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ruthhhopkins.jpgRuth H. Hopkins, 93 of Bennington, passed away while under the care of her children on June 16, 2020.

She was born on September 9, 1926 in Buffalo to the late Frank (Marie Nowak) Forkl. Ruth is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 72 years Warner E. Hopkins (2019); siblings, Mary Hastreiter, Pauline Forkl, Frank Forkl, Francis (Viola) Yueckstock, Betty Heissenberger, Norman Forkl and Dorothy Weiner. Son-in-laws John Warner and Paul Hendel.

Ruth was a housewife and dairy farmer for over 50 years with her husband.

She is survived by her children, Judi (Don) Best, Doris Warner, Gary (Lynne) Hopkins, Donna (Jim) Zevola, Diane Hendel and Joan (Paul) Kulczyk; sister-in-law Helen Hopkins and brother-in-law Rob Roy Griffith. 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

A private Graveside Service will be held for the immediate family. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bennington Volunteer Fire Company Rescue Squad 1353 RT 354, Attica, NY 14011 or to a charity of the donor’s choice. 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.

Elizabeth Bartholomew, 67, of Batavia passed away on June 16, 2020 at the LeRoy Village Green. She was born on October 21, 1952 to the late Samuel and Agatha Scibetta. Along with her parents, Elizabeth is predeceased by her sister; Mary Grace (George) Wlazcak.

Elizabeth worked for many years at Chapin Manufacturing in Batavia. She loved bingo, going to the casino, dinners with her husband and being a homebody. Above all else, Elizabeth loved her dogs, as they were her children. Fosh, Tiffy, Cindy, ChiChi, Verdell, Baby, Coco, and Kobe all predeceased her.

She is survived by her loving husband; Michael Bartholomew of Batavia and her dog, Bailey.

There will be no prior calling hours. There will be a Graveside Service at a later date at Grandview Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Genesee County Animal Shelter www.vol4animals.org. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.


orlowski.jpg  Ann C. Orlowski, 96, of Oakfield, passed away peacefully on June 16, 2020 at Brothers of Mercy in Clarence. She was born July 26, 1923 in Olean to the late Jan Calus and Antoinette Kalisz. She is preceded in death by her husband Frank R. Orlowski, son Daniel M. Orlowski, step-father Joseph Gzowski, sisters Louise Pavlin and Emilie Calus; brothers Joseph Calus and Edward Gzowski.

Mrs. Orlowski worked for the Genesee County Board of Elections for 25 years. She was a longtime member of St. Padre Pio Parish in Oakfield and loved doing funeral breakfasts at the church and organized them for years. Mrs. Orlowski was very active in the Oakfield-Alabama Alumni Association. The love of her life was her grandchildren Nicki and Christopher.

She is survived by her daughter Christine (Gary) Bucceri of Oakfield; sister Sophia Weber of AZ; grandchildren Nicole R. (Nathan) Spang of Charlotte, NC; Christopher F. Bucceri of San Francisco, CA; great-grandchildren Levi and Myla Spang, along with many nieces and nephews.

A private Service was held for the immediate family. She has been laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery, Oakfield.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Ave, Oakfield, NY 14125, Haxton Memorial Library, 3 N. Pearl St, Oakfield, NY 14125 or to Oakfield Fire Department, 20 Albert St, Oakfield, NY 14125. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 392-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

BERGEN — Willard Pengelly, 98, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 16, in Bergen, New York. 

Willard was born December 1, 1921, in Churchville, New York a son of William and Grace Pengelly.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Gordon, and three wives (Edith Brisbane, Evelyn Sorce, and Theresa Martin-Alexander).

Survived by his daughter, Martha Montgomery of Bergen, New York and son David (Suzanne) Pengelly of Senoia, Georgia.  He also is survived by three grandchildren: Marc (Rebecca) Montgomery, Kerry (David) Vaden, and Shannon (Rebecca) Pengelly, five great-grandchildren, Ashley and Dillon Montgomery, Emily and Andrew Vaden and Emyrs Pengelly, and many step children. 

Willard was a very successful farmer and real estate broker who worked with Harris Wilcox Inc. for almost sixty years.  He was the past president of the New York State Holstein Association and New York State Guernsey Association.

His passion was connecting with people through a common love of farming and real estate.  He continued to advise on real estate matters until the age of 97.  He was a father figure to many and will be remembered by his family and friends as a smart, kind, gentle and friendly person with a sparkle in his eye and will be missed. 

There will be no visitation. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, private services were held by the family.  He was laid to rest in Stone Church Cemetery, Bergen.  A memorial service will be scheduled in the future for Willard at Bergen Presbyterian Evangelical Church.  In lieu of flowers, he would rather have you remember him by donating directly to the Bergen Presbyterian Evangelical Church, P.O. Box 206, Bergen, New York 14416. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen.

Batavia ~ Liza was born May 12, 1961 and passed away after a long illness on June 2, 2020.

     She was the daughter of the late William and Mabel Lefkowitz and sister of the late Stephen Lefkowitz.

     Liza lived and worked in New Jersey for many years and was a longtime secretary for Mennen Products.  When she moved to Batavia, she enjoyed bowling  in the leagues at Mancuso's Lanes.

     She is survived by her brother, Roger (Anita) Weiss of Batavia; two nieces, Jessica and Jennifer Weiss of Batavia, along with several great-nieces and great-nephews.

     Services will be private for family to be held at a later date.

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

OAKFIELD - Florine M. Dixson, 77, of Oakfield, passed away Saturday, (June 13, 2020), at her home in Oakfield under the care of HomeCare & Hospice and her loving family.

Mrs. Dixson was born October 27, 1942, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Walter and Dorothy (Quackenbush) Pursel.

Florine was a member of the former St. Michael's Episcopal Church and a former member of the Oakfield Fire Department Ladies' Auxiliary.  She enjoyed going to the casino, playing bingo, and animals.  Holidays were very important to Florine.  She insisted that the family get together and enjoy each others company and her cooking.  Mrs. Dixson was an avid fan of the Golden Girls.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Dixson; sons Scott Williams and Randy (Gloria) Williams both of LeRoy; a daughter Pamela (Ron) Williams of Corfu; grandchildren, J.T., Sarah, and Riley Williams, Nichole (Brandon) Macioszek, Clinton "Billy" Nickens, Daniel (Makenzie) Burr, Erika (Alex) Lippold, and Jessica (fiance Andrew) Shaut; great-grandchildren, Andraes, Carmelo, and Alissa; sisters, Betty (late Chuck) Juliano of FL, Patricia (David) Williams of South Alabama, and Sandy (Frank) Deleo of MD.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Florine is preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Lillian Burr.

Private funeral services will be held for the family.  Florine will be laid to rest in Cary Cemetery in Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Florine's memory may be made to Camp Good Days, 6430 Transit Rd., Suite 200 Depew, NY 14043.

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

Pavilion ~ David W. Wright, age 59, of W. Park Street, passed away at home early Tuesday morning (June 16, 2020) in the loving presence of his family.

    Mr. Wright was born December 15, 1960 in Batavia, N.Y., a son of the late Henry “Hank” and Frances "Louise" Scribner Wright.

     David enjoyed spending time with his family and was considered the “family photographer and videographer”.  He was a life member of the Pavilion Fire Dept., where he was a past financial secretary.  He was also a member of the Pavilion United Methodist Church, a board member for the Pavilion Cemetery Association and a long-time volunteer for placing flags on the graves of veterans in the cemetery.  In David’s own words, he was “ a long suffering Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres fan” as well.

      He is survived by his brother, Douglas (Kathy) Wright of Pavilion; his sisters, Ginger Sackel (Marjorie Wilkison) of Flatrock, NC and Phyllis (Dr. Mark) Hagen of Westfield; his aunt, Mary Ellen (late Donald) Wright of LeRoy; his loving nieces and special care providers, Michele Schultz and Mary Beth McMartin, along with many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, dear friends and his loving and devoted canine companion, Annabelle.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, June 19 from 4 ~ 8 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy. (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 25% during the course of visitation and face masks will be required.)   His graveside service will be held on Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 A.M. in the Machpelah Cemetery, LeRoy. 

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either Wilmot Cancer Center, Pavilion United Methodist Church or the Pavilion Fire Department.

     Your memories and condolences may be offered to Mr. Wright's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

BATAVIA - Robert W. "Bobby" MacVean, 63, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, June 12, 2020, at home in Batavia.

Bobby was born December 4, 1956, in Brockport, son of the late Robert G. and Wanda (Laack) MacVean.

After graduating from Brockport High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He loved classic cars and attending car shows. You may have seen him driving his classic 1961 Ford Starliner.

Surviving are his sisters, Martha (Hubert) Pinto of Naperville, Illinois, and Abby (Raymond) DelaMotte of Painesville, Ohio; nephews, Adam (Victoria) DelaMotte, and Noah MacVean; a great-nephew, Joseph Cunningham; and cousin, Toby (Barb) Unger. 

Bobby is preceded in death by his brother, John MacVean; nephews, Alexander DelaMotte, and Seth Cunningham; his parents; and grandparents, William and Madelyn Laack.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Genesee County Mental Health Services for the care they provided to Bobby for many years, especially Kate, Chrystal, and Carrie.

A private graveside service will be held at Mt. Rest Cemetery, Bergen where Bobby will be laid to rest.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bobby’s memory may be made to the Alexander DelaMotte Scholarship, c/o Lake Erie College, 391 W. Washington Street, Painesville, OH 44077, or to a charity of your choice.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements for Bobby were entrusted to the care of H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 S. Lake Street, Bergen.

garyclark.jpgGary Clark 74, of Elba and Batavia, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family after a lengthy illness on June 12, 2020 at Premier Rehabilitation Center in Batavia. Born April 6, 1946 in Batavia, he was the son of the late Darwin (Estella Maier) Clark.

Gary served as Director of Probation for over 30 years until his retirement in 2006. While serving in Vietnam as a Helicopter Pilot with D Troop 3/5 Air Cavalry from 1968 to 1972, Chief Warrant Officer Clark earned the Distinguished Flying Cross Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Soldiers Medal for Heroism, Air Medal V Device and Air Medal 39 Award, for Heroic and Meritorious Achievement in aerial flight. CW4 Clark joined the New York State National Guard after returning home from Vietnam until his retirement in 1998 where he was awarded his Master Aviator Wings.

While a member of the community Gary also served as Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Batavia, Iroquois Trail Council of Boy Scouts of America and Council of Probation Administrators for Western New York. Gary was a lifetime member of the Stafford Fire Department.

Gary is survived by his loving wife Denise Clark, his sons, Michael (Melissa) Clark, Stephen (Rachael) Clark, stepchildren David (Kate) Long, Daniel (Darla) Long, Shannon (Sean) O’Brien; Grandchildren who he loved so much, Emily Clark and Olivia O’Brien; dear friends Michael Ricketts and David Siranni. His brother Robert predeceased him.

Friends are invited to an 11:00 AM Graveside Service on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba. All Social Distancing protocol will be practiced at the cemetery.

Donations in memory of Gary can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 392-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

theo.jpgTHEODORE ROOSEVELT JOHNSON, JR. ~ Age 52, of Batavia, went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday morning June 3, 2020 at Unity Hospital in Greece, NY. He was born on July 26, 1967 in Jefferson County, FL, a son of the Rutha Mae Denmark Williams and Theodore Roosevelt Johnson, Sr., also preceded in death by his wife, Melissa Sue Anderson; sisters, Karen Williams, Wendy Johnson and step-father, Isaac A. Williams.

“Theo” or “Jr” as he was affectionately called, was raised in Monticello, FL by his grandmother, the late Mary Lee Denmark until his high school years when he moved to Bartow, FL to be with his mom and step father who raised him to adulthood. Theo joined his beloved Melissa in holy matrimony on April 3, 1999 and shortly thereafter relocated to New York. One of his greatest accomplishments was going back to school and earning his GED from Genesee Valley BOCES in June 2006. Theo was a Team Supervisor for Yancey’s Fancy Cheese for several years until his health declined and was forced to retire. He loved watching NASCAR, he enjoyed fishing, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Theo is survived by his loving siblings, Pamela (Lorenzo) Farmer of Winter Haven, FL, Colina (Jerry) Williams-McAfee of Auburndale, FL, Debra (Andrew) Harris of Syracuse, NY, Zina (Terry) Whitaker of Albany, GA, Michelle (Kevin) Kaigler of Tallahassee, FL, Lisa Williams of Atlanta, GA, Ricky (Carmelita) Howard of Syracuse, NY, Kelvin (Linda) Williams of Winter Haven, FL; loving companion and her family, Catherine Thomas, her daughters and grandchildren; loyal friend, Crystal Polk, Ballard Maye, Ulysses Maye along with a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and cousins.

Theo’s family will be present from 1 – 3p.m. on Monday June 15, 2020 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020. Memorial contributions in his memory are suggested to the family.


Please share your words of comfort with Theo’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com






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