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Major Kemp Sr., age 80, courageously surrendered his life to the Lord on December 22nd , 2020 at his home in Batavia, New York.  Major was born on February 5th, 1940 in Greenville, Alabama to the late Mr. and Mrs. Hillary and Catherine (Steel) Kemp.

Major was committed to his work, living life & family.  He was a dedicated brother, uncle, lover, father, grandfather & great grandfather.  He served his country as a member of the United States Army in 1957.    Major will be forever missed.  He leaves the following family behind to cherish his wonderful memories:

Girlfriend -  Brenda Terry

Children - *Stephon “Bud” (LaDel) Cook – Whitney (Joel) Grace, Stephon Jr.(Kiesha) Cook,  Aundrea, Xavier and great granddaughters Jordyn, Jaida and Mckinnely.  *Ronnie (Cecelia) Moore - LaTonnia and great granddaughter Aliyah Rose.  *Gwendolyn.   *Todd (Linda) Kemp - Craig, Micah, Trey, Maddy, Yvonne.  *Heather  Kemp – Devin, great granddaughters Serenity and Carson.  *Brian (Beth) Kemp – Parker, Talidy, Myloh, & Aslan.  *Danny (Chris) Kemp – Teiona, Alyssa, Eli & Eva.  *Katie (Joe) Smith – Tezni, Antwain, Kwame, Joma, Nunu, great grandson Dre’dyn and great granddaughter Zariella.  *Major Jr. (Kari) Kemp– Cody, Makenzie (Ryan) King, Kaelin, Major “Malik” the 3rd & Ty Kristopher.

Siblings  –  Willie “Jay” (Michelle) Kemp– Brandy (Damian) Jefferson and 4 children.  Sabrina (Tino) Taylor and 3 children, Andrea (Carlos) Brown and 3 children, Krystal Kemp and 3 children.  Ricky Kemp.  Pre-deceased by Brothers Robert Kemp, Willie “James” Kemp, William “Earl” Kemp and Sister Leola Kemp.

Best Friend – Marge Behl and many, many other friends and acquaintances.

Major was a friend, motivator & mentor, always willing to help those in need.  A fair and honest man that had a teachable moment in every life learned story that he told.  An amazing  man  -  truly a jack of all trades.  Even in the end, he showed us his strength & determination to make it home to be with his family. He had been there for us all our lives and we were there for him.   Now, his work here is done.  He received his call, an offer he couldn't refuse.  A reunion with family & friends he hasn't seen in a long  time.

Don't grieve for me, now I'm free.

Following the path God laid for me.

Taking his hand, when I heard him call,

Turning  my back & leaving it all.

Visitation will be held on Monday form 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial, with military honors, will be held at Elmwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Donald R. Carroll Toys for Kids Fund, 37 Center Street, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Major's name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

*Due to the ongoing pandemic, funeral home capacity is limited to 25 people. Social distancing and facial coverings are required. Thank you for your consideration and cooperation*

Byron - Ronald I.Schramm, 82 of Byron, passed away on Sunday, (December 20, 2020) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Mr. Schramm was born March 27, 1938 in Batavia, a son of the late Christian Schramm and Ethel (Sage) Schramm.

Ron was outdoorsy and enjoyed playing horseshoes, boating, and fishing. He also enjoyed bowling. He was an avid Buffalo Bills and New York Yankees fan. Ron along with his late wife adopted 18 children and fostered over 170. 

Ronald is the husband of the late Theodora J. "Teddie" Schramm who passed away October 14, 2019.

Surviving are his children, Peter (Elizabeth) Schramm of New Bern, North Carolina, Raymond (Edna) Schramm of Batavia, Scott (Lori) Schramm of Middleport, and Cindy L. Day of Alabama; a daughter-in-law, Mary Schramm of Bergen; a brother, Leonard (Esther) Schramm of Ocala, Fla.; sisters, Althea (late Richard) Penepent of Batavia, and Ethel (Roger) Uptegrove of Castile. 14 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Ron is preceded in death by a son, Ronald H. Schramm, Sr.; a brother, Donald (late Ann) Schramm; sisters, Daris (late Richard) Stack, and Edna (late Charles) Torrey.

There is no visitation. A memorial service will be held for Ron at a later date to be announced. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery in Byron. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North Street, Batavia, New York 14020.  

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 - Marilyn  B. Thurau, 89 of Batavia,  passed away on Monday, (December 21, 2020) at Conesus Lake Nursing Home in Livonia.

Mrs. Thurau was born January 21, 1931 in Gloversville, a daughter of the late Franklin and Catherine (Havelaar) Brown.

Marilyn was a graduate of Batavia High School and thereafter the State University College for Teachers at Buffalo. She taught Elementary Art in the Batavia School System in the 1950s. She was a bridal consultant at C.L. Carr Department Store from 1981-1988.

She was a member of St. James Episcopal church, a past member of the Altar Guild, past member of the Vestry, and former Sunday School teacher. A past member of the Genesee Memorial Hospital League and past member of the YWCA Board of Directors.

Marilyn is the wife of the late Don M. Thurau; mother of the late Sara (late Ray) Rogers; and sister of the late Joan (late Dean) Dymond.

She is survived by her daughters, Beth (Bernard) Newhard of South Dennis, Mass., and Carrie (Eric) Kress of Livonia; grandchildren, Abigail, Samantha, and Erin Kress, Bridget and Patricia Newhard, and Terese Rogers.

There will be no visitation. A funeral service will be held at a date to be announced at St. James Episcopal Church. Mrs. Thurau will be laid to rest in the St. James Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions to St. James Episcopal Church, 405 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.

Arrangements for Marilyn 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.

cbish.jpg  Reverend Carl Hepler Bish, 80, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, December 22nd. He was the husband of Joanne (Camburn). Carl and Joanne were married on September 1, 1962, celebrating 58 years of marriage. He was born in Hawthorne, PA on March 21st, 1940, son of the late Ott and Myrtle Hepler Bish.

In addition to his wife, Carl is survived by four children, Barbara (Thomas) Pagels of Eustis, FL, Carl (Shelly) Bish Jr of Marathon, FL, Carilyn (Matthew) Raymond of Monroe, NC, Christina (John) Lacey of Oakfield. He is also survived by twelve grandchildren, Crystal (Patrick) Mitchell, Thomas (Amanda) Pagels, Travis (Abby) Pagels, Carl (Chelsea) Bish III, Adele Bish, Rachael Castaneda, Landon Bish, Trenton (Olga) Raymond, Elisa (Joshua) Bosworth, Nick (Elizabeth) Raymond, Andrew Lacey, Alexandra Lacey, five great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.  Also surviving is his sister, Anna (George) Frederick of Depew.

Carl was predeceased by siblings June Matson, Jane Bish, Mable Bish, Erma Bish, Loretta Glaze, Darl Bish and Jack Bish.  

Carl graduated with Bachelor's Degrees from Philadelphia College of Bible and Elizabethtown University.   He received his Master’s Degree in Education from SUNY Albany.  Early in his teaching career he taught at Bethlehem Central School in the Albany area.  Carl was instrumental in beginning one of the first New York Christian Schools in 1965.  In 1973 Carl was ordained into the ministry and moved his young family to Batavia, NY to start Calvary Baptist Church, located on Galloway Road.  Rev. Bish had a passion for Christian Education and in 1976 began Genesee Christian Academy as a ministry of the Church.  Rev. Bish was one of the founders of the New York Association of Christian Schools, which helped to organize and establish many Christian schools throughout New York State.  Rev. Bish also helped to organize New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, an organization that promotes and defends the first amendment rights in Albany.  Rev. Bish is remembered by many in the community for hosting fish and game dinners at the church. Pastor Bish, as many of his parishioners affectionately called him, retired from the pulpit of Calvary Baptist Church in 2003 and remained Pastor Emeritus until his passing. Over his years in Batavia, Pastor Bish was rewarded by seeing the positive impact of his ministry in the lives of many in Genesee County. 

There will be no prior calling hours. Funeral Services will be held privately for the family.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Rev. Carl Bish Memorial Fund, Calvary Baptist Church, 3515 Galloway Road, Batavia, NY 14020.  For more information 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.

On December 12th, 2020, Theodis Charles Hill III, beloved son and friend, entered heavenly paradise at the age of 29. Theodis, known by his friends and family as “Theo” or “Odis”, was born on February 16, 1991 to Theodis Hill Jr., and Jean Crimes. 

Theo was what most would refer to as a gentle giant. With hands the size of catcher’s mitts and an appearance that would intimidate you at first glance, but with a soul that was kind, deep, and tender. You felt safe and at peace when you were with Theo.

Theo didn’t have an easy life. It was marked by loss, pain, and hardship. He experienced situations that others would crumble at the thought of; but Theo didn’t crumble. He stood up. For himself, for friends, for family, and for those he didn’t even know. He carried so many on his broad shoulders, despite the adversity he experienced. His strength is unmatched.

He was a star athlete; a highly accomplished football and lacrosse player at Batavia High School, and always playing various pick-up sports with his friends. His talent was raw and unbelievable. Despite his competitive nature, his kind-heartedness shined through — friends will recall fearing his tackle, but being taken down as gently as possible; oftentimes with a chuckle and grin.

Theo was a lover of movies, video games, sports, anime, and pizza and wings. His family and friends were the highlight of his life — from his girlfriend, Desiree Clark, and siblings, to his cousins and friends (who were truly family). He was admired and respected by all that knew him. Theo was a guardian on earth and will be a guardian in the skies. 

He will be remembered for his infectious smile and laugh. His generosity, his kindness, and his spirit. Theo made a lifetimes’s worth of differences in his short time. This loss runs deep in all that had the honor of knowing Theo. He will be truly missed. May he rest in heavenly peace.

Theo was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Jean, and grandmother, Annie. He is survived by his girlfriend, Desiree, step-mother, Amanda, father, Theodis Hill Jr. his six brothers (Kurtis, Isaiah, Donovan, Joel, Joshua, and Demetrius), as well as his little sister Neriah, nephews (Quentin and Mehki), cousins (Chrystal, Cynthia, Tori, Dejshawn), aunts (Hattie, Ethal, Maddie, Augustine, Connie, Stacey), uncle (Stephen), and grandparents (Theodis Hill Sr.  Dorothy Charles).

Due to current administrative orders, there will be no funeral service at this time.  In honor of Theo there will be a memorial service that was postponed at this time due to restrictions, that will be held in the spring. Further updates will be posted on his memorial page. To get the notifications as well as send your love and condolences, the Facebook page is: “Reminiscing with Theo.”  Donations may be made at https://gofund.me/72d46571. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Dolores N. Shultz, 90, of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at home.

Dolores was born Tuesday, January 28, 1930 in Detroit, MI, a daughter of the late Ralph and Helen (Houseknecht) Dennany.

Dolores was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Batavia and the Byron Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.  She loved crafts, picnics, reading and spending time at Godfrey's Pond.  Dolores worked at the former Melton Shirt Factory in Batavia as a sewing machine operator.

Surviving are her children, Linda (late Richard) Reigle of Medina, David Shultz of LeRoy,  James (Margaret) Shultz of Medina and Michele (Quentin) Ludlam of Pavilion; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, James E. Shultz, daughter, Janet Brien, grandchildren, Jeremy Pahl and Rebecca Smith, two sisters and a brother.

Private services will be held for Dolores at Byron Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org

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

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

Joyce  A. Lund, 85, of Batavia, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Joyce was born Tuesday, May 7, 1935 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Clyde and Ruth (Stone) Ray.

A member of the First United Methodist Church in Batavia, Joyce loved spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She enjoyed going to craft shows, casinos and her trips to Florida, playing cards, games, family gatherings and the holidays.  She was a switchboard operator for Genesee Wyoming BOCES in Batavia.

Surviving are her husband, Franklin Lund of Batavia; children, Rodney (Lori) Lund of Byron, Randy (Nikki) Lund of Bristol, Rindy Walton of Ohio and Frank (Shirley) Lund, Jr. of Daytona Beach, FL; son-in-law, Doug (Nancy) Hensel of Oakfield, thirteen grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her daughter, Rhoda Hensel and a sister, Lois Boorom.  

Joyce's Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the First United Methodist Church in Batavia and she will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 8221 Lewiston Road, Batavia, NY 14020.  

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

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

don.jpg Donald O. Packman, age 84 of Perry, NY passed away on Friday December 18, 2020 at the Wyoming County Nursing Facility in Warsaw. He was born in Akron, NY on June 23, 1936 a son to the late Orrin and Dorthea (Hornung) Packman.

Don served with the US Army. He was an Insurance and Real Estate agent for the former Youngs and Linfoot Co. in Perry, he also was a Race Track Official for the Wyoming County Speedway, Lancaster, Holland and Genesee Racetracks. He was a member of the Perry Rotary Club, Caring About Perry, Foar-Score and the former Kiwanis Club in Perry. He volunteered for the Community Clothes Closet in Perry. Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, was an avid racing, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and former Buffalo Braves fan. He would be seen at all of his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. Family was a huge part of his life.

He is survived by 2 daughters: Dawn (Martin) Lilly of Oswego, Darcy (David) Conaway of Silver Springs, 2 sons: David (Pamela) Packman of Phoenix, Az. Douglas (Robin) Packman of Perry, a brother: Richard “Dick” (Juanita) Packman of Akron, 8 grandchildren: Dakota (Lexi) Packman, Brittni (Steven) Jennings, Caitlin, M.J. and Troy Lilly, Blake, Brock, and Lydia Conaway, 2 great grandchildren: Dakota and Blair Jennings, Nephews: Jim and Jason Majchrzak, Tim and Jim Packman and niece Missy Buckley along with many friends.

Along with his parent he is preceded in death by his wife of 50 years Diana (Majchrzak) Packman who passed away in 2007 and a great granddaughter: Brielle Jennings.

Family and friends may call from 12:00 Noon – 4:00PM on Sunday December 27th at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St in Perry, where Funeral Services will follow at 4:00PM. A Celebration of Don’s Life will be held in the summer of 2021. Donald will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Perry, NY
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) Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Fire Department P.O. Box 243 Perry, NY 14530 or to Suzanne’s Comfort Care Home 167 N. Main St. Perry, NY 14530.  For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com . Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St. Perry, N.Y. 14530.

Batavia - Francis  "Fred" R.  Farrell, age 84, of Batavia,  owner and proprietor of Flint-Farrell Insurance Agency, passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.

Mr. Farrell was born Saturday, February 1st, 1936 in Minersville, Pennsylvania a son of the late Joseph Farrell and Mildred Fischer Farrell.

A 1961 graduate of Penn State University, he was a member of  Resurrection Parish where he served as a Eucharistic minister and assisted on numerous funeral Masses for parishioners. He was a member of the American Legion Geneva Winnek Post No. 396 and volunteered his time at the Richmond Memorial Library and the Genesee County Tourism Booth. He proudly served his country from 1953-1957 with the United States Navy.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia A. Holland Farrell. They were married on October 7, 1961. Fred is also survived by his children;  Joseph (Kristine) Farrell of San Diego, California, Robert Farrell of Hamlin, Mary (Tom) DiFilippo of Albion, Michael Farrell  of San Diego, California and Daniel (Leslie) Farrell of San Diego, California; ten grandchildren; Taylor Farrell, Jenna (Matthew) DiFilippo, Nicholas DiFilippo, Christopher and Levi Farrell, Morgaine Farrell, Ryann Farrell, Corey (Matthew) Scarborough and Sienna and Kai Rosa; four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

 He is predeceased by his son, Thomas F. Farrell and his siblings; James, Joseph, Mary, Lillian, Rose, Ursula and Ruth.

There are no prior visiting hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date at St. Mary's Church, 18 Ellicott Street, Batavia.  Burial, with military honors, will follow in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in Fred's name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

newimage3.jpgJames A. “Sarce” “Jim” Saraceni, 56, of Batavia passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at the New York State Veteran’s Home in Batavia. He was born in Batavia, N.Y., on June 27, 1964, to Anthony “Red” and Marcella “Marcy” (O’Neil) Saraceni.

Jim proudly served in the United States Navy and then worked for O-AT-KA Milk Products for 29 years. He was an avid sports fan, and cheered for the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.

Jim was deeply loved by all who knew him for his witty sense of humor, free-spirit attitude, and charming personality. He could light up a room with just a smile and treated everyone with dignity and respect. Jim was the type of person to give all that he had in order to help others, never expecting anything in return. Jim enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and going on special trips to the zoo, amusement parks, Niagara Falls, and bowling alley with his daughter, nieces, and nephews.

He is survived by his daughter, Rachel Saraceni; parents Anthony and Marcella Saraceni of Batavia; brothers Jeffrey “Jeff” Saraceni, Jerald “Jerry” (Debbie) Saraceni of Illinois, and Joseph “Joe” Saraceni; nieces Justine Saraceni and Jordyn Saraceni; nephews Jeffrey (Kaitlin) Saraceni, and Joseph Saraceni Jr., who is also his Godson; great-nephew Everett Saraceni; great-nieces Amelia Spicer and Marcella “Ella” Saraceni; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kevin Mudd, his team, and the staff at the NYS Veteran’s Home for doing everything they could for James and keeping him as comfortable as possible.

Services will be held privately, and he will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union Ave, Batavia, NY 14020 or Ascension Parish, 19 Sumner 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.

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