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whitbeck_kenneth_-_photo3.jpgKenneth M. Whitbeck, 77 of Akron, passed away suddenly on Friday (June 25, 2021) at Buffalo General Hospital.

He was born February 1, 1944 in Batavia, NY, a son of the late John “Louie” and Elizabeth Pfohl Whitbeck.

Survivors include a daughter, Dawn L. Whitbeck of Akron. Son, Tom Whitbeck of Akron. Grandchildren, Christopher M. Borchert, Matthew H. Borchert, Bryan A. Whitbeck and Tyler J. Whitbeck. Brother, James S. (Sally) Whitbeck of East Rochester. Nephews, Adam J. Whitbeck (Holly)(3 Great Nephews), Andrew J. Whitbeck (Sarah), Amanda M. Morabito (Michael)(3 Great Nieces)

Ken was predeceased by his wife, Dale H. Whitbeck (Hutchinson); son, Steven A. Whitbeck and brother Everett G. Whitbeck.

Mr. Whitbeck was retired from General Motors after working at the Tonawanda Engine Plant for 33 years. He was a proud Veteran, having served his country with the U.S. Army from 1965-1967.

In retirement, Ken was able to give more time to the hobbies he loved to do with his family.  Some of the hobbies included wood working, where he would cut or carve out many items for mom to paint and share with his children and grandchildren for birthdays and holiday gifts.  He enjoyed taking care of his flowers and lawns, for all to enjoy.  Fishing was a hobby he shared with many friends and family members, on Lake Ontario and Lake Allice.  In the evenings he enjoyed watching the Yankees play baseball.  Weekends were spent relaxing at Lake Allice with family and friends, and enjoyed being “Captain Ken” for the pontoon boat rides. For many years he travelled to Florida with his late wife, enjoying the sites and warm weather. Most of all, he loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. Ken will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, memories and condolences on Thursday (July 8th) from 4-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, where a memorial service will be Friday (July 9th) at 10:30am. Burial with military honors will follow in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery. The family invites friends to a memorial luncheon at 12pm at the American Legion L.L. Tillman Post 900, located at 9 Eckerson Ave, Akron, NY  14001.

Memorial contributions in his name may be offered to American Legion L.L. Tillman Post 900. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY 14001. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

dorisevickery.jpgDoris Emily Vickery, 100 years of age, passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021. at The Grand of Batavia care facility.  Doris was born May 26, 1921, in Cedar City, Utah, the daughter of Isaac Conrad Haight and Emily Corry Haight, and the granddaughter of many Utah pioneers.

She went to work for Bell Telephone after graduating from high school and continued in this profession until her retirement from Verizon in 1978. She was “Miss Voice and Courtesy” for AT&T in 1966.

Doris met her husband, Robert K. Vickery, during World War II in 1943, in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Robert was stationed with the Army Air Corps. They married after a whirlwind courtship and just before Robert was sent overseas. After the war, they moved to Attica, New York, where they raised their family. Doris was a member of the Attica Presbyterian Church.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Maureen Dwyer, her brother, Claude Dix, a baby daughter, her husband, Robert, her son Richard, her grandson Mark Buckenmeyer, and her daughter-in-law, Paula Vickery.

She is survived by her daughters, Sharon (David) Eaton of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Deborah (Michael) Buckenmeyer of Attica, New York; her sons Robert (Trudi) Vickery of Clifton Park, New York, and Edward Vickery of Attica, New York; daughter-in-law Sandy Vickery of Albuquerque, New Mexico; 5 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are under the care of the Marley Funeral Home in Attica, New York.  There are no calling hours.  A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica, New York.

May God bless the hardworking members on the staff of The Grand of Batavia who cared for our mother with love and respect.

Memorial gifts may be made to Wyoming County Office for the Aging, 8 Perry Avenue, Warsaw, NY 14569. 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.

Linda S. Campbell, 71 of Oakfield, passed away peacefully on Thursday (June 24, 2021) at her residence under the loving care of her family and Hospice.

She was born March 1, 1950, a daughter of Maurice and Marion Heinz.

Linda was a very giving and loving individual with a heart of gold. She enjoyed flowers and taking care of her garden, travelling to the beach and ocean. She loved antiquing and solving crossword puzzles. She was formerly employed by Scofield Healthcare in Amherst. She will be missed dearly by those who knew her.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Campbell of Oakfield, Son, Jacob Shia of Oakfield. Sisters, Beverly, Lisa, Laurie, Sondra and Judy. Brothers in-law, David Campbell and Gerald (Kathy) Campbell. Sister in-law, Sue Pogel and many other relatives.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in Evergreen Lawn Cemetery in Akron, NY.

Expressions of sympathy may be made at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY 14001. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

Oakfield – Sherwin Amos Radka, loving husband and caring father died Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at the LeRoy Village Green Residential Healthcare Facility. He was 95.

Born in Oakfield on September 5, 1925, Sherwin was the son of the late Helen Brumsted Radka Davis and Amos F. Radka. He was a 1943 graduate of Oakfield High School. In 1944, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served during WWII aboard the U.S.S. Propus. Sherwin was honorably discharged in 1946 and then attended the University of Buffalo. He graduated in 1950 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Sherwin, also known as Josh to those close to him, married his wife of 74 years, the late Valera Dart on January 16, 1947. The couple lived in Batavia and Buffalo before moving to Oakfield where they raised two children.

After working as an accountant for several companies, he was appointed as the Postmaster of Oakfield in 1959. After 16 years, he was promoted to the postmaster of East Aurora, where he served until his retirement in 1985.

Sherwin devoted many hours to public service and community work. He served as secretary of the Oakfield Fire Department for many years before becoming an exempt member. He coached two Oakfield Little League teams, and was a member of the former Oakfield Presbyterian Church where he taught Sunday school and served as both a Trustee and Elder. Josh was past president of the Oakfield-Alabama Lions Club, and chairman of the Genesee United Way Appeal. He joined Rotary International during his time in East Aurora, and in his later years became a member of the Oakfield Historical Society.

Sherwin served more than 15 years as a member of the Oakfield-Alabama Board of Education, including several terms as president. He proudly presented graduation diplomas to his daughter and son.

Josh enjoyed traveling with Val, golf, playing cards, and spending time with his family and friends. Josh continued to be active into his 90s, making new friends at Saint Anne’s Community at the Greens in LeRoy, and learning new things.

Sherwin is survived by his daughter, Gayle Miraglia (Peter) of Guilderland, New York and his son, Jeffrey Radka (Mary) of Brockport. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Janelle Baker (Sean), Meghann Hongach (William), Leslie Radka and Damian Miraglia, four great-grandsons, four nieces and a nephew.

He was predeceased by his brother, Richard Radka of Austin, Texas.

His family would like to thank the staffs of both Saint Anne’s Community at the Greens and the LeRoy Village Green for their compassion and care.

The family will be holding a private burial. A memorial service for both he and Val will be held in September where all are welcome to attend. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oakfield United Methodist Church, 2 South Main Street, Oakfield, New York 14125. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his name, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.

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

Graham Arthur Spiers of Batavia, NY passed away on June 19, 2021.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Grace Orcutt Spiers, and his twin sister, Sue Spiers McLean.  

He is survived by his four children, Margaret E. (Peggy) Spiers, Robert B. (Debra Hyde) Spiers, Steven A. (Ann Trankina) Spiers and Sarah J. (Tony) Reuter; and four grandchildren, Samantha J. (Sammy Jo) Spiers (Keith) Stevenson, Daniel R. (Danno) Spiers, Christopher R. Spiers, and Meghan M. Reuter and brother, Tom (Charlotte) Spiers and nieces and nephews.

Graham was born in Columbus, Ohio on March 16, 1931 to Robert H. and Margaret Walker Spiers.  His family moved to FoxHill Farm on Lewiston Road in 1945.  He graduated from Batavia High School in 1949.

Graham loved his church home at Batavia First United Methodist where he was a member for 75 years.  He and Grace were members of the McNabb Sunday School class.  Besides serving in many capacities at the church, Graham volunteered with Troop 6 of the Boy Scouts for many years.
   
Graham served in the US Army Reserve.   He served for 35 years as a reservist with the 98th Division.  He retired in 1993 after working as a civilian as the administrator for the Batavia reserve center.

The family will celebrate Graham’s life with a graveside service. Memorial gifts may be given to Hospice of Genesee County, 29 Liberty Street, Suite #6, Batavia, New York 14020 (https://homecare-hospice.org/donate/) or All Nations International, PO Box 901253 Kansas City, MO 64190 (https://allnations.international/give).

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

Attica ~ Timothy M. Zielinski, age 52, of Laurel Drive, passed away Wednesday morning (June 23, 2021) at Rochester General Hospital, in the loving presence of his family.

     He was born March 9, 1969 in Rochester, a son of Rhonda Behr Zielinski and the late Anthony W. Zielinski.

     Tim will be remembered for many things, but especially for his love of his family.  He was a very devoted and caring husband, father and grandfather, who also had a special loving bond with his in-laws. His 20+ year career as a registered nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital exemplified his compassion and devotion to others.

     He was passionate about all kinds of music, loved everything about nature, was a science and movie buff, enjoyed writing and anything to do with water.

     Tim will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Angelique Spring; his children, Garrett Wesley (Mandy) Spring and Victoria Faye Podwika; his dearly loved grandson, “Little” Wesley Ivan Spring II, his mother, Rhonda Zielinski and his sisters, Amanda Zielinski (Jamison) and Mary Zielinski (Michael).  Tim was also lovingly supported by his many in-laws and dear friends.

     Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Tim’s Life on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank St. Rd., Batavia, N.Y.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Tim may be made to his family, who will establish a music scholarship in his name.

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

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

Bergen - Cynthia S. Reynolds, 74 of Bergen, passed away on Wednesday, (June 23, 2021) at Unity Hospital in Rochester.

Mrs. Reynolds was born December 10, 1946 a daughter of the late Stanley Ratajczak Jr. and Ann (Zamaitis) Ratajczak.

Cynthia was a parishioner of St. Brigid's Church in Bergen and greatly enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a hard worker who loved to antique and collect various things. Mrs. Reynolds was proud of her flower beds and liked to cook, work puzzles, and host family gatherings.   

Surviving are her husband, Lawrence "Larry" D. Reynolds of Bergen; children,  Michael Olander of Gates, Peter (Deana) Olander of Bergen, Sue (Mark) Barber of Bergen, and Robert (Carrie) Reynolds of Bergen; grandchildren, Tyler Lavare of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Zachary and Megan Olander of Gates, Jillaina Olander of Brockport, Jessica and Michael Olander of Churchville, Matthew and Aleah Olander of Bergen, Jaelynn Reynolds and Angela Young of Bergen; great-grandchildren, Arriel Shanley, and Ella Olander; a sister, Patricia (Michael) Kohlhagen of South Salem.

She is preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Anne Olander who passed away on May 24, 2005.

Services will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bergen Volunteer Fire Department or St. Brigid's Church.  

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

Shane Douglas Burger - Pavilion, passed away Monday June 21, 2021 at age 46 at Strong Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born October 18, 1974 to Douglas and Lorna Burger, Shane graduated from Pavilion in 1993, and attended college at St. John Fisher. He worked for many years in restaurant management including; Batavia Downs, Creekside Inn, Taco Bell, Tully’s, Woody’s and others.

Shane was awarded the VITA Samaritan Award for performing CPR on a co-worker in cardiac arrest. He also was awarded the Carnegie Metal of Heroism and Hometown Hero Award both for rescuing a young girl from a burning car.

He is survived by his parents, his son, Kaden Burger, aunts, uncles and cousins.

There will be no calling hours. Donations in Shane’s honor will be accepted for a trust fund for Kaden Burger, 9766 Roanoke Rd., Pavilion, NY 14525. To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit, www.leroyfuneralhome.com. Arrangement by Cameron Brady & Steuber Funeral Home.

LeRoy / Campbell, NY ~ Jane E. Terrill, age 93, of West Avenue, passed away early Tuesday morning (June 22, 2021) at Highland Hospital in Rochester.

     She was born June 6, 1928 on the family farm in Stafford, NY, a daughter of the late Blaine and Viola Hofmann Wight.

     While growing up in Stafford, Jane attended and graduated from the South Byron High School and went on to attend Houghton College, graduating with a teaching degree.  She went on to a long career in teaching high school math and science before retirement.  Jane ultimately moved from Campbell, NY in 2017 to The Greens in LeRoy.

     Jane is survived by her sisters, Nancy (Ronald) Johns of KY and June (Richard) Mullen of Byron; step-children, Robin (Gary) Woodbury and Doc (Jackie) Terrill; step-grandchildren, Nathan (Michele) Terrill and Matthew Terrill, along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

     She was predeceased by her husband, Warren Terrill and her sisters, Evelyn (Cal) Waterman, Mary (Charles) Torrey and Grace (Norman) Phelps.

     A special thank you to her nurse, Beth and caregivers, Katie and Shannon, as well as the staff at Highland Hospital's 5th Floor Blue-West.

     Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

     Contributions in memory of Jane are suggested to St. Ann's Foundation, "In memory of Jane Terrill of The Greens", 1500 Portland Ave., Rochester, NY 14621 or the Thurston Fire Company, "First Responders", 7475 Co. Rt. 333, Campbell, NY 14821.

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

Wyoming/Ocklawaha, FL - Sandra  J. Van Buren, 78  of Ocklawaha, Florida and formerly of Wyoming, passed away on Sunday, (June 20, 2021) at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo.

Mrs. Van Buren was born May 21, 1943 in Arcade, a daughter of the late Alvie and Helen Schriber Rogers.

Sandra was a member of the Morning Star Cowboy Church in Florida. Sandra and her husband, Doc were foster parents to many children over the years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. In her younger years, she enjoyed horseback riding.

Surviving is her husband, Delbert "Doc" L. Van Buren of Ocklawaha, Florida; children, Kimberly (Dennis) Osborne of Buffalo, Scott (Karen) Van Buren of Wyoming, and Wyatt (Eilah) Van Buren of East Bethany; step-children, Amy (Allen) Wright of Bethany, and Kelly (Kerri) Page of Linden. Several grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.

Sandra is preceded in death by several siblings.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday, (June 27th, 2021)  from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia.  Sandra 's Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday at the Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Stafford Rural Cemetery in Stafford.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Children's Hospital of Buffalo Foundation, 1028 Main St., 4th Floor, Buffalo, NY 14202.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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