adirondacks and spending time with his friends, family and grandchildren. 

A private Graveside Service will be held in North Byron Cemetery at the convenience of the family. 

Contributions can be made in memory of Leslie to a charity of your choice.

Catherine S. Weibel, 89, of Oakfield, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia.

She was born on March 18, 1932, in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Nelson and Marie Schlehr Wheaton. Catherine was the beloved wife of the late Alfred C. Weibel.

She first worked at Prudential and then worked the farm alongside her husband for many years. Catherine then went on to be a home health aide for WillCare in Buffalo for 20 years. She was a longtime devoted member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish. She was active many parish ministries, including Martha’s Table, Legion of Mary and was an Extraordinary Minister.

Surviving are four sons, Mark D. (Helen) Weibel, Robert D. Weibel, Frank D. (Darlene) Weibel and Nelson D. (Donna) Weibel; three daughters, Margaret A. (Tom Brunner) Weibel-Brunner, Mary Ann (Douglas) Calkins and Arlene A. (Joseph) Jewett. 16 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren also survive.

Family and friends may call Friday, March 4, 2022, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 5th at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 8656 Church Street, East Pembroke, NY. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.

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

maskell.jpg  Terry Lynn Maskell, 62 of Batavia, formally of Byron, passed away peacefully at United Memorial Medical Center on Monday, February 28th, 2022, after a brief illness. She was born on July 15, 1959, the daughter of the late Donald and Carolyn Maskell.

Terry Lynn is predeceased by her parents, and brothers, Gerald and Randy Maskell. Terry Lynn is survived by her brothers Michael (Edie) of Ohio, and Donald Jr of Byron, sister-in-law Holly of California, four nieces, seven nephews, many great nieces and nephews, and her cat Gracie.

Terry Lynn graduated from the Rochester School For The Deaf on June 23rd, 1978. She loved to drive and shared that passion with her late father. Terry Lynn also had a passion for animals, especially her beloved cats, Xena and Gracie.

Family and friends are invited to call at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020 on Friday, March 4th from 4:00-7:00PM and Saturday, March 5th from 9:00-10:00AM. A 10:00AM Celebration of Life Service officiated by Reverend Michael Maskell of Findlay, Ohio will immediately follow at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Genesee County Animal Shelter 3481 W. Main St. Rd. Batavia, NY 14020. To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

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