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LeRoy - Catherine D. Donnelly-Benoit, 63, of LeRoy, a Certified Nurse’s Assistant at the former Genesee County Nursing Home, died Sunday, July 16, 2017 at her home in LeRoy.

Catherine was born February 15, 1954 in Batavia, a daughter of Patricia (Monagan) Hendershott of Medina and the late Douglas Hendershott, Sr.

She was a 1972 graduate of Pembroke High School, attended Northgate Free Methodist Church and was an avid motorcycle rider.  She was very artistic and enjoyed all kinds of crafting.

Survivors include 2sisters, Susan (Karl) Slate and Sherryl (Tom) Pillo, both of Batavia; 3 brothers, Douglas (Debra) Hendershott, Kevin (Barbara) Hendershott and Thomas (Christine) Hendershott, all of Oakfield; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

She was the sister of the late Keith (Sandra) Hendershott.

Friends may call on Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm at H.E. Turner & Co, Inc., 403 E. Main St., Batavia, where services will immediately follow at noon.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Homecare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite #6, Batavia, NY 14020 or to All Babies Cherished Pregnancy Assistance Center, 438 East Main Street, 2nd Floor, Batavia, NY 14020.  Private burial will be in Grand View Cemetery in Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

3371912.jpgPatricia E. Schurr, 68 of Akron, passed away peacefully on Friday (July 14, 2017) at Buffalo General Hospital.

She was born November 21, 1948 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Edward and Dorothy Schad Higgins.

Mrs. Schurr enjoyed crocheting and taking care of her granddaughter. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her husband, Clarence W. Schurr of Akron. Daughter, Kelly Schurr of Akron.  Granddaughter, April Davis. Sister, Shirley Slate of Batavia. 

She was the sister of the late Michael Higgins.

There will be no prior visitation and services will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Alliance Foundation, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263.  Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Batavia - Cynthia M. Vernon, 82, of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at her home, in Batavia.

Mrs. Vernon was born January 24, 1935 in Mcleansboro, IL, a daughter of the late William Elton and Martha (Middlekauf) Johnson.

She was the loving wife of 62 years of Frank J. Vernon, whom she married on August 11, 1955.

Surviving is her daughter, Lee Ann (Robert) Patterson of Bergen and her sister, Carmela St. Claire of Silver City, NM.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Homecare and Hospice. 29 Liberty St., Suite 6, Batavia, NY 14020.  Arrangements were completed by Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home of Oakfield.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

sulky.jpgIRENE J. SMITH ~ Medina

Age 87, died peacefully Monday July 10, 2017 at the Premier Genesee Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation. She was born December 2, 1929 in Brocton, NY to the late William and Mabel (Wilcox) Arnold, also preceded in death by her husband, Dean A. Smith in 1988; siblings, Robert, Charles and Roger Arnold, Esther Scott, Catherine Fisk and Maude Diate. 

Irene and her husband owned and operated Smith's Stables Harness Horses for many years and were well known in the Harness Horse racing community from Batavia Downs to Buffalo Raceway, she also worked for Lipton's in Albion and at the Coffee Cup in Oakfield. She loved Country Western music and was always up for a good party! 

Surviving are her children, Billy (Patricia) Smith of Oakfield, Jerry (Jackie) Smith of Olean, Ralph Smith of FL and Judy (Waldamer) Hawja of Olean; 9 grandchildren; many great & great-great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews. 

The Smith family will be present from 11-1pm on Tuesday July 18 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where funeral services will follow at 1pm. She will be laid to rest alongside her husband in Reed Cemetery and memorials in her memory are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice. 

Please share your memories of Irene with her family at http://www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500. 



Went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 10, 2017 at the age of 72. He was born March 13, 1945 in Mt. Morris, NY, a son of the late Joseph and Nora (Cicero) Gervase.  He was preceded in death by his brothers, Casimir and Samuel Gervase.  Ron graduated with a degree in economics from Cornell, where he played football, baseball, and basketball and won All-East and All-Ivy League honors.                                                                                                                

Ron was a self-employed appliance repairman for many years throughout the area and was devoted to his kids and grandkids.  Ron attended Mass daily and lived his faith by helping those around him whenever they needed a hand or a word of encouragement.  

Surviving are his loving children, Ronald Gervase, Jr. of Dallas, TX, Sam Gervase of Wilmington, NC, and Sarah Gervase of Fairfax, VA, and beloved grandchildren, Julia and Andrea Gervase. 

There is no prior visitation and funeral services will be announced at a future date. Memorials in his memory may be made to Catholic Charities of Genesee County, 25 Liberty Street, Suite 7, Batavia, NY 14020. 

Please share your thoughts and memories of Ron with his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com 


lapple.jpg Fredrick W. Lapple passed from this life on July 3, 2017, at age 90 with his family by his side.

He is survived by his wife Jean (O’Halloran), children Fredrick (Marie) Lapple of Rochester, Thomas Lapple of Leesburg, VA., Marie (Dan) Davidson of Charlotte, NC, and William (Angela) Lapple of LeRoy, along with 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his parents Fredrick and Carmel (Coyle); and 2 brothers, Gerald and Howard.

Fred grew up in the “Butterhole” section of Clinton Ave in Rochester and attended St. Michael’s grammar school and Benjamin Franklin High School.  He was awarded a full football scholarship to Syracuse University, but joined the Coast Guard during World War II. Upon returning, he was employed by Tobin Packing Company, building a career from truck driver to Sales Manager. He was elected in the 1966 inaugural class of the Monroe County Legislature representing East Irondequoit. He later became the Director of Civil Service and Personnel for Monroe County and finished his career as a two-term elected Supervisor for the Town of Irondequoit.  Fred’s passion was public service, and he was proud to help all people regardless of their affiliation. He supported Catholic Education and was instrumental in starting the Bishop Kearney Parents Club which, for years, was the main fundraising arm of the school.  His devotion to his community was evident through his memberships in many organizations including St. Salome’s Parish Council, Point Pleasant Fire Department (a 50-year member), Pop Warner Football, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Police Chief’s Association, The American Legion, and many others.  He served as Chairman of the SUNY College of Optometry College Council and was a long-time member on the Board of the Monroe County Employees Federal Credit Union.

His family wishes to thank the compassionate caregivers at the New York State Veterans Nursing Home in Batavia where he lived his final month.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM Memorial Mass will take place on Saturday July 29, 2017 at Christ the King Church (of St. Kateri Parish) 445 Kings Highway S. Rochester, NY 14617.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Point Pleasant Volunteer Fire Depart Benefit Fund, the Fred and Jean Lapple Scholarship Fund at Bishop Kearney High School, or the World War II Museum in New Orleans (of which Fred was a charter member). 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.

John Wiggins, 70 of Springville, N.Y. passed away peacefully on Sunday July 9th, 2017 at his residence. He is survived by and lovingly remembered by his sister- in law Vivian Wiggins of Steinbach MB, Canada, his nieces Cynthia (Derick) Horman of Winnipeg, MB Canada and Collette (Jack) Burkard and daughter Rylie of Port Orange, Florida.  Also survived by his nephew, Wesley Wiggins of Steinbach, MB Canada. John was predeceased by his parents Charles (Chuck) and Lois Wiggins, his brother, William and his sister, Susan. A memorial service will be held on Friday July 14th, 2017 at Castiglia Funeral Home, 873 Abbott Rd, Buffalo N.Y.  Arrangements by Castiglia Funeral Home. 716-824-6435
John lived in Batavia for many, many years and participated in Genesee County Arc Programs. 


Charles L. Rieks, 74, of Greeneville, TN, Orange Park, FL & Pavilion, NY passed away on April 20, 2017 will be laid to rest on July 15th, 2017 at 1:00 pm in the East Bethany Rural Cemetery in East Bethany with military & firematic honors.  A celebration of Charlie’s life will be held immediately afterword at BW’s Restaurant, Perry Road, Pavilion.

Dansville - Amy E. Herbeck, 52, of Dansville, passed away Monday, (July 10, 2017) at her home, in Dansville.

Ms. Herbeck was born February 28, 1965 in Buffalo, a daughter of Donald and Josephine (Clifford) Frase of Macedon.

Amy was an artist and enjoyed drawing.  She greatly enjoyed spending time with her beloved canine companion, C.C.

Surviving along with her parents are her children, Nicole (Otis) Thomas of Batavia, Josh (Anna Liles) Pedraza of Byron, and Rocco Colombo of East Bethany; grandchildren, Nya, Teagyn, and Gunnar Thomas, and Kennedy Pedraza; a brother, Mark (late Janet) Frase of Hartford, CT; sister, Rebecca (Mark) Nickel of Pittsford.  2 nieces, 1 nephew, and her companion Rick Snyder of Sparta also survive.

There will be no visitation.  Services will be private at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021, or online www.crossroadshouse.com/donate.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

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

mitchell.jpg Meredith “Trinket” (Newell) Mitchell, 80, of Attica passed into the hands of God on June 19, 2017 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia with her loving daughters at her side after a short battle with leukemia.  She was born August 30, 1936 in St. Johnsbury, Vermont to the late Lynn and Helen (Meriam) Newell. Mrs. Mitchell is predeceased by a son Allen M. Mitchell Jr.; sisters Geraline Newell, Marylin Gochie and Jean Chamberlain.

She was a very avid crafter, loved to cook and especially loved to go fishing. She was known for her doughnuts that no one else could copy. She took great pride in the presents she would make with love for all. She was a devoted and adoring grandmother and each baby was greeted by great love and joy.

She is survived by her loving husband Allen M. “Mac” Mitchell who she lovingly joined in marriage on Sept. 11, 1953 in Barnet, VT. ; daughters Katherine “Kim” (Gary) Guralny of Attica and Mary E. Mitchell of Rome, NY; sister Judy (Richard) Despins of St. Johnsbury, VT., daughter in law Sonja Mitchell of N. Tonawanda.   She leaves behind many loved grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great granddaughter, many nieces and nephews and her beloved dog Athena.

Much appreciation and thanks to the home care staff, the nurses , aids and Doctors  of United Memorial Medical Center and Tim at Marley Funeral Home for their care, support and consideration above and beyond.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 1:00PM Celebration of Life will be held at her daughter Kim’s house on Saturday July 29, 2017 at 30 Water Street, Attica, New York 14011 all are welcome to come and rejoice in her life.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society http://www.lls.org/ or the Wyoming County SPCA http://www.wyomingcountyspca.org/. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.



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