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Barbara Anne Colas Rager, 83, of Bergen, New York, passed away on September 23, 2021 after a fierce battle with pancreatic cancer. She is out of suffering and with her Lord and Savior.  

Barbie was born on February 17, 1938 to Rev. Raymond and Esther Colas in Monessen, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest of four. Her Siblings were Patricia, Ralph, and Raymond Eugene.

After graduating from high school, she went on to study music at Philadelphia College of Bible. She was a marvelous pianist.  She married Harold Rager on August 19, 1967. They had twins, Mark Adrian and David Jonathan Rager in 1969, who died shortly after birth. Their daughter, Heather, was born a few years later and grew up as an only child. Barbara taught in Christian schools for many years in elementary grades. It was her calling to serve many children and show them the love of Christ.  

She served in many churches, playing the piano and singing or teaching Sunday school.  We will miss her greatly! Barbara was predeceased by her dear parents and both brothers.

She is survived by her husband Harold, her sister Patty and Patty's husband Ray, her daughter Heather and Heather's husband Timothy, and six grandchildren.

There will be no visitation or services. Barbara will be laid to rest in WNY National Cemetery in Pembroke. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021 or online at www.crossroadshouse.com. Once her daughter could no longer be her sole caregiver, they gave Barbara wonderful care and comfort during her last days. We know that we will see Barbie again, and await that glorious reunion, where death is no more, and Love abides through eternity.   

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

Oakfield - Virginia Sawyers, 95 of Oakfield passed away on Thursday, (September 30, 2021) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Mrs. Sawyers was born September 11, 1926 in New River, Virginia a daughter of the late William and Eulalia (Rollins) Hutcheson.

She was a member of Assembly of God Church in Batavia and enjoyed reading, singing, word puzzles, tending to her garden, and the Bible.

Virginia is the wife of Walter Sawyers who passed away in 2007.

Surviving are her daughters, Bulah (late CJ) Williams of Oakfield, and Gail Sawyer of Gaithersburg, Maryland; a brother, Earle (late Carolyn) Hutcheson of Maryland; nieces and nephews, Gerald (Sandra) Hutcheson of Ohio, Karen (Glenn) Thistle of Virginia, Pam Hutcheson of Virginia, Andrea (Lester) Easley of Maryland, George (Rosalee) Sawyer of Batavia, and Victoria (George) Greenman of Batavia; a sister-in-law, Ann Hutcheson of Washington, DC. Several great-nieces and great-nephews and many cousins also survive.

She is preceded in death by her brothers, William (late Josephine), Donald, Richard (late Lucille), and Philip Hutcheson.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, (October 6th, 2021)  from 1 to 2 pm at Batavia Assembly of God Church, 24 North Spruce Street in Batavia, where Virginia 's Funeral Service will be held immediately following visitation at 2:00 pm. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery in Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

Alexander - John Michael “Mike” Laney, Age 68 of Alexander passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 1, 2021 at his home. He was born December 4th, 1952 in Batavia, NY, the first son of Joanne Baker Laney of Alexander and the late Loren John Laney. Mike graduated from Alexander Central School in 1970. He moved to Lakeland, FL in 1975, where he created a beautiful life with his wife, two daughters, and many loyal friends.  He was the proud owner of Mike’s Auto Repair for over 20 years. In 2016, Mike and his wife fully retired, returning to Alexander NY, where he enjoyed working in his garden, tinkering with projects, countless hours reading, and spending quality time with his family. After his wife’s passing in 2017, he found a loving and faithful companion in his dog, Molly.

Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann (Chapell) Laney in 2017. He is survived by his beloved mother, Joanne Baker Laney of Alexander; his daughters, Christine (Kevin) Salzlein of Alexander and Jennifer (Keith) Brooks of  FL; grandchildren, Myya Salzlein and Max Brooks; great-grandchild, Myles McMaster. He will also be dearly missed by his surviving siblings; Thomas Laney of CO, Patricia (Gary) Collins of CO, Stephen (Cindy) Laney of TX, Joseph (Jody) Laney of NY, Karen (James Scalise) Laney of CO, Susan (Joe) McPherson of NY, Matthew (Lori) Laney of NY and Rosanne (Russell) Radziej of MN and many nieces and nephews.

The Laney family will be present from 4-7pm on Friday October 8th at the H.E. Turner & Co., Inc. Funeral Home at 403 East Main St, Batavia NY 14020. Please join Mike’s family to celebrate his Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday October 9th at 11 am at St. Joachim & Anne Parish 50 East Ave, Attica, NY 14011. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his memory are suggested to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021 or to a charity of the donor’s choosing. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Mike’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Rita C. Montgomery, 98, of Bergen, passed away on Friday, October 1, 2021 at the LeRoy Village Residential Health Care Facility.

Rita was born July 8, 1923 in Rochester, a daughter of the late Felix and Mildred (Bartholomay) Volkmar.

Rita was a loving mom, grandma and great-grandma and was also a beautiful knitter and crocheter.  Rita was a member of Ladies of Charity and  St. Brigid Church where she played the organ for 45 years.

Surviving are her children,  James (Carol) Montgomery of Bergen and Mary (Richard) Muscarella of Bergen; daughter-in-law, Martha Montgomery of Bergen; seven grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, Norman J. Montgomery, Sr., son, Norman J. Montgomery, Jr., sister, Lucille Mannix and a brother, Milton Volkmar.

There are no prior calling hours.  Rita's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday at St. Brigid Church, 18 Gibson Street in Bergen.  She will be laid to rest in St. Brigid Cemetery,Bergen.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LeRoy Village Residential Health Care Facility, 10 Munson Street, LeRoy, NY 14482.  

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

Arrangements for Rita were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen (585) 494-1210.

Stafford ~ Mary Jo Ellingham, age 75, passed away early Saturday morning (October 2, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center.

     She was born July 25, 1946 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late John and Margaret Mary Burns Murphy.

     Mary Jo will be remembered as a very loving and caring person, who was dedicated to her family, her faith and her students.  Her career as a third grade teacher at the Paul Road School in the Gates Chili School District spanned over 30 years.  She enjoyed reading, gardening and travelling to Florida for the winters with her husband, John.

     She is survived by her devoted husband of 48 years, John F. Ellingham; her siblings, Patricia (James) McVeigh, William Murphy, Michael Murphy and Margie Murphy; sisters-in-law, Jean Kelly, Joan (Lloyd) Eldridge, Kathy Ellingham; brother-in-law, James (Mary Beth) Ellingham; nephews, John McVeigh, Scott McVeigh, Patrick Murphy, Brian Murphy, Josh Ellingham, Kenneth Ellingham, Kevin (Sarah) Kelly, Timothy Kelly, Marty Ryan and nieces, Crystal Ellingham, Becky Powers Ellingham, Rebecca (Cory) Lawlor, Chrissy (James) Gibbs and Kathy (Drew) Palalay.

    In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters-in-law, Linda Murphy and Joanne Murphy and brother-in-law, Jeffrey Ellingham.

     Family and friends may call on Thursday from 2 ~ 4 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Her Rite of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.  Interment will follow in St. Francis Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Good Days, P.O. Box 665, Mendon, N.Y. 14506  www.campgooddays.org

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Mary Jo’s family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

OAKFIELD - Virginia Sawyers, 95, of Oakfield passed away Thursday (Sept. 30, 2021) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.
 
Family and Friends are invited to call on Wednesday (Oct. 6, 2021) from 1 to 2 p.m. at Batavia Assembly of God Church, 24 North Spruce Street in Batavia, where Virginia's Funeral Service will immediately follow visitation. Interment will be in Grand View Cemetery in Batavia.
 
A complete obituary will appear in in the coming days. Arrangements are being completed by the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield.

richardareisdorf.jpgRichard A. Reisdorf, 80, of North Java, passed away Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility in Warsaw. He was born September 29, 1940 in Buffalo, to the late Charles and Edith (Brock) Reisdorf. He is preceded in death by two sisters, Sally Kmicinski and Lisa Reisdorf.

Mr. Reisdorf owned and operated Reisdorf Bros., Inc feed mill in North Java, he began working there when he was 16. He was President of Arcade & Attica Railroad, active in North Java Fire Company, Holy Family Church, Wyoming County Community Hospital and served on many different committees in the community. Dick was an avid outdoorsman that loved to hunt and fish.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Susan (Forster) Reisdorf of North Java, children, Amy (Jeffrey) Bessey of Colden, Rebecca (James) Carter of North Java, Andrew Reisdorf of Warsaw, Patricia (Scott) Piorun of Bennington. Siblings, Christine Reisdorf of North Java, Charles (Bob) Reisdorf of Frederick, MD, Marty (Joanne) Reisdorf of Ft. Myers, FL, Lawrence (Lori) Reisdorf of Corfu, Elizabeth (Frank) Puddu, 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 3 to 7 PM at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011. An 11:00 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at Holy Family Parish, 4316 NY-98, North Java, NY 14113. He will be laid to rest in Saint Nicholas Cemetery, North Java.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Java Fire Company, 4274 NY-98, North Java, NY 14113 or to Charlotte House, 4316 NY-98, North Java, NY 14113. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

decker.jpg  Marilyn Anna (nee Knapp) Decker, 94, entered into the presence of the Lord on Monday September 27 after a short illness.

Marilyn was born in Etna, NY on August 16, 1927. She was the daughter of Merle and Lillian Knapp. She graduated from East High School of Rochester in 1945 and worked 18 years for Kodak in data entry.

Marilyn was set up on a blind date by her best friend from high school with a former classmate of East High. Less than a year later, James Decker and Marilyn Knapp were married. People knew them as “Jim and Marilyn” and they were rarely separated. They truly enjoyed each other’s company and had a happy marriage that lasted almost 55 years.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by siblings;  Elinore Johnson and Elmer Knapp.

She is survived by her son Paul (Dondra) Decker and four grandchildren: James (Natalie) Decker, Grace (Joseph) Santiso, Elizabeth Decker, and Joel Decker. She is also survived by 5 great-grandchildren: Xavier, Michelle, Josiah, Judah, and Jordan.

Marilyn was known for her beautiful soprano voice. She enjoyed singing in choirs and performing solos in church.

The family would like to express its gratitude to Niagara Hospice who made Marilyn’s last weeks at home manageable and comfortable.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, October 3, 2021 from 3:00 to 6:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 Main St. Batavia, NY 14020.  A Celebration of her life will be held at 10:00AM on Monday, October 4th at the Gilmartin Funeral Home. A private Graveside Service will be held at White Haven Memorial Park in Pittsford, NY.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to be made to the “Kingdom Come Fund” of The Chapel at CrossPoint, 500 CrossPoint Parkway, Getzville, NY 14068. For more information 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.

ditzel.jpg  Roger Ellis Ditzel, 95, of Corfu, NY died peacefully on Monday September 27, 2021 at the Batavia VA Medical Center, Spruce Lodge. He was born on January 11, 1926 in East Pembroke to the late Lawrence and Lottie Ditzel.  Roger is preceded in death by his wife; Shirley (Bohn). The couple was married on July 5, 1947.

Roger served his country honorably with the United States Army 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Division “Hell on Wheels” during World War II.  For his service he received a: Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct, American Campaign, European –African-Middle Eastern Campaign (3 stars), WWII Victory, Army of Occupation (Germany), Combat Infantryman Badge and Ruptured Duck Pin.

Roger’s interests included gardening, hunting, coin collecting, trap shooting, bowling and family genealogy. He was one of the founders of Boy Scout Troop 64 and served as a trustee for the East Pembroke Federation Church.

Surviving is his son; Larry (Sally) Ditzel of Batavia; his daughter Linda (Anthony) Distaffen of Cape Coral, FL; grandchildren Kimberly (Ty) Briggs of Flagstaff, AZ, Michael (fiancé Jenn McDermott) Ditzel of Darien, Rhonda McClurg of E. Bethany, Anthony (Stacey) McClurg of Oakfield, Aaron (Nicole) McClurg of Missoula, MT, Rebecca McClurg-Reimer (Matthew) of Magnolia, DE, Eve McClurg-Gardner (Brad) of Ft. Myers, FL; great-grandchildren McKenzie and Hailey Briggs of Flagstaff, Hunter and Holden Ditzel of Darien, Nadine McClurg of Batavia, Dana Cipra of Pavilion, Mason and Chelsea McClurg of Oakfield, Kehla and Karis McClurg of MT. and Trevor Reimer of DE.

Burial will be in the Western New York National Cemetery in Pembroke, NY. There will be no prior calling hours and family services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pembroke Veterans Outreach, Attn: Matt Moscato PO Box 308 Corfu, NY 14036. For more information 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.

East Pembroke - Sharon K.  Wetzel Armstrong, 73 of East Pembroke passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

She was born Wednesday, November 26th, 1947 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Kenneth Wetzel and Annamae Carpenter Wetzel.

A 1965 graduate of Batavia High School, Sharon worked for 30 years at the New York State School for the Blind and served for 27 years as the president of the CSEA, Local 200.

Surviving are her sons, Jamie (Michelle) Armstrong of Sarasota, Florida and Jason Armstrong; her sister, Judith Wetzel of East Pembroke; eight grandchildren, Jasmine Armstrong, Rachel Armstrong, Jason Armstrong, Jr., Joshua Armstrong, Anthony (AJ) Armstrong, Peyton Armstrong, Grayson Armstrong and Jase Armstrong; her great-granddaughter, Amelia Armstrong; her beloved dog, Romeo and nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her brothers, James Wetzel and Robert Wetzel.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 1st, 2021  from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm  at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Her funeral services will immediately follow visitation at 5 p.m. Private burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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