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Charles R. Pero, III, went home to be with the Lord at the age of 72 on July 18, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, surrounded by his family. 

Charlie was the son of the late Charles R. Pero and Marien Pixley Pero. He is also predeceased by his sister Adelyn Pero and his nephew Michael Napoleone.

Charlie was a member of the class of 1967 at Notre Dame High School. Upon graduation, he proudly served in the National Guard from 1967-1973. He worked for the family business in plumbing and heating for a number of years.

Charlie had a passion for theatre arts, fulfilling a dream of performing on stage beginning at the age of 50. He was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching his grandchildren compete. 

Those that knew him appreciated his kind heart and quick wit.  He will be missed by all. 

Charlie is survived by his beloved wife, Linda (Cook) Pero; his children, Amy (Jay Taranto) Southcott, Michael (Beth) Pero and Nick Pero; stepchildren, Kelly Zuzze’ and Tim (Bonnie) Zuzze’; siblings, David (Trish) Pero and Laurie (Mark) Napoleone; his grandchildren, Zach, Drew, and Emma Southcott, Ryan, Tyler and Molly Pero along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to attend calling hours at H.E Turner Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, New York on Thursday, July 21, 2022 from 3-5 p.m. A prayer service will follow at 5:00. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Michael Napoleone Association (www.michaelshope.org) or the American Heart Association Buffalo NY ([email protected]). To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Bergen - Jane Fox, age 77, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at her home.

She was born on July 27, 1944 in Batavia, a daughter of the late George William Peck and Hilda Stobbs Carey Peck.

A long time private duty home healthcare aide, she served as President of the 8th District, Sons of the American Legion and was the Adjutant for Genesee County for the past few years.

She is predeceased by her husband, Robert E. Fox, Sr. who passed away on November 21, 2003 and her grandson, Justin Robert Baker.

Surviving are her best friend and soulmate, David G. Henry of Bergen; her daughter, Melissa L. (David) Waterman of LeRoy; five grandchildren, Samantha (Steven) Tyson of Bergen, Chad (Melissa) Waterman of Texas, Hillary (Heath) Bender of Meridale, Jillian (Nick) Nesbitt of Waterport and Amy (Mark) Herman of Warsaw; two great-grandchildren, Kane and Mace Tyson; her sister, Carol (Rudolph) Shook of Rockland, Maine along with several nieces and nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Mount Rest Cemetery, Bergen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary, Sackett Merrill White Post #575, P.O. Box 207, Bergen, New York 14416. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake, Bergen, New York 14416.

leonap.jpg  After a journey of 94 years as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, Leona M. Pastore passed away peacefully Sunday February 6, 2022 surrounded by her loving family.

Born December 21, 1927 in Batavia, Leona is predeceased by her husband of 70 years; Philip P. Pastore Jr.; her parents Leo and Mary (Fabio) Azzi; in-laws Mr. & Mrs. Philip Pastore Sr.; brother Charles Azzi; sisters Veronica Martin, Matilda Syracuse, Barbara Leone and great-granddaughter Delilah Rae Graham.

She is survived by her six children; Michael (Nancy) Pastore of Key West, FL., Paulette Pontillo of North Palm Beach, FL., Georgeann (David) Hartman of Nashville, TN., Phyllis (Timothy) Beers Sr. of Denver, CO., Patricia Olverd of Richmond Hill, GA, Vincent (Kayleen) Pastore of Le Roy; Aunt Lena Pastore of FL.; sister Virginia Bass of CA; grandchildren Micah Pastore, Timothy (Gretchen) Pastore, Alysia (David) Thibault, Jamie Wortzman, Tony Pontillo, Philip Pontillo, Gary Call Hanley, Timothy (Sara) Beers Jr., Georgia Lee (Marc) Graham, Jessica (David) Blum, Ashley (Jared) Parkey and David Olverd Jr. along with several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Leona’s favorite quote was “Life is a Song, Love is the Music”. Her love of music began at the age of seven in a performance of “The Little Drummer Boy” and at eleven years of age she joined the St. Anthony’s Senior Choir, becoming a soloist performing at all church functions. In her senior year she became the soloist with The Choristers of Rochester Civic Orchestra, where she sang for multiple organizations, churches and functions throughout the state.

After graduation from High School she went on to study at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. where she majored in voice. Upon finishing college, she married her husband and began raising her family, all while remaining active in her church and St. Anthony’s School, where she became President of the PTA. Continuing with her love of music she became the guest soloist for the Genesee Symphony, produced and performed on WBTA Radio with her own show, was the soloist for the “Genesee Choral” and “Ars Nova Singers”. She also became an organist for St. Anthony’s Church and appeared in many Rotary Club Broadway local productions, Brigadoon, Mame, Camelot, Sound of Music and others.

She became involved with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and served on the board for many years also becoming the Historian from 2003-2013 and chaired the Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary. Leona was recognized as an outstanding Italian American by the Paolo Busti Foundation for her accomplishments in music and was associated with the author John Gardner Society and a member of the Holland Land Office.
“Life is a Song, Love is the Music”

Friends and family are invited to attend a 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday July 23, 2022 at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House www.crossroadshouse.com PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021 or the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, GSO PO Box 391 Batavia, NY 14021. To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

thumbnail.jpg  Carmela (LaRussa) Deni, 92, of Batavia passed away peacefully on July 17, 2022. She was born on May 30, 1930 in Batavia to the late Lawrence LaRussa and Bertha (DeBole) LaRussa. She is preceded in death by her husband; Joseph Deni.

Carmela was a long-time member of St Joseph's Church (Resurrection Parish) in Batavia.

She is survived by her five sons; James (Simone) Deni, Lawrence (Roseann) Deni, Joseph (Kathryn) Deni, Thomas Deni, Michael (Deborah) Deni; her sisters Marian (William) Heisler and Loretta (John) MacKenzie, as well as several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 12:00PM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday July 19, 2022 Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. She will be entombed in Msgr. Kelly Mausoleum in Batavia.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Notre Dame High School 73 Union St. in Batavia. 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.

Melissa June LeSage, "Missy," 55, of Penfield, passed away on July 14, 2022 at Highland Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Missy was born July 18, 1966 in Batavia, a daughter of Sue LeSage.  Missy entered the world with her loving twin, Mindy, following closely behind.

She was full of life, love and laughter.  Missy was born a decisive and determined little girl and remained that way her entire time on earth.  She held a special place in anyone’s heart that she came in contact with.  Missy loved her pretties, scarfs, laughing out loud and being with her Susie.  Missy enjoyed walks and being outside.  She was known for making you turn the lights on and off multiple times.  Missy treasured her weekly trips with Debbie Bean, an extra special friend of 38 years.

Missy’s family would like to thank the ICU staff at Highland Hospital for the love and care they gave Missy in her final days.

Surviving along with her mother are her sisters, Melinda Quaintance, Lisa Smith and Emilie Moss; brother, Jess LeSage, many nieces, nephews and great nephews.  Missy was a blessing to a loving family.  Missy is also survived by her family at Baird Road and the rest of the staff at Heritage Christian Services.

Preceded in death by her brother, Jason LeSage and grandmother, June Vile.  

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rochester Animal Services, 184 Verona Street, Rochester, NY 14608.

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

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

She’ll be in our minds, hearts and thoughts, she’ll be a part of us forever.

taylor_timmy_-_photo1.jpgTimmy Lee Taylor, 47 of Troy, NY and formerly of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 11, 2022.

He was born November 27, 1974 in Batavia, NY, a son of the late John Taylor and Mary Francis Tyson Taylor.

Tim was a photogenic person who loved taking pictures with family and friends. He enjoyed basketball, fishing and safari animals. Most of all, he was a caring person who loved his family and put a smile on anyone’s face who would come into contact with him.

He was the brother of the late Della Tyson.

He is survived by his five children, Sharmaine Powell of North Carolina, Timmy Taylor Jr. of Corfu, Tyshon Taylor of Batavia, Andrae Taylor of Batavia and Dominic Taylor of Batavia. Grandson, Andrae Lee Taylor Jr. and his sister, Priscilla Leonard of Georgia. Also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday (July 20th) from 5-7pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY, where a service will be held at 7pm. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday (July 23rd) from 2pm-6pm at Lions Park (Wallace St.) in Batavia.

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

ARRANGEMENTS WERE ENTRUSTED TO THE J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 BOGUE AVE., BATAVIA, NY 14020. RONALD KONIECZNY II, DIRECTOR.

 

 

marjorieamargebisig.jpgMarjorie A. “Marge” Bisig, 91 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 15, 2022 at the Grand Rehabilitation & Nursing in Batavia. She was born September 8, 1930 in Barre Center, to the late Raymond and Marion (Wigton) Vereecken. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Richard Bisig whom she married July 1, 1950; brother Raymond Vereecken, son-in-law Daryl Cook and daughter-in-law Debra Bisig.

Mrs. Bisig enjoyed thrift shopping, walking and spending time with her friends. Her family was her hobby, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving children, Suzanne Cook of Batavia, John (Barbara) of Elba, Donald Bisig of Elba, Charles (Penny) Schenck of Moravia, Shirley (Horace) Waldron Jr. of Oakfield, Linda (Richard) Smith of Basom, Richard Bisig of Batavia, sister Ellajean Gerhardt of Las Vegas, NV, 25 grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 4 to 7pm at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. A 10:00am Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at the Funeral Home. She will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Rehabilitation & Nursing Activities Fund. 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.

Gunter Kreimeier, 93, of Batavia, passed away on July 12, 2022 at Crossroads House.

Gunter was born January 2,1929 in Stade, Germany, the son of the late Herman and Imgarrd (Ranzinger) Kreimeier.

Gunter was a member of Godfrey's Pond and enjoyed hunting, having traveled extensively for big game.

Surviving are his wife, Waltraut "Trudy" Kreimeier of Batavia, they were married on September 29, 1951.  Many dear friends also survive.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. also on Tuesday.  Private burial will be held in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia.

Gunter's family would like to thank Crossroads House for the care they provided.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14020, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate.

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

Batavia - Donald N. VanBuren, 90 of Batavia, passed away on Tuesday (July 12, 2022) at home. 

Mr. VanBuren was born March 15, 1932 in Batavia, a son of the late Nelson and Mildred (Townsend) VanBuren. He would go on to serve his country in the Army during the Korean War.

He was a member of the Veness-Strollo VFW in Batavia and enjoyed going to garage sales and flea markets. A bit of a gambler, Donald liked to bet the ponies and play scratch-offs. He was a talented piano player and greatly liked tinkering with lawn mowers. 

Donald is predeceased by his wife, Norma Jean VanBuren; daughters, Martha and Ruby; son, Donald.

Surviving are his children, Eric Chambers of Medina, Bobby (Becky) of Batavia, Mary Rice of Maryland, Millie Villa of Batavia, son, Dennis Ralph Hewston of Florida; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; son-in-law, Tom Dougal of West Virginia; special friends of the family, Gail Garitz, and Brian Fisher of Batavia. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to call on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, where Donald's funeral service will immediately follow visitation at 6 p.m. Interment, with military honors will be held in Western New York National Cemetery in Pembroke on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. (please assemble by 10:45 a.m.). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a veteran's charity of the donor's choice. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

East Bethany ~ Lewis Allen Rhinehart, age 78, passed away Wednesday morning (July 13, 2022) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

   173rd_sky_soldiers_0.jpg  He was born November 29, 1943, in Rochester, NY to the late Homer and Marjorie Rhinehart.

     Lewis is survived by his daughter, Crystal; sister Ruth Parnell and special nephew, Scott Parnell.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews across the country.  Lewis was predeceased by his wife, Beverly; his brothers, William, Ronald, John, Homer Jr., Walter and sister, Doris.

     Lewis worked for many years as a carpenter for Harry Pimm, Jr., before moving on to work as a security guard for Sabin Metal until he retired in the early 2000’s.

     Lewis spent his retirement with his wife, Beverly until her passing in 2011; while also cuddling with his beloved dog, Peanut and collecting John Deere tractor models.

     Family and friends may call on Sunday, July 17 from 1 ~ 4 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Graveside prayers and military honors will be held on Monday, July 18 at 11:00 AM at the Pavilion Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Bethany Volunteer Fire Dept., 10510 Bethany Ctr. Rd., East Bethany, NY 14054

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Lewis’ family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

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