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rusty.jpg  Louis M. “Rusty” Breton Jr, 53, of Alexander, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2022 after a battle with ALS, a battle he fought courageously in his faith and always with a smile. Rusty’s love for life didn’t come to an end with his death. He was surrounded by loved ones who will continue to honor his memory by living their lives to the fullest, like he did every single day.

He was born on August 23, 1968 in Batavia, to Louis M. Breton Sr. of Batavia and Sharon (Murphy) Breton of Alexander.

Rusty was an avid outdoorsman, contractor and family man. The simplest pleasures in life brought great happiness to Rusty. He was happiest enjoying a quiet evening on his back porch with his family which was his greatest pride. Rusty always had a heart to help and was the first one to volunteer. He’d help anyone in any way he could, including a complete stranger. Rusty loved to spend every moment laughing with family and friends. His love for his family, friends and life is impossible to put into words or summarize in one paragraph.

He is survived by his loving wife; Judith D. (Norton) Breton of Alexander, children; Louis M. “Bucky” Breton III of Darien, Sydney (Aaron) Ertel, Alexis Breton and Cole Breton all of Alexander, siblings; Annette Stephens, Susan Feldman both of Alexander, James (Marla) Breton of Churchville, Jason Breton of Alexander; along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Monday, May 2, 2022 from 3 to 7 PM at Grace Baptist Church, 238 Vine Street, Batavia, NY 14020. An 11:00 AM Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at Grace Baptist Church. He will be laid to rest in West Bethany Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the West Bethany Baptist Church, 10333 West Bethany Road, Batavia, NY 14020 or to the ALS Association Upstate NY Chapter 135 Old Cove Rd. Suite 213, Liverpool, NY 13090. To leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.


Sharon L. Hills, age 75, of Baneberry, Tennessee; formerly of Alexander, New York, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, April 24, 2022, surrounded by family. Sharon was born in Warsaw, New York to the late Harold and Vivian (Muir) Hills.

Sharon is survived by her very dear friend and soulmate, Sonya Mohney of Baneberry, Tennessee; brother, Ric (Jane) Hills of Norwalk, Ohio; dear nieces, Roxanne (Dale) Neel of Norwalk, Ohio and Laura Hills of Amherst, New York, and favorite niece-in-law, Joni Sandles; dear nephews, Drew Hills, of Buffalo, New York and Joshua Hills of Ashland, Ohio; many great nieces, great nephews, and great great nieces and nephew; sister-in- law, Nancy Hills Miller; and many dear close friends.

Sharon was preceded in death by her sister, Nancy Sandles; brother, Ronald Hills, sister- in-law, Jean Hills; niece, Regen Hills; and great niece, Amy Haynes. She lost her dear nephew, Larry Sandles of Baneberry on April 20, 2022.

Sharon taught at Warsaw Central School for 33 years. She was awarded the 2016 Inductee as “Special Contributor”. She guided Warsaw female athletics from the “classic” era through Title IX and into what is now known as present day athletics. She was an amazing coach from 1967-1976 and served as the only coach for every team and every level in the women’s athletic program, which included field hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, track, cheerleading, bowling, and badminton. Sharon wanted to remind the summer softball team that she “Did not bobble the ball and God knows it!” She was humbled by the comfort and support her former students showered on her during her final illness.

To our hundreds of prayer warriors, family, and friends for their endless outpouring of love, cards, messages, phone calls, and gifts, thank you. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the Bill Santora Student Athlete Scholarship Fund; c/o Warsaw Boosters, P. O. Box 393, Warsaw, NY 14569, Genesee County Animal Shelter, West Main Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020, or Amedisys Hospice Care, 1423 West Morris Blvd., Ste 6, Morristown, TN 37813.

A Memorial Service may be planned for later in the year. Farrar Funeral Home in White Pine (865) 674-244. www.farrarfuneralhome.com

Olga Steininger, 101 of LeRoy, formerly of Troy, passed away on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at LeRoy Village Green. She was born February 27, 1921 in Troy to the late Afton and Bessie Bodnaryk. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, Edward A. Steininger; siblings, Peter, Eva and Elizabeth.  

Mrs. Steininger is survived by her sons, James (Ollie Allen) Steininger of Melbourne, FL and William (Joan Bird) Steininger of Batavia; special niece, Joyce (Dexter) O’Brien of Southwick, MA, along with many nieces and nephews.  

There will be no prior calling hours, services will be held privately for the family. She will be laid to rest in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the charity of your 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.

Corfu - Rosanne (Gazzo) Rudnik, went home to heaven, April 15, 2022.
Beloved wife of the late James Rudnik. Beloved mother to Deborah Watts (Deceased), David Watts (Deceased), Robin (late Donald) Neyman, Kim (Joe) Ebeling, Tim (Kathy) Rudnik and Dawn May. Survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Private services at the convenience of the family. Arrangements by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.


Corrine R. Becker, age 97 of Corfu, NY; formerly of Akron NY; entered in to rest peacefully at home April 15, 2022, surrounded by her loving family.
She was born April 2, 1925, in Buffalo, NY the daughter of the late Emil and Anna Schilling.

Corrine was predeceased by her devoted husband Nelson Becker March 9, 2009, whom she married September 8, 1944; her son and daughter-in-law Gary Becker and Paulette Sheley and her sisters Eleanor Berger and Geralda Smith. They are now reunited eternally.

Corrine is survived by her daughter Sandra (Robert) Ammon; grandchildren Jeffrey Ammon, Shari (Anthony) Salim, Sherry (Josh) Livergood; great-grandchildren Kari Ammon, Samantha Salim, Jenna Salim, and Jackson Livergood; and also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Corrine’s life will be held Saturday, April 30, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Corfu Presbyterian Church, 63 Allegheny St., Corfu, NY.  Flowers gratefully declined.  Memorials may be made to the family who will distribute them to local charities.  Arrangements completed by C. B. Beach and Son Mortuary, Inc., Corfu, NY.  

 

Gordon Diver age 62 of Pembroke passed away at the Premier Nursing Home in Batavia NY the afternoon of Friday January 14 2022.

Gordon was born October 4th 1959 in Batavia NY.  He was married to the late Deborah Exford of Leroy NY who passed in 2013.   

Gordon was raised on the family farm in Pembroke NY with his siblings where he enjoyed riding recreational vehicles and working on them.  He also enjoyed being around the family diner (Dees) lending a helping hand when needed.  

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence Sr. in 2008 and Delores Falker Diver in 2014, and a nephew Daniel E. King in 2021.

He is survived by his siblings; sister Linda and Timothy King, along with brother Lawrence Jr. and Kathleen Diver all of Pembroke, and brother Mark and Linda Diver of Erie, Pennsylvania.  Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services for Gordon will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 10 am at Hillside Cemetery, Angling Road. A reception will follow at the Diver residence, 2058 Phelps Road, Basom.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.

LeRoy ~ Marie Sakellariou, age 84, of West Main Street, passed away early Friday morning (April 22, 2022) at the Woodside Manor Nursing Home in Rochester.

   marie_prayer_card.jpg  She was born June 12, 1937 in Karitsa, Greece, a daughter of the late Michael and Anthi Georgeton Tountas.

     Marie, who was a longtime LeRoy resident, will be remembered as a beloved mother, sister, aunt and dear friend to many.  She enjoyed working around her home on West Main, tending to her flowers and taking long walks around the village.  She was the owner of Tountas Coffee Shop on Main Street for many years and then went to work for LeRoy Central School, starting in the cafeteria and completing her 30 plus years with them as a bus aide for handicapped students.

     She is survived by her sons, Dean (Stacy) Sakellariou of Virginia and Michael (Michelle) Sakellariou of Mississippi; her brother, Pete Tountas of Arizona and his children, Michael Tountas and Michelle Tountas; her sister, Koula (George) Zotile of Athens, Greece and their children, Anna Zotile and Kousta Zotile, along with many dear friends.

     Family and friends are invited to her funeral service on Monday, April 25 at 11:00 AM at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 962 East Avenue, Rochester, NY., with graveside services to immediately follow in Machpelah Cemetery, LeRoy.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church or the LeRoy Ambulance Service.

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

Mr. Edward D. McDonald Sr., 92, of LeRoy, an amazing husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, died Easter Sunday (April 17, 2022) at East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw, NY, surrounded by family.
ed_mcdonald.jpg     Ed was born October 19, 1929, the son of the late Louis and Hazel (Pratt) McDonald. He was educated at St. Peter’s School, LeRoy High School (1947) and St. Bonaventure (1951) with a B.A.
     Ed served in the US Navy from 1951 to 1956 and completed his commission as Lieutenant Junior Grade. He served in the Korean War on the USS Casagrande.
     He worked at Lapp, Eaton Yale, Timberjack (Woodstock, Ont.) and Saban until his retirement.
     Ed was a proud LeRoyan, serving as a trustee on the village board, the Jaycees, Boy Scouts and as head of Pop Warner football.
     He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Barbara (Lathan) in 2008 and his grandson, Justin McDonald. He is survived by daughter, Margaret “Meg” (Bill) Wallace and sons, Daniel (Valerie), Paul (Kimberley), Edward Jr. (Samantha) and Michael (Chantal).
     Proud grandfather to Adam (Catherine) and Brent Wallace, Jordan and Sean McDonald, Jade (Colin Carrick) McDonald, Edward III, Zachary, Cory, Tyler (Stephanie), Dylan (Shania), Jasmyne (Randy) McDonnell, Amanda (Donovan) Mulligan and Michael McDonald, and great-grandchildren, Beau, Beck, Carson, Harrison, Paytine, Clarke, Hendrik and Simon.
     Special thanks to the kind and compassionate care over the past two years to Samantha Koons, Molly (Lathan) Peet, Jim and Michele Bonacquisti, Diane Jasczcz and the staff at East Side Nursing Home.
     In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Genesee County Office for the Aging and Batavia Veterans Administration.
     Family and friends are invited to Ed’s Rite of Christian Burial to be held on Saturday, June 25 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.  Interment in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Warsaw will be private.

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

flag.jpg  Kenneth R. Eddy, 87, of Batavia, passed away on April 20, 2022 at the United Memorial Medical Center. He was born on August 6, 1934 in Core, West Virginia to the late Charles and Edith (Statler) Eddy.

He is survived by his loving wife; Natalie (Green) Eddy of Batavia; children John (Mary Jo) Eddy of Elba, Todd (Margurite) Eddy of TN., and Julia (Christopher) Taylor of TN; siblings Kathleen (James) Benson of New Jersey and Kyle (Anna Marie) Eddy of PA; half brothers James E. Eddy of Maryland and Michael J. Eddy of Mt. Morris, PA; 7 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces of nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Mr. Eddy will be laid to rest in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Alexander.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. To leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

E. Bethany ~ Jill Elizabeth Spence, DOB: August 20th, 1973, passed away unexpectedly on April 16th, 2022.

   jill_spence_0.jpg  Jill is predeceased by, her nephew, Nathaniel Spence, Father, Jefry M Spence, Mother, Jean Donna (Solian) Spence, and Brother, Jefry M. Spence Jr. She is survived by Brother, Edward J. (Wendy) Spence, her boyfriend, James Brough, nieces, Brittany N. Spence, Alyssa R. (John Unger) Franks, Katie Spence, Eryn Spence, Nephew, Bobby (Jenn) Morehead, great-nieces, Danielle Morehead, Taylor Morehead, Great-nephew, Jackson Spence, and sister-in-law, Susan (Ingalls) Spence. She had many aunts, uncles and close cousins. 

     Jill had the nickname Boona as a child and teen years growing up. When she was 2, all she could do was point and say Boona, Boona, Boona, there are a lot of fond memories that were from her childhood.  Her family moved quite a bit while growing up and went to thirteen different schools along, with her brothers Ed, Jefry (Mick) making their own gang. All her extra time was spent with her nieces and great-nephew, spoiling them and taking them for ice cream. She traveled quite a bit with Jim, her boyfriend, and his boys, all over the U.S.  She had many friends and co-workers that she loved. She got along with everyone; she just had that great personality that everyone loved. She loved to knit and buy gifts for everyone. Her favorite thing to do was Amazon. She had two monitors at work, one screen was work, while the other was Amazon, trying to talk her co-workers into deals she'd found and trying to pool their money for even bigger savings. Every year she would bake for her family. During the opening weekend of hunting season, she would cook breakfast for the family while they went hunting. She was immensely proud of her family and let everyone know about it. She will be sadly missed by all. Jill leaves a big shoe print to fill with her passing. She was a wonderful human being. 

     Family and friends may call on Saturday, April 23 from 11 AM ~ 2 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.

     In lieu of flowers, please give donations to Jack and Eryn Spence for their college fund, c/o Edward Spence, 6835 Knowlesville Rd, Oakfield, NY 14125.

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

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