Posted July 26 2017
Raymond E. Matuszak, Sr.
MEDINA – Mr. Raymond E. Matuszak, Sr., 91, of Medina, passed away on July 24, 2017 at his home. Mr. Matuszak was born in Medina on September 20, 1925, a son of the late Joseph and Rose (Majewski) Matuszak.
A graduate of Sacred Heart School, he joined the US Navy and served during World War II from 1943-46. On May 7, 1956, he married the former Marilyn J. Hanna and was a lifelong resident of Medina.
Mr. Matuszak was employed by Harrison Radiator Division of GMC, as an oiler in the maintenance department, retiring in 1993. He also owned and operated Ray Matuszak & Sons, roofing contractors, for many years.
Mr. Matuszak was a longtime active member of the Sacred Heart Club. He was the General Manager of the Sacred Heart Softball Team for many years. He was a member of Holy Trinity Parish, a life member of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW, UAW Local #686, was a NYS Shuffle Board Champion and an avid Yankees fan.
Survivors include 5 children, Debbie Debiaw, Carol Polick, Rose (Dan) Allport, Raymond (Bonnie) Matuszak and Michael (Candy) Matuszak; 10 grandchildren, Dana (Jennifer) Debiaw, David Debiaw, Krista and Mary Jo Polick, Eric and Christopher Clute, Wayne Manning, Cori Matuszak, Jessica (Joe) Demmer and Kelsey Matuszak; several great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Dolores Potrubacz and Bernadine Tabelski; a brother, Francis Matuszak; several nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was predeceased by his siblings, Rose Marie Matuszak, Arlene Stevenson, Joseph Matuszak, Jr. and Leonard Matuszak.
The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls will celebrate his Mass of Christian Burial on Monday at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church where friends will be received from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by members of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion.
Memorials may be made to PAWS Animal Shelter, 3371 Gaines Basin Rd., Albion, NY 14411
Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.
Posted July 25 2017
Donald M. Bauch
HOLLEY – Donald M. Bauch, 79, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., gained his freedom from a 4-year, 14-day battle with cancer on July 4, 2017.
Don is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Jane; sister, Joanne (Glen) Winkler; daughter, Jacqueline Ostrander (Brian Wenzel) and Donna (Dave) Kittrell; granddaughter, Kaitlyn Applegate (Michael Coffey); great-grandson, Michael Jameson Coffey; grandsons, Jacob Applegate, Jonathan Lander, Michael Lander; sister-in-law, Donna Brown; nieces, Alia and Kya Brown; God daughter, Ella Jenkins; special people in Don’s life, Father Enrique Cadena, Carey & Paulette Lape, Paul & Roberta Oliver, John Ostrander, Dennis Bauer, Russell Applegate, Kim, Gretchen, Noah and Emma Jenkins, Phillip & Jennifer Lander, and Todd Bauch.
A celebration of Don’s life will be held on Saturday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2 Jackson St., Holley, NY 14470.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Don’s name to Hearts of Palm, c/o St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3395 Burns Rd., Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.
Posted July 24 2017
Mrs. Kathy L. (Dunn) Lindsley
MEDINA – Mrs. Kathy L. (Dunn) Lindsley of Medina was lifted high to Heaven with the Grace of Angels on July 22, 2017 at her home with her beloved family by her side. Kathy is resting peacefully in the arms of the Lord following a seven-year battle with cancer of which she never complained, no matter the pain she endured.
She was born in Medina, November 19, 1951, a daughter of the late Harry and Lucille (Hodak) Dunn. A lifelong resident of the area, she was employed by the Orleans County Nursing Home, worked in a Florida motel, Medina Memorial Hospital and did day care. She enjoyed camping, fishing, sewing, spending time with her family, cook-outs, Sunday dinners and her church – the United Methodist Church of Medina.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Lindsley, whom she has been with for 26 years; children, Wendy Zeman of Valrico, FL, Sharon Feitshans of Medina, Sarah Feitshans of Newfane, Donnie (Janet) Feitshans of Monahans, TX, Elsie (Chuck) Meyers of Medina, Terry Feitshans of Medina, Benjamin (Jessica) Boryszewski of Medina; step children, Tammy (Roy) Martin of Summerfield, FL and Joseph Lindsley of Oakfield; grandkids, Nicole, Alan (Kaydee), David Zeman, Jennifer (Kyle) Horner, Dominic, Steffan, Joseph, Talishiona Feitshans, Kristen (Brandon) Boyer, Amber Baumgart, Allison, Evan Dudek, Karleigh Snell, Morgan, Jadyn, Caleb Feitshans, Brianna, Madison Meyers, Hannah, Nathan, James Feitshans, Jordan, Ava Boryszewski; step grandchildren, Eric, Jesse Martin, Tasha (Matt) McCoy and Joey Lindsley; 13 great-grandchildren, Lilly, Kaiden, Jaxson Zeman; Brenden, Chloe Horner, Dalton Undercoffer and Rayven Zeman; step-great-grandchildren, Lukeah, Damien, Eve, Trenton Martin and Faith and Connor McCoy; brothers, William Dunn of Jamestown, Dolores (Bill) Schroth of Lyndonville, Danny (Barbara) Dunn of Medina and Eva Brege of Westplains, MO; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was predeceased by siblings, Margaret Boryszewski, Ted, Ernest, Victor, David and Stanley Dunn.
Friends may call on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday. Rev. Tony Hipes, pastor of the United Methodist Church, will officiate and interment will be in Bates Road Cemetery. Following the graveside service, family and friends are invited to attend a potluck dinner at 112 Elizabeth St., Medina.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, POB 489, Albion, NY 14411-0489. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.
Posted July 24 2017
Joan (MacNaughton) Burns
ALBION – Joan M. Burns, 96, passed away peacefully July 24, 2017. She was born November 25, 1920 in Hamilton Ontario, Canada, a daughter of the late Gordon and Ethel (Webber) MacNaughton.
Joan had lived in Rochester most of her life and has lived in Albion since 1984. Joan was a member of the Albion First Presbyterian Church.
She was predeceased by her husband, Richard Burns. Joan is survived by her daughter, Laurie Sultzbach of Albion; grandson, Brian Sultzbach of Albion; and several nieces and nephews.
Joan’s memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 27, at the Albion First Presbyterian Church, 29 E. State St. Albion, NY 14411. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the church.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Joan, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted July 23 2017
Frederick “Fred” A. Banach
Frederick “Fred” A. Banach, 76, entered peacefully into rest on July 21, 2017. Fred was born on March 5, 1941, a son of the late Anthony and Helen Banach.
Fred was the beloved husband of Ellen Banach and loving father of Lawrence (Ingrid), Christopher (Kristen), Thomas (Marie) Banach, Sandra (Robert Jr.) Williams, Karen Williams, Mary Beth Banach, and the late Andrew Banach. He was the brother of Rose Tong, Mary (Donald) Myhill, and Gail Rossow. He was the grandfather of 11, and great-grandfather of 6. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Fred was a founding member, past chief, and treasurer of the Hartland Volunteer Fire Department. He served in the US Navy from 1959 to 1963 on the USS Forrestal. He retired from Harrison Radiator in 1998 after 30 years of service.
Fred was most generous with his time when friends and family needed him for his expertise and knowledge. When anything needed to be fixed he was the one to be called. One of his favorite sayings was: “Pay attention… there is going to be a test later!”
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 27, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Stephens Church (Holy Trinity Parish), 19 Vernon Street, Middleport, NY 14105.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to Hartland Volunteer Fire Hall, 8945 Ridge Rd., Gasport NY 14067. Please share condolences www.bateswallace.com.
Posted July 21 2017
Helen M. (Stack) Scott
MEDINA – Mrs. Helen M. (Stack) Scott, of Medina, passed away on July 20, 2017 at the Villages of Orleans. Mrs. Scott was born in Medina, February 11, 1920, a daughter of the late Joseph and Julia (Nowicki) Stach.
She was an exempt member of the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxilary. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting.
Survivors include her daughter, Joanne M. (Robert) Bracey of Medina; her son, Richard Majeski of Florida; stepson, John (Diane) Scott of Spencerport; 4 grandchildren; several step grandchildren; 2 brothers, Stanley (Mary) Stack and Edward Stack; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Elmore H. Scott, on July 8, 1990; stepson, Robert Scott; siblings, Mary Vahoviak, Victoria Krolikowski, Vincent Stach, Chester Stack, Henry Stack, Walter Stack and Frank Stack.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, July 26, at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church celebrated by The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls. Interment will be in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushell, FL.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411, the Knights Kaderli Memorial Fund- P.O. Box 684, Medina, NY 14103 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.
Posted July 21 2017
Linda L. Taylor
Linda L. Taylor, 70, entered into rest on Thu., July 20, 2017 at her home with her loving family at her side.
Born on May 22, 1947 in Utica, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Collins and Margaret (Tighe) Drosendahl. In 1967, she married the late William Taylor, and together they moved to the Medina area in 1972. Linda was once employed at Bells Supermarket in the meat room. She also worked in the Medina High School cafeteria, and lastly with BernzOmatic. Linda was a dedicated member of the East Shelby Ladies Auxiliary and was a volunteer at the MACC Depot. Linda enjoyed reading in her spare time.
Linda is survived by her three children, William (Laura) Taylor of Michigan, Jeffrey (Debbie) Taylor of Medina, and Laura (Chris Albone) Taylor of Medina; eight grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
There are no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Linda’s name to Richard Knights-Sue Kaderli Memorial Fund, c/o Sue Knights, 11079 Furness Parkway, Medina NY 14103.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. Please light a candle in Linda’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.
Posted July 20 2017
Janet Marie Turrell
Janet Marie Turrell entered peacefully into rest, surrounded by her family, on July 19, 2017. She was born on Sept. 30, 1933, a daughter of the late Harry and Bessie Adams.
She was the beloved wife of the late Edward Turrell; loving mother of Richard, Ronald (Laurie), James (Barbara) Turrell, Marilyn (Robert) Curtiss, John Turrell, and Katherine (Martin) Hirner; grandmother of 17; and great-grandmother of 20. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, and by numerous loving friends. Her sister, Arlene Wagner, predeceased her.
Janet graduated from Medina High School. She loved spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. Janet and Edward loved to travel by RV to many places across the country, and they wintered in New Port Richy, Fla. Janet was an exceptionally hardworking, kind woman who was loved by many. She will be remembered for her fashion sense.
Janet was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Middleport for many years. Janet and her husband were former members of First Baptist Church in Medina.
Janet’s family would like to extend thanks for all the special care shown by Janet’s aide, Danielle Sanders; the staff at Applegate Manor, and the staff at Odd Fellows; and a special thanks to Jim at Medina Transport.
The family will be present to receive friends on Mon., July 24 from 4 until 6 p.m. at Bates Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport NY 14105, where a memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Please share condolences at www.bateswallace.com.
Posted July 20 2017
Joyce C. Dollinger
ALBION – Joyce C. Dollinger passed into paradise on July 19, 2017, surrounded by family and loved ones. Joyce was born on Sept. 23, 1936 in Albion to George and Dorothy (VanStone) Coloney. She was the oldest of four siblings, with Elaine (Gene) Banas, Carol (Bob) Evans, and George (Jennifer) Coloney surviving her.
Joyce married Ralph H. Dollinger (deceased June 4, 2009) on June 30, 1956 and had seven children, James, Diane (deceased Oct. 15, 2011) Dick (deceased April 6, 1999) Viza, William, Ralph (Stephanie), Patricia (David) Kolb, Dorothy (David) Daniels, and Margaret. She is survived by 38 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, each loved dearly.
She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Church, where she gladly served the parish in numerous capacities from Finance Council to Eucharistic Minister. Joyce was known for her famous broccoli casseroles delivered to grieving families.
After the passing of her husband of 52 years, Joyce ran the family hotel/motel business until the day she died. Even at 80 years of age, she insisted on answering the phones throughout the night. She loved watching “her Yankees,” NFL football and Fox News. Her biggest passion was her family. She collected a library of recipes, planning meals for the week ahead and for the large gatherings she enjoyed down to every detail, especially Christmas and the Fourth of July.
The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Fri., July 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Parish/St. Joseph’s Church on Sat., July 22 at 10 a.m. Interment will take place at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Holy Family Parish.
To share a special memory of Joyce, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted July 18 2017
Barbara Kathryn Pritchard Merrill, born on Election Day, Nov. 6, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio, and current resident of Tucson, Ariz., died June 27, 2017. Her parents were Kathryn Walling Pritchard and David James Pritchard. She grew up in Lyndhurst, Ohio, graduating from Charles F. Brush High School, where in her senior year she was bestowed the honor of Homecoming Queen.
Barbara graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. It was there she met her now deceased husband, John Brooks Merrill. She lived in Albion for many years with her husband, who was with the family funeral business, Merrill-Grinnell Inc. While in Albion, she taught elementary school in the Albion school system, and then served as the librarian after achieving her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Buffalo. She was an exceptionally devoted, loving and supportive wife, mother and sister, who saved her brother Phil’s life on at least one occasion in his youth.
After her husband retired from the funeral business, they moved to Tucson. She was an avid bridge player and a very active member of two retirement communities, Sun City Vistoso and Brookdale Santa Catalina, including serving as the librarian in Brookdale for many years before she passed. She was past president of the Sun City Vistoso Genealogical Society and was very active in historical and genealogical research.
She is survived by two sons, James and Mark Merrill; brother, Philip Pritchard; grandchildren, Hayley and Luke Merrill; niece, Elise Dekoschak; and several cousins.
Friends and family are invited to attend memorial services to be held on Sat., July 29 at 10 a.m. at Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, 12 Ingersoll St., Albion NY 14411. Please share condolences at www.merrillgrinnell.com.
Posted July 18 2017
Steven R. Pruner
KENDALL – Steven R. Pruner, 54, passed away suddenly on July 16, 2017 at his home. He was born July 20, 1962 in Brockport to the late James and Geraldine (Guyette) Pruner.
Steven enjoyed watching sports, playing golf, and playing horseshoes. He was an avid Denver Broncos and Chicago Cubs fan. He liked trivia, sports stats, movies, country music and cassette tapes.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, James F. Pruner.
Steven is survived by his sister-in-law, Linda Pruner; siblings, Wayne (Amy) Pruner, Ken (Kim) Pruner, and Ellie (Don) Buzard; several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements for Steven have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Steven, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted July 17 2017
Kathryne G. Sipple
Kathryne G. Sipple, 69, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Sun., July 16, 2017 at the Martin-Linsin Residence, Albion.
Born on July 13, 1948 in Duluth, Minn., she was the daughter of Margaret (Olson) Carlson and the late Rudolf Carlson.
Kathryne grew up in Minnesota, and on June 15, 1968, she married James Sipple, who was stationed in Finland, Minn. while serving in the U.S Air Force. In 1970, they made their home in Medina on Main Street, where she was a devoted housewife and mother. She was a member of the Women’s GLOW and served as an advisor for the Iroquois Job Corp., for which she often opened up her home to the young men and women who had no family during the holidays. Kathryne attended the Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship, and she enjoyed crocheting and knitting, having made prayer shawls for the church.
Besides her mother, Margaret, and her husband, James, she is survived by three sons, Jason (Cheryl) Sipple of Medina, Barrett (Kristi) Chrissis, and Greg (Carla) Arends, all of Minnesota; five siblings, Ramona Eide of Grand Canyon, Ellen (Paul) Hanson of Duluth, Rudolf (Mary Kay) Carlson of Duluth, Claudia Eide of Phoenix, Ariz., and Edward (Kim) Eide of Silver Bay, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews.
She is predeceased by her brother, Russell Carlson; and a sister, Julie Andree.
Relatives and friends may attend a funeral service on Sat., July 22 at 11 a.m. at Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship, 5329 S. Gravel Road, Medina NY 14103. Burial will be in Boxwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Kathryne’s name to Hospice of Orleans County, P.O.Box# 489, Albion NY 14411; or to Alabama Full Fellowship.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. Please light a candle in Kathryne’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.
Posted July 17 2017
Robert J. Daniels
ALBION – Robert J. “Mojo” Daniels, 45, passed away suddenly at his home on July 14, 2017 following a long illness. He was born July 5, 1972 in Albion and would remain in this area his whole life.
Mojo enjoyed playing video games and listening to music. He was an awesome man and a great father, husband and best friend. He loved his children and grandchildren dearly and shared a lot of love and laughs with countless people.
Mojo is survived by his parents, Robert (Peggy) Daniels and Carol Trotz; his wife of 21 loving years, Betty; son, Joshua (Desi Strasser) Daniels; stepchildren, Christina (Cory) McMurray, Timothy McMurray Jr., and Amanda (Gary) Ettinger; sister, Sandi (Michael) Green; grandchildren, Kali, Bryden, Aries-Marie and Seth McMurray, Trentin and Abigail Ettinger, Kodi Smith, and Izabella Zimmer; 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., July 20 from 9 to 10 a.m. only.
To share a special memory of Mojo, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted July 16 2017
Paul D. Schmitt Sr.
ALEXANDER – Paul D. “Pauly” Schmitt Sr., 53, of Alexander, N.Y., went to be with the Lord on Sat., July 15, 2017 at Buffalo General Hospital. He was born on April 21, 1964 in Medina, a son of the late Alfred L. and Shirley Ann (Debiaw) Schmitt.
Paul grew up in Orleans County and worked various jobs. Most recently, he was employed with the Batavia Veterans Administration Hospital as an LPN. Paul was an advocate and positive role model for children, having been a former Scout leader for Pack #650 and a coach for Tri-Town Athletics. He was a member of Medina Conservation Club, and he enjoyed the outdoors while hunting and fishing, especially in Lake Placid. He was a member of Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church. Most of all, Paul enjoyed spending time with his family.
He is survived by his soulmate, Shawn Drysdale; his children, Paul Schmitt Jr. and Madison Drysdale, both of Alexander; siblings, Carol (Howard Geiger) Schmitt of Maryville, Tenn., Charlene Wisniewski of Canandaigua, and Allen (Anita) Schmitt of Barker; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Relatives and friends may call at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103, on Thu., July 20 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Visitation will also take place on the morning of Fri., July 21 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Road, Medina NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. with the pastor, Rev. Daniel A. Thurber, officiating. Burial will be in Lynhaven Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Paul’s name to Tri-Town Athletics, P.O.Box 252, Alexander NY 14005. Please light a candle in Paul’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.
Posted July 13 2017
Anthony S. Laskey Jr.
Mr. Anthony S. “Tony” Laskey Jr., of Delevan, died on July 11, 2017 at Buffalo General Hospital.
Tony was born in Lockport on Dec. 9, 1956, a son of the late Anthony Mielcarski and Mabel McGaffick. He loved nature and the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed spending time photographing the outdoors. Tony was a gardener who grew strawberries, was a good cook, and enjoyed food. He listened to country music and was a Johnny Cash fan.
Survivors include two children, Anthony R. “Andy” Laskey and Jillian “Jill” Weatherbee; his grandson, Nicolas Weatherbee; siblings, Kim Laskey, Paul (Connie) Laskey, Donald (Dawn) Laskey, Elmer Laskey, David Laskey, Elaine (Scott) Laskey, Kenneth (Heather) Laskey, Penny Purdue, and Christopher Mielcarski; and several nieces and nephews.
His sister, Madeline Laskey, predeceased him.
Friends may call on Wed., July 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his Celebration of Life service will be held at 5 p.m. Pastor Eric Olsen will officiate.
Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.
Posted July 12 2017
In every community – in every life – there are people who are hubs, keystones on which the wellbeing of everyone around them is braced. The cosmic applecart is upset when they are gone. Dorothy Parker – and the joy and love she gave every person she connected with – carried that kind of strength. When she was young in Buffalo and entered a room, she was magnetic. As a woman in Medina, her joy made everyone feel welcome. As she aged in Medina and Rochester, her smile made every single person who met her feel welcome and comfortable. Even as she entered her twilight at The Landing at Brockport, the vibrant life was extended to her peers entering their end of life phases as well.
Dorothy Betty Perhach Parker died peacefully and comfortably at Hildebrandt Hospice in Greece, N.Y., on Sun., July 9, after living a full life to the age of 88.
Dorothy was born Oct. 2, 1928, the second of four Czech sisters – a heritage in which Dorothy took an immense amount of pride. Growing up in the Black Rock neighborhood of Buffalo, she graduated from Riverside High School.
After World War II, the Perhach family moved from Buffalo to Lyndonville, a shocking move for the city girl, Dorothy. Dorothy loved theatre, and she and her sister Irene would frequent the Medina hot spot, the American Legion, where the cosmopolitan Dorothy met the rugged cowboy farmer Ray Parker, in town working his family’s farm. Sparks flew.
Dorothy and Ray married in 1950, making their home the Bates Road farm in Medina. The city girl and the cowboy were known at the markets in Buffalo – the beautiful, urbane Dorothy hitting the Bailey Avenue shopping district with style, being picked up at the end of the day by her husband in his muddy cattle truck, returning from selling his wares. Hitting the hot spots in boots and heels, they were a loving pair full of contrast and clash, welding together and not parting until they fulfilled their vows.
The family grew, welcoming daughter Debra and son Raymond III, raising a family and building a legacy of work, joy and love. The farm, with horses, cows, pigs and chickens, was a life of work, but Dorothy still made time to be a Girl Scout leader, a Cub Scout den mother, a 4-H leader, a costume designer for school musicals, and a performer with the Theatre of Performing Arts of Medina. Through the years, Dorothy and Ray traveled all over the country for fairs, shows and trail rides, or they stayed with the family at home, partying with the neighbors and best friends at their home or across the street at the Allis homestead, chasing their children out of mischief in the fields and creeks.
The 1980s saw her family grow, as both Debbie and Raymond had children of their own. The five grandchildren, Evan, Ashley, Dana, Raymond IV and Rory, found themselves in the bright light of their grandma, who treated them with love, respect, and sometimes discipline, all in equal measure – there were never favorites.
Entering old age, Dorothy dutifully cared for her husband, Ray, but still was the vibrant lady in her bright red and leopard-print outfits, brightening every person’s life she entered with her twinkling smile and love. After Ray’s passing, she maintained that joie de vivre until she was ready to go. She left with dignity and class, just as she exhibited her entire life.
Dorothy is predeceased by husband, Ray; her parents, Joseph and Mary Perhach of Lyndonville; and her sister, Irene Albone of Ft. Worth, Texas. She is survived by her sisters, Elsie Schiavone of Lubbock, Texas, and Carol Perhach of Champaign, Ill.; daughter, Debra Pierce of Rochester; son, Raymond (Katherine) Parker III, grandchildren, Evan, Ashley and Dana Parker Pierce, Raymond IV and Rory Parker; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for family and friends will take place at Cooper Funeral Home in Medina on Sun., July 16. Greeting hours begin at 1 p.m., with a celebration of Dorothy’s life beginning at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Dorothy’s name to support eldercare and end-of-life care. Donations may be made to Dorothy P. Parker Memorial Fund, c/o Medina Savings & Loan, 11182 Maple Ridge Road, Medina NY 14103; or to Lifetime Hildebrandt Hospice at www.lifetimecare.org.
Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com
Posted July 12 2017
Martin VanWycke Jr.
Martin VanWycke Jr., of Waterport, passed away on July 12, 2017 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.
He was born on May 22, 1924.
Marty is survived by his wife of 75 years, Dorothy; son, Martin (Dolores) VanWycke III; daughter, Judy Ann Snyder; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Marty’s name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Marty, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted July 11 2017
Helen E. Pocock
Helen E. Pocock, 85, of Harlingen, Texas, formerly of Byron, passed away on Mon., July 10, 2017 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Medina.
Born on Oct. 7, 1931 in Batavia, Helen was the daughter of the late Melvin and Mary (Butcher) Foster. She graduated from Pavilion High School, and then she was employed as a line inspector at Rochester Products. On Oct. 13, 1956, she married the late Thomas Pocock, and together they raised a daughter. Helen retired in 1982. She enjoyed reading and traveling. She also loved to hear about her two granddaughters, who she loved very much.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Amy (Alan) Bilicki; two granddaughters, Madeline and Katie Bilicki, both of Medina; three siblings, Gloria (Arden) Curts of Texas, Earl Foster of Bergen, and Mary Sue Norris of Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call on Sat., July 15 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Brigid Church, 18 Gibson St., Bergen NY 14416, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 p.m. Burial will take place in North Byron Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Helen’s name to Ronald McDonald House, 333 Westmoreland Drive, Rochester NY 14620.
Arrangements were entrusted to Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. Please light a candle in Helen’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.
Posted July 11 2017
Eva M. Allison
Eva M. Allison, of Lyndonville, passed away on July 6, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Eva was born in Medina on Sept. 21, 1949, a daughter of the late John James and Barbara Eudora (Gotham) Christy. A graduate of Medina High School, she was employed as an executive secretary for M.J. Dreher Trucking, Inc. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Medina, where she served as a deacon. Eva enjoyed knitting and reading.
She is survived by her partner, Yvette A. Nevin; three children, Donnie (Amelia) Draper, Molly (Robert) Hayes and Katy (Rich Seymour) Allison; four grandchildren, Patrick, Troy, Danielle and Aidan; two great-grandchildren, Thea and Melanie; her sister, Sarah (Rick) Gibson; her brother, Michael (Sue) Christy; her aunt, Janice Hicks; two nieces, Sarah and Emily; and several cousins. She was predeceased by her daughter, Jessica.
Friends may call on Wed., July 12 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 522 Main St., Medina, where her service will follow at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Alfreda E.S. Morse will officiate.
Memorials may be made to James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester NY 14642; or to Knights/Kaderli Memorial Fund; or to First Presbyterian Church of Medina.
Arrangements are being handled by Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.
Posted July 10 2017
Anella Jessie Meland
Anella Jessie (Pratt) Meland passed away Fri., July 7, 2017 at Medina Memorial Hospital with her family at her side. She was born Nov. 24, 1923 to John D. Pratt Sr. and Lillian Mae (Donnelly) Pratt in Shelby Center. She graduated from Medina High School in 1942 and went to work at Harrison Radiator in Lockport during World War II. She married Wayne Allen Meland on May 26, 1946 at Shelby Baptist Church.
She is survived by one son, Wayne Allen (Mary) Meland Jr. of New Lenox, Ill.; two daughters, Lynn Anella (Larry) Woodard of Riceville, Tenn., and Dawn Suzanne Meland of Medina; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Barbara (Wayne) Caleb of Melbourne, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Wayne Allen Meland; and two brothers, Harley Pratt of Pittsburgh and John D. Pratt Jr. of Medina.
She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening and needlework, and she also enjoyed the love from her cats. She worked at Normack’s Sewing Factory in Lyndonville until 1970, when she went to Fisher-Price Toys for 16 years, eight years in supervision. She was a Girl Scout leader and a member of Home Bureau and Medina Association of Women.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Orleans Community Health Foundation, the Knights/Kaderli Memorial Fund, or a charity of your choice.
Friends may call on Sat., Aug. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where her service will follow at 3 p.m. Hal Goodwin will officiate. Interment will be in Boxwood Cemetery.
Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.
Posted July 06 2017
Sara Lee Johnson
Sara Lee “Momma Dukes” Johnson, 56, of Medina, peacefully entered into rest at her home on Mon., July 3, 2017.
Born on Nov. 25, 1960 in Canastota, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Erving and Patricia (Towntrow) Rich.
Sara grew up in Morrisville, N.Y., and in 1995 she moved to the Medina area. She worked various jobs, including at Quack’s Diner in Madison, N.Y., and later at Rudy’s Diner in Medina, until ill health forced her into retirement. She enjoyed collecting anything to do with dolphins and was an avid Miami Dolphins fan.
Sara is survived by three children, Patti Twiss of Medina, Matthew (Cherin) Shantal of Morrisville, and David (Tanya) Twiss of Medina; 10 grandchildren; four siblings, Irene (Steve) Phillips of Lakeland, Fla., George (Lynn) Rich of North Carolina, Jeannette (Allen) Barre of Florida, and Ronald Rich of Medina; and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wed., July 12 at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. with Pastor Steven Pawley officiating.
Memorials may be made in Sara’s name to American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst NY 14228. Please light a candle in Sara’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.
Posted July 06 2017
Elsie Sanderson Oliver
Elsie Sanderson Oliver, 86, of San Angelo, Texas, formerly of Albion and Medina, went home to her Lord on July 2, 2017. She was born Dec. 6, 1930 in Albion to the late Delbert and Winifred (Green) Sanderson.
Elsie married her husband, William Oliver, on Oct. 11, 1952. They made their home in Albion, and later in Medina. Bill passed away in 2005.
Elsie was a member of First Baptist Church of Albion. After retiring from Kodak, she filled her need to be busy by working at Gallo’s Men’s Shop. She enjoyed playing cards, crafting, bowling and traveling. Elsie loved helping others. She gave much more than she ever took in this life. Every challenge she met was taken in stride and handled with grace. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren. They are all left with the gift of memories of their cherished Grandma (“Oma”) patiently and lovingly sharing her talents with them.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is predeceased by her “bonus parents,” Clinton and Dorothy Culverwell; her brothers, Harold and Richard Sanderson; and her nephew, Richard Sanderson Jr.
Elsie is survived by her sons, William (Michelle) Oliver of Medina and Robert (Stephanie) Oliver of San Angelo, Texas; five grandchildren, Alissa (Joel) Bruce and Lyndsey (Travis) Oliver-Farewell, both of Medina, Aaron Oliver and Brandon (Erin) Oliver, both of San Angelo, and Caron Oliver of Dallas; five great-grandchildren, Elaina and Sydney Bruce of Medina, Kendall Oliver-Farewell of Medina, Aiden Oliver of San Angelo, and Nathanial Oliver of San Angelo; her sister, Dorothy Barrancotta of Lockport; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to First Baptist Church of Albion, P.O. Box 151, Albion NY 14411.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Elsie, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted July 06 2017
Dora H. Bruning
Dora H. Bruning entered into rest on July 5, 2017. She was born Nov. 24, 1917, a daughter of the late John and Ella Eick.
She was the beloved wife of the late Louis Bruning; mother of Richard, Ronald (Yvonne), Robert, Russell, Donna, Randall and the late Roger Bruning; grandmother of 11; great-grandmother of 20; sister of the late Alton, Wilbert, Harold, John Jr. and Raymond Eick. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Dora enjoyed gardening and sewing, and she was a talented baker.
A funeral service will be held Mon., July 10 at 11 a.m. at Bates Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport NY 14105. Burial will be at Royalton Mountain Ridge Cemetery, following the service.
If desired, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Please share condolences at www.bateswallace.com.
Posted July 05 2017
James A. Regan
James A. Regan, 76, of Holley, died July 5, 2017 after a brief illness. He was born in Brocton, Mass., one of seven brothers. He was a twin and the last to survive.
His life’s path took him on several journeys. His father, James E. Regan, was his strength and guidance.
Jim’s first job was as a delivery boy on his bicycle for a drugstore in Copley Square, Boston, Mass. He also had a short-lived job as a shoe salesman.
Jim worked on the locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway near Massena, N.Y., and later as a cement finisher on the Niagara Power Project in Lewiston. He was a journeyman finisher by age 18. He helped build the Lady of Fatima Shrine in Lewiston while waiting for his acceptance into the New York State Police Academy. He served from 1962 to 1967, leaving to join his father in a family business of welding and fabricating. He learned to weld from a kind farmer in Geneseo before going to Boston.
Jim loved the ocean and had a pleasure boat and two lobster boats, allowing him to experience the hardships of life as a lobsterman. On a chartered cruise with his brother, he caught a 675-pound tuna. It was a thrill of a lifetime.
He kept his promise to his wife and moved her back to New York near family and a new job at Eastman Kodak for 18 years. Worried about layoffs, he started a lobster business on the side. He rented a tank while he was building two of his own with his sons, Jim and Patrick, who were still living at home. A billboard sign on the front lawn – “Live Maine Lobsters” – got attention. The business grew to a seafood retail store and takeout restaurant for 10 years.
Jim loved camping and fishing in the Adirondacks and deer hunting in the Southern Tier. His knowledge of history was outstanding. Battlegrounds like Gettysburg were favorite vacations.
He has left his children a great legacy. James is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rosanne (Bevilacqua); son, Joseph (Marcia) of Warsaw; daughter, Marie (Steve) Tisack of Sanborn; son, James (Tina) of Pittsburgh, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Heather DeWolf of Holley; and several grandchildren.
Jim’s son, Patrick, passed in 2005 and will be waiting with open arms to welcome dad home.
There are no prior calling hours. Jim’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Sat., July 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Holley. Interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to the Patrick Regan Memorial Scholarship Fund at any Key Bank in the area.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Jim, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.
Posted July 03 2017
James William McCormick
Mr. James William McCormick, of Medina, formerly of Lockport, passed away on June 30, 2017 at the VAMC, Buffalo.
Mr. McCormick was born in Lockport on Nov. 22, 1930, a son of the late Herbert and Jenny (Fitzgibbon) McCormick. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he served during the Korean Conflict. He was employed by Simonds Saw and Steel and retired from Guterl Specialty Steel after 30 years of service. He then worked for Fisher-Price Toys in Medina as a security guard for 20 years.
Mr. McCormick resided in Lockport for 52 years and in Medina for the last 35 years. He was a longtime member of Lockport Post #2535, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and sports, and he was a Little League coach. For the last 27 years, he was a proud friend of Bill W.
Survivors include his close friend, Patricia LaGeorge of Medina; his daughter, Colleen (Bill Cunningham) McCormick of Middleport; and his son, Michael James (Pam) McCormick of Greenville, Pa.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Jean McCormick; and many nieces, nephews and close friends. He was predeceased by his sister, Lois; and brother, John McCormick.
Friends may call on Sat., July 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, will officiate. Interment will be in the Veterans Section of St. Mary’s Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by members of Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion and Lincoln Post #1483, VFW.
Posted July 03 2017
Mildred Lindke Pritchard Knights
October 4, 1916 – July 1, 2017
Mildred Knights, beloved and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully at Orchard Manor Rehabilitation Facility at the age of 100+.
She was born in the Town of Royalton to the late Gustave and Alma (Koepsel) Lindke. Her humble, caring, loving, sincere ways and her humor were felt by all who knew her. She will be greatly missed.
Mildred married Melvin Pritchard on June 20, 1935, and they farmed on Swett Road until his death on July 24, 1974. On Nov. 4, 1977, she married Melvin’s best friend, Edmund Knights, and they enjoyed retirement together until his death on April 18, 1999.
Left to cherish her memory are her son, James (Janet) Pritchard; daughter, Nancy (late Sidney Jr.) Riches; sister in-law, Shirley (late Robert) Lindke; grandchildren, Ellen Pritchard, Carol (Jeff) Pritchard Reitz, Debra Riches (Ronald) Breed, Shari Riches (Michael) Little, James (Stephanie) Riches, and Linda Riches (Alex) Lonnen; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Jackson Reitz, Nichole Breed (Jeremy) Howell, Lindsey Breed, Drew, Kyle and Ryan Little, Rebecca and Jonathan Riches; great-great-grandson, Nathaniel Howell; several nieces and nephews; stepchildren, Barbara Clark, Katherine Knights and Kenneth (Mary) Knights, and their families.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Medina and its Friendly Circle Class, Senior Citizens of Western Orleans, Sewing Club and Orleans Orbits Square Dance Club.
Friends may call on Sat,, July 8 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Medina, where her memorial service will be held at 12 p.m., followed by a meal. Burial will be in Bates Road Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 205 W. Center St., Medina NY 14103. Arrangements are being handled by Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.
Posted June 30 2017
Donald Gordon Steele
Donald Gordon Steele, 79, died peacefully on Wed., June 28, 2017, surrounded by his children.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., July 1 at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church in Wake Forest, N.C., followed by a reception at the Christian Life Center. Mr. Steele’s remains will be placed in the Memorial Garden at Howard Memorial Presbyterian Church in Tarboro, N.C., later the same day.
Don was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Pinkerton Steele, in 2012 after 53 years of marriage. He is survived by his daughter, Cheri (Lloyd) Stalls of Wilmington, N.C.; son, Greg (Jane) Steele of Greenville, N.C.; grandchildren, Charli (Holton) Saxon, Matt (Kirstie) Steele, Maggie Stalls, Emily Steele and Drew Steele; brothers-in-law, Dennis Pinkerton of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Hank (Celeste) Pinkerton of Bayville, N.Y.; many nieces and nephews; and his loving dog, Sophie.
Don, known to some as Herb, was born in Albion to the late Edna and Clarence Steele on Jan. 8, 1938. He graduated from Albion High School and earned a B.S. in business administration from the University of Rochester. Don worked in various capacities in the accounting and telephone industries before retiring from Sprint. He and Wilma were very active in church and civic organizations in each of the communities in which they lived, including Junior Achievement, Rotary and Boy Scouts, and served as Deacon and Elder in the various Presbyterian churches they attended. They helped create the Wake Forest Presbyterian Church JOY (Just Older Youth) group, and Don enjoyed helping to count the offering, welcoming visitors at church, and delivering Meals on Wheels. He will be missed for his energy and leadership in all his endeavors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, 12605 Capital Blvd., Wake Forest NC 28587; or to Wake Forest Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 1126, Wake Forest NC 27588.
Arrangements were handled by Bright Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Wake Forest, N.C.
Posted June 29 2017
Robert E. Weet
Robert E. Weet, of Middleport, entered into rest on June 26, 2017.
He was the son of the late Elroy and Lucy Weet; beloved husband of 48 years of Joan (Hyde) Weet; loving father of Deron (Sara) Weet; brother of Caryl (the late Robert) Adams and John “Jack” (Jane) Weet; and brother-in-law of Carol Hyde Stokes and Stuart (Helen) Hyde. Mr. Weet is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Bob was a member of the New York State National Guard. He was a past Company F Commander at the Medina Armory, and retired as a captain. Bob was a past New York State Chairman of Ducks Unlimited, as well as a Life Sponsor and a Trustee Emeritus. He was a conservationist, active with the Medina Conservation Club, Orleans County Federation of Sportsman’s Clubs, and Oak Orchard National Turkey Federation.
The family will be present on Sat., July 1 from 10 to 11 a.m. to receive friends at Christ Episcopal Church, 7145 Fieldcrest Drive, Lockport NY 14094, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m.
Posted June 28 2017
Patricia Susan Nielsen
Patricia Susan Nielsen, born on Feb. 26, 1951 on Long Island, passed away on June 23, 2017 in Florida.
“Patty Sue” grew up in Hulberton, graduating from Holley Central School. She moved to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands in the 1970s, and then to Florida.
Patty is survived by her brother, John (Linda) Nielsen Jr. of Clarendon; nieces and nephews, Kelley ReQua, Lisa Nielsen and Matthew (Takaco) Nielsen, Lance, Jacob and Mason ReQua, Jessica and Gregory John Brockway; and two special aunts and caregivers in Florida, Nancy Fling and Deloris Nielsen.
She is predeceased by her brother, Daniel Nielsen.
Patty enjoyed boating with her father and brother in the Caribbean Sea, listening to music, and her cats.
There will be no calling hours. Interment will be held at a later date in Florida.
Posted June 28 2017
Barbara M. Hinman
ALBION – Barbara M. Hinman, 88, died June 26, 2017 at Geneva General Hospital following a long illness. She was born Dec. 15, 1928 in Albion to Warren and Genevieve (Goff) Stoney and was a lifelong resident of this area.
Barbara was a longtime member of Barre Center Presbyterian Church, where she served as an Elder, a Deacon, and a member of the Bell Choir and the True Blue Mission Guild. She was a graduate of Rochester Business Institute and worked as a dental assistant in Albion. Barbara very much enjoyed spending time at the cottage at Troutburg.
Ms. Hinman was predeceased by her sisters, Margery Knapp and Clarice Lechner-Hyman.
She is survived by her children, Elaine (Stephen) Hinman-Toomey of Victor, Marc (Mary Jo) Hinman of Florida, and Michael (Donna) Hinman of Utica; special niece and caregiver, Nancy (Ron) Good; as well as seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and additional nieces and nephews.
There will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend Barbara’s memorial service on Sun., July 2 at Barre Center Presbyterian Church, 4706 Oak Orchard Road, Albion, beginning at 12 p.m. Burial in Mt. Albion Cemetery will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Barre Center Presbyterian Church at the above address. Barbara’s family has entrusted her arrangements to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion. To share a special memory of Barbara, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.