Obituaries

mcdanel.jpeg Ryan D. McDanel, age 34, of Perry, New York, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, May 15, 2017. Ryan was born in Rochester on February 5, 1983 the son of Jacqueline (Tuttle) McDanel and the late Douglas McDanel. Along with his father Douglas McDanel, who passed away in 2016 he is preceded in death by his daughter; Mallory Ryan McDanel, who passed in 2016 and grandparents; Raymond McDanel and Raymond (Helen) Hyland.

Ryan was a gifted, generous, compassionate man. He was a graduate of Perry Central School Class of 2001. After graduation, Ryan was a foreign exchange student in Finland through the Perry Rotary Club. He received his Bachelors of Art degree in glass blowing from Anderson University in Indiana in 2006. After graduating from Anderson, he traveled to China and South Korea, where he taught English. In 2014, he started his own business, Cooper Ingenuity. He had a knack for making vessels of light by combining steel and handmade paper. Above all forms of art, he especially loved creating large, original metal sculptures. Out of love for his precious daughter, he has made over 300 “Mallory Flowers”. Most recently, he mastered the art of painting. He was a member of the Baptist Church of Perry, where he was involved in working with the youth group. He was also an active and contributing member of the artist community in Wyoming County, including the being the resident artist for Shake on the Lake. He enjoyed working for the Adirondack Trail Crew, hiking, biking, running, skateboarding, and spending time with family.

He is survived by his wife Kimmie (Hill) McDanel whom he married on August 13, 2011; his mother Jacqueline McDanel of Perry, 2 sisters: Megan (James) Samaniego of Pomona, CA., Caitlin McDanel of Seattle, WA., his In-laws: Larry and Karlene Hill of Chili, sister-in-law: Kristin (Josh) Campbell of Gates, 2 nieces: Sage Helen Samaniego and Ellie Campbell, nephew: Clayton Campbell, and Grandmother: Ann McDanel, along with several Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 4:00PM Celebration of Ryan’s Life will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017 at the Perry Baptist Church 77 North Main St. Perry, New York 14530.

(In Lieu of flowers) Memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Heart Research Center at Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Ave. Box 631 Rochester, New York 14642. 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 14530

cuttitta.jpg Anthony “Tony” Cuttitta, 67, of Attica passed away on Tuesday May 16, 2017 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw.  He was born in Sicily on February 17, 1950 to the late Giovanni and Maria (Ardiri) Cuttitta.  

Tony immigrated to the United States from San Piero Patti, Sicily in 1965. He arrived in NYC, moved to Batavia, NY and then settled in Attica NY in 1972. Tony was an over the road truck driver and a successful restaurant owner for forty five years. Following in his father’s footsteps Tony loved animals and raised goats and sheep, making goat cheese and goat milk fudge. In his spare time he loved to garden. He was admired as a business man, for the love of his family, and for being a loving father, step-father, husband, sibling, friend and Nonno to his grandchildren.

He is survived by his loving wife; Heather Cuttitta of Attica; children John (Jennifer) Cuttitta of Lancaster, Anthony (Lisa) Cuttitta Jr. of OH., Nicholas (Carrie Leek) Cuttitta of Lackawanna, Michael Cuttitta of Geneseo, Lexi (John) Bick of Attica and Cody Wilkerson of Attica; siblings Angelo (Mary Lee) Cuttitta of MO., Joseph (Judy) Cuttitta of Attica, Antoinette (Tino) Camuti of Canada and Maria (Chuck) Foley of Batavia; grandchildren Jacob, Samantha, Gianna, Annalisa, and Karleigh along with several nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Attica Fire Department 11 Water St. Attica, NY 14011. 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.

 

mccarthur.jpg Stephen J. McArthur, 71, of Alexander, succumbed to cancer at his home surrounded by his family on May 16, 2017.  He was born on October 9, 1945, in Warsaw, NY, to the late John and Margaret (Meeder) McArthur.

“Are you ever going to amount to anything?”  Many are still searching for an answer to Steve’s favorite question. 

Steve was truly a selfless man who dedicated his life to his family—a loving husband to Donna his wife of 51 years; an exceptional father and role model to his two daughters; and an adoring grandfather to his grandchildren.  In order to spend more time with his family Steve retired from Norfolk Southern in 2006 after 42 years of service as a signalman in the railroad industry.  He was fortunate to turn his childhood love of trains into a career that he enjoyed every day and freely shared this passion with others.  In his early years, Steve enjoyed playing sports—baseball and wrestling.  He volunteered many years with the Tri-Town Youth Athletics as a softball coach and board member and mentored many young athletes.  Later, he would be his grandchildren’s biggest fan and would frequently be found watching them play sports, dance, sing, cheer, and play music—even if it meant a plane ride to get there.  Steve also enjoyed a good western movie (and a few bad ones), coin collecting, and a good debate.  Helping friends, extended family, and sometimes strangers was always a priority. Steve was a proud U.S. Army Veteran.

Steve is survived by his wife, Donna, daughters Wendy McArthur (Robert Moon) of Cumming, GA and Jenifer (Jason) Dean of Alexander; siblings Thomas (Glenda) McArthur of Valrico, FL and Judy (Keith) Rowe of Warsaw, NY; 5 loving grandchildren Devin, Lucy, Zachary, Cole & Margo, and many nieces, nephews and extended family.  He was predeceased by siblings Donald McArthur and Eileen Moyer.

A special thank you to Steve’s longtime friends and dedicated family members who never wavered in their support and to Homecare & Hospice of Genesee County for their care.

Visitation will be from 1:00 until 5:00 PM on Sunday May 21, 2017 at Marley Funeral Home, LLC 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. Funeral Services will be at 11:00AM on Monday, May 22nd at the Funeral Home.  Steve will be laid to rest in the Railroad Avenue Cemetery in Alexander.

In lieu of flowers donations may be www.11daypowerplay.com/team/ Click on Jickster or Gateway Home, 91 Main St, Attica, NY. 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.

 

baseball.jpg Claude G. Conroy, age 95, of Warsaw formerly of Perry and Mt. Morris passed away on Monday May 15, 2017 at East Side Nursing Home in Warsaw where he had been residing. Claude was born in North Java, New York on April 16, 1922 a son of the late Harry and Irene (Connley) Conroy. Along with his parents he is preceded in death by his wife Dorothy (Knapp) who died in 2000, and a brother James Conroy.

Claude was a farmer, and later retired from LeRoy Industry. He was a member of the Mount Morris Congregation of the Jehovah Witnesses in Leicester. In his younger days Claude enjoyed playing baseball in a league in Warsaw.

He is survived by 3 daughters: Gloria Conroy of Silver Springs, Claudia DeVinney of Perry, Bonnie Atkins of South Carolina, 3 sons: Paul (Mary) Conroy of Bath, Ronnie (Mary) Conroy of South Carolina, Dale (Valorie) Conroy of Mt. Morris, 2 sisters: Eleanor Kohler of Nevada, Rosemary Row of Utah1 brother: Donald Conroy of Buffalo, along with many grandchildren, great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call from 2:00-5:00PM on Saturday May 20, 2017 at Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street Perry, New York 14530. Funeral Services will immediately follow visitation at the Funeral Home.  He will be laid to rest in Silver Maple Cemetery in North Java, New York.

Memorials may be made to the Watch Tower Bible and Track Society 900 Red Mills Rd. Wallkill, New York 12589-3223 or visit JD.org.  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.

 

attica_badge.jpg James M. Durkee, 73, of Attica passed away peacefully at home on May 15, 2017 with his loving wife by his side. He was born on March 27, 1944 in Buffalo to the late Ray and Emily (Stroka) Durkee.

Jim loved to do wood work, especially crafting the clocks that lined the walls of their home where he spent most of his time. If he wasn’t working, he was at home. Jim was a retired NYS Corrections Officer at Attica Prison and a Wyoming County Sheriff where he made the rank of Sergeant, and was also a part time Police Officer with the Attica Police Dept. Jim served his country with the United States Army from 1961-1964.

He is survived by his loving wife for 47 years; Beulah (Colton) Durkee of Attica; daughter Debra Marie (Stephen) Kelly of Galloway, Ireland; 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday May 18, 2017 from 3:00-7:00PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011. A 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday the 19th at St. Joachim & Anne Parish 50 East Ave. Attica, NY 14011. Interment will be held privately for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital www.stjude.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.

 

gardening.jpg Karen S. Downs, 74, of Attica passed away peacefully at home on May 14, 2017 with her husband and son by her side. She was born on October 20, 1942 in Kennedy, NY to Doris (Kunkel) and the late Walter Sweatman. In addition to her father, Karen is predeceased by her half-sister Beverly Leach.

Karen loved running and cycling. Most people would remember her as they would see her on her daily run through Attica. She enjoyed gardening and also was interested in Geocaching.

She is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Dr. Ralph Downs of Attica; son William (Evinn Neadow) Downs of Rochester; siblings Laura Holt, Arthur (Bonnie) Sweatman, Ruth Ann (Daniel) Doupe, Doris Marie Hunter, Georgia John, Walter William 'Bill' (Rhonda) Sweatman, David (Stanche) Sweatman and Lucinda (Timothy) Atkins; grandchildren Ezra and Beatrice Neadow, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM Memorial Service will be held on Friday May 19, 2017 at the First Baptist Church 3 Prospect St. Attica, NY 14011.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist 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.

nonnengard.jpg Roslyn Kehl Nonnengard, 89, of Batavia, a loving and devoted mother of 5 died on May 7, 2017 at her daughter’s home with her family present. She was born on June 29, 1927 in Sheldon to the late Levi and Agnes (George) Kehl. In addition to her parents, Roslyn is predeceased by her husband of 67 years; Blain Nonnengard whom she married on Sept. 18, 1948 and resided in with their children in Alexander, Avon and Batavia; She was the sister of the late Peter “Bud” Kehl, Francis Kehl, and sister in law of the late Robert Reisdorf, Audrey Kehl, Charles and Margaret Rich.

Roslyn was a devoted member of Resurrection Parish and active in many parish organizations at St. Mary’s Church. For many years she was the primary caretaker of the alter, sacristy and vestments at St. Mary’s. She served on the parish council, the Liturgy Committee, Alter Society, Bereavement Committee, Sodality, Catholic Daughters and was a frequent Lector and Eucharistic Minister. She received the St. Joseph Worker Award from the Diocese of Buffalo in 2008 for her efforts. Roslyn enjoyed volunteering to help others and did this for many years as a Meals on Wheels volunteer, worked at the Senior Center to help others understand their health insurance. Her work career included working at the Beikirk Ford Dealership in Avon while her children were young and after moving to Batavia she worked for Braukman Controls which would later become Honeywell. Roslyn will be remembered for her terrific cooking, her strong faith and he love of the New York Yankees.

She is survived by her children; Bonnie (Gary) Kullman of Albany, Nancy (Ronald) Bouchard of Perry, Jane (late Robert) Burnup of Victor, Jo Louise (Todd) Wilkes of Batavia and James Nonnengard of AL.; sisters Betty Reisdorf and Dorothy Irvin; she was blessed with 12 grandchildren and six great grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Sunday May 14, 2014 from 2:00-5:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 9:30AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday the 15th at Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s) 18 Ellicott St. Batavia, NY 14020. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House http://crossroadshouse.com/ PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020

thomas.jpgAnna Louise (Duncan) Thomas of Batavia went to be with the Lord on May 8, 2017 after a lengthy illness, surrounded by her loving family. Anna was the daughter of the late Hugh W. and Betsey Yeager Duncan. Anna was preceded in death by her late husband William F. Thomas, sisters; Pearline Lucas, Cecelia Duncan and brother Murphy Duncan, and one granddaughter Stacey A. Johnson.

Anna was born in Rochester, NY and later moved to Batavia. She married William F. Thomas and out of that union they had 10 beautiful children. When Anna was a young girl she loved playing the piano and singing. Anna was very witty, she loved her children, and was always there for her family. Anna loved to laugh, and she loved to babysit her grandchildren. Anna was proud that she had given all of her children middle names that began with the letter A. One of her favorite things to say was” love you more”. Her house was always open to everyone and she loved to cook for you when you came to visit.

She is survived by sisters; Beulah Duncan Coleman, Phyllis Duncan Griffin of Rochester; (10) children; Patricia Johnson (The late Sylvester Johnson), Rick (Mary Jo) Thomas, Kirk Thomas, Rand Thomas, Bart (Carmen) Thomas, Tim Thomas, Vicki (Jeff) Shelnut of Alexander, Peggy (David) Vasciannie, Bill Thomas and Greg Thomas ,all of Batavia. 20 grandchildren: Rick, Nick, Kirk, Shareen, William, Bart Jr., Shamarr, Adam, Tim, Brittney, Brandon, Justin, Jason, Aaron, Troy, Casey, Brandon, Alexis, Ashley, and Amber; and (18) great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins and family friends.

Anna will be missed by all but mostly by her children who will, as she always said, “love you more.”

Friends are invited to call on Friday May 12, 2017 from 4 to 8 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. An 11:00 AM Celebration of Anna’s Life will take place on Saturday May 13, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church 300 East Main Batavia, NY 14020. She will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia.

Memorials may be made to Orleans Community Health Foundation, 200 Ohio St. Medina, NY 14103 or to Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center 2652 Ridgeway Ave. Rochester, NY 14626. For more information please call (585) 343-8260 or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020

willard.jpg Muriel Ruth “Merle” Willard, 92, of Darien Center passed away peacefully at home on Friday May 5, 2017 under the care of hospice and her loving family. She was born in Attica on October 22, 1924 to the late Arthur and Delia (Seufert) Suess. Mrs. Willard is predeceased by her husband Donald E. Willard; brothers Richard, Robert, Irving, Norman and Arthur Suess; sisters Janet Riley and Marylou Edwards.

 “Merle” was a homemaker all of her life, along with being secretary and bookkeeper for her husband’s farm supply business.  She was also employed with the New York State Police and with an insurance agency for a number of years. Merle loved canning and crocheting and also was a seamstress for her whole family.  She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and during her later days, looked forward to doing the crossword puzzle from the Batavia Daily News every day.  She is remembered by her warm smile, fun-loving spirit and great love of nature. She was an active member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, and former member of Attica Legion Auxiliary, Darien Fire Department Auxiliary and Farm Bureau.

She is survived by her children; Lana (Jerald) Schlagenhauf of Darien Center, Mary Edmonds of FL., Donald A. Willard of Attica, Dale (Paul) Haller of SC., Laurie Mairose of Darien Center; sisters Ardyth VanValkenburg, Lorraine Kirkpatrick and Natalie Slocum; 10 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

There will be no prior calling hours. An 11:00AM Memorial Service will be held on Friday May 12, 2017 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 11 Washington St. Attica, NY 14011. She will be laid to rest in Darien Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Darien Rescue Squad PO Box 135 Darien Center, NY 14040 or St. Paul’s United Church of Christ at the address listed above. 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.

 

 

 

oberlander.jpg Sandra L. Oberlander, 72 of East Pembroke, passed away on Friday May 5, 2017 peacefully at her home. She was born May 25, 1945 in Attica to the late Laverne (Dorothy Dean) Hendershott. Sandra is preceded in death by her brothers Duane and Lee Hendershott.

Mrs. Oberlander was a longtime member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Legion of Mary and Eucharistic Minister. She loved shopping, especially garage sales. Sandra was the rock of her family and always there for all of them no matter what. 

She is survived by her beloved husband of 47 years Paul Oberlander of East Pembroke; children Sandra Jean (Randy) Dixon of Colorado; Paul Oberlander Jr. of Salt Lake City, UT; Scott Oberlander of Virginia; sister Sheila (John) Henderson of Tennessee; 8 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to attend calling hours on Friday May 12, 2017 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. A 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday May 13, 2017 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish 8656 Church St. East Pembroke, NY 14056. She will be laid to rest in St. Vincent’s Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to All Babies Cherished 445 Ellicott St. Batavia, NY 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.

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