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Oakfield - Heaven gained a beautiful angel when Ruth Marie Myers went home to God Tuesday, April 20, 2021 with loving family by her side.

Ruth led a full and interesting life based on family, faith and community.  She was born in Naples, New York to the late John Jacob and Vinnie Amanda Rectenwald.  She graduated Valedictorian of her class at age 16 from Naples High School and earned her teaching degree in music and elementary education at SUC Fredonia, with Suma Cum Laude honors. She went on to earn a Masters in Education from SUC Brockport.  Her first teaching job was in music at Elba Central School at 20 years old.  It was in Elba that she met the love of her life, Alan H. Myers.  They married in 1949 and took up residency in Oakfield, where they purchased the farmhouse they made home for the past 70 years and where they raised 4 children.  Ruth and Alan shared 65 beautiful years of mutual love and devotion and taught their children to be kind and good people.  

Ruth took her second teaching job in the Oakfield Alabama Central School District where she established her career as a 30+ year beloved kindergarten teacher.  Giving children the best possible start to their education became her professional passion.  She loved every child she taught, and her students never forgot her.  “I had your mother in kindergarten!”  We were honored to hear this for years.  Ruth retired from teaching in 1989 and her students still ask about her.

Ruth served her community in many ways.  She played organ and sang for St. Patrick’s Parish.  She loved her church and she felt honored to provide beautiful music for 50 years.  

Ruth believed in international diversity and friendship.  She was president of the Oakfield chapter of AFS which encouraged student foreign exchanges.  It was because of her that we hosted a Chilean student, Gladys Sanhueza-Lagos, for a year.  Gladys became Ruth’s 5th child and our sibling.  We have our mom to thank for working hard to expand our world-view.  

Ruth was a past president of the Hiram G. Luhman Oakfield-Alabama American Legion Post # 626 Ladies’ Auxiliary as well as a long-time member of  Daughters of the American Revolution.  Ruth respected our military and served in these capacities in order to actively support our troops.
Finally, Ruth was a 50-year member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an organization of professional women educators who support community needs, provide scholarships for aspiring teachers, and mentor newly-ordained educators.
 
Upon her retirement Ruth traveled extensively with her family and friends, touring Norway to attend her grandson’s wedding, Costa Rica to learn salsa, Ireland, England and Scotland to experience her roots, and Italy to visit the Vatican and eat pasta.  She loved it all.  When not traveling she welcomed her many grandchildren to spend time with “grandma and grandpa” at the family homestead where she baked cookies, read stories, kissed booboos and bandaged scrapes.  She always had a grandchild in her lap.

Ruth is survived by three daughters and their families, Patricia Smith (Carrie, Juliana, Ronald (Sunniva), Jean Seeber and spouse Edward (Jeffrey (Zarah), Kayla, Michael), Bonnie Madden (Ruth, Kathryn (Kelsey), Daniel), her daughter-in-law Bertha Myers (Nicole, Carl (Patty), Michael (Elizabeth), her former son-in-law Ronald Smith, and her great grandchildren Henrik, Heidi, Celina, Audrey, Adam, Barry, Tyler, and Xander.  She is also survived by her nieces Judy Davis (Ken), Susan Horne (Richard), John Rectenwald (Elise), and Michael Rectenwald (Kim), as well as great nieces and nephews.
Ruth Marie Myers was predeceased by her husband Alan H. Myers, her son Stephen A. Myers, her granddaughter Nicole S. Myers, her siblings and their spouses Edward Rectenwald (Evelyn), and Kathryn Standish (Henry).

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue in Oakfield. Ruth's Mass of Christian Burial will be on Saturday (April 24, 2021) at 10 a.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish - St. Cecilia's Worship Site, 56 Maple Avenue in Oakfield. Burial will be in St. Cecilia's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers Memorial Donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8516.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, both the funeral home and church will be limited to 50% capacity. Face coverings and social distancing are mandatory. There will be no gathering after the Funeral Mass, however a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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

larkin_scott_-_photo1.jpgScott A. Larkin, 66 of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday (April 18, 2021) at his residence.

He was born August 18, 1954 in Clarendon, NY, a son of the late Edward and Marion Larkin.

Scott enjoyed hunting and antiquing. He will be missed by all who knew him and his quirky sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene Laesser Larkin of Batavia. Daughter, Linda (Jeff) Larkin Loos of Attica. Also survived by grandsons, Kevin and Steven Larkin.

He was the father of the late Lisa Larkin.

Funeral services will be private at the convenience of the family.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

Sharon A. Eastman, 76, of Batavia, passed away on Monday, April 19, 2021 at Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw.

Sharon was born October 23, 1944 in Batavia, a daughter of the late John and Verline (Swartz) Collard.

She was a sewing machine operator at the former P.W. Minor & Sons Shoe Factory in Batavia.

Surviving are her children, Terry (Paula Pietrzykowski) Eastman of Batavia and Melissa (Gene) Batson of Kansas City, MO; a sister, Beverly Reda of South Carolina; a granddaughter, Amanda Coyle; great-grandchildren, Mikaylyn Smith and Brayden Wilson and several nieces and nephews.

Sharon is the wife of the late William Eastman and a sister of the late Jacqueline Collard and John Collard.

Sharon's services will be held privately by her family and she will be laid to rest in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UR Medicine Comprehensive Stroke Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14624 or online at www.urmc.rochester.edu/stroke-center.aspx.  

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

Arrangements for Sharon were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.


Lynne Philipps (a.k.a. Lynne Harris) passed away on April 2, 2021, in Ft. Myers, FL. She was born in 1952 in Batavia, NY, the oldest daughter of Norman and Rosemary Philipps. Lynne lived in Albion, NY, and then moved to Cape Coral, FL. A graduate of Albion High School, she continued her education at Monroe Community College (AAS in dental hygiene) and SUNY Brockport (BS Ed. in health education, MA in public administration). 
Her career included positions with the Onondaga Health Department, the Orleans Correctional Facility, Planned Parenthood, and Orleans Mental Health, the latter two as director and deputy director. Lynne was also a lifetime member of Girls Scouts of America, serving as the executive director of the Thousand Islands Girl Scout Council. 
Lynne served on many boards, committees and community service groups during her career, including the high school Music Boosters; Rotary, where she served as secretary and president-elect; and the League of Women’s Voters, as president. Her “legacy project,” as she called it, was her dedicated work on the planning and development board for the building of the Hoag Library. She also enjoyed working with the community as a dental hygienist before moving with her family to Florida. 
During her time in Cape Coral, Lynne was a proud member of the Island Coast Gators, then Mariner Triton families, working as an educational paraprofessional with high school students with special needs. She always brought a smile to their faces and loving patience to their day. Her favorite thing to do with her students was to share her love of cooking, teaching prep skills and creating meals and desserts. 
Lynne’s biggest joy, however, was her family, especially her daughter, Jen, and two grandchildren. They were the light of her life, as she proved daily. She spent her free time watching her grandchildren perform in theatre productions, reading, floating in the pool, watching cooking shows, and researching her family’s history with her cousin, Pam. 
Lynne is survived by her daughter, Jen (Shawn) Baker, her grandchildren, Ramonna and Dashiell Baker, her brother, Norman (Betsy) Philipps, her sister, Jodi (Anne Fargnoli) Philipps, her closest cousin and friend, Pamela Gaeta, and many other loving aunts, cousins and friends. 
A memorial service will be held in Albion at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Lynne’s memory to the Hoag Library at 134 S. Main St., Albion, NY, 14411.

 

Loren F. Merrill of Bethany Center died on Thursday, April 15, 2021 leaving behind his 100-year-old body to enter into still sweeter communion with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When asked about his age, he would frequently say “I’d like to live to 100, but if I don’t, all the better,” telling us in our grief to rejoice for him because he will be in heaven with his savior whom he loved and served so faithfully. He was a gentle and kind man, a man of integrity, who lived his life according to scripture: he put God first, his family second, and the needs of others before his own.  Although Loren was a great example for not only his descendants but all who knew him to emulate, he gave all the credit for anything good in his life to his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Loren was born August 10, 1921 in Oakfield and graduated from Alexander High School in 1940. He attended the Burgard Vocational School but because of his skill and natural aptitude for resolving mechanical problems, was encouraged to leave school and work at Bell Aircraft in Buffalo and Niagara Falls. He built and repaired airplanes for 5 years during WWII. He was a mechanic at Climax in Batavia for 23 years, where he designed and built the first self-propelled bean harvester using hydraulics, oil, and a small motor. He also built the “Genesee,” one of the largest cars available in the US at the time. His lifetime interest in airplanes and automobiles was evidenced by all the model planes he built and his kindhearted auto repair and restore service to so many in the community. His 14-year career at the NY State School for the Blind in Batavia earned him the respect and admiration of students and staff alike. He was honored by the Kiwanis for his work in the Key Club, teaching marketable skills as well as life lessons.

Loren married Avis Embt on March 4, 1948 and designed and built their house on the Bethany Center Road in 1954-55 where together they raised their 5 surviving children: Glenn & Linda (Merkle) Merrill, Joy Hattendorf, Ann & Greg Miller all of Bethany Center, Ellen & David Bittner of Canandaigua, and Jim & Bethany (Wright) Merrill of Folsom, CA.  Also surviving are his grandchildren, Aaron & Rosanne (Seafuse) Merrill of Rouses Point, Emily (Merrill) & Tim Craft of Gates, Lori Hattendorf and Peggy (Miller) & Greg Johnson of Bethany Center, Stephen & Terry (Jessop) Miller of Dansville, Terenti Bittner of Canandaigua, Max Bittner of Rochester, Amy (Attridge) Bittner of Henrietta, Tahlia (Merrill) & Ronald Kirk, and Trevor & Diana (Reilly) Merrill of CA, and step-grandchildren Mark Bittner and Ruth (Bittner) & Jeff Butler of Illinois. Also surviving are 15 great-grandchildren and 8 step-great grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, ‘adopted children’ who are honored to call him ‘Dad,’ and Diggen, his constant feline companion. He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 years, Avis (2017), parents Earl and Edna (Myers) Merrill, brother Robert Merrill and son-in-law Rev. Lance Hattendorf.

Loren was an 80+-year member of the Bethany Center Baptist Church where he faithfully and humbly served his God in many capacities. He will be remembered for greeting everyone with a friendly smile and firm handshake, but mostly for his concern that they join him in heaven one day by accepting Christ and making Him Lord of their lives. For over 70 years he was caretaker of the Maple Lawn Cemetery in Bethany Center as well as being president for many years.

Loren’s family invites friends and relatives to a funeral service of thanksgiving to God at the Bethany Center Baptist Church on Saturday, April 24 at 12 o’clock noon. The funeral service will be live-streamed and recorded on facebook.com/BCBC4Christ.  Visitation will be held at the church also on April 24 from 10 am to noon and again from 1 pm to 3 pm. Facial coverings and social distancing are expected. A celebration will be held in the summer in “The Woods” to honor this incredible man and the selfless gifts he gave to us all. The family gratefully declines flowers and suggests instead that memorials may be made to the Maple Lawn Cemetery of Bethany Center or the Bethany Center Baptist Church.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


Dawn M. Watkins, age 40, of Bank Street Batavia, passed away suddenly, at home, Wednesday, April 14th 2021. Dawn was born in Batavia, November 25th 1980, a daughter of the late Kenneth Scutt and Susanna Scutt of Silver Springs, New York. Dawn was a lifetime resident of Batavia and was known as the “Life of the party”. She was always smiling and was a practical joker. As a homemaker, Dawn became a terrific wife and cook. She enjoyed reading romance and fiction novels and watching mysteries on television. Dawn was a beautiful person who will be missed by all who's life she touched. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents; Alvin (Judy) Thurley, her paternal grandparents; Walter (Doris) Scutt, a nephew; David Welch.
Survivors include her beloved husband of twenty years, Anthony “Tony” Watkins of Batavia, whom she married on October 13th 2001, her mother; Susanna Scutt of Silver Springs, four sisters; Bobbi Sue Scutt and Rebecca Scutt both of Silver Springs, Samantha (Chris) Reinhardt of Batavia, Nicole (Andrew) Leaton of LeRoy, her mother in-law; Elizabeth Watkins of Batavia, two nephews; Kyle Scutt and Cody Davis, five nieces; Natalie Royse, Skylar Rumble, Bella Leaton, Aubrey and Emilee Reinhardt, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial celebration of Dawn's life will be held at a later date to be announced.
Please visit www.weeksfuneral.com to offer condolences. Memorials are requested to the family at the GofundMe account Dawny Dawn.

Nelson  A. Foley, 83, of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Facility in Rochester.

Nelson was born June 30, 1937 in Moira, a son of the late Ross and Marian (Bowman) Foley, Sr.

A member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Batavia, Nelson loved racing, watching wrestling, tinkering on cars and jigsaw puzzles.  Nelson worked at the former P.W. Minor & Sons Shoe Factory in Batavia.

Surviving are his step-children, Karen (Randy) Becker of Corfu and Brian (Wendy) Smith of East Bethany; brothers, Donald (late Mary Margaret) Foley of Spencerport and Dennis (Betty) Foley of LeRoy; a sister-in-law, Janette Foley of Warsaw; step-grandchildren, Jason Becker, Stacy Malone, Sarah Malone and Samuel Malone, eight step-great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceded in death by his wife, Shirley M. Foley, a brother, Ross Foley, Jr. and a sister, Loretta (late Ed) Loranty.

Calling hours are Friday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Ave., Batavia, where services will be held on Friday at 1:00.  He will be laid to rest in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, 11 Liberty Street, Batavia, New York 14021, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate.  

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

Arrangements for Nelson were entrusted to the H.E Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

Bergen - Gary S. Antinore, Jr., 58 of Bergen, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, (April 13, 2021) at his parent's home in Bergen.

Mr. Antinore was born December 8, 1962 in Batavia,  a son of Sandra (Howard) Brew of Bergen and the late Gary S. Antinore, Sr.

Gary was a deeply religious person who enjoyed hunting, hockey, football, and politics. He also greatly enjoyed buying and selling sheep.

In addition to his mother and step-father, Gary is survived by a sister, Wendy (David) Cellini of Rochester; and a step-brother, William (Karen) Brew of LeRoy.

He is preceded in death by a step-brother, David (late Phyllis) Brew.

There will be no visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Tuesday at 11:00 am in Mt. Rest Cemetery in Bergen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Kidney Association, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852 or the American Heart Association, PO Box 417005 Boston, MA 02241-7005.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Bergen. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Oakfield - Thomas S. Butler, 43 of Oakfield, passed away on Sunday, (April 11, 2021) as a result of injuries sustained in an ATV accident.

Mr. Butler was born January 14, 1978 in Batavia, a son of Beverly (Jack, Jr.) Hillabush of Elba.

He was a supervisor with the NYS Dept. of Transportation in Albion and a past member of the Elba and Oakfield Fire Departments. He enjoyed all outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, racing, and four-wheeling. Most of all, he enjoyed time spent with family and friends.

Thomas is the husband of Kimberly (Drachenberg) Butler of Oakfield.

Surviving along with his wife and parents, are his children, Jessica (fiancé Rob) of Batavia, Cory of Oakfield, Scott of Michigan, and Shannon of Oakfield; brothers, Michael (late Debrah) of Elba, and Peter (Katie) of Maryland.

There will be no visitation. A celebration of Tommy’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to National Wild Turkey Federation, 1025 New Road, Buffalo, New York 14228 or online at www.nwtf.org.  

Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

Janet M. Anderson, 80, of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at her home under the care of her loving family and HomeCare and Hospice.

Janet was born November 15, 1940 in Watertown, a daughter of the late Lawrence "Bud" and Loretta (Boucher) Delaney.

Janet was an active member of Resurrection Parish with her faith being very important to her.  She was a lector at St. Mary's Church and in the 1990's Janet made all the church banners and the nativity scene that was also displayed at St. Mary's Church.  She was an avid New York Yankees fan and along with her husband Charles, they celebrated their honeymoon and 50th wedding anniversary at Yankees Stadium.  Janet loved her grandchildren, carpentry, sketching and painting.  She will be remembered for making her family and friends the best peanut butter fudge and she graduated from Immaculate Heart Academy in Watertown.

Surviving are husband, Charles Anderson, they were married August 24, 1963.  Also surviving are her children, Fr. Lawrence Anderson of Albany, Laura Lee (Steven) Schertler of Silver Springs, MD, James (Patricia) Anderson of Lockport, Jeffrey (Michelle) Anderson of Cheektowaga and Michael (Korinne) Anderson of Batavia; grandchildren, Kelly Anderson, Scott Anderson, Jeffrey Anderson, Zachary Anderson, Aidan Anderson and Ava Anderson; sisters, Sally (Dick) Ulmen of Watertown, Carol Cring of Ticonderoga and Jane (Thomas) Broedel of Ocala, FL and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by brothers, Richard Delaney and Thomas Delaney and her sister, Mary Timlick.

Calling hours are Monday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.  Janet's Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday at Resurrection Parish, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia. She will be laid to rest in the Western New York National Cemetery in Corfu.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at www.stjude.org/.

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

The funeral home and church capacity are limited to 50% capacity and face coverings will be required. Thank you for your cooperation.

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