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Richard J. Doktor, 88 of Corfu, died Tuesday (September 16, 2014). 

He was born in Cheektowaga, NY on June 19, 1926, a son of the late Martin and Celia Symanski Doktor. 

Mr. Doktor was a US Navy Veteran during W.W. II and served aboard the USS Simpson and the USS Broome as a Boatswains Mate having received the American Theatre Medal and Victory Medal upon his Honorable Discharge.   He was a welder by trade and started Doktor’s Welding in Corfu before continuing his career at Harrison Radiator in Lockport. He volunteered extensively at the US Naval Park in Buffalo repairing ships.  He was active in local politics in his younger years and served with the Town of Pembroke Zoning Board of Appeals.  He was a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church in Corfu, member and Past Commander of the VFW Post 9000 in Corfu, member of the American Legion Post 332 in Batavia and the oldest member of the Joint Veterans Honor Guard of Genesee County.

Surviving are his children: Douglas (Sonia) Doktor of Corfu, Cindy (Richard) Chilson of Clarendon, NY, Dinene Hancock of So. Carolina and Dawn Murray of California.  Daughter in law, Mary (late Kevin Mark) Doktor of Corfu.  Grandchildren, great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.  Brother of Alice (Vince) Berardi of Lockport and Bernard (Catherine) Doktor of Corfu.  Brother in law of Jean Doktor, and Marion Doktor.  Brother of the late: Florence Wyder, Alfred Doktor, Henry Doktor, William Doktor, Rita Gostomski and Norman Doktor.

Friends of the family may express their thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family at the J. LEONARD MCANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC., 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA on Thursday from 6 – 8 PM and Friday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8 PM .  A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 10 AM at St. Maximilian Kolbe RC Church, 18 W. Main St., Corfu, with Rev. James Fugle as Celebrant.  Full military honors will follow.  Burial will be in Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Corfu.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Joint Veterans Honor Guard of Genesee County, 8960 Alexander Rd., Batavia, NY 14020.

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

 

 

WILLIS H. SHOEMAKER, JR. Age 81, of Medina, died Wednesday evening September 10, 2014 at Rochester General Hospital. He was born March 31, 1933 in Buffalo, a son of the late Willis H. and Genevieve (Koch) Willis Sr. also preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Ruth and infant brother, Dennis.  

   Mr. Shoemaker was a graduate of Pine Hill High School, Erie Community College and Villa Maria College. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and worked for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. for 40 years, retiring as a supervisor. He was an active member of the Niagara Mohawk Pension Club and actively wrote numerous articles for their publication. He holds the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Life Saving Award, he enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, flea markets and had a love for animals.

   Surviving is his beloved wife of 35 years, Marie (Axford) of Medina; loving son, Grant Lee (Heather Marie) of Medina; sister, Sue Ann (Richard) Richardson of Cheektowaga; 6 grandchildren, Riley, Kayla, Maya, Jennifer, Cody & Ayden along with several nieces and nephews.

   Family and friends may call from 3-6p.m. on Monday September 15, 2014 at the Michael S. Tomaszewksi Funeral & Cremation Chapel, LLC 4120 West Main Street Road Batavia, New York 14020 where a celebration of his life and military honors will begin at 6p.m. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to P.A.W.S. PO Box 244 Albion, New York 14411 or the Wyoming SPCA.  

Please share your memories of Willis, with his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF WILLIS H. SHOEMAKER, JR. IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK.

 

GERRY DOUGLAS STEVENSON - Age 75, of Akron formerly of Batavia, died peacefully Friday morning September 5, 2014 at Rochester General Hospital. He was born August 5, 1939 in Buffalo, a son of the late C.L. & Vivia (Gamble) Stevenson.

   Gerry moved from North Carolina in 1991 to Batavia where he has lived until last year when he moved to Leisure Timer's in Akron. He was a kind and giving soul who lived a simple life, never asking for much in return, always with a smile and good word to those he met. Friends and neighbors would remember Gerry from seeing him sit out under his favorite tree and waving to all who passed by. A model train enthusiast he belonged to the local train club for many years, had a love for all animals and enjoyed the square dance clubs he was a member of.

   Surviving is a loving niece, Diana Minard of FL; great nephews, Mitchell and David; great nieces, Michelle and Melody along with many great nieces, great nephews in Florida and his fur baby "Billy" who has been lovingly adopted by a friend.

   There is no prior visitation and funeral services will be held privately by the family in Florida. Memorials in his memory are suggested to a charity of the Batavia Animal Shelter/Volunteers for Animals PO Box 1621 Batavia, New York 14021.           

Please share your memories of Gerry, with his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500. 

THE FAMILY OF GERRY DOUGLAS STEVENSON IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

 

Dean Bedient Sr., 78 of Wyoming, passed away on Thursday September 11, 2014 at Buffalo General Hospital. He was born May 13, 1936 in Painted Post, NY to the late Clayton Tetor and the late Loua (Bedient) Lewis. Dean is preceded in death by siblings John Lewis, Judy Baker, Marylou Coryea and Beverly Tetor.

Mr. Bedient was a United States Army Veteran. He worked for Allied Chemical in Buffalo for many years. He was a member of Five Point Rod & Gun Club and former member of the Warsaw Moose. Dean was an avid outdoorsman that loved to hunt and fish.

He is survived by his beloved wife Jean M. (Bush) Bedient of Wyoming, NY; son Dean Bedient Jr. of Meadville, PA; daughters Elizabeth (Norm) Wagner of Ben Lomond, AR; Cynthia (Charles) Boldt of Blasdell; Linda (Mark) Breen of Port Hueneme, CA; Deborah (Richard) Wright of NC; LouAnne (Dennis) Marshall of Ashdown, AR; Marcella (Johnny) Newton of Alexander; brother Michael (Beatrice) Lewis of Addison, NY; 15 grandchildren along with many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Funeral Services will be held at a later date. He will be laid to rest in West Middlebury Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or 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.
 

Paul R. Brundage, 61, of Marathon passed away Monday September 8, 2014 in Medina Memorial Hospital. He was born on May 11, 1953 in Batavia to the late Richard (Julia LaMont) Brundage. He is preceeded in death by his daughter Leah Brundage.

Paul worked at Cornell University for many years as a Maintenance Mechanic. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed kayaking, hiking, fishing and camping. He loved spending time with his sons and family. Paul like to garden, read and loved music.

He is survived by his sons Philip Brundage  of Portland, OR., Robert Brundage of Cortland; brothers Peter (Joan) Brundage of Churchville, John (Elvira) Brundage of Laurel, MD., David (Tammy Adams) of Holley; sister Peggy (Randy) Cook of Batavia, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. Friends are invited to attend a 1:00 PM Celebration of Life on Saturday September 13, 2014 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. The family would like you to share a special memory or story of Paul during this time. If you’re not comfortable speaking, please write them down and it will be shared on your behalf.

Memorials may be made in the form of flowers. 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.

LeRoy ~ Florence Macaluso, age 87, of Lake Street, passed away Sunday morning (Sept. 7, 2014) at United Memorial Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

     Mrs. Macaluso was born June 4, 1927 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Albert and Carmella Corrado Strollo.

     She will be remembered as a very caring and compassionate person, who loved people.  Her devotion and love for her family was her priority.    

     She is survived by her children, Carm (Gary) Brown of LeRoy and Joe (Donna) Macaluso of Batavia; grandchildren, Richard (Tammi) Wickson, James (Ann) Wickson, Lezlie (Andrew) Farrell, Stacey (Sean) Omeara and Chelsie Callan; the love of her life, her great-grandchildren, Jay, Kendall, Izabelle, Addison, Aleah, Lila, Max and Finn; her siblings, Rose Strollo of Batavia, Albert Strollo of Batavia and Anthony (Jean) Strollo of Byron, along with many nieces and nephews. 

     She was predeceased by her husband, Joseph Macaluso Sr. and her siblings, Mary (Alfonso) Ficarella, Pauline (Joseph) O'Geen, Frances Miceli, Michael (Ann) Strollo, Alfred (Mary) Strollo and Antoinette (John) O'Geen.

     Family and friends may call on Tuesday from 3 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Her Rite of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday at 10 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Joseph's Oratory, 27 Lake St., LeRoy, with private entombment to follow in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia.

     The courtesy of no flowers is requested with memorials suggested to St. Joseph's Indian School, P.O. Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57326    www.stjo.org/dreams

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

     Mrs. Macaluso and her famly are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc.

Shelby, NC ~ Phillip N. Godbout, age 61, entered into eternal rest on Sept. 3, 2014 at the Wendover Hospice Facility with his loving family at his side.

     He was born October 22, 1952, a son of the late Normand W. and Betty J. Nessel Godbout.

     He is survived by his loving sister, Susan J. (Kevin) Dowd of LeRoy.

     Phillip exemplified the utmost strength and courage during his 27 year battle with Multiple Schlerosis.  Don't judge a book by its cover, because the contributions he made to his "community" were inspiring as well as humbling.

     Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cleveland County at Wendover, Wendover Heights Drive, Shelby, NC 28150.

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

     Local arrangements were completed by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy, with assistance from the Robert S. Morgan Funeral Service.

BONNIE L. NICKERSON - Age 61, of Corfu, died Thursday morning September 4, 2014 at Rochester General Hospital. She was born November 15, 1952 in Rochester, a daughter of the late Blake and Edna (Mitchell) Nickerson Jr.  

   Bonnie worked for many years at I Squared R Element Co., Inc. in Akron.

   Surviving is her companion of over 20 years, Derry Kleckler of Corfu; sons, Aaron & Daniel; brothers, Blake & Doug along with a granddaughter, Daisy.

   There is no prior visitation and funeral services will be held privately by the family, memorials in her memory are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.  

Please share your memories of Bonnie, with her family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information please call Michael at (585)343-7500.

THE FAMILY OF BONNIE L. NICKERSON IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK.

JAMES A. WILLIAMS SR. - Age 80, of Batavia, died peacefully Saturday August 30, 2014 at the Buffalo VA Medical Center. He was born February 2, 1934 in Batavia, a son of the late Francis and Ruth (Donahue) Williams, also preceded in death by siblings, Donald & John Williams, Patricia Epke, Jane Mason, Mary Luce and Ruth Kowalik.

   Jim was a veteran of the US Army where he served in Germany during WWII, he received a Citation from Queen Juliana of the Netherlands for his service to the people of Holland during the great Floods of 1953. He worked for many years for National School Bus in Rochester and was a "die hard" Yankees fan. He will be remembered by his Hull Park neighborhood for the flag pole erected and flowers planted after September 11 that still stands today.

   Surviving is his loving wife of 37 years, Kathryn (Yandow) Williams of Batavia; children, James A. (Cindy) Williams Jr. of FL, Debra (Gary) Barnes, Susan Wolter, Donald (Jennifer) Williams, Kim, Karen & Scott Williams all of Batavia and Robert Williams; brother, Larry Williams of Batavia; sisters-in-law, Theresa Williams of Attica and Florence Williams of Batavia; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews.

   There is no prior visitation and funeral services will be held privately by the family. Memorials in his memory are suggested to a charity of the donor's choice.           

Please share your memories of Jim, with his family at www.tomaszewskifh.com and for more information call Michael at (585)343-7500. 

THE FAMILY OF JAMES A. WILLIAMS SR. IS BEING CARED FOR BY THE MICHAEL S. TOMASZEWSKI FUNERAL & CREMATION CHAPEL, LLC 4120 WEST MAIN STREET ROAD BATAVIA, NEW YORK 14020.

Leicester ~ Joseph R. Balsamo, age 45, of Perry Road, passed away at home unexpectedly on Sunday (August 31, 2014).

     He was born June 2, 1969 in Batavia, a son of Patricia Hungerford Balsamo and the late Giuseppi Balsamo.

     Joe will be remembered as a very caring and compassionate animal lover.  He was very artistically creative and used that talent for his love of gardening and landscaping.

     He is survived by his mother, Patricia Balsamo of LeRoy, his sister, Stina (Paul Marini) Balsamo of Rochester, his brother, Steve Balsamo of LeRoy, along with many aunts, uncles and cousins.  He was predeceased by his dad, Giuseppi.

     There are no prior calling hours and services will be at the convenience of the family.  Memorial contributions may be made to his family.

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

     Mr. Balsamo and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy. 

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