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Janet McHardy

By LaVern Falcone

Janet McHardy, born in LeRoy, NY on 29 March 1925, died on 6 January 2024.   

     Her husband, Robert McHardy and sisters, Dorothy Rooney and Beverly Russell predeceased her.  She is survived by her beloved daughters, Linda Gower of Alexandria, VA and Roxane (Dana) Poray of LeRoy, NY; grandson, Maxwell (Maggie); great grandchildren, Maxwell Jr. and Mackenzie Poray of Clifton, NY. 

     A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. 

     Donations may be made to the Botts Fiorito American Legion, Post 576, 53 W. Main St., LeRoy, NY 14482 or LeRoy Ambulance Service, PO Box 56, LeRoy, NY 14482.

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Byron D. Murray Jr.

By Joshua Smith

Byron "Bud/Buddy" Douglas Murray, Jr passed from this life on December 26, 2023 at the Batavia, NY Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

Born April 14, 1947 to the late Byron and Mary Ann (Narby) Murray, Bud grew up in Emporium, PA and graduated from Cameron County High School in 1965. An outstanding athlete in his day, Murray excelled at baseball, basketball, football, and track in high school. 

Bud continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh, including playing freshman basketball. He mastered the craft of carpentry at the North Bennett School in Boston, MA. During his professional career, he worked for a variety of finish carpentry and construction contractors in the Rochester, NY and Emporium, PA areas.

A U.S. Army veteran, Bud served in Vietnam in 1971. The Army trained him as a Thai language interpreter and he also served at the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, MD. 

Through God’s grace, Bud chose a path of sobriety on October 14, 1994. Now “Buddy”, he humbly celebrated his 29th anniversary of being a member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) this past fall. Buddy always pointed to God as the impetus for his sobriety and held a strong, universal, inclusive, and loving faith.

During his 29 years in AA, Buddy participated in and chaired thousands of meetings supporting AA’s work and mission while maintaining his sobriety, one day at a time. Buddy was an open, grateful, and devoted member of AA, acknowledging the crucial role AA played in his physical and mental health, and especially in his sobriety. Buddy was humbled by the AA members who looked for his sponsorship and guidance. In his actions and words, Buddy worked to destigmatize alcoholism, addiction, and AA participation, and to raise awareness of and normalize the importance of mental healthcare.

Buddy was a proud and enthusiastic grandfather to his four (plus) grandchildren. His children would agree that the grandchildren were exuberantly loved and equally spoiled, and that they always knew their grandpa/”apa” adored them with his entire being.

Buddy is survived by his children Byron Douglas Murray, III of Rochester and Marya Murray-Diaz (Carlos) of Roanoke Rapids, NC; his grandchildren, Joshua and Gabriel Murray and Lucia and Carlos Moises Diaz.  Additionally, his sisters Ann (Mahlon) Ramarge, Patricia (Herb) Dolaway and Michele (David) Emmett, and brother Stephen (Candace) Murray, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews. Buddy is also survived by his former spouse, Nancy Pellam Yaeger, and his stepchildren, Kenneth (Kim) Bauer and Anne (William) Schwalbach.

Besides his parents, Buddy is predeceased by his sister Rita Murray Simon.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2023 at 2:00pm at Immanuel Baptist Church located at 815 Park Ave. Rochester, NY 14607. 

Memorial donations can be made to the organization of the donor’s choice; the family recommends SAFEProject (, a nonprofit focusing in part on support for our veterans’ mental health and addiction recovery. Please note: Alcoholics Anonymous does not take donations from the public.

If you would like to share memories of or clever phrases from Buddy/Bud, please send an email to Thank you for your support of the family’s memory project.

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Frances Ernest

By Joshua Smith

Frances Ernest, 92, of Wyoming, passed away on January 5, 2024 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

Frances was born February 13, 1931 in Wyoming, a daughter of the late William and Helen May (Nolan) Tiede.

Frances enjoyed knitting, a cup of coffee, Christmas decorations, crocheting, square dancing and trips to Nashville.

Surviving are her son, Billy Ernest; her sister, Mary Jane (Edward) Ferris; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Ernest; daughter, Diane Ernest and her brothers and sisters.

There are no prior calling hours.  Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 9 at 9:30 a.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia.  She will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arc Genesee Orleans, 64 Walnut Street, Batavia, NY 14020, 

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David. D. Ferguson

By Joshua Smith

Le Roy - David D. Ferguson, 71 of Le Roy, passed away on Wednesday, (September 13, 2023) at his home in Le Roy.

Mr. Ferguson was born February 26, 1952 in Illinois, a son of the late Harry and Frances (Greene)  Ferguson.

There will be no services. David will be laid to rest beside his parents in Enon-Ashmore Cemetery in Ashmore, Illinois.

Arrangements were entrusted to the thoughtful care of H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home of Batavia, New York. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at

Roy Greil

By Joshua Smith

Batavia - Roy Greil, 79 of Batavia passed away on Wednesday, (December 13, 2023) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Mr. Greil was born May 26, 1944 in Dale, New York a son of the late Alexander and Phyllis (Arnold) Greil.

Roy is survived by siblings, Judy, Jean, Linda, Janet, Dale, Cindy, and Gloria. He is preceded in death by sisters, Irene, and Donna.

There will be no services. Private burial was in Dale Cemetery in Dale.

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

Joseph L. Helmicki

By Ronald Konieczny

Joseph L. Helmicki, 96 of Akron, passed away peacefully on Wednesday (December 27, 2023) at the Garden Gate Health Care Facility in Cheektowaga.

He was born October 1, 1927 in Buffalo, NY, a son of the late Joseph and Martha Glinicki Helmicki.

Joseph was a former tile layer for Sunset Tile and Marble in Florida prior to his retirement. He enjoyed his family and will be missed dearly.

He was predeceased by his wife Shirley Helmicki, who passed in 2002.

Survivors include his sons, Kevin (Gale) Helmicki of Florida and James (Dorothy) Helmicki of Alden. Also survived by a sister and 3 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family with burial in Acacia Park Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at




Mary Jean Corradini

By T.J. Woodward

Mary Jean Corradini, 91 of Batavia passed away on January 4, 2024 at the United Memorial Medical Center. She was born April 29, 1932 in Batavia, NY to the late Sebastian (Mamie Desimone) DiPietro. 

Mrs. Corradini was a longtime member of St. Anthony’s Parish until its closure in December 2012, and then most recently Ascension Parish. She graduated from Batavia High School and went on to become a medical secretary. After many years at home raising her family she returned to work at the John Kennedy Elementary school as an aid.  

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Thomas Corradini of Batavia; Daughters Michelle (Jared) Goodfriend of Frederick, MD; Andrea (Jonathan) Goodwin of Ellicott City, MD; Brenda (Michael) Kurtianyk of Middletown, MD; her 7 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren; along with two nieces. 

Friends are invited to call on Monday January 8, 2024 from 9:30 AM to 11 AM at the Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020 followed by a Funeral Mass at 12 PM at Ascension Parish 19 Sumner Street, Batavia, NY 14020. A private interment will take place at Western New York National Cemetery in Corfu, NY. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ascension Parish 19 Sumner Street, Batavia, NY 14020. To leave an online message of condolence please visit Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home, 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Richard Morrison

By Joshua Smith

Batavia - Richard  G.  Morrison , 79  of Batavia,  passed away on Wednesday, (January 3, 2024) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mr Morrison was born July 11, 1944 in Batavia, a son of the late Marion (Myron) Merriman.

Dick was a member of Batavia First United Methodist Church where he was the long time organ player. He worked at SUNY Brockport in their IT department for many years. Richard was constantly busy. He was a caregiver and loved all things related to music. Richard was also very proud of the time he served in the United States Air Force.

Surviving are his sister, Carol Merriman of Batavia; nephew, Jesse Merriman of Buffalo; nieces, Heather Merriman of Buffalo, Courtney Kopper of Batavia; close friends Rev. David and Mrs. Carol Weidman of Akron, Rev. Pamela and Wesley Klotzbach of Basom, and Peter Baudanza of Batavia. Many other dear friends also survive.

Preceded in death by his brother, Dean Merriman.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, (January 12, 2024)  from 4 to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10 to 11:00 a.m. at the Batavia First United Methodist Church, 8221 Lewiston Road in Batavia, where Richard 's Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday. Burial with full military honors will be in Western New York National Cemetery in Pembroke.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Batavia First United Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.  

Arrangements for Richard were entrusted to the care of H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at

Roy J. Muntz

By Lisa Ace
Roy Muntz

Roy J. Muntz, 92 of Oakfield, NY, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 3, 2024. He was the son of the late Norman and Flora Muntz of Corfu. He was preceded in death by his sisters Eleanore Hazel and Gladys Hartrick, a half brother Ernest Coots,  his daughter Kathy Vandeusen and grandson Jeffrey Muntz. 

Roy is survived by his wife of almost 73 years Evelyn and their children: Janet Kruszelnicki (John), Carol Muntz (Mark Cross), Roy Muntz Jr (Shelly), Ronald Muntz (Debbie), Betty Vandersypen (John), Dennis Muntz (Kelly), Sandra Muntz,  Ricky Muntz (Marina Zarco). Also 30 grandchildren, 50 great grandchildren (we are told two more on the way), 5 great great grandchildren, his sisters Linda Bowman, Dorothy Plowe, Shirley Muntz and many, many nieces and nephews.

Roy was born at home on his parents farm in Corfu, NY on February 27, 1931, and spent much of his life working on them. He worked over 41 years at the US Gypsum. After retirement he stayed active cutting and splitting his own firewood and helping family on their farms. He enjoyed going for drives with Evelyn to eat out or visit family. He kept up with and shared all the latest gossip, if you needed to know something,  you just asked Roy. While he never made it to Florida or laid on a sandy beach, as anyone that visited them knows, it always felt like bikini weather inside with their woodstove going year round.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday Jan. 7, 2024 at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc, 4 East Main Street, Corfu,  NY. Funeral services will be held at 11 am Monday, Jan. 8, 2024 at the mortuary. Roy will be buried in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu NY.

Richard John Hagen

By Ronald Konieczny

Richard John Hagen, 92 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Monday (December 18, 2023) at the New York State Veterans Home at Batavia. He was born June 14th, 1931 in Batavia NY, son of Stanley and Ellen Saunders Hagen. He was one of three children, brother and twin Donald Hagen and sister Nancy Hagen.

He graduated from Batavia High in 1949. Of many occupations Richard went on to join the Army National Guard for which he served a total of 39 years retiring as a warrant officer in 1989. Richard also worked for Massey Harris and Graham Manufacturing.

Richard was always strong in his faith as a boy serving as an acolyte at St. James Episcopal church, attended and drove the church bus at Calvary Baptist Church and a member of Pembroke Community Church.

Richard or better known as Dick was married three times. Leah (Liane) Hagen Kabel, Hazel Hagen and Lola Hagen. Richard had 3 children with Leah, David John Hagen, Michael Edwin Hagen and Sharon Hagen. Grandchildren from David are Jason Hagen, Josh Hagen, Jared Hagen, Courtney Hagen and Troy Hagen with great-grandchildren totaling 6. Grandchildren from Michael are Lerah Hagen, Wyatt Hagen and Justin Hagen. Grandchildren from Sharon are Becki Jackson Lindow and Nathaniel Jackson with 6 great grandchildren and 3 on the way.

Richard's second marriage to Hazel bore 2 children, Randolph Mark Hagen and Richard John Hagen Jr.. Grandchildren from Randolph are Nicole Irene Hagen Dickey and Jacob Riley Hagen with great grandchildren totaling 2. Grandchildren from Richard Jr. are Derek Hagen, Jordan Hagen, Mariah Hagen and Erica Naylor Frith. Great grandchildren from Mariah and Erica total 5 with 1 great-great grandchild. Richard also had several Step children, Patricia Smith, Phyllis Seager, Albert Hottois, Ed Hensel, Pat Hensel Rogers and Debra Stringham who loved him and he loved dearly.

Services will be held at J. Leonard McAndrew Funeral Home, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave. Batavia New York, Friday, January 12th at 12:00PM with the burial service Saturday January 13th, 11:00am at the Elmwood Cemetery 123 Harvester Ave, Batavia, New York.

In lieu of flowers donations in Richards memory to The Fisher House Foundation, would be greatly appreciated. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at




Clara E. Hill

By Lisa Ace
Clara Hill

Clara E. Hill, 87, of the Tonawanda Indian Reservation, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, January 2, 2024.

Clara was born on March 16, 1936, in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Russell and Ruby Snyder Hill. She was a member of the Hawk Clan.

Clara worked for Genesee County Department of Social Services for over 30 years. She was the permanent Clerk of Six Nations Agricultural Society and Treasurer of the Peter Doctor Memorial Scholarship Fund. 

Clara loved to travel after her retirement and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, bowling and going out to eat with family and friends.

Clara is survived by several cousins.

Friends may call Friday, January 5, 2024 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 PM at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 E. Main Street, Corfu, NY. Funeral services will be held from the mortuary on Saturday, January 6, 2024 at 1 PM. Burial will be in the Baptist Church Cemetery, Basom, NY.

Carrie A. Snyder

By Joshua Smith

Attica - Carrie A. Snyder, 46 of Attica passed away on Monday, (January 1, 2024) surrounded by her family.

Ms. Snyder was born November 7, 1977 in Springville, a daughter of  Michael Conrad of Attica and Christene (C. Scott) Elliott of Caneadea.

Carrie was a paralegal for many years before going back to school. With a drive to better herself and others, she earned an Associates Degree in nursing and worked as a Registered Nurse at United Memorial Medical Center. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, and painting. Most of all, she adored and cherished her daughters.

Along with her parents, Carrie is survived by her significant other, Rick Kingdon of Attica; daughters, Elly Snyder of Rochester, and Leah Snyder of Attica; brother, Jason Conrad of Bennington; sister, Jessica Welker of Attica; nieces and nephews, Amanda, Joshua, Erika Conrad, and Evan Welker. Several aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends also survive.

Family and friends are invited to call from 4 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday (January 5, 2024) at Robinson and Hackemer Funeral Home, 246 North Main Street in Warsaw, where Carrie's memorial service will immediately follow at 6:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made the the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation at

Arrangements were entrusted to the Marley Funeral Home in Attica. Please leave a message of condolence at

Paula L. Nenni

By Howard B. Owens

Paula L. (nee Morse) Nenni, of Clarence Center, NY entered into rest on December 29, 2023 at age 59. 

Beloved wife of 35 years to Paul J. Nenni; loving daughter of John "Jack" (Joanne) Morse and the late Audrey Morse; cherished daughter-in-law of Joseph and Katherine Nenni; dear sister of Anne, Mary and Diane; fond sister-in-law of Angela "Lynn" and Lisa; also survived by loving nieces and nephews. 

Relatives and friends may visit DENGLER, ROBERTS, PERNA FUNERAL HOME, 8630 Transit Rd., East Amherst, NY 14051 on Friday (January 5, 2023) from 3-7 p.m. Flowers gratefully declined.

Charles Kellogg

By Joshua Smith

Charles L. Kellogg, 91, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on December 30, 2023.

Born on July14, 1932 in Buffalo, NY, to the late Charles E. and Emily (nee Schlagenhauf) Kellogg,

Charles is survived by Dorothy (nee Siebert), his beloved wife of 44 years; his children Kevin and Wendy (Dean), and by four step-children--James Starkweather (Kathleen), Kathy George (Mark), Sharon Laskett (James) and John Starkweather (Traci). Charles leaves behind 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. He is survived by his sister Ruth Pickert (William) of Batavia, his sister Shirley McGowan (Duane) of Lockport, and his sister Joan Oliveria (Ponzi) of Batavia. The family will miss him dearly.

Charles (“Chuck”) earned his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Cortland and a master’s degree in Education from SUNY Brockport. He proudly served in the US Army from 1954-1956. He was a
physical education teacher in the Pembroke, Fredonia and Attica school districts until his retirement in 1993. He coached successful teams in high school basketball, wrestling and golf.
An avid golfer himself, with a handicap of 5, he shot 4 holes-in-one over his playing career and won the Attica Golf Club championship in 1973 and 1974. He provided golf lessons for dozens of young people and adults across the western NY region. With Dorothy, Charles devoted time and energy in service as members of the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Attica, NY. They
loved dancing to big band and country music, golfing, and socializing with other snowbird friends each winter in Palmetto, Florida. Charles was known for his athletic abilities, his dedication to his students, his industriousness, and his enjoyment and support of family and friends. Rest in peace Coach Kellogg.

No calling hours are planned. However, friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (11 Washington St., Attica, NY) on Saturday, January
6, 2024 at 11:00 am. Refreshments to follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Paul’s UCC, Attica.

Evan Charles Lamb

By T.J. Woodward

Evan Charles Lamb, 96, of Batavia, NY, entered peacefully into eternal rest on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at the NYS Veterans’ Home in Batavia. Born on May 9, 1927 in Darien, NY, he was the son of the late Henry and Ida (Welker) Lamb. He is preceded in death by siblings, Elsie, Leslie, Kenneth, Roland and Gerald, and sisters-in-law, Margaret, Marian, Carolyn and Grace.

Evan spent his youth cultivating his academic, athletic, and musical talents while working on the family’s dairy farm. He started his academic career in a one room school house before moving onto the Corfu Central School system and graduating as the class valedictorian. He was often recognized for excellence in his agricultural studies and won the Empire Farmer Award in 1944. A natural born leader, Evan was President of his Senior Class of 1945, the local, Genesee County and NYS Chapters of Future Farmers of America and the Genesee County 4-H Club Council. He also excelled in a variety of sports, lettering in basketball, baseball and track as well as being the captain of the track team. 

Evan joined the US Army in 1945 as part of the last draft for WWII, serving in the Army marching band playing the tuba and in the Army dance band playing the bass viol. In 1946 on Armistice Day, he had the honor of playing in the Army band marching down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC. While based in Fort Bliss, TX, he met the love of his life, Hazel Vonceil Self. They were married in Dallas, TX on August 27,1949, honeymooned in Niagara Falls, and made their way to Western NY where they settled and raised their family.

Evan received his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell’s Agriculture school in 1951. He was a proud member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and President of the Ho-Nun-Ee-Kah, the honorary society for men majoring in agriculture. He went on to receive a Master’s degree in History/Secondary Education from the University of Buffalo in 1962. 

He began his career as a dairy farmer in Darien, NY working in partnership with brother Gerald and was named Outstanding Young Farmer of Genesee County in 1959. Upon completing his Master’s degree, he moved his family to Attica, NY and taught American History at Attica High School for four years. In 1966, Evan made yet another significant career move and joined the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company where he served the next 40 years as a trusted financial advisor to hundreds of clients. He achieved many honors and recognition over the years while at Mass Mutual. 

Evan showcased his versatile musical talents throughout his life - playing the bass viol in various dance and jazz bands during the ‘50’s and ‘60’s. A beloved member of his community, he was a faithful member of the Attica Trinity United Methodist Church for 55 years where he served in a variety of lay leadership roles, taught Sunday School, sang in the church choir as well as served as the choir director for several years. Evan was also an avid gardener, golfer and enjoyed traveling across the US, Europe and South America with Vonceil and close friends. When visiting France, he went to Normandy to see where brother Roland landed in the second wave on Omaha Beach. Two of Evan’s grandsons and one granddaughter-in-law have also proudly served their country as members of the Army, Navy and Marines. 

Evan is lovingly remembered for his innate leadership, outgoing personality, sense of humor, exemplary work ethic, strong Christian faith and devotion to family, church and community. He was known for his generosity and always looked for ways to help his family, friends and neighbors.

Evan is survived by his loving wife of 74 years, Hazel Vonceil, and children, Natalie (David) Paradowski of Colden, NY; Merely (Michael) Krol of Churchville, NY; Timothy (Susan) Lamb of West Falls, NY; bonus daughter Anita (Jose Pedro) Deiderich of Trinidad, Bolivia, SA; five grandchildren, Marisa (Daniel) Esler, Ryan (Natalie) Lamb, Grayson (Rebekah) Krol, Ethan Paradowski and Robert Lamb; two great-grandchildren, Hudson Krol and Mira Esler; and many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. All are invited to attend Evan’s Celebration of Life Graveside Ceremony on Saturday, June 15 at 11:00 AM at the Darien Cemetery 1738 Broadway Rd. Darien, NY. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 75 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011 or the Gateway Home, 91 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. To leave a message of condolence, please visit Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home, 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

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