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Bergen- David Peter "Pete" Cummings, 61, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2020, at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center.

Pete was born June 9, 1958, in Rochester, a son of Elizabeth C. (Fodge) Cummings and the late Donald A. Cummings of Bergen, NY.

Surviving along with his mother are his siblings; Donald (Melanie) Cummings of Palmyra, John (Christine) Cummings of Bergen, Bob (Jane) Cummings of Gates, Liz (Ron) Vergamini of North Chili, Kevin (Debra) Cummings of Churchville and Paul (Susan) Cummings of Churchville. Pete is also survived by sixteen nieces and nephews and twenty-two great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pete loved basketball, especially the Boston Celtics and Larry Bird. He was an enthusiast for the sport and was well versed in the statistics that went along with basketball. He enjoyed talking with people on the telephone and had a knack for making great connections through those conversations. His other favorite things were Ralph & Rosie’s Pizza, Pepsi, Payday candy bars, homemade chocolate chip cookies and McDonald's. He will be remembered by his family and friends as a smart, kind, gentle and friendly person with a great sense of humor.

Pete's family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Elderwood of Lakeside at Brockport for the excellent love, care and support they gave to their brother and to the staff at Hildebrandt Hospice who made his final days comfortable.

There will be no visitation.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, private services will be held at the convenience of the family. He will be laid to rest in St. Brigid's Cemetery, Bergen, NY. A public Memorial Mass will be scheduled in the future for Pete at St. Brigid's Church, 18 Gibson, Street, Bergen. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Pete's memory may be made to Elderwood of Lakeside at Brockport, 170 West Avenue, Brockport, New York 14420 where memorials will be used for resident activities. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Pete’s memory, visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen.

murtagh.jpg  Thomas E. Murtagh, 62 of Rochester, passed away May 27, 2020. He was born on January 26, 1958 to the late Edward and Myrtle Murtagh. He is preceded in death by his sister Karen Beigas.

Tom worked as a painter and carpenter. He was an avid Pittsburg Steelers, Minnesota Wild and New York Mets fan. Tom loved music, St. Patrick’s Day and most of all his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his children Amanda Smith of Wilmington, NC; Trevor Murtagh of Ontario, NY; grandchildren Lilian and Asher; the love of his life Jane Maskell of Byron; brother Michael (Dee) Murtagh of Rochester; niece Siobhan Murtagh, nephews Michael Murtagh Jr. and John Beigas

There will be no prior calling hours. A Memorial Services will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

STAFFORD - Rev. Raymond E. Walker, 77, of Stafford, passed away Wednesday, (May 27, 2020), at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center in Rochester.

Rev. Walker was born October 3, 1942, in Rochester, a son of the late William and Audrey (Hesson) Walker.

Rev. Walker graduated from Byron-Bergen Central School and enlisted in the Marine Corps.  Following his service to the country, Ray became a Genesee County Sheriff's Deputy while attending Roberts Wesleyan College where he earned his Master's Degree.  Following college, Rev. Walker began his teaching career as a history teacher at Batavia Middle School.  He moved to North Carolina where he worked in the court system and became an ordained minister in 1980.  Eventually, he returned to Batavia where he was the Assistant Principal at Batavia High School until retiring in 2005. 

Retirement did not last long as he began teaching inmates through Genesee Community College.  Following his work with GCC, Ray ran the Residential Program at the NYS School for the Blind.  Rev. Walker served as pastor of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Batavia for several years followed by the First Baptist Church of Batavia prior to his retirement just a few years ago.  An accomplished vocalist, Ray was trained at the Eastman School of Music and enjoyed performing at various churches.

He is the husband of Virginia (Farrell) Walker of Stafford.  The two were married August 4, 2007. 

Surviving along with his wife are his children, Raymond D. Walker of Rochester, Charles T. Wille of Kentucky, and Justin J. Wille of Missouri; sisters Delaine (Halbard) Pinkcett and Susan (Abram) Cotton both of Rochester; sisters-in-law Kathleen (late Bill) Farrell of Maryland and Eileen Farrell of New Hampshire. Several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Ray is preceded in death by a son, James C. Walker; a brother, Thomas H. Walker; and sisters, Audrey Walker and Ella Griffin.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no public visitation.  A funeral service will be held privately for his family at the First Baptist Church of Batavia.  A public graveside service of interment will be held on Tuesday (June 2, 2020) at 11:00 a.m. in Mt. Rest Cemetery, Bergen.  Those wishing to attend are asked to wear a mask and adhere to social distancing guidelines. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rev. Walker's memory may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607.

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

The H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main Street, Batavia was entrusted by Rev. Walker's family with his arrangements.

Byron - Dayle G. Chapman, 77, of Byron, passed away on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Dayle was born October 25, 1942, in Niagara Falls, NY, a son of the late Robert and Millicent (Anderson) Chapman.

A member of the Batavia First United Methodist Church and the Byron Kiwanis Club, Dayle was a floor inspector for General Motors in Lockport.  A veteran, he served with the United States Navy.  Dayle will be remembered for his exceptional woodworking skills, making people laugh and his beautiful sense of humor.

Survivors include his wife Johanna (Vargo) Chapman of Byron; children, Tammy Roviso, Sheila (Todd) Galen, Lora (Jeff Blakely) Green, Scott M. Nowak, Darla D. (Dan) Bellar, Jay (Tammy) Chapman and Michael J. Nowak; brothers, Bob (Susie) Chapman, Jack Chapman and Jerry (Emma) Chapman; a sister, Joyce Lynn Chapman, 18 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the Batavia First United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Dayle's memory may be made to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263, https://www.roswellpark.org/

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

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

mccabe.jpg  David J. McCabe, 68 of Bennington, NY, passed away peacefully on May 25, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born October 15, 1951 to the late Carlton and Dorothy McCabe.

He is survived by his beloved wife Peggy, and was the loving father of Kelly (Joe) Beck and Colleen (Chris) King, and grandfather to Madelyn, William, Jackson, Evelyn, and June.  He is also survived by his sister Linda (Richard) Beeman and mother-in-law Doris Kibler.  He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Robert Kibler. 

In 1978, he and his wife formed the trucking company D.J. McCabe, Inc., in which he was owner and operator for over 40 years.  Although he was willing to haul almost anything, he began by following in his father’s footsteps hauling milk, which he did for many years.  After hauling for Buffalo Molasses for several years, he retired from the business.

He always had a project he was working on, spending a great deal of time in the shop.  He enjoyed working on old cars and trucks, and most recently took an interest in woodworking, in which he had an amazing talent.  He cherished his time with family and friends, enjoyed taking long gator rides and was known to enjoy a Genny or two.  He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his sons-in-law.  He was well known and respected in the community, with countless lifelong friends who admired him for his wisdom and experience.  When the garage doors were open, it was always an invitation to stop in and visit.  He accomplished many things in his life, most importantly teaching us all how with dedication, hard work and the love of family and friends, any obstacles can be overcome.  

A Memorial Mass and reception will be held at a later date.  

Memorials may be made to Bennington Volunteer Fire Company, 1353 Clinton St., Attica, NY 14011, or to Charlotte House, P.O. Box 123, North Java, NY 14113. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 591-1212. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

mcjury_mary_jean_-_photo.jpgMary Jean (Borst) McJury, 88, passed on to eternal life Monday, May 25, 2020.  A lifelong Batavia resident, Mary Jean (“Mac”) leaves behind legacies of family and public service.  Her passing leads to a reunion with her husband, Robert K. McJury, and several other family members.  She is survived by 5 children, Dan McJury of Lancaster, NY, Bob (Patricia) McJury of Fairport, NY, Mary Beth (Dan) Riordan of Alexandria, VA, Ellen (Matt) Dooley of Vienna, VA, and Tom (Lori) McJury of Fairport, NY.  She is also survived by and was extremely proud of her 14 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren (with two more coming soon).

Mary Jean had committed her life to serving others via a nursing career that spanned over 40 years.  Each time her name came up in conversation with others – usually with strangers - there was always a “Mac” story that followed; this included delivery of babies, comforting the seriously ill in the hospice unit, dealing with late-night emergency room mayhem, and ultimately supervising dozens and dozens of nurses.  In 1972, she quickly volunteered to enter Attica prison during the infamous riots to care for the injured corrections hostages and inmates.  In her later years she continued her service on the Genesee County Board of Health, serving as president for several years.  Together with her husband Bob, they worked to instill in their children an attitude of giving back and serving others.

The family has a forever and deep sense of gratitude to the talented, wonderful, and compassionate staff at the LeRoy Village Green nursing home, who supported and guided her through these final years.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family with entombment in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Mary Jean was a lover of animals, particularly dogs.  Therefore, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Humane Society of Greater Rochester / Lollypop Farm at www.lollypop.org or via mail Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

vnichols.jpg  Virginia M. Nichols, (92) of Corfu passed away peacefully on May 24, 2020 at The Harbor Chase Center in Dr. Phillips, Florida. She was born December 10, 1927 in Attica, NY. The daughter of the late Robert H. Allen and Marian Allen.

Mrs. Nichols enjoyed her work as a senior typist for many years at the Dept. of Social Services for Genesee County and was a member of the Cornerstone Church in East Pembroke.

Virginia relocated to Florida in 2015. She enjoyed many outings on a regular basis here in Orlando and special Dessert dates with Makaila. She was thrilled to meet her last Great Grand-daughter Rowan this past year. She loved her Bingo, Wii Bowling, and Exercising daily.

Virginia is preceded in death by her loving husband Fred (Jan. 16, 2012) and enjoyed at the time, more than 63 years of marriage. Fred was an employee of Niagara Mohawk for 42 years, along with her brother Roger Allen who was killed in WWII at the age of 21 serving his country, and her loving sister Marilyn Votry.

She is survived by her sons Roger (Lorna) of Cudjoe Key, Fl., Mark of The Villages, Fl., and Steve (Cheryl) Nichols of Windermere, Fl. Four Grandchildren, Makaila Nichols, Brooke (Gabe) Miltner, Lindsey (Shawn) Gibbons of Colorado, Shelby Carr of Washington. Three great grandchildren, Rowan Miltner, Colby and Bailey Carr and Jayden Gibbons.

There will be no calling hours due to the Corona Virus. Internment will take place in the Grandview Cemetery next to her beloved husband Fred in mid-June.

Memorials may be made to the Cornerstone Church 2583 Main St. East Pembroke, NY 14056.  To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

flowersunset.jpgGloria M. Burek, 90, of Cowlesville, NY, passed May 24, 2020. Gloria was born to William Nowakowski and Martha Kozubska, January 6, 1930, in Buffalo, New York.  She married Edward P. in 1947, and they lived together in Cowlesville, New York.  Together they raised 7 children.

She leaves as her legacy 7 children: Edward P. Burek, Catherine A (Keith) Gildner, Robert A (Georgia) Burek, John A (Loraine) Burek, Michael W (Kimberly) Burek, Paul C (Brandy) Burek, Steven A Burek. She is also survived by 12 Grandchildren, Victorya, Whitney, Kelli, John Jr, Ashley, Joseph, Evan, Christopher, Stephanie, Benjamin, Taylor, Tanner, 12 Great-Grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Her children remember her as a strong hard working wife and mother.

She was preceded in death by Edward P Burek, (Husband), Raymond C Nowakowski, (Brother), Dorothy Ziolkowski, (Sister), Shawn A Burek, (Grandson), and Rachellyn G Burek , (Granddaughter).

There will be no prior calling hours, a graveside service will be held for the immediate family. She will be laid to rest in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Bennington, NY.    

The family would like to thank the Harris Corners Volunteer Fire Department and the Strykersville Volunteer Ambulance for their immediate response.

The family requests that donations be made to Wyoming County SPCA, 808 Creek Road, 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 Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Batavia ~ Ronald A. Rodgers, age 75, formerly of Pavilion, passed away Saturday afternoon (May 23, 2020) at Rochester General Hospital.

     He was born October 15, 1944 in Warsaw, N.Y., a son of the late Elwin and Alice Fitzsimmons Rodgers.

     Ron will be remembered as a hard working gentleman, who loved the outdoors.  He worked for many years as a hired hand on local farms and then became involved in trucking and transporting cattle and horses.  He eventually went on to establish some of his own businesses, which included cow hoof trimming, lawn mowing and had his own auction business, First Choice Auctions.  He and his wife, Darleen, were parents to many foster children over the years as well.

     He is survived by his devoted wife of 56 years, Darleen Hackett Rodgers; his children, Laurie (Paul) Boulden, Ronald Jr. (Tammie) Rodgers, Lisa Main, Leslie Cusse (Dennis), Judy Riggi, and Martin Rodgers; 18 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Joanne Falcone and Carol (Dean) Westcott; special cousin, Norma Geary (Cliff), along with many other cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     He was predeceased by his daughter, Jody Hint; brother, Elwood “Tiny” Rodgers and brother-in-law, Salvatore “Slim” Falcone.

     Private services will be held at this time for the family with a public service to be announced at a later date.

     Contributions in memory of Ron are suggested to the American Diabetes Association.

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

     Mr. Rodgers and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400


Corfu - Jerome W. Acquard was born in Buffalo, New York on March 3, 1922, and passed in peace on May 21, 2020, at the age of 98 at his beloved home in Corfu, NY. He is survived by his beloved wife Carol Ann and was the loving father of Bonnalee Acquard and Lucinda Acquard of Houston, John Acquard and Kathleen Zaccaria of Knoxville, and Shelley Acquard-Moore of Corfu. Many grandchildren, great-grand children and great-great grand children as well as nieces, nephews also survive.

He is preceded in death by parents John and Mary Hummel Acquard, brother, Stephen Joseph Acquard, sisters Alice Helen Morris and Grace Mae Lyons and son, Thomas Brian Acquard, grandsons Anthony Jerome Moore and Christopher Michael Acquard

He was a World War II veteran and took pride in his service from 1942-1945 receiving the Bronze Star among several other medals of distinction. Jerry participated in numerous Veteran events including a half time memorial at the Buffalo Sabres game, and marching with fellow VA members in area parades and functions. 
Jerry took fashion cues from only one person, his signature every day look was in color coordinating his clothes to match that of Carol. If you saw them out , you always knew them by their matching outfits.
Besides keeping up his beloved little farm, he hung out in his man cave in the barn and rode around on his four-wheeler at break neck speed, somehow never falling off. A few of the many things he loved was the Buffalo Bills, fishing, bowling, golfing on his private golf course, playing pinochle, eating limburger cheese and onion sandwiches, his Precious Moments collection and having his big family and friends over.
May your strong faith in the Lord grant you peace and take you to your heavenly home you were well loved and loved many in return.

Due to Covid-19, no memorial services are allowed. The Patriot Guard Escort will lead a procession from the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu to St. Vincent’s Cemetery in Attica on Thursday, May 28, 2020, at 12:15 pm with a condolence drive by at 1:15 pm after private family services. 
Family is planning to have memorial celebration of life next year Memorial weekend at our home.

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