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duane2.pngDUANE C. BROWN

Age 53, of Batavia, died unexpectedly Thursday May 19, 2016 at Strong Memorial Hospital after being stricken at home on Monday. He was born October 16, 1962 in Batavia, a son of Charlie (Kaye) Brown of Alexander and Eloise (Bartz) of Scotia, NY. 

Duane lived most of his life in Alexander and was very active and in constant support of the community. He was most visible as the manager of the VFW Beachhead-Alexander, was co-owner with his wife of D & M Cleaning, LLC, property owner of Hair Studio B and J-Dub's Pizza & Subs in Alexander. Duane was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, he was hardworking, kind, enjoyed golf, had a great sense of humor and was a loyal friend to all. 

Surviving is his beloved wife whom he married in 2007, Maureen (Horre) Brown of Batavia; son, Roger (Nicole Eldridge) Brown of LeRoy; step-children, Phillip Napierala of Batavia and Danielle Napierala of Rochester; sister, Cheryl (Tony) Hurd of Branchport; grandchildren, Arianna and Gabrielle Brown; step-brothers and sisters; extended family along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

The family will be present from 4:00 - 8:00PM on Sunday May 22 and Monday May 23 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020, where prayers will be recited Tuesday May 24 at 9:30AM followed by a 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary's Site). He will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery and memorials in his memory are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice. 

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



Avon - Lee F. Toal, 69, of Avon, passed away Thursday, (May 19, 2016) at Teresa House, in Geneseo, following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Toal was born March 8, 1947 in Batavia, a son of the late Francis and Martha (Scott) Toal.

Lee was a gifted mechanic and carpenter.  He enjoyed bowling, fishing, and was an avid NASCAR fan. 

Most of all, Lee was a family man.  He will be remembered as a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He is the husband of Carol (Armbrewster) Toal.  The two enjoyed 50 years of marriage having celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on February 26. 

Surviving along with his wife is a daughter, Barbara (Karl) Kilthau of IL; grandchildren, Justin (Pearl) Kilthau, Joshua Kilthau, Dana (Stephanie) Kilthau, Tara (Franklin) Boucherie, Leann Keech, Noah Toal, and Ethan Toal; great-grandchildren, Eric and Josiah Kilthau, Alexis, Kylie, and Braylin Boucherie, and Bentley Kilthau; two brothers, Donald (late Nadine) Toal of Idaho and Neal (Diane) Toal of FL; two sisters, Sylvia (Curt) Maskell, and Carol (late Albert) Huff both of Batavia.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Lee is preceded in death by his son, Lee M. Toal, a granddaughter, Kendra Leigh Toal, and brothers, Carl and James Toal.

Friends may call on Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co, Inc., 403 East Main St., Batavia.  Lee’s Funeral Service will immediately follow calling hours at 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teresa House, 21 Highland Road, Geneseo, NY 14454 or to the family.

Batavia - Nancy D. Vallese, 80, of Batavia, died Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Martin Linsin House, in Albion.

Mrs. Vallese was born March 30, 1936 in Wyoming, NY, a daughter of the late Forest and Ruth (Carlson) Dring.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Church and graduated from Wyoming High School.  She was an avid bowler and member of the Genesee Valley WBA.

She was predeceased by her husband A. James Vallese, a daughter, Susan Vallese, a granddaughter Mallory Hale and a sister, Susan Cornelius. 

Survivors include 3 sons, Christopher "Vin" Vallese of Newfane, Steven Vallese of Batavia and Mark (Jane)Vallese of Bergen; a daughter, Elizabeth Vallese of Chesapeake, VA; 12 grandchildren, Matthew, Melissa (Erik), Sean, Lauren, Derek (Sam), Cody, Alexis (Ryan), Amanda, Kirsten, Giovanni and Gabriel; 6 great grandchildren, Kalon, Aiden, Connor, Alyssa, Arianna, Liam and soon to be Finley. She is also survived by her birth daughter Emily and her dear family at Martin Linsin Residence.

Her Memorial Mass will be held at 9:30 am Saturday at St. Joseph’s Church, 303 E. Main St., Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Martin-Linsin Residence, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411.   Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.  Arrangements were completed by Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 E. Main St., Batavia.


Batavia - Richard Brenkus, 86, of Batavia, a foreman at Niagara Mohawk Power Co. in Batavia, died on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Batavia Health Care Center, LLC, in Batavia.

Mr. Brenkus was born April 22, 1930 in Batavia, a son of the late Frank and Mary (Balicki) Brenkus.

He was a 1948 graduate of Batavia High School.

He is survived by his wife, Rita (Cecere) Brenkus, whom he married on February 3, 1951; 1 daughter, Beth (Joseph) Starowitz of Batavia; 1 brother, Donald Brenkus of FL; 3 grandchildren, Eric (Mellisa) Gahagan of Batavia, Brian (Zahra) Gahagan of DE and Katie Gahagan of SC, 2 great-grandchildren, Grant Gahagan and Meg Gahagen, both of Batavia and a niece and a nephew.

Services will be at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway West, Amherst, NY 14228 or to United Memorial Medical Center Foundation, 123 North Street, Batavia, NY 14020.  Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery.  Arrangements were completed by Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 302 E. Main St., Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

LeRoy ~ John E. "Jack" Konarski, age 81, of Randall Road, passed away at home on Tuesday afternoon (May 17, 2016) in the loving presence of his family.

     He was born November 25, 1934 in LeRoy, a son of the late John V. and Julia Vescovi Konarski.

     Jack was a very loving man, who had a great sense of humor.  He loved animals, wood carving & whittling and reading.  He was a member of the Living Waters Church and Godfrey's Pond, where he enjoyed fishing.

     He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Carol Papke Konarski; daughter, Lori Hawkins of Stafford; son, David (Jane) Konarski of Lakeville; grandchildren, John (Cheryl) Burrs, William Konarski, Richard Konarski, James (Elaina) Konarski, Jennifer (Devon) Saltsman, Shawna Hawkins and Nick Hawkins; 12 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sisters, Rita (Robert) Schmeer and Betty (Donald) Angst and his grandsons, Michael Burrs and Christopher VanBuskirk.

     Family and friends may call on Friday from 2 ~ 4 and 6 ~ 8 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  His Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM at the Living Waters Church, 30 Main Street, LeRoy.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to either Living Waters Church or Homecare & Hospice.

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

LE ROY — Donald W. “Ben” Wright died peacefully Friday morning (May 13, 2016) at the Le Roy Village Green, after a long battle with COPD and chronic heart failure.

He was a well-known and respected self-employed local contractor for many years. A Le Roy native and lifelong resident, he will be missed by friends and family including his loving wife, Shari (Soccio) Wright.

Ben was a longtime member of the Le Roy Moose Family Center (Lodge 1132), which he served as Membership Chairman for 20 years and as Treasurer for two terms. He served on several committees including membership for two years and sponsored 225 new and former members — the second-highest total in the history of the Lodge. Mr. Wright received a Fellowship Degree of Honor in 1992.

He also served as President and Vice President of the Old Reel Collectors Association (ORCA), and was for many years a columnist for “ORCA Reel News” magazine. He was the author of five books on antique spinning reels, and was known as the spinning-reel “guru” by many collectors worldwide.

Ben was a starting guard for the 1962-63 Le Roy varsity basketball team — ranked among the greatest in the school’s history — and was one of five players named to the 1963 Class A All-Tournament team. The team was inducted into the Le Roy Oatka Knights Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Ben enjoyed all sports, including fishing.

He was the son of the late Bernard Wright and Helen Docking; and half-brother of the late James Uhly.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are his brothers Larry (Pam) Wright of Le Roy and Bernard (Deb) Wright of Alexandria, Va.; half-brother, Dave Uhly; half-sister, Barb Uhly; children, Marcey (Charles) Fox of Livonia, Kory (Sarah) Wright of Geneseo; and Kelly (Ray) Coniglio of Le Roy; sister-in-law, Laurie (Pattie) Soccio of Grant, Fla.; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

There will no calling hours or funeral service. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life from 1 to 4 p.m. June 25 at the Moose Family Center, Bank Street, Le Roy. Memorial contributions may be made to the COPD Foundation (www.copdfoundation.org)

Mr. Wright and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral  & Cremation Service Inc. Your memories and condolences may be shared with Ben's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.


Age 78, of Batavia, died peacefully Tuesday evening May 10, 2016 at United Memorial Medical Center. He was born March 10, 1938 in Warsaw, NY. 

Mr. Barlow was an electrician at the former Dohler-Jarvis and was retired from the Eastman Kodak, Co. and a longtime member of Resurrection Parish. 

Surviving is his beloved wife of 57 years, Barbara (Dombrowski) Barlow of Batavia; loving daughters, Robyn (late Jeffry) Falcone and Lisa Gray both of Batavia; 5 grandchildren, Casey Gray, Brooke (Kevin) Kuszlyk, Benji Gray, Ashley Falcone and Tessa Cerefin. 

Please join the Barlow family 10:00am Saturday May 14 at Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph's Site) to celebrate Ken's Mass of Christian Burial, he will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery and in lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Joseph's Church 303 East Main Street or Crossroads House 11 Liberty Street Batavia, New York 14020. 

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



shreder.jpg Barbara Jean Priest Shreder, 87, of Attica, went to her heavenly reward on Monday May 9, 2016. She was born in Dannemora, NY on May 29, 1928 to the late Charles and Jean (Stewart) Priest and is the sister of the late Robert Priest. “Babe” was the loving wife of Robert “Peanuts” Shreder for 63 years.

She was the devoted mother of Paula (late Norman) Jones of Java Center, Raymond (Marianne) Shreder of Henderson, NV, Patricia (John) Ryan of Bennington, Joanne (Walter) Robinson of Attica and special godson Joseph Reynolds of Buffalo.  Also surviving are beloved grandchildren; Robert “Bo” Shreder, Denley and Lewis Ryan, Ruth Robinson and step grandsons John and Joey Lanuti, along with many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Shreder was a First grade teacher for 25 years at St. Vincent De Paul School in Attica where she was presented with the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo “Teacher of the Year” Award in 1990 by Bishop Head. A published author, she was recognized as a ‘Poet of the Year’ in 1987 and received the US Golden Poet Award in 1989. Aside from her love for Shakespeare, Poe and all things Sinatra, she enjoyed animals, especially cats and dogs and in particular her Dachshund “Worm”.  Her hobbies included baking, gardening, needlework, shopping and decorating for the Holidays.   

Sunset and Evening Star

One Clear Call for Me

Let There Be No Moaning at the Bar

When I Push Out to Sea

             By Barbara Priest Shreder

There will be no prior calling hours. A 1:00PM Memorial Mass will be held on Sunday May 29, 2016 at St. Joachim & Anne Parish 50 East Ave. Attica, New York 14011. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Wyoming County SPCA http://www.wyomingcountyspca.org/info/donate 808 Creek Road, Attica or the Attica Fire Dept. 11 Water St. Attica in her honor.  For more information please call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.


the_blessed_mother.jpg Nancy R. Ficarella, 91, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Wednesday May 11, 2016 at the Genesee County Nursing Home.  She was born on April 10, 1925 in Batavia to the late Louis and Rosalie (Cardinelli) Columbo.  In addition to her parents, Nancy is predeceased by 10 siblings.

Nancy was very active in local organizations. She was a member of the PTA in the Batavia School District, the Band Boosters, City Charter Committee and City Youth Bureau in Batavia. She loved to read, made amazing Christmas cookies and above all else, loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her loving husband, Samuel J. Ficarella of Batavia; sons William (Erin) Ficarella and James (Kimberly) Ficarella both of Batavia; step daughter Cherie (Raymond) Myers of GA; 5 grandchildren, Amanda (Thomas) Coggiola, Michael (Natalie) Ficarella, Samantha (Zachary) Alwardt, Nicole (fiancé Shawn Easton) Ficarella and Jason (Elise) Myers; 7 great grandchildren, Benjamin and Lily Coggiola, Vincent Ficarella, Bryson Alwardt, Jacob Coggiola, Anthony Ficarella and Collins Myers, along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday May 13, 2016 from 5:00-8:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Prayers will be recited at the Funeral Home at 11:30AM on Saturday the 14th prior to a 12:00PM Mass of Christian Burial that will be held at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s) 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, NY. She will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Memory Unit Activities Fund at the Genesee County Nursing Home 278 Bank St. Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

A Celebration of Life for the late Carla J. Wright will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Alexander Recreation Hall. It is located on Route 98 in Alexander (ZIP 14005).

Memorials may be made to the family.


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