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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.

matthewrhenderson.jpegMatthew R. Henderson, 51 of Alexander, passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. He was born January 18, 1970 in Cheektowaga, to Joanne Jones of Alexander and Richard Henderson of Akron.

Matt was the "go to guy" and was always there for everyone, even as he struggled with illness for the last five years. Matthew worked as a Master Carpenter, he loved to be busy and always used to say "give me somewhere to live, something to eat and something to do."

Along with his parents, he is survived by his daughters, Haley (Tyler) Jones of Chicago, Miranda Henderson of Blasdell, brothers, Todd Henderson of Fillmore and Christopher Jones of West Seneca.

There will be no prior calling hours and services will be held privately for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital www.stjude.org. 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.

Corfu - Regina A.  Hovey, age 99 of Corfu,  passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Mrs.  Hovey was born Sunday, October 9th, 1921 in Cheektowaga, a daughter of the late Anthony Slominski and Gladys Sulinski Slominski.

She was a member of St. Joseph's Church and was very proud of her volunteer work she did at the Batavia VA Medical Center.

She is the wife of Harwood M. Hovey who passed away on June 13, 2006.

She is survived by her children, Mark Hovey of Louisiana, Patricia Epple of Batavia, Kimberly Hovey of Corfu, Kathleen Jasinski of Batavia and Julie (Tom) Madden of Georgia; her sister, Irene Yurkovic of Florida; two grandchildren, Glen (Michelle) Judd and Brett Judd; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews survive.

She is predeceased by her grandson Leonard A. "Jon" Jasinski, III who passed away on February 27, 2017 and her siblings; Anthony and Stanley Slominski, Pearl Tatko, Rita Boring, Wanda Tempio, Helen Best and Celia Ratulowski.

Family and friends are invited to call on Friday, October 1st, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia, where prayers will immediately follow visitation at 11:30 a.m. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 1st, 2021 from St. Joseph's Church, 303 East Main Street, Batavia. She will be laid to rest in the family plot in Elmwood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Pembroke Fire Department, P.O. Box 44, East Pembroke, New York 14056. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

*St. Joseph's Church requires all in attendance to wear facial coverings upon entering the church. Once seated you may remove your facial covering. Thank you for your consideration*

mikem.jpg  Michael Maryniak, who inspired many people by overcoming the challenges of mental illness and achieving independent living, died September 26, 2021 after a brief illness. He was 59 and lived in Batavia.

As a teenager, Michael confronted a severe mental illness, but with the help of his family, the Buffalo Chapter of the Alliance for Mentally Ill, the Restoration Society and ACE Employment Services of Erie County, he not only overcame the disease but thrived. He was homing in on his 25thanniversary as an employee of Fed Ex, where he earned numerous commendations for the diligence he brought to his job and where he was known as a helpful coworker. In his personal relationships, he shined and for years right up to the end was known for the greeting cards he sent to his brothers, sisters and numerous others with thoughtful little notes and humorous quips. There was not a birthday he ever forgot or a holiday he ignored as a chance to send dozens of those greetings.

Despite long odds, he achieved independent living, sharing an apartment with his longtime roommate Everett McClelland. When Everett’s life circumstances changed and he was no longer able to drive, Michael stepped up - taking him to doctor visits, church and other appointments willingly and cheerfully.

His achievements in independent living and employment made him a model success story. Though unschooled in public speaking, Michael frequently addressed ACE groups with inspirational presentations that were meant to help others dig deep within themselves for the strength and diligence to aim high and not allow themselves to be a hostage to their infirmities.

Michael was blessed with an engaging smile that reflected his own cheerful spirit, often in the face of daunting challenges. His off-beat sense of humor brought smiles to many and his hearty laugher at his siblings’ jokes was a genuine reward that made them feel like they had said the funniest thing ever.

He liked food festivals, especially the annual Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival and the Taste of Buffalo. When he wasn’t working or visiting family, Michael loved going to the movies, particularly action and comedy flicks, as well as playing the APBA Baseball game.And above all else, he was a loyal and devoted son to his parents when they were alive and to all his brothers and sisters.

Michael is survived by his sisters, Mikki (Doug) Baringer, Marge (Mike) Gaskey, Jennifer Ross and his twin, Marlene Adamski, as well as by brothers Paul (Teri), Tim (Anita) and Jim (Barb) as well as several nieces, nephews, a grandniece and a grandnephew. He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Teresa (nee Pinkowski) Maryniak and his brother Peter.

Family and friends are invited to a 9:30AM Celebration of his Life on Saturday October 9, 2021 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY 14020.

Please email [email protected] if you are planning on attending the service, thank you!

In lieu of flowers, contributions are encouraged to ACE Employment Services, 220 E. Main St., Batavia NY 14020 or at www.rsiwny.org. 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.

On this day, September 25, 2021, we lost our precious youngest son, Dustin, to injuries that he sustained in a motor vehicle accident.  Dustin was born on January 19, 1995.  While living just 26 years, Dustin had accomplished much and will be greatly missed by all his family and friends who loved him dearly.  Dustin was a recent college graduate of the University at Buffalo and had started his career as a pharmacist with Tops Friendly Markets.  Dustin loved his job and his "work family."  He also has great pride in serving the people of the community with their pharmacy needs.

In Dustin's spare time, he was a great enthusiast and collector of guns and loved target shooting.

Dustin is survived by his father and mother, Edward and Karen Nemec of Elba; his brother, Dylan (fiancée Alexandra Foley) Nemec of Irondequoit; grandparents, Kenneth and Joanne Deane of Batavia and many aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.  He will be greatly missed by his faithful, spoiled German shepherd dog, Dominic.

Dustin is predeceased by grandparents, Emery and Marie Nemec, and cousins, Christopher Ball and Stephanie Konfederath.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave. in Oakfield.  Dustin's Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Friday at St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Ave., Oakfield.  Dustin will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery in Elba.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

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

LIFE IS NOT FOREVER............LOVE IS

maryannemetz2.jpgMary Anne Metz, courageously fought a long illness and passed peacefully from this earth on September 27, 2021.

Mary Anne was born in Batavia, to the previously deceased John and Gladys (Chaya) Balbick. She is survived by her husband Ronald, son Matthew (Theresa), son Richard (Emily), daughter Stephanie (Chris Miller), grandchildren Eleanor, Garrett and Levi. Mary Anne is the sister of Robert (Jane) Balbick, Elizabeth (Derek) Genesky and Nancy (Ed Schichtel) Balbick.

Mary Anne graduated from Rosary Hill College and University of Buffalo. She held teaching and library positions at a number of schools, retiring from Attica High School as the Library Media Specialist. Mary Anne loved golf, biking, sporting events and most importantly spending time with her family. Her many hobbies included photography, knitting and sewing, cooking, gardening and reading.

Friends are invited to call on Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 4 to 8 PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St., Batavia, NY 14020. A 9:30 AM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at Resurrection Parish, 303 E Main St, Batavia, NY 14020. She will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Mausoleum, Batavia.

Please note that masks will be required at the Funeral Home and at the church no matter vaccination status. Thank You!

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association of WNY, 6215 Sheridan Dr #100, Buffalo, NY 14221, St. Joseph’s Grammar School, 2 Summit St, Batavia, NY 14020 or to Notre Dame High School, 73 Union St., Batavia, NY 14020. 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.

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