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Corfu - Catherine Mildred Peterson (nee Hoyt) passed away Tuesday (March 22, 2016) at Genesee County Nursing Home surrounded by her family.
Mildred (Milly) was born in Medina, NY on Aug. 20, 1924 to the late James and Catherine (nee Gallagher) Hoyt. She married the late Alvin John Peterson of Corfu, NY on July 27, 1946. She was the sister of the late Marie Jeanette Buchholz, Loretta Vickland, Doris Rand, and Paul Smith.

Milly was a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish. She worked at Bell Aircraft prior to her marriage. She spent her married life raising her family. She lost her son, Gary Lawrence Peterson, in February 1975 due to a fatal car crash.

Milly is survived and will be greatly missed by her two daughters, Marla (Daniel) Paterson of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Kathleen (William) O’Shea of Corfu. She was blessed with six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Milly is also survived by a sister-in-law, Irene (Andrew) Staebell and many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to calling hours Friday, March 25 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C.B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 E. Main St., Corfu, NY. Funeral services will be held at the mortuary on Saturday March 26 at 10 a.m.

covell.jpg Donald R. Covell, age 75, of Perry passed away on Saturday March 19, 2016 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.  Donald was born in Valhalla, New York on July 27, 1940 a son of the late Charles William and Marjorie (Shove) Covell.

Don served with the US Air Force. He was a 1958 graduate of Columbia High School and went on to SUNY Brockport for his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Health and Physical Education, later completing advanced degrees in school administration at University at Albany. Don began his teaching and coaching career at Churchville-Chili High School, moving in 1970 to Scotia-Glenville, where he became that district’s first Drug and Health Education Coordinator and, later, Assistant High School Principal. In 1979, Don moved to Trumansburg, where he enjoyed 10 years as High School Principal, before becoming assistant superintendent of the Vestal Central School District. Continuing to progress up the administrative ladder, Don first became superintendent of schools in Mt. Markham, then returned to western New York in 1992, spending the rest of his full-time career as superintendent of the Livonia Central School District. Although he officially retired in 1997, Don was believed he had more to contribute to the field of educational administration. Thus in his retirement, he enjoyed numerous interim positions as principal and superintendent in Perry, Dansville, Geneseo. Alexander, and Warsaw Central School districts. Throughout his “retirement,” Don served as visiting assistant professor in the Department of Educational Administration at The College at Brockport, and was proud to spend several years as chair of that department. In 2011, he returned to the K-12 field as superintendent of the Keshequa Central School District, from which he retired in 2014. A Masters level track and field athlete, Don competed in the Empire State Games, medaling in discus and shot put. With his wife, Sarah, Don bred Smooth Fox Terriers under the Foxcove kennel name and was a longtime member of the American Fox Terrier Club where he served on the Board of Governors until his death. He was proud to help found and serve as first president of the Lake Effect Fox Terrier Club of Western New York. In addition, Don was a former Rotarian (Trumansburg), member of the Trumansburg American Legion, and former member of the Silver Lake Country Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved camping, gardening, bird watching, golfing and being outdoors. He had a glorious bass baritone voice and sang in many church choirs during his younger years.

He is survived by his wife; Sarah (Perkins) Covell whom he married on March 14, 2000; a daughter Michelle Strenk of Scotia; sons Scott (Christine) Covell of Fairport and Tom (Cheryl) Covell of Trumansburg; step-daughter Keturah (Vincent Reedhead) Bosarge of Perry; step-son Adrian (Jessica) Bosarge of Lockport; sisters Lucy Ortega of Cedar Rapids, IA and Sue (Russell) Arelian of Sand Lake NY; brother Charles (Carolyn) Covell of Calcium NY; 10 grandchildren, Matthew and Tyler Strenk, Sam, Nick and McKenzie Covell, Josephine, Lillian, Sydney and Molly Covell and Gideon Bosarge, along with many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to acknowledge the medical team of Strong Memorial Hospital’s 8-3400 unit for their untiring care and compassion. He knew he was in the best of hands and hearts, and for that we are profoundly grateful. Family and friends may call from 1:00-2:00PM on Sunday April 3, 2016 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. A Celebration of Life will follow visitation at 2:00PM on Sunday April 3rd at the Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the American Fox Terrier Club Rescue Fund, c/o Susan Hogan, Treasurer, 133 Weston Rd., Plainfield CT 06374. 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 14530.

Basom - Pauline R. Covert, 103, of Basom, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, (March 22, 2016) at Medina Memorial Hospital, in Medina.

Mrs. Covert was born December 20, 1912 in Shelby Center, a daughter of the late Arthur James and Cora Bell (Parsons) Johnston.  Predeceased in death by her sisters Bernice Hewitt and Hildred Ehrens. 

Pauline’s beloved husband, Orson Covert passed away on April 24th, 1996.  The couple began their 62 year journey of wedded bliss in March of 1934.  Their devotion to one another was steadfast, as reflected in Pauline’s account of how she and Orson wrote letters to one another, every single day while Orson was stationed overseas during WWII.

Both Pauline and Orson were baptized by immersion at the Oakfield-Alabama Baptist Church close to the time they had become married.  When they settled their home in Basom, it was decided they would attend their neighboring church, Basom United Methodist until its closure, which took Pauline to Alabama United Methodist where she worshiped regularly for the past several years. 

Pauline is survived by a niece, Gail (David) Clarke of Rochester and Florida as well as many neighbors and friends, all of which will hold her memory dear.

Pauline enjoyed entertaining friends that would “call on her” later in life, with animated narratives of her 103 years of adventures and experiences.

As a young child, Pauline vividly described the excitement that ensued in the Town of Shelby neighborhood where she grew up, when the New York State Troopers would pass through on horseback, patrolling every few months (circa 1920).

Her most endeared topic of recollection was that of she and Orson’s passion for dancing.  Especially entertaining were the stories of frequenting barn dances, early on during the days of prohibition and then later becoming steady customers at the Indian Falls Hotel, where they would dance the night away.  She chuckled while reliving how friends all piled into old roadsters, the women typically relegated to the rumble seat, even in the dead of winter, keeping themselves warm by hunkering down underneath heavy Buffalo Blankets.  A favorite memory was of how she and Orson “dressed to the nines” to attend a ball where Guy Lombardo was the bandleader.

Friends may call on Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, where Pauline’s Funeral Service will immediately follow calling at 2 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alabama United Methodist Church, 1392 Church Street, Basom, NY  14013.  Burial will be in Millville Cemetery, Medina.  Please light a candle, share a story, or leave a condolence at www.burdettandsanford.com.

Warsaw ~ Gerald L. Merrill, age 80 , of Short Street, passed away on Tuesday morning (March 22, 2016) at the East Side Nursing Home.

      He was born November 24, 1935 in Warsaw, N.Y., a son of the late LaVerne and Geraldine Whitmore Merrill.

      Mr. Merrill was veteran of the U S Army and served in Germany.  He was a member of the Warsaw Fire Department and enjoyed driving truck for Baker and Baker milk haulers.  Aside from his family, his next biggest passion was doing mechanic work, especially on the trucks at Potter DeWitt, where he worked for many years.

     He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 57 years, Mary Lee Donnelly Merrill; his daughter, Linda L. Merrill of Warsaw; his son, Robert (Karen) Merrill of Richfield, OH; his brother, Donald Merrill of Warsaw; his sisters, Barbara Ewell of FL and Lori Merrill (Charlotte Hamon) of Warsaw; his sister-in-law, Patricia Merrill of LeRoy, along with many nieces and nephews.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Norman, Roger, David and James (Diana), and his brother-in-law, Vincent Ewell.

     Family and friends may call on Thursday, March 24 from 3 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19 north), LeRoy, where services will be held at 7 PM.  Interment in the Warsaw Cemetery will be private.

     The courtesy of no flowers is requested with memorials suggested to St. Jude’s Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101 or the Alzheimer's Association, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620.

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

     Mr. Merrill and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Lancaster - Ruth Hickox Hopkins, 96, of Lancaster, formerly of Alexander, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 21, 2016 at Greenfield Health and Rehabilitation Center, in Lancaster.

Mrs. Hopkins was born June 8, 1919 in Alexander, a daughter of the late John C. and Maisie Garrett Hickox.

A graduate of Alexander High School, Mrs. Hopkins was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and a Sunday School Teacher for many years.  She was employed in the offices of Dr. Lawrence Mulcahy and Dr. Robert Gallagher for many years and she retired in 1974 as a property assessor from the Genesee County Tax Department.

Her husband, Warren Coleman Hopkins, passed away on October 7, 2012.

She is survived by her sister, Jeanette (Fred) Wilkie of Hudson, New Hampshire; four step-sons, Bruce Hopkins, Keith Hopkins, Dennis Hopkins and Kenneth Hopkins; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

She is the sister of the late Chester Hickox and Marion Grefrath.

Friends may call on Thursday from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia. Her funeral service will follow visitation at 11 a.m. at church. She will be laid to rest in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Alexander. Please consider memorials in Ruth’s name to St. Paul Lutheran School, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020 or to a charity of the donor's choice. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle for Ruth, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements for Ruth have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.



Memorial services are being announced for Ms. Bowen who passed peacefully on Saturday January 23, 2016 at the Genesee County Nursing Home at the age of 77.

Surviving are her sisters, Marcia Hartway, Marjorie Nesbitt, Lois Nanni, Rose Kitamik and Norma Waldron along with many nieces and nephews. 

Please join Ruth's family in celebrating her life 1:00pm Saturday March 26, 2016 at the West Barre Methodist Church. 

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



scan0001.jpgSANDRA E. COPPOLA

Age 73, of Batavia, died Sunday afternoon March 20, 2016 at Unity Hospital in Rochester with her family at her side. She was born February 18, 1943 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Elmer and Rowena (Lortz) Kroldart. 

Sandy was a member of Resurrection Parish (former St. Joseph's) and its Sodality; she worked for Batavia Ophthalmology for many years and was a volunteer at UMMC and St. Joseph's School where she was known as "Grandma Sandy." She was member of the "Sixties Girls", made up of ladies that graduated in 1960 from Batavia High. Sandy enjoyed her trips to Florida during the winter months, but her greatest joy was being a grandmother. 

Surviving is her husband of 31 years, Frank Coppola of Batavia; loving children, Joseph (Renee) Falkowski of Batavia and Lisa Falkowski of Corfu, Mark (Nancy) Coppola of Oswego and Kristen (Donna) Coppola of Pittsburgh, PA; sister, Donna (David) Edwards of Silver Creek, NY; her 5 adoring grandchildren, Rachel, Heather & Dylan Coppola, Joseph and Faith Falkowski along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.                                                    

The family will be present on Wednesday March 23, 2016 from 4 - 8pm at the Michael S. Tomaszewski Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers will be recited 9:30am Thursday March 24 followed by a 10:00am funeral liturgy at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph's Site). Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery and memorials in her memory are suggested to St. Joseph's School 2 Summit Street or Notre Dame High School 73 Union Street Batavia, New York 14020. 

Please share your thoughts and memories of Sandy with her family at www.tomaszewskifh.com 


Kevin P. Heiman, Pavilion, passed away Saturday March 19, 2016. He was born June 27, 1982 in Batavia NY, son of Phil and Angela Heiman. 
He will be remembered for his easy going personality, contagious smile and his willingness to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He considered a stranger just a friend he hadn’t met yet. His free spirit led him to love all adventures including fishing, hunting, camping, hiking to find waterfalls, and sky diving. He loved animals and took great joy in gardening. He had a knack for engaging in lengthy conversations with all who crossed his path; he truly listened and always pondered other perspectives. His warm heart and thoughtfulness made others feel special. He was a 2000 graduate of Pavilion Central School where he made a lasting impression on teachers and friends. He was also a hard worker who enjoyed a career as a mason. 
Surviving along with his parents, his sister Caroline (Stephen) Favata, his brother Scott (Eva Valente), maternal grandmother Carmela Ilacqua, paternal grandparents Elmer and Marie Heiman, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Anthony Ilacqua. 
Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories from 2‐4pm and 7‐9pm Thursday March 24 at The Cameron Brady & Stueber Funeral Home, 111 Wolcott Street, LeRoy. A memorial service will be held at 11am Friday March 25 at First Baptist Church in Pavilion. A private interment will be held at Darien Cemetery. Memorials may be made a charity of your choice. To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit: www.leroyfuneralhome.com. 


Batavia - Kyle A. Couchman, age 47, of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at Rochester General Hospital.

Kyle was born August 10, 1968 in Buffalo, the son of Donald Bigham and Joan (Vroman) Bigham of Greece.

An avid freelance photographer, Kyle was a member of the Western New York Photography Group. He loved fishing, deep sea diving and computer gaming. Kyle will be remembered by many for his banter on local radio stations and online news sources.

Surviving along with his parents are his loving and devoted wife, Theresa “Terrey” B. (Schiavi) Lee of Batavia; his children, Ryan Couchman and  Nicole Couchman; two step-sons, James Preedom of Albion and Mark Flaming of Pavilion; his granddaughter,  Avery Flaming of Pavilion; his sister, Kelly (Michael) Morgott of Virginia; nephew,  Zachary Morgott of Virginia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Frank Schiavi, III of Batavia, Cheryl (Allen) Gillette of Cohocton, Kathie (Richard) Boyce of Lakeland, Florida and Fran Schiavi of Benson, Arizona; Kyle is also survived by his three cats that he adored: Misty, Luisia and Eunice.

Friends may call on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia. Kyle’s funeral service will follow visitation at 7 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the family.

To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle for Kyle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

brick.jpg Jay Leo Brick, 82, of Perry passed away on Friday March 18, 2016 at the Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw where he had been residing, surrounded by the love of his family. Jay was born in Rochester, New York on September 3, 1933. A son of the late Leo and Elizabeth (Clark) Brick. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Carmella who passed away on Feb. 23, 2016; a son Bruce Allan Brick who died on Oct. 11, 2015; a grandson Bruce Allan Brick Jr.; son-in-law Frank Spiotta and brother John Brick.

Mr. Brick served with the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a truck driver throughout his working career. In his early days he drove a beer truck, a milk truck for the former Morris Dairy in Leicester, was a crane operator for the former Kaustine Furnace and Tank Co. in Perry, drove a cement mixer for Cipriano’s in Mt. Morris, a bus driver for Trailways Bus Co. in Batavia and York and Pavilion Central Schools and retiring from Comstock Foods (the former Curtis Burns) in Mt. Morris where he proudly received a million miles safe driver award. He was a member of St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) in Perry, the Teamsters Union where he was a Union Steward, Perry Vets Club and a past member of the Perry VFW. He enjoyed attending classic car and railroad exhibitions as well as collecting model trains, trucks and cars and was an avid card player with family and friends.

He is survived by 3 daughters; Susan Marie Spiotta of Batavia, Paula Ann Parker of Perry and Sandra Lee (Stephen) Chauvin of Twinsburg, OH.; a sister Ruth Ann (George) Burns of York; 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 6:00-8:30PM on Tuesday March 22, 2016 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. Prayers will be recited at the Funeral Home on Wednesday March 23rd at 10:15AM preceding an 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial at St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) in Perry. He will be laid to rest in Leicester Cemetery in Leicester.

Memorials may be made to the Perry Emergency Ambulance P.O. Box 288 Perry, New York 14530. 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 14530.


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