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Rita L. Graham, age 87, passed away on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 at Strong Memorial hospital after a brief illness.  Rita is survived by her loving husband, Robert J. Graham of almost 64 years, along with their six children; Robert (Cher), Donald, (Doreen), Thomas (Eva), James (Lisa Wall), David, Susan (Kristopher) Kautz, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Also surviving are sister Patricia Richmond of NH, two sisters-in-law Jean Johnson and Lynne Graham both of Buffalo, NY along with many nieces and nephews.  Rita was a daughter of the late Stephen and Victoria Stefanski of Buffalo, NY.  She was preceded in death by her siblings; Adeline, Stanley, Raymond, Daniel, Eleanor and Robert.

Rita was an avid gardener and a member of the Attica Garden Club.  She also enjoyed Saturday afternoon euchre at the Warsaw Moose Club.  For many years, the entire family enjoyed camping together in the 1000 Islands.  Holidays were treasured, Halloween was especially fun with everyone anticipating Rita's costume.   Bob and Rita's remarkable bond, based on boundless love and companionship generated so many splendid memories including travel to Hawaii, Alaska, Ireland and family cruises to the Caribbean.  
Bob and Rita spent the last 26 years wintering in Palm Springs, Florida,  Going to the ocean, shuffleboard and club activities were favorite pastimes. 
Rita's devotion to family inspired all of her children to live nearby.  Community was so important, she dearly loved and took great pride in her small town of Alexander.  A beautiful, classy lady with old fashioned values, Rita maintained an impeccable home and stunning gardens.  Most of all, Rita cherished her time spent with family.  Her sweetness, laughter and smile were contagious and will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

The Graham family welcomes you to attend a memorial service at the Alexander United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 9th, 2019 at 2 PM.  A celebration of Rita's life will immediately follow at the Attica Golf Club from 3:30 to 7:30. 

Contributions/Donations may be made to the Gateway Hospice Home of Attica NY.

belknap_2.jpgCRAIG J. “JUICE” BELKNAP ~ Age 62, of Batavia, died Thursday evening May 30, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was born August 27, 1956, in Rochester, NY a son of the late Neil and Viena (Constance) Belknap also preceded in death by father-in-law, Everett Smith.

Juice enjoyed working, especially as an accomplished chef at various restaurants throughout Western New York. He loved to spend time with his family, enjoyed fishing, going to the casino, watching his beloved Buffalo Bills and Boston Red Sox along with enjoying an ice cold PBR or Bud.

Surviving is his loving wife, Sharon (Smith) Belknap of Batavia; children, Tracy (Joe) Spohn of Rochester, Brennan (Tina) Belknap of Rochester, Deanna (Josh) Smith of Basom and Mandee Belknap of Batavia; cherished grandchildren, Brent Spohn, Felicity Bettilyon, Ryland Fotiathis and Tristen Belknap; siblings, Shelly (Joe) Messore, Dale (Bonnie) Belknap, Rodney (Cheri) Belknap, Randy Belknap & Brian (Cindi) Belknap all of Rochester; mother-in-law, Jean Smith of Batavia along with several nieces, nephews great nieces and great nephews.    

The Belknap family will be present from 4 - 8p.m. on Wednesday May 5, 2019 at the MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where a Celebration of Juice’s Life begin at 8p.m. Memorials in his memory are suggested to Genesee Cancer Assistance, Inc. 127 North Street Batavia, New York 14020.

Please share your words of comfort with Juice’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com or for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.



LeRoy ~ Michael R. Paladino Jr., age 43, died heroically on Saturday, June 1, 2019 in the loving presence of his family.

     Michael is survived by his mother, Mary Jo Fay of LeRoy; sister, Macy Paladino of LeRoy; his sons, Anthony and Sonny; daughter, Tea; dear friend, Rebecca Fili and his father, Michael Paladino.  His passing is also greatly mourned by his grandfather, John Fay; his nephew Kyler; his niece, Kaylin and his loving aunts, uncles and cousins, who are all so proud of his unselfish and heroic act.  He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Mamie Fay.

     Friends and family may call on Wednesday, June 5 from 3 - 5:30 at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where his Remembrance Service will be held immediately after at 5:30.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the family in support of his children.

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

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

cummings_robert_-_photo.jpgRobert M. Cummings “Bob”, 47 of Corfu, NY, passed away unexpectedly on Friday (May 31, 2019) at his residence.

He was born September 15, 1971, in Batavia, NY, a son of Ronald and Sharon Kokot Cummings of Corfu.

Bob was a longtime employee and participant in the Genesee Orleans ARC. He enjoyed watching professional wrestling, his favorite tv shows Ice Road Truckers and Highway To Hell. Every Sunday was dedicated to listening to the Country Top 40.  Bob also enjoyed taking short trips away but also loved to just stay in the comfort of his home. The best phrase to describe him would be “Bob loved everybody and everybody loved Bob”. He will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

He was the grandson of the late Albert Cummings and Michael and Helen Kokot. Nephew of the late Duane Green.

Survivors include his loving parents, Ronald and Sharon Cummings. Grandmother, Irene Cummings. Aunts and uncles, Sylvia (Douglas) Kohorst, Sandy Green, Michael (Laurie) Kokot, Rita Benda, Donald (Pat) Cummings and Marie (Dave) Dylag. Also survived by several cousins.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Thursday (June 6th) from 3-8pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 JOHN ST., AKRON, NY. A memorial service will be Saturday (June 8th), 10am at the East Shelby Community Bible Church, 5278 East Shelby Rd., Medina, NY 14103. PLEASE NOTE NO SERVICES ON FRIDAY. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery in Corfu.

Memorial contributions may be made to the church or to a charity of the donor’s preference. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.


OAKFIELD - Jack Lewis Baxter, 75, of Oakfield, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019, at United Memorial Medical Center.

Jack was born July 6, 1943, in DuBois, PA, a son of the late Milton and Helen Baxter.

He served in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam era and when he returned from the service, he became a Lab Technician for Eastman Kodak Co., retiring in 1992.  He was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed bowling, and watching sports, but was a great Yankees fan.  He also worked in Customer Service at the Pembroke Service Area. 

Survivors include his wife, Linda D. (Kowalczyk) Baxter, whom he married October 14, 1967; 3 children, Melissa (Joseph) Sullivan of Albion, Scott (Nancy) Baxter of Batavia and Deborah (Pete) Scheiber of Oakfield; 4 grandchildren, Joseph Sullivan, Stefani (Andrew) Campbell, Dani Baxter and Collin Scheiber and a great-grandchild, A.J. Campbell.          

He was predeceased by his siblings, Harriett, Jim and Neil.

 Friends may call from 5 to 6 pm on Wednesday at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave. in Oakfield, where service will follow at 6 pm.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family for distribution to various charities.   Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

LOUISBURG, N.C. – Jean Marie Bush Bedient, 83, of Louisburg, formerly of Wyoming, NY, died Saturday afternoon at her home.

Jean was a daughter of the late DeForest and Cecil A. Bush.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Bedient Sr. and her sister, Grace Andrews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Jean is survived by her son, Dean Bedient Jr., daughters, Elizabeth (Norman) Wagner, Cynthia (Charlie) Boldt, Linda (Mark) Breen, Deborah (Richard) Wright, Lou Ann (Dennis) Marshall, Marcella (Johnny) Newton; sisters, Virginia Rappleye and Mary Marlatt; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are by Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory, Louisburg, www.stricklandfuneralhome.net.


williams.jpgLawrence Edward Williams, age 83, of Batavia NY, passed away peacefully on Thursday May 30th at the Village Greens of LeRoy with his family and friends by his side.

Larry, a graduate of Batavia High School, married Beverly Williams in 1959. Larry and Beverly went on to have two daughters, and three grandsons whom he called his own. Larry, a retired worker for the City of Batavia, accomplished much in his life. His selfless character and work ethic were indomitable and would go on to shape his friends, colleagues, and the stone and motor entrance to Redfield parkway. Most notable in recent years was his role as Santa Claus. He cherished the opportunity to spread his love and laughter to the people of Genesee County during the holidays.

Larry loved to travel, camp, and create unforgettable memories with his family. Always up for adventure, a four-week nine-person cross country roadtrip in a motorhome that sleeps six was not out of the ordinary. He took fashion cues from no one, and delivered us a unique sense of style. Always quick with a joke and helping hand, Larry loved to spend time with his three grandsons. His pastimes included, but were not limited to, Yankees baseball, people watching on the porch, and sharing his sense of humor with you. While raising five children across two generations he would often call out to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, and now he has answered that call. Larry redefined the label “Dad” as a Father, Grandfather, but more so as a Best Friend. The family would like to thank the loving staff of the Village Greens for their friendship and support. Larry is survived by his two daughters: Michelle Williams and Laurie Comer, his three boys: Sean Comer, Derek Comer, and Cameron Comer, and his favorite son-in-law, Mark Moscicki.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, June 2, 2019 from 2 to 6 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, June 3, 2019 at Resurrection Parish, 303 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. The family will receive friends at Saint Mary's reception hall after Mass 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, New York, 14020. He will be laid to rest in St. Joseph's Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Crossroads House, 11 Liberty Street, Batavia, New York, 14020. 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.

waugh.jpgAdam L. Waugh, 35 of Perry passed away on May 29, 2019 at his home. He was born in Greenville, SC on September 24, 1983 a son to Patricia D. Berkes and the late William Allen Waugh. He is preceded in death by step-father Arnie Taylor.

Adam enjoyed gaming, watching and playing hockey, watching movies, listening to music and was very active with his children.

He is survived by his mother: Patricia D. Berkes of Gainesville, fiancé: Debbie Gilbert of Perry, 2 daughters: Jadeth Henry of Perry, Mackenzie Waugh of Perry, 2 sons: Wyatte Barrett of Perry, Xavier Carney of Perry, 2 sisters: Brandi (Stephen) Royse of Gainesville, Gabby (Mitchell) Johnston of Winder, GA., 1 brother: Timothy (Moriah) Waugh of Delevan, along with many nieces, a nephew and friends.

Friends are invited to call from 11:30am-12:30pm on Sunday June 2nd at the Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main St. in Perry. A Celebration of Adam’s Life will follow on Sunday June 2nd at the Wyoming Inn 1 S. Academy St. in Wyoming at 1:00pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 120 Wall Street 29th Floor New York, NY 10005 or visit www. afsp.org. To leave a message of condolence please visist www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530.

cipra.jpgLeonard R. “Bob” Cipra, 78 of Batavia, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at his home. He was born August 14, 1940 in Pennsylvania. He is preceded in death by his mother Donna Henry and grandson Christopher Paul Cipra.  

Bob worked for many years driving truck, it was his life and he enjoyed it. He liked spending free time with CB Radio. Bob’s greatest joy was his family, he was a loving father, devoted husband and cherished time spent with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his beloved wife Barbara (Downey) Cipra, children Paul (Janette) Cipra, Dawn (Gordon) Sprague, sister Larena Gregory all of Batavia; brother Rodney (Erin) Seirson of PA; 6 grandchildren Rachel (Matt) Rentz, Anthony (Kaitlyn) Cipra, Dana (Shelby) Cipra, Sage Hopkins, Katie Amthor, Jolene (Joseph) Bauer; 13 grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Services will be held at the convenience of the family.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance 127 North Street, or to HomeCare &Hospice 29 Liberty Street, Suite 6, Batavia, New York 14020. 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.

Batavia - Robert A. Burke, 86, of Batavia, passed away Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the New York State Veteran's Nursing Home.

Mr. Burke, born August 25, 1932, in New York City, son of the late Robert N. and Marie (Kononchik) Burke.

Robert (Bob) was a devoted husband to his wife of 67 years, Florence Gill Burke, who passed away October 18, 2018.

Corporal Burke proudly served his country with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War earning a Korean Service Medal with 4 stars, United Nations Service Ribbon and Presidential Unit Citation with 1 star. He was one of “The Chosin Few”, a survivor of the Battle of Chosin Resevoir, the most violent small unit battle in the history of American warfare. He continued his service as a member of the National Guard for 5 years.

Bob worked tirelessly to provide for his family and give them the best possible life he knew how. He retired from General Motors in Syracuse after 37 years as a Millwright. Throughout his life Bob learned how to build and repair anything and everything, often with nothing more than self-taught skill, determination and hard work. Bob was an accomplished craftsman who took great pride is his wood work. His workshop was his place of peace and comfort.

In his retired years Bob enjoyed traveling with his wife. They enjoyed seeing the country and participating in craft shows where they displayed their wood working and quilts together.

In his final years Bob was blessed to be in the care of the wonderful and dedicated staff of the New York State Veteran’s Home in Batavia New York. Bob’s family is forever grateful for the care and love  provided during Bob’s time there. The caregivers, nurses and staff are amazing people doing amazing things every day for our country’s Veterans

Bob is survived by his children; Noel Burke of Milford, CT, Michael Burke of Baldwinsville, NY,  Thomas Burke of Rochester, NY, Linda Velasco of Chalfont, PA, David (Joanne) Burke of Churchville, NY, James Burke of Pasadena, TX and Kathy (Michael) Wrixon of Carrollton, GA; 10 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 

There will be no prior visitation. Mr. & Mrs. Burke will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Robert’s name may be made to the activities fund at the New York State Veteran's Home, 220 Richmond Avenue, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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




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