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David R. Scott, 77, died unexpectedly at his home on May 2, 2020. He was born in Batavia, NY to Donald J. Scott and Marie (Miller) Scott.

David grew up in Corfu, NY. He graduated from Corfu High School in Corfu, NY in 1960. After high school, he attended college at Alfred State where he received a degree in Floriculture. He joined the National Guard of New York in 1964 and served for 6 years.

David was the fourth-generation owner of Scott’s Florist and Garden Center until he sold it in 2006, after 113 years in business. His great-grandfather, William Scott, started the business after being a gardener for the Queen of England. William also designed gardens for the Pan-American Exposition.

Just as the other men in his family before him, David was known for his green thumb, his incredibly strong work ethic and his love of plants, trees and flowers. He could recall the genus and species of all plants and love to quiz others on them, especially his wife and daughter. David grew the majority of the plants for Darien Lake for over two decades. He continued doing landscaping, cemetery pots and chopping wood until his death. He also served many years on the Evergreen Hill Cemetery Association in Corfu, NY and the Corfu Area Business Association.

David was preceded in death by his parents Donald Scott and Marie (Miller) Scott, and his sister Donna (Scott) Millioto.

David is survived by his loving wife, Mary Lou (Boloski) Scott; his daughter Ann Marie (Anthony) Hackett; his beloved granddaughters Alexandra, Ariana and Ava; his brother-in-law Charles Millioto; nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives. 

David met his wife Mary Lou while she was working at Scott’s Florist. Their first date was fishing, of course. They were happily married for 45 years. David was an incredibly loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend who tried to help everyone he knew using his wealth of knowledge.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman and loved the outdoors. His talents included chain saw carving, raising koi, scenic painting and helping his friends and family every way he could. Dave has taught so many people how to fish through the years.

Affectionately known as “Pa,” his love for his granddaughters was great and he loved to watch them play, work alongside him in the garden, and watching them at their sporting and music events.

A memorial service will be held at a later time in the summer.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to CompassCare, 1230 Eggert Road, Buffalo, NY 14226, www.compasscarecommunity.com/donate. Gifts can be designated as "In Memory of David R. Scott" either in the memo line on the check or in the notes section online. Condolences may be left on David R. Scott’s online guest book at http://memorial.yourtribute.com/David-R-Scott

EAST BETHANY - Richard G. Rung, 92, of East Bethany, passed away Tuesday, (May 5, 2020), at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mr. Rung was born July 9, 1927, in Buffalo, a son of the late Raymond and Louisa (McMahon) Rung.

Richard served his country honorably with the Coast Guard and earned an Associates Degree from the University of Buffalo.  He worked for many years at M & T Bank in Batavia.  Mr. Rung was an active member of St. James Episcopal Church and served on the Vestry.  He was also a member of Kiwanis Club where he was a Past President and Past Lieutenant Governor.  Additionally, Richard was a member of the Olive Branch #39 Free and Accepted Masons in Le Roy and was a dedicated advisor for the International Order of Rainbow Girls.  During his banking career, he served on many boards and committies of community organizations. 

He is the husband of Bette (Lubs) Rung of East Bethany.

Surviving along with his wife are his children, Mary (Joseph) Fox of Blasdell, Jeanne (late Craig) Shore of Kansas, Barbara (Tom) Garrett of Colorado, Richard (Cindra) Rung of Ohio, William Rung of Iowa, and Deborah Graff of Conesus.  Several grandchildren including a special grandson, Spencer Graff; great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews also survive.

Richard is preceded in death by his siblings, Raymond and Robert Rung, and Mary Lou Peoples.

Visitation and a Memorial Service will be held at a later date and will be announced.  A private graveside service will be held in Grand View Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Richard's memory may be made to St. Jsmes Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 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.

OAKFIELD - Edna A. Vazquez, 71, of Oakfield, passed away Thursday, (May 7, 2020), at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Mrs. Vazquez was born December 19, 1948, in Gowanda, a daughter of the late Harvey and Anna (Hans) Osterstuck.

Edna was a former member of St. Padre Pio Parish, enjoyed crafts, flowers, and feeding the birds.  She cherished time spent with family and will be remembered as an exceptional cook.

She is survived by her husband, Eudocio Vazquez; children, Anna (Joseph) Salone of Rochester, Connie (Russell Blumer) King of Batavia, and Mary Davis of Batavia; step-children, Sarah Kreutz of Byron, Ashley Kreutz of Byron, and Adam Kreutz of Batavia; a brother, Burton (Kathy) Osterstuck of Collins; a sister, Cathy (George) Tebo of OH.  21 grandchildren along with several great-grandchildren also survive.

Edna is preceded in death by siblings, Harvey and Anthony Osterstuck.

A private Graveside Service will be held in St. Cecelia's Cemetery, Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Edna's memory may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021 or online at www.crossroadshouse.com/donate.

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.

Joseph Figliulo, 77, passed away peacefully on May 3, 2020 in St. Augustine, FL. He was born in Batavia, NY on April 5, 1943. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Judy Figliulo.
 
Joe was a 1960 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Batavia, New York. He was a fine bowler and a member of the successful King James Hotel bowling team. After receiving an Associates Degree in Business from the Bryant and Stratton Business College in Buffalo, NY he worked for United Horse Transporters and also as a pari-mutuel clerk at Batavia Downs. He became the Race Secretary of Batavia Downs and later Scarborough Downs, Scarborough, ME and was a member of the American Harness Racing Secretaries Association.
 
He was the son of Patsy Figliulo of Los Angeles, CA and was raised by his mother, Josephine Figliulo in Batavia, NY. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his four children: Joe Figliulo of Pittsburgh, PA; Jennifer Vona and her husband Tony, of Albany, NY and his grandchildren Andrew, Benjamin and Nicholas; Jamie Figliulo and his wife Elizabeth of Rye, NH and Jason Figliulo of Rye, NH.
 
Due to the current pandemic, traditional funeral services will not be offered. The family will hold a small private memorial service in New Hampshire in the future.
 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Association, https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate.html.
 
St Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

LeRoy ~ Anita Gilbert Harris died peacefully at her home on Monday, May 4, 2020. She was born September 11, 1921 in New York City, daughter of the late Harold A. and Anita Brener Gilbert. She was predeceased by her husband, William Howell Harris, Sr. and her daughter, Susan Genevieve Harris Sullivan. Anita is survived by daughter, Sally (Al) Lindsley, son, William (Elizabeth Graney) Harris, daughter, Anita Ellen Harris, and son-in-law, Michael Sullivan; 11 grandchildren, Matthew (Lisa), Mark (Katie), and Peter (Liz) Sullivan; Katharine (Clint) Robert, Daniel (Denise), and Nathanael (Susan) Edmund; William W. (Sada), John (Neha), Alexander (Lisa), and Mary Elizabeth Harris (Chapin Guthrie), and Adam (McKenzie) Stogsdill, 20 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews, whom she adored.

     Mrs. Harris graduated from Nottingham High School, Syracuse, NY, attended Syracuse University, University of Rochester earning her bachelor’s degree from SUNY-Geneseo and master’s degree from SUNY-Empire State College. For many years, she was a chemistry teacher at Pittsford Sutherland and Pittsford Mendon High Schools ending her career as an educator at Genesee Community College.

     As a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, she served for many years on the altar guild and as a Sunday School teacher. She enjoyed knitting, bridge, and gardening, but most of all, the company of her family.

     There will be no services. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1 East Main Street, LeRoy, New York 14482 or LeRoy Historical Society, PO Box 176, 23 East Main Street, LeRoy, New York 14482 www.leroyhistoricalsociety.org 

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Mrs. Harris’ family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Mrs. Harris and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

SPENCERPORT - Donald E. Garver, Jr., 57, of Spencerport, passed away suddenly on Saturday, (May 2, 2020) in Rochester.

Mr. Garver was born February 28, 1963, in Rochester, the son of Patricia (Gary) Paige of Spencerport.

He enjoyed fishing, reading, and NASCAR.  He also greatly enjoyed working.

Surviving along with his mother and step-father are his sisters, Cindy (Joseph) Roides of Gates, Loreen (Mario) Mangiola of Spencerport, and Stacy Paige of Spencerport; nieces and nephew, Jennifer (Andrew) Poinan, Jody Roides, Joseph (Melissa) Roides, Krista Welling, and Kara Mangiola.  Several great-nieces and nephews also survive.

There will be no visitation.  Services will be held privately for the family.  Donald will be laid to rest in Lake View Cemetery, Brockport.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Donald's memory may be made to American Heart Association, 5488 Sheridan Dr #300, Williamsville, NY 14221.

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, 51 S. Lake St., Bergen.

 

bettynfreeman.jpgBetty N. Freeman, 87 of Darien Center, passed away peacefully on May 2, 2020 peacefully at her home. She was born in Stafford on January 3, 1933 to the late Murray Deuel and Helen (Tesch) Deuel. She is preceded in death by her husband Gerald Freeman; siblings Alice Stone, Lorraine Palmer, Bernard Deuel, Mary Lou Swabb and James Deuel.

Mrs. Freeman was a ray sunshine to everyone around her. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  

Mrs. Freeman is survived by her children Holly (Toni) Linderman of Ischua, NY; Gerry (Cathy) Freeman of Attica; grandson Craig (Sarah) Freeman of Richmond, TX; step-grandchildren Kris (Rachel) Linderman of Olean; Jessica Weeden of Dayton; Stephen (Rachel) Sovocool of Attica; Phillip (Jackie) Sovocool of Waynesville, MO; 13 great-grandchildren, siblings Herman (Gertie) Deuel of Wyoming; Ruth (Jim) Meyers of Honeoye Falls; Elaine Radford of Florida; Linda (Bill) Thompson of Pavilion; Dorothy (Roy) Spoily of Alden. Her good friends Jeff (Beth) Powell and Dianne Boatfield; sisters-in-law Maybel Deuel and Suzanne Freeman.

There will be no prior calling hours and services will be held privately.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Salvation Army of Batavia, 529 E. Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or to Genesee County Aging Services, 2 Bank Street, Batavia, New York 14020. 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.    

Former Vice President of Operations at Batavia Downs, James P. Samberg, passed away on Wednesday (Apr. 29) at the age of 85.  

Mr. Samberg;was born in 1935 in Detroit, Mich., where he attended Precious Blood Catholic School and Catholic Central High School. He went on to graduate from St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto with a degree in Theology and Writing. He taught English and history for a year at his alma mater, Catholic Central HS and then at Aquinas Institute. 

In 1983 Mr. Samberg transitioned careers and came to Batavia Downs as their Director of Publicity. His leadership in the organization eventually moved him to overseeing the entire plant as vice-president of operations, a position he held until the tracks initial closure in 1997. In 1998 Mr. Samberg reached out to Western Regional Off Track Betting (WROTB) with a proposal to sell the track to them and was eventually able to consummate a deal that year. The track reopened under its new ownership in 2002.

It was the efforts of Mr. Samberg to move Batavia Downs forward that gave the shuttered track a new life under the guidance of the WROTB and that interaction eventually turned out to be financially beneficial to the residents of 15 Western New York counties (that include the cities of Buffalo and Rochester) by returning more than $220 million in revenues generated by the now modern and thriving racing and gaming venue to the taxpayers of those municipalities over the last 18 years.

Mr. Samberg was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who loved life and everyone he knew. He was well respected by all the horsemen who raced at Batavia Downs during his tenure and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Mr. Samberg was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Martha Samberg; loving wife, Barbara P. Samberg; son, Michael P. McDonald. He is survived by his children, Martha Smith, Mark (Jacqueline) McDonald, Margo McDonald and Meghan McDonald (Scott Boone); 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Carl L. Samberg; sister, Suzanne (Ronald) Marmol; sister-in-law, Donna Warner; several nieces and nephews; and special friend of the family, Bonnie Jones.

A Memorial Mass at St. Ann's Home will be scheduled at a later date due to the current situation. Interment at Holy Sepulchre was held privately. Memorials may be made to the American Kidney Foundation or to the Sisters of Mercy. To share a memory of James please visit www.giltnerfuneralhomes.com.

-- By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

BERGEN - RobRoy “Chark” Charcholla passed away on May 1, 2020.  He is survived by his loving bride of 68 years, Nancy; children:  Daniel (Susan); Robin (Monica); Scott(Vanessa); daughter-in-law Desiree Demanincor; grandchildren: Denielle  (Charlie), Maya, Rory (Jillian), Ryan, Jorden (Kristen),Alex (Crystal), Jennifer (Jon), and Nick; great-grandchildren:  Alyvia, Blake, Easton, Will, Henry, and Livy; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

In the town of Bergen where everyone knew his name, Papa Chark was a legend. Known for his happy-go-lucky style and irreverent sense of humor, Chark connected easily with others because of his love for life.  Throughout his lifetime, he wore many different hats. He was a farmer, a milkman, a salesman, a state worker, a glass shop owner, a basketball coach, a father-figure to many, and the beloved patriarch of the Charcholla family.  He was an iconic softball pitcher, a softball umpire, and a soccer referee. His funny antics made him a fan-favorite. He instilled his strong work ethic and love for sports and athletics in his three sons who in turn passed it on to their families. He was ever-present at his grand-children’s sporting events, where once again, he became a fan-favorite.    He provided unconditional love, acceptance, understanding, and had a warm and welcoming heart.  His legacy and memories will always be cherished, and undoubtedly, he will always be remembered as the “life of the party”. 

The family is grateful to the staff of Leroy Village Greens for their outstanding care of our Papa Chark for the past two years.

There will be no visitation.  Services will be held privately for the family.  Burial will be in Mt. Rest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in RobRoy's memory may be made to Byron-Bergen Sports Boosters, 6917 West Bergen Road, Bergen, New York 14416.

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, 51 S. Lake St., Bergen.

hayesjr.jpg  Thomas E. Hayes Jr., 28, of Batavia passed away suddenly on Saturday May 2, 2020. He was born in Batavia on January 4, 1992 to the late Thomas E. Hayes Sr. and Brigid (Hunt) Hayes of Batavia.

Thomas will be remembered for his love of soccer, hiking, video games and especially music. He loved to spend time with family and friends and will be dearly missed.

In addition to his mother, Thomas is survived by his siblings; Alicia (Steven) Fitzsimmons of Oakfield; Christina (Jamon) Freak of New Zealand; Brandi Hayes Barnett of Collinsville, IL; Caitlin (Jacob) Fronczek of Tonawanda; special cousin Shelby (Brandon) Falker of Akron; 6 nieces and nephews Kaleb, Quinn, Collin, Tyler, Alex and Savannah.

There will be no prior calling hours. Funeral Services will be held at a later date. Thomas will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St. Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

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