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difalco.jpg  Valerie V. DiFalco, 95, of Batavia passed away peacefully on Friday Febraury 19, 2021 at the United Memorial Medical Center. She was born on November 23, 1925 in Buffalo to the late Peter and Ida (Schiavi) Sinibaldi. In addition to her parents, Valerie is predeceased by her husband; Sebastian DiFalco in 1995; siblings Richard (Millie) Sinibaldi, Victoria (Joseph) Piccolo, Jimmy Sinibaldi and Catherine (Joseph) Colantonio.

Valerie worked for 30 years at Mancuso Plumbing and for many years as an Accountant at OTB in Batavia. She was an avid bowler until she was 92 years old. Valerie was a lifelong New York Yankees fan. She loved to travel with her husband and enjoyed entertaining her friends and family.

She is survived by her sister; Mary (Tom) Adams of E. Bethany, along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews.  

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, February 25th, 2021 from 4-7PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held and Valerie will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum in Batavia.
The funeral home will be operating at 50% of its capacity during visitation due to COViD 19 restrictions. Face coverings and social distancing are mandatory. Thank you for your cooperation.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital www.stjude.org or to the donor's choice. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Stafford ~ Richard “Dick” F. Totten, age 74, of Morganville Road, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, February 21, 2021.

     He was born November 7, 1946 in Batavia, a son of the late Fay and Betty Buck Totten.

     Dick will be remembered as a very devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dear friend.  He was a hardworking and private man, who was never known to complain about anything.  He was the proud owner and operator of Hy-Hope Farms in Stafford and he loved being outside; whether it involved chopping corn, working around his barn or just spending time with his Glenside Clydesdale horses.

     He will be sadly missed by his loving wife, Bonnie Fite Totten; his children; Debbie Totten, Lori (Pete) Brown, Jody (Scott) Shepard, Kristen Meeder and Caitlyn Meeder; his grandchildren, Chelsea (Chris) Voorhees, Samantha (Mike) Pellegrino, Travis Trader, Luke Trader, Tori Trader, Jordyn Shepard and Joslyn Shepard; his sisters, Brenda (Masami) Iburi and Linda (Chuck) Miller; his brother, Ron (Barb) Totten; sister-in-law, Pat Totten; his faithful canine companions, Sadie Mae and Bronson, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Kenneth Totten.

     Family and friends may call on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 2 ~ 4 P.M. at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Services will be private.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, PO Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240.  www.roswellpark.org/giving/donate/honor-memorial-gifts

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

darraleebmcculloch.jpegDaralee Bobette McCulloch was born to Frederick and Norma Ruth Roberts in Buffalo NY on a winter’s day in March, 1941. She was the middle child of 7 siblings: the late Paul ( Linda ) Roberts of Michigan, the late Ronald ( Barbara ) Roberts of Batavia, the late Dennis ( Mary Jane) Roberts of Attica, the late Shirley ( Gene ) Limpinsel of Elma, Michelle (Frankie) Carr of Phoenix, Arizona and Yvonne (Rex) Bishop of Florissant, Colorado.

Cookie, small and sweet as her nick name perfectly implies, yet she was of a specific kind, strong, sassy and resilient. One tough Cookie! She could cut a man down with her sharp tongue yet she would fill the bellies of the strays and be the voice of the voiceless. Such was her sense of justice. Her heart more like the animals she loved so much, ready to smother you with kisses, but even more, she was a faithful and loyal friend. Her life was not short on challenges, and still she was a testament of perseverance both in faith and responsibility. She loved the Lord, was purposeful in reading his word and believed in the promise of Heaven. Whatever she did she did fully with both her hands and her whole heart. She was a janitor at Attica school, and a CNA for years. She took pride in how well she took care of her patients, and was told the school was never as clean as it was when she worked there. She was a devoted wife and a wonderful mother.

Surviving is her loving husband Donald McCulloch of Attica, and her beloved children, Debra ( Roger) Almeter of Strykersville, Scott (Michelle) McCulloch of Attica and Todd McCulloch of Attica. She beamed with pride over her 9 grandchildren, Brad (Carolyn) Almeter, Jared (Michele ) Almeter, Adam (Amanda) Almeter, Melinda (Jeremy) Meyer, Natalie (James) Flint, Cortney (Derek) Wolfley, Megan McCulloch, Cassandra McCulloch and Hunter McCulloch, and 16 great grandchildren.

Cookie and Don shared a love for riding motorcycles and their adventures took them as far as Alaska!! They threw shoes and bowled in a couples league. Cookie loved to read and could devour a book in no time. She was a social bug and enjoyed hanging out at Busy Mart having coffee and chatting with the regulars. When she left this world on Feb 19, 2021 her hands were held tightly by Don, her husband whom she loved unconditionally for 61 years. She will be laid to rest in the place she called home, Attica, NY. Until heaven….. sweetie, honey, honey girl.

In honor of her love for animals, in lieu of traditional tangible gifts or flowers please consider giving to the Wyoming County SPCA. This would have brought Cookie much joy. A private family service will be held to celebrate her life on Saturday, February 27, 2021. 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.

Martin Charles Will “Marty”, of Florida, passed away at his home on January 10, 2021. He was born on December 6, 1953 in Batavia to Junamae Will Qutermous of Batavia and the late John V. Will. Marty was predeceased by his sister; Christine Will and stepfather; Paul Qutermous.

Marty was a skilled carpenter. He lived in the Fort Lauderdale area for over 40 years. He was very meticulous about his home, garden and restoring his car.

He is survived by his mother, a daughter Stacey Paterson of Powderly, KY., a son Jake Magnus of Indiana; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild; brothers Richard E. Will of Pinellas Park, FL. and Jeffrey A. Will of Chandler, AZ.; 5 step sisters and one step brother, an aunt and several cousins.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Graveside Service will be held at St. Cecilia’s Cemetery in Oakfield in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021. To leave messages of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Brockport - Louise S. (Baker) Harvey, 88 of Brockport passed away on Monday, February 15, 2021 at Medina Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Harvey was born February 14, 1933 in Irondequoit, New York a daughter of the late Viola Baker Skellen.

She was an avid storyteller, loved to play cards and dominoes, and enjoyed knitting and working on craft projects for loved ones.

Louise is the wife of Lincoln F. Harvey who passed away in 1978.

Surviving are two sisters, Stella (Kenneth) Mowers and Ruby G. Skellen, both of Brockport; children; Candie (Carl) Pocock of Bergen, Lynette Weber (Garry Nicholas) of Florida, Philip (Sharon) Harvey of Hamlin, Colin (Kerstin) Harvey of Florida, and Carla (Donald) Ruggles of Brockport, New York. Louise is also survived by eleven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, cousins and many dear friends.

She is predeceased by her stepfather, Donald L. Skellen; son, Alan J. Harvey; and son-in-law, Herb Weber.

No calling hours or service will be held at this time and burial will be in Mt. Rest Cemetery in Bergen at the convenience of the family.  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.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home of Bergen.

Shirley Lee McCabe, 76, of Batavia, passed away on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Unity Hospital in Rochester after a long hard fought battle.

Shirley was born May 27, 1944 in East Orange, NJ; a daughter of the late William and Esther (Cody) Osterhout. 

Shirly loved and treasured family and being around those she loved. She was a social butterfly.  Her greatest pleasure was to spend time with everyone. She provided a loving smile and laughter whenever she was around. She was an incredibly strong woman and was always willing to lend a hand. She loved nature, birds and country living. She enjoyed her years as a seasonal camper at Woodstream. She was a member of Godfrey’s Pond.  

Surviving are her daughter, Bonnie (David) Priolo; grandchildren, April (Steve) Klaver, Nicholas (Nikki) Priolo, Kyle (Callie) Koch, Mark (Alexis) Koch and Sean Koch; great-grandchildren, Kayla Klaver, Carl Klaver, Brielle Priolo and Ashley Priolo; son-in- law Chris Koch, brothers-in-law, Thomas (Jeff Holloway) McCabe, Joseph McCabe, Matt (April) McCabe and Joseph Janiga; sisters-in-law, Sharon (Paul) Hulme, Marilyn (Walter) Natwora, Marjorie (Frank) Gallagher, Maida McCabe, Lucy McCabe and Kelly McCabe and several loving nieces and nephews. Special mention to her lifelong best friend Pat(Jerry) Stacey. 

Preceded in death by her husband, Frank McCabe; children, Kelly Ann Koch and Patrick Francis McCabe; a sister, Barbara (late Roger) Cabic; sisters-in-law, Susan (late Norm) Reimers, Sally (late Jack) Fulater, Bernice Janiga and Kathleen (late Thomas) White, Deborah Krakowski and brothers-in-law, Charles Mc Cabe, Michael(late Nina) McCabe and James McCabe. 

Services and burial will be held at a later date in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lackawanna.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rochester Rotary Sunshine Camp, https://www.sunshinecamp.org or to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/donate/.  

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

Arrangements for Shirley were entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-5673.

Pavilion ~ Betty Lou (Kipfer) Lichti, age 78, of S. Lake Road, passed away unexpectedly at home on Saturday, February 13, 2021.

     She was born June 10, 1942 in Warsaw, a daughter of the late Nelson and Anna Lee Logsdon Kipfer.

     Betty Lou is survived by her son, Timothy Lichti of Pavilion; her loving granddaughters, Kayla Lichti, Laura D’Ambrosio and Jamie Rowe and her sister, Shirley Ann Boyce.  She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and great friends.

     She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Donald I. Lichti, her son, Thomas N. Lichti and her brother-in-law, Irel Dean Boyce.

     Betty Lou worked for the US Postal Service for 30 years.  She enjoyed camping, nascar races, playing euchre and going to the casino.  She had a great love for her family & friends and always enjoyed spending time with them.

     Services and interment will be at the convenience of the family. 

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Pavilion Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 156, Pavilion, N.Y. 14525 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

     Mrs. Lichti and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

knorr.jpg  Batavia - Ruth Joan Knorr, 83, passed peacefully onto Heaven on Monday February 15, 2021 at Premier Genesee in Batavia with the love of her sister by her side. She was born on October 8, 1937 in Philadelphia, PA., the daughter of the late Raymond H. and Mary M. Knorr of Batavia. She is also predeceased by her brother; William R. Knorr of Silver Spring, MD.

Ruth had no children of her own however she did not lack for her love of children.  She spent her life as a caregiver / nanny to many very special kids. Ruth also volunteered in the church nursery and for the nursery of a local MOPS group.  Ruth had a very special gift for interacting with children.

One hundred years from now,

            It won’t matter what car I drove,

What kind of house I lived in,

            How much I had in my bank account,

Nor what my clothes looked like.

            But, the world may be a little better,

Because I was important in the life of a child.

Ruth’s passion was her church and church family. She belonged to the Batavia First United Methodist Church and its UMW group. In 1955 she was the very proud recipient of an honorary pin from the Batavia UMW. The pin was given in acknowledgement of her volunteer work for the church. Ruth not only worked in the nursery, but assisted in serving church dinners and was an usher for Sunday services. She also helped with the church food pantry. Ruth eagerly volunteered an any capacity she as able. Ruth enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, word searches and reading. She loved game time; Scrabble and Uno being two of her favorites. She also loved the Buffalo Bills and going on outings with her family. She enjoyed vacations in Wildwood, NJ and said she loved these times because “the family was all together”.

Surviving is her brother; Raymond S. Knorr (Carol) of Pensacola, FL., sister Joyce L. Knorr of Batavia; a nephew Raymond J. Knorr (Parrish) of Birmingham, AL; a niece Cathy Knorr Webb (Trevor) of Pensacola, FL. Ruth was also the great aunt to three; Josie & Raymond Knorr and Max Webb.

Due to COVID, arrangements will be determined at a later date. Interment will be in Grandview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The First United Methodist Church 8221 Lewiston Rd. Batavia, NY 14020 or a charity of the donor’s choice. To leave messages of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.comArrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Batavia - Gary Richard Payne, 72  of Batavia,  passed away suddenly on Friday, (February 5, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mr. Payne was born August 26, 1948 in Corning, a son of the late Glen and Margaret Payne.

Gary served with the US Navy. He enjoyed fishing, polka music, and watching NASCAR and horse racing. He lived an amazing life and at one time sang along side Wayne Newton while in Texas where he began his love of country music and yodeling.  

Surviving are his fiance, Susan Carpenter; a son, Jeffrey Payne; step-son, John (Jennifer Franklin) Carpenter; and a sister, Joanne VanFleet.

There will be no visitation. A private service will be held for his family. Mr. Payne will be interred in the WNY National Cemetery in Pembroke. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriner's Hospitals for Children, Processing Center, PO Box 863765, Orlando, FL 32886.  

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

Batavia - Sandra L. Cortright, 62 of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, (February 10, 202)1 at Unity Hospital in Rochester.

Mrs. Cortright was born September 30, 1958 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Robert and Iona (Boyce) Waller.

Sandra liked cats, playing cards, working Sudoku puzzles, taking walks in the sunshine, and watching television. A social butterfly, she greatly enjoyed mingling with family and friends when ever she was able.

Sandra is the wife of Robert D. Cortright who passed away in 2011.

she is survived by her two children, Tara (Sam) Reynolds of Batavia, and Thomas Giess of Basom; two brothers, Larry (Lynne) Diamond of North Carolina, and Kevin Waller of Oakfield; four sisters, Darlene (Charles) Burton of Stafford, Bobbie Waller of Basom, Anne (Michael Fry) of Albion, and Lynn Bischoff of Basom. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

There will be no visitation. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in the spring in Alabama Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cortright Family.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.




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