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January 27, 1931 – May 24, 2021

Duane Lee Squires, 90, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., passed away on May 24, 2021.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of the late Paul L. Squires and Nellie Glidden Squires.

He was a graduate of Batavia High School, Class of 1949, and attended Edison Tech in Rochester, N.Y. He served a four-year apprenticeship in the Bricklayers, Masons, and Plasters International Union and worked in the trade until 1954 when he cofounded Manning and Squires Co., which later became Manning Squires Hennig Co. Inc., and where he presided as president until 1996.

He was a member of the New York State Chapter of the Associated General Contractors, Rochester Builders Exchange, past president of the Byron, N.Y., Kiwanis Club, a graduate assistant for Dale Carnegie, and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

He was known for his love of people, his integrity, his labored attention to detail and the neighborhood squirrels which he fed daily. He was an easy acquaintance to all and cared deeply for others. As a closet novelist, he filled numerous binders with hundreds of short stories of his life’s experiences. A modern day romantic, he serenaded the love of his life on a daily basis and showered her with love for 68 years.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Shultz); sisters, Jean Dudley of Batavia, N.Y. & Donna Krause of Bergen, N.Y.; four children, Douglas (Karen) of Charlotte, N.C., Gary (Catherine) of Churchville, N.Y., David (Judy) of Maricopa, Ariz., & Sandy (Stewart) of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; grandchildren, Brad, Brenda (Nate) Nord, Jacob, Adam (Fia), Matt (Chelsea), Ashley (Colin) McCabe, Pat (Carly), Selena, Josh, & Skylar; & great-grandchildren, Ryann, Avery, Beckett, Finn, Damian, Hugh, Gus, Ruby, Savonne, & Shanice.

Visitation is planned for 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 30, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Myrtle Beach, immediately followed by a Memorial Service at 2 p.m.

The family requests in lieu of flowers that a donation be made to the Parkinson’s Association at www.parkinson.org.

mildredbell.jpegMildred E. Bell (nee Staiber). On April 30, 2021 at age 97, Mildred joined her husband Raymond J. Bell after being separated for 21 years. There was great joy when Mildred and Raymond joined their daughter Barbara (Kline) Roberts and their son Raymond (Nancy). Mildred was welcomed by her parents, Henry and Nora Staiber, and her brother George (Theresa) Staiber. Also joining in the celebration were her sisters, Marion (Thomas) Foster, Clare (Charles) Buecheler, and Barbara (William) Frisch. They were surrounded by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Surviving on earth are her children Janet (James) Brunner, Joan (Charles) Williams and Joseph (Diane) Bell, along with her sister Jean (Frank) McCormick, and brothers John (Gerry) Staiber and Mike (Peggy) Staiber. Mildred left behind sixteen grandchildren, twenty three great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

A 12:00PM noon Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday June 5th, 2021 at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish, 2311 Attica Rd. Varysburg, NY 14167. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Attica Fire Department & Rescue Squad, 11 Water St, Attica, NY 14011 or to the church. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Richfield Springs, N.Y. ~ John Ray Sovocool, age 65, passed away early Thursday morning (May 20, 2021) at Crossroads House in Batavia surrounded by his loving family.

     He was born January 25, 1956 at Pepperrell Air Force Base, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, a son of the late Wilbur J. Sovocool and the late MaryAnne Cranston Sovocool.

     John was a proud graduate of Cornell University, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.  While there he was a member of the U.S, Air Force ROTC program, and upon graduation was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.  John served his country in many notable assignments around the world before retiring from the Air Force with the rank of Major.  John owned and operated Fieldstone Farm Resort in Richfield Springs from 1998 until the summer of 2020 and his wife, Jean, joined him in the Fall of 2009.  Together, they made every guest feel welcomed and like family.

     John was an avid long-distance runner who ran 98 marathons, including 10 Boston Marathons and at least one in each of the 50 states.  He also loved working with wood and stained glass, was a stonemason and landscaper and was considered by all to be a true artisan in these mediums.

     John will be sadly missed by his loving and devoted wife Jean Barr Sovocool; children, John E. Sovocool, Adam Sovocool (Nancy), Kristin (Ben Cook) Sovocool, Nicholas Sovocool (Kelsey) and Alexander Sovocool; step-children, Alison Barr (Robert) and Robert Faucett (Mickie); grandchildren, Chayden, Hayden, Ashton, Henrik, Samuel and Viviane; siblings, Robert Sovocool of LeRoy, Sharon (Gary) Harris of Chanhassen MN, Wayne (Joan) Sovocool of Madison AL, Daniel (Ber) Sovocool of Portugal, Charles (Suzanne) Sovocool of Fairport and Kathleen DelPlato (Robert) of LeRoy; sister-in-law, Kathy Sovocool of Batavia, along with several nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Patricia and brother, Kenneth.

     There are no prior calling hours.  A public Memorial Celebration of John's life will be held at a future date.

     In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty Street, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, N.Y. 14021 - www.crossroadshouse.com/donate.

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

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

Batavia ~ Bruce S. Passe, age 76, of Putnam Road, passed away Sunday afternoon (May 23, 2021) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

     He was born May 29, 1944 in Spencerport, a son of the late William and Martha Passe.

     Bruce will be remembered as a very quiet and private man, who loved and enjoyed time spent with his family and friends.  He was a proud veteran, having served with the U S Army.  In his spare time, he enjoyed working on cars and driving truck.

     He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 18 years, Susann Brown (Welka) Passe; children, Shawn Scheg of Byron and Kimberly (Kenneth) Parsons of Macedon; step-children, Charles Ippolito of Henrietta, Warren (Mindy) Welka Jr. of Byron and Lori (Robert) Brumsted of Byron; brother, Neil Passe of NC; sister, Debbie (Steven) Saunders of NC, along with several grandchildren, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     He was predeceased by his son, Robert Scheg and brothers, David Passe and John Passe.

     Per Bruce's wishes, services will be private at the convenience of his family.

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

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

Kacy Sherwood, age 37, died on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021, in Le Roy NY.

     Kacy is survived by his wife, Lauren Sherwood; his children, Evan, Ryker, and Grayson Sherwood; parents, Jill and Dave Sherwood; brother, Kyle Sherwood; sister, Katie (Dave) Webster and their son, Hunter; sister-in-law, Jackie (Jesse) Di Ianni and their daughter Holly; Grandmother, Helen Boyce and multiple aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.

     Kacy was born on February 2,1984 to Jill and Dave Sherwood. He graduated from Byron-Bergen High School in Bergen, NY in 2002 and Genesee Community College with an associate degree.  On October 18, 2008, he married Lauren, a court stenographer, in Le Roy.  He celebrated his family and especially his children Evan, Ryker, and Grayson. 

     Kacy was a devoted husband and loving father. An avid soccer player and coach, Coach Kacy was known as the Chop Master and was loved by everyone. His perpetual presence and teaching principles of teamwork and togetherness have impacted the youth of the community in ways that will be realized throughout their lives. His family and friends will always remember him as a gentle soul with an infectious laugh.  He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

     A private funeral mass for the family will be held at the convenience of the family at Our Lady of Mercy church in Le Roy. A celebration of Kacy’s life will be announced at a future date.    

     Memorials may be made to the Sherwood Boys College Fund Foundation, Inc. at PO Box 343, Le Roy, NY 14482.

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

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

phyllisminihan.jpgPhyllis Minihan, passed away May 25, 2021 in the peaceful surroundings of her home with family and beloved four legged companion, Bandit. She was born on January 31, 1930 in Alexander the daughter of Lyle and Etta Kidder Brown. She was predeceased by her husband Francis Minihan, brother Douglas Brown, and son David Kelsey.

Phyllis worked as a hairdresser, food service manager, and was a dedicated volunteer in the 1960’s and 70’s as she helped make the Alexander Firemen’s Recreation Hall catering a successful venture. After leaving the area in the mid 70’s to work in Hornell, NY and Scranton, PA  in the food service industry; she returned to Alexander to live in the “Kidder Homestead”. She loved her farmhouse making sure it stayed in the family for the 6th generation and lived her last hours at home.

She is survived by her Brother Charles (Kay) Brown of Alexander, son Thomas (Julie) of Attica, daughter in law Betsey Kelsey of Alexander, grandchildren Daniel, Brian, Stacey, Todd Kelsey and Molly Haungs. Eight great grandchildren. Step children Gemma Minihan of Tonawanda, Lisa (John) Aprea of Lake Placid, FL, and Joseph Minihan of Ft. Lauderdale, FL. and step grandchildren Hunter, Dalton, and Trevor Rarick and Shelby Nykiel. Nieces and nephews and many dedicated friends.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. An 11:00 AM Celebration of her Life will be held on Friday, May 28, 2021 at Holy Family Parish, 4316 NY-98, North Java, NY 14113. She will be laid to rest in Alexander Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee County Office of the Aging, 2 Bank St., Batavia, NY 14020 or to Alexander Fire Department, PO Box 336, Alexander, NY 14005. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.  

LeRoy ~ D. Patricia Merrill, age 76, formerly of Myrtle Street, passed away Monday morning (May 24, 2021) at the East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw.

     She was born November 25, 1944 in Philadelphia, PA, a daughter of the late George and Doris Passage Cummings.

     Pat will be remembered as a loving and caring mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, who was dedicated to her family and her community through her career as a registered nurse for over 40 years.  She worked at the former Genesee County Nursing Home and Genesee Memorial Hospital for many years before moving on to work for the Genesee County Health Department.  She also assisted voters at various polling places in Batavia.  She was a NY Yankees fan and an avid Buffalo Bills fan.

     She will be sadly missed by her daughters, Barbara (Jeffrey) Gray of LeRoy and Jennifer (Abraham) Stevens of Batavia; granddaughter, Robyn Carbery (Cody Proefrock); brother, Richard Cummings of Batavia; sisters-in-law, Barbara (late Vincent) Ewell of FL and Lori Merrill (Charlotte Hammond) of Warsaw; beloved friends, Mark Rimmer of Rochester and Laurie Smith of Albion, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     She was predeceased by her husband, David Merrill in 2004 and a daughter, Caryn Harloff in 2016.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, May 28 from 4 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy. (Face Masks are required)  Her Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, May 29 at 11:00 AM at St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main St., Batavia.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to LeRoy Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 56, LeRoy, NY  14482.

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

Dorothy C. Miller, 91, of Byron, passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021 at Elderwood of Lakeside at Brockport.

Dorothy was born November 28, 1929 in Byron, a daughter of the late Clyde and Norma (Cummings) Newcomb.

Dorothy graduated from South Byron High School and Rochester Business Institute.  She worked at Lapp Insulator, was a member of the North Bergen Presbyterian Church and volunteered at the Gilliam Grant Community Center and the former Genesee County and Batavia Nursing Homes.  Dorothy enjoyed music, writing poems and songs, reading, knitting and crocheting.  She loved spending time with her family and friends.

Surviving are her son, David (Jean) Miller of Bergen; sister, Marjorie Bennett of Binghamton; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, Jack C. Miller, daughter, Nancy Warner and brothers, Robert Newcomb and Glenn Newcomb.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, May 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where funeral services will be held also on Friday at 12:00 p.m.  She will be laid to rest in North Byron Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to North Bergen Presbyterian Church, 7068 North Bergen Road, Bergen, NY 14416.  

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Services for ZoElla will be held on Friday May 28 at Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia.  Calling hours will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.and services to follow at 2:00 p.m. also on Friday.  Facial coverings will be required. 

Batavia - Marie  L.  Rosone, age 79,  of Batavia,  passed away on Friday, May 21, 2021 at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Batavia.

She was born on Monday, October 13, 1941 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Peter J. and Julia A. Novick Rosone.

Marie enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles.  She will be remembered by her family as a loving, giving and selfless person who would help her family in anyway possible placing their needs before hers.

She is survived by her sisters; Alice M. Rice of Batavia and Nancy (Robert) Fazio of Elba; her brother-in-law, John Alcorn of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; nine loving nieces and nephews and fourteen great-nieces and great-nephews.

She is the sister of the late Peter A. Rosone, Catherine Alcorn and Stephen P. Rosone.

There are no prior calling hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia's Cemetery, Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.

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