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georgebparrishjr.jpegGeorge B. Parrish, 96 of Alexander, passed away at the home he built on November 20, 2021, where he was cared for by his family and dear caregivers. Staff at UMMC and Premier Genesee also provided great care for George.

George’s ancestors, some of the original pioneers who settled in Alexander, came from Randolph, VT in 1806. His ancestors were well known and prosperous dairy and grain farmers, on land they owned on Sandpit Road.

George grew up on the farm, helping his father with all of the farm work, milking cows and working in the fields. His farm was adjacent to the farm that the love of his life grew up on, Shirley J. Waite, whom he later married.

In July 1942, after George’s 17th birthday, he went to Buffalo and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. After basic training, he was stationed in Philadelphia, New Zealand, the Marshall Islands, and Guam. He was discharged in 1945. He returned to Alexander, a proud Marine and always proud of his service with the Corps. Semper Fi!

After coming home from active duty, he worked in his father’s hardware store, worked in construction in the plumbing trade, and worked and retired as manager of Attica Super Duper in 1987. After that retirement, he went back into the plumbing trade, working with several local building contractors. His work was his hobby, up until he again retired at the age of 90.

George worked on each of his children’s homes when being built, as well as the homes of many family members and people in the community. George volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, receiving the Golden Hammer Award for his 10 years of service working on their projects. He was a longtime member of Alexander United Methodist Church.

George was born in Alexander, on June 27, 1925, the son of George and Ruth Parrish. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by the love of his life, Shirley, who died February 16, 2019 and his sister Helen (Frank) Hampton. He is survived by his children, Laura (Joe) Schmieder of Alexander, Bob (Beth) Parrish of LeRoy, and Karen (Allan) Cecchini of Warsaw. Also surviving are grandchildren, Noel (Robyn) Good, Max Parrish, and Kate (Andy) Bogdan; two great-grandchildren, Nevan Good and Clara Bogdan; brother Arnold (Jane) Parrish, sisters Lois (late Charles) Newton and Delores (Brian) Martin; and many special nieces and nephews; and Darlene, his special caregiver.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 from 4 to 8 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main St, Attica, NY. An 11:00 AM Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at Alexander United Methodist Church, 10540 Main St, Alexander, NY 14005. He will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the church; Habitat for Humanity, 230 Ellicott St, Batavia, NY 14020 or Alexander Ambulance Fund, PO Box 336, Alexander, NY 14005. 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.

russellfhart.jpegRussell F. Hart, 81 of Darien Center, passed away on Friday, November 19, 2021 at Buffalo General Hospital. He was born in Buffalo, March 9, 1940 to the late Russell (Leola) Hart. He is preceded in death by his siblings.  

Russell was a proud United States Navy Veteran. He worked for many years at Erie County Water Authority. He was an avid NASCAR fan that enjoyed gardening, traveling, cooking and baking.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Mary J. Hart of Darien Center, sons, Mark (Liane) Hart of Indiana, Todd Hart of Syracuse, Dwayne (Anne) Hart of Batavia, Patrick (Jackie) Kennedy of North Carolina, Christopher Kennedy of Livonia, 8 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 from 11 AM to 1 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main St, Attica, NY. A 1:00 PM Celebration of Life will immediately follow. He will be laid to rest in WNY National Cemetery, Corfu.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Charlotte House, PO Box 123, North Java, NY 14113. 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.

farmer_richard_-_photo1.jpgRichard D. Farmer, 65, of Alexander, passed away on Tuesday (November 16, 2021) at Rochester General Hospital, due to complications of Covid-19.

Rich was born November 9, 1956, in Lancaster, NY, a son of the late Lawrence and Geraldine Gloss Farmer.

He was a quiet, gentle man with a wonderful sense of humor. Rich was a machinist by trade, but he most loved playing his bass guitar and singing in many popular bands in the Buffalo and Rochester areas. He loved being outdoors in nature, particularly in the mountains. Rich was devoted to his family and loved spending time at home with his wife Liz who he called his ‘Angel’ and his son, James, of whom he was extremely proud. Rich had a soft-spot for animals and loved his dogs, Oliver, Gracie and Reggie, along with several cats.      

Survivors include his beloved wife of 32 years, Elizabeth (Liz) Athoe Farmer of Alexander; cherished son, James R. Farmer of Alexander; brothers, Lawrence Jr. (Marie) Farmer of New Jersey, Frank (Sue) Farmer of South Carolina and Fred (Nancy) Farmer of Lancaster; sisters, Jean Farmer of North Carolina and Veronica (Ted Hinton) Farmer of Lancaster; father in-law, Harold W. Athoe, II, of Batavia; brothers in-law, Daniel (Debra) Athoe of Batavia, John (Vicki) Athoe of Batavia, Peter Athoe of Kentucky and Paul Athoe of Batavia. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his mother in-law, Marilyn Athoe, sisters in-law, Deborah DeMay and Laura Athoe, and his beloved nephew, Thomas Farmer.

Rich’s family will cordially receive guests at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s site), 18 Ellicott St., Batavia, on Saturday, December 11, 2021, from 9-9:30 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial which will begin at 9:30 am. Burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or Roswell Park Cancer Institute. 

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





Harold Lynn Wilt (Linnie), 64, died on November 18, 2021 at Unity Hospital in Rochester following a brief illness.  

Harold was born at Genesee Memorial Hospital in Batavia on August 28, 1957 to Robert and Virginia (Waterson) Wilt, and he graduated from Oakfield-Alabama Central School in 1976.

Before relocating to Norfolk, Virginia, he worked at the US Gypsum mines from 1977-1988. Well-respected for his excellent work ethic, Harold recently retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation where he had been employed for 30 years.

A dedicated family man who loved to swim and spend time at the ocean, Harold recently returned to the area because he wanted to spend more time with family and friends.  

Harold is survived by his loving wife, Barbara (Shamblin) Wilt, whom he married in Hawaii on September 17, 1994; one daughter, Mandy (Randy) Gotham and two grandsons, Joseph and Nicholas, all of Orchard Park, New York; two brothers, Robert (Debbie) Wilt of Salem, Virginia and Terry (Julie) Waterson of Oakfield, New York; two generations of nieces and nephews as well as many friends and in-laws who loved him very much.

Harold was predeceased by his parents and one sister, Karen Wilt.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday from 11 to 12 noon at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue in Oakfield, where Harold's Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation. Burial will be in St. Cecilia's Cemetery in Oakfield. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

mschum.jpg  Heaven received a new angel – on Sunday November 14, 2021, Meryl Irene (Kriger) Schum, loving wife and mother of three children passed away at age 93 while in hospice in Winston-Salem, NC. Meryl was born October 10, 1928 in Darien, NY to Charles and Elizabeth (Klossner) Kriger.

Meryl worked tirelessly and selflessly for over 35 years at New York Telephone and later AT&T, across three different states. On June 19, 1948 she married William Schum, with whom she shared over 70 magical years. Together they raised one daughter, Suzanne and two sons, Richard and Gary.

Meryl was passionate about helping her children and grandchildren, always providing emotional and financial support whenever it was needed. She loved to travel cross-country with her family and later, traveling to spend time with grandchildren and support their endeavors. Meryl took many trips with family and grandchildren to Walt Disney World always making sure that the kids had plenty of souvenirs and treats to take home. Meryl would often volunteer to work on a holiday so she could be off on a particular night to watch her son Gary play his high school hockey game. She was a fan of the Buffalo Bills, attending the last two Super Bowls the Bills played in and making an annual trek to Buffalo to attend a game with her son Gary. After moving from Batavia to North Carolina, she and Bill enjoyed traveling back to Batavia and to Cary, IL to visit children, grandchildren, and friends.

She was fortunate to see her grandson Christopher play many NCAA and more recently professional golf tournaments. And as recently as July 4th, was able to attend the Ellicottville Rodeo to see her granddaughter Courtney perform her trick riding act and compete in many rodeo events.

She loved to watch Kimberly perform on stage and became a “super fan” for her grandson Connor during his high school football years. She enjoyed watching her two granddaughters Elizabeth and Courtney compete riding horses and watching her grandsons Grant and Brent play hockey (or just needling each other). There was never a visit to any of her children’s homes when a shopping trip was not on the agenda – she loved to shop – mostly for others! One of her favorite hobbies was knitting, and she made many blankets for each grandchild, friends’ children, and sweaters for herself and beanie hats for newborns at the hospital.  She even made a cherished blanket for a guinea pig!  Meryl also loved her miniature long-haired dachshund Minnie which kept her company after Bill’s passing. Perhaps her greatest love was her husband of 70 years, Bill. We will always remember the wedding dances where they were the last couple standing – they were the exemplary soulmates.

Meryl was preceded in death by her father Charles, mother Elizabeth, brother Richard and grandson Brent.

She is survived by daughter Suzanne (Steve) Green, grandchildren Christopher (Rachel) Green, Kimberly Green (Brian Janty), Connor Green, great granddaughter Emma Green, son Richard Schum & granddaughter Elizabeth Schum, son Gary Schum & grandchildren Grant & Courtney Schum.

There will be no calling hours. A 10:00AM Funeral Service will be held Monday November 22, 2021 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

weber.jpg  James C. Weber, 63, of Attica passed away on November 16, 2021.  He was born on January 10, 1958 in Buffalo to the late James R. and Patricia (Cunningham) Weber. In addition to his parents, James is predeceased by his brothers; Charles and Michael Weber; brother in law Greg Helm.  

Jim retired after 35 years as a Corrections Officer, spending the majority of those years at Wyoming Correctional Facility. Jim loved the outdoors, especially the Adirondacks where he enjoyed hiking, fishing, and camping with his family. He enjoyed spending his days with the love of his life, Diane, and his beloved dog, Millie, at their home which Jim referred to as their “little piece of heaven.” His greatest joy was the deep love he had for his family. He loved being a grandfather and doing everything with his best buddy, Zander. Jim loved talking to people and made everyone he was around feel like family, something he carried over to Gateway Home where he and Diane volunteered. He was known by many as the “wreath man,” making Christmas wreaths for over thirty years for craft shows and for family. 

He is survived by his beloved wife; Diane (Helm) Weber of Attica; children Kimberly (Christopher) Travale of Attica, Cory (Emily) Weber of Varysburg; siblings Bradley (Amy) Weber of Castile, Eileen Weber of NH; sister-in-law Darlynne Weber of Attica; brothers-in-law Neil (Mary) Helm of SC, Gary Helm of Varysburg, Jay Helm of Varysburg and Keith (Lori) Helm of PA; his grandson Zander Travale, along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Saturday November 20, 2021 at the First Baptist Church 3 Prospect St. Attica, NY 14011.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Attica Rescue Squad, 11 Water Street, Attica, New York 14011 or Gateway Home 91 Main St. in Attica.  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.

LeRoy ~ Darlene R. Kaczmark (Hume) passed away due to complications of Covid, late Saturday afternoon, November 13, 2021.

  darlene_hume_0.jpg   She is survived by her two sons, Robert Hume and Antonio Martinez Jr.; grandchildren, Antonio, Jade and Aniya Martinez, along with many sisters, brothers and cousins.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, November 19 from 4 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Street Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.

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

mcjury_daniel_-_photo.jpgDaniel M. McJury, 66 of Lancaster, formerly of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Monday (November 15, 2021).

He was born February 18, 1955 in Batavia, NY, a son of the late Robert and Mary Jean Borst McJury.

Dan was a graduate of Notre Dame High School and attended Genesee Community College. He had a long career in the transportation and trucking industry; working his way up from a delivery driver with UPS and ending his career as the Regional Manager for Land, Air Express.

Dan was a caring and devoted brother, father, uncle and grandfather who loved to spend his time traveling and visiting with family.  He was a hard worker but always balanced work commitments and family life to be there for his children and family.  Dan will be missed by all who knew him and remembered fondly. 

Survivors include his children, Rebecca (Dr. Robert) Gouinlock of Attica, Patrick (Justine) McJury of Batavia and Matthew McJury of Batavia. Grandchildren, Elizabeth and William Gouinlock and Emma and John McJury. Siblings, Bob (Patricia) McJury of Victor, NY, Mary Beth (Dan) Riordan of Alexandria, VA, Ellen (Matt) Dooley of Vienna, VA, and Tom (Lori) McJury of Fairport, NY. Also survived by several nieces and nephews, and many caring friends.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Thursday (November 18th) from 4-7pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, 9:30am at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. Interment will be in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions in honor of Daniel M. McJury to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union Street, Batavia, NY 14020. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Joan Shirley Fricano (nee Carr) of Amherst, NY, beloved wife, and cherished mother and grandmother, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Joan was born in Batavia, NY, to Fred and Shirley Carr, and married for 49 years to her high school sweetheart Mike Fricano. They had three children, Michael, Melissa and Katie, all adopted from Seoul, South Korea.  

Joan was the glue of the family who brought everyone together and made taking care of everyone else, including the family's many pets, her favorite job. She would go on to form especially close bonds with her grandson, Alex Sniezak, and granddaughter, Mina Southard, and loved going to Disney World with them.

She is survived by her husband, children Michael, Melissa (Michael Southard) and Katie, grandchildren Alex and Mina, step-grandchild Kristin Southard, three brothers, one sister and many members of her extended family who miss her deeply.

Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Friday, Nov. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia.  Out of an abundance of caution Joan's family asks that face coverings are worn and social distancing observed while at the funeral home.   Joan's funeral service will be for family and close friends.  Her funeral can be viewed live by logging onto https://www.bataviafuneralhomes.com/obituaries/Joan-Fricano/ on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate.

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

bernard.jpg  Bernard A. Buckenmeyer, 81 of Alexander, passed away on Friday, November 12, 2021, at the Grand Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia. He was born December 30, 1939 in Alexander to the late Charles J. and Margaret M. (Gilhooly) Buckenmeyer. He is preceded in death by granddaughter, Michelle G. Buckenmeyer, siblings, Charles (Violet) Buckenmeyer, Jr, George (Dorothy) Buckenmeyer, Elizabeth Buckenmeyer, Mary (Larry) Falkowski, Catherine Raines, Dorothy (Eddie) Moynihan, Lucy (Jim) Moag, Margaret (Jim) Hofmann.

Bernie owned and operated Buckenmeyer Brothers Dairy Farm in Alexander. He loved horses, rodeoing and farming. Bernie was one of the original starting members of the Attica Rodeo. Bernie is in the Notre Dame High School Hall of Fame for his exceptional talents in Basketball. He was always supportive in any adventure you did, a friend to all and he will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his beloved wife Geri (Heymans) Buckenmeyer, sons, Bernie Jr and Tim (partner Deb Barie), daughter Leigh (partner Bob Fuller); 6 grandchildren, Todd (partner Matthew) Buckenmeyer, Sara (partner Ray) Buckenmeyer, Cory (Alisha) Buckenmeyer, Darin (partner C.J.) Buckenmeyer, Adam (partner Abigail) Buckenmeyer, 3 great-grandchildren, Madison Eddy Peyson Foster and Lilia Alyce Buckenmeyer, brother Francis Buckenmeyer, brother-in-law Paul Raines, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to a 12:00 Noon, Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main St, Batavia, NY 14020. He will be laid to rest in West Bethany Baptist Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alexander Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 336, Alexander, NY 14005. To leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.



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