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Ralph M. Torcello, 89, of Batavia, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Jan. 8, 2020 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia after a brief illness.

Born on Sept. 29, 1930 and raised in Batavia, Mr. Torcello was the son of Michael C. Torcello, Sr. and Mary Torcello (Feniello). He grew up on the family farm on Creek Road in Batavia and lived there until his death.

Mr. Torcello graduated from Batavia High School in the late 1940s and was the first in his family to attend college, graduating from Buffalo State College with his B.A. in education. He served in the Army following his graduation and after his duty was completed, taught Industrial Arts to high school students in the Letchworth Central School District until his retirement.

Mr. Torcello’s passion was harness racing. During college he worked part time as a security guard at Batavia Downs and that began a lifetime of involvement in the sport that would last almost 70 years. He was an owner, trainer and driver and raced almost entirely in Western New York. 

Mr. Torcello trained and often drove his small stable of horses after getting his license in 1962. During that time he raced campaigners like Gypsy Flash, Gold Piece, Outlaw Collins and Bait The Trap. His last driving win came in 1993 in a lifetime best effort with a trotting mare named Spell Rosie followed by his last training win in 1999 with one of his better horses, What About Bob. His love of the sport spread to many in his family who later owned, trained and drove horses themselves.  

Mr. Torcello was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters, Anna Strollo (Michael), Marie Perry (Samuel), Frances, Lawrence (Madeline), Rose, Angeline, Genevieve, Michael Jr. (Patricia) and Marcella, as well as by his nephew, Anthony M. Strollo.

He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Ann Marie Caste (Paul), of New Jersey, Michael C. Torcello (Lynn) of Delaware and Lawrence Torcello (Katie), of East Bethany, Mary Jo Dumuhosky and Ross Perry, both of Batavia, Michael L. Torcello (Deborah), of Hamburg, Ralph P. Torcello (Diane), of Pavilion and Marirose Ethington (Larry), of East Bethany. He is also survived by numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews, as well as his longtime friend, Hiland Clark. 

Mr. Torcello was a member of Ascension Catholic Church in Batavia and a former member of the New York State Teachers’ Association and the United States Trotting Association.

There will be a mass in celebration of Mr. Torcello’s life at the Ascension Parish, 19 Sumner St. in Batavia on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to United Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Bergen – Donelda K. Drosky, 79, of Bergen, passed away on Friday January 10, 2020 at her home in Bergen.

Donelda was born August 21, 1940 in Ogdensburg, a daughter of the late Russell and Harriett (Lake) McWilliams.

She enjoyed reading, sewing, bowling and canning.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne Drosky of Bergen; her children, Shirley Ann (Michael) Smith of Englewood, FL, Donald Watson of Gorham, Andy Watson of Rochester, Loren (Kellie) Watson of Farmington, Carl Watson of Henrietta, Thomas (Christine Fee) Watson of Holley, Billie Jo Wilk of North Point, FL, Richard Hutchison of Bergen and Candy (Steven) Hutchison of Bergen; a brother, Carl (Ann) McWilliams of Florida; a sister, Dixie (late Duane) Adams of Ogdensburg; 21 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Donelda is the mother of the late John Thomas Watson and sister of the late Kenneth McWilliams and Marie Sovie.

Calling hours are Thursday from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Ave., Bergen, where services will be held Friday at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Donelda’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association, 5488 Sheridan Dr., #300, Williamsville, NY 14221, or online at www2.heart.org.

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

donald_butler.jpgDonald G. Butler, age 84, passed away on Thursday January 9, 2020 at Suzanne’s Comfort Care Home in Perry.  He was born in Warsaw, NY on July 24, 1935 a son to the late Gordon H. and Eva P. (Hilflicker) Butler.

Don was a 1954 graduate of Perry Central School. Don was the owner/ operator of Donald G. Butler Construction and Sunny Knoll Farms in Perry.  He took over the family farm at the age of 19 after the passing of his father. Don ran the farm from 40 head of cattle to a very successful robotic dairy farm today operated by his sons. He started Donald G. Butler Construction in 1973. He was a former owner of the Perry Raceway in Perry.  He served as chairman of the Board of Assessors for the Town of Perry for 16 years, served on the Town of Perry Zoning Board in which he helped in writing the new zoning laws and was the Town of Perry Highway Superintendent for 10 years.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church in Perry Center, Silver Lake Country Club, a member of the Perry Grange for over 60 years, Upstate Niagara Co-op and a very active member of the Perry Rotary Club starting in 1965. In his lifetime he attended over 80 years of the Perry Rotary show whether watching or participating in it. He was the director of the Perry Rotary show since 1969 as well as participating in many acts for over 50 years, even when his mobility was limited.  He organized many trips where a large participation of the Perry Rotarians were in attendance at the District conference.   He served as President of the Perry Rotary Foundation for 19 years and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship award in 1988, 2006 and 2010. In Donald’s spare time he enjoyed golfing with his friends, organizing yearly golfing trips, even after he had to give up golf do to his health. He enjoyed traveling to Florida during the winter with his wife and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife: Joann E. (Irwin) Butler whom he married on March 9, 1955, 3 sons: Scott (Bethany) Butler, Eric (Michelle) Butler and Jason (Angela) Butler all of Perry, 6 grandchildren: Kayla (Anthony Dell’Anno) Butler, Christian (Devon) Butler, Audrey, Zane, Lucas and Emma Grace Butler, 1 great grandchild: Julian , Siblings: Carol (C. Arnold “Arnie”)Wilson, Jack (Nancy) Butler both of Perry, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Friends may call from 2-6pm on Sunday January 12th at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. in Perry. Funeral services will be held on Monday January 13t at the First Congregational Church in Perry Center at 4pm. Don will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry.

(In lieu of flowers) Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Rotary Club P.O. Box 103 Perry, New York 14530, Suzanne’s Comfort Care Home 167 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

 

LeRoy ~ Mary M. Porter (nee Mooney), age 87, passed away on January 9th, 2020 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia after a short illness.

     Mary was born on November 24, 1932 in Medina, NY to her late parents, Joseph and Marie Mooney. She married Harry Porter in 1953. The Porters lived in LeRoy, where Harry worked at the local Jell-O plant until its closing and retired from Eastman Kodak.

     Mary was a stay-at-home Mom, an active parishioner at St. Joseph’s Church in LeRoy, and a member of the LeRoy/Stafford Friendship Club.

     Mary is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret (Peggy) and John Garner of LeRoy, NY; her daughter and son-in-law, Michele (Micki) and David Shaughnessy of Mt. Morris, NY; her son, John (Jack) Porter of Cartersville, GA; her son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Sharon Porter of LeRoy, NY; her sisters-in-law, Barbara Sanderson and Lorraine Maloy and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

     She is preceded in death by her husband, Harry; her sister, Joanne Wegman; her brothers, Regis and Jack Mooney and her grandson, Ryan Porter.

      Family and friends may call on Monday, January 13th from 3 ~ 7 P.M. (Rosary Recitation at 6:45 P.M.) at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd., LeRoy.  Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 14th at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.  All are welcome to attend and celebrate Mary's life.  

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the LeRoy Pantry & Help Fund Inc., 48 Main St., LeRoy, NY 14482

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

BATAVIA - Shirley M. Pashong, 89, of Batavia, passed away Tuesday, (January 7, 2020), at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation following a brief illness.

Mrs. Pashong was born July 6, 1930, in Batavia, a daughter of the late William, Sr. and Helen (Colby) Kirkpatrick.

Shirley was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

She is the wife of the late Melvern "Mel" Pashong who passed away in 2014.

Surviving are her children, Bonnie (Dennis) Dugan and Randy (Pamela) Pashong both of Batavia; grandchildren, Kate (Michael) Whitcomb of Fairport, Joshua Pashong of Batavia, and Rachel Pashong of Lockport; great-grandchildren, Andrew and Zachary Whitcomb; brother-in-law, Ronald (June) Pashong of Stafford; sisters-in-law, Shirley (late William) Krause of Byron, and Lou Kirkpatrick of Batavia.  Many nieces and nephews also survive.

Shirley is preceded in death by her siblings, Vivian (late Alan) Taber, Viola (late Alton) Schuler, William Kirkpatrick, Jr., and Lucille (late George) Derck; brother-in-law Douglas Pashong.

In keeping with Shirley's wishes there will be no visitation.  A private graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family.  She will laid to rest beside Mel in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Shirley's memory may be made to HomeCare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite 6, Batavia, NY 14020.

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


Hiram W. Jones, of Basom, passed suddenly on Friday, January 3, 2020. He was born in Alabama, New York on March 26,1948 to the late Timothy and Delphine (Blackchief) Jones.

Hiram was a member of the Beaver Clan and a 1966 graduate of Alexander High School. Upon graduating from high school, he honorably served our country in the United States Army. Hiram was a huge lover of the outdoors and could often be found walking or taking long bike rides as far away as Clarence and Batavia. He especially enjoyed fishing.

Hiram had ten brothers and sisters and is survived by, Darwyn (Janette) Hill, Malcom Hill,  Audrey Hill and Loren Jones. Many nieces and nephews also survive Hiram. He is predeceased by brothers and sisters:  Phyllis Abrams, Cathleen Hill, William “Flip” Hill, Murray Hill, John Paul Jones and Carrie Cory.

Friends may call Wednesday, January 8th, from 12 to 2 PM at the Tonawanda Indian Baptist Church, 565 Bloomingdale Road, Basom, NY where a Funeral Service will take place at 2 PM. Arrangements were made by Ross Funeral Home of Akron, LLC. To share memories and condolences with Hiram's familyplease visit rossakron.com.

Donald H. “George” Anawald, 86, of Corfu, passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the Buffalo VA Medical Center.

He was born on April 2, 1933 in Batavia, the only son of the late Howard and Florence Prince Anawald.

Don was the Vice President of Corfu High School Class of 1951, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He served in the United States Air Force and was the Quarter Master of the Joseph M. Collins V.F.W. in Alexander from 1957-1969 and a Life Member. Don worked for Eaton, Yale & Towne and then O&K Trojan in Batavia for 31 years. He was the only retiree of Majic Corrugated in Batavia. Don has been an active member of the Corfu United Presbyterian Church since 1946.

Don’s favorite pastimes were driving his tractors, tinkering and fixing things, planting, growing, canning and giving away the produce of his 3 big, bountiful gardens. He enjoyed collecting and selling the sweet chestnuts from the trees his Uncle Frank planted in the 1940’s. Don loved to go to garage sales with his daughter April.

Don would do anything for anyone and was always helpful. He whistled while in the garden, shopping and when happy, which was most of the time. Don had a fabulous sense of humor. He will be deeply missed.

Surviving is his beloved wife of 56 years, Joanna Sheroke Anawald; his 5 precious daughters, Addie (Bradley) Long, Carrie (James) McMullen, Valerie (Keith) Mutka, April Anawald and Stefanie (Ted) Smeltz; devoted Pap-paps to 7 grandchildren, Zachary and Spencer Long, Nicholas and Catherine McMullen, Tyler and Emily Mutka and Alex O’Grady. Several grand-fur babies and cousins also survive. He will be fondly remembered as “Dad” to so many of his daughter’s friends who knew and loved him.

Family and friends may call Friday, January 10, 2020 from 2 to 4:30 p.m and 7 to 9 p.m at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary Inc., 4 E. Main St., Corfu. Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 1 p.m. at the Corfu United Presbyterian Church, 63 Allegheny St., Corfu, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made the Corfu Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir, PO Box 159 Corfu, NY 14036 or the Beachhead V.F.W. 3188 Broadway Road, Alexander, NY 14005. There will also be a barrel set up in Donald’s honor, so please bring a recyclable can or bottle for Donald’s last hurrah.

Stafford ~ Donald E. Paddon, age 81, of E. Bethany-LeRoy Road, passed away Saturday morning (Jan. 4, 2020) at Strong Memorial Hospital in the loving presence of his family.

     He was born January 18, 1938 in Stafford, a son of the late Wilbur and Ruby Leathersich Paddon.

     Besides being a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Don was a person who worked hard and cared about his community.  He was a longtime farmer, but also worked for the Stafford Highway Dept., Lapp Insulator and a devoted 4 H leader.  He was also a member of the Pavilion Grange, Stafford Fire Dept., Genesee Co. Agricultural Society and Genesee Speedway.

     He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 61 years, Nancy Clark Paddon; his children, David (Donna Newton) Paddon of Pavilion, Susan (James) White of Stafford and Julie (Paul) Ehrmentraut of Stafford; his grandchildren, Brandy (Jeff Keuer) Paddon, Todd Paddon, Daniel (Lindsay Blankfield) White, Kelly (Johndavid Scarcliffe) White, Shaun (Kathryn Martens) White, Ashley, Andrew, Emily, Cody, Michael and Kate Ehrmentraut; his great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Evelyn White, Lucas Scarcliffe, Charlotte and Aubrey White; his step brothers and sisters, Tom (Sharon) Weber, Daniel (LuAnne) Weber and Marlene (Craig) Prucha, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by his brother, Robert Paddon and step-father, Lawrence Weber.

     Family and friends may call on Thursday from 4 ~ 7 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where his Service of Remembrance will be held at 7:00 P.M. 

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either the Genesee Co. Agricultural Society, P.O. Box 355, Batavia, N.Y. 14021 or the Wilber Paddon Memorial Award, c/o LeRoy Central School District, 2-6 Trigon Park, LeRoy, N.Y. 14482

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

dennisb.jpg Dennis G. Bzduch, age 63, of Perry, NY passed away on Saturday January 4, 2020 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. He was born in Warsaw, New York on June 27, 1956 a son to Walter Bzduch of Perry and the late Stella J. (Szczepanek) Bzduch who passed away in 2010. Along with his mother he is preceded in death by a brother-in-law: Bobby Kruppner who passed away in 2018.

Dennis was a 1975 graduate of Perry High School. He graduated from Genesee Community College with an Associate’s degree in Physical Therapy Assistant, received his Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education at SUNY Brockport and his Master’s degree in Health Education from the University of Alabama. Dennis worked for York Central School as a Physical, Health and Driver’s Education Teacher. He coached the Girls Varsity Basketball team, Track team and Varsity Football team at York Central, at Perry High School he coached Football and was the Director of Pools. He was a CPR and Lifeguard instructor for Genesee Valley Educational Partnership. He was a member of St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish (St. Joesph’s Church) in Perry, Silver Lake Country Club and Davis Meadows Golf Course in Pavilion. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, boating, gaming, spending quiet times in the hot tub, vacations at Walt Disney World, playing Santa Claus for many events during the holidays, he was an avid Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Sabres fan and most importantly to him was his family.

He is survived by his wife: Wendy D. (Kruppner) Bzduch whom he married in 1985, 2 children: Chelsea (Ryan Winchip) Bzduch of Hamburg, Dennis “DJ” (Cortney Chamberlain) Bzduch II of Rush, his father: Walter Bzduch of Perry, mother-in-law: Patricia Kruppner of Silver Lake, sisters: Marian “Putza” Bzduch, Marcia (Dean) Preston both of Perry, brother: Edward (Celeste) Bzduch of Perry, sister-in-laws: Nancy (Al) Durfee, Lori (Gino) Standish both of Warsaw, granddaughter: Sophia Bzduch along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 3:00-8:00PM on Friday January 10, 2020 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530. An 11:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday January 11, 2020 at St. Isidore’s Catholic Parish (St. Joseph’s Church) in Perry. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Perry.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900 Arlington, VA 22202 or visit www.diabetes.org or to the American Red Cross 8550 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA 22031 or visit www.redcross.org to donate. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.

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Betty S. Clark, 66, formerly of LeRoy, NY passed away on January 3, 2020 in Medina, NY. She was born in Batavia, NY to the late Claude J. and the late Joan (Johnson) Clark. She was preceded in death by her sister, Karen DellaPenta.

Betty was a former member of City Church in Batavia. She had a heart of gold and would help anyone that needed it.

She is survived by her son and his wife, Robert and Danielle Tooley of Oakfield; grandchildren, Gemma, RJ, and Rowan Tooley; sister, Kathy (Tom) Harper, of Florida; brother-in-law, Pat DellaPenta, of S. Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 12 pm- 2 pm on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Marley Funeral Home, 135 Main St., Attica, NY 14011. A Memorial Service will immediately follow at 2 pm at the funeral home. 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 St., Attica, NY 14011

 

 

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