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haroldmerle.jpgHarold Eugene Merle, 82, of Attica, passed away on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020 at Wyoming County Community Hospital. He was born in Attica, NY on May 4, 1938, the son of Floyd and Helen Merle.

Surviving are his loving wife Phyllis Welker Merle; Children, Jeffrey (Pandora) Merle, of Sebring, FL; Joan (Don) Dylag of Corfu, NY; and Douglas Merle (Glenda Shervin) of Johnsonburg, NY. Grandchildren, Donald Dylag, Jr., (Danielle Kellogg) Katherine (Kyle) Schoff, Douglas Merle, Jr., Carley Dylag(Andrew Riztman), Great grandchildren; Lilian & Noah Schoff.  Step grandchildren; Lorenzo Simmons, Tom, Josh, & Hannah Shervin. And many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He is predeceased by his brother, Robert & Wife Rose Merle; brother Kenneth Merle and sister-in-law Lois Witkowski.  Step-grandaughter Pamela (Punkin) Simmons.

Harold enjoyed a long retirement after a career with New York State Department of Corrections and at Lapp Insulator.

He was a past member of the Odd Fellows, and an active Masonic Lodge member. He also served for many years on the Forest Hill Cemetery board.

Harold was the guy who could make friends in a strange crowd, he could sing, whistle and hum a tune, play the piano, drive a golf ball, hit a bullseye free standing, fly an airplane, and if it was broke he could fix it. He always kept busy puttering around his home.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to, Attica Fire Dept. Ambulance Service, 11 Water St., Attica, NY 14011, or the Genesee Valley Rotary Camp in Pike, www.gvrc.org. 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.

Gary Vernon McWethy, age 81, a creative and gentle soul, died peacefully at United Memorial Medical Center on December1, 2020.

Gary was born in Stafford, New York on January 12, 1939 to Vernon L McWethy and Gertrude (Trudy) Sheffer McWethy.  In 1944, his family moved from Stafford to a farm on South Main Street Road, Batavia, NY where Gary treasured his surroundings for the rest of his life.

Gary's vision for design and construction started at the age of eighteen when he built his first home in Linden, NY.  After graduating from Batavia High School in 1957, he attended RIT where he studied design and architecture. Gary served in the Army Reserve, worked for Rumsey & Petronio Construction Company.  Gary's dream of owning and operating his own construction company became a reality when McWethy Construction Company was formed.  Later, McWethy Construction Company took part in the completion of the Genesee Country Mall. Gary, with his brother Wayne and good friend Dick Bausch created Devil’s Rock Bar and Lounge. This was a favorite place enjoyed by both owners and customers alike.  He then became partners in in the DVM Corporation with Dominic Valle, Sr. and John DeWitt.  A lifelong goal of Gary's was achieved with the planning and development of Meadowbrook Estates on his family's land and surrounding farms in 1985.   The first homeowner in Meadowbrook Estates was Gary May. The project expanded over time to include the Meadowbrook Golf Course which opened in 1996 and a five star AirBnB which opened in June, 2018. His personal love of the Adirondack Mountains which inspired the theme of the entire home. There, Gary treasured his conversations with guests from all over the world.

Early in life, as a member of the Stafford Hunting Club, Gary fell in love with the Adirondack Mountains while hunting and camping with his grandfather, father and later with his children, grandchildren and nephews.  Family and friends recall that Gary could also be a prankster and full of fun.  It would not be unusual while camping at Cranberry Lake to wake up in the night to scary sounds only to find in the morning that Gary created the noise by tying tin cans to a string. 

Throughout his life, Gary was generous with his time. He graciously acted as a consultant to family members on numerous carpentry and home projects.  Along with travel and skiing, Gary enjoyed boating in the Finger Lakes area.  For many years, Gary hosted numerous pool parties for family, friends, his employees as well as the traditional family breakfast at Christmas.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Wayne and grandson Eric. 

Gary is survived by his loving sons, Mark and Randy, their Mother Barbara McWethy, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, his sisters Sharon McWethy and Marcia McWethy and her husband Jeff Singer along with several cousins.

A Celebration of Life event will be announced at a later date. Condolences and memories can be shared by visiting www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.  Memorial contributions can be made to Meadowbrook Golf Course to further Gary’s dream.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

williams_danny_-_photo.jpgDanny Lee Williams, 59 of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday (December 2, 2020).

He was born April 13, 1961 in Batavia, NY, son of the late C.J. Williams and Rosa Hatcher Williams.

Danny graduated from Batavia High School and served with the National Guard. He was employed by Kodak in Rochester and enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears. Most of all, he loved his children more than anything and enjoyed spending time with family.

Survivors include his children, Danny Williams Jr and Carolena Williams. Sister, Carolyn G. Williams of Florida, Lennon B. Williams of Batavia and Eric P. Williams of Batavia. Also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his two sisters, Angelia C. Williams and Sharon N. Williams.

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

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




peterereynolds.jpgPeter E. Reynolds, 81 of Attica, died Saturday, November 28, 2020 of complications from COViD-19. He was born in Auburn, NY the youngest son of the late Hobart (Frances Thomas) Reynolds. He is preceded in death by his two brothers, Robert “Fluff” Reynolds and Richard “Dick” Reynolds, sister-in-law Jean Reynolds, niece Susan Neeley and nephew John Reynolds.    

Pete was a proud American and served in the United States Army. He was a past president of the American Legion Harder-O’Donnell Post No 734 in Attica. He retired as a 3rd generation Corrections Officer from NYSDOC with 30 years of service working at Sing Sing, Attica and Wyoming Correctional Facilities.

Pete was an accomplished golfer for 69 years and past member of the Attica Golf Club. He had a deep passion for his model railroad and assembling model military vehicles, he has donated a display at the Medina Railroad Museum. Pete was also a member of Attica Heraldaires Drum Corps.  

Peter is survived by his sons Jeffrey Reynolds, Peter (Eva) Reynolds, grandchildren Christopher Reynolds, Chelsea (Ryan) Peyman, Kristina (Andrew) Atchinson and Elle Reynolds, sister-in-law Joan Reynolds, nephews James and Joseph Reynolds, niece Shelagh Cacioppo and Robert Neeley and his daughter Shelagh; two great-grandsons Ryan and Evan Peyman.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of Pete’s Life will be held at a later date. He will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.    

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Legion Harder-O’Donnell Post No 734, 83 Market St, Attica, NY 14011. 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.    

douglaslsprung.jpgDouglas L. Sprung, 64 of LeRoy, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2020. He was born on April 1, 1956 in Batavia to the late Clayton Sprung and Grace Ann (Bob) Sullivan of Stafford. He is preceded in death by a brother Donald Sprung.

Mr. Sprung worked for Torrey Farms Inc. He was an avid outdoorsman that loved to hunt deer and coyotes with his closest friends.

Doug is survived by his daughter Kristine (Richard) Bly of Buffalo; brother Daniel (Mary) Sprung of FL; Lucinda Smith of Pembroke; two grandchildren and a niece Nicole (Tom) Brown.

There will be no prior calling hours, services will be held privately for the family. He will be laid to rest in Morganville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to HomeCare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite 6, Batavia, NY 14020. 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.

Mark William Ryan (age 65), on Monday, November 30, 2020, of Chevy Chase, MD. Beloved husband of Nancy Allison Ryan; father of Maryellen Ryan (Scott Estrada), Molly Ryan, and James Ryan; brother of Elizabeth, Ann, Joseph, Thomas, John, and Daniel (Colleen) Ryan.

Private Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Washington, DC. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Greg Gannon Canned Food Drive at www.ggcfd.org or to Beebe Medical Foundation, 902 Savannah Rd., Lewes, DE 19958.

To leave a message of condolence or to join the live stream of Mark's Funeral Mass on Saturday, December 5, at 11 a.m please visit www.collinsfuneralhome.com.

Local arrangements were entrusted to H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia.

Oakfield - Carol S. Speed, 73 of Oakfield,  passed away on Tuesday, (December 1, 2020) at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Batavia in Batavia.

Mrs. Speed was born January 21, 1947 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Cecil Compton and Alice (Ross) Compton.

Carol attended Oakfield-Alabama Baptist Church. She enjoyed playing piano and organ and played for many churches over the years.  She was a Sunday School teacher and enjoyed spending time with church kids.  Mrs. Speed liked to camp and ride in the boat while her husband fished.

Carol is the wife of Wayne Speed of Oakfield.  The two were married on April 26, 1969.

Surviving along with her husband are her children, Pastor Jonathan (Kimberly) Speed of Azle, Texas, and Julie (Trevor) Peterson of Columbia, Maryland; grandchildren, Veronica Speed, Samantha (Rory) Cox, Charles, Jonathan, and Susannah Speed, Ian and Jenna Peterson; a brother, James (Sandy) Compton of Bethany; a sister-in-law, Grace Compton of Varysburg. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Carol is preceded in death by her brothers, Richard and Philip Compton.

There will be no visitation. A private service will be held for Carol at Oakfield-Alabama Baptist Church followed by burial in Cary Cemetery in Oakfield.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested in Carol's name to the Oakfield-Alabama Baptist Church, 2210 Judge Road, Oakfield, New York 14125.

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

Batavia - Richard  T.  Wagner, age 87, of Batavia passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at LeRoy Village Residential Health Care Facility, Inc. in LeRoy.

Mr. Wagner was born Wednesday, March 1, 1933 in Alabama, New York a son of the late Elmer Wagner, Sr. and Vera Garrison Wagner.

Mr. Wagner enjoyed gardening, tending to his flowers, trips to the casino and going to garage sales with his wife, Joanne. Mr. Wagner retired from National Fuel in Batavia where he was a machine operator for many years.

He is predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Joanne M. Della Penna Wagner, who passed away on May 13, 2020.

He is survived by his children; Richard (Deb) Wagner, Sr., Robin (Late Wayne) Bassett and Deborah (Ronald, Jr.) Gibson, all of Batavia;  four grandchildren; Roy Watson, Jr., Sarah (Kevin) Copeland, Richard (Jennifer) Wagner, Jr. and Ashley Gibson; six great-grandchildren; Jayce Wagner, Gavynn Trippany, Kendra Watson and Tyler, Dylan and Letti Copeland; two sisters;  Esther (Richard) Brown of Middleport and Nancy (late Norman) Forbes of Lockport; his brother-in-law; Robert Ayler of Akron; along with several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his siblings; Betty (late Lawrence) Pfak, Elmer (late Elizabeth) Wagner, Jr., Francis (late Stanley) Benben, Carol (late Carl) Schubel and Lois Ayler.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. He will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to  the Arthritis Foundation, 1355 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 600, Atlanta, Georgia 30309. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Richard's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Daniel C. Rider, age 69 of Perry, NY passed away on Friday November 27, 2020 at Eastside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Warsaw.  He was born in Warsaw, NY on May 12, 1951 a son to the late Donald C. and Nellie (Hurlburt) Rider.

Daniel was a farmer who worked for a couple of local farmers in the area, then eventually moving his career to Markin Tubing in Wyoming where he retired in 2006. He enjoyed hunting, watching westerns on TV and going to tractor and horse pulls.

He is survived by 2 brothers: David (Patricia Hendrickson) Rider of Warsaw, Duane Rider of Perry and a great niece Monica.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Daniel will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry, NY.

To leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

Lee Benedict Frette, 74, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, November 29, 2020, surrounded by his loving caretakers. Lee was born May 19, 1946, in Warsaw, New York. Son of Florence Benedict and Vidar R. Frette, both deceased. He was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Martha (Marty) in April 2018.

He was a long-time resident of Perry and Silver Lake, New York. Lee attended Perry schools and joined the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from high school where he trained in electronics and became an expert, having many Temporary Duty assignments around the world. He received his bachelors' degree and did his Masters’ work at SUNY Geneseo in Psychology. But his love was electronics and specifically computers. He worked for General Railway Signal, Computer Consoles and Nortel, eventually retiring to make fishing lures, fishing in Silver Lake and the Red River every summer with his childhood friend, John Hume. He also served the Town of Perry as zoning official for several years.

He is survived by his daughter, Linda (Terry) Piar, and his four grandchildren, Kathryn, Glenn, Kirk and Samantha; his sister Jo Anne (Daniel) Palmer and his nieces Rebecca Gustafson and Laura Kuehn. Lee and Marty loved their kitties all of whom were rescued from the elements and they provided joy to them.

The family would like to thank Lee’s many neighbors and friends who, through the years, provided meals, rides, companionship and whatever he needed. We especially want to thank Nancy Wolcott who, at Marty’s deathbed, told her she would take care of Lee, she certainly went above and beyond. Also, many thanks to the ladies who helped Nancy these last few weeks.

Due to the pandemic, we will have a Memorial Service and internment at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Perry Center, in the spring or summer, at the convenience of the family.

To leave a message of condolence please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.




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