Obituaries

welch.jpg Robert C. “Skip” Welch, 88, of LeRoy, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA, passed away on Tuesday October 10, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born November 9, 1928 in Olean, to the late Charles (Margaret Howe) Welch. Mr. Welch is preceded in death by sisters Florence Brinkman, Margie Lorenzini, Mariam Wallen, Jean Dodge, brothers Harry “Mickey” Welch and Charles “Dutch” Welch Jr.

Mr. Welch was a United States Navy Veteran. He was a longtime member of St. Mary of the Angels Basilica in Olean. Skip worked for Nabisco for many years. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, going to their sporting events, plays and musicals.  

He is survived by his beloved wife Marjorie (McGuirl) Welch of LeRoy, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA; children Timothy (Susan) of Stafford; Michael (Cheryl) Welch of Spartanburg, SC; Patricia (Michael) Bryant of Olean; 8 grandchildren, Jamie (Amy) Welch, Timothy Welch II, Shannon, Carrie Welch, Reagan (Paulie) Viele, Mandy Welch, Meaghan (Nathan) Bell, Shaughn Bryant; 7 great-grandchildren Vivian, Keegan Welch, Preston, Domenic Viele, Nadia Welch, Jackson and Benjamin Bell; along with many nieces and nephews.      

Friends are invited to call on Thursday October 12, 2017 from 2-4 & 6-8 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. There will be a 9:00-9:50AM viewing at the church followed by a 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial that will be held on Friday October 13, 2017 at St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, 202 South Union St. Olean, NY 14760.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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.

 

merle.jpg Merle R. Cowie Sr., age 87, of Sun City, AZ. and Perry, NY, passed away peacefully on Tuesday September 26, 2017 at his home in Sun City, AZ. Merle was born in Perry, NY on April 26, 1930 a son to the late Thomas and Anna (Kirchgraber) Cowie. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by brothers: Leslie, Thomas and Robert Cowie, son-in-law: Herschel Hilley and former wife/mother of his children: Vivian Atkins.

He was a 1947 graduate of Perry Central High School. He enlisted in the Marine Corp at age 17 and was a decorated Korean War Veteran. Merle returned to Perry where many of his professions/accomplishments were to occur. He was a member of the Perry Center Volunteer Fire Department (age16). Crop and dairy farmer, custom crop harvesting, bulldozing (he loved building ponds), carpenter, pilot, crop-duster and was a member of the American Legion and Civil Air Patrol. Upon retiring, Merle spent time residing in both New York and Arizona, taking advantage of the best weather. His many hobbies included hunting, flying, painting, watching Buffalo Bills football, restoring Farmall tractors, building jigsaw puzzles and being a general prankster.

He is survived by his 5 children: Merle (Sassy) Cowie Jr. of Byhalia, MS., Merleen Hilley of Punta Gorda, FL., Marleen (Steve) Cowie-Smith of Perry, Marty (Linda) Cowie of Phoenix, AZ.,  Michelle (Tony) Dukes of Pittsford; a sister Anna Page of Perry; brother Philip (Barb) Cowie of Perry, former wife/mother of his children: Marge (Hance) Cowie of Warsaw, along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends may call from 4-7:30 pm on Tuesday October 10, 2017 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530.  A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday October 11th at 4:30pm at the First Congregational Church 7205 Perry Center Rd. in Perry Center. He will be laid to rest in the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Perry Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department P.O. Box 204 Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York

lawson.jpg Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Lawson, 79, of Alden and Darien was called home to the Lord on Monday October 2, 2017 at the Batavia Health Care Center. She was born on August 8, 1938 in Reynoldsville, PA to the late Louis and May (Cattau) Kroh. In addition to her parents, Elizabeth is predeceased by her beloved husband, Valdon O. Lawson, and siblings Ellen (Lee) Strickland and Paul (Alice) Kroh.

She is survived by her five children: Catherine Lawson of Alden, Trina (Eric) Goodman of Darien, Kevin (Michele) Lawson of E. Bethany, Ray (Vicki) Lawson of Pembroke, and Gary (Jennifer) Lawson of Horseheads, NY; brother Clair Kroh of Alden; grandchildren Shannon, Taylor and Alexis Goodman, Sarah, Ian, Kelly, Jenna, Dimitri, Nathan and Kiya Lawson; close friends Sandra Schecterly of Darien and Pat Weiser of Warsaw, along with many nieces, nephews and relatives.

Elizabeth was a partner in Lawson’s Motor Sales in Darien for many years with her late husband, Valdon. She served as the Assessor for the Town of Darien for 20 years prior to her retirement in 2004. She often said her biggest accomplishment was raising five wonderful children and seeing how they and their families grew and enjoyed life. Betty liked playing pinochle with friends in the Darien and Corfu senior citizen groups. She was known for her crocheted afghan creations and also enjoyed working on jigsaw puzzles with family and friends.

There will be no prior calling hours. Services for Elizabeth will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Darien Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Care-A-Van Ministries, Inc. PO Box 1611 Batavia, NY 14021 http://www.cavministries.org/. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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.

 

 

lobello.pngCharles Mariano “Lobo” LoBello Sr., 77, of Batavia passed away on Thursday September 21, 2017 at Buffalo General Hospital. He was born in Buffalo on February 10, 1940.

He served in the military in the early 1960's and spent time in Germany during his service. After the military he settled in Batavia, NY where he resided with family and friends until his passing. Charles enjoyed retirement and loved spending time with his family and working on his cars. He especially enjoyed and loved being a great Grandfather.

Charles is survived by his 3 children; Christine (Chris) Reedhead of Rochester, Charles (Robin) LoBello Jr. of AZ., and Julia LoBello of AZ.; grandchildren Nikki (Seth Kramer) LoBello, Vincent (Keturah) Reedhead, Daniel LoBello, Isabella LoBello and David LoBello; great-grandchildren Ezra Kramer and Oliver Reedhead.

There will be no prior calling hours. Family and Friends are invited to attend an 11:00AM Memorial Service on Saturday September 30, 2017 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign 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.

buzzy.jpg Carl “Buzzy” Becker, 63, of Rochester, formally of North Java passed away on Monday September 25, 2017 at the Shore Winds Nursing Home in Rochester. He was born on April 7, 1954 in Buffalo to the late Bernard and Leona (Schwab) Becker.

Nicknamed "Buzzy" by his brother when they were kids, Carl was a free spirit that loved his daughter, Suz and his family and friends in Sheldon, NY. He helped his father combine and he independently had a crop-spraying business with his red "M" tractor. He enjoyed flying his Hawk Ultralight plane and cruising on his Harley. He was an avid reader of Sci-fi and history. He loved watching Star Trek or jamming the tunes of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, and Fleetwood Mac.

Carl is survived by his daughter; Suzanne (Edward) Mendes of Varysburg; siblings Joan (Duane) Hopkins of WV., John Becker of North Java and Kathy (Roger) Hanley of Sandusky, NY.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday September 29, 2017 from 4:00-7:00PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. Prayers will be recited following visitation at the Funeral Home.

For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visitwww.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

gardening.jpg Sharon Stoltzfus, age 49, of Perry passed away on Saturday September 23, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester surrounded by her family. Sharon was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 30, 1967 a daughter to Grace J. Yoder of Maryland and the late John E. Yoder.

Sharon was a homemaker who loved raising her four beautiful children and being a wonderful pastor’s wife. She enjoyed reading, music, singing, walks through Letchworth State Park, tending to her flower gardens, cooking, baking and collecting antiques. She was a member of the Mt. Anthems Choir Group in Salisbury Pa. for 7 years in her youth and was an active member of the Silver Lake Mennonite Church in Perry.

She is survived by her husband: Ernest Stoltzfus whom she married on August 18, 1990, 1 daughter: Joanna Stoltzfus of Perry, 3 sons: Kendric (Heather) Stolzfus of Orange, Va., Derek and Danny Stoltzfus both of Perry, her mother: Grace J. Yoder of Grantsville, MD, a sister: Twila Yoder of Albright, WV, 2 brothers: Duane Yoder of Berlin, PA. and Wendel Yoder of Baltimore, MD, her mother-in-law: Lydia Stoltzfus of Honey Brook, PA., , 2 sisters-in-law: Mamie Bontrager of Arlington, KS, Becky (Jacob) Esh of Honey Brook, PA, a brother-in-law: Sam (Rosa Marie) Stoltzfus of Honey Brook, PA, along with many nieces, nephews and friends.

Family and friends may call from 2:30-4:30pm and 6:30-8:30pm on Tuesday September 26th, 2017 at the Silver Lake Mennonite Church 6276 Burke Hill Rd. in Perry. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday September 27th at 10:30am at the Valley Chapel Free Methodist Church 3415 Route 19S, Warsaw, NY 14569. She will be laid to rest in the Silver Lake Mennonite Church Cemetery in Perry.

For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York

butterfly.jpg Margery G. Keem, 94, of Perry passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at the Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw where she had been residing. Marge was born in the Town of Gainesville on May 11, 1923 a daughter of the late Albert and Hazel (Ellis) Grasby. Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband; Nelson R. Keem who passed away on February 6, 1993; 2 son-in-laws David Milhollen and Richard Ames; brother Donald Grasby and her mother and father-in-law Earl and Leta Keem.

She worked for the former Gates Transport Trucking Company in Perry for 12 years and later for Hart’s Insurance Co. in Perry as a commercial Insurance agent for 18 years retiring in 1992. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Perry where she was involved with the United Methodist Women, a member of the Wyoming County Home Bureau, former Golden Age Club of Perry and the Senior Social Club of Perry. Marge enjoyed listening to country music, was an excellent pie maker, family and friends called her home “Grandma’s Pie Factory”, the biggest part of her life was family, she enjoyed those simple visits especially from her grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.

She is survived by her two dedicated daughters;  Judy (Bill Goewey) Milhollen of Leicester and Nancy Ames of Perry; 3 grandchildren Russell (Gay) Milhollen of Leicester, Douglas (Holly) Milhollen of Perry, Scott (Kellie) Milhollen of Perry; Step grandchildren Cynthia Sims, Samantha (Leigh) Ciesleiski and Christopher Sims; 7 great grandchildren Mark (Rachel) Milhollen, Rachele (Bob) True, Dustin (Ashley) Milhollen, Amber (Chris) True, Morgan, Autumn and Noelle Milhollen; 7 great-great grandchildren Averie True, Camden, Declan, and Harper Milhollen, Peyton True, Ciara Milhollen and Reese True; a sister Lena Mertz of Warsaw; sister-in-law Dorothy Grasby of Warsaw; brother-in-law Harry Boyer of Batavia, along with many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family and friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9PM on Thursday September 28, 2017 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. An 11:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Friday the 29th at the First United Methodist Church 35 Covington St. in Perry. She will be laid to rest in Warsaw Cemetery in Warsaw, NY.

Memorial contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church 35 Covington St. Perry, NY 14530. For more information please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York

dean.jpg Dean M. Dale, 54, of Corfu, NY passed away unexpectedly on September 21, 2017. Dean was born in Dansville, NY on November 23, 1962 to the late Ronald and Patricia Dale.

He loved being a Dad, Papa, uncle, cousin and best brother.  Dean was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for hunting with Mark and fishing with Auggie. He was a lifelong Buffalo Bills, Sabres and NY Yankees fan. He enjoyed spending his Sundays watching football in his recliner with his 3 best buddies Jack, Bang and Spike by his side. He enjoyed fishing, going to Sabres and Bills games and eating wings at Duff's with Lindsay. They shared a lifelong love of animals. She may have learned dog rescue from him. He enjoyed working with the horses, eating Crosby's pizza and watching Thor and Swamp People with Emily. Dean loved being a Papa to Collin playing Nerf wars, jumping on the trampoline, wrestling and watching Monster Jam. Dean enjoyed working with standard bred horses with his family and friends for many years. He spent many a trip in the back of a truck or trailer going from track to track to make it easier for his Mom and Dad. In more recent years he enjoyed traveling to visit Tim and Melanie in Florida. Swimming in the pool and fishing in the gulf. Dean and Tim have had many adventures over the years most recently fishing, playing poker and floating in the pool just hanging out together as only brothers can do. Dean enjoyed spending time with Robin and her family. Always being a huge part of any celebration. He would willingly wear party hats or do any nonsense to make the holiday fun for everyone. He also could be counted on to help do anything that needed to be done and was often seen hanging precariously from tree stands to help get ready for deer season with Mark. He found a new passion working as a radiology technician at UMMC in Batavia. He loved his coworkers and the patients he cared for. He enjoyed wearing his Super Hero Scrubs for the enjoyment of the "kids". His biggest gift was his big heart always willing to help. He worked hard and played hard.

He is survived by his loving children Lindsay (Taylor) Harris of Harlem, GA., Emily Dale of Attica,  favorite sister Robin (Mark) Shaw of Henrietta, little brother Tim (Melanie) Dale of Sarasota , FL., grandson Collin Dale of Attica; long time companion Shari Fothiathis of Corfu; niece and nephew Michael (Amber) Shaw of Batavia, Morgan Shaw of Fairport and great niece Carrigan along with his 3 best buddies Bang, Jack and Spike.

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

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wilmot Cancer Institute 601 Elmwood Ave. Rochester, NY 14642 or the Genesee County Animal Shelter http://www.vol4animals.org/. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visitwww.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

 

 

slate.jpg Patricia A. Slate, 85 of Attica NY died respectfully in her home September 19, 2017 with family at her side. She was born July 19, 1932 in Detroit Michigan, the daughter of the late Raymond and Myrtle Rector. In addition to her parents, Patricia is also predeceased by a son; Tim Slate; sister Bonnie Sue Piersel.

She became a countryman's wife in 1952, and as her family grew, she filled the roll of wife and mother of 4. Later, she worked for Genesee County Nursing home in Batavia as a Nursing Assistant and retired after 20 years of service in 1984. She then moved with her husband to Branchport, NY where she pursued a short stay at the Canandaigua VA, retiring in 1987.

She was active with the Board of Elections for the town of Italy in Yates County for 6 years. She was passionate for her church, Italy Hill Baptist, and loved gardening and crafts. In 2007, she and her husband downsized and moved to Attica to be closer to their children. It was then, that she shared her beautiful voice in the church choir at Alexander Methodist in Alexander. To share more time with her daughter, with open arms, she found a loving home and family at Alabama Full Gospel in 2013, and continued to serve and love on our Lord, and praise the life and family she had been gifted with. She will be missed, and remembered for her spunk, by those she came in contact with. Many thanks go out to all those who loved and cared for her as we set out on her journey home.

Patricia is survived by her loving husband of 65 years; Jesse H. Slate of Attica; children Bonnie (Chuck) Myers of Silver Springs, Shirley Slate of Batavia, Karl (Sue) Slate of Batavia, Hope (Edward) Knapp of Alexander, Kelly (Jim) Hilt of Scocia, Kori Slate of Canandaigua; grandchildren Christina (Sam) Salamone, Paul (Jan) Myers, Brooke (Tim) Eck, Eric (Juan) Slate, Jaimee (Cory) Coles, Joshua (Brandy) Knapp, Jon (Amirose) Knapp, Michael (Christina) Knapp, Zachary and Kendal Hilt, Patrick and Autumn Lewis; 8 great-grandchildren along with several nieces and nephews. 

There will be no prior calling hours. A 2:00PM Memorial Service will be held on Sunday September 24, 2017 at the Alabama Full Gospel Church 5329 S. Gravel Road Medina, NY 14103.

Flowers and donations on her behalf may be sent to the Alabama Full Gospel Church at the address listed above. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visitwww.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

brudz.jpg Lorne R. Brudz, 18, of Batavia passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. He was born on June 10, 1999, in Batavia to Mark and Colleen (McMahon) Brudz. Lorne is predeceased by his grandparents Joseph and Esther Brudz; Richard and Joanne McMahon.

Lorne had a love for animals, as he was aspiring to be a Veterinarian Technician. He was an avid reader, loved art, sketching and drawing and enjoyed playing Xbox online with his friends. Lorne will be remembered for his big heart and his willingness to help anyone who needed it.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his siblings; Amanda Brudz of Batavia and Andrew Brudz of Rochester; uncle Timothy (Rita) Brudz of Attica, aunt Amy (Edward) Wenck of Indiana, and Michelle McCulloch of Attica along with several cousins.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday, September 25, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday the 26th at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish located at 8656 Church St. East Pembroke, NY 14056. He will be laid to rest in St. Vincent’s Cemetery in Attica.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Richmond Memorial Library 19 Ross St. in Batavia or the Genesee County Animal Shelter http://www.vol4animals.org/. 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.

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