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MICAH G. GARD and MICHAEL J. GARD ~ twin boys, age 2, of Batavia, went home to the angels on Friday May 20, 2016. PLEASE call Michael at (585)343-7500 for information on funeral services.


newimage.jpg Barbara J. (Burr) Gill, 75, of Attica passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Medina Memorial Hospital.  She was born to the late Clyde Burr and Elizabeth Burr on December 11, 1940.  She was the devoted wife of 40 years to the late Dennis L. Gill married on October 6, 1962.

Barbara was a graduate of Attica High School Class of 1958.  During her years in the Attica Community, she is best known for her devotion to children of the community running her own child daycare.  For approximately 45 years, she nurtured children ages birth to school age enjoying all their stages, planning activities for them, and feeling proud of them as they head off to kindergarten.  She was the home for many school age children after school and would enjoy talking to them about their days.  In her recent years, she was well known to be walking around the village with her beloved Shetland sheepdog, Bentley, and enjoying the accomplishments of her two grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter Colleen (Dave Jennings) Gill of Attica; her grandchildren Cameron Hodge of San Diego and Tarryn Hodge of Attica; a sister Janet (Rolf) Schroeder of Florida; a niece Donna (Rich) Spofford; a grand-niece Drea Watson all of Greece and a nephew Scott (Sandy) Merkle of Batavia.

Friends may call Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 4:00 – 7:00PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.  A 10:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday June 1st at Marley Funeral Home.  Following the service she will be laid to rest at Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica. 

In lieu of flowers, Memorials in her memory are suggested to the family or a charity of the donor’s choice. 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.



flowers.jpg Gayle Dianne Price, 68, of the Buffalo Mobile Home Park in Varysburg, NY died at Buffalo General Hospital on May 12, 2016 after a short illness.  She was born February 11, 1948 to the late Marion M. (Nee Getz) and Robert W. Price. 

Gayle graduated high school in 1965 from Kenmore West. Following her high school graduation she obtained a job at Brand Names Wholesale Distribution until its closing.  She then began working at Motorola/Presolite where her mother had also obtained work.  After Motorola's closing and her mother's retirement, Gayle went to work in East Aurora, NY at Fisher-Price Toys as a Customer Service Representative in the electronics department. Gayle has always had a special fondness for animals in general and for cats and kitties in particular.  She and her mom took in and fed many strays.

Gayle is survived by two half siblings; David J. Price and Janice J. Price.  She is also survived by cousins James A. Tait and Cheryl A. Tait of Marilla, Donald M. Tait of Welland, Ontario, John D. Tait of New Brunswick and Robert P. Tait of St. Catherines, Ontario.  Gayle has been surrounded with a number of special friends  among who are Carol Conrad of Freedom and Joyce Griffen of Varysburg.

There will be no prior calling hours. Gayle will be interred at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica after a Graveside Service at 11:00AM on Friday May 27, 2016. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Gayle's memory to the Wyoming County SPCA http://www.wyomingcountyspca.org/ 808 Creek Rd. Attica, NY 14011 or to the charity of your choice. 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.

Batavia ~ Richard G. Calkins, age 85, of Dewey Avenue, passed away Thursday evening (May 19, 2016) at United Memorial Medical Center.

     Mr. Calkins was born January 17, 1931 in Batavia, a son of the late Guy and Nettie Gage Calkins.

     Dick, as everyone called him, retired from LeRoy Machine, in later years known as LeRoy Industries, after 42 years of service, and where he had many great friends. He enjoyed camping, and for many years, belonging to the NCHA, the National Campers & Hikers Association.  He also participated  in square dancing with the Batavia Twirlers for many years.  Dick also enjoyed his sports and the 12 years that he and Lois spent their winters in Florida.

     He is survived by his loving wife of 62 1/2 years, Lois Handyside Calkins; his daughters, Susan (Mark) Perovich of Dansville and Karen Mills of Lime Rock; his son, Richard (Dawn) Calkins of Batavia; his brother, Lester Calkins of Rochester, his sister, Brenda Macartney of Rochester, along with many precious grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his sister, Eleanor Hoskins.

     Family and friends are welcome attend Dick's graveside service on Thursday, May 26 at 1:00 P.M. in Machpelah Cemetery in LeRoy.

     Memorials are suggested to either LeRoy United Methodist Church, 10 Trigon Park, LeRoy, NY 14482 or Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Mr. Calkins' family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.   

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

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.


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