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Jessie Mae Montes Torres of Tampa Florida passed away on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at Highland Hospital after a courageous fight with cancer.
Jessie was born in Batavia on August 6, 1983, the daughter of Blaze (Tommie) Parker and Elvin Montes.
Jessie is survived by her husband Dannie and son Lion and her parents, brothers Joseph, RaeShawn, Ryan, and sister Lois. In addition, she has many aunts and uncles, and nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of life will be held for Jessie on Saturday 12/10/22 at LeRoy United Methodist Church,11:30 - 12:30 visitation of family and friends,12:30 service and reception to immediately follow. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Highland Hospital Palliative Care, 1000 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620.

LeRoy ~ Barbara Ann Knitter, age 74, of Randall Road, passed away unexpectedly at home early Thursday morning, December 8, 2022.

   barbara_knitter_0.jpeg  She was born May 8, 1948 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Robert and Lucille Love Peterson.

     Barbara was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and dear friend to many.  She was a very caring person and a wonderful homemaker. Barbara cherished her family, granddogs, baking, camping and the holidays. 

     She will be sadly missed by her loving and devoted husband of 53 years, Patrick Knitter; daughters, Beth Knitter (John Frank) and Erin (Lacee) Griffith; siblings, Albert “Fran” (Jane Dewberry) Peterson, Timothy Elmore and Gail (Jerry) Blair; In-laws, Peter Knitter, Gail (Jim) Horne, Thomas (Janice) Knitter, David (Fran) Knitter and Julie Knitter, along with many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.

     Barbara was predeceased by her loved ones; Eugene “Gene” Elmore, Elmer (Grace) Knitter, Joanne Knitter, Suzanne Lenhard and Michael Knitter.

     Family and friends are invited to her Rite of Christian Burial to be held on Friday, Dec. 16 at 11:00 AM at St. Martin de Porres Parish at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 99 Main Street, Scottsville, N.Y.  Interment will be private in St. Francis Cemetery, LeRoy.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to either Lake Plains Dialysis, 587 E. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020 or LeRoy Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 56, LeRoy, NY 14482

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

gayton1.jpg  Ronald B."Duffy" Gayton, 68 of Batavia, passed away on Thursday, December 8, 2022. He was born in Beaufort, SC to the late Thomas and Marjorie (Darling) Gayton. He is preceded in death by his sister Pamela (Thomas) Radell.

Ronald was a longtime member of Akron Fire Department, as well as the Warsaw and Silver Springs Fire Departments. He owned and operated Bug Be Gone in St. Petersburg, FL. Ronald was an avid Buffalo Bills Fan and loved WWE and he would argue with anyone that it was real.

He is survived by his sons, James (Nicole) Gayton, Andrew (Lindsay McKenzie) Gayton, sisters, Madeline McCready, Doreen (Scot) Wright all of Batavia; 5 granddaughters, Alexis, Paige, Payton, Aria and Brynn, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to call on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 from 4:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. An 11:00AM Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, December 14 at the Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest in Warsaw Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Senior Center at the Genesee County Office of the Aging, 2 Bank St. Batavia, NY 14020 or the East Pembroke Fire Department 8655 Barrett Dr. Batavia, NY 14020. 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.

stott3.jpg  It is with great sadness that the family of William (Bill) James Stott, announce his passing at the age of 66. He was promoted to heaven on Sunday December 4, 2022, at the Batavia Veterans Medical Center. He was born on December 21, 1955, in Jamaica Queens, New York to the late William H. and  Alice (Arensten) Stott. In addition to his parents, Bill is predeceased by a sister; Lisa Willey and a brother in law John Pflueger.

Bill will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 43 years, Deborah (Cranmer) Stott; children Jason (Sharalyn) Stott, Justin (Rachel) Stott, and Jaime (Wade) Smith; sister Jeannie (Todd) Baham; Mother in law Nancy Sherbert; brother in law Cliff Willey; nieces and nephews. He was also an extremely proud Pop-Pop to his grandchildren Adalyn Stott, Kaylie Stott, Emelia Stott, Olive Smith and Isaac Smith who will miss him deeply.

Bill was friendly, warm, and able to easily strike up a conversation with anyone he met. A people-person through and through, he worked as an electronics technician for many years. If he wasn’t working or spending time with his family, Bill enjoyed perfecting his golf game, shooting pool with buddies, attending sporting events, and cheering on his favorite New York and Baltimore teams.

Bill drew people to him with his sense of humor, energetic nature, and ability to always laugh at a silly joke. He enjoyed telling stories about his time spent overseas while enlisted in the US Navy and growing up on Long Island, and always wanted to hear what was new with others, too. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" 2 Timothy 4:7

The family wishes to send a special thank you to the wonderful nurses at the Batavia Veterans Hospital CLC Unit who went above and beyond in their care of Bill during his last days.

There will be no prior calling hours and the services will be held privately. Bill will be laid to rest in Western New York National Veterans Cemetery in Corfu.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Activities Fund at the NYS Veterans Nursing Facility 220 Richmond Ave. Batavia, NY 14020. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, New York 14020.

donna_pringle_95_1.jpgBergen - Donna R. Pringle , 79  of Bergen  passed away on Saturday, December 3, 2022, peacefully surrounded by her loving family in Bergen, NY.

Donna was born Friday, March 19th, 1943 in Brockport, New York, daughter of the late Merton Reynolds and Ethel D John. She married Richard A Pringle, in January 1962. Donna graduated from Byron-Bergen Central Schools and later became a licensed hairdresser. She worked for Gilette/Sullivan insurance in Bergen and later as an associate for Wegmans in Brockport, until her retirement. 

She was active in the community as a member of the Bergen United Methodist Church, and the Gillam Grant Community Center. Donna enjoyed painting, gardening, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends. Donna was a wonderful grandmother that loved spoiling and playing with her grandchildren and new great-grandbaby, Ella 

Surviving are her children, Rich (Susan) Pringle and Deb Klieger; grandchildren, Richard (Taty) Klieger, Sarah Klieger, and Samuel Pringle; brothers, Richard Reynolds, Gary (Bernie) Reynolds, and Jim (Robin) Reynolds; sister, Sharon (John) Lohman and many nieces and nephews. 

Donna is predeceased by her husband, Richard A. Pringle; parents, Ethel D John and Merton Reynolds, and special friend, Tom Fischer.  

There will be a private celebration of life in the spring.  Burial will be in Mt. Rest Cemetery in Bergen, NY.

In lieu of flowers or memorial donations, Donna insisted that everyone perform a random act of kindness, in her memory.Arrangements are under the care and direction of H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

demarse.jpg  Mary Grace Demarse, 81, of Batavia passed away on December 6, 2022. She was born in Buffalo on August 9, 1941 to the late Henry J. and Teresa Marie (Koller) Poorten Sr. In addition to her parents, Mary is predeceased by her husband; Robert M. Demarse; brothers Henry Poorten and William Poorten SJ.; sister Eileen M. Poorten.

She is survived by her step-children; David (Sandra) Demarse and Denise Demarse of AZ; brother Robert J. (Sonja) Poorten of Walworth, NY; along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Mrs. Demarse got her Master’s Degree from Canisius College. She began her career as a math teacher and went on to finish as a guidance counselor in the Buffalo City Schools, she was also a member of the Buffalo Teachers Union Board. Mrs. Demarse was a member of Genesee Orleans Ministry of Concern, most recently as Treasurer, she was very passionate about the GOMOC. She enjoyed actively volunteering in the community. Faith was a big part of her life, she was a longtime member of Resurrection Parish in Batavia.

Friends and family are invited to call on Friday December 9, 2022 from 4:00-7:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 12:00PM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday December 10th at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. in Batavia. She will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Orleans Ministry of Concern 121 N. Main St. suite 311 Albion, NY 14411. 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.

Edgar J. Hollwedel age 91, passed away at home on December 5th, 2022. 

   edgar_j._hollwedel_0.jpg  Edgar was born on May 16th, 1931 in Brooklyn NY.  Edgar was the Director of Vocational Education for the City School District of Rochester for most of his career.  He also completed a dream to build and open a campground, now known as Lei-Ti.  His family supported him prior to his retirement from the city school district in making this dream possible.

     He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Louise; his children, John (Sheila), Robert (Jodi); step-children, Elaine (Robert Reyes) Shell, Eric Shell, Walter Shell and Jonathan (Lisa) Shell; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

     There will be no prior calling hours.  Services will be private at the convenience of the family.

     Memorials may be made to Hollwedel Memorial Library in Pavilion or Genesee Community College, in Batavia.

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

LeRoy ~ In loving memory of James Edward Leach, age 64, who passed away on December 5, 2022 at home.

     He was born January 24, 1958 in Batavia, a son of the late Raymond and Dorothy Alexander Leach Sr.

     James will be remembered for his love of family.  Being with them was his biggest joy in life.

He will be sadly missed by Deanna Leach, Tiffany Macey; brothers, Raymond Leach Jr., Michael Leach and Dontist Hunt; sisters, Sandra Leach, Sharon Leach, Alecia Futch, Tasheenia Bennett (Wright), Yolanda Henderson and Patty Infante, along with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Joyce Leach.

     Family and friends may call on Friday, December 9 from 2 ~ 4 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19), LeRoy, where his Service of Remembrance will be held at 4:00 PM. 

     Contributions in memory of James are suggested to his family.

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

Batavia - Sara M. Allison, 60 of Batavia  passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Mrs. Allison was born May 11, 1962 in Batavia a daughter of the late Carmon and Muriel (O'Connor) Parise.

Sara was an avid bingo player, often attending games at the Alabama Fire Hall. She enjoyed going to basket raffles and flea markets, where she was a vendor of handmade jewelry for a number of years. Mrs. Allison liked to color and spend time with her family and friends.

Her husband, Nelson E. Allison and her son Nelson E. Allison, II precede her in death.

Surviving are her children, Justin Cowell of Albion, Ratana Allison of Albion, April (Christopher Bisig) Allison of Batavia, and Christopher (Samantha Barker) Allison of Corfu; step-daughter, Katy Allison of Albion; grandchildren, Danielle, Aidan, Dilon, Malachy, Chaston, Lily, Adara, Logan, Levin, and Lukas, who is expected any day; brothers, Daniel (Deborah) Parise of Florida, and Timothy Parise of Florida. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A celebration of life is being planned for spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Batavia. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Donald F. Ryan - Holley NY, 89, passed away December 4, 2022, in the arms of his daughter.  Don was born March 20, 1933, a son of the late Franklin and Mabel Ryan.  Mr. Ryan was the oldest active member of the Holley Fire Department, Fire Police and Fire Marshall.  Don served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.  He enjoyed working on his farm and taking care of the waterfowl, of which each one had a name.  He also treasured his dogs.  Don’s greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren. 

Don was predeceased by his loving wife of 66 years, Darl (Gillette) Ryan, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sandy & George Bower, nephew, Edwin Bower and siblings, jerry, Betty, Russell, Fredy and Lucille Ryan. 

Survived by his son, Kevin (Elaine) Ryan of Holley; daughter, Kelly Ryan Valente of Batavia; grandchildren, LeeAnna (Dan) SanFilippo, Nicholas (Carmen) Valente, Jesse (Ashleigh) Valente; great-grandchildren, Ryan SanFilippo, Michael Vito Valente, Josefina Lynn Valente, Salina Rose Valente; several nieces, nephews, cousins. 

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, 16650 Route 31, Holley, NY., on Sunday December 11, from 1:00-4:00pm followed by his funeral service at the funeral home at 4:00pm.  Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in the spring with military honors. 

Memorials may be made to the Holley fire Dept. 7 Thomas St. Holley, NY 14470. 

To share a special memory of Don, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfunealhomes.com 


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