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Posted February 22 2018
Peter L. Patterson

Peter Patterson

Peter L. Patterson, 83, of Gaines, passed away on Feb. 17, 2018 at Orchard Manor in Medina. He was born Jan. 15, 1935 in Buffalo, N.Y. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School, and he attended R.I.T. Peter served in the Air National Guard. He married Carole Holden on Dec. 28, 1957 in Buffalo and had recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. He was a dedicated employee who held positions at Albion Correctional Facility and Kodak. Peter was a broker who owned Peter L. Patterson Realty. Peter was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved reading, the computer and “The Farm.”

Peter is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Patterson and Mable (Smith) Patterson; stepmother, Diane Patterson; sisters, Roberta Kankiewicz and Tracey Wheeler; nephew, Jon Patterson; and niece, Rebecca Patterson.

He is survived by his wife, Carole; sons, Reed Patterson, Wade Patterson, David (Gregory) Patterson, Ross (Kristin) Patterson and John (Jennifer) Patterson; grandchildren, Benjamin Patterson, Alana Patterson, MacKenzie Patterson, Sophia Patterson, Nathanial Patterson and Alessandra Patterson; siblings, Donna (Hugh) Gale, Tom Patterson, Roger (Denise) Patterson, Rick (Sue) Patterson, Diane (Bob) Millett and Dawn Patterson; many nieces and nephews; close friends, Peter Kage, Chris Spence, Jean and Barb Reidel, Sandy and Jack Robison, Bob, Lynn and Eric Widger, Elaine and Gordon (deceased) Walker, Craig and Debbie Platter, Toni and Joyce Palarmo.

There will be no calling hours. Peter’s life will be celebrated on Sat., March 3 at 11 a.m. at Gaines Congregational Church, 14023 Ridge Road (near Route 279), Albion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hoag Library, 134 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Peter, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 21 2018
Camille Lynn Wells

Camille Wells

Camille Lynn Wells, of Medina, died suddenly on Feb. 19, 2018 at her home.

Camille was born in Medina, June 25, 1977, a daughter of Jerry and Pamela (Dunn) Brower. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1995, and Genesee Community College, she was employed as a dispatcher for Regional Transit Services Orleans.

Camille enjoyed attending fishing derbies with her husband, Todd. They never missed any of her children’s sporting events. She loved pets, especially her dogs, Sampson, Ellie May and Max.

She is survived by her husband, Todd; children, Sgt. Evan Wells, serving with the U.S. Army Rangers in Afghanistan, Dustin Wells, Kalvin Packer and Ryan Packer; her parents, Jerry and Pamela Brower; sisters, Amanda Soliday and Melissa (Matthew) Ostrowski; paternal grandmother, Evelyn Brower; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Janice and David Wells; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Celebration of Life service at 11 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 24 at Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Road, Medina. Pastor Daniel Thurber will officiate. Arrangements are being completed through Cooper Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to PAWS, 3371 Gaines Basin Road, Albion NY 14411.

Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 21 2018
Roland Allen Sanford

Roland Sanford

With sadness, his family shares the passing of Roland “Rollie” Allen Sanford on Feb. 21, 2018 at age 97. His beloved wife, Elma, who predeceased him in 2005, shared his wonderful life.

He is survived by his three children, Darryl (Carol) of Albion and their children, Brian (Beth), Steven (Stefanie), and Laura (Bill); Rebecca (Karl) of Virginia and their children, Erik, Ryan (Lauren), and Kristen (James); and Scott (Julie) of Albion and their children, Roland Allen and Bradley. Big Grampy also will be missed by his eight great-grandchildren, Anna, Alexandra, William, Dorissa, Sara, Jack, Max and Colton.

One of four siblings, Rollie was born in 1920 in Waterport, the son of Tracey Ellsworth Sanford and Edith Paulina (Allen) Sanford. He attended Waterport schools and, following graduation, pursued farming, eventually moving with his family to a 75 acre farm on Gaines Basin Road, Albion. In his late 20s, Roland entered Brockport State Teachers’ College, where he met his future wife, Elma Henderson of Holley. He earned an M.S. in education from New York University and attended the University of Buffalo. He taught American history in Albion High School, and many students remember him as a kind and respected mentor. Later, Roland became a professor of education at Brockport State University and supervised student teachers in area schools.

With his wife, Rollie enjoyed collecting and refurbishing antiques, and he loved to read, particularly history and biography. He loved animals and always had a dog to keep him company. For nearly 50 years, he and Elma were extremely active in Albion United Methodist Church.

A funeral service to celebrate his life will be held on Sat., May 5 at 11 a.m. at Northpoint Chapel (former First United Methodist Church), 19 N. Platt St., Albion. Memorials may be made to Hoag Library, 134 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411; or to First United Methodist Church, 26 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Rollie, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 20 2018
Shirley M. Bailey

Mrs. Shirley M. Bailey, of Medina, passed away on Feb. 17, 2018 at Absolut Care of Gasport.

Mrs. Bailey was born in Burt, N.Y., April 4, 1928, a daughter of the late Carl and Edith (Poole) Shepard. She was employed as a seamstress by the Robert H. Newell Shirt Factory for many years. She enjoyed reading.

Survivors include her very good friend, Marcia Jackson of Middleport; her son, Alan (Mary) Lonnen of Middleport; two grandsons, Robert and Raymond Lonnen; her great-grandchildren; her nephew, Donald Lonnen; and her good friend, Dolores Potrubacz. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Bailey; and her sisters, Florence Newman, Marie Curtis and Dorothy Bisch.

Interment will be in West Ridgeway Cemetery. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 18 2018
Eric James Thomson

American flagALBION – Eric J. Thomson, 59, died suddenly on Feb. 16, 2018. He was born Nov. 10, 1958 in Lackawanna, N.Y., a son of the late James Mahoney and Jeanne Marie (Skinner) Thomson.

Eric served in the U.S. Navy and lived in this area since 1993. He was a former employee of SUNY at Brockport.

He is survived by his wife, Lori; children, Jared Thomson of Albion, Christin Thomson and Jeremi Thomson, both of Spencerport; three grandchildren; and sister, Lisa Thomson of Hamburg.

Services and interment will be private. Memorials may be made to Orleans County Joint Veterans Council, 13996 Route 31 West, Albion NY 14411.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc.

To share a special memory of Eric, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 18 2018
Cora E. Handrich

Cora HandrichCora E. Handrich, 100, of Middleport and Medina, entered into eternal rest on Feb. 16, 2018. Born in Lyndonville, she was one of five daughters of the late Frank and Alice (Thompson) Howes, who moved to Lyndonville from Catfield, England.

Cora recently celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends at The Willows in Medina, where she resided for the past several years after moving from Lakewood Village in Medina.

She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Middleport, Ladies Auxiliary of the Middleport Fire Department, and the Medina Moose Club. She and her late husband, Melvin, of 50 years, loved to travel around the country and often wintered on the west coast of Florida. Cora retired after 35 years of service with Harrison Radiator Division of GM in Lockport. She loved playing tennis, golf and bowling, and was on several leagues during her lifetime. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, fashion, playing cards with friends, and entertaining.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sisters, Alberta Herriven, Phyllis Miller, Doris Day-Hall and Mildred Thompson; and her nephew, Lee Herriven. She is survived by nieces, Kathy Keller of North Carolina, Christine (Rick) McGaughey of Virginia, and Edith Rock of Oregon; nephews, Gary (Beverly) Herriven of Barker, Douglas (Carol Ann) Herriven of Middleport, and Rodney (Joanne) Herriven of Lockport; dear friends, Margaret and Jim Lustumbo, Sandy and Gordie Smith and their sons Timothy, Paul and Jamie, Gordy Herman and Pat Volkosh; as well several great-nieces and great-nephews around the country.

The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Wed., Feb. 21 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Middleport, where her funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Bates Road Cemetery in the spring. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, PO Box 489, Albion NY 14411. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, Middleport. To share a special memory of Cora, please visit www.bateswallace.com.


 

Posted February 17 2018
Alice I. Huntington

Alice I. Huntington, 91, of Medina, died on Fri., Feb. 16, 2018 at Buffalo General Hospital, following a short illness. She was born Nov. 3, 1926 in Lockport, a daughter of the late Rial and Elizabeth (Bicker) Roberts, and lived in this area all of her life.

Alice worked for nearly 30 years at Fisher-Price and, after she retired, went to work for the Medina Journal-Register for many years. She loved to play bingo and to meet her friends for lunch at Darrell’s Place in Middleport.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Floyd, in 2013; as well as by several sisters and brothers.

She is survived by her brother, Michael Roberts Sr.; her sisters, Mary Fritz and Pat Roberts; sisters-in-law, Nancy Huntington, Sharon (Larry) Wolfe and Joyce Johnson; brother-in-law, Carl (Carolyn) Huntington; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no calling hours. Services will be private. Burial will be in Hartland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, Middleport, N.Y.  To share a special memory of Alice, please visit www.bateswallace.com.


 

Posted February 16 2018
Genevieve A. (Kelley) Davis

Genevieve Davis

Genevieve A. Davis, 90, of Albion, passed away Thu., Feb. 15 at The Villages of Orleans. She was born July 18, 1927 in Bergen, N.Y., the daughter of the late Earl and Anna (Hartway) Kelley. Genevieve lived in this area all of her life and was a member of the Barre Center Presbyterian Church. She was a lab technician at T.J. Lipton for 25 years, retiring in 1980, and a member of Lipton Lady Retirees and its Ambassador Club; she was also part of a volunteer group that made quilts for West Barre United Methodist Church. Genevieve also volunteered for Hospice of Orleans and enjoyed cooking, baking, quilting, traveling and camping.

She was predeceased by her husband, Walter, in 2004; her brothers, Kenneth, Francis, Robert, Clifford, Leslie and Carl; and her sister, Lorraine (Charles) Persons.

Genevieve is survived by her daughters, Marie (Robert) Rice of Albion and Sue (Bernhard) Arnesen of Getzville; grandchildren, Robert (Kim) Rice, Timothy (Jennifer) Rice, Ben (Emily) Arnesen and Jacob (Karolin) Arnesen; great-grandchildren, Brett, Haley, Jonathan, Brandon, Trevor and Abigail Rice; brother, Gerald (Diane) Kelley of Holley; sister, Virginia (late Paul) Davis of Albion; sisters-in-law, Doris, Wanda, Violet and Shirley; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Sun., Feb. 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Genevieve’s funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Mon., Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to Barre Center Presbyterian Church, 4706 Oak Orchard Road, Albion NY 14411.

To share a special memory of Genevieve, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 15 2018
Bettie Jean Stawicki

Betty Jean Stawicki

Mrs. Bettie Jean Stawicki, of the Town of Ridgeway, passed away and went to be with the Lord on Feb. 12, 2018 at her home.

Mrs. Stawicki was born in Olcott, Dec. 21, 1933, a daughter of the late Edward and Marjorie (Perkins) Maynard. A graduate of L.A. Webber High School, she was employed as a secretary by Harrison Radiator for many years and retired from Delphi Thermal Systems. Following retirement, she graduated from Medaille College, where she earned a master’s degree. She then worked part time for the Arc of Orleans. She was a lifelong resident of the area and a member of East Shelby Community Bible Church, and she loved her family and animals.

She is survived by two children, Michael (Tricia) Stawicki and Marjorie (Carl) Arnett; three grandchildren, Jeremy Arnett, Jennifer Arnett and Ashley Stawicki; her brother, William (Marilyn) Maynard of Lyndonville; two sisters, Merry (Rev. Vincent) Iorio of Medina and Teresa (Albert) Benson of Spencerport; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of nearly 60 years, Thomas Stawicki, on Aug. 31, 2014; her brother, Eugene Maynard; and her sister, Barbara Ann Johnson.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at Bates Road Cemetery in the spring. Memorials may be made to Friends of the Orleans County Animal Shelter, Inc.

Arrangements are being handled by Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 14 2018
Paul David Neibert Jr.

Paul Neibert

Paul David Neibert Jr., 79, of Albion, died Feb. 12, 2018 at Highland Hospital, surrounded by his family. He was born July 30, 1938 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., a son of the late Paul and Catherine (Stefnick) Neibert Sr., and lived there until he retired from the City of Poughkeepsie as a firefighter. He then moved to Port Charlotte, Fla., where he lived for many years, and then to Albion two years ago to be closer with his family.

He owned and operated Mike’s Tavern in Poughkeepsie. He was a member of the Albion Fireman’s Exempt Club, the St. Mary’s Athletic Club in Albion and the Elks Lodge in Florida. Paul loved classic cars, especially Ford Mustangs, and he took pride in his cars, winning many awards at various car shows. He was an inventor with a couple of patents under his belt.

He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia. He is survived by his daughter, Lora (Thomas) Laine of Kent; his son, Larry (Carol) Neibert of Albion; grandchildren, Katie (Rex) Harvey, Ray (Cheryl Johnson) Laine, Michael (Savannah) Laine, David Neibert, and Ashley (Jarod) Dunlap; and a great-granddaughter, Sophia.

There will be no calling hours. His Memorial Service will be held on Sat., Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675; or to P.A.WS., PO Box 244, Albion NY 14411.

To share a special memory of Paul, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 13 2018
William J. “Billy Bucko” Spry

William SpryWilliam J. “Billy Bucko” Spry, 65, of Albion, died peacefully on Mon., Feb. 12, 2018 at The Villages of Orleans. He was born Aug. 8, 1952 in Brockport, a son of the late Sally and Frank Schwan, and lived in this area all of his life.

Billy worked for California Collision for many years, doing auto body work. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Billy was a jokester, and it always made his day when he could make you laugh by cracking a joke.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Sissy; brother, Mike; and mother of his children, Diane Roe.

He is survived by three loving daughters, Tina (Preston) Stone of Albion, Christine Spry and Billie Jo Spry, both of Medina; grandchildren, Brianna, Kayla and Dameon; great-grandchildren, Julianna and Muhammed; siblings, Gary, Mike, June (Steve), Jennifer (Dave), and Jamie (Jackie); stepsisters, Fran and Paula; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family will receive friends on Fri., Feb. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, where his funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to Orleans County Mental Health, 14014 Route 31 W., Albion NY 14411.

To share a special memory of Billy, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 12 2018
John L. Haight

John L. Haight, 55, of Kendall, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Feb. 11, 2018. He was born Dec. 27, 1962 in Albion to the late Leon and Beatrice (Doyle) Haight.

He was a longtime member of the Carlton Fire Department. John was a farmer who had his own cattle farm.

John is survived by his siblings, Charles, Edward, and Darlene (Duane) Wolfer; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Fri., Feb. 16 from 12 to 2 p.m. at Merrill Grinnell Funeral Home, 12 Ingersoll St., Albion, N.Y., where his funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Interment will be at Beechwood Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Carlton Fire Department, 14341 Waterport-Carlton Road, Albion NY 14411.

To share a special memory of John, please visit www.merrillgrinnell.com.


 

Posted February 12 2018
Fay A. (Loomis) Gladding

Fay Gladding

Fay A. Gladding, 84, of Holley, passed away at The Villages of Orleans on Feb. 11, 2018. She was born Nov. 23, 1933 in Potsdam, N.Y., a daughter of the late Leon and Ethel (Richards) Loomis. Fay will be remembered for being outspoken, and for her love of crocheting, word searches and video gaming.

She was predeceased by her husband, Elson, in 1999; brother, Bernard; sister, Ruth Garrow; and daughter, Martita Gladding. She is survived by her children, Elizabeth (John Whiteman) Gladding of Massachusetts, Anita (Steven) Quarantello of Holley, Francis (Sylvia) Loomis of Massena, N.Y., Shelley Caswell of Schuylerville, N.Y., and Chrystal (John) Quilliam of West Chazy, N.Y.; sister, Virginia Loomis of Norwood, N.Y.; brother, Harold (Madonna) Loomis of Norwood; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, on Wed., Feb. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. Services and interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association or American Heart Association.

To share a special memory of  Fay, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 12 2018
Wanda M. Gardner

Wanda GardnerWanda M. Gardner, 75, of Batavia, passed away Fri., Feb. 9, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Mrs. Gardner was born Sept. 7, 1942 in Albion, a daughter of the late George and Arlene (Martin) Motz.

Wanda held dual memberships in Gaines Congregational United Church of Christ and Wyoming Presbyterian Church. She was a former member of Batavia United Methodist Church. She was also a past member of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office Special Deputies and the Alexander Methodist Sunshine Club.

Mrs. Gardner worked for many years at Niagara Mohawk in Batavia. She worked in both a secretarial role and in the planning department. She loved to bake and was known for her incredible cakes and pies. She took great pleasure in helping people in any way she could, especially driving people wherever they needed to go. She also enjoyed sharing her cooking with her nieces and nephews.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. James A. Gardner, whom she married on Aug. 31, 1968 in Batavia; her son, James R. Gardner of Denver; two grandsons, Kaden and Mica Gardner; a brother, Ronald (Mary) Motz of Batavia; four sisters, Linda (Mike) Wright of New Mexico, Cheryl Baron of Arizona, Cindy (Dennis) Waldmiller of Buffalo, and Nancy (Don) Shepherd of Gainesville, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Richard (Cindy) Rada of Batavia; several nieces and nephews; and her foster children, including three Michaels and a Jennifer, who she loved as if they were her own.

She is preceded in death by a sister, Onlee Rada.

Friends may call on Tue., Feb. 13 and Wed., Feb. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. at H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 403 E. Main St., Batavia. Wanda’s funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thu., Feb. 15 at Gaines Congregational United Church of Christ, 14023 Ridge Road, Albion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa FL 33607. Burial will be in Grand View Cemetery, Batavia.

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


 

Posted February 11 2018
Donald Gary Hill

Donald HillDonald Gary Hill, 66, of Albion, passed away Feb. 1, 2018 at The Villages of Orleans. He was born Sept. 21, 1951 in Albion, a son of the late Wilbur and Catherine (Grinnell) Hill.

Donald was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses of Albion. He grew up in the Barre area on the family farm and was a diesel farm mechanic, known for his hard work and work ethic. Don was fun loving and loved square dancing. He enjoyed volunteer work as a Jehovah’s Witness. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Roger, Lois Ormond, Robert and James.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Hill; children, Candice (Alberto) Hernandez, Jeremy (Ginger) Hill, and Brigette (Sheldon) Rowe; granddaughter, Naomi Hill; siblings, Carolyn (Charlie) Redinger, Marsha (Robert) Bogden, Marian Parks, Janet Buckland, and Douglas (Mary) Hill; and sisters-in-law, Liane Hill and Ruth Chaffee.

Donald’s memorial service will be held at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 14840 Route 31, Albion, on Sat., Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.  Private interment will take place at Mt. Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, or to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion. To share a special memory of Don, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 10 2018
Loretta Virginia (Long) Pahura

Loretta PahuraLoretta Pahura, 94, of Albion, joined her loving husband Edward in heaven on Feb. 9, 2018. She passed at The Villages of Orleans in Albion.  Loretta was born July 7, 1923 in Albion, where she was a resident all of her life.

Loretta graduated from Albion High School in 1941. She married Edward Pahura on July 15, 1945. They celebrated 72 years of marriage together.

Loretta worked at General Electric for 24 years, retiring in 1984.  She was a member of Catholic Daughters for 50 years. She loved cooking, making the famous Pahura family sauce, gardening, sewing, knitting, vacationing with her family, reading and puzzles.

Loretta’s husband, Edward J. Pahura, passed away on Feb. 7, 2018. Loretta also was predeceased by her parents, Earle and Leota Long; and brothers, Roy Long and Alfred Long.

Loretta is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Carson) Meyers; sons, Gary (Veronica) Pahura and Steven (Debbie) Pahura; grandchildren, Gary (Deborah) Pahura, Melinda Swallows, Rhonda (Wayne) Moyer, Nicole (David) Rappleyea, and Jason Pahura; along with nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Loretta and Edward’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thu., Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church – Holy Family Parish. Burial will be at Mount Albion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Orleans County Office for the Aging, 14016 Route 31, Albion NY 14411.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc.

To share a special memory of Loretta, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 10 2018
Edward Jacob Pahura

Edward PahuraAmerican flagEdward Pahura, 94, of Albion, passed away on Feb. 7, 2018 at The Villages of Orleans in Albion. Edward was born on Oct. 13, 1923 in Albion, where he was a resident all of his life.

He married Loretta Long on July 15, 1945. They celebrated 72 years of marriage together. Edward served in the United States Army during World War II. He served as a corporal and marksman in the Normandy invasion on D-Day. He worked as a shop mechanic specialist at Lipton until its closing in 1980. He finished his career at Eastman Kodak. Edward was a member of the Moose Club for many years. He loved his boat – which he affectionately named “Lorrie” after his wife – fishing, gardening, vacationing with his family, and the New York Yankees.

Edward’s wife, Loretta V. (Long) Pahura, joined him in heaven on Feb. 9, 2018.

Edward was predeceased by his parents, Thomas and Valeria Pahura; sister, Rita Pahura; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Peter Scibetta; brother, Thomas Pahura; and brother and sister-in-law, John and Dorothy Pahura.

Edward is survived by his daughter, Kathleen (Carson) Meyers; sons, Gary (Veronica) Pahura and Steven (Debbie) Pahura; grandchildren, Gary (Deborah) Pahura, Melinda Swallows, Rhonda (Wayne) Moyer, Nicole (David) Rappleyea, and Jason Pahura; sister-in-law, Corinne Pahura; along with nieces, nephews, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Edward and Loretta’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thu., Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church – Holy Family Parish. Burial will be at Mount Albion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Orleans County Office for the Aging, 14016 Route 31, Albion NY 14411.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc.

To share a special memory of Edward, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 10 2018
Pamela J. Hill

Pamela HillPamela J. Hill, 68, of Rochester, formerly of Medina, passed away on Thu., Feb. 8, 2018 at her home in Rochester. She was born on Dec. 29, 1949 in Rochester, a daughter of the late David and Olive (Poulson) Ball.

Pam owned and operated Pamela Hill Bookkeeping & Tax in Medina for many years. She also taught accounting and sociology at Bryant & Stratton College of Rochester, Medaille College and the University of Phoenix. Pam also was a published author, poet and playwright.

Pam is survived by her children, Gerald (Erin) Hill of Leesburg, Va., and Jennifer (Aaron) Hill-Young of Holley; grandchildren, Emily, Abigail, Kellen and Lyndsay; sibling, Hillary (Paul) Balcerzak of Kendall; a niece, Tracie Strabel; and a nephew, Timothy (Vanna) Balcerzak. She was a great-aunt to Ben, Blake and Olivia; and the former spouse of Arthur Hill.

Relatives and friends may call on Sat., March 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. As per Pam’s wishes, there is no service and burial will be private for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Pam’s name to Pluta Cancer Center Foundation, 125 Red Creek Drive, Rochester NY 14623.

Please light a candle or share a memory of Pam at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 09 2018
Anne B. Cossey

Anne CosseyAnne B. (Caterline, Qualey) Cossey, 88, of Albion, died Thu., Feb. 8, 2018 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She was born Dec. 8, 1929 in Rochester and lived in this area for over 30 years.

Anne was predeceased by her husband, Albert, in 2017; and by her son, Steven.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda, Sherry and Bobbi; her stepson, Terry (Coralee) Cossey; and several grandchildren.

Her graveside service will be held in the spring at Mt. Albion Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Albion.

To share a special memory of Anne, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 09 2018
Sara L. (Cole) Burroughs

Sara BurroughsSara L. Burroughs, 84, of Albion, passed away Feb. 9, 2018 at The Villages of Orleans, with her family by her side. She was born April 22, 1933 in Brockport, a daughter of the late Marc and Elizabeth (Karns) Cole Jr.

Sara lived in this area all of her life and was a member of Pullman Memorial Universalist Church. Mrs. Burroughs was an interior decorator in this area for many years. She enjoyed completing crossword puzzles in The New York Times, reading and gardening, and loved spending time with her family.

She was predeceased by her husband, L. LeRoy Burroughs, in 1988.  Mrs. Burroughs is survived by her children, Carlos (Susan) Burroughs of Albion and Veronica Morgan of Rochester; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Kelly Morgan, Lauren (Thomas) Kovaleski and Andrew Burroughs.

Services and interment will be private at Mt. Albion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pullman Memorial Universalist Church, P.O. Box 87, Albion NY 14411.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Merrill Grinnell Funeral Home. To share a special memory of Sara, please visit www.merrillgrinnell.com.


 

Posted February 09 2018
Marie E. Carlston

Marie CarlstonMarie E. Carlston, 94, of Point Breeze, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 8, 2018 with her family by her side. She was born Jan. 31, 1924 in Albion, a daughter of the late Michael and Harriet (Podgers) Mattern.

Marie lived in Point Breeze all of her life and was a former employee of Eastman Kodak Company. She enjoyed square dancing, traveling, going to church, and fishing at Cape Vincent.

She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred, in 2010; and brothers, Michael and Stanley Mattern.

Marie is survived by her sons, Richard (Persha) Carlston of Rochester, Ronald (Christine) Carlston of Holley and David (Candace) Carlston of Gasport; grandchildren, Rich Jr., Eric, Aaron, Michelle and Tracy; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild and one on the way.

Marie’s funeral service will be held at Living Faith World Outreach, 161 S. Platt St., Albion, N.Y., on Wed., Feb. 14 at 11 a.m.  Private interment will be at Carlton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion.

To share a special memory of Marie, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 08 2018
Cornelius Crowley

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Mr. Cornelius “Neil” Crowley, 86, of Medina, passed away peacefully on Fri., Dec. 8, 2017 at the Martin-Linsin Residence in Albion.

Born Jan. 19, 1931 in Medina, Mr. Crowley was a son of the late Francis Carl and Agnes (Coffey) Crowley. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1948, he served his country in the United States Air Force from 1950 to 1954. On Aug. 18, 1956, he married the former Barbara Kennedy. Mr. Crowley was employed by the New York State Department of Corrections, at the Attica Correctional Facility, and retired as a captain from the Elmira Correctional Facility in 1987. He was a member of Lincoln Post #1483, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion. Mr. Crowley enjoyed fishing and playing golf, and he also enjoyed a good martini every now and then.

Mr. Crowley was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Crowley, on June 14, 1995.

He is survived by four children, Kathleen A. (Nicholas) Bucciarelli, Carla J. Crowley, Cynthia M. Crowley and Timothy W. (Patricia) Crowley; four grandchildren, Megan and Ryan Crowley, Christopher and Andrew Bucciarelli; his brother, Richard M. Crowley; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by four siblings, Thomas, John “Harp,” Paul and Ruth Marie Crowley.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Daniel J. Fawls on Sat., Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Mary’s Church in Medina. Military honors will be accorded at the church by members of Lincoln Post #1483, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, PO Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

Arrangements are being handled by Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 08 2018
Maryann Becker

Maryann Becker

Maryann “Monie” Becker, 93, of Kent, passed away on Feb. 8, 2018 at The Villages of Orleans. She was born Feb. 3, 1925 in Buffalo to the late James and Alice (Moore) Tyler Sr.

Maryann worked for some time at Waterstreet’s, where she transplanted tomatoes. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, playing games, cards, rummy cube, bingo, and any game that kept her mind going. Her greatest joy was taking care of her family and making her family her first priority.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Leslie “Les” in 2007; and her siblings, Betty Boyer, Margaret Boyer, and James “Toby” Jr.

Maryann is survived by her children, Cookie (Gil) Snyder of Kent, Jeanette (Carl) Babcock of Albion, Loretta “Lorie” (Gerald) Ford of Kent, and Leslie (Dawn) Becker Jr. of Churchville; grandchildren, Leslie (Sam) Young, Melissa (Rob) Young, Gilly Snyder, Becky (Michael) Klimchuk, Gerald Ford II, Brian (Brii) Ford, Dylan Louis Becker, and Camille Diane Becker; great-grandchildren, James Wooldridge, Brandon Dibley, Shane Klimchuk, April Ford, Maddie Young and Sammy Young; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.

The family will receive friends on Mon., Feb. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Merrill Grinnell Funeral Home, 12 Ingersoll St., Albion, N.Y., where her funeral service will be held Tue., Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Maryann’s name may be made to Victory Baptist Church, 3713 Clarendon Road, Albion NY 14411.

To share a special memory of Maryann, please visit www.merrillgrinnell.com.


 

Posted February 07 2018
Kamielle Fish

Kamielle Fish

Kamielle Fish, 23, of Holley, passed away Feb. 5, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital with her loving family by her side.

She was predeceased by her father, Jason Fish. Kamielle is survived by her son, Jason Ornt; her mother, Shana (Larry) Kropp; sisters, Alexxa (Joey) Merkley and Xoxa Fish; and grandparents, Cheryl and Dan Brocksopp, John and June Jensen.

Services and interment will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc.

To share a special memory of Kamielle, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 07 2018
Clara Teresa Smith

Clara Smith

Clara Teresa Smith, 72, of Medina, passed away on Feb. 3, 2018 in Rochester, N.Y.

Clara was born in Leland, Miss. to the late Mr. Lucious Smith and Mrs. Lillie Mae Peoples on Jan. 8, 1946. She spent most of her life in Daytona Beach, Fla., where she was a member of the Queen Lamonda Chapter, No. 252, of the Order of the Eastern Star of the international F. & S. M. Masons.

Clara leaves to mourn her passing her children, Johnny J. (Elaine Westbrooks) Mack Jr. of Carrboro, N.C., David L. (Stephanie) Mack of Medina, Christopher W. (Glennell) Mack Sr. of Valrico, Fla., Gary L. Mack of Tallulah, La., Victoria Mack of Houston, Ramona Manning (Kenneth) Badger of Jacksonville, Fla., James Summerall of Houston, Jason Summerall of Daytona Beach, and Clara C. Smith of Houston; two dear siblings, Jack Smith and Mary Reid, both of Wisconsin; 28 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her son, Joseph Summerall; her mother, Lillie Mae Peoples; her father, Luscious Smith; and brothers, Lewis King, Willister King, Fred Philips, Otis Philips and John Henry Philips Jr.

The family wishes to extend its gratitude to the staff at Unity Hospital in Rochester for their care of Clara in her final days.

Arrangements are being handled by Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 07 2018
Sheldon J. DeHollander

Sheldon DeHollander

Mr. Sheldon J. DeHollander, of Medina, passed away on Feb. 5, 2018 at Medina Memorial Hospital.

Mr. DeHollander was born in Spencerport, N.Y. on Dec. 8, 1940, the son of the late John Jacob and Violet Marion (Aiken) DeHollander. A graduate of Spencerport High School, class of 1958, he married the former Carol A. Pattison on July 16, 1960. They moved to Albion in 1963 and to Knowlesville in 1973. They operated the Knowlesville store, Shelly’s Deli, from 1979 to 1984. He was an active life member of the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company.

Mr. DeHollander was employed by Eastman Kodak Company from 1959 to 1993. Following retirement, he was employed by the Medina Central School District as a bus driver for 24 years. Active in the community, he will be remembered as one of Santa’s helpers, and he enjoyed working with the Decorate Medina Committee. He was a member of the Crusaders Motorcycle Club and was the track announcer for over 30 years. He worked at Freeman’s Cycle Ranch, played golf, and was in the Medina bowling league.

He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline (Myers); two children, Dawn Snyder and Kevin (Sue) DeHollander; six grandchildren, Shelly Ann (David) Shaefer, Stacey (Khang) Thai, Samantha (Zachary) Zinkievich, Alex Snyder, Katleen DeHollander and Hunter DeHollander; three great-grandchildren; two bonus children, Thomas D. Weichman and Tammy Gill; four bonus grandchildren, Thomas and Michael Weichman, Jake and Sarah Tibbs; three sisters, Emma Ellen Sue DeHollander, Elsie Shirley Ann Kodweis and Sharon Ann Elizabeth Murray; his two beloved dogs, Mollie and Missy; several nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his first wife, Carol, on Oct. 22, 2000.

Friends may call on Thu., Feb. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his funeral service will be held on Fri., Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. Pastor Kim Smith will officiate, and interment will be in Boxwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to either the Knights/Kaderli Memorial Fund or the Decorate Medina Committee.

Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 06 2018
Judy Ann (Narburgh, Baker) Little

Judy Little

Judy Ann Little, 73, of Kendall, passed away Feb. 3, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 17, 1944, a daughter of the late Albert and Marjorie (Townsend) Narburgh. Judy was a member of West Barre United Methodist Church and was a former employee of T.J. Lipton in Albion. She loved reading and being outside, but she really loved spending time with her family and friends.

She was predeceased by her husband, Linwood Little; and her brothers, Albert Jr. (Buddy), Rich and Tom. She is survived by her children, John (Tammy H.) Baker of Holley, Christy Moyer of Kendall, Debbie (Paul) Acito of Hilton, and George (Wendy K.) Baker Jr. of Hamlin; grandchildren, Jennifer and Stefanie Baker, Brandon Baker, Paul, Nicole, Courtney, David, Vincent, Nathan and Molly Acito, James and Alyssa Baker; several great-grandchildren; brothers, Don (Sheila) Narburgh and Jeff Narburgh; canine companions, Pixie, Pita and Piper; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Judy’s memorial service will be held at West Barre United Methodist Church on Sat., Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. Interment will be in the spring at West Barre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, or to West Barre United Methodist Church, 5337 Eagle Harbor Road, Albion NY 14411.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, N.Y. To share a special memory of Judy, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 06 2018
Kaly Grace Klug

Kaly Klug

Kaly Grace Klug, 28, of Middleport, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 23, 2018 due to her long battle with drug addiction and mental health. She was born Nov. 28, 1989 in Newark, N.Y. to Jennifer Wolcott and Kirk Klug.

Kaly will be remembered for her free spirit, her love for music, art, food and people, as well as countless other special things.

She is survived by her children, Lailiana “Ani” Hiller and Oliver Klug; parents, Jennifer (Earl) Wolcott and Kirk (Carrie) Klug; siblings, Zack Klug, Matt Wolcott, Kaili Speciale, Kourtni Klug and Kevin Klug; several grandparents, nieces, nephews and cousins; and many friends.

Services will be held privately at the family home.

Memorial contributions in Kaly’s name can be made to her children, Lailiana Hiller or Oliver Klug, in the trust that is in their names. Donations can be mailed to 12 Orchard St., Middleport NY 14105.

To share a special memory of Kaly, please visit www.bateswallaceheath.com.


 

Posted February 05 2018
Charles R. Prentice

Charlie Prentice

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Charles R. “Charlie” Prentice, 80, of Albion, died Feb. 4, 2018 at the New York State Veterans’ Home in Batavia, surrounded by his family. He was born Oct. 9, 1937 in Union Center, N.Y., a son of the late Raymond and Louise (Henrickson) Prentice, and had lived in this area since 1964.

Charlie served in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961. He was a member of Barre Center Presbyterian Church, where he served as Deacon, Elder, and Clerk of Session. He was a member of the NRA, and he was also a member and secretary for the Albion Rod and Gun Club. Charlie worked at General Motors as a tool maker and a supervisor, retiring in 1996. He loved hunting, woodworking, dogs and camping – especially at Letchworth State Park. Charlie also coached the Bentley Brothers women’s softball team for several years.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Raymond (Barbara) Prentice.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Judy; his children, Charles “Chuck” (Laural) Prentice of Albion, Thomas (Marybeth) Prentice of Cookeville, Tenn., and Kim (Rosanne) Salerno of Sanborn, N.Y.; grandchildren, Desiree, Keith, Timothy, Erik, Branden, Jeffrey, Tia, Steven, Colby, Taylor and Haillie; great-grandchildren, Alex, Skye, Jenna, Trevor, Tori, Kendall, Khloe, Cameron and Addison; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Thu., Feb. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. His funeral service will be Fri., Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at Barre Center Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorials may be made to Barre Center Presbyterian Church, 4706 Oak Orchard Road, Albion NY 14411; or to NYS Veterans’ Home Batavia, 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia NY 14020; or to C.O.V.A., 239 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411; or to Barre Fire Company, 4709 Oak Orchard Road, Albion NY 14411. To share a special memory of Charlie, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 05 2018
Catherine E. Hallifax

Catherine Hallifax

Catherine E. “Cathy” Hallifax, 65, of Lyndonville, passed away after a long illness on Feb. 4, 2018. She was born Dec. 25, 1952 in New Lexington, Ohio to the late Robert and Freda (Drennen) Rushing, and she moved to the Lyndonville area in 1970.

Cathy worked for many years as an LPN with Genesee-Orleans Homemakers. She was an active member of the Orleans Houndsman & Conservation Club. She enjoyed going to and judging coonhound shows across the state. Cathy loved listening to Luke Bryan and was loved by everyone who met her.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Tina Marie Rushing; and sister, Beverly “Annie” Hernandez.

Cathy is survived by her son, Gary Weese Sr.; companion of many years, Arnold Hallifax; special friend, James Akers; siblings, Rebecca (Kris Rock) Rushing, David (Dee Roberts) Rushing, Robert Rushing, and Tommy (Sharon) Rushing; grandchildren, Gary Weese Jr., Zoey Marie Weese and Adam Weese; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family will receive friends on Fri., Feb. 9 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411, where her funeral service will be held on Sat., Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Union Cemetery in Albion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to C.O.V.A., 239 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411.

To share a special memory of Cathy, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 04 2018
Antionette Barber

Antoinette BarberMiss Antionette Barber, 88, of Holley, died peacefully Feb 4, 2018.  She was born June 8, 1929, a daughter of Anthony and Angeline (Sauro) Barber.

She was the youngest of five, and she enjoyed a lifelong closeness with her sisters and her brother. Antionette was a Delco employee for 40 years, winning an award for the least missed days. She was a devoted churchgoer who followed daily Mass at home when she no longer could attend.

She was an extremely gentle soul with a giant-sized heart – an endless giver. She had a wry sense of humor and sweetly would make a little joke when least expected.

She was predeceased by her siblings, Michael Barber, Marion Weiczorek, Jeanette Barber and Josephine Lusk.

Antionette was very close with her nephew and niece, Michael and Toni Barber. Other nieces and nephews include Elizabeth Krzemien, Paul Barber, Debbie (Richard) Doyle, David (Pamela) Lusk and Fred (Terry) Lusk. She enjoyed a special relationship with her great-niece, Jenna (Ivan) Rios.

There will be no calling hours. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tue., Feb. 6 at 9 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Holley. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Albion. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, PO Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

To share a special memory of Antoinette, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 03 2018
Donavan George Tombari

ALBION – Donavan George Tombari was born on Feb. 1, 2018. He was not given the opportunity for a life in this world, but he brought so much joy and love to his parents and family in the time they were given with him. His memory will forever be cherished, and he will always be remembered for the everlasting love he left with his parents and family.

Donavan is survived by his parents, Savannah Vigrass and David Tombari; brothers, Bryson and Dominik; grandparents, Lisa (John) Jenkins and David Tombari Sr.; aunts, Autumn Jenkins, Miranda Tower Tombari and Dorothy “Dotty” Lee; uncles, Zachary Jenkins and Zachary Tombari; great-grandparents, Betty (John) Jenkins Sr. and Don (Sharon) Tombari; as well as several more great-grandparents, great-aunts, great-uncles and extended family.

He was predeceased by his grandfather, Scott Vigrass.

Memorial contributions in Donavan’s name may be made to Western New York Perinatal Bereavement Network, Inc., 30 S. Cayuga Road, Williamsville NY 14221; or to The New York Milk Bank, 185 Old Broadway, Hastings-on-Hudson NY 10706; or to March of Dimes Foundation Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 673667, Marietta GA 30006.

To light a candle or express a condolence to Donavan’s family, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 01 2018
Thomas R. Andrews Jr.

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Thomas R. Andrews Jr., 55, of Medina, entered into rest on Wed., Jan. 31, 2018, at home with his loving family at his side. He was born on Feb. 2, 1962 in Clarkson, a son of Thomas R. Andrews Sr. and the late Joan Boyce.

Tom attended Barker High School and, in 1981, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving until 1985. On returning home, he married the former Diane Wolter, and together they made their home in Medina, raising two children. Tom was employed as a transmission mechanic for over 25 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working on cars. He also was an avid football fan.

Besides his father, Tom is survived by his wife, Diane Andrews; two children, O’Brian Andrews and Abigail Andrews, both of Medina; two grandchildren, Nathan and Evan Brabon; siblings, Deddie (Vincent) Mirrione of Batavia, Amos (Tina) Andrews of Barker, and Audra Cond of Holley; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call on Sat., Feb. 3 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. with Pastor Joe Szalay officiating. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in the spring with full military honors.

Memorials may be made in Tom’s name to American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst NY 14228.

Please light a candle or share a memory of Tom at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 01 2018
Raymond P. “Pete” Morgan

Raymond Pete Morgan

Mr. Raymond P. “Pete” Morgan, of Medina, passed away on Jan. 31, 2018 at his home.

Mr. Morgan was born in Medina, March 8, 1949, a son of the late Bertha L. (Wall) Herriven and Raymond C. Morgan. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1967, he worked for Mario’s Meat Market and the Arco Gas Station. On his and Patty’s birthday in 1969, he married the former Patty Wengrzycki. Pete began his career with the Village of Medina Fire Department in 1969. In 1971, he joined the Medina Police Department as a patrolman. Rising through the ranks, he served as a sergeant and retired as Assistant Police Chief in 1990. During his law enforcement career, he graduated from the FBI Academy. He moved to Florida in 1990. From 1991 to 2016, he was employed by the Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers. In April 2017, he returned to Medina. Pete also drove part time for F & H Metal Finishing.

Pete was a member of East Shelby Community Bible Church, WNY Association of Retired Police Officers, the Medina Firemen’s Benevolent Association, and Jr. Wilson Sportsmen’s Club. He enjoyed spending time with his family, classic cars, and painting nature and outdoor scenes.

He is survived by the mother of his children and very good friend, Patty Morgan; two children, R.J. Morgan of Medina and Julie A. Hibbard of Lyndonville; grandchildren, Kyle and Justin Morgan, Steven, Scott and Allison Hibbard; his sister, Liz (Mike) Depew of Newfane; two brothers, Stephen (Ellen) Morgan of Haines City, Fla. and Bernie (Jennifer) Morgan of Albion; several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Raymond C., in 1972; his mother, Bertha, on April 1, 2014; his son-in-law, Steve Hibbard, on Oct. 19, 2017; father-in-law, John Wengrzycki, in 1991; mother-in-law, Ann Wengrzycki, in 2002; and his brother-in-law, Scotty Wengrzycki, in 1987.

Friends may call on Fri., Feb. 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. A celebration of Pete’s life will be held on Sat., Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. at East Shelby Community Bible Church, with Pastor Erik Olsen officiating. Burial will be in Boxwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans or the Knights/Kaderli Memorial Fund. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 01 2018
Robert P. Gelder

Robert Gelder

Mr. Robert P. Gelder, of Barker and formerly of Medina, passed away on Jan. 29, 2018 at Northgate Health Care Facility.

Mr. Gelder was born Sept. 23, 1937 in Penn Yan, N.Y., a son of the late Robert Curtis Gelder and Alice (Platman) Anderson. He was a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, class of 1959, where he earned a B.S. in business and accounting. On Oct. 3, 1959, he married Judith A. DeRocher. In 1959, he began a career at The Barden & Robeson Corporation in Middleport and served the company for 54 years, retiring in 2013 as President. He was an esteemed mentor to many at Barden Homes.

Active in the Medina community, he served as President of the Medina Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. During his tenure as President, the Board spearheaded the construction of a two-story wing in 1981, at a cost of $350,000. The new wing, which extended to the west off the main floor, added 3000 square feet of space on each level, the ground level housing an all-new intensive care department.

Mr. Gelder was a member and past President of the Medina Savings & Loan Association Board of Directors, which he joined in 1992. He was a member of the Board that expanded operations in 1994, with the construction of the bank’s first branch on Maple Ridge Road. He also co-owned The Heritage Men’s Shop, along with the late James Moriarty.

Mr. Gelder enjoyed golf and was a member and past President of Shelridge Country Club. He was President of the Medina Little League, and was instrumental in organizing the annual Journal-Register Tennis Tournament. He took pleasure in many extracurricular activities, such as tennis, traveling, playing cards, and backgammon. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends in his Fort Myers, Fla. home. Mr. Gelder was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and season ticket holder, traveling to a number of Super Bowl games.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Judith; five children, Karie (Rick) Johnson, Lori (Donald) Kleinschmidt, Timothy (Cheryl) Gelder, Meg (Mark) Schrader and Matthew (Melissa) Gelder; 13 grandchildren, Dr. Patrick (Shaelyn) Johnson, Brian Johnson, and Hannah (Seth) Shay, Adam Kleinschmidt, Ashley (Ryan) Overholt and Aaron Kleinschmidt, Bradley, Ryan, Matthew and Jack Gelder, Ruby Gelder, Hazel and Matilda Schrader; his sister, Kathleen June (Ken) Gillette; several nieces and nephews; and many friends. He was predeceased by his parents and two brothers, Frederick William and Paul Curtis Gelder.

Friends are invited to attend his Celebration of Life on Mon., Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, Inc., 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport NY 14094-1231. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted January 31 2018
Bishop Eddie Grant

Eddie GrantBishop Eddie Grant entered his life July 19, 1927 to Cleola Gregory and James Grant of Apokia, Fla. and peacefully departed Dec. 20, 2017.

Bishop Grant obtained his formal education from Dade County Public Schools. He then joined the military, where he served honorably in the U.S. Army. When Bishop Grant returned to his homestead in Florida, he worked primarily in agriculture, traveling the migrant work stream from Florida to New York until he secured employment with the U.S. Gypsum paper mill, where he worked for 32 years. He progressed from machine operator to supervisor with 28 years of uninterrupted attendance and service.

In 1959, Bishop Grant met and married his wife of 58 years, Rosa. From this union grew a blended family of six children, five daughters and one son.

During this time, Bishop Grant was part of the church home at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, Kendall Mills, N.Y., under the leadership of the late Reverend Cotton. Bishop Grant’s life was strongly based around the work of the Lord. In 1971, Bishop Grant was ordained a Bishop under the leadership of the late Bishop William Miller, until health issues no longer allowed him to serve. This did not stop his commitment to God, as he continued his service to Him as a member of Mt. Zion Baptist church in Batavia until his death. For many years, he served as Chaplain with the Oakfield-Alabama American Legion.

Bishop Grant was predeceased by his son, Daniel Demos; daughter, Deborah Demos; and grandsons, Cori Demos and Sport Grant.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife, Sister Rosa Grant; sister, Jackie Bowers; four daughters, Sylvia Grant of Miami, Caroldine Grant of Orlando, Fla., Gay Demos of Rochester, N.Y., and Juanita (Lawrence) Nelson of Albion; five grandsons, Michael (Davi) Anderson of Freemont, Ohio, Jason Ellis, Marion (Shamica) Ruffin, Daniel Demos of Rochester, and Christopher Nelson of Phoenix, Ariz.; and one granddaughter, Natasha Turner of Kaleen, Texas.

My servant, you have served and fought a great fight, so take your rest. We love you and will miss you, but God loves you best.


 

Posted January 29 2018
Keith L. Sanders

Keith Sanders

Keith L. “Keebo” Sanders, 55, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Sat., Jan. 27, 2018 at Batavia Health Care Center.

Born on Sept. 17, 1962 in Bradenton, Fla., he was the son of the late Napoleon and Addie Ruth Holloman Sanders III.

Keith enjoyed fishing and good times with friends and family and will be remembered for his wild spirit.

He is survived by his daughter, Krystle Sanders of Batavia; three grandchildren, Tyivon, Naj’mell and Dymon; eight siblings, Napoleon (Sharon) Sanders III and Greg (Tangelan) Sanders; twin brothers, Brian (Wanda) Sanders and Brent Sanders Sr.; Chad Sanders, Arthur (Angela) Goodson, Towana (Kevin) Sanders Lambert, Devatta (Carlos) Craddock, all of Florida; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he is predeceased by a sister, Jackie Sanders; two brothers, Dwayne Holloman and Victor Goodson; and stepparents, Lillie Mae Randell James and Arthur Goodson Sr.

Relatives and friends may call on Mon., Feb. 5 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. Burial will be in Boxwood Cemetery.

Please light a candle or share a memory of Keebo at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.


 

Posted January 29 2018
Kenneth Lee Johnson

Kenneth Johnson

Kenneth Lee Johnson, 60, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Thu., Jan. 25, 2018 at the Buffalo VA Medical Center.

Kenneth is survived by his loving wife, Gladys Johnson; his mother, Lavenia (Joe) Knight; his son, Kenneth (Courtney) Johnson Jr.; two grandchildren, Taliyah and Somaya Johnson; his sisters and brothers, Greg (Gayle) Johnson, Madeline (John) Williams, Deborah (Michael) Bernard, John Stubbs Jr., and Valescia (Trevelle) Walker; nieces and nephews, Terra DiMeglio, Amala Bernard, Cedric Johnson, Greggory Johnson Jr., Katrina Johnson and John Johnson; stepchildren, Brandy Howard, Alberta “Birdie” Howard, Willis Howard and Tyrone Bloom; and seven step-grandchildren.

Kenneth is predeceased by his father, Isadore Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at Glad Tiding Baptist Church, 404 W. Oak Orchard St., Medina NY 14103, on Fri., Feb. 2. The viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m., and services will commence at 11 a.m.

Arrangements were entrusted to Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. Please light a candle or share a memory of Kenneth at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.


 

Posted January 29 2018
Marion Cotton

Marion Cotton

Marion Cotton, 85, of Medina, passed away Jan. 28, 2018 at The Villages of Orleans. She was born May 3, 1932 in Johnson County, Ga., a daughter of the late John and Mamie (Outlaw) Dent. Marion had lived in this area since 1966 and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and Glad Tiding Baptist Church. Marion enjoyed church, sewing and crossword puzzles, but she loved spending time with children and cooking.

She was predeceased by her husband, Oscar, in 2012; and brothers and sisters, James, J.D., Odell, Benny, Eva, Ethel, Lula Mae, Lilly Pearl, Sarah and Mary Dean.

She leaves to mourn, her daughter, Debra Harris of Medina; stepchildren, Oscar Cotton Jr., Robert Cotton, Donald Cotton, Renee Cotton, Willie Brady Cotton, Ruby Lee Cotton and Mary Cotton; grandchildren, Tamica (John) Carter, Richard Bloom, Christopher (Lindsey) Bloom, Benjamin Bloom, Danielle (Robert Spencer) Harris and Leonard (Keisha) Harris; 23 great-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; sister, Sadie Randall; favorite niece, Denise Cornick; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Fri., Feb. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. Marion’s Homegoing Service will be held on Sat., Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Mt. Albion Cemetery.

To share a special memory of Marion, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted January 25 2018
Nunzio Thomas Maiorana

Nunzio Maiorana

Nunzio Thomas Maiorana, formerly of Medina, died peacefully on Mon., Jan. 22, 2018 at his home in The Villages, Fla. He was born May 21, 1940 in Lockport, the son of Salvatore and Bertha Maiorana. He graduated from DeSales Catholic High School, Lockport, in 1958 and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from the University of Detroit in 1963. He continued his education with master’s degrees earned from Brockport State University and the University of Buffalo.

Nunzio began his teaching career in the Diocese of Detroit at St. John Berchmans School and subsequently joined the Medina Central School District in the fall of 1963, teaching at Medina Senior High School. He went on to serve in multiple roles during his tenure at Medina Central: teaching pre-vocational studies, English and history; serving as an assistant high school football coach, assistant principal, director of athletics, director of maintenance and grounds, director of transportation, principal of Wise Middle School, and superintendent of curriculum and finance. He also sat on state and national committees for athletics and academics to ensure safety, wellness, and rigorous academic instruction for all students. He took great pride in serving the students and community of Medina. He retired in 1998 from Medina Central.

After retiring, he and his wife, Charlotte Palisano Maiorana, moved to Chautauqua, N.Y. and later to The Villages, where he continued to serve his communities. He sat on and chaired the homeowners’ associations in both communities. With education and teaching as his true passion, Nunzio was employed with Golf and Country Club Operations in The Villages as a lead instructor until his death.

Nunzio was without a doubt a great individual, a gregarious man with an infectious laugh and a good sense of humor. He was a dedicated professional who was on a mission to provide his students with the best possible education, and his determination, temerity and discipline always succeeded him. It didn’t matter who you were – everyone knew him and everyone loved him.

Nunzio is survived by Charlotte, his wife of 56 years; three children, David (Sandra) Maiorana of New Jersey, Joseph (Lisa) Maiorana of Belgium, and Ann-Marie (Jay) Towell of Texas; five grandchildren, Michel Maiorana, Alyssa (Joshua) Robles, Emiley Maiorana, Collin Towell and McKayla Towell; his brother, Larry (Mary) Maiorana of Nevada; and his sister, Camille (John) Pasceri of New York. He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Salvatore and Bertha Maiorana; and his sister, Freda Maiorana.

A memorial Mass will be held on April 4, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Lockport, N.Y., where Nunzio was baptized and confirmed, served as an altar boy, and was married. A luncheon will follow immediately after the memorial Mass service.


 

Posted January 25 2018
Kate Mercedes Webster

Kate Webster

Kate Mercedes Webster, 29, of Albion and Brockport, lost her battle with drug addiction on Jan. 24, 2018 at her father’s home. She was born on July 27, 1988 in Brockport to her parents, Robin Pera and Mark Webster, and would remain in the area her entire life.

Kate was an amazing mother who loved her children dearly. She always had tremendous patience in life and always had a smile on her face. Kate was a “crafty” girl who enjoyed making crafts whenever she could. She was also never on time and earned the nickname “late Kate.” Spending time with her children and family was something that brought her the greatest joy.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her loving children, Kylie, Kennedy and Krosby “Blue” Allport; siblings, Jill (Mike) Lowell and Joshua Webster; grandmother, Dorothy “Gigi” Barringer; niece, Madison; nephew, Jaxen; aunts, Marlene Kenyon and Pam Barnard; uncles, John Pera, Steve Webster and Donald Webster; as well as many more friends and family.

The family will receive friends on Tue., Jan. 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, N.Y., where her Celebration of Life Service will be held at 5 p.m.

Memorial contributions in Kate’s name can be made to GCASA, 249 East Ave., Albion NY 14411.

To share a special memory of Kate, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted January 25 2018
Carol A. Trow

Carol Trow

Carol A. Trow, of Medina, passed away on Jan. 23, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Carol was born in Medina, Feb. 7, 1940, a daughter of the late Charles and Ruth (Heidemann) Trow. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1958, she was employed as a waitress at several restaurants, including The Village Inn. Later, she worked for Medina Memorial Hospital and Medina Homecare as a home health aide.

Carol was a member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, and she enjoyed knitting and reading.

She is survived by her brother, Colin (Sue) Trow; her brother-in-law, Norman Bruning; nieces and nephews, Regina (Anthony) Scinta, N. Paul (Kristine) Bruning, James (Brittany) Bruning, Christine Trow, Lawrence (Valery) Bruning and Laurel Harrington; several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Clinton Rue Trow, on Jan. 19, 1994; and her sister, Constance L. “Connie” Bruning, on June 12, 2009.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her funeral service on Mon., Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Vicar Rick Mollenkopf-Grill will officiate, and interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, West Shelby.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1355 West Ave., Medina NY 14103.

Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted January 25 2018
Homer Stanley Green

Homer Green

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Homer Stanley Green, 73, passed away on Jan. 20, 2018 at Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw, N.Y. while surrounded by family.

Homer was born April 24, 1944 in Medina. He is predeceased by his parents, Howard and Margaret Green; and his grandparents, Stanley and Nina Breeze, and William and Lillian Green.

Homer attended school in Lyndonville. He left prior to graduating to help out on his family’s farm. In February 1962, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country until April 23, 1965. He worked very hard over the years, working for Lipton’s, Perry Harvester and Keeler Construction. He retired from Barden Homes in Middleport. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and all-around outdoorsman. He was a man who loved life and everything about it. He truly enjoyed the seasons, as he loved turkey and deer hunting as well as bullhead and trout fishing. He lived out the majority of his life at his “little piece of Heaven” located in Kuckville. He was a member of the Lakeshore Sportsman’s Club, Junior Wilson Sportsmen’s Club, and the Vet’s Club in Medina.

After a lengthy illness suffered in 2011, he relocated to Clearwater, Fla. and was cared for by his daughter, Cheryl, and her family. In February 2016, he relocated once again back to New York to be closer to his siblings and other family.

He is survived by his sister, Lois James of Potsdam, N.Y.; two brothers, Leroy (Richard) Green of Denver and Gary (Brenda) Green of Mount Morris, N.Y.; his cousin, Roland (Sharon) Green of Sandusky, Ohio, who was always considered as another brother; his daughter, Cheryl (Jim) Hauff of Trinity, Fla.; son, Steven (Heather) Marciszewski of Elba; three granddaughters of whom he was extremely proud, Amanda (David) Fenn of Perry, N.Y., Sarah Hauff (Josh Champ) of Clearwater, and Makayla Hauff of Trinity; two great-grandsons, Lyric Fenn and Noah Champ; his stepchildren, Cindy Ishmael of Albion, David Marciszewski of Lakeland, Fla., Gary (Melissa) Marciszewski of Lyndonville, and Bonnie (Jim) Baldwin of Elba; and many more cousins, nieces and nephews.

At this time, there are no services scheduled, but the family intends to hold a celebration of life at a later date. All arrangements are being made by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home in Perry. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that you contact your local VAMC voluntary service to make a donation to the veterans’ hospital.


 

Posted January 23 2018
Lyell John Colburn

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Lyell John Colburn, 93, of Kendall/Hamlin, passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 21, 2018, at The Oaks at Whitaker Glen. He was born in Orleans County to the late Eugene Rudolph Colburn and Louise Fretag Colburn.

Mr. Colburn was a veteran of the United States Army and was a member of Hamlin Post 6703, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Lyell was a supervisor for many years with Duffy-Motts.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Richard E. Colburn; and his brothers, Herbert Colburn and Bernard Colburn.

Mr. Colburn is survived by his children, Donna (Fred) Tucker of Rolesville, N.C., Lyell T. Colburn of Rolesville, and Lisa (Ed) Kennedy of Kent; grandchildren, Tamera Tucker, David Todd Schmeer, Tracie Schmeer, Justin Colburn, Sunni Colburn, Michael Kennedy, Andrew Kennedy and Tia Kennedy; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 26 at Merrill Grinnell Funeral Home, 12 Ingersoll St., Albion, N.Y. Burial will be in Sandy Creek Cemetery in the spring.

To share a special memory of Lyell, please visit www.merrillgrinnell.com.


 

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