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thoma_bernard_-_photo.jpgBernard W. Thoma, Jr., 80 of Akron, passed away unexpectedly on Monday (June 3, 2019) at Buffalo General Hospital.

He was born May 2, 1939 in Syracuse, NY, a son of the late Bernard Sr. and Carolyn Carey Thoma.

Mr. Thoma was employed as a Land Surveyor for Ottney and Miller in Akron for several years prior to his retirement. He was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Church where he served as an usher for 25 years and a member of Knights of Columbus John Cardinal O’Hara Council #13661. He was a member of the Akron Lions Club for over 35 years, where he served as past president and secretary. Mr. Thoma was an avid collector and a fan of the New York Yankees.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara (Warren) Thoma of Akron. Daughter, Christine (Jay) Margeson of Sidney, NY. Grandson, Nathan William Margeson and brother, Richard E. Thoma, DVM of Akron.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Friday (June 7th) from 2-4pm and 7-9pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, 11am at St. Teresa of Avila R.C. Church, 5771 Buell St., Akron. Interment will follow in St. Teresa’s Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made in Mr. Thoma’s name to the Akron Fire Company, 1 Main St., Akron, NY 14001. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneraalhomes.net.


suecherry.jpg  Ethel V. “Sue” Cherry, 76, of Oakfield passed away peacefully with her family by her side on June 4, 2019 at the United Memorial Medical Center. She was born on May 19, 1943 in Batavia to the late Glenn and Gladys (Sickles) Coniber. In addition to her parents, Sue is predeceased by her loving husband; James B. Cherry; brothers George and Robert Coniber; sister Martha Raisch and her loving dog, Max.

Sue worked for many years at R.E. Chapin Manufacturing in Batavia. She loved spending time with her family at the cottage. She enjoyed her time on the lake, boating and fishing. Sue will be forever remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. 

She is survived by her children; Kirt (Sue) Cherry of Churchville, Deborah (Mike) Adams of Pavilion, Tamela Hoffman of Liverpool and Pamela Cherry of Jacksonville, FL.; sister Betty (Gary) Ridley of Batavia; 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday June 8, 2019 from 3:00-6:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 6:00PM Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Genesee County SPCA     http://www.vol4animals.org/. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Batavia - Peter Brigzna, 35, of Batavia, passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019, at his home in Batavia.

Peter was born October 1, 1983, in Rochester, a son of Andy and JoAnn (Carpenter) Brigzna of Bergen.

He was a dishwasher for Bob Evans in Batavia.

Surviving along with his parents, Andy and JoAnn, are his sister, Andrea Brigzna of LeRoy; an uncle, Aivars (Sue) Brigzna of Attica and several cousins.             

Peter is a nephew of the late David Carpenter and Ausma Gorny.

There will be no prior calling hours.  Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

Memorials in Peter's memory may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021.

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

Shirley Davis Barnes Blekkenk – 88 yrs. & 360 days, passed away surrounded by her family and loved ones on June 3, 2019. Born June 8, 1930 at the homestead on Groveland Hill, New York. She was the daughter of Charles and Lois Davis. Married to Philip Barnes on March 26, 1950 who predeceased her. Her second marriage to Carl Blekkenk was Nov. 15,1958.

She was employed by Kodak, Craig Colony at Sonya, Monroe Developmental Center in Rochester, Cape Canaveral Hospital, and Groveland & Livingston Corrections Services. Her hearts desire was to be a nurse and to care for those in need. Her second love was to feed people whom she did through a Food Pantry in Cape Canaveral Florida as well as her catering business Butterfly Bistro and anyone who entered her home.

Surviving are her children Raymond Barnes, Steven (Marian) Barnes, Mary Enos, Michael Blekkenk, Daniel (Ingrid) Blekkenk, many adopted children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Beverly Regatuso, brothers Richard (Cheryl) Davis, & Bernard (Jane) Davis. As well as many loved ones.

Friends will be received from 11:00AM to 1:00PM Thursday (June 6, 2019) at Eaton Watson Funeral Home, 98 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530. A Funeral Service will immediately follow, at 1:00PM, at the Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Lakeview Cemetery, Groveland, in Livingston County.

To leave a message of condolence please visist www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

Rita L. Graham, age 87, passed away on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 at Strong Memorial hospital after a brief illness.  Rita is survived by her loving husband, Robert J. Graham of almost 64 years, along with their six children; Robert (Cher), Donald, (Doreen), Thomas (Eva), James (Lisa Wall), David, Susan (Kristopher) Kautz, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Also surviving are sister Patricia Richmond of NH, two sisters-in-law Jean Johnson and Lynne Graham both of Buffalo, NY along with many nieces and nephews.  Rita was a daughter of the late Stephen and Victoria Stefanski of Buffalo, NY.  She was preceded in death by her siblings; Adeline, Stanley, Raymond, Daniel, Eleanor and Robert.

Rita was an avid gardener and a member of the Attica Garden Club.  She also enjoyed Saturday afternoon euchre at the Warsaw Moose Club.  For many years, the entire family enjoyed camping together in the 1000 Islands.  Holidays were treasured, Halloween was especially fun with everyone anticipating Rita's costume.   Bob and Rita's remarkable bond, based on boundless love and companionship generated so many splendid memories including travel to Hawaii, Alaska, Ireland and family cruises to the Caribbean.  
Bob and Rita spent the last 26 years wintering in Palm Springs, Florida,  Going to the ocean, shuffleboard and club activities were favorite pastimes. 
Rita's devotion to family inspired all of her children to live nearby.  Community was so important, she dearly loved and took great pride in her small town of Alexander.  A beautiful, classy lady with old fashioned values, Rita maintained an impeccable home and stunning gardens.  Most of all, Rita cherished her time spent with family.  Her sweetness, laughter and smile were contagious and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

The Graham family welcomes you to attend a memorial service at the Alexander United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at 2 PM.  A celebration of Rita's life will immediately follow at the Attica Golf Club from 3:30 to 7:30. 

Contributions/Donations may be made to the Gateway Hospice Home of Attica NY.

belknap_2.jpgCRAIG J. “JUICE” BELKNAP ~ Age 62, of Batavia, died Thursday evening May 30, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was born August 27, 1956, in Rochester, NY a son of the late Neil and Viena (Constance) Belknap also preceded in death by father-in-law, Everett Smith.

Juice enjoyed working, especially as an accomplished chef at various restaurants throughout Western New York. He loved to spend time with his family, enjoyed fishing, going to the casino, watching his beloved Buffalo Bills and Boston Red Sox along with enjoying an ice cold PBR or Bud.

Surviving is his loving wife, Sharon (Smith) Belknap of Batavia; children, Tracy (Joe) Spohn of Rochester, Brennan (Tina) Belknap of Rochester, Deanna (Josh) Smith of Basom and Mandee Belknap of Batavia; cherished grandchildren, Brent Spohn, Felicity Bettilyon, Ryland Fotiathis and Tristen Belknap; siblings, Shelly (Joe) Messore, Dale (Bonnie) Belknap, Rodney (Cheri) Belknap, Randy Belknap & Brian (Cindi) Belknap all of Rochester; mother-in-law, Jean Smith of Batavia along with several nieces, nephews great nieces and great nephews.    

The Belknap family will be present from 4 - 8p.m. on Wednesday May 5, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where a Celebration of Juice’s Life begin at 8p.m. Memorials in his memory are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. 127 North Street Batavia, New York 14020.

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



LeRoy ~ Michael R. Paladino Jr., age 43, died heroically on Saturday, June 1, 2019 in the loving presence of his family.

     Michael is survived by his mother, Mary Jo Fay of LeRoy; sister, Macy Paladino of LeRoy; his sons, Anthony and Sonny; daughter, Tea; dear friend, Rebecca Fili and his father, Michael Paladino.  His passing is also greatly mourned by his grandfather, John Fay; his nephew Kyler; his niece, Kaylin and his loving aunts, uncles and cousins, who are all so proud of his unselfish and heroic act.  He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Mamie Fay.

     Friends and family may call on Wednesday, June 5 from 3 - 5:30 at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where his Remembrance Service will be held immediately after at 5:30.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family in support of his children.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Michael's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

     Mr. Paladino and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

cummings_robert_-_photo.jpgRobert M. Cummings “Bob”, 47 of Corfu, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Friday (May 31, 2019) at his residence.

He was born September 15, 1971, in Batavia, NY, a son of Ronald and Sharon Kokot Cummings of Corfu.

Bob was a longtime employee and participant in the Genesee Orleans ARC. He enjoyed watching professional wrestling, his favorite tv shows Ice Road Truckers and Highway To Hell. Every Sunday was dedicated to listening to the Country Top 40.  Bob also enjoyed taking short trips away but also loved to just stay in the comfort of his home. The best phrase to describe him would be “Bob loved everybody and everybody loved Bob”. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

He was the grandson of the late Albert Cummings and Michael and Helen Kokot. Nephew of the late Duane Green.

Survivors include his loving parents, Ronald and Sharon Cummings. Grandmother, Irene Cummings. Aunts and uncles, Sylvia (Douglas) Kohorst, Sandy Green, Michael (Laurie) Kokot, Rita Benda, Donald (Pat) Cummings and Marie (Dave) Dylag. Also survived by several cousins.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Thursday (June 6th) from 3-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY. A memorial service will be Saturday (June 8th), 10am at the East Shelby Community Bible Church, 5278 East Shelby Rd., Medina, NY 14103. PLEASE NOTE NO SERVICES ON FRIDAY. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery in Corfu.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church or to a charity of the donor’s preference. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.


OAKFIELD - Jack Lewis Baxter, 75, of Oakfield, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019, at United Memorial Medical Center.

Jack was born July 6, 1943, in DuBois, PA, a son of the late Milton and Helen Baxter.

He served in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam era and when he returned from the service, he became a Lab Technician for Eastman Kodak Co., retiring in 1992.  He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed bowling, and watching sports, but was a great Yankees fan.  He also worked in Customer Service at the Pembroke Service Area. 

Survivors include his wife, Linda D. (Kowalczyk) Baxter, whom he married October 14, 1967; 3 children, Melissa (Joseph) Sullivan of Albion, Scott (Nancy) Baxter of Batavia and Deborah (Pete) Scheiber of Oakfield; 4 grandchildren, Joseph Sullivan, Stefani (Andrew) Campbell, Dani Baxter and Collin Scheiber and a great-grandchild, A.J. Campbell.          

He was predeceased by his siblings, Harriett, Jim and Neil.

 Friends may call from 5 to 6 pm on Wednesday at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave. in Oakfield, where service will follow at 6 pm.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family for distribution to various charities.   Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

LOUISBURG, N.C. – Jean Marie Bush Bedient, 83, of Louisburg, formerly of Wyoming, NY, died Saturday afternoon at her home.

Jean was a daughter of the late DeForest and Cecil A. Bush.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Bedient Sr. and her sister, Grace Andrews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Jean is survived by her son, Dean Bedient Jr., daughters, Elizabeth (Norman) Wagner, Cynthia (Charlie) Boldt, Linda (Mark) Breen, Deborah (Richard) Wright, Lou Ann (Dennis) Marshall, Marcella (Johnny) Newton; sisters, Virginia Rappleye and Mary Marlatt; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.





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