Kearns, T. Jacob

Gates:  TJ passed suddenly on January 5, 2019.  He is survived by his mother and stepfather Diane (Gary) Kearns-Puckhaber.  His loving siblings Dezerae (Anthony), Cameron (Kaylee), Charlene (Andrea), Millie, Cory, Tori and nephew Travis.  TJ was predeceased by his grandmother Ann Matoushek.  He is survived by his grandparents Robert Matoushek, Duane (Ruthe) Neu, his lifelong friend Blake Langdon and many other relatives. He was loved by many.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held for family and friends on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Gates Presbyterian Church, 1049 Wegman Road, Rochester NY  14624.  Service will begin at 5 pm.  A celebration of TJ’s life will continue after the service in the church fellowship hall.


Rogers (Schoen), Jean S.

Gates: Suddenly, on January 10, 2019, Jean S. Rogers (Schoen) was called to Heaven to be with our Lord.  She was predeceased by her loving parents Joseph and Lillian Schoen; husband Charles R. Rogers; brothers-in-law Louis Rogers and James LaForty and son-in-law Scott Nuijens.  She leaves behind her beloved children Charles (Susan) Rogers, Mark Rogers, Laura Rogers, Douglas (Jennifer) Rogers, Jean Marie Nuijens and Elizabeth Rogers.  Also, her brother Thomas (Joanne) Schoen, sister Kathryn LaForty, sister-in-law Vida Rogers; many grandchildren, great grandchildren; nieces, nephews and dear friends.  She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, selfless love and her care for others.

The family will have calling hours for friends and family at James R. Gray Funeral Home on Monday, January 14 from 4-7 p.m.  Her life will be celebrated at a funeral mass at St. Joseph Church in Penfield, NY on Tuesday, January 15 at 10 a.m. with a reception immediately following in the Fr. Jim Schwartz gathering space.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of Jean’s favorite charities:  The March of Dimes or the American Lung Association.


VanDeVoorde (Gundell, Distefano), Patricia A.

Rochester: Passed away peacefully on January 10, 2019, age 91. Predeceased by husbands Frank Distefano & Roger VanDeVoorde; son Paul Distefano; sister Sr. Marion Gundell SSJ & brother John Gundell. Survived by children Mark (Kim) Distefano, Ann (Craig) Stickles, Gail (Ed) Micheaux, Joan (Rick) Wetzel, Jimmy (Jan Mascari) Distefano, sister Dolores Metzger; several grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews & cousins. Pat was a cherished & loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother & aunt who will be dearly missed by all.

Friends are invited to Pat’s Funeral Mass Monday at 9:30 am at St. Helen Church, 310 Hinchey Rd. Entombment private in White Haven Memorial Park. Kindly consider Hope Hall School, 1612 Buffalo Rd., Rochester, NY 14624 in her memory.


Higgins, Arnold Roy

Gates: Died after a long illness on January 4, 2019 at home in Gates, NY at age 85. Roy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Carol (Nichols); children David (Lisa Vastola) Higgins, Cheryl (Bruce) Downer; grandchildren Angelica Downer (Matt Needler), Tommie (Melissa DeHoff) Downer and Anastasia Downer of Utah; one great-grandchild; siblings Helen (Rob) MacLauchlan, Charles (Gloria) Higgins; many nieces and nephews. Roy was preceded in death by his parents Raymond and Marie (DeRoller) Higgins and brothers Donald and Richard Higgins.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, January 8 from 11 am to 1 p.m. at James R. Gray Funeral Home, 1530 Buffalo Road in Gates. Funeral will follow calling hours. Burial at Grove Place Cemetery.


Walton, Richard C.

Clarkson: On January 1, 2019.

Survived by wife Barbara of 64 years; children Bette (Mark) Kwiatkowski, Linda (Louie) DelRegno, Robert (Janet); Kenneth (Cynthia), Kevin (Robin), Timothy (Deana) Walton, 10 grandchildren & 12 great grandchildren. Special thanks to Melissa, Mike & Katie from the VA. Richard served in the U.S. Coast Guard & retired from RG&E. He was a member of the Barnard Exempts Assoc. Services and interment private.


Schorer, James

Batavia: Formerly of Caledonia & Wyoming, Jim passed away on December 29, 2018 at age 93. Born in Utica, NY, Jim was a WWII Navy Veteran and taught business for many years in Caledonia, NY. He was predeceased by his wife Harriett in October of 2018. He is survived by his daughters Lauralie (Kevin) Gray of Caledonia & Kathleen (Louis) Stout of Phoenix, Arizona. He also leaves one granddaughter Kelly (Jon) McColl; three grandsons Jacob Gray, Dean (Kim) Sehm & Robert (Yessica) Sehm; six great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews & their beloved dog Laddie.

There will be no calling hours or service. Interment private. Donations in Jim & Harriett’s memory may be made to Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621, Batavia, NY 14021.


Gotwals, Kurt A.

Fairport: Kurt passed unexpectedly on December 24, 2018. He is survived by his loving parents Millie and Bill Gotwals; brother Billy Gotwals; aunts; uncles and many cousins. Kurt attended Fairport High School and Killington Mountain School where he was a competitive skier. His passion was his music.

Services and interment private.


McTarnaghan (Haines) Natalie

Natalie Haines McTarnaghan passed away during the early hours of December 19, 2018 in Rochester, NY.  She was born on All Saints’ Day, November 1, 1921 in Nunda, NY to Kenneth and Evva (Baker) Haines.

Natalie grew up in Nunda and attended Rochester Business Institute.  On April 25, 1943, she married Hugh McTarnaghan of Castile, NY.  She worked in Washington, DC during WWII and in several office positions in western New York.  Hugh and Natalie settled in Tonawanda, NY after the war, where they raised their two daughters. Natalie was the secretary of Deerhurst Presbyterian Church in Kenmore, NY for many years.  She and Hugh were both dedicated volunteers in the community and at Deerhurst Church.    They enjoyed an active retirement, with a winter home in Florida and travel to 49 states and many countries.  Natalie moved to Rochester in 2004 after Hugh’s death, where she was very involved in the community at her new home, St. Johns Meadows.    Natalie was well known for her talent at the piano, as both an accompanist and a soloist.  Jazz, hymns, Gershwin, ragtime, show tunes, classical – she played them all.  Natalie’s willingness to share herself and her many talents was a gift to all who knew her. 

Natalie is survived by her loving daughters Susan Lewis (Jim Eitzen) and Sally (Steve) Christensen; grandchildren Matt (Ortal) Christensen, Robb (Kate) Christensen, Scott (Jennifer) Christensen, Sonrisa Lewis, and Ben (Dom) De Lewis; 8 great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law Magdalene Hettler; a niece and a nephew.    She is predeceased by her husband, Hugh McTarnaghan; sister, Marjorie Ostrum; and brothers-in-law Charles Ostrum and Robert Hettler.

A memorial service for Natalie will be at 2:00 PM on January 27, 2019 at Gates Presbyterian Church, 1049 Wegman Road, Rochester, NY.  In lieu of flowers, please honor Natalie with a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Deerhurst Presbyterian Church, 257 Deerhurst Park Blvd., Buffalo, NY  14223.


Pieper, Kenneth P.

Gates: Ken passed away on December 18, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents Karl and Hermaine Pieper; step-mother Helene; siblings Harry and Karl “Pete” Pieper. He is survived by his daughters Terri Pieper and Karen (Joe) Carr; grandchildren Joey, Tommy and Kenny Carr; brother Rolf (Margaret) Pieper; sister-in-law Geraldine Pieper; several nieces and nephews and friends at Dunn Tower.

Ken was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Weyerhaeuser.  He was an avid fisherman and loved fishing in the 1000 Islands.

Services and interment private.  Kindly consider donating to the Veterans Outreach Center, 447 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14620( or to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33 Street, New York, NY 10016rd ( in his memory.