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schafer_deborah_-_photo1.jpgDeborah A. Schafer, 59 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Sunday (August 9, 2020) at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY.

She was born April 21, 1961 in Banquete, TX, a daughter of Martin York of Darien Center and the late Charlotte Stevens York.

Debbie was a proud Texas girl. In her younger years she lived life to the fullest. She was an incredibly hard worker. There was never a time since Debbie was a kid where she wasn’t working. She found great joy in her career at The Home Depot. She loved going from store to store and seeing all the associates and her bosses. They brought a lot of joy into her life and we know she did the same for them. She loved to celebrate everything and everyone in a BIG way. Every time Debbie made fried chicken the girls along with their friends would gather. Her fried chicken was a staple for all school dances; pictures at the Schafer’s and a fried chicken dinner. She was “Mama Deb” to everyone.  She made all the girl’s friends feel loved and they loved her. Her home was always filled with laughs. The door always open to anyone and everyone. 

She had a strong faith in God which is what kept her going during the last 4 years as she fought to get better. Even in her pain she wanted others to know God and she knew He was with her. 

Debbie almost always had a smile and an upbeat attitude. She would stock up on gifts, “little diddies” she would call them to gift to friends, nurses or aids who came by. If you had a bad day she would write you a card and gift you a “little Diddy”. She was often thinking of how she could make others feel better even during her hardest times. Everyone who knew Deb will miss her greatly. She loved her family and friends and a conversation never ended without her telling you how much she loved you. We are at peace knowing she is no longer in pain and with Jesus who she loved more than anything. 

Survivors include her twin daughters, Kristen (John Schurr) Geroult of Batavia and Stephanie Geroult of Batavia. Sister, Jennifer (Scott) York-Whitbeck of Buffalo. Brother, James (Christine) Martin York of North Tonawanda. Also survived by nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to share in a Celebration of Life Service on Wednesday (August 19th), 6pm at 4878 Batavia Elba Townline Rd., Batavia, NY.

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




Depew/Batavia - Glenna H. Taggart, 68, of Depew and formerly of Batavia, who was known as "Batavia's Appliance Parts Lady," passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at Highland Hospital in Rochester.

Glenna was born October 5, 1951, in Batavia, the daughter of the late Glenn W. and the late Helen (Reed) Taggart, Jr.

She loved being a grandmother, history and genealogy.  Glenna was a member of the St. Jerome's Guild and the Batavia Peace Garden.

Survivors include her son, Michael (Julie) Taggart of Batavia; three granddaughters, Madeline Taggart, Lucy Taggart and Bridget Taggart and a brother, John (late Irene) Saunders of Sun City, AZ. 

Glenna is the sister of the late Richard Saunders. 

Calling hours are Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where services will be held on Monday at 11:30 a.m.  Glenna will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery, Batavia.  Due to the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, funeral home capacity will be at 33% and face coverings as well as social distancing will be required. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Glenna's memory may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North Street, Batavia, NY 14020, www.geneseecancerassistance.org/donate

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

Tammy Joy Davis, of LeRoy, passed away suddenly at home on Monday, August 10th.

     Tammy was born on April 24, 1978 in Batavia, N.Y. to Robert and Arloa Donnelly.  She was a 1996 graduate of Pavilion High School. She worked as a secretary for several years.

     Tammy was the loving wife of Jim Davis. They shared 7 special years together. They enjoyed their trips to the casino, motorcycling, spending time outdoors camping and trapshooting, and playing with their dog, Harley.

     Tammy loved life, and will be remembered for her joyful spirit, kind heart, and beautiful smile. She loved her family and friends unconditionally, and was always so devoted to taking care of others.

     Tammy is also survived by her brothers Gary (Deb) Donnelly and Mark Donnelly, sister-in-law Kathleen (Mark) Hungerford, nieces Amber (Brett) Sheffer, Olivia Hungerford, nephew Ron Johnson, great-nephew Liam Sheffer, stepson Cory (Angela Stella) Davis, stepdaughter Emily (Gary) Koehler, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends.

     Visitation for family and friends will take place on Sunday, August 16th at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service, 8700 Lake St. Rd. (Rt. 19) in LeRoy, N.Y. from 4 ~ 7 PM. (Funeral home occupancy will be limited to 33% capacity during the course of visitation and face masks will be required.)  A private burial service will be held on August 17th.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Tammy can be made to her family.

     Your memories and condolences may be shared with Tammy's family at www.falconefuneralhome.com.

dtaylor.jpg  Donald J. Taylor, 59, of Batavia passed away peacefully on August 11, 2020 at Buffalo General Hospital. He was born in Buffalo on November 6, 1960 to Clarence Taylor of Central Square, NY and Gloria (Abbarno) Taylor of Liverpool, NY.

Don, or Uncle Donny as his cousins and nieces called him, was an athlete in his youth, a lifelong die hard Buffalo Bills fan and a fanatic of the Beach Boys and their music, having seen them in concert over 40 times. He prided himself with being able to inspire others to greater achievement in business and in life, most recently as a sales manager for Lowe’s Home Improvement, through his online blog and authoring a book on leadership. He shared an unbreakable bond with his loving wife of 12 years and adored his daughter Faith Olivia. He valiantly fought his war with kidney cancer for the last two and a half years, never once wavering in his determination to overcome the odds.

In addition to his parents, Don is survived by his loving wife; Jamie (Stanton) Taylor of Batavia; daughters Amanda Monacelli, Haley Huey, Ali Huey and Faith Taylor all of Batavia; brothers Derek (Cheryle) Taylor of Clay, NY., David (Marjorie) Taylor of Cicero, NY., and Daryl Taylor of Liverpool; 2 grandchildren Willow and Echo Monacelli, along with several nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call from 4:00-7:00PM on Friday August 14, 2020 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main St. Batavia, New York 14020. A Private Funeral Service will be held on Saturday. Don will be laid to rest in Grandview Cemetery in Batavia.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the Funeral Home will be restricted to 33% of its occupancy.  The family and Funeral Staff appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance 127 North St. in Batavia. To leave a message of condolence please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com or for more information call (585) 343-8260. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020.

rippel_william_-_photo1.jpgWilliam D. Rippel, 34 of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday (August 9, 2020) at his residence.

He was born April 30, 1986 in Batavia, NY, a son of Linda Weatherbee Rippel of Stafford and the late Douglas Rippel.

He was formerly employed by Oatka Milk of Batavia. Bill enjoyed spending time with his children and will be missed by many.

Surviving beside his mother are his children, Alicyn, Lacey and Hunter Rippel of Batavia. Brothers, Joshua (Faith) Frega of Batavia, Jeremy (Stacy) Rippel of Attica. Sister, Trisha Rippel of Castile. Grandmothers, Donna Rippel of Olean and Patricia Jasinski of Pavilion.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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


Joan M. Meyers was born August 2, 1935 died August 9, 2020. She passed away at my house surrounded by friends and family. She was the daughter of the late Herman and Verna Greiner. Mother of the late Michael Meyers, Patrick Meyers, and Jeannie Meyers. Her brother Bill Greiner. Survived by her son Mark(Thea) Meyers of Oregon. Son Brian(Sue) Meyers of East Bethany Ny. Daughter Penny(George) Windnagle of Holley Ny. Her Brother Paul Greiner of Florida. Grandchildren Cole Meyers of Oregon, Callie, Noah, Loretta Windnagle of Holley Ny, There are several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.  

She was a single mom that worked hard her whole life. To provide for her family. She traveled with her son Mark and grandson Cole to many places. She taught her kids many life lessons and that made us stronger today. She lived in Texas for several years where she spent time with family friends. Got to see the ocean and learned to love the heat and not miss the snow. My mom was very strong willed in everything she did right up to the end of her journey. Mom I hope that you have found piece and are enjoying your permanent vacation. 

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

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

Batavia - Judia Kathleen Stork died peacefully on August 10 at Genesee Premier Nursing Home in Batavia.

Judia was born on May 3, 1942 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a daughter of the late W. Roy and Edna Mae Saide Killough of Oklahoma City.

She was formerly married to the late John R. Stork.

She is survived by her husband: Philip Roffe of Batavia; her daughter: Jeanne Stork; her two sons: Dr. Jay Stork and Jeffrey (Analiza) Stork of Batavia; two granddaughters: Katrina Stork and Alexis Stork; brothers Kelly (Fran) Killough and their daughter; Emily Killough and Don Killough of Oklahoma.

The former office manager for Jones Chemicals, Judia was proud of her education receiving both her undergraduate and Master’s Degree from SUNY Brockport. She enjoyed reading especially mysteries and spending time with her grandkids. Her dream was to be an actress, but decided to raise her family and during the 1970s she was active with Batavia Players and Genesee Arts Council.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in Judia’s name may be made to WhyHunger 505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 2100 New York, NY 10018. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Judia’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.

Charles P. “Chipper” Nicometi, 61, of Basom entered into rest unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

Born April 17, 1959 in Medina, Chipper grew up in the Akron area. He worked for many years on oil drill rigs as an operator engineer and as a heavy equipment operator; he was a member of The IVEW Local 196 Union and the Operating Engineers Union 1966.

Chipper married the love of his life, the former Rebecca Mileham on May 26, 1995.

An avid motorcycle rider, he was a proud member of the Second Brigade MC Club and was involved with many charity rides throughout the area. He was also an avid hunter. Most of all, Chipper loved spending time with his family, especially his beloved granddaughter and best friend, Camryn, who will miss him dearly along with all who knew and loved him.

Chipper leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Becky Nicometi, of Basom; stepchildren, Tiffany (Dan) Wetzler, of Akron, Larry Laude, of Pembroke, and Alan Mileham, of Akron; four grandchildren, Camryn, Lacie, Sofia and Thea; brother, Tim (Jennifer) Nicometi, of Wolcottsville and four additional siblings; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, Aug. 14th from 4-8 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Masks and social distancing will be mandatory.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15th at 1:30 p.m. at 6005 Mann Road, Akron, NY 14001.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Chipper’s honor may be made to his family. Share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

courter_karen_-_photo1.jpgKaren Aileen Courter, 35 of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday (August 8, 2020) at Erie County Medical Center.

She was born August 16, 1984, in Rochester, NY, a daughter of Sharyl Welsh Courter of Rochester and the late Paul Courter.

Karen enjoyed fishing and spending time outdoors. She had worked in the past with kids with special needs and disabilities. She was smart and funny, and never hesitated to speak her mind.

She is survived by her mother, Sharyl Courter of Rochester. Fiancé, John Holbrook of Batavia. Son, Ryan Cox. Brother, Andrew Courter of Lee, NH and nephew, Landon Courter.

Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to GCASA, 430 E Main St, Batavia, NY 14020. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.


Oakfield – Mrs. Rose Marie Sapienza Mead, age 96 of Oakfield, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020 at her daughter’s home in Honeoye, NY.

Mrs. Mead, born on September 26, 1923 in Oakfield, was the eldest daughter of the late James and Agnes Shilen Sapienza.  Rose was a lifelong resident of Oakfield and graduated from OACS in 1939.  She attended the University of Rochester, graduating with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in 1944.  Mrs. Mead spent a summer at Middlebury College in Vermont, enrolled in a graduate program at the La Maison (The French House).  At various times in her career, she taught French, Latin and English, with French being her primary teaching assignment. Rose was also fluent in Italian and Spanish.  She enjoyed baking, knitting, playing the piano, scrabble and crossword puzzles.  Her greatest pleasure was spending time with family.

Rose was an active member of the St. Padre Parish/St. Cecilia’s, participating in various activities such as:  music ministry, RCIA, Faith Formation, Vicariate, and Altar and Rosary Society.  She also belonged to the Genesee County Retired Teachers Association, and the Oakfield-Alabama Historical Society since it was organized in 1998.

Mrs. Mead is predeceased by her husband, James Lavers Mead, her brother Dominic (Luella) Sapienza, and several nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her daughter, Nancy (Cliff) Andres of Honeoye; son, Michael Mead of Penfield; six grand children: Matthew Andres, Rachel Andres, Jessica Andres, Sarah Andres, David (Venessa) Mead, and Kevin Mead; her great-grand-daughter Sylvia Mead; two sisters: Louise (Carl) Mancino and Marion (Tom) Brown all of New Port Richey, Florida.  She is also survived by 16 nieces and nephews, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2020 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Avenue Oakfield. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, August 14, 2020 at 10 a.m. at St.Padre Pio Parish - St. Cecilia Worship Site, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield.  She will be laid to rest in St. Cecilia’s Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rose’s memory may be made to St. Padre Pio Altar and Rosary Society in care of St. Padre Pio Parish, 56 Maple Avenue, Oakfield, New York 14125; or Oakfield-Alabama Central School Foreign Language Club, 7001 Lewiston Road, Oakfield, New York 14125; or the Ontario-Yates Hospice, a program of UR Medicine Home Care, 756 Pre Emption Road, Geneva, New York 14456-1336.


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, both the funeral home and church will be restricted to 33% occupancy.  Face coverings and social distancing will be required.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.




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