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tullar_mary_-_photo1.jpgMary L. Tullar, 64 of Byron, passed away peacefully on Friday (November 26, 2021) at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY.

She was born April 9, 1957 in Brockport, NY, a daughter of the late Edward Larnder and Betty Draper Larnder Butler.

Survivors include her daughter, Sheri Jansen of Batavia. Sons, John (Kelly) Tullar of Scottsville, NY and Robert II (Erica) Tullar of Batavia. Grandchildren, Autumn Jansen, Alexis Jansen, Brooke Jansen, Lawrence Tullar, Ava Tullar, Persephone Tullar and Robert John “RJ” Tullar. Great-grandson, Bryson Carroll.

There will be no prior visitation and services will be privately held at the convenience of the family with burial in Hillside Cemetery, East Pembroke, NY.

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




Tammy M. Korczak, 53, of Corfu, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at Buffalo General Hospital.

Tammy was born on August 9, 1968, in Buffalo, NY,  a daughter of the late Donald and Diana Stine. She was the sister of the late Robert Stine and Tracy Stine.

Tammy was a graduate of Pembroke High School. She was the owner of Dadio’s Central Bar and Restaurant in Corfu. Tammy was a generous and caring person. She hosted many charity softball games and did fundraisers to help out those in need. Tammy’s family, friends and community were her life. 

Tammy is survived her beloved husband Mark Korczak, her precious children, Kelsee Korczak and Kyle Korczak, her dog Miles; her siblings, Scott Stine, Donna Stine and Diana Szymanski. Many nieces and nephews, in-laws and an abundance of friends also survive.

Family and friends may call Tuesday, November 30, 2021, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu, NY. A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 4 p.m. at Dadio’s Central, 7 East Main Street, Corfu, NY.

Phillip O. Jenkins, 57, of Akron, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, November 22, 2021.

Phil was born on September 8, 1964, in Batavia, son of the late Ocie and Elizabeth Black Jenkins. 

Phil worked for Fusani and Kuhn Monuments in Buffalo for many years and really enjoyed his job. He liked to collect old model cars and put cars together. Phil and Noreen loved to drive in the country, bargain shop at garage sales and thrift shops and try out different restaurants. He was an extremely thoughtful and caring person. 

Phil is survived by his daughter Madeline; his sisters Ida (Richard) Vasciannie and Elizabeth Jenkins; several nieces and nephews; his longtime partner of 30 years, Noreen Graney and her children, Patrick, Tracy, the late Brian and the late Scott and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Family and friends may call Monday, November 29, 2021, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at the mortuary at 11 a.m.

James F. Kelley, of Corfu, passed away peacefully at the Buffalo VA Medical Center on Monday, November 22, 2021.

Jim was the son of the late Hiram and Rose Kelley. He was the brother of the late Donald, Rose and Leona.

He was a graduate of Akron High School and a veteran serving in the United States Army. Jim was retired from Whiting Roll-Up Door in Akron.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife, Dolores (Grudzien) Kelley, his children, Lisa (Michael) Brizindine of North Carolina and Jeremy Kelley of Corfu; his grandchildren, Phillip and Nicholas LeMaster; brothers Robert (Margaret) Kelley and Robert Kelley and several nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends may call Wednesday, December 1, 2021, from 11a.m. to noon at the C. B. Beach & Son Mortuary, Inc., 4 East Main Street, Corfu. Funeral services will be at noon with burial to follow in the Western New York National Cemetery at 
1 p.m. 

Bergen - Agnes M.  Redinger, age 87, of Bergen passed away on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Mrs. Redinger was born March 5th, 1934 in Geneseo, NY a daughter of the late William Townley and Alice Pierson Townley. 

She was a member of the Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church and retired from the Byron-Bergen School District where she drove school bus for many years. She served as an election official in Bergen for many years and was a member of the American Red Cross and the Bergen Historical Society. She volunteered her time at the information center in Batavia and enjoyed making cakes, knitting, crocheting and sewing. 

Agnes is the wife of Ernest W. Redinger who passed away on July 22, 2002 and mother of the late Charles W. Redinger who passed away on December 26, 2018.  

Surviving are her children, Russell (Kimberlee) Redinger of Batavia, Daniel (Karen) Redinger of Byron and Sandra (James) McKenzie of Byron; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Redinger  of Bergen; nine grandchildren, Amanda (Jeremy) Holbrook of Bergen, Robert (Jessica Moon) Redinger of Bergen, Ashley (Fiancé Matt Perry) Redinger of Stafford, Zachary Redinger of Byron, Allison (Fiancé Paul Redden) of Gainesville, Rebecca (Luke) Warren of Atlanta, Georgia, Caitlyn McKenzie of Batavia, Faye (Colin) McAllister of Batavia and Laura (Robert) Schrenker of Hilton; six great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Vivian Botts of Rochester and several nieces and nephews. 

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, December 3rd, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake Street, Bergen where her funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 4th, 2021. She will be laid to rest in Byron Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bergen Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 428, Bergen, New York 14416 or Mercy Flight Inc., Flying Tigers – Buffalo Airport, 100 Amherst Villa Road, Buffalo, New York 14225.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Colton - James E. “Jay” Thompson of Colton, NY passed away early on Thursday, November 25, 2021 at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY.  Jay was born on March 20, 1942 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and grew up in Holyoke, MA.  He spent most of his life in Western Massachusetts, primarily South Hadley and Belchertown, an area that he greatly enjoyed.

Jay was an extraordinary man, full of life, love and music -- a gentle, thoughtful, and compassionate spirit.   He was deeply loved by his family members and many friends, going all the way back to his high school days.  Jay is survived by his wife of 38 years, Tracey L. Thompson; two sons, Drake J. Thompson and Matthew T. Houghton-Thompson; daughters-in-law, Lillian Thompson and Jaimie Houghton-Thompson; grandchildren, Connor Thompson and Kris Thompson; his brother Jeff Thompson; niece, Khiarra Kosling and nephew, Zach Thompson.

Jay was a talented and creative television director/producer and worked for more than three decades at WGGB-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts, directing and producing a variety of special programs including a popular children’s show called “Strummin’ Drummers.”  He was a man of many interests and hobbies including model railroading, fishing, camping, photography, cycling, white-water canoeing and kayaking.

But his real love and calling was music; Jay was an accomplished musician and singer-songwriter.  He recorded an album of folk music with a group called the Tikis in 1962 and created an album of his own original work titled “Better Late Than Never” in 2005.  Jay participated regularly in open mic events at PACE in Easthampton, at Luthier’s Co-op, and most recently in a Zoom open mic hosted by Dan Russell of Easthampton.

Jay had what appeared to be a heart attack on Wednesday afternoon, but it turned out to be an aortic dissection, which is difficult to survive. He was airlifted to Syracuse where he underwent nine hours of emergency surgery, but too much damage had been done to his heart and he passed away at 1 a.m. on Thursday.

Jay's life will be honored with a very special open mic.  This celebration of life, love and music will be held at Luthier's Co-op, 108 Cottage Street in Easthampton, MA from 12 Noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 5, 2021.  Jay's good friends from PACE, the Luthier's open mic and Dan Russell’s Zoom open mic will play their favorite songs in memory of Jay.  All are welcome.  Jay will be remembered by all who knew him as a good man with an easy smile, a funny joke, and a helping hand.  He will always be a beautiful soul.

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street in Batavia, New York. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

     Services for Joan have been re-scheduled.

     Family and friends may call on Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 4 ~ 7 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy. Her Rite of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 11 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy. Interment will follow in Morganville Cemetery.

penkszyk_geraldine-photo.jpgGeraldine Penkszyk, 87 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Thursday (November 25, 2021) at her home under the loving care of her family.

She was born September 22, 1934 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Jerry and Irene Colantonio Tresco

Geraldine was a graduate of the Batavia High School Class of 1952. She was employed by Montgomery Ward, Tops, helping her husband with farming, Sylvania TV and 14 years at JC Penney’s.

She met Francis John Penkszyk Sr in 1952. They were married May 2, 1953 in Batavia, NY and together raised three children.

Survivors include her daughters, Debi Penkszyk Geib and Teresa (Donald) Penkszyk Doran, Sister, Jeanette Tresco Cox. Grandsons, Francis Penkszyk III, Aaron Penkszyk, Derek (Jen) Geib and Talen Geib. Also survived by six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Francis Penkszyk Sr., Son, Francis Penkszyk II. Granddaughter, Jacinta Penkszyk. Sisters, Virginia Tresco, Shirley Cox and brother, David Tresco.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share in her funeral service on Monday (November 29th) at 1pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY. She will be entombed in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Alzheimer Association. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net,




welch.jpg Marjorie Welch, 87, formerly of LeRoy and Shinglehouse, PA passed away on November 22, 2021. She was born on February 4, 1934 in Sharon Center, PA to the late John E. and Eveleen (Miller) McGuirl. In addition to her parents, Marjorie is predeceased by her loving husband; Robert Welch; son Michael Welch; brother Paul McGuirl.

Marjorie was a small town girl who had a larger than life personality. She attended school in a one room school house kitty corner to the house where she grew up and across the street from the land she would eventually build a house, raise a family, and grow old. She was a “tell it like it is” woman who was a whole cheering section all in one person. She celebrated each family members' every victory in life and even in defeat, picked them back up, dusted them off, and encouraged them to go back out there. Marjorie loved the color red, Patsy Cline, Kenny Rogers, sunflowers, orange juice, Jello Pudding Pops, M&Ms, singing, taking pictures, and so many other things that she shared and passed on to her grandkids. More than anything else in the world, she loved her family.

She is survived by her children; Timothy (Susan) of Stafford; Patricia (Michael) Bryant of Olean; daughter in law Cheryl Welch; sister Phyllis Stout; 8 grandchildren, Jamie (Amy) Welch, Timothy Welch II, Shannon, Carrie Welch, Reagan (Paulie) Viele, Mandy Welch, Meaghan (Nathan) Bell, Shaughn Bryant; 7 great-grandchildren Vivian, Keegan Welch, Preston, Domenic Viele, Nadia Welch, Jackson and Benjamin Bell; along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday November 30, 2021 from 3:00-5:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. A 5:00PM Funeral Service will immediately follow at the Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY www.alz.org. 6215 Sheridan Dr. #100 Buffalo, NY 14221. 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.

gracemcycon.jpgGrace M. Cycon, 101 of Attica, passed away on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at LeRoy Village Green Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born February 18, 1920 in Perrysburg, NY to the late Gaile W. and Grace (Burgett) Beeman. She is preceded in death by her first husband Walter Andrews and second husband Leonard Cycon, daughter-in-law Susan Andrews, along with her siblings.

Mrs. Cycon was an avid walker, passionate about puzzles and enjoyed traveling. She used to spend a lot of time doing needle point, ceramics and latch hook. Mrs. Cycon volunteered with the American Red Cross. She was sharp minded and feisty. Grace adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons, Seth Andrews of San Francisco, CA, Jay (Donna) Andrews of Marilla, sister Gladys Taft of Eden, grandchildren, Jay (Fiancé Catie Raess) Andrews Jr, Bonnie (Adam) Hoag of Batavia, great-grandchildren, Lucas, Alyssa and Payton Vickery, Thomas Jay "T.J." and Bella Andrews, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 10 AM to 12 Noon at Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. A Celebration of Life will immediately follow, 12:00 Noon at the Funeral Home. She will be laid to rest in Maplewood Cemetery, Boston, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.marleyfuneralhom.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011.




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