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flowersdaisy.jpgRaymond M. Pierson, 79, of Perry, died on Sunday, October 17, 2021. He died after battling Lymphoma for many years, assisted by his dedicated team at the Wilmot Cancer Center. He was born April 30, 1942 in Perry.

Ray appreciated fine art and architecture; he frequented the ballet and theater while living in New York City. He could bring beauty out of chaos with holiday decorating and love of flowers. He was an avid reader and was an authority on family and local history. Ray also enjoyed collecting antiques.

Raymond is survived by the Hepler family, Charles and Patti, Lynn Ramsay, Albert Walker Hepler III, Barbara Stewart, Janet VanRysevyk, Beverly Bottema and friends, Linda Hyland, Millie Mandeville, Amy Mandeville.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 1 to 2:00 PM at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530. He will be laid to rest at Middle Reservation Road Cemetery, Castile.

Donations may be made to Wyoming County Historian’s Office, 26 Linwood Ave, Warsaw, NY 14569. Thoughts and condolences may be left online at www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

Stafford – Elfrieda G. Bridge, age 90, passed away on Friday October, 15, 2021 at her home.

She was born September 6, 1931, in Darien, a daughter of the late Robert and Frieda Gramp Humel.

Elfrieda led a full life and worked many years at G.T.E. Sylvania, Kodak, as a hair stylist and motel owner in Verona Beach, New York. She was an excellent baker and her Christmas cookies were legendary.

She was the loving wife to David J. Bridge, who survives her. She is also survived by three sons, Mark (Kate) Bridge, James (Karen) Bridge and Randy (Irene) Bridge; four grandchildren, Jessica (Garrett) Tarnowski, Justin (Nicole) Bridge, Alexis (Josh) Armstrong and Matthew (Madelyn) Bridge; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Rudy (Jackie) Humel, Norm (Mary Lou) Humel and Kenny (Janet) Humel along with several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her siblings, Robert Humel, Ernest Humel, Linda C. Dibble, Elsie Duckworth, Shirley Evans, Eleanor Luce and Alice Martin.

Friends and family may call on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where services will immediately follow at 1 p.m. She will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

digiacomo_june-photo1.jpgJune Marilyn DiGiacomo (né DiCesare) passed away peacefully at her home in Pembroke, New York on October 14, 2021, at the age of 92. She was born on March 10, 1929, to the late Marion Allers, a concert pianist, and Pierino DiCesare, designer of a revolutionary type of airplane propeller. 

June was also predeceased by her husband Carmen Salvatore DiGiacomo, son Thomas Joseph DiGiacomo, and sisters Jean Travis, Gloria Cannon, and Marion Zendano. She is survived by her daughter Diane Marie Denton-DiGiacomo and beloved cats Blake, Dante, Oscar, Yoshi, and Kenji. 

June was born and spent much of her childhood in Oak Park, Illinois, amongst the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and the family of the writer Ernest Hemmingway. She never met the legendary author but crossed paths with his mother while babysitting his nephew “little Ernie”, his sister Sunny’s son. 

June was a talented artist whose spontaneous, impressionistic style captured landscapes, animals, and flowers to add beauty and brightness to this world. She loved to listen to music and to sing, also to read, especially poetry, copying out favorite lines into notebooks and on to whatever scraps of paper were at hand. She was an irresistible spoken storyteller, entertaining many with fascinating reflections on he past. 

June worked for years at the Buffalo Courier Express, until she retired and, with her husband, moved from Tonawanda, a suburb of Buffalo, NY, to the Town of Pembroke in the 1980s to fulfil their dream of living in the country. Suddenly widowed a few years later, she became an active member of the community, including joining the local Methodist church and serving as an election inspector well into her 80s. She always kept abreast of current affairs and cared deeply for the well-being of her fellow humans, the natural environment, and animals. She was wonderful with children, helping them to learn, conquer their weaknesses and discover their strengths through their budding interests and talents. 

Those who knew her at any point, will remember June’s “Mona Lisa smile”, sparkling hazel-blue eyes, and infectious engagement in a life to be celebrated rather than grieved over. 

There will be a private burial of her ashes at Indian Falls Cemetery in the Town of Pembroke. 

In lieu of flowers, her daughter requests that donations be made to one or the other or both of the following animal rescue organizations: 

Second Chance Networking Shelter: www.secondchanceshelteringnetwork.com Click on “Donate” in the upper right-hand corner. On second payment screen, please click “Write a note” to indicate that your donation is in memory of June M. DiGiacomo. 

Wyoming County SPCA: www.wyomingcountyspca.org Click “Donate”. Click on “Memorial Donation”.  Click on “Memorial”, “In Loving Memory” to June M. DiGiacomo, “Human”. Please fill in “Send notification of donation to” with [email protected]

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

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

To Mom, with love from your daughter: 

The secrets of your heart 

are stacked against the wall, 

canvases for your art 

of hiding what you missed. 

No mistaking your style,

a freedom out of hand 

that kept you all the while

believing as you wished.

A world that long was yours

before it was revealed— imagination soars 

with courage its master.

Flowers filling a place left bereft

of your own, a portrait in a vase found

by me, your daughter.

Landscapes take you afar,

cats and soup bring you home to

settle for who you are:

the author of this poem. ~ DM Denton

 

 

 

butterfly.jpgArta J. McGhan, 69 of Batavia, passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021 at Rochester General Hospital, following a lengthy illness. She was born in Batavia, January 31, 1952 to the late Walter V. and Alice (Hottois) Pawelski. She is preceded in death by her son Michael McGhan and brother Walter L. Pawleski.

She is survived by sisters, Wallene Peck of Sun City, AZ and Alice (Scott) Dean of West Hurley, NY; close friends, Alicia (Steve) Fitzsimmons of Oakfield, grandchildren Sarah and Michael, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours and services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Thoughts and condolences may be left online at www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

James E. Sullivan, 84, of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at his home.

James was born March 6, 1937 in Batavia, a son of the late Henry and Lucy (Brice) Sullivan.

James was a member of Resurrection Parish and the Knights of Columbus.  He retired from O-AT-KA Milk Products in Batavia and is a veteran, serving with the United States Army.  He enjoyed sports, especially baseball and was a supporter of Batavia baseball and the NY Penn League.

Surviving are his niece, Karen Spiotta of Batavia; a nephew, Alan (Linda) Spiotta of Corfu and cousins.

Preceded in death by his sister, Joan Spiotta.

There are no prior calling hours.  James's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 am on Tuesday, October 19 at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia.  He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph's Mausoleum in Batavia.  

Face coverings will be required inside of the church.  We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union Street, Batavia, NY 14020, www.ndhsbatavia.com/support-nd.html.  

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

Arrangements for James were entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-5673.

Fred passed away at 93 on Monday, October 4, 2021 surrounded by his loving family.

Born January 11, 1928 in Rochester, NY son of the late Ralph & Jennie (Huntley) Dunham.

Fred is survived by his wife of 23 years, Gladys (Newcomb/Cassada) Dunham and his children, Anita (Guy) Hinkson, Allen Dunham, Doug (Cindy) Cassada and Kay (Gary) Clark, his daughter-in-law Judy (David) Dunham along with 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.

Predeceased by his 1st wife, Beatrice (Backus) Dunham, his son David (Judy) Dunham, his brother-in-law Burton Newcomb and his grandson Craig DeRue.

He was a Specialist 2nd Class in the US Army in Korea from 1954-1956.

Fred was an active member of the Bergen United Methodist Church, served as the Bergen Town Zoning Officer for many years as well as the Chairman on the Bergen Town Board of Appeals.  Fred was a member and Superintendent of the Mt Rest Cemetery Association and was also a registered Morgan horse breeder for many years.

Fred retired from the Sullivan Insurance Agency in Bergen NY in 1998.

He was a man of strong faith in God and dedicated to his family, church and community.

There are no prior calling hours.  Fred's Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, October 23 at the Bergen United Methodist Church, 27 South Lake Avenue in Bergen.  A reception will held at the conclusion of Fred's service in the fellowship hall at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bergen United Methodist Church, 27 South Lake Avenue, Bergen, NY 14416 or Homecare and Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite 6, Batavia, NY 14020.  

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

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

Robert N. Miles, 82, of Corfu, passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

Robert was born on December 19, 1938. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Albert and Catherine Miles as well as his siblings Albert “Henry” Miles, Catherine “Ann” Kelly, Sarah “Sue” Duschen, Oliver Miles and William “Bill” Miles. 
His loving wife of 53 years, Linda P. (Hollenbeck) Miles, passed away November 19, 2011.

Robert was a loving brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather. Robert was  a member of the United States Army. He was a lifelong welder at O.K. Trogan for 30 year and retired from Stripp It. For many years he owned and operated Miles Welding. In his spare time, he enjoyed farming, camping, hunting and gardening.

Robert is survive by his wife Sharon (Bachert) Miles; his children, Lynn (Richard) Draves, Kathleen Miles, Virginia (Joseph) Paper, Ronald Miles and Daniel (Jody) Miles; three step daughters, Amanda, Jessica and Tracy; 14 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren; sister-in law Kathy Miles, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Friends and family may call Friday, October 15, 2021,  from 4 to 8 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street Corfu. Funeral services will be held at the mortuary Saturday, October 16th at 11a.m. Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu.

rzepka1.jpg  Norman J. Rzepka, 80 of Alden, passed away on Saturday October 9, 2021 at the Buffalo VA Medical Center.  He was born March 6, 1941 to the late Mildred and John Rzepka of Alden.

He is survived by his children Randy (Shari) Rzepka, Jeff (Jen) Rzepka, Wendy (John) Miszuk; dear brother of Marie (Roger) Measer, Patricia Ann (late Darrell) Williams, Richard Rzepka and the late Maryellen and John J. Rzepka.

The beloved grandfather to Rily, Nolan, Paige, Alex, and Marty Rzepka; John (Robyn), Steven (Sarah), Joshua and Brayden Miszuk; and Meghan McLaughlin. Great-grandfather to Lily Kent.

He enjoyed riding his tractor and farming, and spending time with his grandchildren.

There will be no prior calling hours, services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made Buffalo VA Medical Center 3495 Bailey Ave. Buffalo, NY 14215. For more information call 585-591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.


Thomas Joseph Spadaro, 74, of Le Roy, NY passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

Tom was born on August 24, 1947 to Samuel and Susan (Stoppi) Spadaro in Frackville, Pennsylvania. He moved with his parents as an infant to the town he grew to love, LeRoy, New York.

After graduating from LeRoy High School, Tom enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Due to a medical condition, he was honorably discharged early and returned to LeRoy where he married Linda Brown. They had two children, Amy in 1972 and Joseph in 1974.

While raising his family, Tom worked for C.P. Ward and Bell Construction. If you are anywhere in the Rochester area, chances are good that you will travel over a bridge or pass by a building that he worked on. He loved to putter in his garage, fixing and painting cars and hosting gatherings with family and friends.

As his children grew up, Tom relocated to Orange County, California. He started Southern California Maintenance and grew a successful company that encompassed all of his building talents.

While in California, he met his wife, Gina (Wright). They shared a love of country-western music and dancing. Tom proved to be very talented at the two-step and wasn’t shy about showing it off.

On Monday, December 15, 1997, Tom called Gina and asked her to marry him. She accepted and they went to City Hall for a romantic ceremony on their lunch break.

While Tom was in California, his son Joe became interested in the limousine business. Joe started operations in LeRoy, and Tom used his self-taught craftsmanship to transform bus shells into party buses and ship them back to Joe. Seventeen buses later, Gina had had it with not having any parking space in the driveway or the garage, so Tom took this opportunity to start their relocation to LeRoy, back to the community and family that he loved.

Tom and Gina acquired the property on the creek bank where Tom built their beautiful home. Every inch of their house, inside and out, has been touched by Tom’s talented hands.

After moving the well-established limousine business to its current location, Tom and Joe began buying distressed properties in the Village and bringing them back to life. Tom could walk into a dilapidated, neglected house and have a clear vision of what it could become. He was skilled in all aspects of homebuilding and remodeling and worked tirelessly in the transformation of each project, making LeRoy beautiful one home at a time. If you ever saw Tom’s old yellow truck parked in front of a house, you knew there was hard work and magic going on inside.

You knew Tom cared about you if he gave you a nickname. Many friends, family members and co-workers became known by the nickname that Tom had given them. To name a few- Scoob, Chiquita Banana, Schmo, Buddy Boy, Beaner, Boss, Dude, Missified, Cassified, Squirrel, Ron Boy, Lulabell, Mouse, Shermanator, and Beulah.

Tom served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Village.  If he firmly believed in a person’s cause, he fought for them with everything he had.

Tom was instrumental in getting the LeRoy Community Pool re-opened. He believed that it was the community’s obligation to see that every child had the opportunity to learn how to swim and to have a venue for healthy social interaction. Aside from his family, this accomplishment was Tom’s greatest source of pride.

Tom was predeceased by his parents and his first wife. He is survived by his brother, James Spadaro of Bonsall, California; his wife, Gina; his daughter Amy (Daniel) Vanderhoof; his son Joseph (Nikki Stone) Spadaro; and five grandchildren- Sydney and Zachary Vanderhoof; Joseph, Dominic and Anthony James (AJ) Spadaro.

Services will be held privately by the family. A celebration of life will be held in Tom’s honor this coming Spring at his beloved Community Pool prior to the opening of the next pool season. The date and time will be published at a later date. We will invite all of Tom’s friends and family to join us in celebrating his beautiful life. Any memorial donations can be made to the LeRoy Community Pool in care of Amy Vanderhoof, 8 Garden Lane, LeRoy NY 14482. To share a memory or a condolence, please visit:  www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com

Stafford - David  G. Oderkirk, age  81, of Stafford, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home in Clarence.

He was born August 29, 1940 in Batavia, a son of the late George C. Oderkirk and Mildred Baker Oderkirk.

He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. He was a longtime rural postal carrier in Byron and self-employed farmer.

David is the husband of the late Sandra D. Hartrick Oderkirk who passed away in 1988 and Sharon Lee Voorhees Oderkirk who passed away in 2013 and grandfather of the late Warren "Buddy" Oderkirk, Jr. who passed away on November 15, 2016 and great-grandfather of Kennedy Rose McCullough who passed away on March 9, 2018.

Surviving are his children, Warren Oderkirk, Sr. of Byron, Andrew (Michele) Oderkirk of St. Clair, Michigan, Audra Bates of Byron, Christa Oderkirk of Batavia and Pam (Aaron) Sharp of Byron, New York; ten grandchildren; Courtney (Andy) Kelkenberg, Chelsea (Dan) Mlynarek, Sarah (Mark) Hazlette, Nicholas (Olivia) Oderkirk, Dylan Bates, Ashley (Rich) McCullough, Kerri Bates, Seth Sharp, Jayme Sharp and Makayla Oderkirk; five great-grandchildren; Olivia McCullough, Quinn and Hudson Kelkenberg, Jackson Mlynarek and Caleb Oderkirk; his brother; Richard (Joan) Oderkirk of Strongsville, Ohio; his sister; Jean (Floyd) Pissanos of Hornell, New York; along with three step-children, several step-grandchildren, step great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where services will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. He will be laid to rest in Morganville Cemetery in Stafford.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Byron-Bergen FFA - Alumni and Supporters, 6651 Searls Road, Byron, New York 14422. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

 

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