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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.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 2 p.m. at The First Presbyterian Church of Elba, 23 North Main Street, 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.

Batavia - Joshua Jones-Dickens, age 49, of Batavia passed away on June 8, 2021.

He is survived by his mother, Mary Alice Flagler, his aunt and uncle, Anne and Jack Endries and his cousins, Carrie and John Endries.

Joshua was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and attended SUNY Buffalo. He was a volunteer at the Batavia VA Hospital and a resident of the DePaul Home.

There are no prior visiting hours. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 25, 2021 at 12:00 pm at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. He will be laid to rest in St. Francis Cemetery, LeRoy. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Joshua's memory may be made to Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Joshua's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Patricia Ann Birge, 78, of Byron, passed away on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center.

Patricia was born December 16, 1942 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Clarence J. and Hazel (Hunn) Baker.

Patricia enjoyed reading, spending time at the casino, traveling, camping, fishing, flowers and gardening.

Surviving are her husband, Gerald Birge, Sr. of Byron; children, Gerald (Tracy) Birge, Jr. of Bergen, Andrew Birge of Akron, OH and Pamela Birge of Bergen;  grandchildren, Danielle (Stephen) Fennelly, Gerald (Katie) Birge, III and Cody J. Birge; great-grandchildren, Adysen, Hannah and Dominic and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her twelve brothers and sisters.  

There are no prior calling hours.  Patricia 's graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, June 22 at Byron Cemetery, 6395 Townline Road (Route 262), Byron.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Byron Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 326, Byron, NY 14422 or to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North Street, Batavia, NY 14020, www.geneseecancerassistance.org/donate.  

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

Arrangements for Patricia were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

v1.jpg  v2.jpg  Troy B Vereecken, 53, of Bergen, (formerly Elba) NY passed away June 11, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family, friends and his endless record collection playing.   

Troy was born November 11, 1967 to Sue & Brian Vereecken.  He is preceded in death by his sister, Lisa Seefeldt & father Brian Vereecken.

A 1985 graduate of Elba High School, Troy was a huge fan of the Buffalo Bills & the NY Yankees.  He absolutely loved to hunt and spending time with his hunting crew.  Troy was an amazing cook & baker and would enjoy discussing his BBQ & smoking techniques with his brother-in-law Rick.  He leaves behind several very close & amazing friends:  Jane & Kris Petote, Donny (Lori) Wray, Frank (Lisa) Penna & Mark (Carol) Benz, who's endless visits, euchre playing and watching cooking shows kept Troy going and laughter in the house.  

Troy is survived by his wife of 28 years, Denise (Tracy) Vereecken and his children:  Jennifer (Isaiah Mapp) Vereecken formerly of Los Angeles California, Caitlin (Emily) Vereecken of Rochester and Alexander Vereecken of Bergen. 

There will be no prior calling hours.  There will be a celebration in his honor at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance 127 North St. Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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.

Alexander  - Grace Violet Wickins Grefrath, 75, of Alexander, NY, died June 16, 2021, at Highland Hospital after a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer.
Grace was born July 29, 1945, in North Tonawanda, NY, to the late Robert and Frances Helf Wickins and spent much of her life in Alexander, NY.
Grace was a proud graduate of Alexander High School- Class of 1963 and kept in touch with several classmates over the years. She attended Alfred State College where she earned an Associates Degree studying to be an executive secretary. Grace worked as a secretary at Eaton Company in Batavia, Eastman Kodak in Rochester and served her alma mater as the secretary to the high school principal until she retired in 2011.
During her retirement, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially sitting on the sidelines of baseball and soccer fields and basketball courts or in the audience at music concerts and other special events cheering on her two grandchildren. She looked forward to holidays and outings with friends and enjoyed exploring restaurants and shops.  In recent years, she cherished week-long summer vacations with family.
In years past, she volunteered with the Alexander Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary alongside her mother, Frances. Additionally, she helped fundraise and promote the Association for Research of Childhood Cancer (AROCC) in Batavia.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Warren D. Grefrath, daughter and son-in-law, Lori Ann Grefrath Maher and Joe Maher of Brockport, NY; grandchildren, Nathan Joseph and Jessica Violet; nieces and nephews and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her son, Steven Dean; brothers Russell Wickins and Frank Wickins and sisters-in-law, Deanna Grefrath and Joan Wickins.

Family and friends may call on Monday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where Grace’s funeral service will immediately follow visitation. Burial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alexander Fire Department, PO Box 336, Alexander, NY 14005 or to the charity of your choice. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

irvingikebeitz.jpgIrving “Ike” Beitz, 89 of Attica, passed away Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Facility in Batavia. He was born October 25, 1931 in Attica, to the late George and Lena (Cortwright) Beitz.

Ike retired as Postmaster in Livonia, he also served in Attica, Wyoming and Avon. He was a US Navy Veteran, Korean War and member of Harder O’Donnell American Legion Post 734 in Attica. Ike volunteered for 20 years as an AARP Tax Return Preparer. He spent many years as referee at local high school basketball games and was a member of Attica Lion’s Club. Ike was an avid golfer and was a member of the Attica Golf Club for over 70 years.  

Ike is survived by his beloved wife Carolyn (Simet) Beitz, daughter Ellen Woods, son Timothy Beitz, granddaughter Jennifer (Zach) Jakubowski, brother-in-law Brian (Ann) Simet, along with many nieces and nepehws.

Friends are invited to an 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Sts. Joachim & Anne Parish, 50 East Ave, Attica, NY 14011.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s 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.

raylspring.jpgRaymond LaVerne Spring, born March 22, 1937 in Batavia, the son of the late LaVerne & Genievive (Rembas) Spring. He attended local schools and graduated from Alexander High School in 1954. He married the late Leilani Darlene (Kuntz) on November 26, 1960 in West Sacramento, CA.

He enlisted in the US Navy and served one enlistment there. He then enlisted in the US Air Force and was medically retired in 1969. He was a Korean and Vietnam War Veteran after serving in many locations around the states and around the world.

Upon his retirement, he began working for Montgomery Ward in Colorado Springs, CO and then in San Leandro, CA. He then retired from Montgomery Ward in 1992. Ray moved back to Corfu, NY where he worked for a few years for the local Jubilee/IGA store.

Ray was a life member of the Harder O’Donnell American Legion Post 734 in Attica and life member of the Cathie Wilde VFW Post 9000 in Corfu. He belonged to the Air Force Sergeant’s Assn., the Retired Enlisted Assn., and the Disabled Veteran’s Assn. He and his wife were also members of the Alexander “Happy Agers” Club and also enjoyed performing volunteer work with the New York Veterans’ Nursing Home. Ray was a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe R.C. Parish in Corfu.

Raymond is survived by sister Marjorie “Midge” (the late Bob) Goldsborough of Kerrville, TX; brothers Richard (Joan) of Henrietta and Calvin (Carol) of Saratoga Springs, NY; sister-in-law Teleia Mendoza of Portland, OR and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Bryan Keith Spring in 1997.

Friends are invited to call on Friday, June 18, 2021 from 11AM to 1PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow calling hours on Friday at 1:00 PM. He will be laid to rest at Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars, Cathie Wild Post 9000, 116 E. Main St, Corfu, NY 14036 or to American Legion, Harder O’Donnell Post 734, 83 Market St., Attica, NY 14011. 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.

Shirley Elaine Perkins LeSeur, 93, of Batavia N.Y. passed away on June 14, 2021 at the LeRoy Village Green.

Shirley was born in Batavia on July 16, 1927.  She was a life-long Batavian.  She was the daughter of the late Judd L. and Ethel Forsyth Perkins; the sister of the late Gordon F. Perkins; and the wife of the late J.D. LeSeur.  Shirley was a graduate of Batavia High School and Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.

Shirley was a very active member of the community.  She served as the Executive Director of the YWCA between 1949 and 1952 and thereafter was President, YWCA Board of Directors; President, YWCA Board of Trustees; President, Genesee County Homemakers, Inc. (later Genesee Orleans Homemakers, Inc.) Board of Directors; President, Genesee County American Red Cross Board of Directors; Co-President, League of Women Voters of Genesee County; President, Wednesday Study Club; Board Member, Genesee LeRoy United Way; and volunteer for the Red Cross Disaster Blood Services and Meals on Wheels.  Shirley was honored for her many years of community service when she received the Geneseean of the Year Award in 1992.   She also was very active in her church – St. James Episcopal – and was a long-time member of the Altar Guild.  She enjoyed golfing at Stafford Country Club, gardening, and reading.

Shirley was a loving mother to her three children: John LeSeur of Potomac Maryland; Debby LeSeur Hall of Willits, California; and Linda LeSeur Spencer of Oakland, California; and her five grandchildren: Mani Moran, Bryan Pavlovic, Suzanne Spencer, John Spencer, and Mary Elaine LeSeur. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Shirley can be made to HomeCare & Hospice and St. James Episcopal Church.  A memorial service in remembrance of Shirley will be held later this year.

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

Arrangements for Shirley were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

Marie E. Heiman, 97 of Darien Center passed peacefully into heaven on Sunday May 2, 2021 with her two youngest children by her side. 
Memorial Service Time Change - The memorial service for Marie E. Heiman is Saturday June 26, 2021, 1:00p.m. at the North Darien Bible Church, 9762 Simonds Road, Corfu, NY, followed by a meet and greet opportunity with family, friends and guests.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served during this time.
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

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, 1 PM 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 


James A Goff, 63, of Oakfield, passed away on June 11, 2021 at his home with family and friends at his side.

Jim was born October 27, 1957 in Canandaigua, a son of Marguerite (Park) Goff of Batavia and the late Robert A. Goff.

Jim is predeceased by his father, Robert A. Goff, brother, Stephen R. Goff, and sister, Lorie C. Goff.

Surviving along with his mother are his wife Ellen (Reichert) Goff and two daughters, Elizabeth Goff and Jessica (Keith) Kertman with granddaughter Cali Kertman. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Gregory Frielinghaus, aunts, cousins, and many loyal friends.

Jim managed The Stumblin’ Inn of Elba with his brother, the late Stephen R. Goff (Stork) for 40 years, until it was lost to a fire in 2018. We can’t thank the Elba community enough for their unwavering support throughout the years. We truly appreciate everything you all have done for our family.

Jim was a huge supporter of local music and giving back to the community. He was incredibly kind, caring, empathetic, and selfless. He supported many local bands and charities, he brought together so many friends and families, creating unforgettable memories for everyone.

A special thank you to Crossroads House for their compassionate care and incredible support.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 from 2 pm to 5 pm at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main St. where a memorial service will follow visitation.

Memorials may be made in Jim’s memory to the Dear Jack Foundation, to benefit young adults with cancer. Go to Dearjackfoundation.org to donate and for more information. Memorial donations may also be made to Crossroads House, www.crossroadshouse.com.

To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Jim’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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