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Vivian “Pepper” Pinizzotto, 81, Friendship


Friendship, NY – Vivian “Pepper” Pinizzotto, 81, of State Route 275, passed away on Wednesday, December 13, 2023, in her home surrounded by her family. She was born on February 19, 1942, the daughter of the late Frank and Beatrice (Bidwell) Sanford.

Pepper was raised in Watertown and spent much of her early adulthood there. She moved to Allegany County when her eldest son moved to the area; overtime, most of her family followed. She found her career as a Certified Nursing Assistant and spent many years in the healthcare industry around Allegany County. Outside of her employment, she loved dogs and music, would dance whenever she could, and enjoyed walks.

She is survived by: three sons, Fred (Amy) Ely of Oramel, NY, Mike Ely of Boonville, NY and Jeff (Janine) Ely of Scio, NY; three daughters, Kelley (Malcolm) Sortore of Friendship, NY, Holly (Virgil) Miller of Vinemont, AL, and Polly (Ken) Casper of Swain, NY; 20 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; brother, William Sanford; sister, Barbara Hulsizer; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by: two sons, Robert Kiblin and Tony Kiblin; as well as brothers, Charles Sanford and Ross Sanford.

Friends are invited to call on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, from 11 am to 1 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home of Belmont, 17 Schuyler Street. Her funeral will follow at 1 pm in the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Hills Cemetery.

Please consider memorial donations to: The SPCA Serving Allegany County, 5440 NY-19, Belmont, NY 14895; or to Jones Memorial Hospital 191 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY 14895.

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