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Batavia- Leona Koch, 83, of Batavia, died Thursday, (August 16, 2012)at United Memorial Medical Center, in Batavia.

Mrs. Koch was born January 24, 1929 in Cowlesville, a daughter of the late Harold and Esther (Kern) Ewert.

Leona was devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren.  She loved collecting cardinals as well as Beanie Babies.  Mrs. Koch also enjoyed playing bingo, cards and spending time in her garden.  She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who always had a genuine concern for the wellbeing of those around her.

Surviving along with her husband of 66 years, Elon Koch of Batavia, are her children, Ronald (Ruth) Koch of Stafford, John Koch of Alexander, and Sandy (Chuck Curry) Koch of Nunda; a daughter-in-law, Rose Koch of Alexander; a brother, William Ewert of Albion; sisters-in-law, Joan (late Norm) Koch and Jean Ewert both of East Pembroke.  18 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Mrs. Koch is preceded in death by a son, Donald F. Koch; a brother, Richard Ewert; a brother-in-law, Lloyd Koch; and a sister-in-law, Grace (late Art) Newhouse.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.  A reception will immediately follow calling hours at The Beach Head Veterans Club, 3188 Broadway Road, Alexander.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com

Corfu - Alberta S. Brightenfield, 90, of Corfu, passed away Thursday (August 16, 2012) at her home.

Mrs. Brightenfield was born July 9, 1922 in Corfu, a daughter of the late Albert and Martha Nuwer Smith. She was the wife of the late Edward Brightenfield;  Mother of the late Albert J. Brightenfield and James A. Brightenfield; and sister of the late Elmo Smith, Laverne Smith, Robert Smith and  Norma Feller.

Alberta worked as a secretary, tax collector and census taker for the Pembroke Central School District for over 40 years. She was a faithful member of St.  Maximilian Kolbe Parish (St. Francis) and the church secretary for over 40 years. Alberta was also a member of the Corfu Fire Department and the Ladies Auxiliary, the Corfu Senior Citizens and served as an election inspector for many, many years. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. Alberta's favorite pastimes were baking, gardening and playing pinocle with her family, card club and senior citizen friends .

Alberta is survived by her daughter, Mary (Bud) Ulander of East Pembroke and her son, Robert (Patricia Navas) of Corfu and daughter-in-law Lori Birghtenfield of Stafford; eight grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Rosemary Smith of Batavia. Several cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends may call Sunday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc. 4-6 Main Street, Corfu. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish (St. Francis site) 18 West Main Street, Corfu. Burial will be in Our Lady of Good Counsel Cemetery, Darien Center, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to be used for the church building fund.

Ruth was born in Avon, NY on December 19,1918 a daughter of the late Roy and Alta Steffens Peck. Ruth was a homemaker who enjoyed doing crafts especially doll making, quilting, and playing cards.She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Perry Center where she was involved in the Womens Fellowship Group, and Card Club. She was also a member of the Home Bureau. She is preceded in death by her husband Fredrick C. Herman who died in 1997; three siblings, Lucille Nowack; Mary Vanderpool; Leslie Peck and a grandson Clinton DeGraff.

She is survived by 2 daughters: Charlotte (Earl) DeGraff of Mt. Morris, and Shirley Herman of Ft. Myers, Fla., 3 sons: Harold (Diane) Herman of Perry, Ronald (Billie) Herman of Wiersdale, Fla. and Fred Herman of Greenville, S.C., 4 sister-in-laws: Fran Ball of Whitesville, Mary Page of Pavilion, Mabel Orman of Oswego, and Polly (Joe) Stoffer of Warsaw, 1 brother-in-law: Paul (Esther) Herman of Perry, 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 PM on Friday August 17th, 2012 at the First Congregational Church 7205 Rt. 20A in Perry Center. Services will follow visitation at 4:00pm at the church. Interment will be at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Perry Center.

Memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church 7205 Rt. 20A Perry, NY 14530 or to the Perry Center Fire Department P.O. Box 204 Perry, NY 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com or call 237-2626. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. 

Ronald E. Finkney, 76, of Corfu, died Monday, (August 13, 2012) at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

He was born in Buffalo on March 30, 1936, a son of the late Kenneth and Caroline Schwartz Finkney.

 Mr. Finkney was retired from Chevrolet Products in Buffalo and enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and auto racing.  He was a former drag racer and was a member of U.A.W. Union and COPEDA Snowmobile Club.

Surviving is his wife of over 54 years, Betty Underhill Finkney whom he married on December 28, 1967.  Two sons and daughters in law; Rodney and Mary Jane Finkney of Corfu and Jeffrey and Barbara Finkney of Lockport.  Four grandchildren; Sarah, Jacob, Adam and Nolan Finkney.  Three sisters and brothers in law; Diane and Marvin Rosenberg of Corfu, Carol and Bryan O’Brien of Williamsville and Linda and Vincent Heineman of Oakfield.  Sisters in law; Nancy Finkney of Batavia and Mildred Finkney of PA. Brothers in law; Loren Falker of Corfu and Jerry Heineman of Corfu.  He is the brother of the late; Lois Falker, Pamela Heineman, Kenneth, Gerald and William Finkney. 

Friends of the family are invited to share their thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC., 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, on Wednesday  from 6 – 8 PM and Thursday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8PM.  Funeral services will be Friday at 11 AM at High Point Church, 1163 Main Rd., Corfu with Rev. Robert Dean officiating.  Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Corfu.

Expressions of condolence may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to High Point Church, 1163 Main Rd., Corfu,  NY 14036.

Arrangements were entrusted to the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON.  RONALD P. KONIECZNY, DIRECTOR & PROPRIETOR 

     Age 67, of Batavia, died peacefully Sunday July 22, 2012 at home while under the care of her best friend of 48 years Shirley of Attica, niece Lisa of GA, granddaughter Jamie and her "Special Little Buddy", great-grandson Reece, both of Pavilion. She was born in Arcade, NY, a daughter of the late Alvie & Helen (Schrieber) Rogers, also preceded in death by her husbands Kenneth Walborn & Ralph Shipley, step-daughter Debra A. Shipley, grandson Trevor Przybl, June Chapman, Alberta Schloss, Norbert Rogers and Betty Close.

     Darlene was emplyed by the Town of Batavia where she not only loved her work but enjoyed the many co-workers and friends she made over the years.

     Surviving are her children Malanie (Victor) Heal, Tina (Jamie O'Rourk) Cook & Donna (Alan) Hartman; step-children Ralph (Andrea) Shipley Jr. of Batavia and Kathy Shipley of Akron; sister, Sandra (Doc) VanBuren of FL; brother, Norman (Janice) Rogers of GA; 8 granddaughters, 6 grandsons, 8 great-grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

     There is no prior visitation and funeral services will be at a time and place to be announced. Burial will be in Yorkshire Cemetery and memorials in Darlene's memory are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. 16 Bank Street Batavia, New York 14020. For more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF DARLENE A. SHIPLEY IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

 

East Pembroke - Mark A. Newton, 57, of East Pembroke died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family after a yearlong battle with cancer.

Mark was born on March 28, 1955 in Batavia, a son of Margaret (Bartlett) Newton and the late Norman Newton. He was preceded in death by his brother Robert Newton.

Mr. Newton was Vice President of Ron & Newt's in East Pembroke, where he worked since his early teenage years. Mark took pride in his mechanical work and was known to have had great relationships with his customers. Throughout the early-mid 1980’s Mark and his brother Bob built and operated Genesee Speedway in Batavia (currently Raceway 5). Mark was well known for driving his orange #55- double nickel-orange blossom special. He had a successful racing career driving asphalt modifieds at Lancaster and Spencer Speedways. He also raced in special events at race tracks in Holland, Martinsville, Va., Poconos, Pa., Stafford Springs and Thompson Speedways in Ct. from 1972 into the mid-80s. He loved his family and enjoyed restoring old cars, especially corvettes and was a diehard Dale Earnhardt fan.

Mark is survived by his mother, Margaret "Peg" Newton of East Pembroke; his devoted wife of 32 years, Marjorie (Esten) Newton; daughters Michelle (David) Purcell of Hamlin, Amanda Kopper of Batavia, and Kristen (Jeffrey) Maxwell of Batavia; grandchildren Macy Purcell (8), Anthony Kopper (5), Aiden Kopper (4), Michael Barry (2), and Josiah Wright (1); brothers, Larry (Brooke) Newton of Longwood, Fla., Don (Elaine) Newton of Batavia, and Wayne (Robin) Newton of Auburndale, Fla., mother-in-law Harriet (late Roger) Esten of Oakfield; brother-in-law Ralph (late Laurie) Esten of Oakfield, Doug Esten of Oakfield, and Roger (Lisa) Esten of Elba; sister-in-law Carol Esten of Oakfield; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call Monday 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc. 4-6 Main Street, Corfu. Funeral services will be held Wednesday 11 a.m at the Cornerstone Church 2583 Main Road, East Pembroke, with burial to follow at Hillside Cemetery, Angling Road, East Pembroke.

Memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 16 Bank St. Batavia, NY 14020 or to the Newton family.

 

Batavia - Lyle Richard Allen, 76, died Thursday, August 9, 2012 at United Memorial Medical Center following a brief illness.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 50 years, Kathleen (Geise) Allen, his daughters Michele (Wayne) Gilbert, Kristen (Daniel) Frey, and his son, Jeffrey (Darla) Allen.  He was also the proud grandfather of Sara Gilbert, Eric Gilbert, Michael Allen, Kaitlyn Allen, and Zachary Frey.  His brother George “Bud” (Nita) Allen also mourns his passing. 

Lyle was predeceased by his parents Harold W. and Grace E. (Bridge) Allen as well as his step-fathers Howard Schuler and Kenneth Monfort and a brother William “June” Allen.

After serving honorably in the US Navy, Lyle worked most of his life as a salesman and upon retirement spent 13 years as one of the first greeters at the Batavia WalMart.  He was known by many for the smile and friendly welcome when they entered the store.  Lyle was a member of the Oakfield Community Bible Church and was proud to have helped establish a weekly church service with Pastor Bill Smith of OCBC at the Manor House in Batavia where he and Kathy resided until his passing.

Friends may call from 1 pm until 5 pm Sunday, August 12th at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave. Oakfield.  Services will be held at the Funeral Home on Monday, August 13th at 11am.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oakfield Community Bible Church, 80 North Main St., Oakfield, NY 14125.  Burial at the St Cecelia’s Cemetery in Oakfield.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

     Age 47, of Batavia, died suddenly Thursday afternoon August 2, 2012 at United Memorial Medical Center. He was born April 12, 1965 in Burbank, CA, a son of Thomas (Phyllis) Seager of Batavia and Sandra (Lionel) Grudin of MA.

     James was a fantastic chef and worked at many area restaurants. He had a love for animals, especially dogs and was always there to lend a helping hand.

     Surviving along with his parents is a brother Robert Seager of Darien, his nephew Sean Henry Seager, his companion with whom he resided Laurie Comer of Batavia and many friends.

     There is no prior visitation and funeral services will be at a time and place to be announced. Memorials in James memory are suggested to Volunteers for Animals of Genesee County and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF JAMES W. SEAGER IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL,  LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020. 

Batavia - Mr. Richard A. Tiede, 61, of Batavia, the Senior Public Safety Officer at Genesee Community College, died Thursday, August 2, 2012 at United Memorial Medical Center.

 
Mr. Tiede was born February 27, 1951 in Batavia, New York, the son of Arnold and Betty  (Sprague) Tiede of Batavia.
 
Along with his parents he is survived by his wife, Brenda (Amatrano) Tiede, whom he married August 3, 1973; one son, Richard Brendan (Meghan) Tiede of Batavia; two granddaughters, Hannah and Julieanna Tiede, both of Batavia; his mother-in-law, Mary Amatrano of Batavia and a special friend, Douglas Brooks of Webster, New York. 
 
He was also very proud to call the entire Public Safety Department of GCC his second family.
 
Dick was very active in the many law enforcement associations in the area and a member of the first graduation class of the Rural Police Training Academy.  
 
Private services will be held.   Memorials may be made to Homecare & Hospice, 550 E. Main St. or the Visiting Nurses Association, 61 Swan St., both  Batavia, NY  14020.  Arrangements handled by the H. E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home of Batavia.  To light a candle, share a story or send the Tiede family a condolence please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Emma J. Scarborough, 87 of Batavia, died August 2, 2012 at the Genesee County Nursing Home. She was born January 21, 1925 in Newstead, New York to the late David (Margaret Klehm) Peterson. Mrs. Scarborough was a retired hairdresser who worked at Mar-C Beauty Shop in Akron. She was a member of the Women’s Missionary Group and a member of the former First Wesleyan Church. She is preceded in death by husband Herman J. Scarborough, sons Richard and Paul Mirrione, brothers Louis and Richard Peterson, sisters Marion Butler and Ruth Peters.

She is survived by her children Mary Ann Halecki of Akron, Margaret (Daniel) Odell of Akron, David (Teresa) Mirrione of Batavia, and Vincent (Deborah) Mirrione of Batavia.  One sister Christine (Charles) Kern of Florida, 15 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews. 

Friends may call from 2  to 6 PM on Sunday August 5, 2012 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. Funeral Services will follow calling hours at 6PM Sunday August 5, 2012 at the Funeral Home. Interment will take place at Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Corfu, NY.     

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 16 Bank Street, Batavia, New York 14020. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

 

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