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James Meier

By Joshua Smith
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Batavia - James Meier, 60, of Batavia passed away on Monday, June 26, 2023 at Rochester General Hospital.

James was born Saturday, June 15th, 1963 in Rochester, New York, a son of the late Richard Meier and Jane (Casterline) Meier. 

He was a very talented woodworker and a founding member of the Pembrooke Woodworking group. James enjoyed collecting stamps and coins, anime, and playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends.

James was an educator in technology until he found his passion in woodworking. He started his own woodworking shop, Wooden Nickel, and was able to follow his honing his skills at the lathe. 

James is survived by his mother, Jane Meier, and sister, Deb Meier.

Arrangements are under the care and direction of H. E. Turner Funeral Home. As per the families wishes there will be a celebration of life at a later time.

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Renate "Rae" E. Butzbach

By LaVern Falcone

Renate (Rae) E. Butzbach, 85, of Varysburg passed away at home on Friday, July 21, 2023.  Rae was born in Germany on March 30, 1938 to Waldemar and Elfriede Barke. She was a long-time resident of both Elba and LeRoy, a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Batavia and a 4-time cancer survivor.  She retired from working as a receptionist at Elba Central School after over 25 years. 


Rae Butzbach

  She was predeceased by her loving husband of nearly 60 years, Thomas L. Butzbach, her eldest child, Thomas A. Butzbach, and goddaughter, Susan Berg (Barke).

     Rae’s passion was spending quality time with her family and friends.  This included camping trips, summer vacations in Canada, and spring vacations in Myrtle Beach, and later, Jekyll Island. Monthly bridge parties with her friends was also a large part of her life, as was bowling and volunteering to deliver Meals-on-Wheels for many years.

     Rae rarely missed attending any sporting events of her children and later, grandchildren.  Gardening was also a passion of Rae’s.  Every spring her yard bloomed with various flowers, especially roses of all types.

     Rae is survived by her son, Timothy (Tina) of Texas; daughter, Debra (John) Hochmuth of Varysburg; brother, Siegfried (Judy) Barke of Tonawanda; nephew, Jeffrey (Brenda) Barke and  grandchildren, David, Sara, Courtney (Shawn), Jennifer and John.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Wyoming County Office of the Aging,  8 Peru Ave, Warsaw , NY 14569.

     At the family’s request, there will be no services.  She will be laid to rest with Thomas at the Western New York National Cemetery.

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George P. Strollo

By LaVern Falcone

LeRoy ~ George P. Strollo, age 71, of Franklin Avenue, passed away Friday morning (July 21, 2023) at Strong Memorial Hospital in the loving presence of his family.


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 He was born April 15, 1952 in Batavia, a son of the late George and Carmella George Strollo.

     George will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, “Papa”, brother and uncle, who cherished following all his grandchildren’s sporting events.  He enjoyed hunting, bowling, gardening, watching boxing and was an avid Buffalo Bills and N Y Yankees fan.

     He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 48 years, Sharon Fili Strollo; children, Jeffrey (Jessica) Strollo and Jennifer (Ryan) McClurg; grandchildren, Tyler Strollo, Drew Strollo, Mia Strollo, Brady McClurg and Carter McClurg; siblings, Paul (Debbie) Strollo, Daniel (Marie) Strollo and James (Debbie) Strollo; brother-in-law, Randy Patten, along with many in-laws, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Rosanne Patten and niece, Kerrie Strollo.

     Family and friends may call on Thursday, July 27 from 4 ~ 7 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., LeRoy.  His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, July 28 at 11:00 A.M. at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.  Interment will follow in St. Francis Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105 or online at 

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Mr. Rodney R. Warlick

By Joshua Smith

Rodney R. Warlick, 87, peacefully passed away on Monday, July 17th at the New York State Veteran Home in Batavia.  A special thank you to the team at the Veterans Home.  He was loved like family and treated with dignity and respect.  The care he received there was priceless.  

Rodney was born in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Frank and Jeannette Warlick.  Preceded in death by his son James, step daughter Linda and Beatrice, the wife that changed his life.

Surviving are his children, Frank and Beth, step sons Chuck and Billy.  One of the greatest joys in his life was being a grandpa.  He loved his grandkids and all the new great grand babies!  He talked about them all, even when his memory was fading.

He was signed up before he left High School to enter the Marine Corp on graduation.  He served his Country for six years.  After his service he moved to NY and was with O-AT-KA Milk for 30 plus years and wore many hats during that time.  

Baseball was an important part of his life.  He was always at the baseball field coaching, mentoring the areas youth and organizing with other team coaches to keep the program running year after year.  

Rodney will be remembered for his dedication to creating and implementing the first youth girls’ softball league in Batavia.  Thank you Dad!!

There will be no calling hours per his wishes.  In lieu of flowers, Rodney’s family asks that you bake cookies for someone you love.

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Jacob Joseph Wolcott

By Joshua Smith

Corfu - Jacob Joseph Wolcott, 27 of Corfu passed away on Wednesday, (July 19, 2023) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Jacob was born September 22, 1995, in Warsaw, a son of Gerald (Paula) Wolcott of Pavilion and Carrie (Gerald) Moore of Corfu.

Jacob lived a life full of love and laughter. He lived for his family and his family lived for him. Jacob loved music and would sign to request you to sing his favorite songs repeatedly. He brightened every life he touched and taught so many people the gift of unconditional love.

Along with his parents, Jacob is survived by his brothers, David Andrew (Devon) Wolcott of Geneseo, Jonathan Marc (Alysha Phillips) Wolcott of Corfu, and Josh Moore of Lockport; sisters, Madeline Moore of Tonawanda, Brittany Moore of Tennessee, Lauren Moore of Tennessee, Nichole Moore of Corfu, Jazmine Moore of Corfu, and Nadine (Charly) Arnold of Germany; nieces, Dawson Wolcott, and Scarlett Palmer; nephews, Owen and Ryan Arnold; paternal grandparents, George (Mary) Wolcott of Delaware, and Patricia Wolcott of Pavilion; maternal grandmother, Shirley Clark of Corfu; paternal great-grandmother, Marion Wolcott of Delaware.

In death, Jacob is reunited with his maternal grandfather, Willis Clark; maternal aunt, Marilyn Capuana; and brother, James Moore.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, (July 25, 2023)  from 10:00 am  to 12:00 noon at Grace Baptist Church, 238 Vine Street in Batavia, where Jacob's funeral service will immediately follow visitation at 12:00 noon.  Burial in West Middlebury Cemetery will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church of Batavia.

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Barry Richard King

By T.J. Woodward

Barry Richard King, 73, of Elba, NY passed away peacefully on July 20, 2023. He was born on April 19, 1950 in Plattsburgh, NY to the late Richard H. King and Jennie Irene Williams. In addition to his parents, Barry is predeceased by two brothers; Dennis Potter and James King and one sister, Kathleen Wickert.

Barry graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BS in Computer Science. He worked for many years at the Buffalo International Airport in maintenance for U.S. Airways. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. He loved car racing (especially NASCAR) and playing board games with his family. As a skilled carpenter, he loved working around the house he built himself in Elba.

He is survived by his loving wife; Connie (Zielinski) King of Elba; children Sherrie (Steven) Carmichael of Batavia, Stephanie (Neil) Sakamoto of England, Thomas (Adriana) Suski of VA., and Jason (Nicole) Suski of PA; siblings Steven (Kim) King of PA, Duane Bartz of Arcade, Becky (Ray) Feller of Lyndonville; sister-in-law Christine Potter of Barker; four grandchildren Crystal, Alicia and Jasmine Brenkus, Natalie Suski, and a great-grandson Hudson, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

There will be no prior calling hours and private services will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hildebrandt Hospice Care 2652 Ridgeway Ave. Rochester, NY 14626. To leave an online message of condolence please visit Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Joseph C. Ellis

By T.J. Woodward

Joseph C. Ellis, 77 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 with his children by his side at United Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Springville, NY to the late Lawrence and Doris (Cole) Ellis. He is preceded in death by siblings, Cecil and Harold Ellis, Nancy Merrfield. 

Joseph was a proud United States Marine Corp Veteran. He retired from Bricklayers Local #3 Union in Rochester and took great pride in his work. Joseph was mechanically inclined, loved using his hands and built an energy efficient home 40 years ago in Warsaw. He was also an avid Buffalo Bills fan. 

He is survived by his children; Timothy (Kelly) Ellis of Attica, Deborah (Stephen) Larson of Hilton Head Island, SC; sister, Norma Ellis of MD; 8 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews. 

A 1:00PM Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2023 at the Arcade Village Park Clough Ave. Arcade, NY 14009. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans at or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital To leave an online message of condolence please visit Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. 

Henry John Kisiel

By Ronald Konieczny

On July 17th, this community lost one of our last remaining World War II veterans, Henry John Kisiel.  Mr. Kisiel died at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia, New York, with his surviving daughter Diana Kisiel Kastenbaum (Hiram) and his surviving son Kevin John Kisiel at his bedside.  As taps played over the loudspeaker to signal a death of a soldier, he was already on his way to meet his beautiful and beloved bride, Lois Quartley Kisiel and his eldest and precious son, Kim Henry Kisiel, who both predeceased him.  And as the procession that is enacted at the Veterans Home every time a soldier passes, Henry’s body draped in an American flag was wheeled past our veterans who bravely fought and served in our armed forces and the nurses and staff who care for them as they lined the corridors.  With American flags in their hands and the call over the speaker, “Present Arms”, Henry moved through the halls as his fellow soldiers saluted and Taps were played once again with the family following behind.  Henry was already on his way to being held again by his loving parents, Stanislaus Kisiel and Gladys Wisniewska Kisiel, who predeceased him.  And as the flag was carefully folded outside and his body gently transferred to the waiting hearse, he was already on his way to meet his siblings who predeceased him - Wanda Kisiel Pulvino (Fred), Stanley Cecil Kisiel, Jr. (Alice), Cecil Stanley Kisiel (Adeline), Marion Kisiel Pcionek (Adam), Helen Kisiel Johnson (William, Sr.), Eleanor Kisiel DeFilippo (Rocco) and Dorothy Kisiel Kujawski (Henry).  And as the hearse drove past the gates where the plaque reads “The Price of Freedom is Visible Here”, Henry was already on his way to see his predeceased in-laws welcome him home – his father-in-law Harold C. Quartley, Sr. and mother-in-law Marion Tully Quartley; and his brothers and sisters-in-laws Harold Quartley, Jr. (Barbara), John “Jack” Quartley (Helen), Betty Quartley Gautieri (Vincent), Robert Quartley (Delores), William Quartley, Sr. (Virginia), Gerald Quartley (June) and Dorothy Ann Quartley.

Ninety-eight years on this earth he lived joyfully and with gratitude for his good health, loving family, wonderful friends and long life.  He was blessed since his birth on December 16, 1924.  Growing up on the south side of the tracks in the Polish-Italian neighborhood of Batavia, New York, he thoroughly enjoyed his life.  Even when he was drafted, fresh out of high school to fight in World War II, he bolted through the door to the family dinner table singing (as he always did) “I’m in the Navy now.  I’m not behind the plow…” as his mother cried for her youngest son going off to war.

The great adventure that was the Navy, soon became a hard reality with a seriousness that would challenge this young man and shape his life for the rest of his years.  Henry was sent to the Pacific Theatre on an aircraft carrier, along with his three buddies who became life-long friends.  He served aboard the USS Cape Esperance as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate Third Class.  In December of 1944, a day after his 20th birthday, a massive typhoon hit – Typhoon Cobra.  It later became known as Halsey’s Typhoon, after Admiral William “Bull” Halsey.  The typhoon made a direct hit on the task force as they were attempting to refuel.  Mr. Kisiel was told to report to the upper deck to secure the airplanes just as the storm hit.  By the time the crew made it topside, all the aircraft had broken free and were in the Pacific.  The sustained winds were clocking at 100 mph with gusts up to 140 mph.  Three destroyers immediately capsized in the ocean while the rest of the fleet suffered serious damage.  Close to 800 men were lost and there were many injuries.  This storm impacted more damage on the US Navy than any storm since 1889.  Mr. Kisiel retold his experience in the storm as part of the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.  (

Henry returned home from the war in 1946 and went to vocational school to become a tool and die maker.  His brother, Cecil Kisiel, had a fledgling tool and die casting company adjacent to their parents’ home.  Henry then worked for his brother at Kisiel Die Casting Company which employed many new immigrants and first-generation Poles and Italians.  In 1948, he wed Lois Ruth Quartley, also of Batavia.  Lois worked during and after the war as an Operator for The New York Telephone Company.  The Baby Boom was in full swing so the couple left their apartment on Washington Avenue to the home on Creek Road that Henry designed and built in 1955.  Mr. Kisiel was a skilled draftsman and designed the home as a perfect example of mid-century modern architecture.  The house was his pride and joy and he and his lovely wife raised their family there.  In 2013, for the first time, The Genesee County Landmark Society, honored it as their first ever mid-century modern home to be recognized as such.  The home is of red Roman rock-face brick from Louisiana.  The plaster interior is over an inch thick.  With its round windows accenting the home and deep eaves which overhang the perimeter of the house, it incorporated many of the elements of mid-century modern.

Around this same time, Mr. Kisiel decided to take up flying.  During the war, Henry had always wanted to fly the planes and made the decision to get his private pilot’s license.  He bought a Piper Tri-Pacer as his first plane and every Sunday took his three young children, after Sunday mass, to the Genesee County Airport for breakfast and a joyride over his home, buzzing the fields and practicing stalls all while his children waved from the plane at their terrified mother in the backyard.  His two sons were bitten by the aviation bug and both became private pilots at a very young age and his youngest son, Kevin, went on to fly commercially.  Over the years, Henry upgraded his planes to the last one which was a Beechcraft Bonanza.  On his latest plane, he found he was always having to replace the landing lights as the vibration would cause them to constantly be replaced.  Always the inventor, he made a landing light and patented it, that would withstand the shocks and formed his own small company called Arrowlight which sold the lights through the mail.  He got the biggest kick out of his little business until Raytheon realized that maybe they could do the same by creating an improved landing light as it came off the manufacturing floor.  Arrowlight became an obsolete product, but Henry got satisfaction that he could move a large corporation to take notice and make the improvement needed by merely offering a little competition.

In the early 1970s, Henry was out of work as a tool and die maker due to the closure of Kisiel Die Casting shortly after his brother’s death.  Always the resourceful and optimistic man, Henry looked for small jobs he might be able to do out of the home to be able to provide for his family.  He landed a small contract with Scott Aviation to bend frames for firefighters face equipment on a small machine he had rigged up in his basement.  With his wife and children bending and shipping boxes of frames back to Scott Aviation, Pinnacle Manufacturing Company was born.  He put Pinnacle in his children’s and wife’s name though never owned it himself, but he was clearly the driving force that launched the family business.  Gaining more jobs from his reputation as an excellent tool and die maker and always with only a handshake and his honesty and integrity, he grew the company and rented space for his fledgling business from Joe Mancuso who had started the small business incubator on Harvester Avenue.  His son, Kim Kisiel, ran the company and Henry was Chairman Emeritus.  Kim died in 2019 and the company continues today with his daughter Diana at the helm.

Henry always lived his life from a very fundamental belief that truly followed The Golden Rule – always treat others the way you would want to be treated.  He was known as a man of his word.  He always believed in treating people fairly and equitably, and silently always rooted for the underdog because he believed in second chances.  His love and his ability to provide for his wife and children were always the number one priority in his life.  Besides his two remaining children, he is survived by 6 grandchildren – Cortney Kisiel Lundberg (Benjamin), Michael Christopher Kisiel (Ruthie), Daniel Lee Kisiel whom all live in Arizona.  Kaylie Kisiel Andrade (Colin) of Cape Cod, Laine Ashley Kisiel of Brooklyn and Millicent Jade Kastenbaum of Manhattan.  He is also survived by four great grandchildren – Kennedy Rose Lundberg and Bryce Andrew Lundberg of Arizona; Jack Everett Andrade and Lorena Sophia Andrade of Cape Cod.  Henry is survived by his many nieces and nephews whom he loved and cherished deeply and took great joy in their extended families.  Two were very close to his heart as they came to live with him, Lois and his children after the death of their own parents – Sandra Johnson Antonucci (Paul) and William Johnson, Jr. (Norma).

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Thursday (July 27th) from 5-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. His Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday (July 28th), 10:00am at Resurrection Parish, 18 Ellicott St., Batavia. Committal Service and Military Honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery.

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Mark J. Amico

By T.J. Woodward

Mark J. Amico, 60 of Lockport, passed away on Friday, July 14, 2023 at Buffalo VA Medical Center. He was born March 14, 1963 in Batavia to Barbara A. (Sallome) Amico of Batavia and the late Joseph R. Amico. 

Mark was a proud United States Marine Veteran. He took joy working as a Veterans Benefits Councilor for NYS in Buffalo. Mark, played football in high school and college, he was a big Miami Dolphins Fan “Fins Up”, and he was an avid golfer. Mark loved his family, especially his grandchildren. 

He is survived by his beloved wife, Corinne A. (Harris) Amico, children, Mark Amico Jr, Katherine Goff, Sarah (Jeremy) Burger, Megan Amico, Nicole (Mitchell) Gaut, Shannon Bonadonna, brothers, Richard and Joseph Amico, six grandchildren, Kennedy, Oakley, Addison, Logan, Ryan and Jacob, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, July 20 from 3 to 7pm at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. A Celebration of His Life will be held on Friday, July 21, 2023 at the Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest with Military Honors at Western New York National Cemetery, Corfu.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Buffalo VA Hospital, 3495 Bailey Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215. To leave an online 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.

John Herbert Berndt

By Ronald Konieczny
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John Herbert Berndt (born 10/31/1947) passed away at United Memorial Medical Center on July 9th, 2023 after battling cancer. John, affectionately known as "Dusty", is survived by his loving partner Janet Hephner of Pavilion. He is survived by his brother Tom (Bev) Berndt of Lockport, daughter Jennifer (Brandon) Nunnery of Darien Center, son John Berndt Jr. (Patricia) of Wyoming, and son Timothy Berndt (Jen) of Clarence. He is survived by his grandchildren Paige, Trevor, Mikayla and Morgan. He is predeceased by parents Rose and John Berndt of Lockport.

Dusty was a U.S. Navy Veteran who served honorably from 1965 to 1969. Dusty was a quiet man who enjoyed drinking his coffee on the porch and watching the birds. He loved hunting with his brother Tom and spending time at their cabin, he enjoyed playing cards, fishing with his grandkids, being on his boat, camping with Janet in their camper, and gardening with his granddaughter Paige. He was an avid NFL watcher and was known for always knowing the score at his grandchildrens youth sporting events. He loved old westerns and was a fan of John Wayne. He had a sense of humor that usually only his daughter Jennifer appreciated and shared!

There will be a Military Service on Thursday, July 27th, 2023 at 1:00pm at the Western New York National Cemetery located in Corfu, NY. Please arrive at 12:30pm and stage in the designated parking lot. There will be a celebration of life immediately following the service at the Nunnery home located at 1896 Chick Road, Darien Center, NY. Dusty would have preferred a quiet and humble celebration of life, so please only adults and children aged 15 and over for the service and celebration. Please RSVP to Jennifer at (585) 813-2924.

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Mildred A. Johnson

By LaVern Falcone
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Bergen ~ Mildred A. “Chip” Johnson, age 63, of Clinton Street Road, passed away early Friday morning (July 7, 2023) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

    She was born June 13, 1960 in Bath, N.Y., a daughter of the late Lyle Fox and Grace Anne Payne.

    After graduation from high school, Mildred attended and graduated from Genesee Community College in 1988 and SUNY Brockport in 1999, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, graduating Magna Cum Laude. 

      She enjoyed crafts, waterfall hunting, going to yard sales, photography (especially nature), puzzles and visiting state parks, especially Letchworth State Park.

     Mildred will be remembered as a quirky and spunky woman and will be missed dearly by her family and friends.

     She is survived by her loving companion, Reid Taber of Bergen; her children, Merlyn (Christina) Johnson of Cameron Mills, N.Y., Cassandra Johnson of Johnstown, N.Y., Cory (Ashley) Fox of Batavia and Felicia Dumar of Bergen; 10 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild and her loving and faithful canine buddies, Wyatt and Sasha.

     In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her grandson, Trevor Breemes.

     A Celebration of Life will be held at Letchworth State Park at a date and time to be announced.

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Rose I. Wright

By LaVern Falcone

LeRoy ~ Rose I. Wright, age 85, of Randall Road, passed away early Wednesday morning (July 12, 2023) at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.  


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 She was born February 24, 1938 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Joseph and Josephine Lamendola Panepento.

     Rose will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother and dear friend, who always put her family and community first.  She was a longtime employee of The Pavilion State Bank, where she was promoted and worked as the bank manager until her retirement.  Rose was one of the actual organizers of the Oatka Festival and worked on the committee for ticket sales.  She also had a deep love for animals and casino trips.

     She will be sadly missed by her loving husband and best friend of 65 years, Richard “Dick” Wright; daughter, Nancy Clark (William Harshbarger); sister, Mary Jane (Gary) Kiefer; sister-in-law, Mary Catherine (Earl) Thompson, along with many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Marguerite (Frank) Lachnicht, Charles “Sonny” (Joanne) Panepento and Patricia (Donald) Bermingham and son-in-law, Carl Clark.

     Family and friends may call on Monday, July 17 from 9:30 ~ 10:30 AM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., LeRoy. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy. Rose will be laid to rest at St. Francis Cemetery following her mass.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either Volunteers for Animals, 3841 W. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020 or the Alzheimer's Assoc. of WNY, 6400 Sheridan Dr #320, Buffalo, NY 14221

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Michael Reid Woodward

By T.J. Woodward


Never one to overstay his welcome, “Big Mike/Woody” went to the great duck blind in the sky on July 11, 2023 at his home, nary a week after celebrating his 77th birthday alongside his family and the swapping out of his beloved recliner. 

He was born July 5, 1946 to the late Earl (“Woody”) and Agnes (“Bunny”) (Thompson) Woodward. Born in Rochester, NY, Mike spent his formative years mopping the barroom at his family’s restaurant and residence, the Alabama Hotel. A graduate of Oakfield Alabama, Mike proudly attended Michigan State University and was a member of the 1966 Spartans National Championship and Rose Bowl attendee football team. He then spent four years in the Navy in San Diego in a specialized deep-sea submarine rescue unit coordinating with legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau, before returning home after his dad’s passing to help with the family business and propose (again) to his wife of 51 years, Bonnie. 

Mike worked tirelessly and held various leadership roles during his 35-year tenure with IDS, American Express Financial Advisors and retired as a Senior Vice President of Ameriprise Financial, making lifetime friendships. At one time, he supervised half of the nation’s financial advisors and field managers.  He was lucky to travel the world with his wife and often his kids in tow, all the while hoarding his Marriott hotel points and mini shampoos. When he was in town, you wouldn’t be able to miss him at one of his kid’s sports games, cheering on the OA Hornets or making his own parking spot in the endzone. Once he hung up his briefcase in retirement, he took up coupon clipping and perfecting his tuna sammich recipe. 

His love of the outdoors was instilled by his dad and brothers at an early age. Mike was an Eagle Scout and avid sportsman, enthusiastic about fishing and hunting given any spare moment. He was a member of the Oakfield Rod & Gun Club, VFW, American Legion, OA Sports Boosters, OA Lions Club and OA Dollars for Scholars. Mike was dedicated to conservation efforts and was a board member for New York Ducks Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., DU Canada, and DU Mexico. Most notably, Mike led the national DU board’s Development Committee as Senior Vice President of Development, leading the charge to raise over $2.34 Billion for wetlands conservation, and as he liked to say “it’s for the ducks”. His collection of their auction items and duffel bag swag would certainly rival any member. 

Mike’s legacy and love of peanut butter cups will live on through his surviving family including his devoted wife, Bonnie S. (Schroeder) Woodward of Oakfield, children Jennifer Woodward, Mark (Michelle) Woodward of Oakfield, Kyle (Stephanie Wirth) Woodward of Old Greenwich, CT, Eric (Jessica Alexyn) Woodward of Oakfield, Stephanie (Patrick) Maloney of Rehoboth, MA, Karie (Robert) Credi of Rochester, Reice Woodward of Oakfield, Lakin Woodward of Oakfield; sister, Sharon (Frederick) O’Toole of Lyons, and brother, Timothy (Maria) Woodward of Batavia. He was the extremely proud Grandpa to Paige Hickenbottom, Alison, Michael, Leah, Cameron, and Eve Woodward, Conor Maloney, and Xavier Credi, and is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother Patrick J. Woodward and sister Ellen Woodward.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial contributions be made toward the Mike Woodward Conservation Legacy tribute, which is a major effort already underway by Ducks Unlimited, with a goal of raising $2.5 million dollars in Mike’s honor. Donations should be made payable to “Ducks Unlimited” at 219 E. Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020 or Ducks Unlimited

Friends are invited to call on Friday, July 14, 2023 from 4 to 8 pm at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. An 11 am Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Ave, Oakfield, NY 14125. He will be laid to rest with Military Honors in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery, Oakfield.

To leave an online 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.

Robert G. Hawkins

By T.J. Woodward

Robert G. Hawkins, 89 of Attica, passed away peacefully surrounded by family at his daughters home in LeRoy. He was born in Addison, NY to the late Elmer and Madge (Shumway) Hawkins. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Phyllis (Stuart) Hawkins, a son Bruce Hawkins, brothers, William and James Hawkins.

Robert retired as a Sergeant from Wyoming Correctional Facility in Attica. He enjoyed playing cards with his wife and spending time with his family. Robert was a man of great faith and member of Immanuel United Church of Christ in Orangeville and member of Masonic West Star Lodge #413 in Varysburg. 

He is survived by his children, Robert Hawkins of Attica, Patricia (Thomas) Fernaays of LeRoy, Stuart (Lori) Hawkins of Tombstone, AZ, Sue (Jeff Hauger) Hawkins of Attica, along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

Friends are invited to call on Monday, July 17, 2023 from 11am to 1pm at Immanuel United Church of Christ, 2165 Exchange St, Attica, NY 14011. A Celebration of his Life will immediately follow at 1:00pm at the church. He will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica, NY 14011.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, P.O. Box 144, Attica, NY 14011 or to Attica Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, 11 Water St, Attica, NY 14011. To leave an online message of condolence please visit Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. 

Joshua D. Quaintance

By Joshua Smith
Joshua D. Quaintance

Joshua D. Quaintance, 34 of Bergen, passed away on July 10, 2023, at his home. Joshua leaves behind a loving and devoted wife; Jessica (Mitchell) as well as three wonderful boys: Jaidyn B Joseph (15), Jordyn D John (14) and Jaxyn T Joshua (10). Joshua worked for CY Farms as a truck driver. Josh loved to be outdoors. He enjoyed fishing and looked forward to deer season each year. Joshua was an avid Bill’s fan and loved going to games with his dad. As his children got older, he brought his boys to share in the experience. Joshua enjoyed watching his kids play sports and could be found on the sidelines of every game. His kids would say Daddy made things fun. Joshua loved Jessica with all his heart, she was the twinkle in his eye. Joshua loved to get creative in the kitchen. His boys especially enjoyed taco nights. Joshua had many nieces and nephews that adored him, they would often say, Uncle Joshy was the best. Josh had a heart of gold and made you feel a sense of comfort when in his presence. Whenever you were with him there was sure to be laughter involved. Joshua had a way of making every event fun. He will be greatly missed. 

Joshua is the beloved son of Stanley (Tracy) Quaintance, Jr. of Homosassa, FL and Melinda (Troy) Quaintance of Byron, the son-in law of Randy and Robin Mitchell. He leaves behind is brother Justin Quaintance, his grandfather Stan Quaintance Sr, his grandmother Sue V LeSage. Joshua also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, and brother and sister in-laws. Also many cousins, nieces and nephews. Joshua joins three family members that adored and cherished their time with him, his grandfather, Thomas J LeSage, his grandmother Sharon Quaintance and his great grandmother June R Vile. There will be a celebration of Joshua’s life on July 22nd at 3pm at the Bergen Rod and Gun Club. 

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

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