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Corfu - Regina A.  Hovey, age 99 of Corfu,  passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Mrs.  Hovey was born Sunday, October 9th, 1921 in Cheektowaga, a daughter of the late Anthony Slominski and Gladys Sulinski Slominski.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Church and was very proud of her volunteer work she did at the Batavia VA Medical Center.

She is the wife of Harwood M. Hovey who passed away on June 13, 2006.

She is survived by her children, Mark Hovey of Louisiana, Patricia Epple of Batavia, Kimberly Hovey of Corfu, Kathleen Jasinski of Batavia and Julie (Tom) Madden of Georgia; her sister, Irene Yurkovic of Florida; two grandchildren, Glen (Michelle) Judd and Brett Judd; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews survive.

She is predeceased by her grandson Leonard A. "Jon" Jasinski, III who passed away on February 27, 2017 and her siblings; Anthony and Stanley Slominski, Pearl Tatko, Rita Boring, Wanda Tempio, Helen Best and Celia Ratulowski.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 1st, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia, where prayers will immediately follow visitation at 11:30 a.m. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 1st, 2021 from St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. She will be laid to rest in the family plot in Elmwood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Pembroke Fire Department, P.O. Box 44, East Pembroke, New York 14056. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

*St. Joseph's Church requires all in attendance to wear facial coverings upon entering the church. Once seated you may remove your facial covering. Thank you for your consideration*

mikem.jpg  Michael Maryniak, who inspired many people by overcoming the challenges of mental illness and achieving independent living, died September 26, 2021 after a brief illness. He was 59 and lived in Batavia.

As a teenager, Michael confronted a severe mental illness, but with the help of his family, the Buffalo Chapter of the Alliance for Mentally Ill, the Restoration Society and ACE Employment Services of Erie County, he not only overcame the disease but thrived. He was homing in on his 25thanniversary as an employee of Fed Ex, where he earned numerous commendations for the diligence he brought to his job and where he was known as a helpful coworker. In his personal relationships, he shined and for years right up to the end was known for the greeting cards he sent to his brothers, sisters and numerous others with thoughtful little notes and humorous quips. There was not a birthday he ever forgot or a holiday he ignored as a chance to send dozens of those greetings.

Despite long odds, he achieved independent living, sharing an apartment with his longtime roommate Everett McClelland. When Everett’s life circumstances changed and he was no longer able to drive, Michael stepped up - taking him to doctor visits, church and other appointments willingly and cheerfully.

His achievements in independent living and employment made him a model success story. Though unschooled in public speaking, Michael frequently addressed ACE groups with inspirational presentations that were meant to help others dig deep within themselves for the strength and diligence to aim high and not allow themselves to be a hostage to their infirmities.

Michael was blessed with an engaging smile that reflected his own cheerful spirit, often in the face of daunting challenges. His off-beat sense of humor brought smiles to many and his hearty laugher at his siblings’ jokes was a genuine reward that made them feel like they had said the funniest thing ever.

He liked food festivals, especially the annual Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival and the Taste of Buffalo. When he wasn’t working or visiting family, Michael loved going to the movies, particularly action and comedy flicks, as well as playing the APBA Baseball game.And above all else, he was a loyal and devoted son to his parents when they were alive and to all his brothers and sisters.

Michael is survived by his sisters, Mikki (Doug) Baringer, Marge (Mike) Gaskey, Jennifer Ross and his twin, Marlene Adamski, as well as by brothers Paul (Teri), Tim (Anita) and Jim (Barb) as well as several nieces, nephews, a grandniece and a grandnephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Teresa (nee Pinkowski) Maryniak and his brother Peter.

Family and friends are invited to a 9:30AM Celebration of his Life on Saturday October 9, 2021 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

Please email [email protected] if you are planning on attending the service, thank you!

In lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to ACE Employment Services, 220 E. Main St., Batavia NY 14020 or at www.rsiwny.org. To leave a message 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.

On this day, September 25, 2021, we lost our precious youngest son, Dustin, to injuries that he sustained in a motor vehicle accident.  Dustin was born on January 19, 1995.  While living just 26 years, Dustin had accomplished much and will be greatly missed by all his family and friends who loved him dearly.  Dustin was a recent college graduate of the University at Buffalo and had started his career as a pharmacist with Tops Friendly Markets.  Dustin loved his job and his "work family."  He also has great pride in serving the people of the community with their pharmacy needs.

In Dustin's spare time, he was a great enthusiast and collector of guns and loved target shooting.

Dustin is survived by his father and mother, Edward and Karen Nemec of Elba; his brother, Dylan (fiancée Alexandra Foley) Nemec of Irondequoit; grandparents, Kenneth and Joanne Deane of Batavia and many aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.  He will be greatly missed by his faithful, spoiled German shepherd dog, Dominic.

Dustin is predeceased by grandparents, Emery and Marie Nemec, and cousins, Christopher Ball and Stephanie Konfederath.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave. in Oakfield.  Dustin's Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Friday at St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Ave., Oakfield.  Dustin will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

LIFE IS NOT FOREVER............LOVE IS

maryannemetz2.jpgMary Anne Metz, courageously fought a long illness and passed peacefully from this earth on September 27, 2021.

Mary Anne was born in Batavia, to the previously deceased John and Gladys (Chaya) Balbick. She is survived by her husband Ronald, son Matthew (Theresa), son Richard (Emily), daughter Stephanie (Chris Miller), grandchildren Eleanor, Garrett and Levi. Mary Anne is the sister of Robert (Jane) Balbick, Elizabeth (Derek) Genesky and Nancy (Ed Schichtel) Balbick.

Mary Anne graduated from Rosary Hill College and University of Buffalo. She held teaching and library positions at a number of schools, retiring from Attica High School as the Library Media Specialist. Mary Anne loved golf, biking, sporting events and most importantly spending time with her family. Her many hobbies included photography, knitting and sewing, cooking, gardening and reading.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 4 to 8 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St., Batavia, NY 14020. A 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at Resurrection Parish, 303 E Main St, Batavia, NY 14020. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia.

Please note that masks will be required at the Funeral Home and at the church no matter vaccination status. Thank You!

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of WNY, 6215 Sheridan Dr #100, Buffalo, NY 14221, St. Joseph’s Grammar School, 2 Summit St, Batavia, NY 14020 or to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union St., Batavia, NY 14020. For more information call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message 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.

fryer.jpg  James Thomas Fryer, age 81, of Batavia died peacefully Thursday September 16, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center. He was born on September 11, 1940 in Batavia to the late Irving and Florence Fryer. James is preceded in death by his siblings; Gloria Dilcher, Geraldine Kasmarek, Irving Fryer; daughter and son-in-law Jeannie (Randy) Godlove.

James served his country with the United States Air Force. He worked for many years at Trojan (Eaton Yale & Towne). James loved to golf and go bowling with friends and family. He also spent his spare time with family working on stock cars.

He is survived by Sandy Dellapenna, Robert (Elizabeth) Fryer; daughters Annette Mazur, Anna Marie “Mia” Mogavero and Tammy Stevens; 9 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 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. To leave a message 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.

alfred.jpg  Alfred E. Higgins, 82, of Oakfield passed away peacefully on September 26, 2021 at the United Memorial Medical Center. He was born on March 18, 1939 in Medina to Eileen Casper and step-father Lester Casper. Alfred is also predeceased by his brothers; Leroy (Deborah) and Ronald Higgins.

Alfred was a Heavy Equipment Operator for Lester John’s Inc. for many years and also AD Call in Stafford. He loved to hunt, watch football and was a big NASCAR fan.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years; Beverly (Chamberlain) Higgins of Oakfield; a son Jeffrey Higgins of Oakfield; brother Charles (Diane) Higgins of Albion; along with many 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 Crossroads House www.crossroadshouse.com. For more information call 585-343-8260 or to leave a message 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.

Alfred Angelo Panepinto, 64, of Batavia, passed away on September 23, 2021 at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo surrounded by his family and friends.

Alfred was born December 12, 1956 in Batavia, a son of the late Alfred A. Panepinto, Sr. and Edna Miller.

Alfred loved spending time with his friends and family, especially his precious granddaughter, Avaya.  He was a longtime member of Godfrey's Pond and enjoyed music.

Surviving are his fiancée, Barbara Johnson of Batavia; children, Josie Rose Panepinto of Batavia, Nicole (fiancée Macy Paradise) Johnson of Elba and Austin Johnson of Batavia; grandchildren, Avaya C. Panepinto, Conlan Johnson and Shayley Johnson; his loving aunt, Dolores Gaeta of Detroit, MI and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 30 from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia, where services will be held at 6:30 p.m. also on Thursday.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North Street, Batavia, NY 14020, www.geneseecancerassistance.org/donate or All Babies Cherished, 445 Ellicott Street, Batavia, NY 14020, www.allbabiescherished.com/donations.  

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

Batavia - Patricia L.  Fee, age 93 of Batavia passed away on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Gateway Home in Attica.

She was born on March 27, 1928 in Smithport, Pennsylvania a daughter of the late Clayton and Ruth Miller Scott.

A member of St. Joseph's Church in Batavia and a former member of the Batavia Lioness Club, she worked for many years as a lunch aide in the Batavia School District. 

Patricia is the wife of John H. “Jack” Fee who passed away on January 25, 2013 and mother of the late David C. Fee who passed away on January 24, 2017.   

Surviving are her children; Michael (Delores) of Greece, Gregory Fee  of Mesa, Arizona,  Kathy Smith  of Huntington Beach, California and Colleen (William) Wassink  of Batavia, New York, ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 am on Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 at St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street.  She will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gateway Home, 91 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

For the safety of others, the Fee family is respectfully requesting all who attend her Mass to please wear facial coverings.

Laura Ruth Warren, 93, of Bergen passed away on Friday, September 17, 2021 at Elderwood of Lakeside at Brockport.

 Mrs. Warren was born on February 5, 1928 in Batavia, to the late A. Sidney and Mildred (Cotton) Pratt.  She was married to her loving husband Augustus C. Warren who passed away in 2014.

 Laura worked for many years as Head Seamstress for C.L Carr Co. in Batavia, NY.  She enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening, traveling and spending time with her family.  Laura and Gus were Caretakers at Godfreys Pond for many years.

 She is survived by her children, Gary (Dana) Warren of Batavia, Kathie (Richard) Holzschuh of Brockport, David (Kelly) Warren of Bergen, and Wendy (Benjamin) Ritzenthaler of Shortsville, 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law Annette Warren, her sister Barbara Magel of Auburn and several nieces and nephews.

 She is preceded in death by her son, Mark Warren, siblings: Leslie Pratt, Maryann Waasdorp and Helen Rosocoff.

 There will be no visitation. Family and close friends are invited to attend Laura’s funeral service on October 2, 11:00 am at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia.  Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Alexander.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice or a charity of your choice.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com

     Dean M. Sehm Jr., 62, formerly of LeRoy, NY passed away at Banner Estrella Medical Center in Arizona on Sept. 17,2021 after a battle with COVID.  He was predeceased by his parents, Dean and Maybelle Sehm.

     Dean was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle.  He worked for Ryder Trucking as a Senior Manager in charge of P M Optimization.  Dean enjoyed shooting, hunting, fishing, classic cars and driving his corvette.  He was very active with the Christ Presbyterian Church and served as head usher.

     Dean is survived by his wife, Sheri; two sons, Dean III (Kimberly) Sehm of AZ and Robert (Yessica) Sehm of AZ; step-daughter, Kadi Heekin; 7 grandchildren, Meredith, Dean IV, Ava, Alexander, Jeremy, Julian and Samuel; brother, Darryl Sehm of LeRoy; sister, Cheryl Lead (Larry Koester) of Perry; nieces, Amy and Crystal; nephew, Darryl; many great nieces, great nephews and always cherished, Karen, Matthew and Nikki Clark of NY.

     A Celebration of Dean's Life will take place in Arizona at a later date.  Arrangements in Arizonia are being handled by Thompson Funeral Chapel in Goodyear, AZ.

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

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