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.


Knitter, Elmer P.

Scottsville: Elmer passed away on December 15, 2018. He was predeceased by wife Grace; daughter-in-law Joanne & grandson Michael Knitter. He is survived by sons Peter, Patrick (Barbara), Thomas (Janice), David (Fran) Knitter; daughters Gail (James) Horne, Julie (Sue) Knitter; 9 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews & cousins.

Friends are invited to his Funeral Mass Saturday, December 22, 2018 at 10 am at St. Martin de Porres @ St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Scottsville. Burial to follow in Holy Angels Cemetery. Kindly consider donating to Honor Flight, PO Box 23581, Rochester, NY 14692 or Visiting Nurse Foundation, PO Box 270441, Rochester, NY 14627 in Elmer's memory.


Bischoping, Dorothy

N. Chili: On December 15, 2018, Dorothy passed peacefully at home at the age of 93 surrounded by her loving family. She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years Edward “Pinky” Bischoping; granddaughter Vickie Puffer & daughter-in-law Tammy Bischoping; 9 brothers & sisters; several nieces & nephews. She is survived by her children Gary (Ann) Bischoping, David Bischoping, Sharon (Ray) Puffer, Ron (Mary) Bischoping, Debbie (Brian) Voorheis, Donna (Mark) Buckley, Jeff (Brenda) Bischoping, Ed Jr. (Sandi) Bischoping & Lisa (Kevin) Gray; 17 grandchildren & 21 great-grandchildren who each had a special place in her heart; nieces; nephews & cousins. The next time you enjoy a delicious homemade chocolate chip cookie, think of our mom.

Family & friends are invited to Dorothy’s Funeral Mass on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 11 am at St. Christopher’s Church, 3350 Union Street (King Rd at Rt 259), N. Chili, NY 14514. Burial at the family’s convenience. Kindly consider donating to St. Christopher’s Church in her memory.


Sullivan, George C., Jr.

Rochester:  George passed away on December 11, 2018. He was predeceased by his cousin Billy. He is survived by his father George C. Sullivan, Sr.; brothers Chris and Edward; uncles Bill (Sandy) Sullivan, Jerry (Diane) Sullivan, Dan (Barbara) Sullivan; great-uncle Jim Reed and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to his Funeral mass Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 10 am at St. Monica Church on Genesee Street (at Monica Street). Burial to be announced in the spring.  George loved animals. Kindly consider donating to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450 or the Center for Missing & Exploited Children, 275 Lake Avenue, Rochester, NY 14608 in George’s memory.


MacDonald, Thomas K. “Kent”

Gates:  On December 11, 2018 at age 75. Tom passed away peacefully surrounded by family & friends after a courageous two-year battle with ALS. Survived by his Aunt Joan (Jim) Beebe, as well as numerous relatives, friends & faithful canine companion Nick. Tom retired as a Lieutenant from the Rochester City Fire Department. The family would like to thank the staff of Unity Hospital 4400 unit & Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center for their excellent care & support.

A memorial service is scheduled for January 9, 2019 at 10:30 AM at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Rochester, NY 14615. Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in the spring at the convenience of the family.  Kindly consider making a donation to the ALS Foundation in his memory.


Baker, Joseph R.

Gates: Joe passed away on December 11, 2018. He was predeceased by parents Joseph & Katherine Baker; sister Barbara Reeder. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Mickey; mother-in-law Edith Jerzak; children Lisa (Nick) DiFalco, Michael (Wendy) Baker, Krissy (John) Brennan, Joe (Gary) Baker; grandchildren Thomas, Ryan (Kelly), Kimberley, Justin, McKenzie, Mikaela, Clare, Catie; great-grandson Grayson; sister Patricia (Bob) Cellura; brother Ronald (Carol) Baker; nieces; nephews; cousins & many friends. Joe was a member of Gates-Chili Fire Dept. Co. 3.

Family & friends may call on Monday, December 17, 2018 from 4-7 pm at the James R. Gray Funeral Home, 1530 Buffalo Road where a prayer will follow visitation. Burial private. The courtesy of no flowers would be appreciated. Kindly consider donating to the GoFundMe account “Hope for Mike.” This account supports Mike Sirianni, close personal friend recovering from a heart transplant.