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william_palone.jpgBatavia - William R Palone , 90 of Batavia passed away, at home, on Sunday, January 29, 2023, surrounded by his loving family.

William was born Tuesday, April 26th, 1932 in Oakfield, NY, a son of the late Joseph Sr. and Gladys Palone.

He had a passion for collecting antique cars, especially his prized 1941 Oldsmobile, and participating in as many car shows as Edie would let him. His love of antique cars was second to his love for his family. William enjoyed traveling, spending time with his family and cherished playing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

William proudly served his country in the US ARMY from 1951 to 1954 and later married the love of his life Edith S. Murray on July 19, 1958. William raised 3 wonderful children and supported his family working as a shipping clerk at Sylvania for thirty years and later retiring from Kodak.

William will be remembered by his wife, Edie Palone, of Batavia; children, Tom (Connie) Palone, of Rochester, Greg (Misty) Palone, of Murfreesboro, Linda (Alexander) Busch, of Batavia; grandchildren, Amber Eighmey, Cody Busch, Sarah Busch, Trevor Palone, Julie Busch, and Kayli Palone; great- grandchildren, Alexander, Reygan, Alayna, and Teigan; siblings, Richard Palone and Patricia Murray; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no services at this time, a celebration of life will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers donation may be made to the St. Jude Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of H.E. Turner & Co,. Inc. Funeral Home. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

wahl.jpgPatrick Wahl of North Java, NY passed away on January 9, 2023 at his home after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Buffalo on October 2nd, 1945

He is survived by his wife of forty-six years, Deborah, his boys, Patrick (Cheryl Leavell), Michael (Kimberly) and Randall (Stephanie Sacco), and his precious grandchildren Zachary, McKenzie, Mya and Wyatt.

Pat moved to North Java in 1991 where he thoroughly enjoyed the rural life. Summers were spent mowing his ever-expanding lawn, planting hundreds of trees from seed or sapling, raising geese, and sitting by his bonfire every evening. Pat was an avid woodworker spending winters in his basement making custom furniture for family, friends, and customers, many of whom became friends. He loved talking to people who stopped by to look at his array of pieces he had out near the road for sale.

Pat served in the US Army out of high school and had a deep appreciation for veterans who served in conflict. His sports were fishing, the Sabres and the Bills whom he believed would win the Super Bowl every year.

Pat loved his family, his extended family of in-laws and their families, and his array of friends from his boyhood. It was all he wanted out of life.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made to the North Java Volunteer Fire Company, 4274 NY-98, North Java, NY 14113. To leave an online message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

On Thursday, January 26th, 2023, V.R. (Jim) DiSalvo, loving husband and father of five, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at age 85. Jim was born June 19, 1937, in Batavia, NY to the late Salvatore and Mary Kathleen (Miller) DiSalvo. Jim was an avid motorcyclist, businessman, and lover of all things Christmas.

After a tour of duty in the Navy during the mid-'50s, Jim returned home to Western New York, where he excelled professionally in various industries, including the chemicals industry, horse racing, motorcycle racing, and the printing industry. During that time, he also promoted the first-ever WERA Grand National Finals in West Palm Beach, FL, in 1977.

In 1980, Jim made his mark on the printing industry when he founded Applied Business Systems, Inc. with his wife, Connie DiSalvo. ABS would become a leader in Variable Data Digital Printing, as it remains to this day.

In the motorcycle racing world, Jim will be remembered as an accomplished flat tracker and roadracer in his own right, as well as an owner of Team America Gran Prix Racing, a team that won races across the United States and internationally in Europe, and as the manager of his son Jason DiSalvo's professional career in racing.

Jim's love of Christmas was manifested every year at his home on Fargo Road in Stafford, NY. His display included over 150 animated and static lighted figurines and over 1 million lights that would draw thousands of visitors to the property every Christmas season.

Jim is survived by and missed by his wife of 42 years, Connie (Tuttobene) DiSalvo; children Pam DiSalvo of Batavia, Tim DiSalvo of Azusa, CA, Steven (Karen) Samis of LeRoy, Lisa (Dan) Ormsbee of Stafford, and Jason (Bethany) DiSalvo of Stafford. He is forever cherished and remembered by his six grandchildren Ashlee DiSalvo, Katelyn Samis, Stephany Samis, Zach Samis, Romeo DiSalvo, and Romilly DiSalvo; his brothers, the late Ronald (Rose) DiSalvo of Batavia and Samuel (late Vida) DiSalvo of Batavia; and sisters, Florence (Joe) Condidorio of LeRoy and Kitty (late Louie) Severino of Highland Heights, Ohio.

Calling hours are Tuesday (January 31) from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.  Jim's Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday (February 1) at 10:00 a.m. at Ascension Parish, 15 Sumner Street in Batavia.  He will be laid to rest with military honors at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 56, Stafford, NY 14143 or to the United Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Attention: Lori Atari, 127 North Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

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

bednarek_joyce_-_photo1.jpgJoyce E. Bednarek, 90, formerly of Akron, passed away peacefully on Friday (January 27, 2023) at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

She was born March 26, 1932 in Buffalo, NY, a daughter of the late George and Pearl Lichtenberger James.

Joyce graduated from Amherst Central School in 1950 and was formerly employed by M&T Bank and Alden Central School. She was also a former postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service in Crittenden, NY. Joyce and late husband Alfred were very active with St. Patrick’s Church and Crittenden Fire Department.

She is survived by her sons, Michael (Suzanne) Bednarek of Jamesville, NY and Martin Bednarek of Williamsville. Grandson, Todd Bednarek of Jamesville, NY. Sisters, June Primrose of Sanborn, Judy Geyer of Akron and Joanne Breton of Alden. Brother John James of Alden. Also survived by nieces and nephews.

Joyce was predeceased by her husband Alfred Bednarek who passed away October 22, 2011.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Thursday (February 2nd) from 10am-11am at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, NY, where a funeral service will commence following the visitation at 11am. Interment will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Crittenden, NY.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Batavia ~ Samuel Joseph Patri Jr., age 85, passed away at the NYS Veterans Nursing Home on Friday morning, January 27, after a short illness.

     Sam was born in Batavia on September 15, 1937 to the late Samuel Joseph Patri Sr. and Rose Marshall Patri.  He was affectionately named “Babe” by his family because he was the youngest.

   samuel_j._patri_jr_0.jpg  Sam attended Batavia City Schools through his Junior high school year.  He then attended his Senior year and graduated from Notre Dame.  He went to work at Sylvania Products until they closed.  During this time, he also enlisted in the Army.  His military service included; one year in the Army National Guard in Batavia; two years active duty in Berlin, Germany; five years in the Army Reserves in Batavia and then four years in the Army National Guard Reserves, Special Forces in W. Virginia.

     He earned an Associates Degree at Genesee Community College and went on to work for the New York State Department of Corrections as a Corrections Officer and retired after 21 years of service.  He was awarded a plaque from the State because he never missed a day of work in those 21 years.

     Sam is survived by his beloved wife, Mary Eileen Patri; step-family, Odette (Glenn) McClurg of LeRoy, Robert (Christina) Brydges of LeRoy; grandchildren, Shane McClurg, Tyler McClurg, Austin Brydges and Ella Brydges; nephews, Joseph Fisk of AZ, Michael McCahera of AZ, John McCahera of AZ; Niece, Rita McCahera of FL; cousins, Marilyn Harris, Dean Harris and many other cousins; brothers-in-law, Frank (Nancy) Howard and Lawrence Howard; sisters-in-law, Ethel Stephenson and Dorothy (Randy) Roth.

     Sam is predeceased by his brother, Norfe Patri; sister and brother-in-law, Anna (John) McCahera and his niece, Ann Marie McCahera.

     Sam enjoyed travelling with Mary to the Bahamas and spending time with the family, especially holiday gatherings and picnics. He also enjoyed fishing with his brother, cousins and nephew.  He and Mary loved flower gardening and spending time outdoors.  Through the years, Sam rescued many cats as well.   He will be dearly missed.

     Family and friends are invited to attend Sam’s Rite of Christian Burial on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 11:00 AM at Resurrection Parish, St. Mary’s Church, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia, N.Y.  He will be laid to rest in the Western New York National Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Sam are suggested to Volunteers for Animals of Batavia, 3841 West Main St. Rd., Batavia, N.Y. 14020

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

sharonldavis.jpgSharon L. Davis, 75 of Attica, passed away on January 20, 2023. She was born in Buffalo on April 13, 1947 to the late Gordon and Alice (Arndt) LeFort. She is preceded in death by her husband, Peter Davis, children, Lezlie Nearhood and Peter Davis II, granddaughter, Racheal Houlihan.

Mrs. Davis retired from Attica Correctional Facility after many years. She was a member of TOPS Group and camped seasonally at Dream Lake for over 20 years. Sharon enjoyed canning, gardening and her cats.

She is survived by children, Tonya (Timothy) Houlihan of Castile, Traci Cooper of Franklin, NC, siblings, Richard (Jackie) LeFort of TN, Linda Mattice of Rochester, Patricia LeFort of Stafford, Rita (Scott) Welker of Attica, Mary (Ronald) Motz of Batavia, 6 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wyoming County SPCA, 808 Creek Road, Attica, NY 14011. To leave an online message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Sharon A. Fickel, 71, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at United Memorial Medical Center.

Sharon was born on January 11, 1952, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Robert and Gert Snell. She was the sister of the late Diane Snell and Robert Snell, Jr., and aunt of the late Justin Snell.

Sharon loved westerns and just spending time with her family. 

Sharon is survived by her husband of 45 years, John Fickel; her sons, John (Candice Wells) Fickel and Kevin (Tiffany Sprague) Fickel; her grandchildren, Mya, Mateo, Madison, Hailey, Mason, Mackenzie and Kameron; great granddaughter, Ay`lanni; her siblings, Beth (Rob) McWilliams, John Snell, Tim (Patti Burleson) Snell, Cathie (Steve) Urciuoli, Patricia (Dale) Wells, Terri (Tim Luttrell) Snell and Dennis (Wendy) Snell. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Family and friends may call Sunday, January 29th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY. Funeral services will be held from the mortuary at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 30th. Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu, NY.

francescmarcello.jpgFrances C. Marcello, 90 of Batavia, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She was born July 7, 1932 in Batavia, to the late Nicholas and Mary (Trinchera) Colantonio. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 70 years Joseph S. Marcello, son Nicholas Marcello.

Mrs. Marcello loved to cook and bake for her family, especially on holidays, making family traditional Italian recipes. She loved to sew, knit and crochet baby sweaters, hats, scarfs and blankets. She worked at GTE Sylvania and Carr’s Department Store in her younger years.

Frances was a woman of deep faith, saying her daily prayers and rosary. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren play sports.

She is survived by her loving children, Joseph (Denise) Marcello of Hattiesburg, MS, Ava (Ronald) King, Mark (Roni) Marcello, Lori (Robert) Waite, Philip (Kim) Marcello, sister Carmella Ilacqua, all of Batavia, sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Kinne, Carol (Bryce) Casey, 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, January 30, 2023 from 4 to 7pm at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. A 9:30am Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org. To leave messages 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.

Richard R. (Dick) Ferraro, July, 7 1937 – January 22, 2023

Son of the late Joseph and Donna (Verbanoff) Ferraro, brother to the late Joseph G. Ferraro, loving husband to the late Judith (Jackson) Ferraro passed away Sunday, January 22, 2023 at the age of 85 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, NY.

Richard was an Engineer by trade. In his younger years he was a well-known musician in the Buffalo, NY area playing the organ with the Burgundy Bishops. Dick loved children, and together with his wife Judith opened their home to many Foster Children throughout the years. He enjoyed amusement parks and roller skating.

Richard leaves behind his Sister Christine D. (Carl) Kustreba, daughters, Kimberly (Scott) Donnelly, Tami (Dennis) Barren, Jennifer ( Antonio) Rivera, and Erycka (Thomas) Kosinski, Sons, Russell J., Richard J. (Cindy), and Paul (Penny), Grandchildren, Nicole, Christian, Chelsey, Seth (Katy), Eric (Olivia), Courtney(Colin), and Paul, many great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Helen(Edward) Zelinski, and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his best friend, “Buddy” a pug mix.

There will be no calling hours or funeral services.

Batavia - Rodney J. Herdegen, 74 of Batavia, passed away on Tuesday, (January 24, 2023) at his home in Batavia.

Mr. Herdegen was born January 20, 1949 in Batavia, a son of the late Kenneth and Marjorie (Pashong) Herdegen.

Rod is the husband of Pamela J. (Beswick) Herdegen of Batavia. They met in middle school and became friends. In 8th grade, they went on one date - to the movies. In her yearbook, Rod wrote, "Pam, I wish you the best of luck in the world. You deserve to best. Don't forget all the fun we had, especially in the 7th and 8th grade. Be good and I hope I see you after graduation. Love ya, Rod."

He went one way, and Pam another. They both married other people and both had two children. A decade later at their high school reunion, they both showed up divorced. Pam moved to Florida with Rod in 1979. The two were married December 24, 1979 and the rest is history.

Rodney served his country honorably with the Air Force during Vietnam, was an avid Buffalo Bills, New York Yankees, and Batavia Muckdogs fan. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

Surviving along with his wife are his children, Rhonda (Dennis) Fox of Pembroke, and Kenneth (Marie) Heredegen of Apopka, Florida; step-children, Stacey Daprizio of Batavia, and Stephanie (Pete) D'Alba of Stafford; grandchildren, Edward and Alex Grosskopf, Kayla and Lyssa Herdegen, Peyton and Katlyn Daprizio, Bryce and Baylee D'Alba; great-grandchildren, Tallulah, Violet, Zachariah, and Rowena; brother, Dwayne "Butch" (Janet) Herdegen of Stafford; a sister, Roberta (late Don) Barlow of South Carolina.

Rod's funeral service was held privately. He was laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery in Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, 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.


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