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courter_karen_-_photo1.jpgKaren Aileen Courter, 35 of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday (August 8, 2020) at Erie County Medical Center.

She was born August 16, 1984, in Rochester, NY, a daughter of Sharyl Welsh Courter of Rochester and the late Paul Courter.

Karen enjoyed fishing and spending time outdoors. She had worked in the past with kids with special needs and disabilities. She was smart and funny, and never hesitated to speak her mind.

She is survived by her mother, Sharyl Courter of Rochester. Fiancé, John Holbrook of Batavia. Son, Ryan Cox. Brother, Andrew Courter of Lee, NH and nephew, Landon Courter.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to GCASA, 430 E Main St, Batavia, NY 14020. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.


Oakfield – Mrs. Rose Marie Sapienza Mead, age 96 of Oakfield, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Honeoye, NY.

Mrs. Mead, born on September 26, 1923 in Oakfield, was the eldest daughter of the late James and Agnes Shilen Sapienza.  Rose was a lifelong resident of Oakfield and graduated from OACS in 1939.  She attended the University of Rochester, graduating with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in 1944.  Mrs. Mead spent a summer at Middlebury College in Vermont, enrolled in a graduate program at the La Maison (The French House).  At various times in her career, she taught French, Latin and English, with French being her primary teaching assignment. Rose was also fluent in Italian and Spanish.  She enjoyed baking, knitting, playing the piano, scrabble and crossword puzzles.  Her greatest pleasure was spending time with family.

Rose was an active member of the St. Padre Parish/St. Cecilia’s, participating in various activities such as:  music ministry, RCIA, Faith Formation, Vicariate, and Altar and Rosary Society.  She also belonged to the Genesee County Retired Teachers Association, and the Oakfield-Alabama Historical Society since it was organized in 1998.

Mrs. Mead is predeceased by her husband, James Lavers Mead, her brother Dominic (Luella) Sapienza, and several nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her daughter, Nancy (Cliff) Andres of Honeoye; son, Michael Mead of Penfield; six grand children: Matthew Andres, Rachel Andres, Jessica Andres, Sarah Andres, David (Venessa) Mead, and Kevin Mead; her great-grand-daughter Sylvia Mead; two sisters: Louise (Carl) Mancino and Marion (Tom) Brown all of New Port Richey, Florida.  She is also survived by 16 nieces and nephews, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue Oakfield. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10 a.m. at St.Padre Pio Parish - St. Cecilia Worship Site, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.  She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rose’s memory may be made to St. Padre Pio Altar and Rosary Society in care of St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, New York 14125; or Oakfield-Alabama Central School Foreign Language Club, 7001 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, New York 14125; or the Ontario-Yates Hospice, a program of UR Medicine Home Care, 756 Pre Emption Road, Geneva, New York 14456-1336.


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

Ruth Irene Blossom, 99, of Batavia passed away on Saturday August 8, 2020 at the Premier Genesee Nursing Facility. She was born on June 23, 1921 in Batavia to the late Rudolph and (Marion Buckley) Bosseler. Ruth is predeceased by her husband; Ward N. Blossom who passed away in 1998; brother Raymond Bosseler; sister Dorothy Maley; grandsons Stephen Blossom and Kevin Archer.

Ruth graduated from Batavia High School in 1938 and was a graduate of the Rochester Business Institute. She was a member of Terry Hills Golf Course, loved to walk every morning, read and play cards. After her husband retired from the Post Office, they spent their winters in Largo, Florida. Ruth was a lifetime member of Resurrection Parish (St. Mary’s Church).

She is survived by her children; Patricia (William) Archer, Stephen (Mary Grace) Blossom, Paul (Diane) Blossom; grandchildren Kristin (Marcus) Shorburne, Brian (Vira) Archer, Lisa (Rick) Fero, Christopher (Danielle) Blossom and Amy (Tom) Youmas; 14 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held privately for the family at Resurrection Parish. Ruth will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Batavia.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. in Batavia. 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 W. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020.

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.





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