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Harry Louis Kalish was born May 2, 1951 in Queens, NY, to Walter Kalish and Catherine Cuthill. He died at age 69 in Florida on Jan. 18, 2021.

He was formerly a longtime Batavia resident.

Harry has three brothers. Harry leaves behind three adult children and three grandchildren: Sara Hall (37), Harry's youngest daughter, her fiance, Jeremy Brown, and Sara’s children, the twins Cody and Brylie Hall (13), and Autumn Hall (11). Harry's son, Jacob Kalish (41) and Harry's oldest daughter, Katherine Kalish (42).

Harry was retired, but worked as a cook for more than 35 years, and spent his last 10 years as a truck driver delivering tires around Central Florida. He enjoyed his work and always put his best integrity forward. When Harry fought and gained his three children in 1995, he would work two jobs at a time to provide a new home and life for them. 

Harry loved the Jets and football. He loved the Mets in baseball. Harry could be found watching sports 90 percent of his last days and loved watching and talking about each game and highlights with Jeremy Brown. Harry was a huge fan of rock 'n' roll and would always have his radio up overloud as he worked out. He loved to dance with his grandkids and joke around with silliness. 

Harry was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in early 2019. He was a fighter and never wanted to give up. His body became too weak and he left this world holding his daughter Sara’s hand and his love of his life at one time, Sandra Brooks. His grandchildren and family were gathered as he took his last breath with his favorite rock 'n' roll music seeing him out. 

Harry always cared so much for his daughter Sara and her children and would always help out in any way he was able to. Harry was a great man and will be truly missed.

ZoElla L. Spink, 84, of Batavia, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center.

ZoElla was born August 13, 1936 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Raymond and Mabel (Calkins) Worthington.

ZoElla was a life member of Northgate Free Methodist Church, where she was a very active member.  She loved to bake and spend time with her family.   

Surviving are her sons, Ronald (Deborah) Spink of Batavia, Timothy (Belinda) Spink of Batavia, Jamie (Kathy) Spink of Batavia and Christopher (Joan) Hoppey-Spink of Amherst; a brother, E. James (Charlene) Worthington of Elba; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, Ronald W. Spink; brothers, Raymond Worthington, Roy Worthington, Spencer Worthington and Donald Worthington; sisters, Winifred Cook and Viola Wight.

ZoElla's Memorial Service will be held at a later date at Nothgate Free Methodist Church.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northgate Free Methodist Church, 8160 Bank Street Road, Batavia, NY 14020.  

Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements for ZoElla were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Batavia, (585) 343-8868.

clattenburg.jpg  Steven Donald Clattenburg, 60, of Batavia passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday January 24, 2021. He was born on March 22, 1960 to the late Donald and Audrey Clattenburg.

Steven was known well in the community for his commitment to coaching youth baseball. He embraced everyday as a blessing with his on and off battle with cancer. He enjoyed spending time and making memories with friends and family. Steven was also an avid Muckdogs and Bills fan. He will be deeply missed but heaven has gained an angel.  

He is survived by his children; Nicole (Patrick Mutter) Clattenburg of Batavia, Steven (Jo Croll) Clattenburg Jr. of Illinois, Samantha Clattenburg of Kansas; siblings Brenda (Larry) Powers of Rochester, Jeffrey Clattenburg of Texas and Joanne (Jeff) Coyle of Brockport; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours. Due to the ongoing pandemic, a private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance 127 North St. Batavia, NY 14020. 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.

mporter.jpg  Michael W. Porter, 65, of Churchville, passed away on January 26, 2021 at Unity Hospital, Rochester. He was born on July 24, 1955 in Batavia, to the late Carlton J. “Jack” Porter, Jr. and Dorothy (Klimajeski) Porter. He is predeceased by his brother, Stephen J. Porter and niece Dorothea Johnson.

Mike was a life-long farmer and owner of Porter Farms in Elba. He was an avid hockey fan, player, coach and supporter. His son Stephen now plays the game he loved so dearly. Mike was a loving husband and father.  

Mike is survived by his beloved wife Debbie (Beauregard) Porter, son Stephen A. Porter, siblings, Mary Elizabeth “Bess” (Eric) Johnson, Julie Porter, Beatrice Porter, Emily (Scott) Swarner, sisters-in-law, Kathleen Porter, Susan (Tim) Turner, JoAnne (Bill) Rogers, Nancy (Donald) Verni, Lisa (Todd) Heydt, nieces, Katherine (Peter) Metzler, Sarah (Josef Bartels) Porter, Zoe Johnson, Natalie Swarner, Gina & Olivia Verni, Tonya Erdle, nephews, Mark & Ben Heydt, great-nieces, Cora, Suzanna, Georgia Metzler, cousin Peter Zegler. Many dear friends, Daniel (Penny) Mudrynski, Robert (Sue) and Dennis (Charlene) Schultz, Matt (Shannon) Kyle, Kathy Riggs (Mark) Allen, Ben (Laura) Thering and many others. 

An 11:00 AM Celebration of Mike’s Life will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at the farm in Elba. Farm attire is encouraged and masks will be required.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s School, 2 Summit St., Notre Dame High School Foundation, 73 Union Ave., Batavia, NY 14020, Kidney Foundation of WNY, 4444 Bryant and Stratton Way, Williamsville, NY 14221 or to the Diabetes Association www.diabetes.org. 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.

farm.jpg  Larry D. Pendleton, 65, of Batavia passed away on Friday, January 22, 2021 at Unity Hospital in Greece. He was born on March 4, 1955 in Wellsville, NY to the late Robert and Doris (Blue) Pendleton.

Larry worked for his family farm in Wellsville for many years.

There will be no prior calling hours. A private Service will be held at St. Joseph’s Cemetery where he will be laid to rest.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Senior Living 278 Bank St. Batavia, NY 14020. 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.

maryjgeorge.jpgMary J. George, 90, of Batavia, passed away after a short stay at Premier Genesee on January 26, 2021. She was born on April 8, 1930 in Elba, to the late Stanley and Josephine (Swiergula) Zielinski. She is predeceased by her husband, Bernard George, grandson Alan, siblings, Stella Syzmanski, Sophia Kingdom, Ann Surman and Julian Zielinski.

Mary worked for Mullen Brother’s Office Supply Store in Batavia before becoming a wife and full-time homemaker. She loved attending family events, dining out, watching Lawrence Welk and polka music. Mary enjoyed traveling whether it be a local day trip or the family trips she made to Hawaii and Australia/New Zealand. She was proud to have been a contestant for the Elba Onion Queen having personally worked in the muck for her family. Mary spent her life caring for other people and will be dearly missed.

Mary is survived by her children, Douglas (Janet) George of Suwanee, GA, Daniel George of Stafford, Patricia (Mark) Grabosky of Fairport and Christina (Steven) Brown of Webster. Grandchildren, Sidney, Eric, Ross and Tabitha, siblings, Martha Tierney of North Tonawanda, Bruno (Dorothy) Zielinski of Batavia, Helen Klinkbeil of LeRoy, Jennie Seager of Albion, Frank (Jane) Zielinski of Elba, and sister-in-law Shirley (Thomas) Edbauer of North Tonawanda, along with many nieces and nephews.  

There will be no prior calling hours, services will be held privately for the family. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia. A Celebration of her Life will be scheduled by the family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to AutismUp, 50 Science Pkwy, Rochester, NY 14620. 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.
 

Batavia - Maureen Roberta Feary, 94, of Batavia, passed away Wednesday, (January 27, 2021) at LeRoy Village Green in LeRoy.

She was born November 5, 1926 in London, England, a daughter of the late Robert Benjamin and Ethel May Rundle.

Mrs. Feary was a member of the Batavia First Presbyterian Church. She was a former employee of St. Jerome Hospital and Applied Business Systems. She was a prolific knitter and provided hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, blankets, and sweaters to many. She also enjoyed gardening, sewing, and reading.

She is predeceased by her husband, William T. Feary; brothers Jack Phillips and Ron Phillips; a sister, Sheila Bowthorpe Sutherland; and son-in-law, James D. German.

Surviving are her children, Maureen German of Knoxville, Tenn., Brenda (Richard) Galliford of Batavia, William T. Feary, Jr. of Batavia, Geoffrey (Maureen) Feary of Rochester, Lynn (Michael) Dobbertin of Batavia, and Nancy Feary Havens of Batavia; grandchildren, Ian (Erica) Jermy, Melanie (Dan) Grubb, Jonathan (Sharon) German, Jennifer Blaszak, Katie (Scott) Neff, Sarah (Greg) Emerson, Meredith (Mark) Szcepanski, Emma Feary, Abigail Dobbertin, and Noah Dobbertin. 11 great-grandchildren also survive.

Please note the funeral home will be restricted to 33% capacity throughout the course of visitation. Face coverings and social distancing are mandatory. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

Family and friends may call on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street in Batavia. Maureen's funeral service will be held privately for the family. She will be laid to rest beside her husband in St. Joseph's Cemetery in Batavia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Batavia First Presbyterian Church, 300 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Batavia - Margaret Shannon, 87 of Batavia, passed away on Tuesday, (January 26, 202)1 at her home under the care of HomeCare & Hospice and her loving family.

Mrs. Shannon was born August 21, 1933 in Bartow, Florida a daughter of the late James C.  and Lucy (Johnson) Williams.

She was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Batavia where she served as the Mother of the church. She loved the Lord and enjoyed time spent at church, singing, being with her family, and caring for children.

Margaret is the wife of the late C.B. Shannon; mother of the late Harold L. Peterson and Sandra Mays; and sister of the late J.C. Williams, Jr.

Surviving are her children, Alberta Williams of Florida, Nathaniel (Patricia) Williams of Albion, Joanie Evans of Batavia, Angela Johnson of Colorodo, and Rhonda (Mike) Thomas of Rochester, Charlene (Jerry) Saddler.  A host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren also survive.

Family and friends are invited to visitation on Saturday, (January 30, 2021) from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at City Church, 210 East Main Street in Batavia, where Margaret Shannon Funeral Service will be held immediately following visitation at 1:00 pm.

Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials on behalf of Margaret Shannon may be made to Union Bell Baptist Church, 407 Hollywood Farm Road, Stafford, Virginia 22405.  Where her grandson Clarence E. Mays serves as pastor.

Please note that the church will be restricted to 50% capacity throughout the course of visitation and the funeral service. Facial coverings and social distancing are mandatory. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

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

mdusen.jpg  Mae Louise Dusen, 91, of Batavia, NY, passed away at Premier Genesee on Thursday, January 21, 2021 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born on October 19, 1929 in Batavia to Charles and Carrie (Ross) Radley.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald, and her son, Richard. She was also predeceased by a sister, Angele (Peter) Weber, two brothers, Leonard (Anne) and Robert Radley, two sisters-in-law, Hazel (Tony) Mancuso and Viola (Edward) Martin, two brothers-in-law, Lloyd (Lois) and Earl (Genevieve) Dusen and a sister-in-law, Shirley Dusen.

Mae is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Cathy Dusen and by two grandchildren, Lara (Jason) McKee, and Brad (Michael Bleyle) Dusen. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Danica and Colton McKee, as well as three sisters, Rose (late Irving) Warner, Fran (late Robert) Lawrence and Florence (late Howard) Taft, along with a sister-in-law, Jeanette Radley, and a brother-in-law, Robert Dusen, plus many nieces and nephews.

Mae was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who will be missed by all who knew her. She spent the last several years of her life at Premiere Genesee Nursing Home where staff always remarked on her sweet personality and cheerful demeanor.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Memorial Service is being planned for this summer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY.  (www.alz.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.

Byron - Dean E.  Sharp, age 61, of Byron, passed away on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at his home.

Dean was born in Batavia on October 24, 1959, a son of the late Edward C. Sharp and Eva Grace Starkweather Sharp.
 
A 1977 graduate of Byron-Bergen Central School, he was a member and deacon at North Bergen Presbyterian Church. Dean was very decorated, well-established and well-respected in the dairy industry winning numerous awards with Semex USA. In 1995, he was named the Outstanding Young Breeder Award, a prestigious honor in the dairy industry. He was a member of the NIOGA Holstein Association, Future Farmers of America, New York Holstein Association and served on the Western Regional Holstein Board. Dean’s life revolved around his family, grandchildren and his cows.

Dean is the husband of Carrie L. Casper Sharp. The two were married on June 10, 1983. He is also survived by his children; Jessica Sharp of Akron, Alicia (Dan) Brumsted of Bergen and Edward Sharp of Byron; grandchildren; Lila Sharp-Robinson and John Brumsted; his brother; Clifford L. (late Karen) Sharp of Byron; his sister; Diane (Stephen) Starowitz of Byron; his mother-in-law; Peggy Casper of Batavia along with several nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his sister, Arlene Sharp.

There are no prior visiting hours. Due to the ongoing pandemic, a private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family. However, those wishing may view the funeral service at 11 a.m. Saturday via live stream by visiting the following link: https://www.hdezwebcast.com/show/dean-e-sharp-memorial-service. A public celebration of Dean’s life will be held during the summer. He will be laid to rest in North Byron Cemetery. Flowers are gratefully declined. Please consider memorials in Dean’s name to Carrie Sharp so his family may establish a youth dairy scholarship in his memory. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

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