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dylag_mary_-_photo1.jpgMary A. Dylag, 55 of Alden, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday (April 27, 2017) at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Williamsville, NY.

She was born March 31, 1962 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Edwin and Mary Ilecki Dylag.

Mary was a graduate of Pembroke High School and was employed by Aakron Rule Corporation for over 20 years. She had a big heart, especially for her family and was an extremely  hard worker. She enjoyed collecting tea pots and drawing cartoons. Mary was a fun and loving individual who will be missed dearly.

Survivors include her companion, James Cason of Alden. Siblings, David (Marie) Dylag of Corfu, Susan (Joseph Spurchase) Dylag of Florida, Christine (David) Bates of Corfu, Thomas (Kathleen) Dylag of Williamsville, Theresa (Gary) Frier of Depew and Edwin (Lauren) Dylag of Grand Island. Also surviving are several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Monday (May 1st) from 4-8pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, 10:00am at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish (Corfu site), 18 West Main St., Corfu, NY.

Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.






Avis E. Merrill of Bethany Center died on Monday, April 24, 2017 leaving behind her 90 year old body to enter into still sweeter communion with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Quoting her sister Eleanor she wrote "I am the lucky one," telling us in our grief to rejoice for her. Avis married Loren F. Merrill on March 4, 1948 and together they raised 5 children. Surviving with her loving husband of 69 years are her children, Glenn & Linda Merrill, Joy & Lance Hattendorf, Ann & Greg Miller all of Bethany Center, Ellen & David Bittner of Macedon, NY, and Jim & Bethany Merrill of Folsom, CA. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Aaron & Rosanne Merrill of Pouses Point, NY, Emily & Tim Craft of Gates, Lori Hattendorf of Greece, Peggy & Greg Johnson of Bethany Center, Stephen & Terry Miller of Warsaw, Terenti Bittner of Perinton, Max & Amy Bittner of Henrietta, Tahlia & Ronald Kirk of Austin, TX, Trevor & Diana Merrill of Sacramento, CA, 13 great-grandchildren, 2 step-grandchildren and 9 step-great grandchildren, her brother, Lyle (Carol) Embt of Bethany Center, many nieces, nephews, ‘adopted children of all ages’ who are honored to call her ‘mom,’ and her beloved cat, Diggen. She is preceded in death by her parents, William & Edith (Norton) Embt, and 2 sisters Eleanor Richardson and June Wood. Avis was born 6/1/27 on the Embt family farm in Bethany Center and lived her entire life on the Bethany Center Road. After high school at Alexander Central, she worked locally in several secretarial/clerical positions and attended Rochester Business Institute. She held various positions in her almost 40 years as an employee of Genesee County including the Genesee Co. Nursing Home from 1967-1974 and the Office for the Aging, 1974 to her retirement in 1989. She was a lifelong member of the Bethany Center Baptist Church, served many years as Secretary of the Maple Lawn Cemetery Association, and was a long-time member of the Christian Business Women. Avis’ family invites friends and family to honor her at the Batavia H.E. Turner Funeral Home on Friday, May 5 from 4PM-7PM and at the Bethany Center Baptist Church on Saturday, May 6 at 3PM for a funeral service of thanksgiving to God. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bethany Center Baptist Church or the Maple Lawn Cemetery.

m_phelps.jpgMARTIN C. "MARTY" PHELPS ~ Batavia

Passionate public servant died peacefully Tuesday April 25, 2017 in Buffalo General Hospital surrounded by his family at the age of 75. He was born December 13, 1941 in Panama Canal Zone, Panama, son of the late Francis E. "Frank" and Bertha (Erdocia) Phelps, Sr. also preceded in death by his fiancé, Linda Klein, grandson, Joseph "Joey" Rosone and sister, Ginny Hill. 

Marty was a United States Army Veteran having served with the 4th Armored Division, a retired City of Batavia Fireman, 50 year Volunteer Fireman, Chief of the "Lives Are Precious" Fire & Burn Prevention Program, volunteer youth counselor/advocate for arson related crimes, burn victims and their families and was the Creator, Director and Conductor of the Medina Railroad Museum and co-founder of GSME (Genesee Society of Model Engineers). He will be remembered as a loving, caring father and grandfather, his legacy will live on thru his family and the Railroad Museum will continue to grow as he always dreamed. 

Surviving are loving daughters, Tina Phelps-Rosone of Batavia and her son, Nicholas Rosone; Janien (Edgar "JR" Anderson) Phelps-Klotzbach of Stafford and her children, Caitlyn & Kyle Klotzbach, Lexi & Felicity Anderson; brothers, Francis (Sandra Ahl) Phelps of Batavia, George (Becky) Phelps of FL, Robert (Glenda) Phelps of CA, Mike (Linda) Phelps of Corfu; sisters, Hazel Holder of CA, Kathy (Ray) Bechtold of Akron and Kay (Joel) Celso of FL; brother-in-law, Ken Hill of FL; former sons-in-law, Joseph Rosone and Eric Klotzbach along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

The family will be present from 3 - 8 pm on Friday May 5 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 10:00 am Saturday May 6 followed by a 11:00 am Mass of Christian Burial at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph's Site) followed by Military Honors. He will be laid to rest in the future Veterans Cemetery in East Pembroke and in lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Medina Railroad Museum 530 W. Ave. Medina, New York 14103 or Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. 127 North Street Batavia. 

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




Corfu - Barbara A. (Romowicz) Szott, of Corfu, went to be with the Lord, Friday (April 21, 2017).
She was predeceased by her loving husband, John J. Szott.
Dear mother of Laurie (James) Kuhl and Mary Zambri, and also survived by five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Barbara was an active member of the Corfu United Presbyterian Church. 
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 29 at 1 p.m. at the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, 63 Allegheny Street, Corfu. All of her family and friends are welcome to attend. 
Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary Inc., 4 E. Main Street, Corfu, NY.

flowers.jpg Nina S. Consiglio, age 93, of Perry, passed away on Tuesday April 25th at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mt. Morris where he had been residing. Nina was born in Perry on July 18, 1923 a daughter of the late Vito and Josephine (Lackuisa) Consiglio. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by a sister Edith and brother Santo.

Nina was a graduate of Perry High School. Nina worked for the former Perry Knitting Mill in Perry and later worked as a stenographer for the New York State Department of Corrections in Attica. She was a member of St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) in Perry. She enjoyed baking, gardening and spending time with family.

She is survived by 3 nephews; Joseph Consiglio of Bloomfield, Vito (Tracy McAllister) Consiglio and Santo Consiglio both of Gainesville; 2 nieces Janet Consiglio of Batavia and Josephine Consiglio of Dale, along with several great nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior visitation. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Saturday April 29, 2017 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.
She will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York

navy_seabees.jpgWILLIAM "BILL" WILLY" REISS

Age 91, died peacefully Friday April 21, 2017 at home while under the care of Hospice and his family. He was born April 15, 1926 in Batavia, NY to the late Wilhelm and Marie (Dietrich) Reiss also preceded in death by a brother, George Reiss. 

Mr. Reiss was a proud veteran of the Navy Seabees who served during WWII and a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Bill went to work at 15 for the former Crickler's working his way up to Plant Manager as they turned to Pepsi-Cola, while also finding time to be a City of Batavia Fireman for about 10 years. A life member and former president of the Alexander Volunteer Fire Department, former Cub Scout leader and Harley Davidson motorcycle owner. Mr. Reiss was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed camping, fishing, woodworking and watching his granddaughters horse shows. 

Surviving is his loving wife of 68 years whom he married on June 20, 1948, Marjorie (Hyde) Reiss of Alexander; daughters, Dawn J. (Kevin) McWhorter of Batavia, Pamela M. Reiss of Alexander and her children, Madeline & Chase; sons, William D. Reiss of FL and his children, Phillip & Katrina (Salvatore) Urso, Robin D. Reiss of Alexander, Daniel E. Reiss of Oakfield and daughter, Stephenie; 3 great-grandchildren, Madison, Salvatore, Jr. & Brady; brother, Roy Reiss of Indian Falls; sister, Elsie (Al) Clattenburg of Batavia; brothers-in-law, Fred L. (Sedra) Hyde, Jr. of Batavia, Ralph G. (late Juanita) Hyde of Batavia; sisters-in-law, Joyce (late Charles) Kuehl of Batavia and Joanne (late Richard) Hyde of FL along with several nieces and nephews. 

The Reiss family will be present from 3:00 - 5:30pm on Saturday April 29 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC at 4120 W. Main Street Road Batavia, NY 14020, where Funeral Services will begin at 5:30pm followed by Military Honors. He will be laid to rest in West Bethany Cemetery and in lieu of flowers memorials can be made to HomeCare & Hospice, Inc. 29 Liberty Street #6 Batavia or the Alexander Volunteer Ambulance Fund. 

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


Batavia - Mary M. Feary, 93, of Batavia, died Monday, April 24, 2017 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, in Batavia.

Mrs. Feary was born August 15, 1923 in LeRoy, a daughter of the late Isadore and Anna (Dreher) Fiorito.

She was a member of Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Site since 1948, where she served in Sodality and was a Sacristan for many years.  She was an avid quilter with the Quilt Guild at Holland Land Office, enjoyed gardening, sewing, cooking, auctions and refinishing antiques.  She loved spending time with her family. 

Her husband, Richard P. Feary, died on March 24, 1995 and her son, Michael R. Feary died in 1959.

Survivors include 3 daughters. Anne Feary, Barbara (Bruce) Dedman and Patricia (Theodore) Hawley; a sister, Margaret Bradley of Livonia; 7 grandchildren, Amie Dedman, Jason Dedman, Andrew Dedman, Nicholas Dedman, Gillian Hawley, Gretchen Hawley and Samantha Hawley; 4 great-grandchildren, Gianna Dedman, Bianca Dedman, Brady Dedman and Jordyn Simon and several nieces and nephews. 

She was the sister of the late Leonard Fiorito and Catherine Amidon.  

Friends may call on Monday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.  Mary’s Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday at Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph Site, 303 E. Main St., Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center, Inc., 1415 Portland Ave, Suite 425, Rochester, NY 14621.  Entombment will be in St. Joseph's Mausoleum in Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

mancuso.jpg Margaret M. “Marge” Mancuso, 93 of Batavia, died at home surrounded by her loving family and care givers on Wednesday March 15, 2017. She was born July 12, 1923 in Batavia, to the late Sydney (Susan Bowen) Gear. Marge is preceded in death by her husband Dominic B. Mancuso; her siblings Sydney, Irving, Elwyn, Marion and Genevieve.

Marge owned and operated Ceramic Bug Studio in Batavia. She brought much joy to her students and customers, teaching needle point, knitting, china painting and ceramics.

She is survived by her beloved daughter Patti (John) Michalak of Batavia; grandchildren Timothy (Sarah), Tamara, John; great-grandsons Aaron, Eli, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday April 29, 2017 at Ascension Parish 19 Sumner St. Batavia, NY 14020.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to HomeCare & Hospice 29 Liberty St. Suite 6 or to Ascension Parish 19 Sumner St. Batavia, NY 14020.  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.

Charles L. Rieks, 74, of Greeneville, TN and Orange Park, FL passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017.  He was born July 6, 1942 in Warsaw, NY to the late Harvey and Edith Brower Rieks.
Mr. Rieks graduated from Pavilion Central School.  He worked at Caledonia Bean Plant, Rochester Telephone Company and retired from Amtote International of Hunt Valley, MD.  He worked in Buffalo, Batavia and Canandaigua before transferring to Jacksonville/Orange Park, FL.
Charles was a life member of Pavilion Fire Department and was instrumental in helping to establish the Pavilion Rescue Squad.  He was also an American Legion member.  He was a veteran of the US Army having served from 1961-1967.
Mr. Rieks is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy (Smith) Rieks of Greeneville, TN; son Daniel (Lisa) Rieks of Batavia, NY; daughters, Roseann (Doug) Harris of Greeneville, TN, and Kelly (Daniel) Cordell of Stafford, NY; 6 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Shirley Cotton of Greenville, TX; sisters-in-law, Lorraine (J.E.) Rieks of Silver Spring, MD, Judy (Nick) Cecci of Corning, NY and Patricia (Robert) Murphy of Wyoming, NY; brother-in-law, Gary Phillips of Attica, NY, step-brothers, Robert and Donald Hammond of Rochester, NY; many nieces and nephews; and a very special family friend, Brad Skwirsk.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John Edgar (Ed) Rieks.
Services will be held at a later date at East Bethany Rural Cemetery in East Bethany, NY. Memorial contributions can be made to Pavilion Fire Department, P.O. Box 156; Pavilion, New York 14525.
Condolences may be shared with the family online at www.doughty-stevens.com

Corfu -- Myron G. Chittenden, 88, of Corfu, passed away Friday (April 21, 2017) at his home.
Myron was born on October 8, 1928, in Byron, a son of the late Edward and Emily Haskell Chittenden. He was the husband of the late Elaine Schmidt Chittenden and father of the late Donald M. and Jill (Bower) Chittenden.
Myron, along with his late wife Elaine, ran the family business, Chittenden Farm Produce of Corfu. He also started Myron Chittenden and Sons Roofing in 1968. Myron’s favorite pastimes were playing cards, especially euchre, and jigsaw puzzles.
Surviving are his children, Chris Chittenden (Marcy Johnson), Betty Chittenden Lord, Frank (Sue) Chittenden and Emily (John) Koch; eight grandchildren, Edward (Shelly) Chittenden, Jessica (Jeff) Rhodes, Jason (Elizabeth) Lord, Chase Lord, Zachary (Sarah) Chittenden, Cody Chittenden, Wyatt Chittenden and Brian Koch; 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary Inc., 4 E. Main St., Corfu. Funeral services will be held from the mortuary at 11 a.m. on Thursday. Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu. Memorials may be made to HomeCare and Hospice, 550 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020 or to The Salvation Army, 529 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020.


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