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Lila R. Hamilton, 91, of Stephens City, Virginia, formerly a resident of Batavia, New York, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at Greenfield Reflections of Strasburg, Virginia, with her family and friends at Greenfield nearby.  She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Mahlon M. Hamilton who passed away on January 3, 2017, and her sister Velma Dean Parry in 2003.

Lila was born on September 10, 1928 in Batavia, New York, the daughter of Edward and Florence Chaddock Dean. She graduated from Batavia High School and SUNY at Potsdam, where she majored in music education and was a member of the Alpha Kappa Phi Sorority.

Lila married Mahlon Hamilton of Avon, New York on August 30, 1952. The early years of her teaching career were at Oakfield Alabama Central School and in Rye, New York.  She continued teaching music and directing the choruses at various schools and grade levels in the Batavia City Schools. She retired from teaching in 1984.

Lila joined the First Presbyterian Church in Batavia in 1942. She was a longtime participant in the music programs of the church, ultimately directing the children’s and youth choirs and singing in the adult Sanctuary Choir. She was an Elder for a number of years, and chaired the committee which welcomed a Vietnamese refugee family to the United States in the late 1970s.  She was instrumental in their adjustment and ultimate success as they began a new life in America. The family has kept in touch with her throughout the years, including as recently as this past Christmas, 2019.    

Lila was active in the New York State School Music Association, and served as its Public Relations Chairperson for a number of years. She enjoyed volunteering in the Genesee Memorial Hospital League, playing bridge, golfing, traveling with her husband “Ham,” and was a member of Stafford Country Club. During their retirement years, she and Ham were part-time residents of The Villages, Florida, where they enjoyed many good friends and a healthy, active lifestyle. Lila’s greatest pride and joy were always her three daughters and their families.

Lila is survived by her brother, Ivan W. Kuhl, in Austin, Texas; her daughters: Wendy Wygant and her husband Mike, of Stephens City, VA; Sally Dohse and her husband Jeff, of Centreville, VA; Amy Hamilton and Jeff Sanfratello, of Batavia, NY; seven grandchildren: Josh Wygant, of WI; Tim and Brad Wygant and Jeff, Cameron and Emily Dohse, all of VA; and Andrew Cowan of NY; five great-grandchildren in VA; and several nieces and nephews.

Details for services to be announced at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in Lila’s memory to Greenfield Reflections of Strasburg, 304 Bowman Mill Rd. Strasburg, VA 22657. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Lila’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home of Batavia.

Gordon Leigh English, 78, entered the kingdom of Heaven on August 5, 2020 after a valiant battle with Parkinson Disease.  Born in Bradford, PA, he was the son of Howard and Catharine Thomson English who predeceased him, as did his only sibling, Lorraine English Tanner. He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Mary Brinkman English, and three children, Adam (Joanne Pera), Timothy (Wendy Witkowski) and Abigail (Anthony) Neeley.  He leaves behind five grandchildren, Emily, Aaron, and Avery English and Solana and Jade Neeley.  He is also survived by his brother-in-law, J. Robert Tanner and an aunt, Peggy Thomson, and several cousins and nieces and nephews.  Gordon graduated from Bradford Area High School.  He received a BS in music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College and an MS in General Education from Canisius College.

Excelling in music from childhood, Gordon’s life revolved around an appreciation for both vocal and instrumental music.  He taught vocal music for grades K-12 at Elba Central School where he pushed an upright piano from classroom to classroom.  A few years later he took the position of vocal music teacher at Batavia High school where he was well known for his choruses and especially the many musical shows he directed.  When he later switched to the middle school, he formed many musical groups including a boys chorus known as The Englishmen.

Gordon was the organist at the First Methodist church in Batavia for several years. When the family later joined the Batavia Presbyterian Church, he became a faithful member of the choir where he happily sang in the bass section for many, many years. He also was installed as an Elder; was a member of the finance committee and served as co-chairperson of the Sunday School.

Mr. English was a gifted pianist who mastered the Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue for his final piano recital at RWC. He taught private piano lessons to many, many area children as well as several adults. In 2007, he received the Community Arts Man of the Year Award from the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council.

Gordon was a tireless worker for the NY State School Music Association for many, many years.  He served as membership chairman for most of that time.  Later he was appointed to the same position at the national level for the Music Educators National Conference.  Gordon was a widely sought NYSSMA Vocal Music adjudicator throughout Western NY for many, many years.  He continued in this role long after he retired.

With his Parkinson Disease progressing, Gordon and his wife decided to fulfill his lifelong dream of having a log cabin built in the Alleghany Mountains, not far from his childhood home.  After the logs were laid up, he spent many satisfying times helping to finish the interior.  Known for his green thumb, he spent many hours landscaping with trees as well as flowers.  He was happiest on his John Deere tractor and even when he became further debilitated; he continued to mow the acres of lawn.  Gordon and his wife loved entertaining their friends and relatives at the cabin, as well as groups from their church.

Gordon will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues.  We are sure he is already singing in choirs of angels, with his director’s baton in ready reach. 

Friends may call on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Graveside services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. at McKean Memorial Park, Route 59, Lewis Run, Pennsylvania. A public memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or to HomeCare & Hospice, 29 Liberty Street, Suite #6, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Gordon’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the funeral home will be restricted to 33% occupancy. Face coverings and social distancing will be required.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

OAKFIELD - Michael Sabatino, age 78, went to his eternal home on April 21, 2020. He was born in Batavia on January 31, 1942, the son of the late Frank and Patricia (Lipani) Sabatino. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Frank Sabatino Jr.

Mike was an active member of the Batavia Assembly of God church for over 35 years. He was a lively character that loved telling everyone he met about the love of Jesus. He had a heart for the imprisoned and served many years ministering to those in the Genesee County Jail as well as Attica State Prison.

Mike also served as the ASA softball commissioner in the area, organizing softball leagues throughoutthe county for over 35 years; and he also would never give up an opportunity to tell you about his love for horseracing.

He is survived by his wife, Christy, and children Michael (Deanna) of Palmetto, FL, Wendy (Jason) of Bradenton, FL, Jeremy (Rachael) of Oakfield, and Caleb (Alycia) of Attica; as well as ten grandchildren, one great‐grandchild, and one nephew.

Family and Friends are invited to attend Michael's Memorial Service on Saturday (August 15, 2020) at 11 a.m. at Batavia Assembly of God, 24 N. Spruce Street in Batavia.  Interment was in Reed Cemetery in Oakfield. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, face coverings will be required and the church sanctuary will be limited to 33% capacity.  We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Batavia Assembly of God Church, 24 N. Spruce Street., Batavia, NY 14020.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.   Arrangements were entrusted to H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia.

BATAVIA - Gary W. Bird, 66, of Batavia, passed away Saturday, (August 1, 2020), at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Mr. Bird was born March 9, 1954, in Batavia, a son of the late William and Jacqueline (Finco) Bird.

Gary was an a man who liked to be active.  He participated with West Coast Swing in Macedon and Game Night in Buffalo.  For many years, he owned and operated Solid Gold Productions, a wedding DJ service.  Mr. Bird could play most any instrument, but played percussion with Batavia Concert Band.  He also enjoyed attending jazz concernts and drum corps. shows.  Gary was proud to have had the longest running karaoke show in Western New York which ran for over 30 years. 

Survivors include his daughter Amy Potrzebowski of Tonawanda, son Lucas Potrzebowski of Batavia; a grandson Nikolai Candino; a brother John (Jacqueline) Bird of Florida; a sister Kathleen (late Morris) Stewart of Florida; cousins Stefan (Judy) Stockton and Sedra (Fred) Hyde both of Batavia; a step-sister Linda (Jerry) Shafer of Michigan; his companion, Debbie Rivers of Niagara Falls, Canada. Several nieces and nephews also survive. 

There will be no visitation. A private graveside service will be held in Elmwood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gary's memory may be made to Batavia Concert Band, P.O. Box 1705, Batavia, New York 14021.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

BATAVIA - Joseph Lester, Jr., 84, of Batavia, passed away Tuesday, (August 4, 2020), at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Mr. Lester was born December 21, 1935, in Holden, West Virginia, a son of the late Joseph, Sr. and Emma (Dixon) Lester.

Joe worked the muck for many years and various farms in the area.  He liked to play cards and spend time with his family.  Joe enjoyed life.

Survivors include his sisters, Lucille (late Charles) Dunn of Milwaukee, Wiss., and Earsline (late Justine) Ealy of Detroit, Mich.; several nieces and nehpews, especially Laura (Jaime) Santiago of Elba.

There will be no visitation.  Services will be private.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia.

Batavia – Emma M. Ladd, age 98, of Batavia, formerly of Orangeville, NY, died peacefully Monday, March 16, 2020, at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia.  Emma was born January 29, 1922 in Bern, Switzerland to the late Giovanni and Lina Mori, also preceded in death by grandsons, Joseph and Kevin Ladd; great-grandson Elliott Carver; great-granddaughter, Suzanne Perry; along with five brothers and sisters.

Emma was the wife of the late Wayne R. Ladd who passed away on April 21, 2019 after 65 years of marriage.

Emma emigrated from Switzerland to England after WWII. She continued her education in London and also worked there for several years before moving to the United States in 1951. Attaining her US citizenship was always a source of pride for Emma. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star and also the Swiss Club of Buffalo and Western New York. Thanks to her upbringing in Switzerland, Emma was a lifelong skier and bicyclist. She also greatly enjoyed gardening and choir singing.

Surviving are children, Mark (Cecilia) Ladd of Batavia, Martin (Patty) Ladd of Rochester, and Mary (late Frank) Perry of Fairport, grandchildren, Frank (Kelley) Evans, Daniel Ladd, Tia Inclima, Jason Perry, Michael Perry and Jennifer (James) Carver; great-grandchildren, Walker, Hayes and Hadley Evans, Tabitha Perry, Isabell and Sierra Carver; grand-niece, Mishe (Thomas Schutlz) Stampfli; adopted sons, Lee Done and Glenn Stevens.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. Mrs. Ladd will be laid to rest with her husband in White Haven Memorial Park in Fairport. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Volunteers for Animals, PO Box 1621, Batavia, NY  14021.

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements for Emma were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia.

mcnutt_fred_-_photo1.jpgFrederick J. McNutt, 81 of Akron, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday (July 23, 2020) at his residence.

He was born February 16, 1939 in Scranton, NY, a son of the late Floyd and Margaret Clark McNutt.

Fred was employed as a semi-truck driver for General Motors prior to his retirement. He enjoyed trains and Harley Davidsons and was very well known for his western wear attire.

He was the husband of the late Nellie F. McNutt, who passed away May 22, 2016.

Survivors include his sons, Sean (Melissa) McNutt of Amherst and Mark McNutt of Akron. Also survived by grandchildren, Mark, Kristian, Sean II and Timothy McNutt

Services will be private at the convenience of the family with burial in Pioneer Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.


Oakfield - Lillian P. Weidner, 90 years young, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, at LeRoy Village Green Nursing Facility surrounded by her loving family.

She  was born February 4, 1930, in Oakfield, daughter of the late Joseph and the late Elisa DiMassi Perozzi.

Lillian is predeceased by her husband of 40 years, Donald J. Weidner on January 1, 1993.

Mrs. Weidner worked for 31 years for the New York Telephone Company and AT&T in Batavia. She received the Miss Voice and Courtesy Award in 1962 and was a member of the Telephone Pioneer's Club of America. She also volunteered her time at St. Padre Pio Parish in Oakfield for 18 years as a Eucharistic Minister, greeter and usher. In addition, she belonged to the Altar and Rosary Society. She enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

She is survived by her daughter: Lori (Robert Gross) Weidner of Elma, two sons: Mark (Rose) Weidner of Oakfield and Larry (Toni) Weidner of Rochester. She is also survived by seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her siblings; Gina Nanni, Maria Ianni, Nicolina Smart, Anthony Perozzi and Frank Perozzi.

There will be no prior visitation.  A small gathering will take place at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home for the immediate family only. A public Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia's Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials in Lillian's name may be made to the Activities Fund at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home, 10 Munson Street, LeRoy, New York 14482. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Lillian's memory, please visit www.burdettandsanford.com

Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield.

flag.jpgLester G. Burr, 97 of Attica, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. He was born in Orangeville, NY on September 17, 1922 to the late Carl (Elsie Eck) Burr.  

Lester was a World War II Veteran who served in the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He retired from Batavia Metal Products in 1984. Lester enjoyed a long retirement doing woodworking, gardening, walking, playing golf, and spending happy times with his family and friends.  

He is survived by his wife of 72 years Isabelle Burr; children Norman Burr of Attica; Donna (Marc) Andre of Attica, and grandson Erik (Michelle) Andre of Darien.

A private Graveside Service will be held at the convenience of the family. He will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Lester’s memory may be made to Stevens Memorial Library, 146 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011 or Attica Fire Department, 11 Water Street, Attica, NY 14011. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 591-1212. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street Attica, New York 14011.

lehmann_charles_-_photo.jpgHeaven rejoices that a favorite son has come home. Charles “Chuck” Walter Enos Lehmann, 73 of Alexander, passed away peacefully on Monday (August 3, 2020) at his residence under the care of Hospice and his loving family.

He was born April 6, 1947 in Kentfield, CA, a son of the late Charles Barnett and Elsie Mae Gerratt Berry. To put it simply, Chuck loved God, his wife, family, country, and the 2nd amendment and not necessarily in that order. Chuck learned how to work hard as a young farm boy in Iowa. He loved the animals but most of all his horse, a gift from his grandfather. Chuck, forever a patriot, was motivated to join the Marines at 17 years old. He served honorably and courageously in Vietnam through four tours. At the completion of his enlistment, he travelled extensively and lived in Kauai, Hawaii. On this island paradise, he met the love of his life, Sara. Soon after, they met church missionaries, and both made the commitment to join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and get married. Chuck had varied interests and hobbies.  He was a skilled leatherworker and was trained in making Western Style cowboy boots while living in Texas. Target shooting was a favored pastime. It was no secret that he was a crack shot and shared many laughs on the range with family and friends.  Chuck spent countless hours honing his skills in Isshin-Ryu Karate. He earned many advanced black belts and loved to share his expertise. He was a natural storyteller, avid journalist, and a voracious reader. He genuinely enjoyed meeting new people from all walks of life. No one who ever met him was a stranger for long and he was blessed with many friends all over the country. 

Service was always important to Chuck. He once rode his bike from Batavia to Washington D.C. to bring awareness to the P.O.W’s/M.I.A’s from the Vietnam war. In addition to serving in the community over the past decades, he held many positions in the Batavia Branch of the L.D.S. church. Of the positions he held, his favorite was teaching. He will always be remembered as an excellent teacher who loved spending hours preparing lessons. His final position in the church was as a missionary.  He and Sara volunteered and were serving a church mission in Ghana when he became extremely ill. He loved the people of Ghana and serving the Lord very much and it was with a heavy heart that he returned home. He was a devoted disciple of Christ, husband, father, and friend. 

He is survived by his eternal companion of 45 years, Sara McCarthy Lehmann of Alexander. Children: Adam (Robin) Lehmann of Lansing, KS, Jamin (JoAnne) Lehmann of Fountain, CO, Kathryn (Jose) Herrera of Reno, NV, Susanna Lehmann-Galens of Greeneville, TN, Rebekah (Jason) Guiliano of Mount Morris, Hannah Lehmann of Alexander, Andrew (Becky) Lehmann of Attica, Jared (Judy) Lehmann of Anchorage, AK and Isaac Lehmann of Ontario, Canada. Also survived by 17 grandchildren and was eagerly awaiting the arrival of 2 more this year. Brother, George Lehmann of Eugene, OR and sister, Bonnie Meek of Eugene, OR.  

He was preceded in death by his brother, John Lehmann.

Family and friends are invited to Mr. Lehmann’s Full Military Honors on Monday (August 10th), 2:30pm at the Fr. T. Bernard Kelly Mausoleum at St. Joseph Cemetery, Ellicott St., Batavia, NY.

Future interment will be held upon the final construction of the Western New York National Cemetery, Pembroke, NY. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net







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