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valerych.jpg Henry P. Valerych, beloved husband, father and grandfather, was called home on December 25, 2019. Henry, the seventh son of a seventh son, was born on the family farm in Oakfield, NY on July 27, 1927. He was a quiet, gentle man, but a force for change, love and respect.

Hank, as he was affectionately known is survived by his beloved wife of almost 64 years; Anna Schiavone Valerych; his cherished children Michelle (Charles Joseph) Mahler of Batavia, Henry Peter Valerych of Corfu and Mary Ann Valerych, at home; his loving grandchildren Joseph Henry Mahler of Batavia and Sara Anne Mahler of Buffalo. He is also survived by his dear in-laws; Rose and Frank O’Geen, Theresa (the late Russell) Cravatta, Jeanette and Bruce Tehan and many cherished nieces and nephews.

The baby of 12 children, predeceased by all, he surely had a joyous Christmas as he was reunited with his parents; Peter and Mary Valery; his sisters Josephine (Anton) Grylicki, Anna (Anthony) Figelow, Violet (Sal) LoCastro, Gladys (Baldon) Palazynski, Martha (James) Arena; brothers Raymond (Elaine) Valery, Chester (Helen) Valery, Edmund, Leo, John and Walter Valery, as well as his mother and father-in-law Nicholas and Maria Michele Schiavone; in-laws Joseph (Ida (Michael Adamus) Schiavone, Peter (Catherine) Schiavone, Lucy (Mario) Maloni and Mary (Joseph) Yacono.

During WWII, at age 17, Hank quit school and joined the U.S. Navy. He served aboard the USS Mosopelea ATF 158, which was commissioned on his 18th birthday. He didn’t care much for the sea and after two years in the Navy he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed Army life, serving around the world, including Korea and Germany, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant before retiring in 1966. He then worked at and ultimately retired from Graham Manufacturing in Batavia, where he was an active member of the Graham Retiree’s Group, serving as Treasurer of many years.

Hank lived a life of service. As one of the Genesee County NYSARC founders, Hank and his wife helped create and grow the agency from its inception, spending a lifetime in service to people with disabilities and their families. Hank held every office and served on nearly every committee through the years. He chaired the Membership Drive, the Genesee ARC Bowl-A-Thon and the ARC Tournament raffle, helping raise more than $500,000 in his lifetime to support and expand programs and services to individuals with developmental disabilities. After 52 years on the Board of Directors, Hank recently stepped down from his leadership position and was granted Board Member Emeritus status. Hank is forever grateful to the agency employees, particularly direct care staff who truly make a difference in the lives of so many in our community.

A current member of Resurrection Parish, he was an usher at St. Anthony’s Church prior to its closure. He was a member of the Holy Name Society. A Fourth Degree Knight of Capadonno Assembly, Knights of Columbus Msgr. Kirby Council #325, he held multiple offices, including Vocations Chairman and was Treasurer until his death. Hank was also a life member of the Batavia VFW Post #1602, a member of the Down Syndrome Parent Support Group of Genesee County and long-term Agency Representative on the policy setting NYSARC Board of Governors.  A modest man, he focused on his mission and was always surprised when recognition came his way. His many honors included being Geneseean of the Year in 1993 (along with his wife, Ann – the first couple so honored), recipient of the 2002 WNY Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day Family / Caregiver / Advocate Award and most recently receiving the 2019 Spirit of Arc Award.

Friends are invited to call on Friday January 3, 2020 from 4:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 12:00PM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday January 4th at Resurrection Parish 303 E. Main St. in Batavia.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials are suggested to the Arc of Genesee Orleans, program to be determined www.arcgo.org 64 Walnut St. in Batavia. As Membership Chair, Hank would be delighted if you chose to join or renew your membership. 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, NY 14020.



lipinski.jpgLance J. Lipinski, 80, of Lyndonville, formerly of Batavia, passed away on December 27, 2019 at Unity Hospital in Rochester. He was born on January 13, 1939 in Rochester to the late Walter J. and Thelma (Fritz) Lipinski. In addition to his parents, Lance is predeceased by his son; James Lipinski; son-in-law Scott Humel; brother Ronald Lipinski.

Lance was a member of the Sportsman’s Coonhunter’s Association, the East Pembroke Vol. Fire Department, the Junior Wilson’s Sportsman’s Club, and was a social member at the VFW in Medina. Lance was an avid outdoorsman, loved gardening and softball and was a 3 sport athlete in his younger years. Lance enjoyed having friends and family up to the lake for fun!

He is survived by his wife; Betty Lipinski; children Kenneth (Beth) Lipinski of Corfu, Theresa (Jaimie) Branciforte of LeRoy, Deborah (Tim) Baker of Batavia, Penny Humel of E. Pembroke, John Smith of SC., and Michael (Brenda) King of Batavia; brother Thomas Lipinski of Batavia, along with many grandchildren and one nephew; TJ.  

As per his wishes there will be no prior calling hours. Services for Lance will be held at the convenience of the family. There will be a Celebration of Life held in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance 127 North St. in Batavia. 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, NY 14020.

mcvay.jpgCarmella “Millie” McVay, 82 of Corfu, passed away on December 25, 2019. She was born December 20, 1937 in Batavia, to the late Ignazio and Carmella (Dorsey) Mortellaro. She is preceded in death by her husband Alfred M. McVay Sr. whom she married on July 20, 1956; daughter Cathy Hein, sisters Mary (Tony) Cassaro, Jenny Stellar, brothers Casper (Elaine) Mortellaro and Frank (Arlene) Mortellaro.     

Millie was co-owner of Joe’s Pro Shop and Trophies since 1975. She enjoyed bowling, golf, spending time with her grandchildren, puzzles, playing cards at the Senior Center, and spending time getting her hair done by her best friend Carol Grasso.   

She is survived by her beloved children Jeannie (John) Mazurowski of Pittsburgh, PA; Mark (Kelly) McVay of Batavia; Alfred (Donna) McVay Jr. of Crestview, FL; son-in-law Marty (Kathie) Hein of Batavia; grandchildren Kelly (Erik) Albenze, Phillip (Marti) Mazurowski, Mitchell (Kayleigh) Mazurowski, Maxwell (Clarissa) Mazurowski, Joseph (Britney) Santini, Mackenna (Joshua) Fagan, Alex (Maria) McVay, Brittany (Adam) Hein, Stacy (Eric) Hein, and many, many great-grandchildren; siblings Rose (Russ) Vanvalkenburg, Anthony (Shirley) Mortellaro, Joseph (Sandy) Mortellaro and Richard (Kathy) Mortellaro.   

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, December 29, 2019 from 1 to 5 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 30, 2019 at Resurrection Parish, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia, New York 14020. She will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia.    

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to East Pembroke Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 44, East Pembroke, New York 14056 in Millie’s memory. 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, NY 14020.   

kennedy.jpg  Gina M. Kennedy, 58, of Batavia passed away on December 25, 2019 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She was born on May 15, 1961 in Batavia to the late John and Margaret (Maloy) Eppolito. In addition to her parents, Gina is predeceased by her brothers; John “Jackie” and Chuck Eppolito.

Gina’s warmth, kindness, and sense of responsibility to her friends, family, and coworkers were undeniable. She was a selfless hard worker who rarely took vacation. She was a wonderful cook and loved to share her gift with everyone. She was quick to give people her opinion on any matter, take it or leave it. She treasured her children and grandchildren, and would tell anyone who would listen just how proud she was. She laughed with her whole body, cried with her whole heart. There can never be a feeling of emptiness, because she filled our hearts. She touched so many lives. She will be sadly missed, and fondly remembered.

She is survived by her loving husband; Kevin Kennedy; daughter Jackie (Dan’l Fisher) Siverling of Batavia; son Craig (Jenni) Meyer of Basom; step-children Joe Elmore and Sarah Elmore; sister Linda Eppolito; sister in law Lori Eppolito; grandchildren Alivia, Benjamin and Craig Jr.; lifelong friend Linda (Doug) Hagen along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 2:00PM Celebration of Life will be held on Monday December 30, 2019 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. 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 St. Batavia, New York 14020.

BASOM - John D. Falker, 83, of Basom, passed away Thursday, December 26, 2019, at Buffalo General Hospital.

Mr. Falker was born April 19, 1936, in Batavia, a son of the late Bayard and Anna Gerda Falker, Sr..

John worked for Chapin International in Batavia, for 26 years before retiring in 1996.  He loved classical country music, Mollie B Polka Music and his dogs.  He was the "Official Neighborhood Weather Watcher" in Basom.

He was the husband of the late Sharon M. (Beechler) Falker who died on September 15, 2007.

Survivors include 3 children, Debra (Ben) Falker and Kimberly (Dominica Tubiolo) Falker both of Basom and Ricky (Kelly) Falker, Sr. of FL; 4 grandchildren, Brandon (Shelby) Falker of Akron, Dylan Falker of Lyndonville, Ricky (Rachel) Falker, Jr. of Rochester and Melinda (Trey) Sanders of Gates; a brother, Alan Falker of SC; 2 sisters Evelyn Bush of Basom and JoAnne Schmigel of FL; a sister-in-law, Judy Beechler of Oakfield; 4 great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and extended family.

He was the brother of the late Bayard "Peanut" Falker, Jr.

Friends may call from 3 to 6 pm on Monday December 30, 2019 at the Indian Falls United Methodist Church, 7908 Allegany Rd. (Hamlet of Indian Falls).  Mr. Falker's funeral service will be at 11 am Tuesday at the church with the Rev. Karen Grinnell officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Attica. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John's memory may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.  Arrangements were completed by Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home of Batavia.

Batavia - Randolph P. Zickl, 84, of Batavia, died on Sunday, December 22, 2019, at Rochester General Hospital.

Mr. Zickl was born June 9, 1935, in White Plains, a son of the late Rupert and Jeannette Hrube Zickl.

Randy practiced law in Batavia for over 50 years and was a United States Army Veteran. A longtime member of the Batavia Lions Club, Randy was a member and former president of the Genesee County Bar Association and was also a member of the New York State Bar Association. Randy loved nature, enjoyed fishing, reading, play bridge and enjoyed Tuesday trivia night at TF Brown's. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees, Buffalo Bills and hockey.

His wife, Anne E.. Noonan Zickl, died on March 16, 2014.

 Surviving are his sons; Robert R. (Mary Ellen) Zickl of Batavia, R. Philip Zickl of Lackwanna, William G. Zickl of Batavia and Donald E. Gugel of Batavia; eleven grandchildren;  Sean, Kathleen, Meghan, Joseph, James, Ethan, Ainnie, Daneale, Helen, Robert and Claire; and his sister-in-law; Suzanne R. Noonan of Batavia.

He is predeceased by his brother, Rupert T. Zickl.

Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 31st  at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia where services will immediately follow visitation at 11:30 a.m. Entombment, with military honors, will follow at St. Joseph's Mausoleum. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, New York 14021 or to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com


                                                       Eleanor Frances Lynch, of Attica, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2019 in Batavia.. She was born on August 25th, 1934 in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, New York.  Orphaned at birth, she was raised by her Grandparents, Samuel and Mary Calhoun. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband (Thomas Lynch), her daughter in law (Bernadette), and her Grandson (Michael).

Eleanor graduated from St. Brendan’s High School where she played Basketball and was inducted into the National Honor Society.  She met the love of her life, Tom, and they were married on her Birthday in 1956. After subsequent moves to Ohio, New York and New Jersey, Eleanor and Tom chose the house on Attica Gulf Road as their “forever home”.  Eleanor was heavily involved in CCD, Catholic Daughters and Pro-Life activities as a long term parishioner at St. Vincent’s Parish. She had a special place in heart for all living things. Her time and financial resources were directed towards animals, the poor and the preborn.

Eleanor is survived by her son and daughter (Thomas and Mary) of Attica, and Son and Grandson, Patrick and Brendan of West Irondequoit. We will miss her terribly but believe she is celebrating a Christmas reunion in heaven.

Special thanks to the loving hands at both Eastside Nursing Home and United Memorial Hospital.

Flowers gratefully declined. Instead, please consider directing memorials to St. Joachim & Anne Parish, 50 East Ave, Attica, NY 14011

Visitation will be held on Friday, January 3, 2019 from 9:30 AM – 11 AM at the Marley Funeral Home, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011.  A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 AM, Sts. Joachim & Anne RC Church, 50 East Ave, Attica, NY 14011. 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 St, Attica, NY 14011


Leon Van Lieshout, 92 years, of Geneseo, NY, formerly of Albion, NY, died on December 23, 2019 after being diagnosed with lung cancer in November 2019. He was born in the Netherlands, February 1, 1927, the son of Godfrey and Anne Marie van Lieshout. Leon and his wife Hendrika married on September 19, 1956, and immigrated to the United States on September 29, 1956. They first settled in the Baltimore, MD area, where their six children were born. They also lived in Verona, NY, before moving to Albion, NY in 1978. Leon was a life-long dairy farmer, owning his own farms in upstate New York. Two of his sons, Michael and Andrew, continue to build on the farm he started in Albion. Leon served in the choir and was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Albion for over 30 years before moving to St. Matthew Catholic Church in Livonia. Leon also loved ice skating, playing the accordion, and serving in local politics.
He is survived by his children, Michael (Cyndy) Van Lieshout of Albion, Martina (Stephen) Moulton of Le Roy, David (Christina) Van Lieshout of Livonia, Lawrence (Barbara) Van Lieshout of Stillwater, MN, Andrew Van Lieshout of Albion, Anne Marie (Chris) Barnwell of Ft. Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Jenna (Martin) Bruning, Alex (Maggie), Mitchell, and Garrett Van Lieshout; Stephanie (Robert) Rauch, Phillip and Natalie Moulton; Peter, Katelyn (Ian) Ladner, Adam (Katie) and Marissa Van Lieshout; Virginia & Michael Van Lieshout; Amelia and Victor Woods; step-grandchildren Christopher and Jessica Barnwell; and ten great-grandchildren; siblings, Jaantje van den Oever of The Netherlands, Doortje Roefs of the Netherlands, Frances Tillaart of Canada, Lawrence (Mary) VanLieshout of Canada; numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by Hendrika, his wife of nearly 54 years, one grandchild, and six siblings.

Family and friends may call on Friday, December 27th, from 4-7pm at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, 21 Big Tree Street, Rte 20A, Livonia, NY.  Funeral Mass will be held at 10am Saturday, December 28th, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 6591 Richmond Mills Road, Rte 20A, Livonia, with a reception to follow.  Burial will be held, following the reception, at 2:30 pm at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Route 31, Albion, NY. Friends wishing, may make memorial contributions to St. Matthew Catholic Church, PO Box 77, Livonia, NY 14487 or through the website www.stsmaryandmatthew.com. To send condolences or further information, please visit: www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com

Batavia – Kenneth R. Toal, Jr., 60, of Batavia, died on Sunday, December 22, 2019 at his home

Kenneth was born March 1, 1959 in Batavia to Marjorie Toal Kelsey and the late Kenneth R. Toal, Sr.

He was a plumber for over 26 years and enjoyed his job and the many friends he made.  Ken was an avid NASCAR fan and loved riding his motorcycle.  He was a friend to all and helped anyone in need. 

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Harold and Grace Rogers formerly of Darien and Leslie and Mabel Toal, formerly of Batavia and his step father Daniel Kelsey.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Denisse (Wait) Toal, his son, Kasey (Jodee) Toal of Darien; a stepson, Nathan (Ange) Farnsworth of VA, 3 grandsons, Brenton Toal, Lucas Toal and Paxton Farnsworth; a brother, Kevin Toal of Alexander; a step-brother, Thomas (Julie) Kelsey of Attica; a sister-in-law, Betsy (Late David) Kelsey of East Bethany; a sister, Karen (Gordon) Biehl of FL; 2 aunts, Patricia (Robert) Chmielowiec of Byron and Winny (Noel) Smith of KS; 2 uncles, Paul (Ester) Toal of Batavia and Donald (Betty) Toal of NV; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call on Friday, December 27, 2019 from 1 to 2:30 pm with services following at 2:30 pm at H.E. Turner & Co., Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia.  Please consider memorial contributions in Kenneth’s name to Volunteers for Animals of Batavia, 3841 West Main St. Rd.,  Batavia, NY 14020. Friends may attend a snack reception at Ken's Charcoal Pits following the service.

mapes.jpg  Stephen E. Mapes, 67, of Bergen passed away on Friday December 20, 2019. He was born on May 2, 1952 in Batavia to the late Stephen W. and Olive (Baube) Mapes.

Steve Mapes (aka Big Steve) was a kind hearted, loving man. He was an amazing father and papa and he will be dearly missed by his family and friends. His love for his family was never ending. Big Steve is finally back on his Harley to ride for eternity…Bad Santa flies forever.

He is survived by his children; Kyle Mapes, Shalyn Mapes and Nicole Mapes all of Batavia; sisters Vicki Moore of AL., Kathy Harting of Batavia; brother Richard (Cynthia) Mapes of Batavia; ex-wife and mother of his children Cindy Mapes; 7 grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are welcome to call on Thursday December 26, 2019 from 6:00-8:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020. An 8:00PM Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bergen Volunteer Fire Dept. 10 Hunter St. Bergen, NY 14416. 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.








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