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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.


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.

Henrietta - June Ellen Dorf, 73, of Henrietta, longtime resident of Elba and 1964 graduate of Elba Central School, passed away Friday, June 28, 2019, at Strong Memorial Hospital after some challenging times and a good life. After working in retail for many years, June Ellen went to work for the Orleans Correctional Facility and retired in 2007.

June Ellen was born June 11, 1946, in Batavia, a daughter of the late June and Anna Allen Dorf.

She is survived by her sisters; Lynda (late Kris) Porter of Lewiston and Gail (Joseph) Gabriel of Brockport; two nephews; Jeffrey Porter of Marysville Washington and David (Paula) Porter of Olathe, Kansas; two great-nieces; Courtney and Mary Beth Porter of Olathe, Kansas; her aunt; Dorothy (late Bernard) Allen of Elba. June is also survived by many good friends and cousins.

Friends may call from 4- 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 5, 2019 at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba. In lieu of flowers, contributions in June's memory may be made to PAWS Animal Shelter, 3371 Gaines Basin Road, Albion, New York 14411 or to Medical Motor Services, 608 Clinton Avenue South, Rochester, New York 14620. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in June Ellen's name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


Bergen – Mary T. Sardou, 91, a longtime Bergen resident and business woman, passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Wilmot Cancer Center at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Mrs. Sardou was born on August 6, 1927 in Fairport, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary Marchioli.

She purchased the Rose Garden Restaurant in September of 1954.  Later it became the Viking Valhalla Restaurant at Rose Garden Bowl.  For many years, Mary ran the business as one of the only woman-owned business during the era ranging from 1967 to 1980.  The business continues to be owned by her family to this day.

Mary was very customer minded and she truly loved all of them.  She was also very community minded with memberships in the Bergen Business and Civic Association, Bergen Historical Society, the Ladies Auxiliary of Sackett Merrill White Post 575 in Bergen, and the Churchville Moose Club.

Her husband, Pierson “Doc” Sardou died in 1967.

She is survived by her two sons, Thomas (Christina) Sardou and George Sardou, both of Bergen, 3 grandchildren, Kerry (Sam) DiPasquale, Don Richards (Josh Withers) and Tammy Jo (Michael) Sardou; 3 great-grandchildren, Alanna, Mari Barbara and Michael and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Carmen (Josephine) Marchioli and Nicholas (Josephine) Marchioli, her sister, Rose (Sam) Papa and her dear friend, Paul Hanks.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 3 to 7 pm at H.E. Turner & Co., Funeral Home, 51 South Lake St., Bergen.  Mary’s Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:00 am Wednesday at St. Brigid’s Church, 18 Gibson Street in Bergen.  Burial will be in St. Brigid’s Cemetery in Bergen.  Memorials may be made to Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY  14642 or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.  Please share a condolence, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


Jennifer M. Gartz, age 73, passed away at home on Saturday, June 29, 2019 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. She was born on January 7, 1946 in Buffalo, NY, one of eight children, to the late Harry and the late Thelma (Fulton) Schwarz.

Jen will be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was known for a great sense of humor, incredible smile, and love of people. Jen had many careers during her life, but loved being a nurse the most.

Jen is survived by her loving husband, James; children, Gina Napierski, Annette Smith, Joseph (Michelle) Auricchio, Anthony (Cynthia) Bykowski, and Michael (Tanya) Bykowski; and 13 grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-7 PM at the Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main St., Attica, NY 14011. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 10 am at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 10656 Alleghany Rd., Darien Center, NY 14040. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Homecare & Hospice, Inc., 450 N. Main St # 3, Warsaw, NY 14569 in Jen’s honor. 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.





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