Mohawk Valley shooting victims remembered

Harry Montgomery

The Herkimer and Mohawk communities come together to pay their final respects to the four men who were shot and killed last week in the Mohawk Valley.

Michael Ransear, Harry Montgomery, Thomas Stefka and Michael Remshaw died Wednesday morning, after a gunman first opened fire at John's Barber Shop in Mohawk, and again, at Gaffey's Jiffy Lube in Herkimer.

Ransear and Montgomery were laid to rest Monday.

Monday morning, friends and family of Michael Ransear remembered the State Corrections veteran at a Funeral Service at the First Assembly of God in Marcy.

Ransear retired from Mohawk Correctional Facility in Rome in 2006.

Ransear, 57, and Harry Montgomery, 68, were customers at John's Barber Shop at 17 Main Street in Mohawk.

Montgomery's vehicle still sat outside the barber shop last Thursday. Someone had taped a picture of him to the front window.

Montgomery's family will receive friends at the Applegate-Day and Enera Family Funeral Home in Ilion from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday afternoon.
A funeral service will follow at 5 p.m. .

Tuesday evening, the family of Thomas Stefka, 62, will receive friends at the Fenner Funeral Home in Herkimer. That's from 4 to 7 p.m..

A funeral service is scheduled for 9:30 Wednesday morning at St. Anthony and St. Joseph Church on Main Street in the Village.

Stefka worked at Gaffey's Jiffy Lube and Car wash at 320 Mohawk Street; less than a mile and half from the barber shop.

Michael Renshaw, 51, was a customer at the car wash. The 20-year veteran of state corrections served as a corrections officer at Mid-State Correctional Facility in Marcy.

Calling hours for Renshaw are Saturday, March 23 from 2 to 5 p.m at Petykiewicz-Locovozzi and Burns Funeral Home in Herkimer. A prayer service will follow.

If you can't attend the services, but would like to show your support, two prayer vigils are scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday evening. The services will honor the lives of all four victims.

St. Augustine Episcopal Church i
n Ilion is hosting an Interfaith Prayer Service. There will be a Community Prayer Service at the Herkimer Methodist Church.