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mary_jo.jpg  Mary Josephine "Mary Jo" (Perry) Dumuhosky passed away peacefully at her home on November 2nd, 2022 after a short illness. Mary Jo was born April 3rd 1953 in Batavia to Sam and Marie (Torcello) Perry. 

She was a 1971 graduate of Batavia High School graduate, a 1973 graduate of Genesee Community College and a 1991 graduate of SUNY Brockport.  Following her graduation from GCC in 1973 she was an adored academic advisor at Genesee Community College for over 30 years, helping numerous students choose their career paths until her retirement in 2017.   During her years of service Mary Jo earned the SUNY Chancellor's award for excellence in professional service in 2012.  She was also a Notary Public.  

Mary Jo was active in her community belonging to multiple organizations including the St. Jerome's Guild, Resurrection Parish, the Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation, Friends of the Batavia Peace Garden, and the International Peace Garden Foundation. When she wasn't spending time with beloved family or feeding the slots at Batavia Downs, she volunteered, working for the gift shop at St. Jerome's and spending time with friends on the Thursday Night Golf League at Meadowbrook Golf Course and the GCC retirees group.  

She is predeceased by her husband of 31 years Mark Dumuhosky and parents Sam and Marie Perry. She is survived by her brother Ross Perry of Batavia; Daughter Lisa Dumuhosky (Carl Gieseler) of Batavia, Son Matthew (Laura) Dumuhosky of LeRoy; Grandchildren Kelli, Estelle & Lenore Dumuhosky along with many, many other family, friends and fairy godchildren.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday November 10, 2022 from 4:00-8:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. There will be a 9:30AM Mass of Christian burial on Friday November 11th at Resurrection Parish (St Mary's) 18 Ellicott St. in Batavia. Mary Jo will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. 127 North St. Batavia, NY 14020. To leave 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.

pam.jpg  Pamela A. Truax, 84, of Byron passed away peacefully on Thursday November 3, 2022 at Crossroads House in Batavia. She was born on May 9, 1938 in Olean to the late Joseph and Eleanor (Rose) Weinman. She is also predeceased by her sister; Linda Weinman; grandsons Luke and Steele Truax.

Pam was a member of the Byron Rescue Squad for many years.

She has left behind her husband of 42 years; Milford Truax; children Stan (Vicky) Truax of Bergen, Kim (Jerry) Pospychalla and Shane (Erica) Truax; Melissa Truax and Christopher Truax; sister Jerry Sue and brothers Tom and Charlie Weinman, along with several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 4:00PM Celebration of Life will be held on Friday November 11, 2022 at the Byron Fire Hall 6357 Townline Rd. Byron, NY 14422. She will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House www.crossroadshouse.com or the Byron Rescue Squad 6357 Townline Rd. Byron, NY 14422 or the Byron Presbyterian Church 6293 W. Main St. in Byron. To leave 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.

Mark David Post, 60, of San Diego, CA passed away unexpectedly on October 19, 2022. He was born December 25, 1961 - a Christmas baby at Genesee Memorial Hospital. He was a 1980 graduate of Alexander Central School and attended Genesee Community College, as well as Geneseo State College. Mark moved to California 36 years ago. His hard work and initiative spurred on a decades-long career of managing multiple apartment complexes, culminating in the recent purchase and ownership of the Caravan Apartments in San Diego. He lived his life surrounded by a community of friends where his generosity was always on full display. He was known for his big heart, his desire to have a good time, and his willingness to make a difference in the lives of so many. Mark enjoyed playing the piano, trips to Las Vegas, and hosting big holiday-themed parties. He is survived by his parents David and Nancy Post, sisters Shari (Jim) Otis, and Wendy (Lorenzo) Peshlakai, brother Bob (Deb) Post, five nieces and nephews, and five grand-nieces and nephews. He was loved and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service is planned for November 12th at 11am - The First Presbyterian Church, located at 300 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. The family is requesting donations be made in Mark’s honor to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.

maley.jpg Gerald Maley, age 92, passed away peacefully on November 2, 2022.

Gerry was born on May 23, 1930 in Batavia, the son of the late John and Helena Lippold Maley. Following his 1948 high school graduation, he played professional baseball for teams in Batavia and Olean, New York. He was inducted into the Batavia High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. Following Gerry’s baseball career, he served in the United States Army during the Korean War. When he returned to civilian life he worked as a lineman and switchman for Niagara Mohawk for 37 years.

He was very community minded and an active member of the American Legion, Batavia Lion’s Club, Niagara Mohawk Pensioners Club, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and a long time usher at St. Mary’s Church. He also served as Vice President and Director of the Batavia Clippers and Muckdogs Baseball Clubs.

Gerry is preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years; Dorothy; his parents John and Helena Maley; brother Edward Maley and sister Regina Perkowski.

Gerry is survived by his children; Barbara (Penn) Pixley, Douglas (Sharon) Maley, William Maley and Janice Maley; grandchildren Brian (Meghan) Pixley, Jennifer (Anthony) Ortiz, Juliana (Joseph) Chahine, Alexandria (Joshua) Muller, Victoria (Eric) Wing and Daniel Maley; great-grandchildren Caroline, Luke, Cole and Madelyn Pixley, Arthur Ortiz and Elias Chahine; sister Donna (Jim) West, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Friends are invited to call on Monday November 7, 2022 from 4:00-8:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Prayers will be recited at 9:00AM at the Funeral Home followed by a 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday the November 8th  at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s) 18 Ellicott St. in Batavia. Gerry will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Resurrection Parish 303 E. Main St. in Batavia. To leave 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.

image.jpgBergen - Michele Worden , 60  of Bergen  passed away on Sunday, October 30, 2022, after a long battle with cancer, at Highland Hospital in Rochester, New York.

Michele was born Monday, July 16th, 1962 in Rochester, NY a daughter of the late Michael Fleming Sr. and Judy Fleming. She graduated from Byron-Bergen Central School and later married the love of her life Wayne Worden. She was a fantastic mother to her four children and loved her grandchildren. Michele dedicated her life to helping others as a Nurse's Aide at Premier Genesee Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She enjoyed crocheting gifts for family and friends, loved animals, spent her life caring for people, and dedicated time to sending out uplifting posts on facebook. As a friend Michele was fierce and loyal, she would always stand by your side. 

Michele is survived by her mother Judy Fleming; three sons, Cory Worden, of Bergen, Kevin Worden, of Bergen, and Kyle (Katrina) Worden, of Honeoye Falls; grandchildren, Eithan, Kellsie, and Haylee Worden, of Rome; Siblings, Ron (Barb) Conrad, of Wayland, Tom (Kim) Fleming, of Brockport, Bob (Joanne) Fleming, of LeRoy, Mike (Mariann) Fleming, of Bergen, and many nieces and nephews.

Michele is reunited in death with her husband, Wayne Worden; father, Michael Fleming Sr., and her daughter Kristie Stack.

As per the family's request there will be a private interment in Mumford Rural Cemetery, at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to James P. Wilmont cancer center, 90 Crittenden Blvd, Rochester, NY 14642.  

Arrangements are under the care and direction of H.E. Turner & Co., Inc. Funeral Home, Bergen. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

image0000_1.jpgBatavia - Antwon Lamont Lerkins, 24 of Batavia went to be with our Lord on Friday, October 28, 2022 at Sunmount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake, NY.

Antwon was born Friday, September 18th, 1998 in Batavia, NY the son of Lamont Crimes and Laurie Lerkins.

He enjoyed Drawing, Swimming with his siblings, listening to all genre of Music, Learning new skills, and Spending time with family.

Antwon will be fondly remembered by his father, Lamont Crimes; mother, Laurie Lerkins; brother, Jacob Crimes; sisters, Breanna and Alicia Crimes; grandparents, Mattie and Gary Cooper; aunts, Crystal and Vickie Crimes; uncle, Fred Crimes, and everyone who had the chance to meet him.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, November 4, 2022 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at H.E. Turner & Co., Inc Funeral Home, 403 E. Main Street Batavia, NY, where the funeral service will commence at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salvation Army 529 E. Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of H.E. Turner & Co., Inc. Funeral Home. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Byron ~ Jeanne Avis Moultrup Freeman, age 76, passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon (October 30, 2022) in the loving presence of her family.

  jeanne_freeman_0.jpg   She was born August 26, 1946 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Paul and Mildred Bohadlo Moultrup.

     Jeanne will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and dear friend, who wore many “hats”.  She worked as a 4 H secretary, a stay at home mom, which coincided with making wedding cakes and finally serving as the Byron Town Clerk from 1985 – 2005 before retiring.

     She was a lifelong seamstress, a photographer, enjoyed scrapbooking, gardening, snowmobiling, watching her daughters show horses, a 4 H leader and a member of the Byron Historical Society.  Above all, she was a car enthusiast at heart.  She and her husband, Bill, would travel to car cruises and shows with her prized possessions; her 1970 Mach I Mustang and her 2002 Mustang GT.  jeanne_freeman_mach_1_0.jpg

     Jeanne married the love of her life, William Kent Freeman in 1965 and they shared their home in Byron for 57 years.  In addition to her husband, Bill, she is survived by her daughters, Melissa A. (Brian) Sheard and Debra L. Freeman Baris (Ron Coniber); grandchildren, Brent Sheard (Lauren Williams), Alianna Baris and Camden Baris; sister, Donna (Cliff) Harper of OH and their son, Steve (Susan) Harper and children, Sophie and Hayden of TX; brother-in-law, Mike Smith of NC and his daughter, Michelle (Mike) Childers and children, Jayden and Sabastian, along with many dear friends.

     In addition to her parents, Jeanne was predeceased by her sister, Eileen Smith and nephew, Jason Smith.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, November 4 from 2 ~ 4 and 6 ~ 8 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Her Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, November 5 at 11:00 AM at the Morganville United Church of Christ, 8466 Morganville Road, Stafford, NY.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Morganville United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 43, Stafford, N.Y. 14143.

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

Walter John Gavenda, Jr, 81, of Annandale, Virginia, passed away on October 26, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Walt was born in Buffalo, a son of Walter and Rose Gavenda on October 15, 1941.

He graduated from Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University in 1963. He worked for the Central Intelligence Agency for 33 years. His career included two overseas assignments in East Asia and while serving in the Washington Metropolitan area he reviewed and declassified Project Stargate. Following his retirement from the CIA, Walt served as a researcher with a newly formed company, Courage Services, which supported clients in the national security sector.

Following his ultimate retirement, Walt pursued his main passions, writing, researching history and the study of the paranormal. His book A Guide to Haunted West Virginia became a regional best seller.

Walt is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Rose Gavenda, his nephew Thomas Gavenda, and his sister-in-law Ann Gavenda.

Walt is survived by his brother Donald Gavenda of Elba, his niece and three nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, October 31 at St Ambrose Church, Annandale, VA with the Fr. Rampino of officiating.

Family and Friends are invited to attend a graveside service for Walt at on Thursday (November 3, 2022) at 11:30 a.m. in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St Ambrose Catholic Church, 3901 Woodburn Road, Annandale, VA 22003.

The family of Walt wishes to extend our sincere thanks to his wonderful family of friends that have been there for him through out the years.

Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue in Oakfield. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

Larry Gaylard Hill, age 65, of the Town of Shelby, passed away unexpectedly at his home on October 27, 2022.

Larry was born on May 17, 1957 in Medina, NY to parents H. Gaylard Hill and Gladys (Bruning) Hill. He graduated from Medina High School in 1975. He married Michele R. Boyle in 1982.

Larry was an accomplished mechanic who started his career at Lisle and Ricker working on International Harvester farm equipment. Shortly after Lisle and Ricker closed, Larry took on a full-time position at Keeler Construction in Albion, where he dedicated himself for the next 45 years.

He was a devoted husband and father who loved his family and friends. He would often be found at home or on a farm wrenching away on equipment. He was passionate about helping others whenever he could. On Sundays, Larry and Michele loved having breakfast out at the local restaurants. Afterwards, Larry loved to drive around and tour the countryside looking at equipment and taking note of everything that had changed. He was very knowledgeable about many topics, always having a thought or an answer when in discussion. He was known to be able to recite the extended genealogy of practically any family.

Larry is survived by his beloved wife, Michele Hill; and son, Christopher G. (Katie J. (Graton)) Hill; two grandchildren, Byron G. Hill and Joshua J. Hill. He is also survived by his sister, Judy. He is preceded in death by his parents, H. Gaylard and Gladys Hill.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 4-8PM at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 10AM in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family greatly appreciates any contributions in Larry’s memory to be made to the Medina FFA, 1 Mustang Drive, Medina, NY 14103, for a scholarship fund to be set up in his memory. Share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Darlene S. Sztaba, 75, of Bergen, New York, passed away peacefully on October 25, 2022 surrounded by her family.  

     Darlene was born on February 28, 1947, in Stevens Point, Wisconsin to June Dakins and James L. Syms.  She was one of six siblings: Lawrence “Butch” Syms, Fred “Stubby” (Terri) Syms, Rick (Sandy) Syms, Mike (Dianne) Syms, and Nancy (Dennis) Blagg.  Darlene moved to New York State in 1967, married and started a family. Darlene retired from Byron-Bergen Central School where she worked first as a cafeteria worker and then a custodian.  She loved her job and working with the many wonderful people at the school.

  darlene_sztaba_newspaper_0.jpg   The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to Darlene.  Her love for her family was unparalleled, equalled only by her overwhelming love of the game Yahtzee.  She never went anywhere without it and happily destroyed any Yahtzee amateur that challenged her.  She was also an avid fisherwoman and felt at home being on the peacefulness of the water.  Originally  from Wisconsin, Darlene was very passionate about all things Wisconsin.  She faithfully cheered on her Green Bay Packers both in the brightest and darkest of times.  Perhaps being a native of Wisconsin and a lifelong cheesehead brought out her love for a great grilled cheese sandwich or two! She loved her time spent in Rhinelander, Wisconsin visiting family, fishing, and making memories.  She was most at  peace visiting the stone cottage on the Wisconsin River.  She also fancied a piece or two of grape pie.  She loved taking her excursion out in search of the best pie, which of course was always Monica’s Pies.  Darlene was an avid crafter and enjoyed expressing her creativity through her many projects that she created.  She loved crocheting towels for everyone she knew.  She was also a devoted fan of Days of Our Lives and hated to miss an episode.  Darlene could best be described as both sassy and genuinely kind-hearted.  She was a friend to all and always wanted to help others.  Her witty nature and great one liners kept us all on our toes up to the very end.  Her stubbornness was her greatest asset at times.  It was the way in which she lived, on her terms and in her own way.

     Darlene was preceded in death by her parents and son, Matthew Charles Staba.  She is survived by her companion, Dennis Walker; her children: James (Susan) Staba, Roxanne (Peter) Coleman, and Melissa (Randal) Staba-Busch; her grandchildren: Tyler Murtha, Courtney (Eric) Hyde, Rayleigh Staba (Joe Brown), Kyle Coleman, Caleb Busch, Jamie (Spencer) Thomas, and Zander Staba.

     As per Darlene’s request, her immediate family will be celebrating her life privately. 

     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Crossroad House, 11 Liberty Street, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021.  www.crossroadshouse.com/donate

     In memory of Darlene, the family asks that you crack open a Genny Light, make yourself a grilled cheese sandwich, and splurge on some grape pie in her honor, it is the way she would have wanted you to celebrate her.

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


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