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BROCKPORT - Daniel K. Uecker, 32, of Brockport, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, (August 11, 2019), at his home.

Daniel was born March 25, 1987, in Ft. Wainwright, Alaska, the son of Jack and Bonnie (Laabs) Uecker, Jr. of Junction, Texas.

An avid outdoorsman, Daniel loved to hunt and fish.  He enjoyed traveling and mechanical work. 

Surviving along with his parents are his daughter, Grace Uecker; a brother, Timothy (Shasta) Uecker of Oklahoma; sisters, Tricia (Billy) Gray and Amanda (Hector Guardiola) Uecker both of Texas.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

There will be no visitation. Daniel's family will hold a private celebration of his life at their convenience. Burial will be in Stafford Rural Cemetery, Stafford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Daniel’s name to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

gary_s.jpgGARY M. SCARBOROUGH ~ Age 72, of Batavia, died peacefully Wednesday morning August 14, 2019 at his home under the care of his loving family and Hospice. He was born in Batavia, NY on January 6, 1947, a son of the late Marshall and Mae (Sonnenshine) Scarborough.  

Mr. Scarborough was an auto mechanic for many years and continued “tinkering” with cars long after. He was an avid hunter, trap shooter, enjoyed drag racing, gardening and his 3, four-legged companions.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Mary (Panepento) Scarborough of Batavia; children, Michael D. (Laura) Scarborough of Warsaw, Gregory P. (Judi) Scarborough of TX, Joel M. (Carmen) Scarborough of SD, Chad M. (Michelle) Norton of SC and Lora (Brent) Nataliziak of Attica along with 16 and 2 great-grandchildren.

The Scarborough family will be present from 9:30-11:30a.m. on Saturday August 17, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 followed by a 12noon Graveside Service at Grand View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. 127 North Street, New York 14020.

Please share your words of comfort with the family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

BERGEN - Gordon Lee Seward, 84, of Bergen, passed away Tuesday, (August 13, 2019), on the Seward Farm in the same house he was born in, under the care of HomeCare & Hospice and his loving family.

Gordon was born August 1, 1935, in Bergen, a son of the late Wellington and Edith (Scroger) Seward.

He served in the National Guard and was the first of his family to attend college.  He earned a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture from Cornell University in 1961.  Gordon was a farmer his entire life on his own farm and in 1970 was chosen to be Genesee Co. Outstanding Young Farmer.  He was a member of Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church where he was a Deacon, an Elder, and taught Sunday School.  He was also a member of the National Rifle Association, the NFIB, Genesee Co. Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Genesee Co. Farm Bureau where he was a past president.  He was a former member and past president of the EAIC and the Genesee County DHIC.

Gordon and his wife, Delores (Keefer) Seward were married on August 11, 1956 and were blessed to have just celebrated their 63rd Anniversary. 

Along with his wife, Gordon is survived by his daughters, Christine (David) Wright and Amy (Rick) Stacy, both of Bergen; grandchildren, Daniel (Kristen) Stacy of Chili, David (Krysta) Stacy, Michelle (Jacob) Buckland-Seward, Bethany Salvia, Ryan (Rachel) Stacy all of Bergen, Janae (Austin) Genna of Churchville; brothers, Myron (late Ethel) Seward of Basom, Elton (Jean) Seward of Batavia; sister-in-law, Marian Seward of Byron.  9 great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews also survive.

Mr. Seward is predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Lee Seward and a brother, Norman Seward.

Friends may call from 3:00 - 7:00 PM on Saturday at the Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 38 South Lake Avenue in Bergen; where Gordon's Funeral Service will be held Sunday at 2:00 PM with Rev. Brandt Hammack officiating. Burial will be in Stone Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gordon's memory may be made to Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church as well as Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

San Benito, TX - Ruth Virginia Hillabush Benz Crowley, 81, of San Benito, TX and formerly of the Batavia area passed away at her home in San Benito on Wednesday (August 8, 2019). 

Ruth was born February 4, 1938, in Batavia, a daughter of the late David Reuben and the late Gladys Maud (Sprague) Hillabush.

She worked at GTE Sylvania, Byron-Bergen Central School, and finally at Elba Central School where she was a secretary.

Ruth is survived by her husband, Georg Bruns, of Minnesotta; sons, Scott (John) Benz of Honeoye Falls, Michael (Debbie) Benz of Mechanicsburg, Illinios, Wayne (Sandra) Benz of Elba, and David (Rayne) Benz of Clifton Springs; step-children, Janet D'ambra of Caledonia, Nick Crowley of Rochester, Bonnie (Patric) Welch of Greenwood, Indiana, and David Crowley; grandchildren, Amanda, Jessica, Cory, Zander, Haven Benz; Devin and Aiden Welch, Denise, Tony, Roxann, and Michaela D'ambra; siblings, Paul (Ann) Hillabush of St. Johnsville, George (Anita) Hillabush of Byron; sister-in-law, Doris Hillabush of Elba; half-siblings, David (Debbie) Hillabush of Florida, Jeanne (Raymond) Shutt of Florida, Betty (William) Harmon of Belfast; step-sisters, Carol (Gerald) Struck of Orchard Park, and Jessie (Roy) Button of Perry.

Ms. Crowley is predeceased by her first husband, Dion Benz, along with several siblings, half-siblings, and step-siblings.

Friends may call from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Friday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia. The Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday at the Funeral Home with Rev. James R. Renfrew officiating. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ruth’s name to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude's Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105; Fun N Sun Angels, c/o Carolyn Crist, 1400 Zillock Road, San Benito, Texas 78586; Fun N Sun Faithful Singers, c/o Terry Turpinseed, 1400 Zillock Road, San Benito, Texas 78586 or Byron Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 206, Byron, New York 14422-0206. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

gdead.jpg Matthew E. Good, 30, of Batavia passed away on Sunday August 11, 2019 in Buffalo. He was born in Batavia on December 7, 1988 to Gerald and Diane (Stewart) Good Jr. He is predeceased by his brother; Dustin Good; and Grandfather Albert Stewart.

Matt graduated from Attica High School and Genesee Community College. He loved the hippy lifestyle. Matt enjoyed skateboarding and music, especially the Grateful Dead and was a self-taught guitarist. He worked as an Auto Body Technician in Buffalo.

In addition to his parents, Matt is survived by his grandparents; Gerald and Charlene Good of Batavia and Anita Stewart of Delphi, NY; his siblings Chad (Tara) Good of FL., Shane (Jaime) Good of West Seneca and Logan (Leah) Good of Batavia.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday August 16, 2019 from 4:00-7:00PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. A 10:00AM Graveside Service will be held on Saturday August 17th at Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica where Matt will be laid to rest.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. 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.

mrs._mason.jpgELEANOR D. MASON ~ Age 96, of LeRoy, formerly of Elba died peacefully Monday August 12, 2019 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home. She was born in Batavia, NY on July 28, 1923, a daughter of the late Clarence H. and Jessie May (Pfann) Driggs, also preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur Alan Mason (1967); son, David Allen Mason (2013); siblings, Roy and George Driggs and Florence Roth.

Eleanor was a longtime member of the Elba Presbyterian Church and the Elba Grange. She was a teacher for Pembroke/Corfu Schools, member of Delta Kappa Gamma and the retired Teachers Association. Eleanor loved to shop, crochet and was always most proud of her family

She is survived by her beloved children, Sue Ann Ames of Elba, Linda Jean (Ronald) Webster of VA; daughter-in-law, Heidi Mason of Penfield; cherished grandchildren, Jenny Mason, Wendy Mason, Katie (Jason) Dardinier, Holly (David) Kluge, Deborah (Leo) Starowitz, Rebecca Ann Ames, Jeffrey C. Ames, Peter (Paige) Webster and Heather (Jason) Moore;14 great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

The Mason family will be present from 6-8p.m. on Wednesday August 14, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where Funeral Services will be held 11a.m. Thursday Aug. 15. She will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba, NY and in lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY 2805 Wehrle Drive Buffalo, New York 14221.

Please share your words of comfort with the family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

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

cerefin-1.jpg  Paul W. Cerefin, 92, of Batavia passed away on Sunday August 11, 2019 at the United Memorial Medical Center. He was born on February 2, 1927 in Hamburg, NY to the late Thaddeus and Loretta (Koch) Cerefin.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years; Marlene (Rowcliffe) Cerefin; children Douglas (Cathy) Cerefin, David Cerefin, Steven Cerefin and Georgette Hale; brother Donald (Delores) Cerefin; grandchildren Matthew Cerefin, Jennifer (Andrew) Lang, Brandon Cerefin, Emily Cerefin, Tessa Cerefin, Daniel Rimmer and Stephanie Rimmer.

Paul graduated from Batavia High School in 1944. He was a United States Navy veteran during WWII. Paul retired after 35 years as an employee of Niagara Mohawk and was a Captain in the Civil Air Patrol. He was very involved at Godfrey’s Pond, a lifetime member, past president and board member and also belonged to the Genesee County Fish & Game. He loved bowling, camping, woodworking and was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Church where he was a Eucharistic Minister and usher.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday August 14, 2019 at Resurrection Parish 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, New York 14020.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Godfrey’s Pond PO Box 217 Batavia, NY 14021. 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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Mary Lou Wolfley, 81, of Alexander, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019 surrounded by her family at the Crossroads House in Batavia. She was born on December 22, 1937 in Batavia, NY to the late Homer Philo and the late Marjorie Marie (Dumbleton) Wolfley. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her brother, Eugene M. Wolfley of Alexander, sister, Dorothy M. Wolfley Stewart and her brother-in-law, James R. Stewart, both of Linesville, PA.

Mary Lou was a former Physical Education Teacher at the Attica Central School from 1962- 1992. Mary enjoyed time spent with her family; traveling to Florida during the winter months, woodworking, driving her PUCH scooter, and GEM car, and playing cards at any gathering. She enjoyed the many cards sent lately to her by former students, friends and family members in the past couple of months.

Mary is survived by her brother, Willard G. Wolfley and his wife, Sandra (Meyers) Wolfley, siter, Wanda Wolfley, sister-in-law, Doris M. (Hodge) Wolfley, all of Alexander, NY; 15 nieces and nephews and their spouses; and several great nieces and nephews.

It was Mary’s wish that there be no prior visitation. A Graveside Service will be held at the convenience of the family. Following the service, there will be a gathering of friends and family.

Please consider a Memorial in honor of Mary Lou’s memory to the Crossroads House, 11 Liberty St, Batavia, NY 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.

 


Krista E. Hartman, of Rome, died on August 9, 2019. Krista lived for 62 years and 8 months. She found delight in the world of books, as a cataloguer at Mohawk Valley Community College for 20 years, and before that as a librarian at Utica Public Library and Flower Memorial Library, Watertown. Krista was also a volunteer at Jervis Public Library in Rome. Krista saw to it that people were exposed to the wealth of local literature as well as specialized books. Earlier in her life, Krista was well known for sharing the magic of books with children. A nature lover, Krista had a particularly warm spot in her heart for cats. Known for their fastidious tastes, cats liked Krista too.

Krista is predeceased by her parents, Duane and Teresa Hartman. She is survived by her brother Greg, her sister Lisa and her half -brothers Carl and Eric. Calling hours will be at Nunn and Harper Funeral Home, Inc., 418 N. George Street, Rome, on Wednesday, August 14th from 2- 4:00 p.m., with a celebration of her life following at 4:00 p.m.. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery, Batavia NY on Thursday, August 15th at 11:00 a.m. You may light a candle, send a message of sympathy, and read the obituary at www.nunnandharper.com.

BASOM - Betty J. Johnson, 94, of Basom, formerly of Rose Road in Batavia and Corfu, passed away Friday, August 9, 2019, at her daughter's home in Basom.

Betty was born February 27, 1925, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Walter A. and Alberta (Moshier) Campbell.

She is predeceased by her husband of 43 years, Clarence A. Johnson.

She was a Inspector and Cleaner for P.W. Minor Shoe Factory in Batavia for over 20 years, having retired in 1999. 

Survivors include; 4 daughters, Judy Oliver of Ohio, Sharon Johnson of Corfu, Donna Downs of Basom and Bessie (Kenneth) of Oakfield; a son, Clarence (Linda) Johnson, II of Batavia; a sister, Shirley (Robert) Chatt of Batavia; 17 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was also predeceased by 2 grandchildren, David Wren and Terry Scherer and 3 siblings, Robert, James and Margaret Campbell.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Betty’s name to her family.  Private burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Alexander.  Arrangements were entrusted to H.E. Turner & Co., Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia, NY.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.
 

 

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