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Shirley M. (Glidden) Schmigel, 92, of Corfu, passed away Monday, April 20, 2020 at Premier Genesee Center, Batavia, NY.

Shirley was born May 15, 1927, a daughter of the late Maurice and Ethel (Peters) Glidden. She was the sister of the late Ellen Brockway and grandmother of the late Matthew Schmigel.

Shirley had a life long passion for gardening and will be remembered for her fruit and vegetable roadside stand that she famously operated for many years. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and making arts and crafts.

Shirley is survived by four children, Sandi Daily, Duane Schmigel, Cathy Kingdon and Deborah (Gary) Starowicz; 8 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours and services will be held privately. She will be laid to rest in Evergreen Hill Cemetery in Corfu. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Shirley’s honor may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu.

Batavia - Friday, April 17th at age 91; wife of the late F. Benjamin Hart; mother of David (Kathleen) Barth-Hart of LeRoy & Diane (Laurent) Hart-Hanuad of France; grandmother of Caitlin (Trevor) Hyde, Aelish Hart, Christopher Hanaud & Emmeline Hanaud; step-grandmother of Matthew (Amanda) Doyle & Ethan DePuy; great-grandmother to many; sister of Vincent (Diane) Scime; sister in-law of Allison Scime & Richard Dombrowski; & nieces & nephews; dear friend of Nancy Morrissey. Preceded in death by her sisters Concetta & Carolyn & brother Michael.

Born in 1928 to Sicilian immigrants who came to America four years earlier. As a young girl Mom was blinded for a year when she was badly scalded in an accident. Though she regained her sight, she carried the physical scars the rest of her life. Her twin sister Connie was her defender, and got in many fist fights with those who teased Mom. In school, Mom did very well, skipping three different grades. After graduating from Grover Cleveland High School, Mom worked at Woolworths. Toward the end of WWII she worked at the International Institute helping to settle European refugees. It was there that she met my father, Ben Hart. They married on September 27, 1952, a wonderful, loving marriage that lasted 64 years, until Dad died in 2017. Mom took civil service exams just for fun: “to keep my mind active”. Still when, in 1978, she was offered a job as a secretary in the Department of State in Washington, DC, she and Dad saw it as an adventure, and moved, on three weeks notice. They lived for 35 years there before returning to this area in 2013. Mom will long be remembered for her loving, passionate, generous and caring nature, and for much else.

There is no prior visitation. Graveside services will be held at Batavia Cemetery, Harvester Avenue. Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

blessedmother.jpgLeilani Darlene (Kuntz) Spring, 79 of Corfu, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at Premier Genesee Center, Batavia. She was born October 18, 1940 in Woodland, CA to the late Raymond August (Margaret Gomes) Kuntz. On November 26, 1960, she married Raymond LaVerne Spring, son of the late LaVerne (Genievive Rembas) Spring in West Sacramento, CA. She is preceded in death by her beloved son Bryan Keith Spring, who died in 1997 and brother-in-law Bob Goldsborough.

Leilani was a life member of the Harder O’Donnell American Legion Post 734 Auxiliary of Attica and a life member of the Cathie Wilde VFW Post 9000 Auxiliary of Corfu; along with her husband, she was a member of the Alexander “Happy Agers” Senior Group. They also enjoyed performing volunteer work with the New York Veterans’ Nursing Home and the Genesee County Historian. Mrs. Spring was a member of St. Maximilian Kolbe R.C. Church in Corfu.

She is survived by her husband Raymond LaVerne Spring of Corfu; her sister Teleia Mendoza of Portland, OR; sister-in-law Midge Goldsborough of Kerrville, TX; two borthers-in-law Richard (Joan) Spring of Henrietta; Calvin (Carol) Spring of Saratoga Springs, NY; numerous nieces and nephews.  

Funeral Services will be held privately for the immediate family only. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hill Cemetery, Attica.  

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars Cathie-Wild Post 9000, 116 East Main Street, Corfu, NY 14036 or Harder O’Donnell American Legion Post 734, 83 Market Street, Attica, NY 14011. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

p_gallo.jpgPATSY S. GALLO ~ Age 93, passed away peacefully on Wednesday April 15, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Patsy was born on October 13, 1926 in Oakfield, NY, a son of the late Rosario and Mary (Marabella) Gallo, he was also preceded in death by his siblings, Anthony (Rose) Gallo, John Gallo, Josephine (Joe) Joy, Theresa (Anthony) Massaro, Betty (Frank) Spadacino, Mildred Gallo and sister-in-law, Dolores Gallo.

Mr. Gallo was a longtime member of Resurrection Parish (St. Joseph’s) and was a retired machinist from the former Trojan Industries. He always had a smile on his face, was quick with a joke and loved to sing to his family. He enjoyed going to the casino, having coffee with his pals, hunting, fishing, and watching the New York Yankees. Pasty will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and for the unconditional love for his wife of 71 years,

Pat is survived by his devoted wife of 71 years, Margaret (Dailey) Gallo of Batavia; sons, Patrick (Vicki) Gallo of Ontario, John (Karen) Gallo of Batavia; daughter, Catherine (Theresa Suozzi) Gallo of Rochester; brothers, Frank of Batavia and Sam of Williamson; seven cherished grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews.

Due to the on-going COVID-19 epidemic Pat’s visitation and funeral mass will be held at a time deemed safe to do so. He will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery and memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads House PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14020.

Pat’s family wishes to offer many thanks for the wonderful care he received from his caregiver, Mitzi Youchzee and Unit 412 at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Please share your words of comfort with Patsy’s family at www.tomaszewskifh.com


NEW YORK CITY/BATAVIA - Jeremy J. Penna, 75, of New York City and Batavia, former partner with Manhattan Color in New York City, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2020, at Mount Sinai - Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan following a brief illness.

Mr. Penna was born February 5, 1945, in Batavia, a son of the late Frank Penna, Sr.and the late Mary Colangelo Penna.

Survivors include his longtime companion, Kathleen Holohan; sister; Marianne (Michael) Kenny of Rochester; his brother; Frank Penna, Jr. of Batavia; nieces and nephews; Lisa (Tim) Cooney; Maria Nicole Penna who was also Jeremy's Goddaughter; Frank (Lisa) Penna, III and Sean (Lauren) Kenny; seven great-nephews; two great-neices; and his aunt; Amelita "Lee" Colangelo.

He is predeceased by a special uncle; Dante Colangelo and a special niece; Nicole Seward Farquar.

A graduate of Batavia High School, Monroe Community College and Stony Brook University, Jeremy was an Eagle Scout with Troop 8 at St. Anthony's Church where he received the Ad Altare Dei Award. An expert skier; he trained to be a ski instructor at the Bromley Ski Resort in Vermont. He loved to ski with his nieces, nephew and his Aunt Lee. Jeremy had so many interests, talents and a true zest for life and living it to the fullest. He loved music, attending concerts, dancing, boating and fishing with his nephew, Frank and great-nephews; Frankie and Angelo. Jeremy was a nature lover who enjoyed photography; cooking and going to the Farmer's Market with his niece, Maria and his great-niece, Marissa teaching them his tomato and zucchini recipe and his tomato and cucumber salad. Jeremy was a world traveler and enjoyed the family vacations to the beach house in Atlantic City. An animal lover, especially for dogs, he will be remembered for having a heart of gold. He was always willing to help family, friends, strangers and even four-legged animals at any time. An avid football and baseball fan, Jeremy was a lifelong New York Yankee fan and took his nephew, Frank to his first Yankee game.

There will be no visitation. Public graveside services will be held at a later date at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Batavia, Memorials in Jeremy's name may be made to Lollypop Farms, 99 Victor Road, Victor, New York 14450 - in memo line please write "In memory of Jeremy J. Penna" or to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North Street, Batavia, New York 14020. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Jeremy's name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

jamesgartz.jpgJames M. Gartz, 67 of Darien Center, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia. He was born January 22, 1953 in Rochester, to the late Eugene (Rose Schwann) Gartz. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 43 years Jennifer M. (Schwarz) Gartz in 2019; brother William Gartz, sister Susan Gartz Bewley; sister-in-law Cheryl Gartz.   

Mr. Gartz worked for many years as a Mason, Cement Mason’s Local 111 of WNY in Buffalo. He was a “Jack of all trades” and had a passion for woodworking. James was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time poolside. His family was everything to him, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his children, Gina Napierski of Attica; Annette Smith of Rochester; Joseph (Michelle) Auricchio of East Bethany; Anthony (Cindy) Bykowski of Alexander; Michael (Tanya) Bykowski of Darien; siblings, Steve (Diane) Gartz, Eugene (Bonnie) Gartz, Michael (Wendy) Gartz, Martin Gartz, sister-in-law Melissa Gartz; 13 grandchildren, along with several nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Suzanne’s Comfort Care Home, Inc. 167 North Main Street, Perry, New York 14530. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

marylakas.jpgMary E. Lakas, 88, of Varysburg, passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 16, 2020 at Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility, Warsaw. She was born October 11, 1931 in Warsaw, to the late Otto (Loretta Fugle) Grover. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband John R. Lakas in 2008.  

Mrs. Lakas was a woman of strong faith and longtime member of Sts. Joachim & Ann Parish in Varysburg. She worked at the Post Office in Varysburg. She was a Graduate of Attica Central School, worked several years for North Java Branch of Wyoming County Bank, and she was actively involved with the VFD ladies auxiliary.

Mary enjoyed spending time with her friends and senior group. She was loved by all and her family always came first, especially with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her children Steven (Laury) Lakas, David Lakas both of Varysburg; William (Melissa) Lakas of Depew; Robert (Michele) Lakas of Varysburg; Sally (Steve) Trader of Batavia; Deborah Lakas of Attica; 5 grandchildren, Breanna, John Trader, Kyle Zawadzki, Wyatt, Claire Lakas, along with several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held for the immediate family with a Celebration of Life in the future. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Varysburg.   

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Varysburg Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 638, Varysburg, NY 14167 or to Wyoming County Skilled Nursing Facility, 400 North Main Street, Warsaw, NY 14569. For more information please call (585) 591-1212 or to leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Batavia - Margaret Balduf, 92, of Batavia, passed away on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

Margaret was born July 17, 1927, in Rayland, Ohio, a daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Barilla) Galline.

A member of the Batavia First Presbyterian Church, Margaret was a machine operator at the former Kisiel Tool & Dye Company in Batavia.

Survivors include her son, Jeffrey (Bonnie) Saquella of Batavia; daughters, Denice Saquella of Buffalo and Karen Saquella of East Elmurst; step-son, Gerry Balduf of Batavia; sisters, Theresa Velletta of Alabama and Julia Drake of Appleton; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews.

Margaret is the wife of the late Pasquale Saquella and Durward Balduf and a sister of the late Josephine Palone, Frances Cupler, Mary Beneditti, Jennie Nesbitt and Joseph Galline.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Margaret's memory may be made to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021, www.crossroadshouse.com/donate

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

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

Evelyn A. Legg, 90, of Batavia, passed away Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at Premier Genesee Center in Batavia.

There will be no calling hours. Private services at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements were made by C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary Inc., 4 E. Main St., Corfu, NY.

rembas_gloria_-_photo.jpgGloria M. Rembas, 71 of Akron, NY, went back into the arms of Jesus on April 13, 2020.

She was born April 18, 1948 in Buffalo, NY, a daughter of the late Joseph and Stella Fliss Rembas.

Gloria was a Registered Professional Nurse who graduated from Buffalo General Hospital and worked for many years and retired from Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. She was a member of St. Teresa of Avila Church in Akron where she was a Eucharistic Minister. She was a very giving person and will be known for her fantastic baking skills, especially her cream cheese brownies.

She was a cherished sister of Donna (late David) Hahn. Much loved “Auntie” to Denise (Brian) Masterson, Dawn (Patrick) Ostrowski, David (Laura) Hahn, Deborah (Douglas) Garrison. Great-aunt to Phillip and Eric Masterson, Nathaniel, Sarah and Matthew Ostrowski, David and Ryan Hahn and Zachary (Kate) Garrison. Also survived by aunts, uncles and cousins, especially God-Mother Aunt Helene Zaremski.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date. She will be laid to rest next to her parents in St. Teresa’s Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be shared at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.






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