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LeRoy ~ Gerald F. Sherman Sr., age 86, of Bernd Road, passed away Friday evening (July 12, 2019) at Rochester General Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

     He was born May 19, 1933 in LeRoy, a son of the late Harold and Dorothy Ridley Sherman Sr.

    Jerry will be remembered as a very loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, who loved to ride motorcycles and work on Sudoku puzzles.  He always enjoyed being busy with handy-man and carpentry work, and totally rebuilt the family home.  He was also a proud U.S. Army veteran.

     He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of almost 62 years, Sandra Shepard Sherman; his sons, Gerald (Kimberly) Sherman of LeRoy and Leslie (Kathy) Sherman of LeRoy; grandchildren, Matthew Sherman, Casey (Libby) Sherman, Christina Sherman, Stephanie (Sean) Histed, Tom Wolf and Dennis Wolf; great-grandchildren, Haley, Emily, Grace Histed and the late Micah Sherman; brother, Harold (Stella) Sherman of LeRoy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ruby (late Reid) Ackley, Dorothy (Peter) Kelly, Robert (Barbara) Shepard, the late Russell (late Susan) Shepard and Sharon (Russell) Kelso, along with many nieces and nephews.

     Family and friends may call on Thursday, July 18 from 5 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road, LeRoy, where his Celebration of Life Service will be held at 7:00 PM, along with Military Honors.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 175 North Street, Caledonia, NY 14423.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Mr. Sherman’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

LeRoy ~ Helen L. Ladd was born in Glasgow, Scotland on January 27, 1928 and died on July 11, 2019. Helen was born to Christina and John Laughlin, along with siblings Catherine, Christina, Isabelle, and Hugh, who all passed away in Scotland.  Her sister Lynette (Scotty) Graham, who lived in LeRoy as Helen did, passed away January of 2017.

     Helen met 101st Airborne Paratrooper Richard Ladd in July of 1944.  They were married in Glasgow September 14, 1945. Richard went back to the war and didn’t see Helen again until April of 1946. She sailed over on the U.S.S. Henry Tyler and lived with Richard for 70 years until his death, September 27, 2015.  Helen was a homemaker, an avid bridge player, a member of the LeRoy United Methodist Church and will always be remembered for her beautiful Scottish voice. She was  always a hit in the old Rotary shows.  Helen was full of pranks and was known to make grand entrances in some sort of hysterical regalia.  Helen became a United States Citizen and was proud to be an American. Amazing enough  watching Jeopardy, often her best category was U.S. History.

     Helen is survived by her children, Kent (Lori Mcbride) Ladd, who live in So. Carolina, Brock (Kerry Herrington) Ladd, who live in Phoenix, AZ and her daughter,  Leslie (Daniel Johnston) Ladd, who live in Stafford, N.Y. with whom Helen spent her last 3 years.  Her son, Stuart Ladd died in 2010.  Brother-in-law, Donald Ladd also died in 2010, but is survived by his lovely wife, Barbara Ladd, who resides in Mansfield, CT. Brother-in-law, David  Graham, husband of Lynette, resides in LeRoy.  Helen is also survived by her grandchildren, Caroline (Andrew) Costa of Maryland, Rebecca (Stephen) Saeva of Stafford, Jonathan (Katherine) Ladd of So. Carolina and Owen Ladd also of So. Carolina and  8 great- grandchildren, whom she adored.

      Services will be private and interment will be in Machpelah Cemetery.

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

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

Kathryn “Kay” A. (Rudgers) Allen, 72, Formerly of Pavilion, passed away July 9, 2019 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield. Born in Pavillion, NY, June 5, 1947, she was the daughter of the late Duane and Rosemary (Coefield) Rudgers. Kay worked as a dental hygienist for many years at the offices of Mackler, Siurek and Associates in West Springfield. She leaves her beloved sons, Brian of West Springfield and Sean of Great Barrington, her brothers, Jim, Dan and Dave Rudgers, and her loving granddaughter, Kayla Allen. A funeral home service will be held Tuesday, July 16 at 11AM from the TOOMEY-O’BRIEN FUNERAL HOME, 1043 Westfield St., West Springfield with calling hours from 9AM-11AM. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations in Kay’s name to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 516 Carew Street, Springfield, MA 01104. For more details please visit www.toomeyobrien.com

Jane E. Read, 75 of Corfu, passed away peacefully on Monday (July 1, 2019) at her residence, under the care of her family and Hospice.

She was born February 27, 1944 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Albert and Helen Schifla Hamilton.

Jane was a generous, loving, thoughtful, and endlessly kind woman who never stopped moving. Born and raised in Corfu, she met her future husband, Don M. Read, in high school. They married in 1967. An avid athlete, she studied physical education at Cortland State University and earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in 1966. After graduating, Jane began her career as a physical education teacher, and spent more than three decades at Pembroke Primary School. Jane felt a strong dedication to teaching young children how to play and enjoy sports and take these lessons off the field into their daily lives. She developed many innovative approaches that built bridges between the gymnasium and the classroom, stayed up late laboring over report cards, and placed a great emphasis on sportsmanship: A sign in her gym read, “If the game was fun, then everybody won.” 

Jane was an excellent cook and baker, and her thoughtfulness and affection for others often took the form of delicious desserts. Workers who came to Jane’s house never made it a day without being asked about their favorite type of cookie or pie. Jane loved to be outside and took great pride in her large and immaculate yard, riding her lawnmower, tending to colorful flowers and pulling up dandelions, which she hated. Jane was also an active member of Cornerstone Church, serving on the church council and many committees, and often making sure fresh flowers were on hand to brighten the sanctuary. Jane served for seven years as a board member of Genesee Community College, and she was an officer of the Genesee County Women’s Republican Club. Most of all she loved her friends and family. She provided tender care to loved ones during their long illnesses, and delighted in the happiness and accomplishments of her two sons and their families. 

Survivors include her husband, Don M. Read of Corfu. Sons, Brock (Libby Sander) Read of Washington, DC and Spencer (Cory) Read of Irondequoit. Grandson, Nathaniel Read. Brother, Thomas Hamilton of Corfu.

Family and friends may call on Friday, July 19th from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at the C.B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main St., Corfu, NY.  A funeral service will be Saturday, July 20th at 10:00 am at Cornerstone Church of East Pembroke, 2583 Main St., East Pembroke, NY. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery, Corfu.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jane’s name to Cornerstone Church, 2583 Main St. PO Box 189, East Pembroke, NY 14056 or Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263.

Arrangements were entrusted to the C.B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.

Oakfield – Caroline A. Beach, 94, of Oakfield, an assembler at General Motors Corp. in Rochester, died on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at her home while under Homecare and Hospice.

Mrs. Beach was born November 2, 1924 in Oakfield, a daughter of the late Samuel and Mary (Ballon) Halat.

She was a member of St. Padre Pio Parish, St. Cecelia’s Site.

She is survived by her loving husband, Eugene F. Beach, whom she married in 1952; a brother, Leon (Lillian) Halat of Oakfield; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her beloved daughter, Sandra Mary Beach who passed away on May 21, 1993 and was the sister of the late Alphonso, Ray and Joseph Halat and Irene Cecere.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave. in Oakfield where prayers will be recited at 9 a.m. on Thursday.  Caroline’s Mass of Christian burial will follow at 10 a.m. at St. Cecelia’s Site, 56 Maple Ave. in Oakfield. Memorials may be made to Homecare and Hospice, 29 Liberty St., Batavia, NY 14020 or to St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Ave, Oakfield, NY 14125.  Burial will be in St. Cecelia’s Cemetery.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

Batavia - Ronald J. DiSalvo, 86, of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2019, at United Memorial Medical Center. 

Ron was born October 28, 1932, in Batavia, a son of the late Salvatore and Mary (Miller) DiSalvo. 

A 1950 graduate of Batavia High School, Ron enjoyed his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, golf and tennis.  In 1952, he joined the United States Army and is a Korean War Veteran. 

Ron was a member of the former St. Anthony’s Church, where he was a life member of the St. Anthony’s Holy Name Society and served as the society’s president.   

Ron operated the Army Navy surplus store on Main Street, called the Outdoor Store.  In 1966, he joined the Cultrara’s Shoe Store and would purchase the store in 1973.  In 1975, Ron changed the name of Cultrara’s to DiSalvo Shoe Store.  In August of 1976, DiSalvo’s relocated to the Genesee Country Mall becoming the first store to open in the mall.  Ron would be later joined by his wife and four children at the store.  A branch store was opened in 1982 in Niagara Falls, NY. 

Ron was the president of the Genesee Country Mall Association and the Brooklyn School PTA.  Ron was a life member of the VFW.  He served as the vice president of the City of Batavia PTA Council.  He also served on the board of directors for the YMCA. 

Ron was on the committee as chairman of Group I at St. James Church and was also a neighborhood commissioner with the Boy Scouts of America.

He was very involved with Pop Warner Batavia Youth Football, serving on the board of directors, co-chairman of the league, treasurer and ran the league refreshment stand.   

Ron was a member of St. Nicholas Club, Chamber of Commerce, Batavia Area Jaycees, Loyal Order of Moose, Paolo Busti Cultural Foundation, Community Betterment – Quality of Life in Genesee County, Crimestoppers of Batavia and the YMCA tennis club.

Survivors include his wife, Rose B. DiSalvo of Batavia; children, Michael DiSalvo of Batavia, Kathy (Dan) Reuter of Darien, David (Sandy) DiSalvo of Batavia and Sam (Michele) DiSalvo of Batavia; grandchildren, Stacie (Michael) Anderson, Kellie (Michael) Ottley, James (Christina) Stack, Katie (Scott) Helser, Aren (Lesha) DiSalvo, Valerie (Matthew) Cramer, Jessica DiSalvo, Samuel DiSalvo, Amanda DiSalvo and Sabrina DiSalvo; great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Lucy, Olivia, Jacob, Mackenzie, Jeremy, Ethan, Briar, Rowan, Silas and Henry; brothers, Jim (Connie) DiSalvo of Stafford and Sam (late Viola) DiSalvo of Batavia; sisters, Florence (Joe) Condidorio of LeRoy and Kitty (Louie) Severino of Ohio; a brother-in-law, Paul (Marie) Ritter of California and several nieces and nephews.         

Calling hours are Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main St., Batavia. Ron's Funeral Mass will be held on Monday at 12:00 p.m. at Ascension Parish, 19 Sumner St., Batavia. Entombment with military honors will be in St. Joseph's Mausoleum, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ronald's memory may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY, 14021, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate as well as National MS Society, Upstate New York Chapter, 1650 South Avenue, Ste #100, Rochester, NY 14620. 

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

flag.jpgJames Wooster, age 82, of Perry passed away on Saturday July 6, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born in Amherst, NY on September 5, 1936 a son to the late William A. and Barbara M. (Cranston) Wooster. He is preceded in death by his wife: Diane (Parker) Wooster who passed away January 10, 2018, a granddaughter: Renee Greig who passed away in 1998, brothers: John and William Wooster Jr.

Jim was a graduate of York Central School. He served with the US Army. He worked for Akzo Nobel Salt Co. in Retsof from 1957-1997 and went to work for the Perry Central School District from 1997 to 2015. He was a member of the Perry VFW Post # 5009 and American Legion McKelton Post #350 in Perry and a former member of the Perry Rotary Club. He enjoyed gardening, cutting fire wood and was a painter who painted many homes in the Perry area. He was an avid Buffalo Bills and NY Yankees fan. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by 3 daughters: Laurie (David) Greig Jr. of Warsaw, Julie Hunt of Ft. Edward, NY, Sandy (Jeff) Hostetler of Warsaw, 5 grandchildren: Rachael Greig, Caitlyn Hunt, David Greig III, Brandon Hunt and Gracie Hostetler, 2 sisters: Louise Fisher of Getzville and Elizabeth (Neil) McColl of Fl., 2 sister-in-laws: Annabelle Wooster of Warsaw, Bettie Wooster of Leicester, brother and sister-in-law: Stanley (Nancy) Lubanski of Leicester, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends may call from 10am-1pm on Friday July 19th at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. in Perry where services will follow at 1 pm. He will be laid to rest in Glenwood Cemetery in Perry, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to Suzanne’s Comfort Care Home 167 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530 or to the Town of Perry Ambulance Service Inc. P.O. Box 205, Perry, New York 14530. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of conddolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

flag.jpgCarlton L. Lafferty, age 87, of Perry, NY passed away on Wednesday July 10, 2019 at his home surrounded by family after a blessedly short battle with heart failure. Carl was born in Hume, NY on June 14, 1932 a son to the late Leland and Eunice (Kingsley) Lafferty. He is preceded in death by his loving wife: Judith Wheeler Lafferty, whom he married on August 1, 1958, a brother: Joel Lafferty, sister-in-law: Darlene Lafferty, brothers-in-law: Grant and Gerald Wheeler, and granddaughter: Jasmine Uveino.

Carl was a loving Husband, Father and Grandfather. He served his country in the US Army. He was a journeyman and toolmaker for LeRoy Machine Shop for many years. Carl loved all things flying. He enjoyed remote control planes, attending air shows, achieved his pilot’s license and owned his own plane, which he loved to take his wife Judy flying. He enjoyed family vacations, photography, boating, camping, fishing, traveling and tinkering in the garage.

He is survived by 3 sons: Benjamin (Debbie) Lafferty, Randy Lafferty and Michael (Judy Uveino) Lafferty, brothers: Leland “Bugsy” (Wanda) Lafferty and Raymond Lafferty, sisters: Dawn (Thomas) Friedl and Della (Woodrow) Cummings, 9 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends may call from 3-5pm on Sunday July 14th at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. in Perry where services will follow at 5pm. He will be laid to rest in East Koy Cemetery in Pike.

For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of conddolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

kujawski.jpgFLORENCE W. KUJAWSKI ~ Age 94, of Batavia, died Wednesday morning July 10, 2019 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home. She was born in Batavia, NY on March 8, 1925 to the late Frank and Wanda (Wisniewski) Gorecki, Sr. also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Martin J. Kujawski in 2005 and a brother, Frank Gorecki, Jr.

Florence was a lifelong member of Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart) along with its Altar & Rosary Society and assisting with the Bereavement Committee. She worked for over 40 years at the former P.W. Minor Shoe Factory. Florence was extremely proud of her Polish heritage and loved spending tme with her family.

Surviving are her loving sons, Jerome “Jerry” (Kristin) Kujawski of Batavia and Steven (Diane) Kujawski of Batavia; cherished grandson, Bradley S. (Rebecca Iannello) Kujawski; great-grandson, Gibson Charles Kujawski along with several nieces and nephews.

The Kujawski family will be present from 4-8p.m. on Sunday July 14, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where prayers recited at 9:15a.m. on Monday July 15 will be followed by a 10a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Ascension Parish (Sacred Heart). She will be entombed with her husband in the Mosignor Francis L. Schwartz Mausoleum in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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


madge_drinkwater_1948.jpgMADELINE E. HARDING – Age 91, of Batavia died July 7, 2019 at United Memorial Medical Center. She was born June 15, 1928 in Yorkshire, NY to the late George L. and Matilda (Rauch) Drinkwater.

Madge was a graduate of Delevan Central High School, the Wyoming County Community Hospital School of Nursing and Genesee Community College. She worked at the former St. Jerome Hospital and Genesee County Nursing Home.

She was a member of the Batavia Senior Quilting Club, enjoyed traveling and watching sports. Especially loved were her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband Frank, married 70 years, 3 sons, Richard of Schenectady, George (Yanasa) of Tonawanda and Mark (Nat) of Corfu and 1 daughter, Gail of Batavia; 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandson; Sister-in-law Alice Harding of Florida along with nieces and nephews.

At her wishes there will be no services or calling hours. Burial will be at the Wyoming, NY Cemetery by the family at a date to be determined. Memorials may be made to HomeCare & Hospice, Inc. 29 Liberty Street Suite #6; Crossroads House PO Box 403 or the Genesee County Senior Center 2 Bank Street #2 Batavia, NY 14020.

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





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