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Batavia - Joel L. Hume, age 64, of Batavia, passed away Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Joel was born September 14, 1954, in Batavia, a son of Jean Gillette Hume of Batavia and the late James H. Hume, Jr.

A 1972 graduate of Alexander Central School and graduate of SUNY Fredonia, Joel had a beautiful tenor voice. He sang for the Miami Opera House, toured with the Greg Smith Singers and was the lead tenor for the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word in Rochester. He also performed locally in numerous Batavia Rotary Club productions and the Batavia Players Dinner Theater. He played trombone for the Alexander Firemans Marching Band for many years. Family, friends and his love for history were very important to him.

Surviving along with his mother include three brothers; Jeff (Theresa) Hume of West Palm Beach, Florida, Judd Hume of Portland Maine and Jack (Sarah) Hume of Silver Spring, Maryland; his sister; Jill (Kevin) Bailey of Canandaigua; two nephews; Nicholas (Jessica) Hume of West Palm Beach, Florida and Merritt Bailey of Calgary, Alberta; three nieces; Meghann Hume of West Palm Beach, Florida, Emily Hume of Meherrin, Virginia and Shaunna (John) Bailey-Stith of Charlottesville, Virginia and his cousins; John (Linda) Hume of Alexander and Roger (Mary) Hume of Batavia.            

There will be no visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Joel will be laid to rest in West Bethany Cemetery. Contributions in Joel's memory may be made to GO-ART, 201 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020, Alexander Fireman Marching Band, c/o Linda Hume, 9561 Creek Road, Batavia, New York 14020 or to the Music Department of the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14067. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Joel's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

 

BATAVIA - Anthony S. Nigro, 68, of Batavia, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

He was born January 29, 1951, in Portsmouth, Virginia a son of the late Alphonso and Rose (Marchese) Nigro.

Mr. Nigro served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Pawcatuck.

He was a tournament fisherman and competed with Bass Masters fishing series.  He enjoyed animals, all of nature and hunting.  He had a huge heart and was always willing to help others. With a great sense of humor, he was a talented story teller and was a Rummi Master.  He was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Batavia.

Survivors include; 3 daughters, Danielle R. Nigro (John Alberts) of Alexander, Alexandra Jensen of AR and Taya Boatman of TX; 2 sisters, Shirley Nigro of Albion and Carrie Grillo of CA; a brother-in-law, Jim Hill of Batavia; 8 grandchildren, McKenzy Nigro, Haylee Dioguardi, Kayla Dioguardi, Jasmin Long, Camryn Boatman, Paige Boatman, Rylie Jensen and Ava Jensen; 3 aunts, Mary Marchese of Batavia, Toni Marchese of FL and Carolyn McGorray of AZ.  

He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Tori Nigro, and 2 brothers, Pat Amico and Joe Amico.

Friends may call from 3- 5 p.m. on Saturday July 13, 2019 at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia where Military Honors will be rendered at 5:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Anthony’s name to a charity of the donor's choice. Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - Helen Heale of Batavia died July 4, 2019 at her home.

Helen was born April 1, 1929 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Bachorski) Cichocki.

Her husband, Joseph Paul Heale died on September 30, 2016.

She was a member of Resurrection Parish - St. Joseph's Church.  She retired from GTE Sylvania then worked at ABB Kent Taylor in Rochester and the Office for the Aging for RSVP in Batavia.  She also volunteered at the Genesee County Veteran's Service Office.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda (Paul) Lewis of E. Bethany, a son, David (Mary) Heale of Batavia; 2 grandchildren, Bryan Heale and Brandon (Anna) Lewis; a great-granddaughter, Ahri and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was the grandmother of the late Stacy Heale and sister of the late Anna Pastecki, Clara Tuttobene, Frank Cichocki and Edmund Cichocki and Henry Cichocki.

There will be no calling hours.  Family and friends may attend Helen's Mass of Christian burial at St. Joseph's Church at 9:30 am on Saturday, July 6, 2019.  Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements were entrusted to H.E. Turner & Co., Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Oakfield - Mary A. (Guppenberger) Yunker, 94, a longtime resident of Oakfield, passed away peacefully at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester on Tuesday, July 2, 2019. 

Mary was born in Buffalo on September 21, 1924, a daughter of Mary and August Guppenberger, she was the loving mother of nine children, nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons, John (Barbara) Yunker of Rochester, Kenneth Yunker of Oakfield, David (Vicki) Yunker of Alexandria, VA, Jeffrey (Sandra) Yunker of Avon, Gregory Yunker of Rochester; daughters, Mary K. Yunker of Batavia, Patricia Yunker of Calabash, NC and Suzanne Yunker of Calabash, NC.  She is also survived by her siblings, Barbara Guppenberger of Batavia, Helene Beuler of Tonawanda, Lois (John) Gringer of Spencerport and James Guppenberger of Titusville, FL; and her in-laws, Joan Schrauth of Hamburg, Richard (Lucille) Yunker of Oakfield, Donald (Joyce) Yunker of Oakfield, Irene Yunker of Batavia and Bonnie Yunker of New Smyrna Beach, FL as well as many nieces and nephews. 

Mary is predeceased by her husband, John W. Yunker, whom she married in June 1946, her son, Robert D. Yunker, brothers, Francis (Carol) Guppenberger, August Guppenberger and Joseph Guppenberger.

There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be on Monday, July 8 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Cecilia's Church, 56 Maple Ave., Oakfield. Mary will be buried in St. Cecilia's Cemetery, Oakfield.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the donor's choice. 

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

Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

rodgers_nancy_-_photo.jpgNancy E. Rodgers, 79 of Akron, passed away peacefully on Sunday (June 30, 2019) at Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home.

She was born March 12, 1940 in Medina, NY, a daughter of the late Gaylord and Jean Bane.

Nancy was employed by Pixley’s Shurfine prior to her retirement. She enjoyed painting, drawing and ceramics. She was also a member of St. Teresa of Avila Church in Akron.

Survivors include her husband, William J. Rodgers of Akron. Sons, James Rodgers of Hickory, NC and Michael (Janet) Rodgers of Akron. Daughters, Kelly (Greg) Stahl of PA and Melissa Rodgers of Buffalo. Also survived by 6 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and her canine companions, Pepe and Sparky.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Friday (July 5th) from 5-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, where funeral services will be Saturday (July 6th) at 11:00am. Interment will follow in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be offered at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY 14001. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

Batavia - Jeanette A. Towner, age 88, of Batavia, passed away Monday, July 1, 2019, at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

She was born March 4, 1931, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Louis and Irene Happ Moss.

Her husband, Harlo C. Towner, passed away on September 27, 2017.

Jeanette will be remembered for her creativity and had a wide range of talents and interests. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, painting and crafting.

She is survived by her daughters; Janis (Greg) Lontkowski of Batavia and Sheryl (Denley) Edgerton of Wilson; three grandchildren; Emily Lontkowski, Cherish and Benjamin Edgerton; her sister; Lorene (Lynn) Goetz of Elba and nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her sister, Beatrice Yohe.

There will be no visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jeanette's memory 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.bataviafuneralhomes.com


Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

 

ELBA - Frederick E. Read, 76, of Elba, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, (July 1, 2019), at his home in Elba.

Frederick was born June 14, 1943, in Clearfield, PA, a son of the late Kenneth and Helen (Huston) Read.

Fred worked for General Motors - Rochester Product as an electrician and was a member of the UAW Local 1097.  He was a frequent volunteer with the American Red Cross and enjoyed playing euchre.  Mr. Read will be remembered as a dedicated and hard working man.

He is the husband of Barbara Read, of Elba.  The two were married on July 17, 1965. 

Surviving along with his wife are his children, Thomas (Kimberly) Read of Rochester and Theresa (Daniel) Scroger of Buford, GA; grandchildren, Joey Wells and Danielle Tihey; 3 great-grandchildren; brothers, Kenneth Read of Albion and Donald (Heather) Read of Churchville; sister-in-law, Lynn Read of SC.

Fred is predeceased by a brother, Larry Read.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 7:00 PM on Friday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia where Fred's Memorial Service will be  held at 10:00 AM Saturday. Burial will be held privately with military honors in Byron Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined, however, contributions in Frederick's memory may be made to Byron Fire Department, PO Box 210, Byron, NY 14422 as well as Elba Fire Department, PO Box 58, Elba, NY 14058 or to a charity of the donor's choice.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

BATAVIA - Kenneth Duane Skelton, 85 of Batavia, formerly of Oakfield and Chiefland, Fla., passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia surrounded by family.

Ken was born in Batavia on March 4, 1934, a son of the late Robert E. and Clara V. (Squires) Skelton.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Virginia (Jennings), children Raymond (Lisa) of Okemos, Michigan, Ronald (Carolyn) of Chiefland, Florida, Leanne (Marlene Betts) of Manassas, Virginia, Lynette (Paul Figlow) of Batavia, Jeffrey (Teresa) of Millstone Township, New Jersey, and Paul of Cranford, New Jersey; twelve grandchildren (Mackenzie Skelton, Yvonne and Jennifer Skelton, Andrew, Erica, and Stephanie Esten, Kenneth, Timothy, Christopher and Ella Skelton, and Joshua and Daniel Skelton); a great-grandson (Liam Esten); and, dozens of nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by daughter-in-law, Angela of Cranford, New Jersey, brothers James and Edward, and sister Barbara Coughlin.

Ken was raised in East Oakfield, graduating from Oakfield High School in 1952; he was a proud member and president of the school’s Future Farmers of America chapter.  After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army in Korea from 1953 to 1956, followed by several years in the U.S. Army Reserves and was Honorably Discharged in 1961.  He held the U.S. Flag in the highest regard.  Married in 1957, he and Virginia settled in the Town of Batavia to raise their children.  Ken worked at My-T-Acres in Batavia as a field-man and electrician before retiring after 25 years.  He loved farming, his coworkers and fellow farmers.  The family was often piled into the station wagon on a Sunday afternoon to drive by fields to check a crops’ progress.  In 1990, he and Virginia moved to Chiefland, Florida where he un-retired to work as a consultant to Levy County Dairy.  Retiring a second time in the early 2000’s, they lived in Chiefland for nearly 30 years before moving back to Batavia earlier this year.

Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, (July 8, 2019) at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home. 11 Maple Ave. in Oakfield, where Ken's Funeral Service will immediately follow.  Private burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Ken’s name to the Oakfield-Alabama Lions Club, 68 N. Pearl St., Oakfield, NY 14125; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 2805 Wehrle Dr. Ste. 6, Williamsville, NY 14221-7380.

To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

South Barre - Frank C. Sheelar, 89, of South Barre died Friday, June 28, 2019 at Premier Genesee Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in Batavia.

Born in South Barre, son of Avis Sheelar Dash and John P. Sheelar, he lived in this area his whole life.

He engaged in farming for many years and retired several years ago.

Surviving is his sister, Marilyn Morton (Don) of West Virginia and several nieces and nephews.

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

BATAVIA - Nancy Lee Russell, 70, of Batavia, passed away Monday, (June 17, 2019), at her home

Nancy was born March 13, 1949, in Batavia, New York, the daughter of the late Bud Hale and Rose Stringham.

She enjoyed crafts, movies, and her dogs, Pookie and Baby.

Survivng are her children, Nicky (Derek) Stefanski of Oakfield and Daniel Russell of LeRoy; grandchildren, Corey (Matthew) Scarborough of Oakfield, Ethan Russell of Buffalo, and Leo Russell of Batavia; great-grandchildren, Oliva and Ava Scarborough; sisters, Ann (Norman) Steinbaugh of Attica and Helen (late Robert) Mullen of Stafford; a brother, Harold Hunt of Iowa.

Ms. Russell is preceded in death by a sister, MaryLou Sweeney.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Burial will be in East Bethany Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North St., Batavia or online at www.geneseecancerassistance.org.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.  To leave a message of condolence, share a story, or light a candle please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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