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Wilson Covert – Born in Buffalo, NY on October 26, 1921, Wilson passed away on January 7, 2021 at the NYS Veterans Home in Batavia, NY.  He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Joyce Brown Toal Covert and his beloved children and step-children:  Michael (Denyse) Covert of Punta Gorda, FL; Christine (Robert) Ralston of Springville, UT; James Covert of Williamsburg, VA; Linda Toal and Carolyn (Gary) Dawson of Batavia, NY; Kathleen (Randy) Alexander of Corfu, NY; Cynthia (Anthony) Lewandowski of Amherst, NY; Mark Covert of Riga, NY; Kevin (Pamela) Covert of Oakfield, NY; daughter-in-law and step daughter-in law Christie Covert of Laredo, TX;  Michelle Toal of Trenton, FL;  sister Joan “Pat” Moody of Kenmore, NY; 24 grandchildren and step grandchildren, and 30 great-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.  Wilson is predeceased by his wife of 24 years, Dorothy Orendorf Covert, sons and step son John Covert, Andrew Covert and James A. Toal, daughters-in-law Deborah Covert and Lisa Covert; step grandson James W. Toal;  and brothers Eugene Covert and Harry Covert. He was the son of the late Harry and Elvera Wilson Covert.

Wilson was a proud WWII Navy Veteran and served in the Pacific Ocean Theatre on the USS Electra.  His strong sense of duty to country continued through the service of four sons, two sons-in-law, grandson, granddaughter-in-law, step granddaughter and step great-grandson in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National  Guard. Prior to his retirement, Wilson worked in IUOE Local 17 as a Crane Operator at Pine Hill Stone and Gravel in Lancaster for 25 years.
Wilson enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends, gardening and spending time outdoors. He was a master at whittling and his signature hand carved wooden ducks will be treasured throughout the generations of his family.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at the convenience of his family.  Memorials may be made to Western New York Heroes (wnyheroes.org).

Wendy  K.  Speagle, 48, of Bergen, passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport.

Wendy was born May 17, 1972 in Batavia, a daughter of Rita (Hartman) Pfenninger of Lockport and the late Wayne Douglas Cayea, Sr.

Being a CNA, Wendy enjoyed taking care of the elderly and especially those patients with Alzheimer's.  She loved spending time with her family and was a call representative for the department of labor.

Surviving along with her mother are her children, Thomas (Kelsey Sanders) Mitchell of Youngsville, NC, Samantha Tate of Batavia and Troy Hubler, II of Lockport; brother, Wayne (Adrienne) Cayea of Medina; sister, Jessica Pfenninger of Batavia; three grandchildren, five nieces and five nephews.

Along with her father, Wendy is predeceased by her grandparents, George and Eleanor Hartman.   

Wendy's funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, https://act.alz.org/donate.  

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

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

LeRoy - Adriane  C.  Broadbooks, 93, formerly of Byron and Bergen, died Thursday, January 7, 2021 at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

Mrs. Broadbooks was born on Sunday, March 20th, 1927 in Niagara Falls, a daughter of the late James Patrick Casey and Alida Van Esbroek Casey. 

Raised in Rochester, Adriane was a graduate of Houghton College. She taught for many years at the Rochester Christian School. In the summers, she would go to Peniel Bible Conference in the Adirondacks, where she volunteered in the kitchen.   

She married Herbert Broadbooks on February 11, 1972, and assisted in operating the family farm in Byron until retirement. After living a few years in California, they returned to western New York and lived in Bergen. Adriane was a member of the Christian Women's Club in Batavia and the Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder.

Survivors include a sister, Patricia Russell of Bergen; nieces, Karen (Michael) Thunell, Diane (Donald) Cunningham and Cindy (Dennis) Burke of Bergen, Christine (Thomas) Silburn of Lake Luzerne, Kathy Matthews of Oregon; nephews, Michael Russell of Hawaii and Danny Russell of South Dakota and several grand-nieces and nephews. 

In addition to her parents, she is predeceased by her husband, Herbert; a brother and sisters. 

There are no prior visiting hours. Private graveside services will be held in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 38 South Lake Street, Bergen. Memorials may be made to Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 206, Bergen, New York 14416. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Street, Bergen.

roberteburey.jpgRobert E. Burey, of Darien Center, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his beloved wife of 64 years and his five children. He was born February 22, 1934, in Timmins Ontario to the late Goldy Latrielle and William George Burey.

Bob was an ARMY veteran and avid outdoorsman, who loved camping, canoeing, and fishing in the Adirondack Mountains with his wife or lifelong friend, Ed Jones. He enjoyed many seasons skiing at Honey Hill, Bluemont, and Swain, was the Attica High School ski club advisor, and was a volunteer ski patrolman. Bob also loved golfing with his Tuesday league and dear friend and golf partner, Ron Phillips. When not outdoors, Bob led a very full life pursuing many other ventures. He thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with a great group of fellow creative friends with the Attica Haunted House Association. He taught Art and Photography for 25 years at Attica High School, where many of his fellow teachers / students became close friends. Bob was also an active board member of the Attica Historical Society, Tonawanda Valley Federal Credit Union and the WNY Gas and Steam Engine Association.

Bob was hard working and devoted to his family and will be dearly missed. His is survived by his wife Sophie (Pinky) P. Burey (Winstel); children, Karen R. Prince, Susan L. Coulter, Patti G. Burey, Robert S. Burey and Brett M. Burey; 11 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and his dear sister, Marilyn (Babe) Hussla.

There will be a Celebration of Life gathering at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the scholarship fund of your choice. 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.

Batavia- Sedra Clare Stockton Hyde, age 82, of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

She was born on March 19, 1938, in Batavia, a daughter of the late Burton and Britta Bird Stockton.

Sedra had a beautiful smile that would light up a room as well as an unmistakable laugh. She had a special love for her Grandchildren & ALL Babies.

She married the love of her life Fred L. Hyde on March 23, 1957. Surviving along with her husband are her children; Tambra (Tammy) Hyde Kendall of Ft. Worth, Texas, Thomas (Laura) Hyde of Attica, Troy Hyde of Batavia and Teal (Marc) Langmaid of Byron; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; her brother; Stefan (Judy) Stockton; brother-in-law; Ralph Hyde; sister-in-law; Joanne Hyde and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her infant grandson, Thomas Hyde Jr., father-in-law and mother-in-law; Fred L. Hyde, Sr. and Mildred Chandler Hyde; brothers-in-law; Charles Kuehl, Richard Hyde, and William Reiss and her sisters-in-law; Juanita Hyde, Joyce Kuehl, and Marjorie Reiss.

Sedra's Lifelong Best Friend Beverly McAllister was with her at LeRoy Village Green and they passed away 9 days apart with Beverly passing on December 28, 2020. They were together until the end & they are now together in Heaven.

Friends may call on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia where services will immediately follow visitation. She will be laid to rest in West Bethany Cemetery. Memorials in Sedra’s name may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Sedra’s name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

*Please note that the funeral home capacity is 25 people. Facial coverings and social distancing are required. Please be prepared to wait outside. We appreciate your consideration and cooperation*

victormjensen.jpgVictor M. Jensen “Vic”, of Attica, passed away on his 94th birthday, Thursday, January 7, 2021 at LeRoy Village Green. He was born January 7, 1927 in Batavia, to the late Marius (Camilla Petersen) Jensen. He was very proud to be the youngest of 12 and is preceded in death by his wife Neva J. (Sergel) Jensen, all of his siblings, brothers Charles, Walter, Harry, Alfred and Frank Jensen, sisters, Edith Carpenter, Ethel Schernau, Mabel Jensen, Ruth Jensen, Christine Brown and Virginia Stephan.   

Vic owned and operated Jensen’s Liquor Store in Attica for over 30 years. He survived Polio at age 18 and made it all the way to 94. He was extremely proud to have well behaved girls that were excellent athletes and students and was proud to have put his girls through college. He was an avid supporter of his daughters and grandchildren in life and sports.

Vic is survived by his daughters, Vicki L. Jensen, Joanne M. (Robert) Maxwell, Lynn M. (Barry) Northup, 5 grandchildren, Rob (Erika) Maxwell, Ryan (Lorraine) Maxwell, Ashley, Brandon, Jenna Northup, 5 great-grandchildren, Robbie, Phillip, Grace, Logan and Jaclynn, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Manor House and LeRoy Village Green, along with friends neighbors and family who all took such loving care of Vic.

There will be a Celebration of Life held at a later date. He will be laid to rest at Forest Hill Cemetery, in Attica, NY.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North St., Batavia, NY 14020; Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, NY 14020 or to American Heart Association, www.heart.org. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011.   

orr.jpg  James D. Orr, 75, of Alexander, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 3, 1945 in Buffalo, NY to the late James (Ethlyn Drake) Orr. He is preceded in death by three sisters, Catherine Hyer, Judi Cross, Eve McAlister; a brother, John Orr; and a granddaughter, Tara Parsons.

Jim moved to Genesee County at a young age and remained a lifelong resident.  After brief stints as a farmer and factory worker, he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, a job he both excelled at and loved.  He was one of the first recipients of the Carl Draxler Award, a statewide award recognizing excellence in the performance of his duties as a New York State deputy sheriff.  Prior to his retirement in 1993, he rose to the rank of Chief Deputy, the highest non-elected rank in the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, and made many lifelong friends throughout the county. 

During his time with the Sheriff’s Department, Jim undertook extensive training in the reconstruction of motor vehicle accidents.  Many local members of law enforcement received training from him in this field.  Following his retirement from law enforcement, he worked throughout the remainder of his life as a consultant hired to reconstruct motor vehicle accidents in both the private and public sectors.  Near the end of his life, he returned to public service and was elected Town Justice in the Town of Alexander, a position he held until he again retired in October of 2020.

In both his various careers and his personal life, Jim was known for treating people with honesty, fairness and respect.  To his family, he was a steady, reliable presence who could always be turned to for help with problems both big and small.  He was a loving and devoted husband to his wife of 42 years and a true role model for his children and their offspring.  He will be greatly missed by both several generations of family members and many others who thought of him as family.         

He is survived by his beloved wife, Debra Orr (Hewitt) of Alexander; children Christine Orr of North Tonawanda; James (Nancy) Orr of Akron; Michael (Gael) Orr of Conesus; Heather (Gregory) Robinson of Stafford, Brett (Sarah) Orr of Alexander; brother Charles (Millie) Orr of Washington; sisters Janice (Lowell) Durant of Potsdam; Patricia (Ed) Ewert of Batavia; Becky (Joseph) Rangel of Idaho; Cindy (Anthony) Gennoe of Tennessee; grandchildren Ashlee Kenyon, Alexis Kenyon, Emmaleigh Odom, Jay Armstrong, Kaiel Robinson, Sarah Orr, Drake Orr, and Clyde Orr; great-grandchildren Cuylar West, Avalyn Carubia, Noah West, Donavin Hilton and Kashius Hilton; along with several nieces and nephews.

No Memorial Service will be held at this time due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.  A Celebration of his life will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.  For more information please call 585-343-8260, or 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.

celia.jpg  Celia Klein, 94, of Batavia, passed away due to complications from COViD-19 on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. She was born August 3, 1926 in Batavia, to the late Angelo (Angeline Tizzano) DiLaura. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years, Donald Klein, sisters, Mary DiLaura, Lena (Dominic) Cutitta; brothers, Thomas (Rose) Minuto, Frank (Josephine) Minuto, Joseph, James and Angelo (Beverly) DiLaura; in-laws, Ceil and Jack Zackey, Jeanne and James Redivivo, Margaret and Pat Radice, Henrietta Ingebrech, Eileen and Roland Amedick, Helen and Donald Zorn, Neil Klein, Richard Miller, Paul, Robert, Edward, Joseph and Dorothy Klein.

Celia was most known for her generosity of spirit. Her door was open for anyone. Our large family enjoyed the Memorial Day and Fourth of July picnics she held. She maintained beautiful gardens, enjoyed reading, music and of course her visits to many casinos. Mom worked hard for St. Mary’s and Notre Dame. Her many nieces and nephews always enjoyed her company.

She is survived by her children, Margaret (James) Brady, John Klein, Donald (Joellen) Klein. She was a doting grandmother to Regina Conte, Beth (Alfred) Clark, Philip (Susan) Klein, John (Ashley) Klein, Tyler (Kara) Klein. She was so proud of her great-grandchildren, Silvauno Sykes, Ethan and Makayla Clark, Karter and Tessa Rose Klein.

The family would like to thank the staff at Le Roy Village Green for their care and affection for mom and our family.  

Due to COViD-19 restraints, her burial will be private. The family will plan a Celebration of her Life in the summer. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia

In lieu of flowers please make any donations to the Donald and Celia Klein Scholarship at Notre Dame High School, 73 Union St., Batavia, NY 14020. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to send a message of condolence, please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

z.jpgGerald E. Schwab, 83 of Sheldon, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born at home in Sheldon, on May 20, 1937 to the late Edward (Pauline Hanley) Schwab. He is preceded in death by siblings, Norma (William) Marzolf, Herbert (Arlene) Schwab, Carl (Doris) Schwab, Leon (Cecilia) Schwab, Rosalyn (Leo) Bartz, Theresa (Al) Dominessy, granddaughter Hope Geiger, sister-in-law Wanda Schwab.   

Mr. Schwab was a 3rd generation dairy farmer; member of Upstate Milk, retired from farming in 1987 and went on to work at Darien Lake doing RV maintenance before working at and retiring from Buffalo RV. He was a life member of Sheldon Fire Department and member of WNY Gas & Steam Engine Association. Jerry Built and maintained the family “pond & getaway”, he loved spending time with his family.

Mr. Schwab is survived by his beloved wife Kathleen A. (Rautenstrauch) Schwab, children, Mark (Karen) Schwab, Nancy (Dave) Meyer, Daniel (Deanna) Schwab, AnnMarie (Douglas) Geiger; siblings, Donald Schwab, Harold (Margaret) Schwab, 9 grandchildren, 3 ½ great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, January 10, 2021 from 1 to 4 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011. An 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 11, 2021 at St. John Neumann Parish, 991 Centerline Road, Strykersville, NY 14145. He will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery, Sheldon.  

Please note the Funeral Home will be operating at 33% capacity per state guidelines. New York State requires those in attendance to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and face coverings are mandatory. Thank you for your cooperation.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Sheldon Fire Department, 996 Centerline Road, Strykersville, NY 14145. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011.   

Audrey  J.  (Brown) Fay, 87, of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home.

Audrey was born October 9, 1933, in East Bethany, a daughter of the late Howard and Winifred (Carlson) Brown.

Audrey was a greeter at Walmart in Batavia, loved being with her family and was a New York Yankees and Miami Dolphins fan.

Surviving are her daughters, Lori (Raymond) Luzier of California, Patricia (Lawrence) Cassatt of Elba and Sandra (Robert) Tunningley of Henrietta; a sister, Marilyn (late Merlin) Kirch of Kansas; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  

Audrey is the wife of the late Richard Fay.

Services will be held at a later date in East Bethany Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Genesee County Senior Center, 2 Bank Street, Batavia, NY 14020.  

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

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

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