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Batavia - Hazel Penders, age 70, of Batavia passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

She was born Thursday, April 26th, 1951 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Craig Eugene Ferringer and Eleanor J. Buckley Ferringer.

Hazel enjoyed crocheting, loved watching television and eating her sweets. Family, especially spoiling her grandchildren, was most important to her.
 
She is the wife of the late Robert Penders who passed away on July 27, 2006.

Surviving are her children, Kathy Penders of Batavia and Craig (Nicole Sosinski) Penders  of Chandler, Arizona. four grandchildren, Tamalyn Brown-Penders of Batavia, Arthur Smith, Jr. of Batavia and Arianna and Kylee, both of Chandler, Arizona; along with several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her daughter, Tammy Lee Penders who passed away on August 10, 1978 and sister of the late Dorothy (late David) Hopkins and Barbara (late Frank E. Sr.) Lord.

There are no prior visiting hours.  Hazel 's Celebration of Life will begin at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 7th, 2021 on the patio at T.F. Brown's Restaurant, 214 East Main Street, Batavia.  To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle in her memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bohm-Calarco-Smith Funeral Home, 308 East Main Street, Batavia.

butterfly.jpgMarion E. Kohl, 102, of Rochester, formerly of LeRoy, passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021 at St. Ann’s Community Home in Rochester. She was born May 22, 1919 in Syracuse to the late George and June (Babcock) Cook. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Harold J. Kohl Sr. and a grandson J.D. Kohl.  

Mrs. Kohl retired after many years as a Registered Nurse at Lakeside Hospital in Brockport. She will be missed for her crocheting and knitting talents. She donated countless afghan’s, mittens, hats and other items to local nursing homes, the Batavia VA Medical Center and LeRoy Rotary Club.    

Mrs. Kohl is survived by her children, Glenda (Dean) Bangs of East Bethany, Harold J. Kohl Jr. of NC, two grandchildren, Tammy (Mike) Polzin and Ted Pierce, and two great-grandchildren, Andrew Polzin and Torie Polzin.   

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

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Arthritis Foundation at www.arthirtis.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.
 

Dolores G. Coughlin, 86, of Batavia passed away on September 15, 2021. She was born on August 3, 1935 in Batavia to the late Clark and Mildred (Langdon) Goodliff. In addition to her parents, Dolores is predeceased by her husband; Robert Coughlin; sisters Eunice Ames and Shirley Dusen.

Dolores loved reading, her cats and was a long time member of the Elba Historical Society.

She is survived by her surrogate daughters; Tina (James) Hammerling, Regina (Jon) Strobele, Rosie (Jerrod) Rowcliffe and Annie (Eric) Annunziata-Marin; along with several nieces and nephews.

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 the Genesee County SPCA 3841 W. Main 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.

Sandra J. Ellingham, 86, of Elba, passed away on October 3, 2021 at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Batavia.

Sandra was born July 18, 1935 in Batavia, the daughter of the late Lester and Edith (Lahah) Jannain.

Sandra loved her grandchildren and the time she spent with them.  She will be remembered for always thinking of others and putting their needs first, she truly took care of others.  Sandra enjoyed going to the casino and bus tours.  Her favorite places to visit were 1000 Islands and  Mackinac Island, she also made a trip to Denver.  She enjoyed doing puzzles and was a postal clerk in Elba.

Surviving are her children, Richard Ellingham of Elba, Susana (Michael) Quinn of Batavia, Amy (late Dan) Medoff of Arvada, CO and Patricia (Chris) Beckley of Salem, VA; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded by her husband, Robert Ellingham and her brother, Lester Jannain.

Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where services will be held at 5:00 p.m. also on Thursday.  She will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kidney Foundation of Western New York, www.kfwny.org/support/donate-now.  

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

Barbara Anne Colas Rager, 83, of Bergen, New York, passed away on September 23, 2021 after a fierce battle with pancreatic cancer. She is out of suffering and with her Lord and Savior.  

Barbie was born on February 17, 1938 to Rev. Raymond and Esther Colas in Monessen, Pennsylvania. She was the youngest of four. Her Siblings were Patricia, Ralph, and Raymond Eugene.

After graduating from high school, she went on to study music at Philadelphia College of Bible. She was a marvelous pianist.  She married Harold Rager on August 19, 1967. They had twins, Mark Adrian and David Jonathan Rager in 1969, who died shortly after birth. Their daughter, Heather, was born a few years later and grew up as an only child. Barbara taught in Christian schools for many years in elementary grades. It was her calling to serve many children and show them the love of Christ.  

She served in many churches, playing the piano and singing or teaching Sunday school.  We will miss her greatly! Barbara was predeceased by her dear parents and both brothers.

She is survived by her husband Harold, her sister Patty and Patty's husband Ray, her daughter Heather and Heather's husband Timothy, and six grandchildren.

There will be no visitation or services. Barbara will be laid to rest in WNY National Cemetery in Pembroke. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crossroads House, PO Box 403, Batavia, New York 14021 or online at www.crossroadshouse.com. Once her daughter could no longer be her sole caregiver, they gave Barbara wonderful care and comfort during her last days. We know that we will see Barbie again, and await that glorious reunion, where death is no more, and Love abides through eternity.   

Arrangements were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home in Bergen. Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Oakfield - Virginia Sawyers, 95 of Oakfield passed away on Thursday, (September 30, 2021) at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Mrs. Sawyers was born September 11, 1926 in New River, Virginia a daughter of the late William and Eulalia (Rollins) Hutcheson.

She was a member of Assembly of God Church in Batavia and enjoyed reading, singing, word puzzles, tending to her garden, and the Bible.

Virginia is the wife of Walter Sawyers who passed away in 2007.

Surviving are her daughters, Bulah (late CJ) Williams of Oakfield, and Gail Sawyer of Gaithersburg, Maryland; a brother, Earle (late Carolyn) Hutcheson of Maryland; nieces and nephews, Gerald (Sandra) Hutcheson of Ohio, Karen (Glenn) Thistle of Virginia, Pam Hutcheson of Virginia, Andrea (Lester) Easley of Maryland, George (Rosalee) Sawyer of Batavia, and Victoria (George) Greenman of Batavia; a sister-in-law, Ann Hutcheson of Washington, DC. Several great-nieces and great-nephews and many cousins also survive.

She is preceded in death by her brothers, William (late Josephine), Donald, Richard (late Lucille), and Philip Hutcheson.

Family and friends are invited to call on Wednesday, (October 6th, 2021)  from 1 to 2 pm at Batavia Assembly of God Church, 24 North Spruce Street in Batavia, where Virginia 's Funeral Service will be held immediately following visitation at 2:00 pm. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery in Batavia.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home in Oakfield.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.

Alexander - John Michael “Mike” Laney, Age 68 of Alexander passed away unexpectedly on Friday, October 1, 2021 at his home. He was born December 4th, 1952 in Batavia, NY, the first son of Joanne Baker Laney of Alexander and the late Loren John Laney. Mike graduated from Alexander Central School in 1970. He moved to Lakeland, FL in 1975, where he created a beautiful life with his wife, two daughters, and many loyal friends.  He was the proud owner of Mike’s Auto Repair for over 20 years. In 2016, Mike and his wife fully retired, returning to Alexander NY, where he enjoyed working in his garden, tinkering with projects, countless hours reading, and spending quality time with his family. After his wife’s passing in 2017, he found a loving and faithful companion in his dog, Molly.

Mike was preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann (Chapell) Laney in 2017. He is survived by his beloved mother, Joanne Baker Laney of Alexander; his daughters, Christine (Kevin) Salzlein of Alexander and Jennifer (Keith) Brooks of  FL; grandchildren, Myya Salzlein and Max Brooks; great-grandchild, Myles McMaster. He will also be dearly missed by his surviving siblings; Thomas Laney of CO, Patricia (Gary) Collins of CO, Stephen (Cindy) Laney of TX, Joseph (Jody) Laney of NY, Karen (James Scalise) Laney of CO, Susan (Joe) McPherson of NY, Matthew (Lori) Laney of NY and Rosanne (Russell) Radziej of MN and many nieces and nephews.

The Laney family will be present from 4-7pm on Friday October 8th at the H.E. Turner & Co., Inc. Funeral Home at 403 East Main St, Batavia NY 14020. Please join Mike’s family to celebrate his Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday October 9th at 11 am at St. Joachim & Anne Parish 50 East Ave, Attica, NY 14011. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his memory are suggested to Crossroads House, P.O. Box 403, Batavia, NY 14021 or to a charity of the donor’s choosing. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Mike’s memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Rita C. Montgomery, 98, of Bergen, passed away on Friday, October 1, 2021 at the LeRoy Village Residential Health Care Facility.

Rita was born July 8, 1923 in Rochester, a daughter of the late Felix and Mildred (Bartholomay) Volkmar.

Rita was a loving mom, grandma and great-grandma and was also a beautiful knitter and crocheter.  Rita was a member of Ladies of Charity and  St. Brigid Church where she played the organ for 45 years.

Surviving are her children,  James (Carol) Montgomery of Bergen and Mary (Richard) Muscarella of Bergen; daughter-in-law, Martha Montgomery of Bergen; seven grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by her husband, Norman J. Montgomery, Sr., son, Norman J. Montgomery, Jr., sister, Lucille Mannix and a brother, Milton Volkmar.

There are no prior calling hours.  Rita's Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday at St. Brigid Church, 18 Gibson Street in Bergen.  She will be laid to rest in St. Brigid Cemetery,Bergen.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LeRoy Village Residential Health Care Facility, 10 Munson Street, LeRoy, NY 14482.  

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

Arrangements for Rita were entrusted to the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, Bergen (585) 494-1210.

Stafford ~ Mary Jo Ellingham, age 75, passed away early Saturday morning (October 2, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center.

     She was born July 25, 1946 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late John and Margaret Mary Burns Murphy.

     Mary Jo will be remembered as a very loving and caring person, who was dedicated to her family, her faith and her students.  Her career as a third grade teacher at the Paul Road School in the Gates Chili School District spanned over 30 years.  She enjoyed reading, gardening and travelling to Florida for the winters with her husband, John.

     She is survived by her devoted husband of 48 years, John F. Ellingham; her siblings, Patricia (James) McVeigh, William Murphy, Michael Murphy and Margie Murphy; sisters-in-law, Jean Kelly, Joan (Lloyd) Eldridge, Kathy Ellingham; brother-in-law, James (Mary Beth) Ellingham; nephews, John McVeigh, Scott McVeigh, Patrick Murphy, Brian Murphy, Josh Ellingham, Kenneth Ellingham, Kevin (Sarah) Kelly, Timothy Kelly, Marty Ryan and nieces, Crystal Ellingham, Becky Powers Ellingham, Rebecca (Cory) Lawlor, Chrissy (James) Gibbs and Kathy (Drew) Palalay.

    In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sisters-in-law, Linda Murphy and Joanne Murphy and brother-in-law, Jeffrey Ellingham.

     Family and friends may call on Thursday from 2 ~ 4 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake Road (Rt. 19), LeRoy.  Her Rite of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter’s Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy.  Interment will follow in St. Francis Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Good Days, P.O. Box 665, Mendon, N.Y. 14506  www.campgooddays.org

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

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.

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