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camoflag.jpg  Mr. Charles G. Post, 86, of Darien Center, a Korean War Army Veteran died on Wednesday February 3, 2016 at the NYS Veterans Home @ Batavia.  He was born February 7, 1929 in Rochester, NY, the son of the late Grant and Bertha (Scott) Post. Charles is predeceased by his wife, June (Woy) Post, who passed away on December 28, 2011; a brother Bud Post and a sister Jane Martinez.

Charles was a retired maintenance worker at Attica Westinghouse.  He was a member of the Alexander VFW and the North Darien Church. 

Charles is survived by four sons; Michael (Brenda) Post of Alexander, David (Angie) Post of Arizona, Mark (Connie) Post of Byron and Douglas (Ann) Post of Attica; Eight grandchildren and Three great grandchildren; a brother Raymond (Donna) Post of Perry, brother-in-law Gilbert Martinez of Warsaw along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours.  An 11:00AM Memorial Service will be held on Saturday March 19, 2016 at the North Darien Baptist Church 9762 Simonds Rd. Corfu, NY 14036.  He will be laid to rest in the Varysburg Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North Darien Baptist Church, 9762 Simonds Rd.  Corfu, NY 14036. For more information please 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.

LeRoy ~ Dale R. Morrison, age 73, of Linwood Road, overcame his final battle on February 1, 2016 at Strong Memorial Hospital.

     He was born June 25, 1942 in Watertown, N.Y., a son of the late Henry and Virginia Ward Morrison.

     He enjoyed being a husband and a dad, but loved being a "Papa" to his grandchildren.  He will be remembered as a man who was an avid NY Yankees fan and enjoyed watching most sports, horseracing and playing poker and euchre.  He also liked to travel and look for that next "new car deal".

     He is survived by his loving wife of over 52 years, Dolores "Dodie" Hadley Morrison; his children, Laura (Todd) Ward of LeRoy and Jeffrey (Julie) Morrison of Chili; his grandchildren, Tyler Ward, Zachary Ward, Hannah Morrison and David Morrison; his brothers, David (Patti) Morrison of Fairport, Terry Morrison of FL and William Morrison of FL; special niece, Kelly (Chris) Jahn and their children, Simon and Anna; special nephew, Matthew (Michelle) Morrison, along with other nieces and nephews.   He was also predeceased by a brother, Ronald and a sister, Carol.

     Family and friends may call on Thursday from 4 ~ 7 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the National Parkinson Foundation. www.parkinson.org

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

     Mr. Morrison and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc.  585-768-2400

LeRoy ~ Francis E. Miggins, age 91, passed away Sunday evening (January 31, 2016) at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia.

     Mr. Miggins was born January 8, 1925 in Batavia, a son of the late John and Myrtis Reid Miggins.

     He was known for his craftsmanship of being a cabinet maker, working in the local family business, Miggins Wood Products.  Over the years, he made and provided most of his family's furniture.  He was a proud US Army veteran, having served in the 1st Infantry Division and landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day.  After having been severely wounded during the war, he was honorably discharged and was the recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Distinguished Unit Badge and Combat Infantryman Badge.

     He was predeceased by his loving wife of 67 years, Maureen C. Miggins in 2014 and is survived by his son, Michael (Kay) Miggins of LeRoy and his daughter, Phyllis (Gerald) Ashley of LeRoy, grandchildren, Carrie (Mark) Baubie, Brian (Heather) Ashley, Robert (Lori) Miggins and Patrick (Raelle) Ashley; great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Brody Baubie, Devin Sherman, Cole Ashley, Taylor, Morgan and Dylan Miggins and Jackson Ashley; sister, Barbara Brown of LeRoy, along with several nieces and nephews.

     In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his brothers, Norbert Miggins and Robert Miggins.

     There are no prior calling hours. Services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.  Memorials are suggested to the New York State Veterans Home, Veterans' Activity Fund, 220 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, N.Y. 14020.

     Your memories and condolences may be offered to Mr. Miggin's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com

     Mr. Miggins and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc.  585-768-2400

Perry - Rhonda Renee Court, 49, of Perry, died unexpectedly on Saturday (January 30, 2016) at her daughter’s home in Bergen.

Rhonda was born August 20, 1966 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Margaret Paul of Chicago, IL.

Rhonda loved her children, grandchildren and animals.  She enjoyed ceramics and was a former herdsman at Southview Farms in Castile.

Surviving along with her mother, include a daughter, Amber (Cash Wilcox) Aguado of Bergen; a son, Robert Edward (Rachel Ceronie) Court II of Perry; her fiancé, Joe Spiritosanto of Warsaw; three grandchildren, Landon Aguado, Weston Wilcox and Parker Court and one brother, Michael Antablian of Chicago, IL.

A Time of Gathering will be on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Viking Valhalla at the Rose Garden Bowl, 21 Buffalo Road, Bergen.  Memorials may be made to the Bergen Fire Department, P.O. Box 428, Bergen, NY 14416.

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

Arrangements were completed by the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen, (585) 494-1210.




Batavia - Karen Ann Shaw, 69, of Batavia, a nurse at the Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Buffalo, died Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Batavia Health Care Center in Batavia.

Mrs. Shaw was born August 15, 1946 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Norman and Monica A. (Merry) Shaw.

She began her career in nursing as she graduated from Millard Fillmore School of Nursing.  She received her Masters in Nursing from Medaille College and worked at the former Genesee Memorial Hospital and the VAMC in Batavia.  She had been with the Veteran’s Administration for 31 years.  She was a member of National Rifle Association, was an avid animal lover and supporter of various animal related charities.

Surviving is her brother, Richard (Kathleen) Shaw of Batavia; a nephew, Steven (Claire) Shaw of Corfu; 2 nieces, Marilyn (Gary) Almeter-Milbrand of Attica and Lori Wright of NC; several great-nieces and great-nephews.   

She was predeceased by her niece, Beverly Shaw Miller.

Friends may call on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 E. Main St, Batavia, where services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA of Wyoming County, 808 Creek Road, Attica, NY 14011.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - Wanda A. Frank, 89, of Batavia, passed away Wednesday, (January 27, 2016) at Genesee County Nursing Home, in Batavia.

Ms. Frank was born June 5, 1926 in Lockport, a daughter of the late Albert J. and Dorothy (Bennett) Taylor.

Wanda was the force that revived Batavia Players, in 1975. She was instrumental in bringing dinner theatre to the Treadway Inn with a series of plays called “Pick Your Era.” The group earned enough seed money to be able to present their first book musical, “Fiorello.” Many more plays and musicals followed, with Wanda in a variety of roles, from Director to Producer to actor. She sat on the Batavia Players’ Board of Directors and held the position of President for many of those years.

A local radio personality, Wanda began her Batavia broadcasting career in 1967, with a daily show entitled “Frankly Speaking,” aired over WBTA. She interviewed local guests, often about the arts, and also conducted radio interviews with celebrities who were appearing at Melody Fair.

Throughout her life, Wanda was a champion of local theatre and taught many Genesee county youngsters in various classes such as “Saturday Stage.” She presented Career Day options at St. Joseph’s School, directed plays at Oakfield-Alabama high school, at the First Presbyterian Church and United Methodist Church. Wanda frequently reviewed performances by Batavia Rotary Club, Genesee Ballet Repertoire Company, Batavia Players and local high school productions.

When many people would consider retiring, Wanda embarked on an academic career, enrolling in Genesee Community College.  She graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Theatre Arts at age 71. In an interview by Jamie Mash of the Daily News, for an article about a documentary featuring local seniors, entitled “It’s an Age Thing,” Wanda declared, “One of the reasons I went to college was to get a job. You can’t get anything without a degree. So I said, ‘OK, I’ll get one.’ So I did.”

In addition to her job at WBTA, Wanda held a variety of positions in Genesee County. According to Linda Blanchet, who followed Wanda, as Director of Go Art, “Wanda was an unyielding advocate for the arts in Genesee County during her time as Executive Director of the Genesee Arts Council in the 70's and early 80's.  She worked tirelessly with County and State Legislatures to secure funding for the arts from her first office in the basement of City Hall. She directed many plays and musicals, some written by her, as fundraisers for the organization.

She initiated the Annual 4th of July Picnic in the Park which has been a hometown staple for over 35 years, bringing main stage entertainment to our community including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Amherst Saxophone Quartet. She was instrumental in bringing the State funded Affiliate Artist Program to Genesee County, in which New York City based performing artists took up residency for a week and performed in various venues throughout the County.  Many may remember popular tenor Tonio DiPaolo who visited many times.”

In addition to her Arts Council duties and on-air programs for WBTA, Wanda worked in the Sportsman’s Gallery at Genesee Country Museum, worked on the census in 2000, and was employed by Genesee Works, Inc. (formerly Green Thumb, Inc.) as a field Assistant, helping to find jobs for other seniors.

She also became a playwright. In 2007, Genesee Community College presented three one act plays, written and directed by Wanda Frank: “7th Decade Stretch,” “Peach Basket” and “The Last Rooster.”

Not all of Wanda’s efforts went unrecognized. She was the recipient of several awards The Genesee County Chamber of Commerce named Wanda one of their ‘Geneseeans of the Year’ in 1993. In 2004, at the Go Art! Gala, Wanda was honored as one of the recipients of the 4th Annual Community Arts Award. In 2009, Genesee Community College honored Wanda as one of four inductees into their Alumni Hall of Fame.

Despite being diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2002, Wanda A. Frank continued to be a staunch supporter of the arts, a tireless volunteer, and an accomplished seamstress. She shared her talents and her time with youth, teenagers, adults and seniors. She touched many lives in the Genesee County area. She was one extraordinary, classy lady.

She is survived by a daughter, Denise (Lyle) Ritter of North Andover, Mass.; grandsons, Robert Howard (Sarah) Frank II of Dayton, OH, and Joel David (Mary) Frank of Lockport; great-grandchildren, Gracy Anne Shelly Frank, Jeffrey Russell Frank, II, Patrick Xaiver Frank, Connor Robert Frank, and Lauren Elizabeth Frank; a brother, Robert Taylor of Franklin, KY; a sister, Tanya Sherman of Bluefield, VA.

Wanda is preceded in death by two sons, Jeffrey Russell Frank, I, and Bruce Allen Frank.  

There will be no visitation and at Wanda’s request, services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.  Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Wanda’s name to Go Art, 201 East Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main St., Batavia.  Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

LeRoy ~ Ralph William "Billy" Strobel, age 84, of Harris Road, passed away Thursday morning (Jan. 28, 2016) at Rochester General Hospital.

     He was born November 3, 1931 in Batavia, a son of the late Ralph and Jane Peterson Strobel.

     Mr. Strobel was best known for his woodworking abilities.  He was a self-employed carpenter and cabinet maker, having taken over his father's business.  He also enjoyed restoring antique cars.

     He is survived by his brothers, Albert (Mary) Strobel of Pavilion and Rev. Herbert R. Strobel of Erie, PA; his very close and dear friends, Carl Traxler and Dick Frew, along with many nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister in law, Marge Strobel.

     Family and friends may call on Sunday from 2 ~ 5 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  His funeral service will be held on Monday at 1:00 P.M. at the LeRoy First Baptist Church. Interment in Machpelah Cemetery will be private.  Memorials are suggested to the LeRoy First Baptist Church, 5 East Main St., LeRoy, N.Y. 14482

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

     Mr. Strobel and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc.  585-768-2400

hebell_marion_-_photo.jpgMarion G. Hebell, 89, formerly of Batavia and East Bethany, passed away on Thursday (January 28, 2016) at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home. 

She was born August 20, 1926 in Oakfield, NY, a daughter of the late Ernest and Elizabeth Erickson Earl. 

She was a former member of the State Committee of Women, the Genesee County Democratic Party and life member of the E. Bethany Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. Marion was a loving mother, grandmother, friend and surrogate mother to many children. She enjoyed sewing and retirement winters in Florida. 

She was predeceased by her husband, Russell ‘Butch” Hebell in 2012, daughter, Ann Adamski Hurley, grandson, Matthew Hebell and sisters, Leora Taylor, Selma Chick and Lillian Sargent.

Survivors include her son, David Hebell of Batavia. Duaghter, Linda (Russell) Sutfin of Wayland, NY. Grandchildren, Milissa Rector, Deanna Angel, Christina (Michael) Bak, Pamela Adamski and Charles Hebell. Great-grandchildren, Luke and Benjamin Bak, Bryson Adamski, Noah Rector, Jenna Jaszko and Olivia Walton. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Thursday (February 4th) from 4-8pm at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY. Her funeral service will be Friday, 11:00am at the funeral home. Interment will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, E. Bethany. 

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to The Cloisters, 171 North Maple St., Warsaw, NY 14569. Expressions of condolence may be shared with the family at www.mcandrewfuneralhome.net

The family wishes to thank The Cloisters and LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home for the compassionate care that was given to Marion.





Age 59, of Batavia, died peacefully Wednesday January 27, 2016 at Crossroads House surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 28, 1956 in Batavia, NY son of Joseph and Frances (Colantonio) Marcello of Batavia.     

Nick was employed at National Grid and was also a cashier for OTB and a member of the former St. Nick's Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the casino's, playing cards, horse racing and was an avid sports fan, always cheering on his hometown favorite, Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. Nick enjoyed animals and was always up for a good joke, but near and dear to him, was his wife and family. 

Surviving along with his parents is his loving wife of 19 years, Cindy (Vigneri) Marcello of Batavia; step-son, John Silvernail of Batavia; brothers, Joseph (Denise) Marcello of MS, Phil (Kim) Marcello of Batavia, Mark (Roni) Marcello of Batavia; sisters, Ava (Ron) King of Batavia and Lori (Bob) Waite of Batavia; mother-in-law, Alice (late Philip) Vigneri of Batavia; brothers-in-law, Pat (Amanda) Vigneri of Batavia, Phil (Janette) Vigneri of Elba; sisters-in-law, Cathy (Dave) Vigneri of Sidney, NY and Patti (late David) Brandes of Rochester along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.  

There is no prior visitation, the family requests you join them in celebrating Nick's Mass of Christian Burial 11:00am Monday February 1, 2016 at Ascension Parish (corner of Swan and Sumner Sts.). Burial will be in St. Joseph's Cemetery and in lieu of flowers memorials in his memory can be made to Crossroads House 11 Liberty Street or Volunteers for Animals/Genesee County Animal Shelter 3841 West Road Batavia, New York 14020. 

Please share your words of comfort with Nick's family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500. 



Oakfield - Carmine Samuel “Sam” Scopano, 67, of Oakfield, longtime proprietor with his family of the Oakfield Hotel and Scopano’s Paradis Lanes in Oakfield, passed away on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at the Buffalo VA Medical Center.

Mr. Scopano was born July 27, 1948 in Batavia, a son of the late John P. Scopano Sr. and Ann DiCasolo Scopano.

Sam was a 1966 graduate of Oakfield-Alabama Central School, where he was a member of the undefeated football team making All-County both as an offensive and defensive lineman.

Sam proudly served his country with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. A member of Hiram G. Luhman American Legion Post No. 626 in Alabama, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Veness - Strollo Post 1602 in Batavia, Sam attended the Brunswick School of Bowling where he learned how to maintain the bowling alley surfaces, the electronic scoring system and the bowling machines. He was recently elected to the United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame in 2015 for his meritorious services as a longtime proprietor of Scopano's Paradise Lanes in Oakfield.

Sam loved working with his hands and mind and developed a real passion for fixing and repairing anything electronic. He also enjoyed woodworking and carpentry. He is remembered as caring, friendly, generous man who was always willing to lend a hand to one in need.

He is survived by his brother, John P. (Lois) Scopano, Jr. of Oakfield; his sister, Judy (James) Gilbert of Bergen; and many loving aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Friends may call on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, where his services will be held on Saturday at  10 a.m. Burial, with full military honors, will be held at St. Cecilia’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials in Sam’s name to your favorite charity. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com.


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