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Gunter Kreimeier, 93, of Batavia, passed away on July 12, 2022 at Crossroads House.

Gunter was born January 2,1929 in Stade, Germany, the son of the late Herman and Imgarrd (Ranzinger) Kreimeier.

Gunter was a member of Godfrey's Pond and enjoyed hunting, having traveled extensively for big game.

Surviving are his wife, Waltraut "Trudy" Kreimeier of Batavia, they were married on September 29, 1951.  Many dear friends also survive.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. also on Tuesday.  Private burial will be held in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia.

Gunter's family would like to thank Crossroads House for the care they provided.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14020, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate.

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

Batavia - Donald N. VanBuren, 90 of Batavia, passed away on Tuesday (July 12, 2022) at home. 

Mr. VanBuren was born March 15, 1932 in Batavia, a son of the late Nelson and Mildred (Townsend) VanBuren. He would go on to serve his country in the Army during the Korean War.

He was a member of the Veness-Strollo VFW in Batavia and enjoyed going to garage sales and flea markets. A bit of a gambler, Donald liked to bet the ponies and play scratch-offs. He was a talented piano player and greatly liked tinkering with lawn mowers. 

Donald is predeceased by his wife, Norma Jean VanBuren; daughters, Martha and Ruby; son, Donald.

Surviving are his children, Eric Chambers of Medina, Bobby (Becky) of Batavia, Mary Rice of Maryland, Millie Villa of Batavia, son, Dennis Ralph Hewston of Florida; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; son-in-law, Tom Dougal of West Virginia; special friends of the family, Gail Garitz, and Brian Fisher of Batavia. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where Donald's funeral service will immediately follow visitation at 6 p.m. Interment, with military honors will be held in Western New York National Cemetery in Pembroke on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. (please assemble by 10:45 a.m.). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a veteran's charity of the donor's choice. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

East Bethany ~ Lewis Allen Rhinehart, age 78, passed away Wednesday morning (July 13, 2022) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

   173rd_sky_soldiers_0.jpg  He was born November 29, 1943, in Rochester, NY to the late Homer and Marjorie Rhinehart.

     Lewis is survived by his daughter, Crystal; sister Ruth Parnell and special nephew, Scott Parnell.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews across the country.  Lewis was predeceased by his wife, Beverly; his brothers, William, Ronald, John, Homer Jr., Walter and sister, Doris.

     Lewis worked for many years as a carpenter for Harry Pimm, Jr., before moving on to work as a security guard for Sabin Metal until he retired in the early 2000’s.

     Lewis spent his retirement with his wife, Beverly until her passing in 2011; while also cuddling with his beloved dog, Peanut and collecting John Deere tractor models.

     Family and friends may call on Sunday, July 17 from 1 ~ 4 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Graveside prayers and military honors will be held on Monday, July 18 at 11:00 AM at the Pavilion Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Bethany Volunteer Fire Dept., 10510 Bethany Ctr. Rd., East Bethany, NY 14054

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


Wayland – Ann M. (Hargrave) Schubmehl, 87, passed away late Wednesday evening, July 6, 2022, at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mt. Morris with family
by her side. Ann was born January 29, 1935 in Dansville, the daughter of the late Alvin and Anna M. (Lathrop) Hargrave. Ann and her family moved to Wayland when she was 5 years old and has remained a lifelong resident of the Wayland area until her move to Mt. Morris several years ago. Ann was a member of the first graduating class from the newly built Wayland Central School in 1953.

Ann and Herman “Herm” Schubmehl were married November 28, 1953 at St. Joseph’s Church by a special friend, Msgr. Gerard Krieg. Together they celebrated 52 years of marriage prior to
Herm passing away in June of 2006. Ann worked at Westinghouse assisting with the manufacturing of tubes for televisions. Once children came along, Ann was a devoted homemaker for her husband and children. After the children were grown, she worked at Tops in Dansville for 18 years.

Ann’s hobbies were many, and the work endless. She enjoyed reading, knitting and gardening; both flowers and vegetables. The family vegetable business supplied hundreds of quarts of
vegetables, which she canned to feed her family throughout the year. Ann loved baseball and was a Little League mom, always helping when she could. Ann frequently traveled with her
best friends, Nancy Goodrich and RoseAnn Wolfanger, in her later years. Ann was a dedicated and faithful member of St. Joseph’s Church, as it was a very important part of her life.
Ann was predeceased by her parents, Alvin and Anna Hargrave; her husband, Herm Schubmehl; 2 sons, John and Steven Schubmehl; and her brother Jim “Al” Hargrave. She is
survived by her children: David (Mary Ann) Schubmehl, of Delmar; Thomas (Cindy) Schubmehl, of Corfu; Peter (Kara) Schubmehl, of Delmar; Marybeth (Rodney) Renn of Ossian; and daughter- in-law Linda Schubmehl, of Wayland. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; her siblings, Joyce Wolfanger Seigfred, of Rochester; Robert (Carol) Hargrave of Rocky Mount, NC; and sister-in-law Shirley Hargrave, of Wayland; and many nieces and nephews.

Ann’s family and friends may call Thursday, July 14, 2022 from 4-7 pm at St. George-Forsythe Funeral Home, 109 West Naples St., Wayland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for
Ann on Friday, July 15, 2022 at 10 am at St. Joseph’s Church, 206 Fremont St., Wayland. Committal prayers and interment will take place immediately following at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Perkinsville. There will be a luncheon provided at the Perkinsville Fire Dept. by the Ladies Auxiliary.

Stafford - Richard M. Lewis, 60 of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, (July 9, 2022) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mr. Lewis was born September 1, 1961 in Batavia, a son of the late Richard H. and Elizabeth (Howe) Lewis.

Rick worked as a corrections officer at Attica Prison for over 25 years prior to his retirement. He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah's Witnesses in Batavia. A avid Buffalo Bills and NY Yankees fan, Rick loved to play cards and tennis. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and could often be found at Godfrey's Pond.

Rick is survived by his wife, Cynthia (Roberts) Lewis of Stafford; son, Andrew Lewis of Stafford; step-daughter, Melissa Herrington of Syracuse; sisters, Shari Yark of Batavia and Wendy (Russell) Marchese of Batavia; nieces and nephews, Rachel (Robert) Kuszlyk, Hannah (Peter) Marchese-Beuler, Bethanie Marchese, R.J. (Christine) Marchese, and Kathryn (Andrew) Williams; a special niece, Maranda (Michael) Newton. Several other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews also survive.

He is preceded in death by his brother, Lance Lewis.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, (July 15, 2022)  from 4 to 8 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia.  Burial in Hillside Cemetery in Corfu will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Stafford Fire Department, 6153 Main St, Stafford, NY 14143 or Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021..  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Nancy L. Waite, 87, of Batavia, passed away on Sunday July 10, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center.  Her full obituary will appear at a later date listing funeral information.  Arrangements for Nancy have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868. 

Lonnie Ford, III, 51, of Batavia, passed away on Friday, July 8, 2022 at his home.

Lonnie was born June 5, 1971 in Batavia, a son of Lonnie Ford, Jr. and Annie (Armstrong) Ford, of Batavia.

Lonnie was a member of Church of God and Christ.  He enjoyed football, wrestling, music, karate and breakdancing.  Lonnie loved people and always had a smile on his face.

Surviving along with his parents, are his daughter, Ivena (Leopol) Jean-Francois of Florida and a host of family and friends from Batavia and Hartford, Connecticut.

Preceded in death by his brother, Eddie James Ford and sisters, Elizabeth Ford and Chanelle Ford.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 516 Ellicott Street, Batavia, where Lonnie's funeral will be held at 11:00 a.m. also on Saturday.  He will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Batavia.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ford family.  

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

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


Barbara A. Anderson - October 22, 1981 to March 3, 2022
Born in Oklahoma, her short life was filled with sickness and addiction. Despite that, she was able to develop a deep love and devotion to her family. In death, she became what she could not become in life: a silent teacher-choosing to give her body to science so others may learn from all she’d been through.

Barbie was predeceased by brother Scott (Bubba) and father Lewis Jr. Her loving and forgiving legacy will live on in her surviving family: sister Sharon (Scott) Chaplain, brother Shawn, nieces Samantha Chaplain and Ana Anderson, and nephew Kristopher Anderson.

A celebration of her life will be held on Sunday, July 17th from 2-5pm at the Brockport Vet’s Club pavilion. There will be a co-celebration for her father at that time. Please bring your favorite memories to share, as the family will be compiling a memory book for the nieces and nephew.

Elba - Frederick C. Neindorf, 87 of Elba, passed away on Saturday, (July 2, 2022) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Mr. Neindorf was born April 19, 1935 in Batavia,  a son of the late Frank and Ada (Miller) Neindorf.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elba and a former member of Godrefy's Pond. He enjoyed fishing, reading, visiting the rifle range to target shoot, and gardening.

Frederick is the husband of the late Bonnie Neindorf.

Surviving is his son, Frederick (Joellen) Neindorf, Jr. of Arkansas; brother, Frank T. (late Monica) Neindorf of Florida; brother-in-law, Richard (Caroline) Allen of Elba; sister-in-law, Lori Gamin of Batavia. Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews also survive.

He is preceded in death by his grandchildren, Jayden, Ethan, and Adam Neindorf; sisters, Erma (late Kenneth) Preston, and Irene (late Howard) Cummings.

Frederick 's Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, (July 16, 2022) in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Children's Tumor Foundation, (formerly the National Neurofibromatosis Foundation), 95 Pine Street, 16th Floor, New York, New York 10005.

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


Bill was born in Stamford, CT on May 23, 1948 to William Francis Brown and Elizabeth Farrell and grew up in Batavia, NY. His New York roots instilled a lifelong fandom of the New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills, for better or worse. Eventually, family ties made him a fervent Georgia Bulldogs fan as well. Bill was a graduate of Canisus High School and went onto John Carroll University, where he made lifelong friends as part of the school’s U Club.

Bill’s passion for sports and music offered him a lifetime of bucket list experiences. As a college student he attended the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969 with close friend Tim Russert. And as an avid sports fan he was lucky enough to play some of America’s most famous golf courses, including Augusta National and Pebble Beach, and attend iconic sporting events like the World Series, the Masters, and the Rose Bowl.

Bill spent his professional life navigating a media and political career that included working at WBTA radio in Batavia, as a communications specialist in New York Governor Mario Cuomo’s administration, and finally for 26 years as a strategist and campaign manager for AARP in Atlanta.

Bill is survived by his wife Deborah; sons Christopher (Kim) Brown, William (Kaeley) Brown, and Ben (Claire) Brown; daughters Courtney (Steve) Wentzel and Catherine Brown; granddaughters Caroline and Natalie; brother Bob (Katie) Brown; and sisters Betsy (John) McGee and Bonny (Bob) Peacock. They are all comforted knowing he is surely enjoying a Manhattan and tonight’s episode of Jeopardy in heaven.

A memorial service will be held August 14 at 2pm in Village Hall, The Georgia Club, Statham, GA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, Habitat for Humanity, or Northeast Georgia Food Bank.

Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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