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Batavia - Vivian A.  Taggert, "Ting", age 60, longtime employee at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, passed away on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at her home.

She was born on Thursday, September 28th, 1961 in Hammond, Indiana a daughter of the late Leo F. Taggert and Florine A. Brumsted Taggert.

Vivian who was affectionately known as "Ting" loved to walk, listen to WBTA Radio and watch Channel 7 News. She enjoyed taking trips to the 1000 Islands and will be remembered for her infectious laugh. She enjoyed Friday evening dinners with her granddaughter Emma, who was the light of her life, at Sport of Kings Restaurant and their shopping trips to Wal-Mart and Dollar General.

Surviving are her daughter, Stephanie Lapp of Lockport; her granddaughter who affectionately called her "Nanni", Emma Sponaugle of Lockport; her fiancé, John Dumar of Batavia; her siblings, Vickie Tost of Oakfield, Edward (Audrey) Taggert of Batavia, Randy (Peggy) Taggert of Ontario, Douglas (Christine) Taggert of Hornell, and her twin brother, Kevin Taggert of Greece, along with several nieces and nephews.  

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, February 15th, 2022 from 2:00 pm  to 4:00 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia.  Vivian’s Memorial Service will immediately follow visitation at 4:00 pm. She will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rochester Regional Health Foundations, Attn: Lipson Cancer Institute Memorial, 330 Monroe Avenue, Suite 400, Rochester, NY 14607.  Please leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

LeRoy ~  Larry A. Andrews, age 79, of Summit Street, passed away Saturday afternoon (February 5, 2022) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

     He was born January 3, 1943 in Springville, N.Y., a son of the late Bernell and Louise Vogt Andrews Sr.

     Larry will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and dear friend.  He cherished his time spent with family and friends, especially when they’d get together at Silver Lake.

     He will be sadly missed by his loving and devoted wife of 52 years, Maryja Maksymiw Andrews; his children, William (Peggy) Andrews, Angela (Patrick) Kennedy and Krista (Todd) Goff; grandchildren, Kaetlyn Andrews; Bailey, Teagan (Tommy), Farryn Kennedy; Eden and Ava Goff; siblings, Peter, Ken, John Andrews , along with many nieces, nephews and close friends.

     In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by many brothers and his sister.

    Services for Larry will be announced at a later date. 

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

     Mr. Andrews and his family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Sharon Manes, 77, of Batavia, passed away on January 12, 2022 at Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Batavia.

Sharon was born September 23, 1944 in Alexander, a daughter of the late Frank and Ruth (Zimnick) Hellerman.

Sharon enjoyed crafting, pottery, painting and calligraphy.

Surviving are her son, Dana (Jayne) Manes of Batavia; a brother, David Hellerman of Florida; a sister, Barbara (Jim) Manes of Oakfield; grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Sharon is predeceased by her son, Scott Manes.  

Sharon's Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm (please note the change in service time from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm) on Saturday at St. Anthony's, 114 Liberty Street in Batavia.   

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

Arrangements for Sharon were entrusted to the Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, Oakfield, (585) 948-5325.

Batavia - Susan J.  Schuler, 62 of Batavia passed away on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 at Strong Memorial Hospital.

She was born Tuesday, July 14th, 1959 in Batavia, a daughter of the late William Covington and Jean Robbins Covington.

A dedicated employee at Steve's Styles in Batavia, she devoted much of her life to her clients and was a member of City Church. Sue loved visiting her children and spending time with her granddaughters, Avery and Charlee Sue. She enjoyed tending to her gardens and flower beds with meticulous detail, going to flea markets and antiquing.

Surviving are her children, Brandon (Ashlee Hoban) Schuler of Riva, Maryland and Alicia (Shawn) Montgomery of Tehachapi, California; granddaughters, Avery Schuler and Charlee Sue Montgomery; Brandon and Alicia's father, Kelly Schuler of Batavia; step-sons, Bret (Lee) Russell of Landsdale, Pennsylvania and Kyle (Yvonne) Russell of Hampton, Maine; her sisters, Claudia (Hal) Mitchell of Buffalo and Robin (David) Drawdy of Charleston, South Carolina; her niece, Kaitlyn (Matthew) Rogalski of Buffalo; her sister-in-law, Jeanne Covington of Ocala, Florida and her lifelong companion and loving dog Bear.

She is predeceased by her brother, Thomas Covington and his daughter, Sheryl Marie Covington.

Family and friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 12th, 2022 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm  at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia. Her Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 pm on Sunday, February 13th, 2022 from City Church, 210 East Main Street, Batavia. She will be laid to rest in Parma Union Cemetery, Hilton.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to City Church, 210 East Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020 or the American Cancer Society, 1120 South Goodman Street, Rochester, New York 14620. To leave a condolence, share a story, or light a candle, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Chuck Tomaszewski, 59, of Batavia passed away February 7th, 2022 in the company of his 2 daughters and his best friend. He was born on December 9, 1962 in Batavia to Arthur and Rose (Courchaine) Tomaszewski.

Chuck was a very loved Father, brother, son, friend, Dziadzia and community member. Chuck coached many as a football coach at Notre Dame high school for 17 years. He was also the spirited lead singer of the band Unruly. He loved being on stage and entertaining people. He was always singing, laughing, and having fun. And who could ever forget that smile!

He is survived by his brother and 2 sisters, his 2 loving daughters, Jennifer (Cain) Catino and Jenell (Brandon) Miller, 8 grandchildren that were the light of his life and many, many friends that he considered family. 

There will be no prior calling hours or Services. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Notre Dame High School 73 Union St. Batavia, NY 14020. 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.

leonap.jpg  After a journey of 94 years as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend, Leona M. Pastore passed away peacefully Sunday February 6, 2022 surrounded by her loving family.

Born December 21, 1927 in Batavia, Leona is predeceased by her husband of 70 years; Philip P. Pastore Jr.; her parents Leo and Mary (Fabio) Azzi; in-laws Mr. & Mrs. Philip Pastore Sr.; brother Charles Azzi; sisters Veronica Martin, Matilda Syracuse, Barbara Leone and great-granddaughter Delilah Rae Graham.

She is survived by her six children; Michael (Nancy) Pastore of Key West, FL., Paulette Pontillo of North Palm Beach, FL., Georgeann (David) Hartman of Nashville, TN., Phyllis (Timothy) Beers Sr. of Denver, CO., Patricia Olverd of Richmond Hill, GA, Vincent (Kayleen) Pastore of Le Roy; Aunt Lena Pastore of FL.; sister Virginia Bass of CA; grandchildren Micah Pastore, Timothy (Gretchen) Pastore, Alysia (David) Thibault, Jamie Wortzman, Tony Pontillo, Philip Pontillo, Gary Call Hanley, Timothy (Sara) Beers Jr., Georgia Lee (Marc) Graham, Jessica (David) Blum, Ashley (Jared) Parkey and David Olverd Jr. along with several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Leona’s favorite quote was “Life is a Song, Love is the Music”. Her love of music began at the age of seven in a performance of “The Little Drummer Boy” and at eleven years of age she joined the St. Anthony’s Senior Choir, becoming a soloist performing at all church functions. In her senior year she became the soloist with The Choristers of Rochester Civic Orchestra, where she sang for multiple organizations, churches and functions throughout the state.

After graduation from High School she went on to study at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. where she majored in voice. Upon finishing college, she married her husband and began raising her family, all while remaining active in her church and St. Anthony’s School, where she became President of the PTA. Continuing with her love of music she became the guest soloist for the Genesee Symphony, produced and performed on WBTA Radio with her own show, was the soloist for the “Genesee Choral” and “Ars Nova Singers”.  She also became an organist for St. Anthony’s Church and appeared in many Rotary Club Broadway local productions, Brigadoon, Mame, Camelot, Sound of Music and others.

She became involved with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and served on the board for many years also becoming the Historian from 2003-2013 and chaired the Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary. Leona was recognized as an outstanding Italian American by the Paolo Busti Foundation for her accomplishments in music and was associated with the author John Gardner Society and a member of the Holland Land Office.

“Life is a Song, Love is the Music”

Friends are invited to call on Friday February 11, 2022 from 6:00-8:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, NY. A Funeral Mass will be held at a later date. Mrs. Pastore will be laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crossroads House www.crossroadshouse.com PO Box 403 Batavia, NY 14021 or the Genesee Symphony Orchestra, GSO PO Box 391 Batavia, NY 14021. 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.

Dorothy Taylor, a longtime resident of Batavia, N.Y., passed away peacefully at age 101 on February 6, 2022 in Arvada, CO., where she resided for the past eight years.

Born October 15, 1920 in Montreal, Canada, Dorothy moved from Montreal to Batavia in 1963 and began a new chapter in her lifelong commitment to her family, her faith and numerous volunteer initiatives to enhance the lives of others locally and globally.

Dorothy served in local and regional roles with the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women, served on the Genesee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Board and volunteered at that hospital into her 90s. In partnership with Genesee County Office for the Aging, she initiated and expanded a monthly social and educational program for countywide seniors. She loved singing in the choir, playing piano, knitting and crocheting, and square dancing.

She is survived by daughter, Dianne Taylor-(Charles) Chandler and son, Brian (Norine) Taylor, four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Lester Taylor, daughter Beverley Marino, and brother Lloyd Stafford.

A Celebration of Life was held on February 9, attended by family members, residents and staff of her assisted living residence, and friends and clergy from her church in Arvada.

Dorothy’s family would like to especially thank the caring and devoted staff and friends at Nightingale Suites and Christ Community Covenant Church. Her life after relocating to Colorado was made easier and enhanced by their unwavering support and presence.

Dorothy will be interned later this year in her family’s plot in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, alongside her parents, husband and brother.

Over the years Dorothy generously donated to a wide range of charities and organizations. Anyone wishing to make a memorial contribution in her honor should do so to one of their choosing.

meier.jpg  Frank Albert Meier Jr., 95, of Alexander, passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2022. He was born March 2, 1926 to the late Frank A. Meier and Dora Wagner Meier. He is preceded in death by his wife, Virginia I. Meier in 2013; brothers, Allen (Bessie) Meier, Leonard Meier and Richard Meier.

Mr. Meier was a lifelong resident of Alexander and graduated from Alexander Central School in 1943. He farmed all his life with the family at Meier Brothers Farm and served on the Niagara Milk Cooperative Board of Directors. Mr. Meier was a life member of Alexander Fire Department, Alexander United Methodist Church, Alexander Happy Agers, Older Boys and Girls and the Alexander Zoning Board of Appeals.

He is survived by his children, David (Cindy) Meier of Corfu, Douglas (Cathy Bishop) Meier of Alexander, John (Cherish) Meier of Alexander, Linda (John) Hume of Batavia; grandchildren, Adam and Jacob Meier of Alexander, Lauren and Nicole Hume of Batavia; sister-in-law, Jane Meier, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday, February 13, 2022 from 2 to 3pm at Marley Funeral Home, LLC., 135 Main Street, Attica, NY 14011. A 3:00pm Funeral Service will immediately follow at the Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest in Grand View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alexander Fire Department, P.O. Box 336, Alexander, NY 14005. To leave thoughts or condolences please visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC, 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

potwora.jpg  Devoted wife and loving mother Anna Maria Potwora, 63 passed away peacefully with her husband and children by her side on February 6, 2022.  She is predeceased by her mother Joanne Kramer, father Nick Kramer and brother Timothy Kramer.

Anna known to her childhood family and friends as Anna Banana was born in Butler, PA and is survived by her sister Babs Genamore and brother Michael Kramer.

Anna took a chance on love when she met her husband of 45 years Mark Potwora at a drum corps show and moved to Batavia, NY.  Family was everything to Anna.  Her selflessness and unconditional love for her children Nicole McCulloch (and Bill) and Eric Potwora (and Andrea) were unparalleled.  Family was so important that she battled and beat an un-survivable cancer so she could live on to be a caring and adoring Nana to her five grandchildren Lorelai, Molly, Natalie, Lucy and Chloe. Anna had such a giving nature.  She loved shopping for presents for her family and always had to make sure they all had amazing Christmases and birthdays.  That giving heart extended into the community in her jobs at the nursing home, local restaurants and UMMC.  

She always talked about how  grateful she was to be surrounded by family including her Aunt Shirley Zarnick, mother  in law Maxine Potwora, her sister in law Beth Walsh, brother in law Greg Potwora and all her cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Her love of angels was emulated in her contagious laugh, illuminating smile and heart of gold.   

The family will receive friends on Tuesday February 15, 2022 at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main Street Batavia, NY 14020 at 10:15 am. An 11:00AM Mass of Christian will be held at the church following the visitation. A private burial at St. Joseph's cemetery will be held at a later date.  

Contributions may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance in Anna's memory. 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.

William Vincent Leonard III, 50 resident of Cleveland, passed away at his home on January 31, 2022. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to William Jr. and Susan Leonard.

He enjoyed his time working as an EMT and a Firefighter.

Those left behind to cherish his memory is his wife Tina Leonard, daughter, Kim Hawkins (Chris), son Nick Zwetsch, mother and stepfather, Susan Braver and Norman Bower, father and stepmother, William Jr.and Pam Leonard, grandchildren; Christain Cruz, Selena Cruz and Peyton Hawkins, sisters; Tracy Leonard, Donna Wagner, Katherine Greenwald, Brianna Leonard, brother, Joseph Braver, nieces; Susan Greenwald, Winnie Greenwald, Bella Delsinl, nephews; Max Greenwald, David Wagner, Thomas Wagner, brothers in law, Thomas Wagner, Steve McBlane and members of the Fluvanna Fire Dept. including Chief Walid Al-jabiri.

There will be no formal services held at this time. You are encouraged to share a message of condolence by visiting his memorial webpage at www.companionfuneral.com


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