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Kathleen C. Heywood, 72 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Sunday (September 13, 2020) with her family by her side.

She was born November 12, 1947 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Stanley and Sophia Cichocki Adamczyk.

Kathleen was a Registered Nurse for over 35 years and was employed by St. Jerome Hospital, United Memorial Medical Center and Genesee County Nursing Home. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting and reading. She was a member of Resurrection Parish and adored her grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughters, Michelle (James) Mullen of Batavia, Pamela Heywood of Batavia, Aimee (Brian) Fisher of Spencerport and Jessica Heywood of Batavia. Grandchildren, Tiffany Lamb, Nathaniel Mullen and Alyssa Mullen. Brother in-law, Kevin Kiersz of North Carolina. Also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was the sister of the late Cynthia Kiersz and grandmother of the late Larissa Mullen.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Sunday (September 20th) from 4-7pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, 9:30am at Resurrection Parish, 18 Ellicott St., Batavia. Entombment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to the Arc of Genesee Orleans. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

Spencerport ~ Matthew J. Norstrand, age 35, passed away Sunday morning (Sept. 13, 2020) at Strong Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

     He was born February 7, 1985 in Fairbanks, AK, a son of Daniel Norstrand and Pamela Rigoni Miller.

     Matt was known to live life to its fullest.  He loved motorcycles and enjoyed hunting, boating and the outdoors in general.  He was a past MMA fighter and was a GFF middle weight champion.  His biggest love though, was for his family.  He adored his nieces and nephews and all his friends became his "family".

     He will be sadly missed by his father, Daniel Norstrand of LeRoy; mother, Pamela (Don) Miller of Inverness, FL; brother, Daniel R. (Lu) Norstrand of Wesley Chapel, FL; sister, Katie (Tom) Kruger of Spencerport; step-brother, Donald (Jamie Hastings) Miller of Bethel, ME; step-sister, Rebecca Miller of Marion, TX; nieces and nephews, Ada and Demi Kruger, Naomi and Arik Norstrand, Donald and Skylar Miller; maternal grandmother, Virginia Rigoni, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends, who were like family.

     He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Alfred Rigoni and paternal grandparents, Charles and Norma Norstrand.

     Family and friends may call on Monday, Sept. 21 from 3 ~ 7 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 33% capacity during the course of visitation and face masks will be required.)  

     Considering Matt's big "teddy bear love" for all children, contributions in his memory can be made to the Golisano Children's Hospital, 300 East River Road, P.O. Box 278996,
Rochester, NY 14627  https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/childrens-hospital/ways-to-give.aspx

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

rivers.jpg Darrell A. Rivers, 79, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Saturday May 2, 2020 under the care of Hospice Buffalo after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Darrell was born on October 30, 1940 at his home in Canton, NY to the late Allen and Sally Rivers.

Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 60 years; Eleanor Ann (Barnhart) Rivers of Batavia; his five children Martin (Debra) Rivers of Churchville, Kathleen (Timothy) Evens of East Pembroke, Sherry (Christopher) Tacy of Oakfield, Jonathan (Katie) Rivers of Basom and Kimberly (Daniel) Cervone of Batavia; He also leaves behind seven grandchildren who he loved dearly, Brian (Richie) Rivers, Allyssa Kuchler, Taylor Rivers, Krystal Rivers, Danielle Cervone, Zachary Tacy and Mikaela Rivers; three sisters Beverly Corcoran, Cheryl Barber and Lori Forsyth, along with many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, his is predeceased by four siblings; Arthur Rivers, Carl Rivers, Rita Sanfratello and Barbara Blackmer.

Darrell devoted his life to taking care of his family. He was the owner of Darrell’s Auto Service in West Batavia for over 21 years, which is now owned by his son Jon. He was a Certified Ford Technician and a Mopar Master Technician. He was highly regarded for his work at many local automotive dealerships throughout his career. Darrell enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and spending time with his family. He loved working with his hands and had many different hobbies including photography, painting, gardening, woodworking, restoring and refurbishing furniture and sign making.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday September 20, 2020 from 1:00-4:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. A private Service will be held for the immediate family.
Please note the Funeral Home will be operating at 33% capacity per state guidelines.  New York State requires those in attendance to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and face coverings are mandatory. Thank you for your cooperation.

Donations may be made in his memory to Hospice Buffalo in care of Hospice Foundation PO Box 590 Buffalo, NY 14240. 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.


Batavia, NY: Dennis J. Wittman passed away peacefully at Charlotte House, North Java, NY on July 1, 2020 and was born on June 2, 1943 in Buffalo, New York the late Jerome and Evelyn (Hamilton) Wittman. Dennis is survived by his wife, Carol (Chmielowiec), daughter, Holly (Michael) Stoddard of Honeoye, NY, daughter, Jennifer (fiancée, Alfred Flores) of San Antonio, TX, sister, Kathie (Paul) Beaulieu of Cheektowaga, N.Y., brother, Philip (Nancy) of Akron, NY, brother in law, Dr. A. Steven Bangs of Long Island, NY, sister in law, Marsha Deman of Defiance, Ohio  and nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great niece and nephew and his dear Husky Buddy, Kodah. Predeceased in death by his brother Allan Wittman, sister in law, Jeanette Bangs and sister in law, Dolores Clark.

Dennis was a graduate of Cleveland Hill High School, State University of New York at Buffalo, Wadhams Hall Seminary and University of Rochester. He was employed by Genesee County first as a Probation Officer from 1969 to 1980 and from 1980 to 2005 as first Director of Genesee Justice with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department.

Dennis incorporated the Restorative Justice model to the program and Genesee Justice received world-wide notoriety and was recognized as a leader in promoting victims’ rights.  His career spanned traveling to 44 states, 6 Canadian Provinces and Japan speaking on Genesee Justice.

Dennis was a member of Ascension Parish, Batavia, New York. He was Vice President of the Sacred Heart Holy Name Society, President of Sacred Heart Parish Council, Religious Education Teacher and Pre-Cana Instructor with his wife.

Updated Arrangements:  Family and friends may call on Wednesday, September 23rd, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., 21 Big Tree Street, Rte 15 & 20A, Livonia, NY.  A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Ascension Parish, Batavia, NY.  Burial will be immediately following Mass at St. Joseph Cemetery, Batavia, NY. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Charlotte House, P.O. Box 123, 4316, Route 98, North Java, NY 14113, Ascension Parish, 17 Sumner Street, Batavia, NY 14020 and MUSH Rescue Inc., 12820 Wyngate Trail, Alpharetta, GA 30005.   To send a condolence or share a memory please visit:  www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com

*Please note the funeral home will be operating at a limited capacity per state guidelines.  New York State requires those in attendance to adhere to the guidelines related to social distancing and face coverings.

Batavia- Jennie Hawks, age 99, of Batavia passed away on Monday at her home in Batavia

Jennie was born March 18th, 1921 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Louis and Rose (Scammaca) DeFino. She was lovingly nick named “Joll” for her jolly and joyful ways. She is the wife of the late N. Lawrence Hawks Jr.

Mrs. Hawks was a lifelong member of The Resurrection Parish-St. Joseph’s Church. She could regularly be seen, walking her children to church.
She retired after 21 years of dedicated service to GTE Sylvania in Batavia. Her work ethic was second to none.

Jennie was a devoted and unconditionally loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, sacrificially considering the needs of others first, before her own needs. Her mottos were as follows: “Get up early and make each day count “ “Be mindful, God is watching.” “Be good and be careful!” Babies and children held an especially dear place in her heart. A talented homemaker, she was well known for her Italian cooking and exceptional baking, especially during Thanksgiving and Christmas. She loved knitting and crocheting. She loved music and enjoyed dancing well into her nineties.

Jennie is survived by her children, Janet L. Hawks of Batavia, Paul L (Mary Anne) Hawks of Florida, Betty Ann (Thomas) Bartz of Alexander, Sharon (Peter) Walker of Pennsylvania, Lawrence (Victoria) Hawks of Massachusetts, 11 Grandchildren and 27 Great Grandchildren.
 
Jennie is preceded in death by her siblings: Sam “Spats” DeFino, Mary Klute, Josephine Pacer, Betty Magarine, Annie Lafanara and Millie Povorsky. She was also preceded in death by a son, Jack Hawks.

Friends and Family May call on Saturday (September 19, 2020) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 E. Main St. in Batavia where prayers will be recited at 12:30 p.m.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Jennie's Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Church will be private for the family only.  Burial will be in Grandview Cemtery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Choose to be Part of your Miracle Foundation, c/o The Community Foundation of NCM, 649 John Fitch Highway, Fitchburg, MA 01420.  

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

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Kathleen “Kathy” Mary Cornelius, Alabama Center, NY, passed on September 9, 2020, after a long illness. Beloved wife of Francis L. Cornelius, Jr.; dearest mother of Stephanie (Timothy) Benson and Douglas Cornelius; loving and devoted grandmother of Chandler, Aiden and Ethan Cornelius, Mary, Timothy and Eleanor Benson; dearly missed sister of Carolyn Naab, Paul (Donna) Schmitz, Joe (Rondina) Schmitz, Christine Reigle and Mary Jane (Christopher) Wojnar; caring aunt to many nieces and nephews.

No prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 1:00 PM at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, 18 W. Main Street, Corfu, NY 14036.  Arrangements by Ross Funeral Home of Akron, LLC. To share memories and condolences with Kathy's family, please visit rossakron.com.

Oakfield - Wilfred S. Brooks , 96  of Oakfield  passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at his home under the care of HomeCare and Hospice.

Mr. Brooks was born October 24, 1923 in Washington, D.C., a son of the late Arthur E. Brooks and Ruth (Steverson) Brooks.

Mr. Brooks was a member of the Oakfield United Methodist Church where he was a Lay Leader.  He was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 1197 in Batavia, where he served as Western New York Council President and 7th District Commander.  

Wilfred's list of accomplishments is plentiful.  He was at one time or another the Recording Secretary and Vice President of the Federal Labor Union #22485, Chairman of the Oakfield Republican Party, a member of the Board of Directors of Genesee/LeRoy United Way, Councilman of the Town of Oakfield (6 years), Supervisor of the Town of Oakfield (4 years), District #1 Genesee County Legislator (8 years), Chairman of the Public Service Committee, member of the Ways & Means Committee, Chairman, GLOW Solid Waste Management Committee, Chairman, Genesee Fingerlakes Regional Planning Council, Board of Advisory Directors at Pavilion State Bank, Board of Directors of Greater Rochester United Way, President, Oakfield Alabama Lions Club,  Dean of Annual Retreat with Camp Asbury, Chairman, Genesee Area Men's Prayer Breakfast (2 years), Chairman, DCOM United Methodist Batavia District, and a Cub Master with the Boy Scouts.  

Wilfred is the husband of the late Juanita A. (Thomas) Brooks who passed away September 19, 2019.

Surviving are his children, Craige Brooks of Oakfield, Braad (Dianne) Brooks of Oakfield, Linne (late Gordon) Hopkins of Dansville, and Heather Brooks-Stephens of Oakfield; a sister, Elaine (Mac) Booten of LeRoy. 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

He is preceded in death by a great-grandson, Anthony Jerome Smith; a brother, Jerome (late Jean) Brooks; and a sister, Oma (late William) Scott.

Family and Friends may call on Friday (September 18, 2020) from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Oakfield United Methodist Church, 2 South Main Street in Oakfield, where Wilfred's Funeral Service will immediately follow at 12:00 noon.  Burial will be in Cary Cemetery in Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oakfield United Methodist Church.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the church will be restricted to 50% capacity,  Face masks and social distancing will be required.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.


Bonita “Bonnie” Jean Fergus Crichton, aka Mrs. Crichton of Conesus, NY: Born in Angola, Indiana on August 15, 1949, Bonnie grew up in Findley Lake, NY, and relished living the last 35 years on a wooded hillside in Conesus, NY.

Bonnie graduated Valedictorian from Clymer Central School in 1967, and received her master’s degree from SUNY Geneseo in 1971. She spent most of her career teaching English to 7th graders at Pavilion Central School. You can recognize her former students by their impressive ability to diagram sentences.

Bonnie was an active member of the United Methodist Church of Livonia. Beyond the local church, she also found joy teaching, serving in Lay Servant Ministries, and providing leadership for the United Methodist Western NY Conference.

She hated to fly, but loved to be behind the wheel of her car. Vacations, adventures, Emily’s soccer games, even driving across the country twice, enabling her to fulfill her lifelong goal of visiting Alaska. In retirement, she combined her love of the road with her passion for helping others by driving patients to medical appointments for Catholic Charities.

An ardent Buffalo Bills fan, Sunday afternoons were for folding laundry and watching football. She also never turned down a round of Boggle, Bananagrams, or Rummikub, and was always ready to pull together a euchre match.

Bonnie loved her extended family and was a pillar of the Montgomery clan. She was their historian, secretary, and treasurer, and avidly researched her family genealogy.

Thank you to everyone who supported Bonnie during her journey. We recognize we will never know all of the countless ways you helped during her final years.

Bonnie was preceded by her parents Barney and Margie Fergus and her children Joseph, Jacob, James, and Mary Crichton. She is survived by her husband Peter Crichton, daughter Emily (Ross) O’Hara, brother Ben (Sheri) Fergus, Norwegian exchange sister Betzy (Torfinn) Naper, and nieces, nephews, and cherished family and friends she lovingly adopted along the way.

Family and friends may call at the United Methodist Church of Livonia, 21 Summers Street, Livonia, NY 14487 for drive-thru visitation on Tuesday, September 15th, from 5-7pm. The family will greet visitors in front of the church. All are welcome to attend and we ask that everyone remain in their vehicles. For public health, the family will hold Bonnie’s funeral privately. The service will be livestreamed Wednesday, September 16th, at 3pm on the church Facebook page: https://facebook.com/UMCLivonia. Burial will be held privately at Grove Hill Cemetery, Oil City, PA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the United Methodist Church of Livonia at the address above. To send a condolence or share a memory please visit:  www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com

perl.jpg  Dorothy Perl, age 93, of Sheldon, NY passed away peacefully on Saturday September 12, 2020. She was born in Orchard Park, NY on November 19, 1926 a daughter of Edward and Emma (Theil) Benz.

Dorothy and her husband, the late Bernard Perl, were partners in their family farm. She cherished her family and enjoyed every minute spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was well known for her cookies sprinkled with Grandma’s love and a pie for every occasion. Dorothy was an avid volunteer at St. Cecilia’s Church in Sheldon for many years and took great pride in being a regular blood donor for the Red Cross.

She survived by her son; James B. (Cathy) Perl; grandchildren Stacy (Jesse) Schmidt, James G. (Maura) Perl and Tanya (Shaun) Koch. She will be sadly missed by her great-grandchildren; Kierra Perl, Leah and Hanah Rosenbeck; Lilian, Madeline, Allison and Olivia Koch; Asher and Quinn Perl. She is survived by her brother Howard Benz.

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband; Bernard Perl; son Gary Perl; brothers Raymond, Clarence, Gerald, Norbert and Lee Benz; sisters Evelyn Benz and Alice Graffeo.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 1:00PM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday September 19, 2020 at St. John Neumann Parish (St. Cecilia’s site) 991 Centerline Road Strykersville, NY 14145.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Visiting Nurses Association – GLOW Region 7070 Telephone Rd. Pavilion, NY 14525, or to a charity of your choice. 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.

Lockport - Gloria  J.  "Tootie" Ferchen , 70  of Lockport,  passed away on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family under the care of Niagara Hospice.

She was born Monday, July 17, 1950 in Indiana, Pennsylvania a daughter of the late Ronald J. Gibson Sr. and Rebecca Jean Moore Gibson.

Family was the  important thing in her life especially having her grandchildren by her side. The matriarch of her family and "leader" of her siblings, she will be remembered as kind and selfless. She loved giraffes and traveled to the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville. She enjoyed trips to the casino, crocheting doilies and bathrobes for her grandchildren.  Prior to working at Lockport Memorial Hospital, she worked for many years at P.W. Minor in Batavia.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Niagara Hospice especially Melissa, Cheryl and Judy for their kindness and compassionate care they provided.  

She is survived by her husband and best friend of 52 years; Stephen C. Ferchen Sr.; her children; Wendy (Ross) Walker of Batavia, Sandra (James) Morse of Attica and Stephen C. (Fleurette) Ferchen, Jr. of Lockport; ten grandchildren: Jessica and Samantha Walker; Felicia (James) Worthington, Brendon O'Donnell, Chloe Stevens; Ethan, Colby and Masey Ferchen; Averee and Keagan Stevens; three great-grandchildren; Sydney, Belle and Jimmy; her siblings; Ronald J. (Deborah) Gibson, Jr. of Batavia, Michael L. (Patricia) Gibson of Oakfield, Judith (Frank) Mack of Albion, Susan (Richard) Abraham of Akron and Betty (Lynn) Kirchner of Oakfield and several nieces and nephews.

 She is predeceased by her grandchildren; Evan Ferchen and Alexandra Walker.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday from 4:00 pm  to 7:00 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday.  She will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4657 Sunset Drive, Lockport, New York 14094 or Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York, 3025 Monroe Avenue, #200, Rochester, New York 14618.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in Tootie's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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