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bernard.jpg  Bernard A. Buckenmeyer, 81 of Alexander, passed away on Friday, November 12, 2021, at the Grand Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia. He was born December 30, 1939 in Alexander to the late Charles J. and Margaret M. (Gilhooly) Buckenmeyer. He is preceded in death by granddaughter, Michelle G. Buckenmeyer, siblings, Charles (Violet) Buckenmeyer, Jr, George (Dorothy) Buckenmeyer, Elizabeth Buckenmeyer, Mary (Larry) Falkowski, Catherine Raines, Dorothy (Eddie) Moynihan, Lucy (Jim) Moag, Margaret (Jim) Hofmann.

Bernie owned and operated Buckenmeyer Brothers Dairy Farm in Alexander. He loved horses, rodeoing and farming. Bernie was one of the original starting members of the Attica Rodeo. Bernie is in the Notre Dame High School Hall of Fame for his exceptional talents in Basketball. He was always supportive in any adventure you did, a friend to all and he will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his beloved wife Geri (Heymans) Buckenmeyer, sons, Bernie Jr and Tim (partner Deb Barie), daughter Leigh (partner Bob Fuller); 6 grandchildren, Todd (partner Matthew) Buckenmeyer, Sara (partner Ray) Buckenmeyer, Cory (Alisha) Buckenmeyer, Darin (partner C.J.) Buckenmeyer, Adam (partner Abigail) Buckenmeyer, 3 great-grandchildren, Madison Eddy Peyson Foster and Lilia Alyce Buckenmeyer, brother Francis Buckenmeyer, brother-in-law Paul Raines, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to a 12:00 Noon, Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main St, Batavia, NY 14020. He will be laid to rest in West Bethany Baptist Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alexander Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 336, Alexander, NY 14005. To leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Lydia A. Fisher, 74, of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021, at her home.

Lydia was born on December 3, 1946, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Rudolph and Edna Yutzy Chupp. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Robert H. Fisher and her brother John Chupp.

Lydia worked for the Batavia City School District as a teacher’s aide. She was a big fan of the Batavia Muckdogs. Everything Lydia did, was for the joy and love of her grandchildren.

Lydia is survived by her children; Anne Fisher, Bob (Kristine) Fisher and Steven Fisher all of Tennessee, David (Rachel) Fisher of Batavia and Christine (Johnny) Thorpe of Texas; 10 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter; her siblings, Verda (late Michael) Rentschler, William (Sandy) Chupp, Elsie Beach, Jerry Chupp, Sylvanus (Donna) Chupp and Daniel Chupp. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Family and friends may call Friday, November 19, 2021, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Akron, 122 Main Street, Akron, NY. Burial will follow in Alden Union Cemetery, Alden, NY.

Memorials may be made to the family.

elainemfuest.jpegElaine M. Fuest, 65 of Bennington, passed away at home surrounded by her family on Saturday, November 13, 2021, after a valiant battle with cancer. Elaine was born in Buffalo, December 19, 1955 the daughter of the late Thaddeus & Clara (Blaszyk) Zola. She is preceded in death by her brother Robert Zola.

Elaine enjoyed playing Bingo and cards, especially pinochle and relaxing while reading romance novels. She had a passion for the outdoors, hiking, camping, fishing with family, waterfalls, photography and parks. Elaine was an animal lover, from horses to goats and golden retrievers. Her greatest joy was the deep love she had for her family.

Elaine is survived by her beloved husband, Francis E. Fuest Jr, her children, Brenda A. (Kevin) Rosel of Clarence, Francis J. Fuest of Batavia, Timothy J. Fuest of Bennington, granddaughter, Isabel Rosel of Clarence and brother Eugene P. Zola of Cave Junction, OR.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 4 to 7 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. A 10:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 19, 2021 at Sts. Joachim and Anne Parish, 50 East Ave, Attica, NY 14011. She will be laid to rest in St. Vincent’s Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bennington Volunteer Fire Company Rescue Squad 1353 RT 354, Attica, NY 14011. To leave thoughts or a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the scheduled visitation and funeral mass on November 17 & 18 for Joan F. Staats has been postponed to a future date to be determined and announced.

Elba - Chad A.  Zawistowski, 34 of Elba passed away on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Chad was born Monday, October 26th, 1987 in Rochester, a son of Beth Cekuta Beale of Elba and the late Carl Zawistowski.

An avid hunter, Chad enjoyed being out on the water kayaking, traveling with family and friends and playing rugby.  He was generous, selfless, kind and was always the life of the party. Chad had the biggest heart and motivated others around him to be better people. He adored his wife and sons and will be remembered for being "all things good".

Surviving along with his mother is his wife, Abby Zawistowski of Elba; his sons, Sawyer A. Zawistowski and Elias A. Zawistowski, both of Elba; his siblings, Adam (Meghan) Zawistowski of Chili, Sarah (Greg) Garcia of Hilton and Jacob Beale of Elba; his grandfather, Albert Cekuta of Gates, several aunts and uncles including Kevin (Val) Cekuta of Webster and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday, November 18th, 2021 from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm  at Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia, New York where Chad's memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 19th, 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Young Life - Genesee County Office, P.O. Box 614, Bergen, New York 14416.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in Chad's memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

*In order to protect the health of the family, we kindly ask that all in attendance for visiting hours and funeral services wear facial coverings.*

Madeline M. Bartz,14, of Batavia, unexpectedly passed away on Thursday, November 11.

Madeline was born October 3, 2007 in Cortland, New York, a daughter of Sarah (Pat) Fedus and Tom Bartz.

Madeline’s passion was cheerleading. She also loved the arts: singing, dancing, performing, drawing and painting. You could also find her outdoors: climbing trees, riding her cousin’s horses, skateboarding with friends, catching (and “training”) frogs and other nature’s creatures. She loved animals, especially her dogs, Zeus and Elaina, and ferrets, Luna and Bear.  Madeline was spunky, loved the spotlight, and goofy. She loved to laugh and make others laugh.  Madeline will be remembered for putting everyone's feelings before her own and being a wonderful source of strength for others.

Surviving along with her parents are her brothers, Alex Bartz, Jackson Bartz, Derrick Fedus, sisters Natalie Bartz and Kyra Fedus, grandparents, Ruth Watkins, Richard Watkins, Tom and Betty Bartz, Joe and Loretta Fedus and her many loving cousins, aunts and uncles. Other loving family members to be included are Kimberlie Miller and the Miller family.

Family and friends are invited to call on November 22 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia, where Madeline's funeral will be held at 10:00 am on November 23.  

Madeline's family is asking that you wear bright colors to her funeral to honor her life: a last wish of Madeline’s. She will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery in Batavia.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/donate/.  

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

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

Pavilion ~ Joseph F. Falcone Jr., age 71, of Perry Road, passed away early Friday morning (November 12, 2021) at the Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw.

     He was born February 3, 1950 in Batavia, a son of the late Joseph and Eleanor Fagan Falcone.

     Joe will be remembered as a very kind and loving person, who served 23 years with the National Guard and retired from the NYS Dept. of Corrections with over 30 years of service reaching the rank of lieutenant.  He was an avid hunter and participated in league shooting competitions.  He was also a member of the Moose, St. Nicks Club, Batavia VFW and American Legion Post 332.

     He is survived by his wife, Deborah Lewis-Falcone; his children, Rachel (Brian) Heywood, Joe Falcone and Michelle Falcone; grandchildren, Andrew Frank, Haylee Frank and Madison Heywood; his siblings, James (Carol) Falcone, Jacqueline (Randy) Harding, John (Mary) Falcone and Joan Falcone; sister-in-law, Robyn Falcone, along with an aunt and many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

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

     Interment in Grandview Cemetery will be private at the convenience of the family.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Pavilion Fire Dept., P.O. Box 156, Pavilion, N.Y. 14525

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

joan_staats_0.jpg Batavia ~ Joan F. Staats, age 85, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning (Nov. 10, 2021) at her home in Batavia.

            She was born July 18, 1936 in Albany, New York, daughter of the late Marian and Francis Henry.

She graduated from Brockport State in 1958 and began teaching physical education for the Indian River school system in Philadelphia, NY. Upon moving back to the Albany area, she taught for two years at Ravena Coeymans and left teaching to start her family. After raising two daughters, she began her career in service to the state of New York as district office manager for State Assemblyman R. Stephen Hawley, and concluded her career as an advocate for people with disabilities at NYSDDSO.

     A devoted mother and grandmother who nurtured her daughters’ interests in music, and theater and attended all of her grandsons’ baseball, football, and basketball games, Joan was also an avid reader, swimmer, crossword-puzzler, card-player, and dog lover. She gave her all to so many community organizations, including the Town of Stafford Recreation, the New York State Veterans Home, the LeRoy PTSO, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Republican Women’s Club.

     She will be sadly missed by her husband of 59 years, Berney V. Staats; daughters Marian Staats (Thomas Bowen) and Cindy (Steven) Dumbleton; grandsons Steven and Joshua Dumbleton; and special friend and caretaker Sophie Penepent.

     Joan’s family would like to extend their appreciation to Home Care and Hospice and Johnny’s Angels for the wonderful care of their wife and mother.

     Visitation and services will be announced at a later date.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia, NY.

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

Batavia - John H. Batchelor, Sr., 76 of Batavia passed away on Thursday, (November 11, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mr. Batchelor was born May 29, 1945 in Batavia, a son of the late Herbert and Doris (Dixon) Batchelor.

John enjoyed hunting, camping, woodworking, traveling, riding his motor cycle, and boating. When not any of that, he was always hard at work.

John was the husband of Carol (Dewey) Batchelor who preceded him in death on August 13, 2009. In addition to his wife and parents, he is predeceased by his son, John Batchelor, Jr., grandsons, Joshua and Nicholas Tracy; his sisters, Dorothy (late Noel "Butch") Elmore, and Shirley Klinkbeil.

Surviving are his daughters, Denise Hargrave of Prattsburg, and Michelle (Thomas & Olivia) Smith of Batavia. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.   

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, from 12  to 2 pm at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia.  John 's Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at 2 pm at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery in Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

difrancesco_danny.jpgDaniel Joseph DiFrancesco, 40 of Batavia, passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

He was born July 18, 1981, in Amherst, NY, a son of Karen LeMaster of Batavia and Joseph (Carrie) DiFrancesco of Canada.

Surviving besides his parents are sisters, Angi DiFrancesco, Leah (TJ) Peca and Emily LeMaster, all of Batavia, brother Jimmy (Lindsay) DiFrancesco of Florida, niece and nephews Anthony, Joey, Vinny and Raeven and grandparents Anita Szabo of Amherst, Margaret LeMaster of North Carolina, Bill Szabo of Clarence, and Carol Rowcliffe of Batavia.  He is also survived by numerous loved pets and many cousins, aunts, and uncles - in particular his uncle Joey Szabo of Gasport, who was like a big brother to him.

Danny was a unique soul who found his comfort in music, sports and nature.  He formed easy bonds with kids and animals.  His fun-loving spirit and one-of-a-kind personality gave him an endearing charm to those who knew him.   Danny was a proud member of the Kelsey Road Bangers, and spent countless hours playing hockey, snowboarding, and finding peace near lakes and mountains.  

If you’d like to toast and share some happy memories of Danny, the family will be having a pre-Bills game gathering in his honor at The Caryville patio in Oakfield on November 14th from 11-1pm (informal, please dress for the weather.)  Stay for the game or just stop in for a hug.

In lieu of flowers, a fund is being set-up to sponsor youth hockey players to provide a helping hand with the costs of playing the sport that Danny loved.  To make a donation, you can reach out to the family at [email protected] for details.   

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.







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