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James Alexander Spear passed away on the morning of December 26, 2021 at his home in Leroy, NY at the age of 88 years old surrounded by his loving family. He was born May 6, 1933 at Glens Falls Hospital in Glens Falls, NY to A. McKee Spear and Beatrice Wakeley Spear from Hudson Falls, NY.

Jim was a graduate of Trinity-Pawling Preparatory School and then Attended Alfred College for Electrical Engineering. After college, Jim joined the United States Air Force in 1954 where he rose to the rank of Corporal in the Fire Department at Sampson Air force Base on Seneca Lake, NY. He then was transferred to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois where he finished the remainder of his enlistment.
On July 16, 1955, Jim married the love of his life, Florence. The two had four children, Lynda Quint (late), Mark and Toni Ann, Deborah and Gary Jobson and James. Jim is also survived by ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. After the Air Force, Jim and his family moved to Buffalo, NY and lived there for several years. In 1964, Jim and his family moved to LeRoy, NY where he and Florence raised their family.

Throughout Jim’s working career, he worked for the Rating Bureau, Sentry Insurance, F.I.A. and I.R.I as a Fire Protection Engineer designing, inspecting and testing fire protection systems. He retired from I.R.I in 1994 and enjoyed retirement with Florence in LeRoy. Jim joined the LeRoy Fire Department in 1969 and served in various positions over the years. Jim served as the Superintendent of Fire Alarms for the Village, Secretary at the Fire Department, the Fire District, the Benevolent Association as well as the O-at-ka Hose Fire Company for more than 35 years. Jim was the Superintendent for the Machpelah Cemetery on North Street for many years as well.

Jim’s passion throughout his life was always centered around the fire service. His knowledge and love of everything related to fire protection earned him respect and honor from his peers. His widespread collection of fire department memorabilia that he collected throughout his career was impressive to say the least. Jim was a charter member of The Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA) and also was a life-member with the National Fire Protection Association. It would not be out of the ordinary for Jim to hop in his car and drive to Rochester or Buffalo just to watch the fire scenes. In Jim’s younger years, he would regularly visit his friends at various city fire stations and truly keep his finger on the pulse of how the fire service was evolving over the decades. Jim’s uniqueness in character, ability as well as attention to detail earned him respect. Jim was never out to earn awards or recognition; his sole purpose was to ensure the safety and well-being of the communities he served.

Friends and Family are invited to join in celebrating Jim’s life well lived on Tuesday January 4th, 2022 from 2pm to 6pm at the Cameron Brady Funeral Home, 111 Wolcott St. LeRoy, NY 14482. A reception will follow the service at the Oatka Hose Fire Company, 11 North Ave. LeRoy NY 14482. In lieu of flowers memorial maybe made to Oatka Fire Company. To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit, www.leroyfuneralhome.com

Batavia – Timothy J. “T.J.” Shaut, age 57, of Batavia, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, December 23, 2021.

T.J. was born on November 7, 1964, in Batavia, a son of the late Frederick Shaut, Sr. and Arleda “Pete” Lynk Shaut.

A diehard fan of the New York Yankees, T.J. loved to cook, enjoyed a cold beer and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his sister, Tammy Samanka of Batavia; nieces and nephews, Wayne Samanka, Courtney Samanka, Kali Samanka and Jessica Shaut; four great-nieces and great-nephews and longtime family friend, Bill Preston.

He is predeceased by his brothers, Fred Shaut and Raymond F. Shaut.

There are no prior visiting hours. Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials in his name may be made to The Meals on Wheels Program, in care of the Batavia Senior Center, 2 Bank Street, Batavia, New York 14020. In the check memorandum please designate to “Meals on Wheels”. To leave a condolence share a story or light a candle in T.J.’s name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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

Douglas W. Johnston, 63 of Attica, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 26, 2021 at his home. Doug was born on July 25, 1958, in Batavia, NY to the late Robert C. Johnston of Batavia and Hazel (Baubie) Johnston of Oakfield. He is also preceded in death by a stepsister; Sheila (Worthington) Morse of Alexander.

He graduated from Batavia High School. Doug was a contractor working in various fields throughout his lifetime. He was an avid woodworker and landscaper.

Doug is survived by his wife, Katherine (Muniak) Johnston, his children Eric D. Johnston, Anthony R. Johnston and Kassandra R. (John) Naples, and his stepmother Nancy (Charles) Slaven. He is also survived by brothers Robert K. (Judy) Johnston of Rochester, Charles (LeAnne) Johnston of Mumford, David (Dawn) Johnston of Batavia, Steven (Cyndi) Johnston of Jacksonville, Florida, Daniel (Leslie) Johnston of Stafford and Scott (Margaux) Johnston of Oakfield; sisters Sherryl (Greg) Shultz of Bethany, Sandra (Rick) Kosciolek of Batavia, and Pamela (Rance) Choate of Attica. Stepbrothers Dale (Cathy) Worthington of Byron, Jeffrey (Kimberly) Worthington of Batavia, James (Debbie) Worthington of Pavilion, Steven (Carla) Earle of Lyndonville, Jason (Shannon) Earle of Ohio. Stepsisters Gloria (Roger) Smith of Batavia, Dawn (Wilbur) Gray of Batavia, Brenda (James) Alvut of Batavia, Lisa (Thomas) Pattridge of East Pembroke, Yvonne Ortiz of Irondequoit, Patricia Bootes of Rochester and Sheila Colombo of Tennessee. Sister-in-law Ann Taylor, brothers in law Gene Muniak and Ken (Penny) Muniak and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00AM Friday December 31, 2021 at the Alexander Fireman’s Rec. Hall 10708 Alexander Rd. Attica, NY 14011. A luncheon will follow.

Donations may be made to Attica Fire Department or Alexander Fire Department. To leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.

Batavia ~ Mary A. Wingate, age 86, of Clinton Street Road, passed away Sunday morning (December 26, 2021) at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

     She was born July 14, 1935 in Buffalo, N.Y., the daughter of the late Julius and Beatrice (Preziuso) Musilli.

     Mary retired as a Toll Collector from the N.Y.S. Thruway Authority in 1999.  She was devoted to family and friends, her faith and was an active member of the church.

     Mary will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

     She will be sadly missed by her daughters, June Embert (Donald Vick) of DE, Janice (Luis) Cotto of Batavia and Susan (Stephen) Patruska of OK; daughter-in-law, Susan Gardner of Batavia; sister-in-law, Irene Musilli of Cheektowaga; former husband, Ralph Gardner of Clarence; grandchildren, Nicholas (Mary Ellen) Embert, Jacquelyn (William) Sofia, Michelle Gardner and Stephanie (Joseph) Krause; 9 great-grandchildren, along with nieces, nephews and many treasured friends.

     She was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence Wingate; son, Kenneth Gardner; brother, Oliver Musilli and dear friend, Joseph Stella.

     Family and friends are invited to her Rite of Christian Burial on Friday, Dec. 31 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, St. Peter's Church, 44 Lake St., LeRoy. (Facemasks are required to be worn inside the church)  Interment will follow in the Mumford Rural Cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Our Lady of Mercy Parish.

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

     Mrs. Wingate and her family are being cared for by the Falcone Family Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. in LeRoy.  585-768-2400

Joanne Scroger, 90, of Medina, passed away on December 24, 2021 at the United Memorial Medical Center.

Joanne was born November 26, 1931 in Medina, a daughter of the late George and Margaret Goldsmith.

Joanne enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune, soap operas and the Buffalo Bills.  

Surviving are her daughter, Margaret (Rick) Stanley; a sister, Norma Newton; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her husband, Maten Scroger, son, Terry Scroger and a great-granddaughter, Anna Scroger.

Services for Joanne will be held privately at St. Cecilia's Cemetery in Oakfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Medina Fire Department, 600 Main Street, Medina, NY 14103.  

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

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

bower1.jpgMargaret (Margie) Bower, 90, passed away peacefully in the presence of her loved ones on December 23, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center.  She was born in Batavia, NY, the daughter of Raffaele and Anna Longobardi. 

As a lifelong Batavia native, Margie spent her early working years as a cook in the Food Service Department at St. Jerome Hospital.  She then became a beloved team member in the meat department at Tops Friendly Markets where she happily worked until retirement.  Under both job titles, she could always be found fully engaged in joyful conversations with co-workers, friends, or any new people she came in contact with. 

When at home, Margie was almost always found in the kitchen preparing a range of her signature food items and was especially known for her Sunday Sauce.  These preparations routinely included special deliveries to her friends and family in Batavia.  Margie was best known for her seemingly endless love for family and friends.  In particular, she was always eager to enjoy long conversations with her children and grandchildren consistently filled with laughs, hugs, and Margie’s unique expressions. 

Margie is predeceased by her husband, Robert Bower, nine siblings including Nunzio, Frank, James, Carmen, and Cornelius Longobardi, Lena Cappiello, Theresa Suozzi, Mary Cavalieri, and Antionette Giganti.  She is survived by five children including Louis (Missy) Andolora, Kathy (Rick) Leas, Glen (Cheryl) Andolora, Sheila (John) Hollwedel, and Lisa (Duane) Prine as well as thirteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.   

Friends are invited to call from 4:00-7:00PM on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street Batavia, New York 14020. A 10:00AM Funeral Service will be held on Friday December 31st at the Funeral Home. Margie will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery. 

***Masks will be required for calling hours no matter your vaccine status***

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. 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.


sandrasanford.jpgSandra D. “Sandy” Sanford, 76 of Oakfield, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday, December 25, 2021. She was born April 26, 1945 in Talladega, Alabama to the late Ernest and Ruby (Gunter) Coe. She is preceded in death by both of her brothers, Samuel and Michael Coe.

Sandy retired from the ARC in Elba and volunteered for many years at East Shelby Bible Church. She was a loving and caring woman that adored children, especially her granddaughters, nieces and nephews. Sandy loved camping, chocolate, beagles and the casino. She will be missed at lunch with her lady friends and her Wednesday night rendezvous friends dinner group.

Sandy is survived by her beloved husband Gary Sanford of Oakfield, children, Rebecca (Cory) Heiden of St. Louis, MO, David (Fiance Sherry Woodrich) Sanford of Greece; sisters, Anna (Donald) Ip of Gibsonville, NC, Sherry Coe of Batavia; granddaughters, Julia Heiden of Philadelphia, PA and Abigail Heiden of St. Petersburg, FL; along with many nieces and nephews.

Friends are invited to call from 4:00PM to 7:00PM on Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York 14020. A 10:00 AM Celebration of her Life will be held on Thursday, December 30, 2021 at the Funeral Home.  ***Masks will be required at all services. ***

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the HomeCare & Hospice, 29 Liberty St, Suite 6, Batavia, NY 14020 or to the Donor’s Choice. To share memories or condolences please visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Co. Inc. 329-333 West Main Street, Batavia, New York, 14020.

Elba – Patricia Baldwin, age 80, passed away suddenly on Friday, December 24, 2021 at United Memorial Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Pat was born on January 24, 1941, in Batavia, a daughter of the late George and Bertha Washburn Toal.

Pat´s servant heart and caring soul endeared her to everyone she met.  A member of The First Presbyterian Church of Elba, she had held the position of Deacon.  Pat was also a longtime member of The Elba Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary, celebrating 50 years of participation and service, with an impressive 44 years of running the Bingo Kitchen on Tuesday nights.  Many will remember her for making the best macaroni salad for Rec Hall events.  She also served as an election inspector, a den mother, and proudly provided the absolute best care for her many grandchildren.  An avid lover of puzzles, reading, and afternoon tea, she enjoyed a simple life focused on the family she had raised.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, James A. Baldwin, Sr. of Elba; her children, Amy (Sam) Mooney of Oakfield, Gregory J. (Lori) Baldwin, Jr. of Holley, Peggy (David) Shuknecht and James A. (Bonnie) Baldwin, Jr., both of Elba; eight grandchildren, Renee Mooney, Sarah Mooney and Corey Mooney, all of Oakfield, Gregory J. Baldwin, Jr. of Holley, MSgt.  Brian (Elizabeth) Baldwin, USAF, who is currently stationed in Georgia, Brian (Elizabeth) Shuknecht of Elba, Daniel (Katelyn Cooper) Shuknecht  of Pavilion and Hannah and Joshua Baldwin, both of Elba; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dave (late Shirley) Toal of Fulton, Ron (Cheryl) Toal of Elba; her sister, Shirley (Mike) Heatherman of LeRoy and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her granddaughter, Christen L. Baldwin who passed away on June 18, 2016.

Friends may call on Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 East Main Street, Batavia, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday. She will be laid to rest in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Elba. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elba Fire Department, P.O. Box 58, Elba, New York 14058 or the Elba Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, P.O. Box 58, Elba, New York 14058. To leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle in Pat’s name, please visit www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

koszuta_joseph_-_photo1.jpgJoseph R. Koszuta, 64 of Akron, passed away peacefully on Monday (December 20, 2021) at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

He was born in Cheektowaga, NY, a son of the late Leonard and Helen Hejna Koszuta.

Joseph Koszuta lived a fulfilled life. He and Sharon are married for 43 years and grew their family with Annette and Brian. He enjoyed taking the family on road trips and camping. He truly loved his wife. He was a pillar for his children. He was an active ‘DziaJoe’ to his four grandchildren. He would stage treasure hunts, play on the floor with Lego, snack on junk food, teach paracord bracelets and so much more. Joe was an active leader in Akron Boy Scout Troop 559, which led him to hike parts of the Appalachian Trail. He was truly an outdoors enthusiast. A respected auto technician of 45 years, he never stopped learning and transitioned to advisor at Dave Smith Ford. Joseph was an all-around kind person. He would do his best to help out family and friends. He was resourceful and always found the good in everyone and every situation.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Ritter Koszuta of Akron. Daughter, Annette (Jason) Sweet of Lancaster. Son, Brian (Lori) Koszuta of Lancaster. Mother in-law, Carol Ritter. Siblings, Marilyn (Tony) Procaccini of Cheektowaga, Donald (Kathleen) Koszuta of Florida and Thomas (Lynn) Koszuta of Cheektowaga. Also survived by 4 grandchildren, nieces, nephews, brothers in-law, sisters in-law and cousins.

He was predeceased by his sister, Judy Frys. Mother in-law and father in-law, Helen Ritter and John Ritter Sr.

Family and friends are cordially invited to share thoughts, condolences and fond memories on Tuesday (Dec 28th) from 4-7pm at the J. LEONARD McANDREW FUNERAL HOME, LLC, 32 John St., Akron, NY.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family for distribution to various charities. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at: www.mcandrewfuneralhomes.net.




Elaine J. Rademacher, 65, of Attica, passed away unexpectedly on Monday December 20, 2021. She was born on June 12, 1956 in Buffalo to the late Edward and Joan (Tatu) Badding. Elaine is preceded in death by her beloved husband Peter C. Rademacher, as well as her brother, James (Michelle) Badding of West Falls.

Elaine, affectionately known as ‘Duke,’ was the first of five children and grew up in West Falls, New York. She graduated from East Aurora High School and was happily married to Peter for nearly 40 years. Together they had two children, Amanda (Shannon) Wood of Cibolo, TX, and Matthew (Lee) Rademacher of Wyoming, NY. She was also blessed with 5 grandchildren – Mackenzie, Madeline, Logan, Wyatt and Stanley.

In addition to her children and grandchildren, she is also survived by her siblings Patricia Badding of Branchburg, NJ, Andy (Kathleen) Badding of Buffalo, and Richard Badding of Buffalo, as well as niece and nephew Kelsey and Jacob Badding

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday December 28, 2021, from 11:00am-1:00pm at Marley Funeral Home, located at 135 Main Street Attica, NY 14011. Directly after the calling, family and close friends are invited to stay for a brief service and then travel to Elaine’s final resting place, Evergreen Cemetery in Wales Center, to say a final goodbye.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Wyoming County SPCA at 800 Creek Rd. Rt.98, Attica, NY, 14011 or the Attica Volunteer Fire Department at 11 Water St., Attica, NY. To leave a message of condolence visit www.marleyfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Marley Funeral Home, LLC. 135 Main Street, Attica, New York 14011.





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