Posted April 22 2017
William “Bill” A. Tillman
ALBION – William A. Tillman, 91, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on April 22, 2017. He was born December 6, 1925 in Rochester, a son of the late Samuel and Mary (Vincent) Tillman.
Bill was a graduate of Aquinas High School, Class of 1943 and a 1950 graduate of Windsor University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree. Mr. Tillman was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow through Rotary International and served in the United States Air Force during WWII. In 1952, Bill opened Tillman’s Village Inn on Ridge Road in Childs, NY, which he owned and operated for 40 years, retiring in 1992. Tillman’s Village Inn is now owned and operated by Bill’s sons, Mark and Thomas.
He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Tillman. Bill is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen “Lynn” Tillman; sons, Thomas Tillman and Mark (Susyn) Tillman, both of Albion; grandchildren, Amber, Derek (Erica) Tillman and Samantha; great-grandchildren, Elijah and James; sister, Dianne (Edward) Murray of VA; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Tillman of Albion; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
There are no prior calling hours. Bill’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church, Tuesday, April 25, at 10 a.m. Private interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc.
To share a special memory of Bill, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted April 22 2017
Mavis (Kelley) Dewey
NORTH LAWRENCE — Mavis Dewey, 92, of Kent, formerly of North Lawrence NY, died April 17, 2017 at Unity Hospital in Greece, NY, surrounded by loved ones.
She was the daughter of the late Adrian and Vivian Kelley of St. Regis Falls, NY.
Mavis was predeceased by her husband, Hubert (Cy) Dewey; special friend, Eldon (Bud) Jarvis; her son, Fay Dewey; siblings, Orville (Dorothy) Kelley, Darwin (Della) Kelley, Marcia (Bill) Rolland and Katherine (Bucky) Oaks; granddaughter, Denyel Webber; and son-in-law, Gary (Mavis) Williams.
Surviving are her children, Sandra (Bernard) Allen of Marlborough, CT; Dale (Loraine) Dewey of Moria, NY; Pamela (Roland) Collins, Grand Bay, AL; Belva (JeanMarc ) M’Vemba of Halifax, VT; Mavis Williams of Kent, NY; Hubert Dewey, Oak Grove, MO; and Kevin Dewey of Chicopee, MA.
Mavis has many surviving nieces and nephews. She also had several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild, who all enjoyed their GG very much.
Her childhood was spent in St. Regis Falls. She left home to work in Malone factories and as a housekeeper. In 1945, she married Hubert and raised her family in North Lawrence. A strong multitalented woman who grew up during the Depression and acquired only an 8th grade education, she succeeded in raising all eight children to become high school and college graduates. Many of the local children in North Lawrence considered her home to be theirs, as her door was always open, baked goods and raised donuts always available. She was an active church member and saw to it that her children were raised with strong Christian values.
The family moved to Holyoke, Mass. in 1970 where she waitressed at Uncle Milties’ Restaurant and upon the death of Hubert in 1986, she moved back to the St. Regis Falls area. Young at heart and in her 60s she had trained to be a Hospice care giver in the Rochester area where she spent a year. No job was too big or too small and she did it with grace and humor. She resided in St. Regis Falls with her companion Bud Jarvis until 2008 and upon his demise she relocated to the Rochester area to live with her youngest daughter Mavis (Teeny) until her passing on April 17, 2017.
Mavis was happiest traveling and surrounded by family. She enjoyed friends and much loved pets, crafts, puzzles, bowling, computer games, and her beautifully manicured nails which she insisted on having done just 2 weeks before she passed. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends at Nutrifare and the Methodist church in Kendall, NY.
Services and burial in North Lawrence NY will be at a later date at the discretion of the family.
Posted April 21 2017
Donald W. “Don” Leonard
MEDINA – Donald W. “Don” Leonard, 65, of Medina went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 23, 2017, at Medina Memorial Hospital.
He graduated from Lyndonville High School in 1969. He married the former Claudia Barber on November 17, 2001. Don owned and operated Leonard’s Lumber and Leonard’s Wood N’ Crafts. Also, he was employed with Fisher-Price, Rick and Ron’s Auto Sales and lastly owned and operated Orleans Auto Sales from 2002 until his retirement in 2013.
Relatives and friends may attend the spring graveside burial at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Bates Road Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St. Medina, NY 14103. Please light a candle in Don’s name at www.boganandtuttle.com.
Posted April 19 2017
Lewis J. Williams
Lewis J. Williams entered into rest on April 4, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Born on Sept. 18, 1933 in West Virginia, he was the son of Thomas and Olma (Cox) Williams.
He lived most of his life in Lockport and in Titusville, Fla. Lewis served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. He also served in the Army Reserve and was a member of the Honor Guard in Craigsville, W.V. He retired from General Motors and owned and operated Atlas Upholstery with his wife, Irma.
He was the beloved husband of Irma (Pagan) Williams; beloved father of Mike (Sue), Robert (Deanne), Tommy, Eva Williams, Alice (Jeff) Marciszewski, Donna Hillman and Martin Smith; cherished grandfather and great-grandfather; and the dear brother of Robert (Judy) Williams and the late Loretta, Lucille, Lula, Louise and Patricia. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his first wife, Klemetine Salm.
There will be no prior visitation. A Celebration of Life for Lewis will be held at a later date. Arrangements were made by Taylor & Reynolds Funeral Home, 70 Niagara St., Lockport.
Posted April 18 2017
Margaret T. Fagan
Margaret T.(Beiter) Fagan entered into rest on April 17, 2017. Born Jan. 2, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Casper and Frances Beiter.
Margaret was the beloved mother of Frances (Angel) Colon, Gerald (Linda) Fagan, Marlene (Donald) Connelly, James (Patricia) Fagan, Mary (James) Smith, Michael (Laura) Fagan, and the late Kathleen Fagan; grandmother of Dr. Mark (Paola) Spurlock, Julie (Joseph) Foley, Joshua Fagan, Theresa (fiancé John Kennedy) Fagan, Colleen and Joseph Fagan, Nathan (Joanna) Weld, Jessica Smith, Scott (Jessee Beuchat) Smith, Ron Smith, Lyndsay, Natalie, and the late Liam Fagan; great-grandmother of Chloe and Vance Spurlock, Kathleen and Shannon Foley, Benjamin and Amelia Weld, Wyatt Smith, and Aria Cavalleri; and many more beloved extended family members.
Margaret was a longtime member of St. Stephen’s Church (Holy Trinity Parish). She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family will be present on Thu., April 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bates Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport NY 14105, to receive family and friends. The rosary will be recited at 6:45 p.m.; all are welcomed. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Fri., April 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s Church, 19 Vernon St., Middleport NY 14105. Please assemble at the church.
If desired, memorials may be made to Niagara County Hospice or Orleans Community Health Foundation. Please share condolences at www.bateswallace.com.
Posted April 13 2017
Shirley M. Albone
Shirley M. Albone, 87, passed away on April 12, 2017 at Medina Memorial Hospital after a short illness.
Born Oct. 4, 1929 in Lyndonville, she was the daughter of the Late Floyd and Minnie (Smith) Barry. She lived in Lyndonville all her life and on Aug. 6, 1948 married Gerald “Manny” Albone. Shirley worked at the Lyndonville Canning Factory for 26 years, and at one time for Meland’s Furniture in Lyndonville. She retired from Fisher-Price in 1992 after 20 years. She attended United Presbyterian Church, where she was very active, and Yates Baptist Church.
Shirley was a den mother for Cub Scouts, and she was a member of a quilting club, a bowling league and Busy Buddies. She enjoyed coffee with many “coffee girls.” She enjoyed cottage days on Lake Ontario and thunderstorms on her porch. She loved nature walks, movies, reading and gardening.
Shirley is survived by her children, Bradley (Cheryl) Albone of Medina, Jeri Jurinich of Albion, and John (Elvira) Albone of Lyndonville; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Bernard (Jane) Barry of Lyndonville. She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald “Manny” Albone, in 2003.
There will be a memorial service on Tue., April 18 at 11 a.m. at Yates Baptist Church, 11365 E. Yates Center Road, Lyndonville NY 14098, with Rev. Lyell Drake officiating. A luncheon will follow. Memorials may be made in Shirley’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St., Lyndonville NY 14098. Please light a candle in Shirley’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.
Posted April 13 2017
Brian Michael Arnett
Brian Michael Arnett entered into rest on April 11, 2017. He was born on Jan. 6, 1978, the cherished son of Robert and Carollee (Colonna) Arnett.
He was the loving fiancé of Carrie Smith; the brother of Shawn (Cynthia) Arnett; and the favorite uncle of Justin and Aaron Arnett. He is also survived by his beloved pets, Papi, Dorito, and Ping-pong.
Brian loved spending time with family, especially his nephews. He was passionate about restoring his Dad’s 1964 Chevy Impala. He loved travel, adventure, camping and amusement parks. He also loved music, Fender guitars, drums, and AC/DC. Brian graduated from Albion High School in 1997 and worked at Modern Disposal for the last 15 years.
Most importantly, Brian was one of the kindest men you could have ever met.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. If desired, memorial donations may be made to PAWS Animal Shelter, 3371 Gaines Basin Road, Albion NY 14411. Please share condolences at www.merrillgrinnell.com.
Posted April 12 2017
Mary Grace McDonald
Mary Grace McDonald, affectionately known as “M.G.,” passed away on March 21, 2017 at the age of 85.
Born on Dec. 9, 1931, the daughter of the late John and Grace, Mary Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. McDonald, who passed on the same day in 2012.
She leaves behind two children, Robert (Diana) McDonald of Weston, Conn., and Natalie McDonald Maglione, who resides in Costa Rica. She is grandmother to Amanda McDonald of Boston, Mass.; Alexandra McDonald of New Jersey; Ashley McDonald and Alana Marie McDonald of Charleston, S.C. M.G. is also great-grandmother to four-year-old Brody.
M.G. and Robert were married on Sept. 21, 1956. A lifelong nurse, M.G. graduated from Norwich High School and Union College of Nursing. She provided the loving care of a nurse in the operating room at Albany Hospital.
For many years, M.G. and Robert owned Fisherman’s Roost Cottages in Kent. These waterfront cottages were located at the mouth of the Oak Orchard River and Lake Ontario, making it a perfect destination for avid fishermen. Year after year, M.G. would look forward to getting to “The Lake” to be among good friends and returning guests, a time in her life she loved.
A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at a later date. While M.G. will be missed dearly, “we now have another angel watching over us.”
Posted April 12 2017
Allen W. Ecker
MORTON – Allen W. Ecker, 88, died April 11, 2017 in The Villages of Orleans following a brief illness. He was born April 18, 1928 in Dover, N.J. to Augustus and Alice (Parkins) Wisner and lived in this area most of his life.
Allen was a very social person who enjoyed dancing and music. He was an exceptional artist, specializing in drawings, and he also enjoyed collecting baseball cards, stamps and coins.
Mr. Ecker was predeceased by his wife, Loretta; and six brothers. He is survived by his sons, Barry Ecker of Morton, Robert Putnam of Hamlin, Dave Putnam of Buffalo, James Leach of Rochester, and John Leach of Leicester; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
There will be no prior calling hours. Allen’s services will be held at the convenience of the family and will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a fire department, ambulance fund, or charity of your choice.
Mr. Ecker’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Holley. To share a special memory of Allen, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted April 12 2017
Sr. Lucille Socciarelli, RSM
Sister Lucille Socciarelli (formerly Sister Mary Lucella), the teacher who made a lifelong impression on newsman Tim Russert, died Sun., April 9, 2017 at Mercy Convent in South Buffalo. She was 82.
She was the daughter of the late Dominic and Lucy (DePalma) Socciarelli; and the sister of the late Nellie Malone, Roger, Frank, Margaret D’Amico, Irma Petta, Arlene Fadale, Florence Rice, and Dahlia Nenni. She is survived by her brother, Donald; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Russert credited Sister Lucille, his seventh-grade teacher at St. Bonaventure School in West Seneca in 1963, with leading him to a career in journalism by making him the editor of the school paper. Her motive at the time was simply to keep him out of trouble by keeping him busy.
“I was in the back of the class at St. Bonaventure School flicking rubber bands with paper clips, the whole shot, spitballs, the best,” he told an interviewer in 2004. “And she had enough of it. … It was the greatest thing that ever happened to me.”
Russert often invited her to join him at book signings and speaking engagements. She once vacationed with the Russert family on Nantucket Island. Following Russert’s death in 2008, she spoke at his memorial service.
He wrote about her in his book about his father, “Big Russ & Me,” noting that she played baseball with her students and was considered “the coolest teacher we ever had.”
Russert remarked that she was particularly devoted to President John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family. He wrote that when Sen. Robert F. Kennedy visited Buffalo in 1967, Sister Lucille ran 150 yards after his car at the airport to get an autograph and was invited to tour his private plane. Russert noted that she became the topic of a newspaper report and was reprimanded.
Russert also established an annual award, the Sister Lucille Socciarelli-Father John Sturm Making a Difference Award, which is given by the Diocese of Buffalo to an outstanding Catholic educator. Sturm was prefect of discipline at Canisius High School when Russert attended.
“Sister Lucille’s vibrance, energy and humor, her love of life, her curiosity and astuteness made her the spark that ignited seventh-grade Tim Russert’s passion for politics and journalism,” Russert’s widow, Maureen Orth, said in an email Sunday.
“When she made him the editor of the St. Bonaventure newspaper and he sent the White House and members of the Kennedy family copies of the school’s commemorative issue about JFK’s death, Tim received personal responses back. That was his awakening, when he got it that news could be powerful and a force for public good,” she wrote. “Besides, Sister was a natural pol herself and probably would be at least a bishop if she had been a man.”
“She also taught during the time that the Mercy order rule was that no teaching nun could ever be caught sitting behind a desk,” Orth added. “They were expected to be on their feet at all times. What incredible commitment and love.”
The Russerts’ son, Luke Russert, who followed his father into broadcast journalism, in an email, said: “Sister Lucille’s life was one of love, selflessness and humor. She gave herself to God, the children she taught and the sick she counseled.”
“I was happy to be her ‘grandson in faith’ and can safely say she single-handedly kept Hallmark in business by sending me a card no matter where I lived for every holiday, anniversary or special occasion. I’ll miss her ever-present kindness, her belief in the goodness of others and her unwavering support for the Buffalo Bills.”
Retired NBC News anchorman Tom Brokaw, in an email Sunday night, said, “When we lost Tim, Sister Lucille and I picked up the relationship. I heard from her regularly and she was a joy. She offered pithy observations on the news and the Buffalo Bills. When I appeared at Chautauqua two years ago, she drove over and greeted my family like old friends. They were enchanted. Her life of service to her faith and the downtrodden was an inspiration.”
Born in Albion, the daughter of Italian immigrants and the youngest of 13 children, she attended St. Joseph’s Elementary School and graduated from Albion High School. In his book, Russert notes that she had considered becoming a social worker, a hairdresser and a teacher before she entered the Sisters of Mercy at Mount Mercy Convent in Buffalo in 1953.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Niagara University and a master’s degree in education from the University at Buffalo while teaching and serving as principal at Catholic elementary schools and high schools. She also received a degree in religious studies from Boston College.
In the 1980s, she became a director of youth ministry in Florida, then returned to become director of pastoral care at Mercy Hospital. She later was a chaplain at hospitals in Fall River, Mass. She retired and returned to Buffalo in 2015.
Friends attended calling hours at Mercy Center, 625 Abbott Road, on Mon., April 10 from 2 to 8 p.m.; and on Tue., April 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. A Prayer Vigil was held Mon., April 10 at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial took place Tue., April 11 at 4 p.m. at Mercy Center Chapel.
A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at Holy Family Parish on Sat., May 6 at 11 a.m.
Memorials may be made to The Sisters of Mercy. Condolences may be made at www.denglerrobertspernafuneral.com.
Posted April 12 2017
Dale H. Lonnen
Dale H. Lonnen, 69, of Albion, passed away on Wed., Feb. 8, 2017 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, after a long illness.
Born on March 19, 1947 in Medina, he was the son of the late Homer H. and Margaret (Thaine) Lonnen.
Dale attended Medina High School and graduated in 1965; he enjoyed the “Car Business” and was very much involved with buying, selling, trading and repairing cars for many years.
He is survived by his children, Kip (Andrea) Lonnen of Medina, and Jessica (Nelson Cruz) Thomas of Rochester; four grandchildren, Hanna, Dylan and Maggie Lonnen, and Eliana Cruz; a brother, Donald Lonnen of Medina; his significant other, Sharon Albone of Albion; several nieces and nephews; and several close friends.
There are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held Sat., April 22 at 11 a.m. at Millville Cemetery. The Rev. Kim Smith will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dale’s name to Hospice of Orleans County, P.O.Box 489, Albion NY 14411.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. Please light a candle in Dale’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.
Posted April 11 2017
Adelaide A. MacFarland
KENT – Adelaide A. MacFarland, 89, died peacefully at her home April 10, 2017. Adelaide was born April 16, 1927 in Rochester, N.Y., a daughter of the late William and Matilda Boillat. Adelaide lived in this area most of her life and was a former employee of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Mrs. MacFarland was a great mother who loved to cook and was always concerned for others’ welfare.
She was predeceased by her husband, Douglas; son, Steven; and daughter-in-law, Linda. She is survived by her sons, Douglas (Inda) MacFarland, Sidney MacFarland, Raymond (Patricia) MacFarland and Timothy (Carole) MacFarland; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Boillat and Paula MacFarland; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Thu., April 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, where her funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will be in Sandy Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.
To share a special memory of Adelaide, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted April 10 2017
Leo R. Wodrich Sr.
Mr. Leo R. Wodrich Sr., of Knowlesville, passed away on April 10, 2017 at his home.
Mr. Wodrich was born at home in West Shelby on Oct. 20, 1940, a son of the late Walter and Doris (Kams) Wodrich. A lifelong resident of the area, he married the former Betty Barkley on Oct. 6, 1962. Mr. Wodrich was a lifelong farmer and was employed by the Satkowski family, the Kidney Farms and LaMont Fruit Farms. He loved his horses, especially Princess, goats, and raising chickens. He resided in his Knowlesville home for nearly 50 years.
Survivors include his children, Leo (Donna) Wodrich Jr. of Knowlesville, Barb Horn of Florida, Joanne (Michael) Roberts Jr. of Lockport, and Sandra (Timothy) Hagen of East Shelby; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren who were his pride and joy; his siblings, Shirley (Walker) Capstick of Medina, Gerald Wodrich of Batavia, Raymond Wodrich of Medina, and Donna Wolter of Medina; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Betty, in 2015; his son, James, in 2011; and his brother, Earl, in 2012.
Friends are invited to attend his graveside committal service on Thu., April 13 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, West Shelby. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.
Posted April 10 2017
Daniel Lewis Hewitt
Daniel Lewis Hewitt, 56, of Medina, passed away suddenly on Mon., March 6, 2017 at Buffalo General Hospital. Born on Aug. 18, 1960 in Medina, he was the son of the late Alex G. and Jessie (Carpenter) Hewitt Jr.
Dan graduated from Medina High School in 1978, where he was very active in sports, including tennis, skiing and golf. After graduating, he moved to Florida, where he owned and operated a cellular and audio business and later worked as a realtor. He returned to Medina in 2012. He was a loyal Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan and was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Knights of Columbus and Shelridge Country Club.
He is survived by two daughters, Holly and Kaylin Hewitt; two sons, Drew Jurow and Kyle Johnson; three granddaughters, Kami, Riley and Koah, all of Florida; a brother, Thomas Hewitt; two sisters, Kelly (Sam) Brennan and Darlene (Brian) Janas; many nieces and nephews; a companion, Michele Crandall, and her son, Conor.
Daniel is predeceased by his sister, Bonnie Kujawa.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sat., April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. at American Legion Post #204, 305 N. Main St., Medina NY 14103. There will also be An Hour of Remembrance Service at Faith Bible Baptist Church, 3064 N. Gravel Road, Medina, on Sun., April 23 at 11 a.m., to be followed by a coffee and cookie reception. Family and friends are cordially invited to attend.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dan’s name to Medina Fire Department, 600 Main St., Medina NY 14103.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. Please light a candle or share a memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.
Posted April 09 2017
HOLLEY – Patricia Davis, 73, passed away on Sun., April 9, 2017 at Lakeside Beikirch Care Center in Brockport. She was born on Dec. 15, 1943 in Brockport to the late Richard and Frances (Talga) Davis and would remain in the area her entire life.
Patricia loved traveling, gardening, and spending as much time as she could with her family.
In addition to her parents, Patricia was predeceased by her husband, Everett, in 2014.
Patricia is survived by her sons, Michael (Michelle) Davis and Mark (Jessie) Davis; siblings, Barbara Hurley, Shirley (Jack) Robinson, Joan Russel, Margaret (Lee) Ribstein and Robert Davis; half-brother, Richard Davis; grandchildren, Randy, Eric, Benjamin, Scott and Kara; great-grandchildren, Mallory, Kasten, Zayden, Ryatt, Cody, Morgan, Tyler and Emma; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. on Tue., April 11 at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, where her funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. Interment will be held privately at Mt. Albion Cemetery on Wed., April 12.
Memorial contributions in Patricia’s name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 435 East Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14620. To share a special memory of Patricia, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted April 08 2017
Daniel H. Womber
MEDINA – Daniel H. Womber, 90, of Medina, passed away on March 26, 2017 at Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo. Born on Jan. 5, 1927 in Chicago, Ill., he was the son of the late Jessie and Beatrice (Moore) Womber.
Daniel served in the U.S. Army from 1946 to 1948 and fought on the Army Boxing Team. On returning home, he continued his boxing career while working as a private investigator in Bronx, N.Y.
There are no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family, and burial will be in Bath National Cemetery.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103.
Please light a candle in Daniel’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.
Posted April 08 2017
Russell Sherman Miller
KENT – Russell Sherman Miller, 73, passed away peacefully at his home on April 7, 2017. Russell was born Oct. 21, 1943 in Rochester, a son of the late H. Sherman and Delia (Hill) Miller.
Russell was a member of the Community Fellowship Church, Ducks Unlimited and the N.R.A. He was a former employee of Eastman Kodak Company and K.B.H. Construction. Russell loved being outdoors, hunting, fishing and boating. He was an excellent cook and will be remembered for his smoked meats.
He is survived by his wife, Alice; daughter, Mindy (Robert) Wright; former wife, Sandra (Brad) Perkins; stepsons, David (Laura) Klatt and James (Holly) Klatt; grandchildren, David and Abbey Wright, and Amelia, Alexandra and Theodore Klatt; brothers, Richard H. (Donna) Miller and Dennis F. Miller; sister, Marjorie A. Miller; several nieces and nephews; and many brothers and sisters in Christ.
The family will receive friends at the Community Fellowship Church, 3146 Johnson Creek Road, Middleport NY 14105, on Fri., April 14 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., followed by Russell’s Celebration of Life Service at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the church; or to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Russell, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted April 08 2017
Edward J. Kelly
Edward J. Kelly, 61, went into rest on April 5, 2017. He was born on June 16, 1955, a son of Raymond and Frederica Kelly.
Edward is survived by his father, Raymond Kelly; his siblings, Michael and Frederica; his children, Steven, Edward, Daniel, Anthony and Elaine; and devoted friend, Elaine Proctor.
Eddie loved computers and flying his drone.
A memorial service will be held in the future. Please share condolences at www.merrillgrinnell.com.
Posted April 06 2017
Mary Lois Hickey
Mary Lois Hickey went to be with the Lord on April 5, 2017.
Born in 1934, she was the daughter of the late Luella and Raymond Kelly; beloved wife of William Hickey, whom she married on Oct. 31, 1959; cherished mother of Mary (Craig) Fitch, Ann (Todd) Boci, and the late William Hickey Jr.; and grandmother of CJ and Eric Fitch, Emily and Ryan Boci – they were the apples of her eye. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Ellen Hickey and Jean McFarland; her brother-in-law, Clifford Fearby; and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her siblings, Raymond Kelly, Jean Slattery and Carol Fearby.
Lois attended St. Mary’s elementary school in Medina, and she graduated from Medina High School in 1952. Lois enjoyed traveling, especially to Las Vegas, the Thousand Islands, Myrtle Beach, and New Orleans, and to annual family vacations in the Finger Lakes. She was proud of her Irish heritage and loved to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
The family will be present on Fri., April 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport NY 14105, where a prayer service will be held at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm & Carlton streets, Buffalo NY 14263; or to a charity of one’s choice. Please share condolences at bateswallace.com.
Posted April 05 2017
Bruce D. Ainsworth
Bruce D. Ainsworth, 61, entered into Heaven on April 4, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born April 5, 1955 in Medina to the late Allen and Arlene (Adams) Ainsworth.
Bruce is survived by his wife of seven years, Dorrie; his children, Brian (Cindy) Watson, Amy (Jason) Herman, Allen (Michelle Persia) Ainsworth, Anthony Ainsworth, Amanda (Michael) Brooks, and Ryan, Alex and Kendal Farewell. He was dearly loved by his several grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his brother, Gene Ainsworth of San Francisco; Burton (Marjorie) Ainsworth of Benton, La.; and sister, Sharon Kerlish of Berwick, Pa.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Sat., April 8 at Oak Orchard Assembly of God, 12111 Ridge Road, Medina. Calling hours will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m. Donations can be made to Niagara Hospice or Lockport CareNet Pregnancy Center.
Posted April 05 2017
David V. Kupka
OGDEN – David V. Kupka passed away on April 3, 2017. He is predeceased by his brother, Dywayne K. Kupka. David is survived by his wife, Roxanne (Sortino) Kupka; son, Kolton Kupka; parents, Dennis and Sylvia (Waliczek) Kupka; siblings, Debbie (Norm) Bale and Dennis Kupka II; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Connie Schils; father-in-law, Robert Schils; brother-in-law, Charlie Sortino; sister-in-law, Kris (née Sortino) Bovee; brother-in-law, Benny (Chris) Sortino Jr.; and many dear friends.
David’s visitation will be held Fri., April 7 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Bartolomeo & Perotto Funeral Home, 1411 Vintage Lane (between Rte. 390 and Long Pond Road). His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Sat., April 8 at 11 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 55 Martha St., Spencerport, immediately followed by his burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Kolton Kupka’s education fund in David’s memory. For more information about David, please visit www.bartolomeo.com.
Posted April 04 2017
Mary L. Brumbaugh
ALBION – Mary L. Brumbaugh, 96, entered into heaven on April 1, 2017 at The Villages of Orleans. She was born on Aug. 4, 1920 in Brockport to Joseph and Theresa (Condoluci) D’Agostino and was a lifetime resident of this area.
Mary was a faithful member of Holy Family Parish – St. Joseph’s Church, where she took care of the altar linens. She was known for her ability to bake, and she enjoyed making and selling breads, rolls and wedding cakes. She also received national recognition for her poetry. Mary worked hard all her life and eventually received her high school diploma at the age of 69. In addition to her many enjoyments, one of her top favorites was a warm, sunny summer day!
Mrs. Brumbaugh was predeceased by her husband, Richard Brumbaugh; her brothers, Phil and Salvatore D’Agostino; and her sister, Rose D’Agostino. She is survived by her son, David J. Brumbaugh of Albion; many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, and great-great-nephews and nieces; as well as other family members and many friends.
There will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service in the chapel of St. Joseph’s Cemetery on Thu., April 6 at 2 p.m. A Memorial Mass will be scheduled and announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105; or to any organization that researches dementia or cancer.
Mary’s family has entrusted her arrangements to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion. To share a special memory of Mary, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted April 04 2017
James P. McGuire
James P. McGuire went into rest on April 2, 2017, surrounded by his family. James was born on Feb. 21, 1943 in Clarendon, a son of the late Donald and Aileen McGuire.
He was the beloved father of Merrie McGuire, Robin Viera, Carol (Rob) Wegman and Teresa (Gary) Holland; brother of Jack McGuire, Mark (Nancy) McGuire, and the late Dan McGuire; grandpa of eight and great-grandpa of 15.
Jim retired from Kodak after 30 years of service. After retirement, he worked at Lake Ontario Fruit for six years. He enjoyed bowling, walking, trips to the casino, watching many sports, family outings, picnics and camping. He held the high score average in his bowling league of 180-200.
The family will be present on Wed., April 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. to receive friends at the Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, 39 Geddes St., Holley NY 14470, where a funeral service will be held Thu., April 6 at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery.
Posted April 03 2017
Roger Lee Brown
WATERPORT – Roger Lee Brown went home on April 2, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born in Clay, W. Va. on Dec. 20, 1948 to the late Omer and Edna Brown.
Roger was in the 25th Infantry of the United States Army and served as a sergeant in Vietnam. During his service, he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Infantry Badge, as well as the Bronze Star Medal. He will be missed for his great sense of humor and his endearing love for teasing his family members.
Roger was predeceased by his wives, Annabelle and Candice; as well as his brothers, Ricky Brown and Daryll Brown. He is survived by his sisters, Erma (Dencil) Weese of Waterport, Doris (Richard Jones) DeBoard of Waterport, and Libby (Clarence) Cochran of West Virginia; his brothers, James (Dianna) Brown of Ohio and Michael (Barbara) Brown of Medina; and his stepdaughters, Carol and Cheryl. He was dearly loved by his grandchildren, and by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Roger’s graveside service with full military honors will be held at Mount Albion Cemetery on Sat., April 15 at 11 a.m. Donations in Roger’s name may be made to Hospice of Orleans, PO Box 489, Albion NY 14411. Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Albion. To share a special memory of Roger, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted April 02 2017
Michael A. Ferri
LYNDONVILLE – Mr. Michael A. Ferri, of Lyndonville, passed away on April 2, 2017 at Medina Memorial Hospital. Mr. Ferri was born in Medina on Oct. 2, 1939, the son of the late Sam and Rose C. “Momma Rose” (Martino) Ferri.
A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1957, he owned and operated Michell Spaghetti House from 1960 to 1971. In 1971, he began his career at Botsford & Hartway Motors, where he was an automobile salesman. He retired from Hartway Motors in 2001, following 30 years of service. Mike was a former member of the Lyndonville Lions Club.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 52 years, Jean A. (Bailey), whom he married on Sept. 11, 1965; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth H. Schaal and Dennis (Donna) Bailey; two nephews, Douglas (Donna Lee) Bailey and Darren (Kimberly) Bailey; five great-nieces and nephews, Breonna, Brennan, Brysen, Katylen and Meghan; several cousins and friends.
He was predeceased by his mother, Rose, on Sept. 8, 2003; his father, Sam, on July 6, 1985; and two sisters, Camille A. Ferri on June 26, 1993 and Angela R. Schaal on Sept. 2, 1999.
Friends may call on Thu., April 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his service will be held at 12 p.m. following visitation. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls will officiate, and interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lyndonville Lions Club or a charity of one’s choice.
Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.
Posted March 31 2017
Hazel V. Stevens
CARLTON – Hazel V. Stevens, 86, died March 30, 2017. Hazel was born March 14, 1931 in Woodville, Maine, a daughter of the late Guy and Minnie (Day) Spinney.
Hazel lived in this area most of her life and attended Albion First Baptist Church, and she also enjoyed fishing.
She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Donna Jean Smith; great-grandsons, Jacoby Jenks and Kenny Smith; and several brothers and sisters.
Hazel is survived by her husband of 52 years, Robert; daughters, Diana Jenks of Maryland, Vicky (Roger) Ettinger of Albion, Vera (Sam) Kerstetter of Albion, and Brenda (Tom) Newbould of Albion; sons, Dennis (Donna) Jenks of Holley, Griffith (Norma) Jenks of Maine, and Michael (Camille) Jenks of Albion; 18 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; sisters, Emma Ashbery of Albion, Linda Thault of Maine, and Ethel Mullen of Maine; brother, Ernst Spinney of Maine; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be private at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Hazel’s name to American Cancer Society.
To share a special memory of Hazel, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted March 30 2017
Mary Adelia Hellert
Mrs. Mary Adelia “Dee” Hellert, of Medina, passed away March 29, 2017 at home. She was helped in her final journey with support for her and her family from Hospice of Orleans County.
Mrs. Hellert was born in Akron, N.Y. on Nov. 20, 1924, a daughter of the late Levis and Mary (Glena) LeBlanc. A longtime member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wolcottsville, she married Donald E. Hellert at the church on Feb. 8, 1947. The Hellert family resided in West Shelby for many years, where they operated a farm. She also was employed by Fisher-Price Toys for several years, retiring in 1981. Along with her husband, Mrs. Hellert was a model for hard work and family values. She was the family matriarch – a kind, gentle and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Survivors include four children, Donna (Jim) Ferry, Marcia (Rob) Cook, Cindy (Jerry) Moule and Terry (Kim) Hellert; a daughter-in-law, Deb Hellert; nine grandchildren, Amy Delano, Jennie (Willie) Wilson, Carrie (Charlie) Wilson, Ceara Ryan, Tricia (Steve) Partridge, Jeremy Moule, Heidi (Steve) Robb, Eric (Kristina) Moule and Justin (Jessica) Cook; 22 great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Elsie (Walt) Williams; several nieces and nephews; dear friend, Kay VanNostrand; and special caregiver, Allie McAdoo. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald, on Jan. 5, 2014; her son, Randy Hellert; and her brother, Leo LeBlanc.
Friends may call on Sun., April 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where her funeral service will be held on Mon., April 3 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Craig S. Rhodenizer will officiate, and interment will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, West Shelby.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6369 Wolcottsville Road, Wolcottsville NY 14001; or to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.
Posted March 29 2017
Mary Margaret Joy
Mary Margaret Joy, 61, of Minneapolis, passed away on March 27, 2017.
She was the cherished daughter of Margaret and the late John Joy; loving sister of Phyllis (Kurt) Theodorakos, Janice (Mark) Morano and Sally (late Brian) Baker; and the proud aunt of four nieces and two nephews.
Mary was a graduate of Albion High School and Cornell University. She was employed by T.J. Lipton Company, Stauffer Chemical Company and Dow Chemical Company.
Mary was a great patron of the arts, and she was a collector of original paintings and numerous genres of music. As a world traveler, she visited many countries, including France and Italy, where she engaged in ethnic cooking classes. Mary enjoyed many sporting events and was an avid football fan. In addition, she had a great interest in politics and current events. Mary will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Her upbeat, humorous personality and ongoing generosity were inspirations to all who knew her.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Church in Albion on Mon., April 10 at 10:30 a.m. Memorials in Mary’s honor can be sent to Carmelite Monastery of Buffalo, 75 Carmel Road, Buffalo NY 14214.
Posted March 29 2017
Clinton L. Edick Jr.
Clinton L. Edick Jr., 78, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on Wed., March 15, 2017.
Clinton is survived by his five children, Laurie (Randolph) Ehlers of Lyons Falls, N.Y., Michael (Cheryl Ballard) Edick of Boonville, N.Y., Kenneth (Carrie) Edick of Watertown, N.Y., Robert (Buffie) Edick of Kent, and Melissa (James) Kenealy of Lowville, N.Y.; his wife and companion of many years, Carol Edick; his sister, Claris Levensailor of Port Leyden, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Clinton L. and Alice Domser Edick Sr.; and his sister, Janis Muha.
Clinton was born on Nov. 24, 1938 in Boonville. He graduated from General Martin Central School in Glenfield, N.Y. in June 1957. He was a very active man, participating in sports and school activities. He married Carol Olmstead on Dec. 21, 1957. Clinton remained active in the C’Ville bowling league, as well as being a volunteer fireman for the Constableville Fire Department.
Clinton was always a hardworking man. He began his career at Georgie Pacific Paper Company in Lyons Falls. He then bought a dairy farm on Rugg Road in Port Leyden. Clinton and his family ran the farm for many years before they decided to sell. Clinton then became a school bus driver for South Lewis Central School. Clinton was also a tractor trailer driver for MS Carriers. He excelled while there and set a record for achieving an overall score of 99.45 (the highest score) on both his written and road test. He was well known for his driving abilities and for backing a trailer up, just right! Clinton then returned to South Lewis Central School to drive school busses until his retirement in 2005. He was not retired for long, as he drove for Shue Brothers Port Leyden after his retirement.
In 2006, Clinton moved to Kent. He always played an active role in his grandchildren’s lives. He never missed a sporting event or milestone. He will always be remembered as the Kendall Eagles’ “Number One Fan.” He came to every game and cheered on the team with enthusiasm, win or lose. He will be missed by all at the sporting events. For the past few years, Clint delivered Meals on Wheels for the Orleans County Nutrition Program. Clint put a smile on the faces of all he delivered to. He would go the extra mile to help those around him, including his neighbors. He never hesitated to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Services were completed in Lowville with Clinton’s family. The family is planning a local celebration of life in the spring. Donations may be made in memory of Clinton to the Orleans County Nutrition Program, Meal on Wheels, Office for the Aging, 14016 State Rt. 31 West, Albion NY 14411.
Posted March 29 2017
Leo C. Turner
Leo C. Turner of Allegany, N.Y. passed away peacefully on Tue., March 14, 2017 at Olean General Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.
His family welcomes friends to his interment on Fri., March 31 at 1 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery in Holley.
Complete obituary and online condolences may be expressed at oleanfuneralhome.com.
Posted March 28 2017
Purcil E. Buzard
Mr. Purcil E. Buzard, of Medina, died on March 23, 2017.
Mr. Buzard was born in Clarion, Pa. on May 2, 1935, a son of the late Joseph Arthur and Nellie Armetta (Stitt) Buzard. As a young man, he moved to the Orleans County area. He was employed by Genesee LeRoy Stone Corporation as an operating engineer, at the Clarendon quarry, for 41 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his fiancée, Donna L. Wolter; four children, Michael Buzard, Jay (Leslie) Buzard, Timothy (Christine Lowe) Buzard and Lauri Buzard; four stepchildren, William (Julie) Wolter, Steven (Megan) Wolter, Diane Andrews and Michelle Golden; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charlie and Ralph Buzard; a sister, Junie; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his wife, Marsha Ann (VanOrden); a daughter, Virginia Cortez; and two sons, David J. and James A. Buzard.
Friends may call on Fri., March 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Pastor Karen Tucker will officiate, and interment will be in Sandy Creek Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville NY 14221. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.
Posted March 28 2017
Douglas R. Baldwin
Douglas R. Baldwin, 69, of Middleport, died unexpectedly on Sun., March 26, 2017 at ECMC. Born on July 23, 1947 in Middleport, he was the son of the late Leroy and Evelyn (Rutter) Baldwin.
Doug grew up in the Middleport area and was retired from FMC Corporation. His soulmate and companion, Carol Cadena, passed away on Jan. 30, 2016. He was a member of the Medina V.F.W. euchre team and was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding his ATV.
Doug is survived by his children, Jeffrey (Shelley) Baldwin of Wisconsin and Amy (Tom) Zeeb of East Aurora; grandchildren, Amanda Zeeb, Kyle Baldwin, Tommy Zeeb, Amber Baldwin, Jennifer Murawski, and Amelia Zeeb; siblings, Joanne Ehlert of Tennessee, Lawney (Robert) Baldwin of Tennessee, Nancy (Mickie) Januze of Colorado, and Carol (Bill) Greenhalgh of Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call on Fri., March 31 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Daniel J. Fawls officiating. Burial will be in Boxwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Doug’s name to Lincoln Post #1483, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 216 E. Center St., Medina NY 14103. Please light a candle in Doug’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.
Posted March 28 2017
Kim L. Meland
Mrs. Kim L. Meland, of Medina, passed away on March 25, 2017 at the Martin-Linsin Hospice Residence.
Mrs. Meland was born in Batavia on Oct. 8, 1952, a daughter of the late Harvey M. and Phyllis E. (Graves) Totten. A graduate of Oakfield-Alabama High School, she married Paul W. Meland on June 7, 1985. Kim was employed by Fisher-Price Toys for over 20 years and Genesee Coating for 15 years. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and she enjoyed bike riding, solving puzzles, watching TV and redecorating her home. Kim loved animals, especially her cats.
Survivors include her husband, Paul; her brother, Randy (Melinda) Totten of Brockport; her brother-in-law, Gene Meland of North Carolina; several nieces and nephews, including Brett (Tracy) Porter, Laura M. (Mike) Schreiner, Jamie (Jaime) Totten, Jill (Jeff Fletcher), Kevin, Brian, Mark and Adam Meland; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and her many brothers and sisters at Kingdom Hall. She was predeceased by her parents, Harvey and Phyllis Totten; and her sister, Anita L. Porter.
Friends are invited to attend her Memorial Service on Sat., April 8 at 11 a.m. at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina NY 14103.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to Niagara County SPCA, 2100 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls NY 14304. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.
Posted March 27 2017
Mary Lou Dellinger
Mary Lou Dellinger, 77, of Medina, passed away peacefully on the morning of Sun., March 26, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her family.
She was born in Medina on April 25, 1939 to the late Fred and Guelda (Young) Schlegel. A graduate of Medina High School in the class of 1958, Mary Lou was active in band, for which she served as majorette. As an Air Force wife, she got to travel and lived for a while in Hawaii and Alaska. While in Hawaii, she learned to hula dance and did several performances for area organizations. Mary Lou survived the devastating earthquake of 1964 in Alaska, and the Journal-Register did a story about her experience.
After returning to New York, she sold Tupperware for several years. She enjoyed watching the Buffalo Bills play and was their “Number One Fan.” She had a big “Mary Lou loves the Bills” sign in front of her house. She shined at Christmas time, always going above and beyond with the family dinner and decorations, especially her Christmas tree. She loved Christmas and winter, collecting many things associated with the season. Mary Lou loved watching the birds come to the feeder and always made sure there was something for them. She enjoyed watching westerns and listening to Barbara Mandrell and Johnny Mathis. Mary Lou was a huge dog lover and loved her dogs, Winkie and Tiny, like her own children.
Mary Lou is survived by her children, Bobby (Lois) Dellinger, Fred (Rose) Dellinger and Melissa (Philip) Schening; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her sister, Dorothy Emanual; several nieces and nephews; and lifelong best friend, Eleanor Davis. She was predeceased by her parents, Fred and Guelda Schlegel; brother, Bill Schlegel; sister, Delores Askew; and several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to call on Sat., April 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina NY 14103, where her funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. Hal Goodwin, lay leader of the United Methodist Church in Medina, will officiate. Burial will be in Bates Road Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411. Please share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.
Posted March 26 2017
Beth Ann Fletcher
Beth Ann (Roy) Fletcher, 52, went into rest on March 24, 2017 in the home of her loving boyfriend, Bill Vockroth.
Beth enjoyed listening and dancing to music, gardening, and flagging races at Watkins Glen.
Beth is survived by her son, Jason (Catherine) Mack; her daughter, Lindy Mack; her beloved granddaughter, Shalin; her sister, Cynthia Roy; her brother, Jon Roy; her ex-husband, Keith Fletcher Sr.; three stepchildren, Keith (Reita) Fletcher, Amanda Fletcher and Alicia Fletcher; and grandchildren, Angelina and Kolton. She will also be remembered by many nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date for immediate family and close friends.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4
Posted March 25 2017
Baylee Jane McClary
WATERPORT – Baylee Jane McClary was welcomed into Heaven surrounded by her loving parents on March 20, 2017.
Baylee is survived by her loving parents, Jessica and Steve McClary II; maternal grandparents, Tammera (David) Wells Jr. and James (Lorie) Soule; maternal great-grandmother, Jane Pahuta; maternal great-grandparents, Richard (Rita) Soule, David (Janice) Wells Sr. and Roy (Barbara) Hults; maternal great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Hults; aunts, Emalee Soule and Kelsee Soule; uncles, Ryan Wells, Timothy Wells and Tyler (Jaclyn) McClary; great-uncle, David Pahuta Jr.; and several more aunts, uncles, cousins, cherished family and friends.
Baylee was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Cynthia D’Amico and Steve McClary I; maternal great-grandfather, David Pahuta Sr.; maternal great-great-grandmother, Mary Newton; maternal great-great-grandfather, Harry Chambers; and uncle, Christopher McClary.
The family will receive friends on Tue., March 28 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, with a service to be held at 5 p.m. To light a candle or express a condolence to Baylee’s family, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted March 24 2017
Janet (Mapes) Babcock
ALBION – Janet M. Babcock, 79, died peacefully with her family and friends by her side on March 23, 2017. Janet was born Aug. 5, 1937 in Lyndonville, a daughter of the late Ralph and Margaret (Lacey) Mapes.
She was a graduate of Lyndonville High School, class of 1957. On Aug. 31, 1964, she married Marvin Babcock, who predeceased her in 1980.
Janet was a teacher’s aide at Albion Central School from 1981 to 2005 and will be remembered for her love of animals, playing cards, and bringing joy and laughter to everyone around her.
In addition to her parents and husband, Janet was predeceased by her brother, Ronald Mapes; and sister, Donna Sager.
Janet is survived by her daughter, Marlene Babcock; cousin, Dolores Lucas; dear friend, Laura DePuy; her feline grandcats, Oliver, Walter, Riley and Sampson; and nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service will be held at Mt. Albion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to PAWS Animal Shelter, 3371 Gaines Basin Road, Albion NY 14411.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Janet, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted March 24 2017
Corey Jay Royal
Corey Jay Royal, 33, of Troutman, N.C., passed away Wed., March 22, 2017 at his residence. He was born Feb. 22, 1984 in Batavia, N.Y. to Craig Steven Royal and Wendy Jay Wait Royal.
Corey was a 2002 graduate of South Iredell High School and took some courses in gunsmithing at Catawba Valley Community College. He was employed with Penske Racing for six years. Corey was born with spina bifida and did not let that slow him down. He enjoyed water skiing, snow skiing, and working with his hands. Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he was able to meet Dale Earnhardt, his favorite race car driver, in 1994.
He was preceded in death by paternal great-grandmothers, Annie Sue Hall Royal and Lottie Rorick; maternal grandparents, E. Ann and John Wait; paternal grandfather, Zara Hall Royal; uncle, Bobby Caldwell; aunt, Mary Lou Thompson; and his dog, Buster.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandmother, Shelia Royal (Dave Nixon); sister, Liberty (Kenneth) Green; brother, Michael (Mary) Royal; nieces, Mary Connelly and Elizabeth; uncle, Christopher Wait (Darlene Fazzary); aunt, Sue (Russell) Buscaglia; cousins, Justin and Kaley Wait, Kyle (Kristen) Intihar, Steven Intihar, Courtney Intihar and Sheldon Serefine; and his beloved dog, Checkers.
A celebration of Corey’s life will be held Fri., March 24 from 5 to 7 p.m., with a time of remembrance at 7 p.m., at Heritage House of Cavin-Cook Funeral Home in Mooresville, N.C. Memorials may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, Central & Western North Carolina, 1131 Harding Place, Charlotte NC 28204; or Catawba Regional Hospice, 3975 Robinson Road, Newton NC 28658.
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home is serving the Royal family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.