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Batavia – George B. Van Nest, age 81, passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021 under the care of his family and HomeCare & Hospice.

George was born November 4, 1939, in Trenton, New Jersey to the late David S. and Alice (Bitner) Van Nest.  He was also preceded in death by an older brother, David F. Van Nest.

George served in the United States Navy out of Mayport, Florida.   He served primarily on the USS Shangri-La (CV-38) as a jet mechanic and plane captain. He served during the US Naval blockade of Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He later worked for Mettler Instrument Company for over 30 years. This job brought him to Batavia.  He worked on intricate scales used in hospitals and quality control laboratories as a service technician, later becoming a regional service manager.  When he retired from that position, he worked for the City of Batavia for 10 years in the Bureau of Water and Waste Water.

Spending time with family and friends was special to him.  George enjoyed camping in his vintage Winnebago motor home and enjoyed staying at the Thousand Islands and Letchworth State Park with his family and friends for many years.   He camped with the Winnebago at Watkins Glen International to share the race with his son and members of the family.  He loved being outdoors and working on his classic vehicles.  He rode his Harley motorcycle for many years and had fun with the people he met at Stan's Harley Davidson.  His choice of transportation and fun for many years was his bicycle.  He especially loved riding it at the Jersey Shore on Long Beach Island for other family vacations and for doing a road clean-up frequently on the highway where he lived.   

George was friendly, and always willing to serve however possible.  He was continually "fixing things" and loved the challenge of a repair job and often was the first to offer assistance.  He was a long time member of the BPOE Elks Lodge in Batavia; the Genesee County Chapter of (HOG) Harley Owners Group and the YMCA.  For many years he served the Lord at St. Paul Lutheran Church in several roles including usher and communion assistant. 

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth “Betty” (Stilwell) Van Nest and their two loving children and spouses:  George S. (Veronica) Van Nest of Clarence, NY and Betsey (Christopher) Reigle of Hilton, NY  and their four grandchildren: Alison E. Reigle, Laura A. Reigle; Jordan E. Van Nest and Tyler N. Van Nest. He is also survived by one brother, Kenneth J. (Janet) Van Nest of Trenton, NJ; and one brother-in-law, Nicholas Stilwell of Trenton, NJ and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Funeral services will be celebrated on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Grand View Cemetery, Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran School, 31 Washington Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in George’s name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

The announcement of a loved one’s passing is never something one wants to do.  So, it is with great sadness, and yet also joy that she is now at rest, that Margaret Jean Price (Jean), our mother, grandmother, aunt, passed into the hands of Our Lord on April 22, 2021 at age 95.  She spent her last days at Crossroads House, in Batavia, New York, where she had volunteered for 18 years.

She was born on October 31, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan to Charles A. and Isabelle R. Jackson.  Jean knew she wanted to be an Occupational Therapy while quite young, and went to Cass Technical High School for Occupational Therapy in the early 1940’s in Detroit, Michigan.  She continued to Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) and became one of the earliest OT’s in the country.  She met her future husband, Arthur Burke Price, at Youth Fellowship, and they married September 7, 1948, at the Chapel of Martha and Mary, built by Henry Ford, in Willow Run, Michigan.

Jean and Arthur moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, where Arthur taught electrical engineering at Indiana Institute of Technology.  They had 6 children before moving to Byron, New York in 1967: Margaret Jean, Charles Arthur, David Lee, Dale Robert, Kenneth Allen and John Burke.

Jean and Arthur were avid boaters, and belonged to the Oak Orchard Yacht club on Lake Ontario.  They were very active in the leadership of the club, helping to build it when it moved to a new location. Jean was the first female officer and was an honorary member until her passing.  Boating was something that our family did not do, but lived.  We lived on our boat, from Easter to Halloween, some years.  Jean and Art would take their children on trips around Lake Ontario, the Thousand Islands, or “up” the Rideau waterway. 

Jean loved to travel and she would take her family on a trip every summer. These were memorable and a wonderful way for her children and grandchildren to be together, while living many states apart during the rest of the year.  She took us to the Middle East, Scotland, Canada, California, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Arkansas, and many more places.  They were all places she had been to and wanted to share, or places she always wanted to see.  What a wonderful legacy to leave her family.

Jean worked at many hospitals and nursing homes as an Occupational Therapist.  She last worked at the VA Medical Center in Batavia, New York.

After retiring (at age 70), she started volunteering at Crossroads House, a comfort home for the dying.  She volunteered there for 18 years, before “retiring” from there at age 92!  She was very proud of this facility and its caring, loving staff and volunteers.  She cared for residents who were in their last days, and the families that came and went.  Duties could include changing beds, feeding residents, vacuuming or washing dishes.  But they also included caring for family members, cooking for them, praying with them, laughing with them.  Jean spent her last days there herself, and her family, who always knew what a wonderful place Crossroads House is, discovered that they had previously known little of how much love and care Crossroads provides.

Jean was a caregiver for her entire life, caring for her younger twin, her children and husband, her patients and anyone else who needed it.  She was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in Elba, New York, where she had served as a Sunday school teacher, Elder and Memorial Secretary.

She was a very talented lady, having skills and talents which included woodworking, needle arts, drawing and painting, and gardening.  She enjoyed fixing things and was quite proud when able to “jury rig” something so that something which was not working, now worked.

Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur (1979), and her sons, Dale (1957), David (2000) and Charles (2015).  Siblings Isabelle Susan (late Percival) Flotte, George A. (late Beth) Jackson, and twin brother, James Jackson.

Jean is survived by her daughter Margaret (late Robert) Hayes, daughter-in-law Katherine (late David), and sons Kenneth (Ann) Price, John (Kari Simonetti) Price. She has 8 beloved grandchildren, Robert Hayes, Krystyna (Dan) Paradise, Ada Price, Heather Price, Christopher Price, Kip Price (Heather), Nata Price and Callum Price, and many nieces and nephews.  Jean also has a surviving sister-in-law, Barbara (late Don) Price.

Services will be held at a later date at The First Presbyterian Church in Elba. In lieu of flowers, Jean has requested donations to Elba Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 188, Elba, New York 14058 and to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021.To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Jean’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

Elba - David A. Clark, 75 of Elba met the Lord on Wednesday, (May 5, 2021) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Mr. Clark was born December 1945 in Buffalo, a son of the late Melvin and Elizabeth (Harvey) Clark.

He leaves behind his wife of 42 years Shirley Clark (Burkard), his daughter Evelyn and her husband Nick Pangrazio of Byron, a granddaughter Julia Pangrazio, two grandsons Zachary Keighron and Lucas Stucchio both of Buffalo.

David and Shirley grew up in Tonawanda. While in high school, they dated then went their separate ways, years later they reunited and married in 1978. David was a machinist. He was an Honorable man and loved his family very much. He will be missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. Rest in peace Dave.

At Dave's request, there will be no visitation or services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, PO Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021.

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

LeRoy ~ Kathleen A. Rich, age 68, of Wolcott Street, passed away at home on Sunday (May 2, 2021) in the loving presence of her family.

     She was born May 21, 1952 in Batavia, a daughter of Barbara Miggins Brown and the late Howard Brown.

     Kathleen will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and dear friend to many, who was devoted to her family and her faith.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and was a member of the LeRoy Fire Department Auxiliary.

     She is survived by her mother, Barbara Brown; children, Andrew Rich and Melissa (George) Surridge; granddaughter, Kaitlyn VanValkenburg; sister-in-law, Patricia (John Eisenberg) Hopkins, along with many dear friends.  In addition to her father, Howard, she was predeceased by her loving husband, Terry C. Rich in 2018.

     Due to COVID restrictions, family and friends are invited to attend a brief outdoor Service of Remembrance on Saturday, May 15 at 11:30 AM at the Oatka Hose Company, 11 North Avenue, LeRoy.  This will be held rain or shine. (Overflow parking will be at the old Jell-O Factory, 57 North Street, LeRoy)  Interment in St. Francis Cemetery will be private.

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

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

glennrmcdonald.jpegGlenn R. “G.R.” McDonald, 73 of Bennington, passed away on Sunday, May 2, 2021 peacefully at his home with his family by his side. He was born on January 25, 1948 in Bennington to the late Glenn H. (Loretta Schmitt) McDonald.

Mr. McDonald worked for 48 years at National Fuel, he was a past member of Bennington Fire Compay and proudly served in the National Guard. He loved horses, was an avid outdoorsman that enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a farmer through and through. Glenn was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  

He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Margaret A. (Keene) McDonald, children Jonelle (Jayme) Carnahan, Adam McDonald all of Bennington, siblings, Loraine Dunker of Clarence, Marlene McDonald of Fresno, CA, Richard (Donna Mae) McDonald of Bennington, Patricia Pruyn of Buffalo, grandson Dylan along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to a 10:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, 1230 Clinton St. Rd., Attica, NY 14011. He will be laid to rest in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Bennington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park, www.roswellpark.org. 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.


Marie E. Heiman, 97 of Darien Center passed peacefully into heaven on Sunday May 2, 2021 with her two youngest children by her side. 
Marie was born on April 10, 1924 to Peter and Sophia Heintz. She graduated from Alexander High School and married, Ormond Richert. They were blessed with three children. Ormond passed away on June 28, 1954. She married Elmer Heiman and together they raised three more children. When she was 50 years old, she went back to school and became an LPN. For many of the 25 years she worked at the Genesee County Nursing Home with the responsibility of Charge Nurse. After retirement, she continued to do volunteer work by knitting countless hats and mittens and sewing many fleece mittens, bibs, and quilts.

She was an avid gardener with a green thumb and loved to give away her surplus plants. With gentle patience she passed on her skills to any who would learn. She enjoyed traveling to attend the births of her grandchildren and attend any weddings, graduations, plays, dance recitals and musicals involving the children. 
She will be remembered for her punches to our arms and vigorous pats on our backs, endless humming, love of reading, especially her Bible and devotionals. She was faithful in praying for all those she loved. She will be dearly missed by all. She was generous in her life and in her death by donating her body to the University of Buffalo Medical School education and research program.

She is preceded in death by both her parents, her sisters: Sophia Heintz, Madelyn Cooley and Margaret Schubert, her brothers: Peter, George, and Charles Heintz, her first husband, Ormond Richert, her husband Elmer Heiman, her daughter, Deborah Shaffer, Son-in-Law Fred Dunn, and grandson Kevin Heiman. 
She is survived by her children James Richert (Gail) of Michigan, Daniel Richert (Kathy) of Florida, Melissa Allsup (Jerry) of Alaska, Philip Heiman (Angela) of Pavilion and Beth Clingerman (Bruce) of North Rose. She has 21 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service is scheduled on Saturday, June 26, 2021, 11:00A.M. at the North Darien Bible Church, 9762 Simonds Road, Corfu, NY., followed by a luncheon. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to: Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Foundation, P.O. Box 2805, West Lafayette, In. 47996, ibcresearch.org or All Babies Cherished, 445 Ellicott St., Batavia, NY 14020, allbabiescherished.com 

 

LeRoy -Bonnie A. Beehler, 70, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Bonnie was born November 10, 1950 to the late Richard H. Fee Sr. and Irene Stafford Fee.

Bonnie is the wife of David Beehler Sr. who passed away October 14, 2007, mother of the late David Beehler Jr. who passed away on December 22, 2015, and the sister of the late Linda Ricketts and Richard H. Fee Jr.

Bonnie is survived by her loving daughters, Colleen Sortore of East Bethany, Tonya Lichti and  Jennifer Andrews, both of Leroy. Bonnie was the perfect grandmother to; Brianna Sortore of Batavia, Keegan VanAerman of East Bethany, Kayla Lichti, Tyler and Emma Andrews, all of Leroy, Kodi and Aprile Beehler of Pavilion, her great granddaughter; Mayanasia Long of Batavia: her fur baby “grandpa”; her sister, Susan (Bobby) Sutherland of Georgia, and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends. She is also survived by her extended family Jason Raffel and his son Jason Raffel, Jr., John Lyons and his daughter Karmyn Clemons, Kyle Kotarski, Troy Kolb, Luann Brown, Jennifer Gibney, Shane Andrews, Jennifer Cardinali and her children, Michael Pfendler and Abigail Russell.

To know Bonnie was to love Bonnie. She had the biggest heart and cared and loved for all she came in contact with. She was often referred to as “the strongest woman I know” as she battled a 10 year fight against cancer. She never gave up and continued her fight with the utmost dignity. She wore a smile on her face no matter what challenges she may have been up against.

Bonnie adored and admired her family. She was the definition of a “True Matriarch”. Her kids and grandkids were the light of her life. Bonnie took great pride in family gatherings and holidays. She loved cooking for her family.  She was a doting Gramma and never missed an opportunity to tell each grandchild how proud she was of them and how much she loved each one of them. She loved attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and she was known for her cheering! A void will forever be in their hearts.

“Our hearts will forever be empty, but you are no longer in pain. You deserve paradise.  Fly high with the angels- Until we meet again-WE LOVE YOU MOST!!”

Friends may call from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street where services will immediately follow visitation at 6 p.m. She will be laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery, Pavilion where she will be reunited with her loving husband and son. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in Bonnie’s name to the charity of your choice. To light a candle, leave a condolence or share a story please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Please note funeral home capacity will be limited to 50%. Face coverings and social distancing are required. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding.

It is with profound sadness that we share the news of the sudden passing of Sandra Jean (MacDonald) Bowles, 67, on April 30, 2021. Sandy, as she was known by her friends and family, was born June 2, 1953 in Batavia, to Loren G. MacDonald and Geraldine (Baker) MacDonald. 

Sandy is survived by her husband and the love of her life for 28 years, Kelly Bowles, her son, Eric MacDonald (Lori) of Lawrence, KS, her daughter Carrie MacDonald (Tim Becker) of Batavia and her grandchildren, Spencer MacDonald (Veronica Pate), Maura MacDonald, Mason MacDonald, Reagan MacDonald, Alora Becker, and Jaylynn Becker, her sisters Joanne MacDonald and Jeanette DeFazio, both of Batavia, Carol Jolicoeur (Roger) of Dallas Texas, and Pearl Ribbeck (Doug) of Tennessee; her sister-in-law, Donna MacDonald of Sarasota, Florida and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her brothers David MacDonald and Loren (Lonnie) MacDonald and her great granddaughter Nadia Lily Pate. 

Sandy, a lifetime Genesee County resident worked for various local Batavia establishments over her career. In each, she developed friendships with her many regular customers.  She always spoke fondly of “her regulars”. If you were one of them, you know who you are. 

What she loved most was spending time with family and friends whether it was playing euchre, cooking big meals to share or just talking, she was a joy to be around, often sparking laughter with her jocular nature. 

What Sandy lived for most was her grandchildren. She was a doting grandmother that never missed the opportunity to let her grandchildren know how much she loved them and how important they were to her.  They thought she made the perfect pancake. And lest we forget her dogs Spike, Emma, and Tanner who will miss her very much.  

She enjoyed shopping and crafting with her sisters and cousins. She took every opportunity to reach out to her loving family all over the country thanks to the means of modern video communications, often prodding them to take care of themselves. 

While her loss leaves a void in the hearts of those that she loved and loved her we will forever cherish the generous and thoughtful spirit that she was.

Friends may call on Friday, May 7, 2021 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, where a celebration of Sandy’s life will follow immediately at 5:30 p.m. Graveside services will be held on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 1 p.m. at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Alexander. Please consider memorials in her name to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021. To leave a condolence, share a story, light a candle or to view Sandy’s funeral online please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Please note that funeral home occupancy is limited to 50%. Facial coverings and social distancing are required. Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.

Stafford ~ Donald E. MacDonald, age 81, of Sweetland Road, passed away unexpectedly at home on April 28, 2021.

     He was born September 6, 1939 in Olean, N.Y. , a son of the late Donald C. and Mildred A. Foote MacDonald.

     Don was a part of Faith Community Church in LeRoy, where he regularly attended services and provided assistance with the church upkeep.  He enjoyed reading the Bible, constructing model airplanes and socializing with his friends.  His biggest passion though was working on cars and attending car shows and events.  He was also a member of the Lone Wolf Cruisers.  He was retired from Kodak Film Company in Rochester.  He was a special person with a great sense of humor.

     He will be sadly missed by his daughter, Sherri (Jim) Raab; step-daughter, Deborah Birch; his past wife and close friend, Ann MacDonald; his twin brother, Ronald (Norie) MacDonald of Ceres, PA; sisters, Patricia (Bill) Kinney of Ceres, PA and Carol (Curt) Lewis of West Almond, NY;  brother, Clayton "Jack" MacDonald; along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Ethyl (Chris) Fitch and Susan (Charles) Snyder.

     Family and friends may call on Thursday, May 6 from 2 ~ 4 and 6 ~ 8 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 7 at 11:00 AM at the Faith Community Church, 8419 East Main Rd., LeRoy, with interment in the Stafford Rural Cemetery. (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 50% capacity during the course of visitation and face masks are required.)  

     In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Don may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

Oakfield - Mrs. Mary  Lucille  Yunker, age 85 of Oakfield, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Buffalo General Hospital following a brief illness.

Mrs. Yunker was born March 25, 1936 in Medina, a daughter of the late Edward John DePalma and Marian Elizabeth Dujenski DePalma.

She worked as a telephone operator and bank teller before becoming a full-time wife and mother, which was her true calling and greatest joy.  She always put her family first.

A member of St. Padre Pio Parish in Oakfield, she was a lover of all animals. She enjoyed feeding the birds, squirrels and cats that would visit her home and took delight in tending to her flowers.  She loved dancing with Richard (especially the polka), and listening to Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand.

Surviving are Richard D. Yunker whom she married on October 19, 1963; two daughters, Kathleen (David) Yoder of Corfu and Kristin Yunker of Oakfield; her grandchildren, Matthew and Anna Yoder of Corfu; her brother, Edward "Butch" DePalma of Summerfield, Florida; her sister, Elizabeth (Duane) Quintern of Summerfield, Florida; brother-in-law, Donald (Joyce) Yunker of Oakfield, sisters-in-law, Joan Schrauth of Maryland, Irene Yunker of Batavia and Bonnie Yunker of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10 a.m. at St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield. She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia's Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.

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