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fullmer_pic_3.jpgJOSHUA T. FULLMER, SR. ~ Age 27, of Batavia, passed away Monday afternoon at the Erie County Medical Center from injuries he sustained from a motorcycle accident. He was born in Batavia on December 3, 1992 to Joy A. (McCormack) DellaPenta of Akron and the late Robert C. Fullmer, Sr.

Josh was a wonderful young man who packed a lot of life in his 27 years, some would say he was an “Old Soul”, friends, he had too many to count but Josh always, always had and ear to listen or a hand to lend. He had an unusual love for snakes, his motorcycle and children, he was wonderful with them and they were drawn to him. Josh was employed at HP Hood in Batavia and was a wonderful husband, father, son and brother.

Joshua is survived by her his loving wife, Deserae (Hall) Fullmer of Batavia, whom he married on November 2, 2019. His cherished children, Joshua T. Fullmer, Jr. and EverlyAnn Fullmer both at home; his beloved mother, Joy (Joseph) DellaPenta, Jr. of Akron; siblings, Robert Fullmer, Mark Fullmer, Justin (Cassandra) McCormack, Jeremy (Kristen) Fullmer, Brittany Fullmer, Amy Shultz and David Shultz, II; maternal grandmother, Sandra Peters of Akron; mother-in-law, CarriAnn (Neil Musshafen) Whitney of Bergen; grandparents, Gary (Sandra) Whitney of Albion along with friends far and wide.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic a Celebration of Joshua’s life for family and friend will be announced at a time & place when it is deemed safe. Memorials in his memory are suggested to the family.

Please share words of comfort with Josh’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.


k_barnard.pngKATHLEEN M. BARNARD ~ Age 71, of Batavia, died peacefully on Saturday April 25, 2020 at the home of her daughter while under the care of Hospice and her loving family. Kathie was born on October 13, 1948 in Batavia, NY, a daughter of the late Melville and Marcelle (Richards) Bort, she was also preceded in death by a brother, David Bort.

Kathie was an LPN who worked for many her at the Genesee County Nursing Home and was a volunteer at the Genesee County Animal Shelter. She will be remembered as a loving mother, nana and sister.

Kathie is survived by her loving daughters, Lisa (Larry) Dodd of CA and their son, Logan, Jennifer Barnard of Buffalo and Serenity (Sean) Houlihan of Rochester and their children, Annabelle, Gwendolyn & Penelope; brother, Michael (Kathryn) Bort of PA and several dear friends.

Due to the on-going COVID-19 epidemic a Celebration of Kathleen’s Life will take place later. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to a Hospice of the donor’s choice or Volunteers for Animals 3841 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020.

Please share your words of comfort with Kathleen’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com


Churchville - Gary G. Grastorf, 72, of Churchville, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2020, at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Gary was born March 19, 1948, in Rochester, a son of the late Clair and Millicent Grastorf.

Gary was the owner of Grastorf Collision in Bergen and a member of Stafford Country Club.  He loved to golf and being with his grandchildren and friends.  Gary was well known for his witty sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl (Ellison) Grastorf of Churchville, they were married April 12, 1969; a brother, Rick (Diane) Grastorf of Pavilion; a sister, Judy Grastorf of LeRoy; a sister-in-law,  Kathy (Tom) Laird of Stafford; daughter-in-law, Nicole Grastorf of Bergen; grandchildren, Brody and Scottie-Lynne Grastorf and nieces and nephews.

Gary is predeceased by his son, Daniel Grastorf. 

Private services will be held for Gary's family and he will be laid to rest in Mt. Rest Cemetery, Bergen.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gary's memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice or due to COVID 19, a donation to a local food pantry. 

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

Arrangements for Gary were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen, (585) 494-1210.



Lorraine F. Thompson, (nee Geitner), of Indian Falls, at the age of 88 passed away on April 27, 2020.
Wife of the late Richard "Dick" Thompson.  Mother of Robert (LaNora) and John (Lori) Thompson.  Sister of Thomas Geitner and the late Virginia "Jean" Meiser and the late James Geitner.  Grandmother of Daniel (Katie) Manges, Dianna (Phillip) Harrison and Bryan, Steven and Owen Thompson.  Great-Grandmother of Ryan and Alaina Manges, Kaelyn Oliver and Brennan Harrison.
She was a housewife, mother and helped on the family farm. She also worked as a housekeeper for the Pembroke Central School. Additionally she was a Town of Pembroke elections inspector for many years. Her hobbies and enjoyment: She and her late husband loved driving and traveling and during retirement Lorraine and Dick made 28 driving trips to California to visit relatives and tour the United States. She had great memories of the church trip she and Dick made to Israel. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an excellent cook and home maker and made sure her son’s were properly taken care of growing up. She enjoyed needle work and was an avid reader. She was very proud of the farmstead and worked with her husband to make sure it was in excellent condition. She enjoyed meeting and visiting with people.

Memorials to Alabama-Basom United Methodist Church and Indian Falls Fire Dept. Services will be announced by BERNHARDT FUNERAL HOME, LLC., 130 Main St.; Akron (716-542-9522).
Please visit www.BERNHARDTFUNERAL.com.


Corfu - Audrey J. Doll, 90, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at the Harris Hill Nursing Facility where she resided the last 16 months.

She was born in Buffalo, June 7, 1929, a daughter of the late Leo and Jean Meinweiser Johnson. She graduated from Corfu High School and Bryant and Stratton College.

Audrey married Franklin C. Doll on April 1, 1949. In 1958 they began what was to become a 40 year career; building and operating grocery stores in Corfu. It began as a Red & White store where Audrey would deliver groceries to those homebound. In 1973 a larger store was built and operated under the name Super Duper.; later changing to Jubilee Foods. The business was sold in 1998. Audrey and her husband enjoyed snowmobiling, motoring-cycling and traveling in their van across country to visit our National Parks and sites throughout the state of Alaska.

Audrey was baptized at the Corfu Presbyterian Church and has been an active member ever since. She was the official “caller” for the over 100 pie donations needed for the church’s annual turkey supper. Up until her death, she belonged to the Member Care Committee which showcased her compassion for sending people cards and encouraging notes. She was a member of the Corfu Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and made the famous firemen’s chicken BBQ sauce for their fundraisers.

Audrey loved to cook, bake and entertain. Reading, especially cookbooks and embroidery filled her days.

Audrey was predeceased by her husband Frank in 2005 and a grandson Matthew Schmigel in 2001.

Audrey is survived by her children, Andrew (Linda) Doll of Rochester, Scott Doll of Rome, NY and Dawn Doll of Corfu whom she lived with for five years prior to entering a nursing home. She was “Gramma” to her grandchildren, Brian (Brigid) Doll, Kimberly (Doug) Bohnel, Angela Doll, Katie (Brad) Doll/Bisbing, Joshua (Genevieve) Doll, Brandon (Sara) Doll and Audralee (Maximillian) Doll/Falkowski and Seven great-grandchildren with three more due this spring.
Audrey’s brother Merwin (Janice) Johnson survives along with their children, Pat Amidon and Rick (Debra) Johnson. Audrey considered Sophie Bouchet (Gerard) Audouin of Bordeaux, France, an AFS student who lived with her in 1973, a part of her family as well.

Those desiring to make memorial contributions may make them to Corfu United Presbyterian Church, PO Box 159 Corfu, NY or to the Corfu Library, 7 Maple Ave., Corfu, NY 14036.

A private burial service will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery, Corfu with a memorial service planned for a later date when people can again gather and partake in her favorite question she often asked of her customers, “Could you use a hug today?”

Arrangements were made by the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu.

On Friday April 24th, after a long battle with heart failure Maxwell Jessop passed at the age of 15.  Max was born in Batavia on August 20th, 2004 and was a student at the New York State School for the Blind.  Those who knew Max will remember him for his mischievous nature, his passion for food, and his love for swimming, skiing and bouncing.  Without ever saying a word, he taught everyone he met what it meant to truly love. Max never complained about the burdens he carried throughout his life.  He lived his life without rules or judgment, and if he could help it - without clothes.  His magnetic nature changed the lives of anyone who was fortunate enough to know him.   

Max will reunite in heaven with his Granka (Janet Jessop), Grandma J., his Donnie, and finally meet his grandpa Mike.

Max will be dearly missed here on Earth by his parents Sean and Shannon (Murphy) Jessop,  his sister Ryan Jessop, his best friends Aunt Shawna and Roberta Drescher, his Nani (Susan Murphy), grandfather (John Jessop), his friends at the Blind School, as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Max’s name to the New York State School for the Blind, Attention Marie Cone, 2A Richmond Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Max's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

neil.jpg  Neil P. Lewis, 48, of Brockport and Batavia passed away on April 22, 2020. He was born on September 17, 1971 to the late Donald Lewis and Susan (Sulim) Lewis of Batavia. In addition to his father, Neil is predeceased by grandparents; Katharine and Kenneth Lewis , John and Stephania Sulim; uncles William Lewis and Stanley Sulim; aunts Patty Lewis, Nancy Lewis and Marilyn Adams; and godmother Pat Grandillo.
Neil graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic then went on to practice Chiropractic Medicine in Albion for 23 years. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. Neil will be remembered for his kind heart and his ability to put a smile on everyone's face.  He loved to help people and cared so deeply for his family, friends, and patients. 
In addition to his mother, Neil is survived by his wife; Katie Lewis; stepson Tyler Zahn; brother Daniel (Robert) of Buffalo; sister Marie (Thomas), Rochester; Godfather Kenneth Lewis, along with many nieces and nephews, several cousins, family, and friends of 
There will be no prior calling hours. There will be a private Mass of Christian Burial held at Resurrection Parish in Batavia. 
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf www.brockportfoodshelf.org 14 State St. Brockport, NY 14420.  For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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

Pavilion ~ Brian H. Elliott, age 63, of St. Mary’s Street, passed away Friday afternoon (April 24, 2020) at Strong Memorial Hospital in the loving presence of his family.

     He was born October 26, 1956 in Batavia, a son of Clifford H. Elliott Jr. and the late Shirley Johnston Elliott.

     Brian will be remembered as a wonderful and loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and dear friend to many.  He loved to spend time with and entertain his nieces and nephews at family functions.  He was a dedicated life time member of the Pavilion Fire Department, where he was a past chief and past chairman of the Pavilion Board of Fire Commissioners.  He was a fan of the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and Syracuse Orange basketball.  He enjoyed hunting and taking long rides on his Spyder with Nancy and their very special friends, Lynne and DR Roblee.

     He will be sadly missed by his loving and devoted wife of almost 43 years, Nancy Twichell Elliott; his son and daughter-in-law, Eric (Belle) Elliott; father, Clifford Elliott Jr. (Joyce Herold); his siblings, Karen (Gordon) Almeter, Debra (Brian) Bly, Joyce (David) Zaremski, David Elliott, Janet Elliott and Suzanne (Michael) Herold, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     A public memorial mass and celebration of Brian’s life will be held at a later date to be announced.  He will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Pavilion at the convenience of his family.

     Contributions in memory of Brian are suggested to the Pavilion Fire Department, P. O. Box 156, Pavilion, N.Y. 14525.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Brian’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

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

marino.jpg  Mary Jane Marino, 87, from the Town of Batavia and of Albion passed away peacefully on April 23, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 14, 1933 in Elba to the late Harry and Beulah (Hicks) Cosway. In addition to her parents, Mary Jane is predeceased by a daughter Joanne Marino-Perry; her siblings Frank and Robert Cosway, Grace Pahuta, Beatrice Hatch and Dorothy Merkle-Elbel.

She is survived by her loving husband of 66 ½ years; Joseph Marino of Albion; children James (Susan) Marino of Spencerport, Jon Marino of Virgina, Janelle (Gene) Flammger of Albion, Son-in-law, Clair Perry of Akron; 7 grandchildren, Nicole, Matthew, Dan, Christopher, Jennifer, Joe, Jolene and one special great-grandchild, Brianna, along with many nieces and nephews.

She was a Secretary of Administration at St. Jerome Hospital in Batavia. Her love of travel took her to many places around the world and to all but three states in the USA. She loved to play games, garden, sew, quilt and was well known for her chocolate chip cookies and themed decorated birthday cakes. She had a kind and generous heart who was always there to help anyone. She was loved by all and will be deeply missed.

There will be no prior calling hours and a Celebration of Mary Jane’s life will be held at a later date. She will be laid to rest in St. Theresa’s Cemetery in Akron.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St Jude www.stjude.org. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020    

Orchard Park/Batavia - Eleanor F. Found, 95, of Orchard Park and formerly of Batavia, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2020, at her daughter's home in Orchard Park.

Eleanor was born May 14, 1924, in Wheeling, West Virginia, the daughter of the late Glenn and Grace (Giffen) Ferguson.

Eleanor was a long time teacher’s aide for the Batavia City School District. She also served in many volunteer capacities including the snack shop at Genesee Memorial Hospital, Meals on Wheels, Literacy Volunteers, and many church ministries at First Presbyterian Church. Eleanor was instrumental in helping many young children begin their lives in a way that set them on a course of becoming all they could be. She loved being involved with her family’s activities, and delighted in spending time at the Chautauqua Institute and their family cabin in Quebec each summer. Eleanor was beloved by many for her helping spirit and always caring for the needs of the people around her.

Survivors include her children, Marilyn Found of Orchard Park, Ernest Found, Jr. of Iowa City, IA and Grace (Mark) Hedges of Hamburg; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Eleanor is predeceased by her husband, Ernest Murray Found, Sr., son, Daniel Found, granddaughter, Caroline Found, daughter-in-law, Ellyn Found and brothers, Richard Ferguson, Robert Ferguson and James Ferguson.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the Batavia First Presbyterian Church.

Memorial contributions in Eleanor's memory may be made to Batavia First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

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

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


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