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Pavilion ~ Sandra L. Draper, age 74, of Lake Street Road, passed away at home Thursday morning (July 21, 2022) in the loving presence of her family.

     She was born July 16, 1948 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Herbert and Doris Van Alstine Cook.

    sandy_draper_0.jpg Sandy attended LeRoy Central School and resided in LeRoy for many years prior to marrying the "love of her life", Gordie Draper and spending almost 56 loving years together.

     Sandy was happiest when surrounded by others.  She loved her family and many of her fondest memories come from time spent with them.  Sandy's love for others extended to the Pavilion community where she ran the Country Cafe.  It was at the Cafe, where Sandy's sense of humor, outgoing personality and good cooking provided a chance to meet many friends, who became family to her.

     She will be sadly missed by her loving husband, Gordie; children, Todd (Becky) Draper, Jay Draper, Chad (Jodi) Draper and Tonya (Joe) Swyers; grandchildren, Jerid Draper, Jonelle Draper, Derek Draper, Marissa Draper, Mikayla Tillotson, Kiara Tillotson, Emmalene Draper, Allison Draper, Zackary Tillotson, Katherine Draper, Ella Tillotson, Eli Swyers and Gus Swyers; great-granddaughter, Adley Draper; brothers, Richard (Joyce) Cook and Robert (Teresa) Cook; In-laws, James (Betty) Draper, Darlene (Kevin) Hinrich and Donna Draper, along with many nieces, nephews and dear friends.

     In addition to her parents, Sandy was predeceased by her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Elva and Ivan Draper and her brother-in-law, Larry Draper.

     Family and friends may call on Monday, July 25 from 3 ~ 5 PM at the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc., 8700 Lake St. Rd., LeRoy.  Sandy's graveside service will be held on Friday, August 5 at 11:00 AM at Machpelah Cemetery in LeRoy.

     Contributions in memory of Sandy may be made to the First Baptist Church of Pavilion, 10956 Lake St. Rd., Pavilion, N.Y. 14525.

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

demb1.jpg  On Sunday, July 17, 2022, May “Toady” Dembowski, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, mentor, and friend joined her Savior at the age of 88. 

Toady was born July 7, 1934, and raised in Linden, NY.  She met her future husband, Glenn, in the fourth grade at Alexander School. Graduating in 1952, they were married in 1958 and celebrated their 64th anniversary together in March. They enjoyed sitting on the porch together drinking their coffee and watching the birds. 

Toady received her Commercial Art B.A. degree from Pratt Institute in 1956. She wore many hats in her life, including art teacher, wife, homemaker, mommy, artist/graphic designer, piano teacher, receptionist, waitress, soloist, counselor, speaker and writer. Toady and Glenn ran a mail order pattern business and operated the Linden Mill Gift Shop for several seasons. She was always serving in church beginning at age 4, helping her mother hand out carnations on Mother’s Day. Toady was ordained as an intern Pastor at Brockport Christian Center in 1976 for the ministry of pastoral care to women. She enjoyed painting and planning for Christmas. She had the “sewing bug” and was always working on a project of some sort or the other. Toady made everyone around her laugh with her jokes, stories, funny faces, and kooky antics. 

She will be remembered by her husband, Glenn; son Gregory (Laurie) Dembowski, daughter Rory (Tim) Whiting; and her granddaughters, the “3As”; Allison (Kris) Hamann, Anna (Kevin) Lotz, and April Whiting (Jacob Patterson); including Mary Ann (Ron) Saeva and Shirley (Mike) Wagner, who became part of the family early on. She is also survived by her sister, Rita Mallison, and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and cousins. 

In Toady’s own words, “I’ll … say once again how much I enjoy any of our contacts. … They all make me smile and stir up happy memories and sometimes, even my dreams. … I wish we could meet, greet, and giggle. … So stay well, keep your nose clean, and stay in touch. … Lots of … goals, laughs, and all such bologna! We’ll be in touch, and thankfully, Jesus will always be in the center.”

Calling hours will be held on Saturday July 23, 2022 from 11:00AM-1:00PM at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020, where a 1:00PM Memorial Service will follow visitation at the Funeral Home, followed by interment at the Dale Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dale Baptist Church 1291 Dale Rd. Dale, NY 14039 or the Bethany Fire Department 10510 Bethany Center Rd. East Bethany, NY 14054. 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.

corona1.jpg  Norma Jean Corona, 85, of Alexander passed away peacefully on July 14, 2022 at Highland Hospital. She was born in Batavia on February 27, 1937 to the late A. Edwin and Doris (Peck) Kogle. In addition to her parents, Norma is predeceased by her loving husband; Patrick Corona Sr.

Norma was loved and encouraged by her dad, Ed, (always his ‘Jeannie Girl’) to believe that she could do anything in this life.  She worked towards completing coursework to become a teacher- her dream job- but selflessly changed path instead to support the dreams of her family.  She worked as a server, a bank teller, a community residence manager, an emergency responder, and finally as a sergeant at Albion Correctional Facility towards the goals and hopes of her family- and proved her dad right- She could indeed do anything that she put her mind to!

Jeannie was a selfless giver and hard worker in support of those she loved, but was never better than when making fun for her grandchildren or sharing adventures together. She shared her love of Disney, flea markets, silly pranks, monarch butterflies and Skipbo with her family making everyday a happy memory to be cherished.  Her family will remember and miss her for endless days by the family pool, for bounteous meals at every holiday, and for always being welcomed as the person she would most like to see.  Jeannie was a champion for her family, carrying on her own dad’s legacy helping them all to believe that they also could do anything they put their hearts and minds to achieve.

Jeannie loved Tom Jones, Kirby’s Avalanche games with her grandkids, the Ave Maria, and above all her husband and the love of her life “Tyke”.  She has missed him mightily for seven years as she battled her own health concerns, but never, ever lost her gratitude for life’s smallest pleasures and her joy in each day.  Her final words to all of us were “Thank you…I love you so much! I just want to go back to dance again with Tykie.”- There never was a better good bye!

She is survived by her children; Roxanne (David Mandelbaum) Corona-Redmond of Chili, Patrick (Barbara) Corona Jr. of Batavia and Jody (James) Turcer of Alexander; 8 grandchildren Kieran Redmond, Caitlyn (Anthony) Culotta, Kelley Redmond, Christopher (Randi Vengelen) Corona, Courtney (Peter) Wise, Travis Turcer, Chelsea Turcer and Jonathan Corona; 5 great-grandchildren Nico, Rosie Jean and Leo Culotta, Sullivan Tyke and Sienna Wise; and also by her AFS foreign exchange granddaughters; Preeyarat “Mink” Surajaroenjai, Eleonora Costa,  Christina Lehmann, Francesca Pugliese, Natalia Ubilia Sababa, and Rattanakorn “June” Suksaby.  

There will be no prior calling hours and a private Funeral Mass and internment will be held for immediate family as Jeannie’s wishes have always been made clear to us.  She asked that we forgive her any mistakes and that we remember the fun and love we shared. She did ask that those who loved her have a party with those they love in her honor.

We ask your smiles and remembrances in her honor. Your memories and thoughts are welcomed by her family and may be posted to her Facebook page, Jean Corona, or texted to her daughter Roxanne Redmond at 585-944-1040.  Should you wish to continue her legacy, memorials may be made to Volunteers for Animals, PO# 1621 Batavia, NY 14021. 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.

Charles R. Pero, III, went home to be with the Lord at the age of 72 on July 18, 2022 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, surrounded by his family. 

Charlie was the son of the late Charles R. Pero and Marien Pixley Pero. He is also predeceased by his sister Adelyn Pero and his nephew Michael Napoleone.

Charlie was a member of the class of 1967 at Notre Dame High School. Upon graduation, he proudly served in the National Guard from 1967-1973. He worked for the family business in plumbing and heating for a number of years.

Charlie had a passion for theatre arts, fulfilling a dream of performing on stage beginning at the age of 50. He was a sports enthusiast and enjoyed watching his grandchildren compete. 

Those that knew him appreciated his kind heart and quick wit.  He will be missed by all. 

Charlie is survived by his beloved wife, Linda (Cook) Pero; his children, Amy (Jay Taranto) Southcott, Michael (Beth) Pero and Nick Pero; stepchildren, Kelly Zuzze’ and Tim (Bonnie) Zuzze’; siblings, David (Trish) Pero and Laurie (Mark) Napoleone; his grandchildren, Zach, Drew, and Emma Southcott, Ryan, Tyler and Molly Pero along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends and family are invited to attend calling hours at H.E Turner Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, New York on Thursday, July 21, 2022 from 3-5 p.m. A prayer service will follow at 5:00. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Michael Napoleone Association (www.michaelshope.org) or the American Heart Association Buffalo NY ([email protected]). To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in his memory, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

Bergen - Jane Fox, age 77, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at her home.

She was born on July 27, 1944 in Batavia, a daughter of the late George William Peck and Hilda Stobbs Carey Peck.

A long time private duty home healthcare aide, she served as President of the 8th District, Sons of the American Legion and was the Adjutant for Genesee County for the past few years.

She is predeceased by her husband, Robert E. Fox, Sr. who passed away on November 21, 2003 and her grandson, Justin Robert Baker.

Surviving are her best friend and soulmate, David G. Henry of Bergen; her daughter, Melissa L. (David) Waterman of LeRoy; five grandchildren, Samantha (Steven) Tyson of Bergen, Chad (Melissa) Waterman of Texas, Hillary (Heath) Bender of Meridale, Jillian (Nick) Nesbitt of Waterport and Amy (Mark) Herman of Warsaw; two great-grandchildren, Kane and Mace Tyson; her sister, Carol (Rudolph) Shook of Rockland, Maine along with several nieces and nephews.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. She will be laid to rest in Mount Rest Cemetery, Bergen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary, Sackett Merrill White Post #575, P.O. Box 207, Bergen, New York 14416. 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 H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 South Lake, Bergen, New York 14416.

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 and family are invited to attend a 10:00AM Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday July 23, 2022 at Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. 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.

thumbnail.jpg  Carmela (LaRussa) Deni, 92, of Batavia passed away peacefully on July 17, 2022. She was born on May 30, 1930 in Batavia to the late Lawrence LaRussa and Bertha (DeBole) LaRussa. She is preceded in death by her husband; Joseph Deni.

Carmela was a long-time member of St Joseph's Church (Resurrection Parish) in Batavia.

She is survived by her five sons; James (Simone) Deni, Lawrence (Roseann) Deni, Joseph (Kathryn) Deni, Thomas Deni, Michael (Deborah) Deni; her sisters Marian (William) Heisler and Loretta (John) MacKenzie, as well as several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There will be no prior calling hours. A 12:00PM Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday July 19, 2022 Resurrection Parish 303 East Main St. Batavia, NY 14020. She will be entombed in Msgr. Kelly Mausoleum in Batavia.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Notre Dame High School 73 Union St. in Batavia. 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.

Melissa June LeSage, "Missy," 55, of Penfield, passed away on July 14, 2022 at Highland Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

Missy was born July 18, 1966 in Batavia, a daughter of Sue LeSage.  Missy entered the world with her loving twin, Mindy, following closely behind.

She was full of life, love and laughter.  Missy was born a decisive and determined little girl and remained that way her entire time on earth.  She held a special place in anyone’s heart that she came in contact with.  Missy loved her pretties, scarfs, laughing out loud and being with her Susie.  Missy enjoyed walks and being outside.  She was known for making you turn the lights on and off multiple times.  Missy treasured her weekly trips with Debbie Bean, an extra special friend of 38 years.

Missy’s family would like to thank the ICU staff at Highland Hospital for the love and care they gave Missy in her final days.

Surviving along with her mother are her sisters, Melinda Quaintance, Lisa Smith and Emilie Moss; brother, Jess LeSage, many nieces, nephews and great nephews.  Missy was a blessing to a loving family.  Missy is also survived by her family at Baird Road and the rest of the staff at Heritage Christian Services.

Preceded in death by her brother, Jason LeSage and grandmother, June Vile.  

Services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rochester Animal Services, 184 Verona Street, Rochester, NY 14608.

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

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

She’ll be in our minds, hearts and thoughts, she’ll be a part of us forever.

taylor_timmy_-_photo1.jpgTimmy Lee Taylor, 47 of Troy, NY and formerly of Batavia, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 11, 2022.

He was born November 27, 1974 in Batavia, NY, a son of the late John Taylor and Mary Francis Tyson Taylor.

Tim was a photogenic person who loved taking pictures with family and friends. He enjoyed basketball, fishing and safari animals. Most of all, he was a caring person who loved his family and put a smile on anyone’s face who would come into contact with him.

He was the brother of the late Della Tyson.

He is survived by his five children, Sharmaine Powell of North Carolina, Timmy Taylor Jr. of Corfu, Tyshon Taylor of Batavia, Andrae Taylor of Batavia and Dominic Taylor of Batavia. Grandson, Andrae Lee Taylor Jr. and his sister, Priscilla Leonard of Georgia. Also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Wednesday (July 20th) from 5-7pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 2 Bogue Ave., Batavia, NY, where a service will be held at 7pm. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday (July 23rd) from 2pm-6pm at Lions Park (Wallace St.) in Batavia.

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




marjorieamargebisig.jpgMarjorie A. “Marge” Bisig, 91 of Batavia, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 15, 2022 at the Grand Rehabilitation & Nursing in Batavia. She was born September 8, 1930 in Barre Center, to the late Raymond and Marion (Wigton) Vereecken. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Richard Bisig whom she married July 1, 1950; brother Raymond Vereecken, son-in-law Daryl Cook and daughter-in-law Debra Bisig.

Mrs. Bisig enjoyed thrift shopping, walking and spending time with her friends. Her family was her hobby, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving children, Suzanne Cook of Batavia, John (Barbara) of Elba, Donald Bisig of Elba, Charles (Penny) Schenck of Moravia, Shirley (Horace) Waldron Jr. of Oakfield, Linda (Richard) Smith of Basom, Richard Bisig of Batavia, sister Ellajean Gerhardt of Las Vegas, NV, 25 grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren, 18 great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 from 4 to 7pm at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, NY 14020. A 10:00am Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at the Funeral Home. She will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Rehabilitation & Nursing Activities Fund. 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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