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Obituaries

Posted February 24 2017
Raylan William Merrill & Grayson Oliver Merrill

MEDINA – God welcomed two new angels in heaven, Raylan William Merrill and Grayson Oliver Merrill, on February 21, 2017 at Unity Hospital.

They are survived by their parents, Mitchell and Haley Merrill; sister, Emma Jean Merrill; grandparents, Mitch and Lori Murek, Terrie Merrill and David (Mabel) Merrill; great-grandparents, Dorothy Neal, Dorothy Merrill and Gloria (Eric) Smith; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To light a candle or express condolences please visit, www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 24 2017
Rev. Lawrence “Larry” Richardson Sr.

ALBION – Rev. Lawrence “Larry” Richardson Sr., 75, died suddenly on February 23, 2017 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. Larry was born January 8, 1942 in Flint, Michigan, a son of the late Henry and Ruth (Bozak) Richardson.

Larry had lived in this area most of his life and was a former employee of Orleans County. Rev. Richardson Sr. was very proud that he was an Ordained Minister. Larry enjoyed spending time with his family, preaching, riding his 4 wheeler and fishing. He was very musically inclined and loved playing the guitar, organ, harmonica and singing.

He was predeceased by his grandson Joseph Allen.

Larry is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sandra; children, Judith (Carmela Allen) Richardson, Lura (Timothy) Kenward of Waterport, Larry (Amy) Richardson Jr. of Albion, Ronald (Priscilla) Richardson of Brockport and Shaun (Alisha) Richardson of Albion; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brother, Rev. James (Alice) Richardson of Holley; sisters, Helen Denis of NV., and Arlene Williamson of CA; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Monday (Feb. 27) from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21 W. Avenue, Albion, where Larry’s funeral service will be held Tuesday (Feb. 28) at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. To share a special memory of Larry, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 24 2017
Shizuka S. Massaro

ALBION – Mrs. Shizuka S. Massaro, 96, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at the Martin Linsin Hospice Residence in Albion. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph O. Massaro, C.W.O., who served in the United States Army for 22 years.

She is survived by her nieces, Mitsuko Takahashi and Yuko Kitagawa.

There will be no prior calling hours. Friends are invited to attend Shizuka’s funeral service 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Avenue, Albion. Interment will be held privately in Mt. Albion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY, 14411 or the Hoag Library, 134 S. Main St., Albion, NY, 14411.  To share a special memory of Shizuka, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 24 2017
Norman Wayne Waters

MEDINA – Mr. Norman Wayne Waters of Medina died on February 23, 2017 at Buffalo General Hospital after a short illness. Mr. Waters was born in Medina on January 9, 1942, a son of the late Valentine and Marion (Smith) Waters, Sr.

A lifelong resident of the area, he started his career in farming. He then worked for FMC, Bramer Electric, Niagara Foods and Keeler Construction. He loved the outdoors, was an avid hunter, trapper and fisherman and a “jack of all trades.” He was a member of the National Rifle Association and a former member of the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company and Jr. Wilson Sportsmen’s Club.

Survivors include his special friend, Dawn Davis and her son Ryan; 2 sons, Robert W. (Darlene) Waters and Kelly (Magali) Waters; 3 grandchildren, Danielle (Brian) Smith, Cody Waters and Jeremiah (Hunter) Waters; 2 step-grandchildren, Benjamin and Tirsa; 5 great-grandchildren; siblings, Donald Waters, Ione Dimarino, Beverly Quackenbush and Marion Elmer; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by 8 siblings, Virginia Carpenter, Valentine Waters, Jr., Raymond Waters, Lois Deyarmin, Joyce Michaud, Gary Waters, Larry Waters and Dorothy Strickland.

Friends may call on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Memorials may be made to Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 24 2017
Michael R. Beyer

KENT – Michael R. Beyer, 65 , died on Feb. 23, 2017 at the Martin Linsin Hospice Residence in Albion following a brief illness. He was born Sept. 16, 1951 in Buffalo to Lawrence and Gloria (Schwab) Beyer and had lived in this area over six years.

As a retired Correctional Officer from the Wyoming County Correctional Facility in Attica, Mike enjoyed gardening, mowing the lawn, fishing, feeding the birds and loving his dogs, especially “Walter.”

He is survived by his spouse of 13 years, Devon; his son, David (Charlene) Beyer of FL; and his 3 grandchildren, Killian Dwyer, Blake Beyer and Julianna Beyer.

There will be no calling hours. Mike’s services will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Dog Town USA/Best Friends Animal Shelter, 2005 South 1100 East Salt Lake City, UT 84106. Mike’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion. To share a special memory of Mike, please visit: www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 24 2017
Genevieve Rose Wolffe

Genevieve WolfeGenevieve Rose Wolffe passed on Feb. 23, 2017. Gene was born on June 11, 1928, a daughter of Stanley and Veronica (Noreck) Radzinski.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harry J. Wolffe, who passed on Feb. 23, 1983; her daughter, Carol J. Fortunato; and her great-grandson, Liam David Terra. Gene is survived by her daughters, Nancy Ebbs, Sharon Ludwick and Judy Soto; brother, Leonard Radzinski; sister, Barbara (Ron) Armstrong; and son-in-law, Jerry Fortunato. Gene was a grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of five.

She retired from the NYS Department of Labor in 1985. She was a member of St. Mary’s Assumption/Holy Family Parish and was a longtime member of the Catholic Daughters. Her pastimes included needlepoint and gardening.

No prior visitation will be held. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Parish, 106 S. Main St., Albion, on Mon., Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m. Memorials in Gene’s name may be made to a Hospice facility of your choice; or to Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester & Finger Lakes Region, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14620; or to Ronald McDonald House, 333 Westmoreland Drive, Rochester NY 14620. Please share condolences at www.merrillgrinnell.com.


 

Posted February 22 2017
James Thomas Raymondjack

James Raymondjack

James Thomas Raymondjack, 81, of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Feb. 17, 2017.

Jim was born in Jamestown, N.Y. to Mary Tomelka and Joseph Raymondjack on Jan. 29, 1936. He graduated from Medina High School in 1954 and held degrees from SUNY Ranger School (Forestry and Surveying, A.A.S) 1956, Ithaca College (Physical Education, B.S.) 1966, and Syracuse University (Special Education, M.S.) 1967, and he began his doctoral studies (Public Administration) at NYU. His job resume includes: surveyor, physical education teacher for BOCES, Chief of Service of Children and Adolescence Services at Monroe Development Mental Center, Met Life Insurance agent, and New York Life Insurance agent. He was also a Cub Scout leader and a past member of the board at Heritage Christian Services.

Jim was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and he was an avid fisherman. He enjoyed being outdoors and was always ready with a song on his lips. Jim is survived by his wife, Linda (Wagner) Raymondjack; his children, Jeremy (Janet Merna), Lindsay (Tim Bradley) and Benjamin (Jessica); his grandchildren; and nephews, Joe (Sandy) Fox and Larry (Barbara) Fox.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 25 at the Atonement Lutheran Church on West Fall Road in Rochester, N.Y. Reverend Val Fowler will officiate. In lieu of flowers, or should you wish to make a donation in memory of James Raymondjack, please send donations to Aurora House of Western Monroe County, 2495 S. Union St., Spencerport NY 14559.

Funeral arrangements were completed by Merton H. Kays Funeral Home, Inc., 59 Monroe St., Honeoye Falls NY 14472. A candle can be lit at www.mertonkaysfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 22 2017
Sally June Kubatek

Sally Kubatek

MIDDLEPORT — Sally June Kubatek passed away on Saturday evening, Feb. 18, 2017, at her home in Middleport, after a two-year battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

She was born Aug. 19, 1936 in Middleport to Perry and Bessie (Collins) Smith. Sally grew up in Lyndonville, where she graduated from high school in 1954. She went on to complete IBM training in Rochester, after which she worked for almost 20 years at Harrison Radiator in Lockport, and as an IBM keypunch operator. She wed Richard Kubatek on Feb. 16, 1974, and they raised four children together.

Sally’s passions were her home and family. She was an avid gardener, and in later years she camped and traveled around the U.S. with her husband, visiting family and friends. Their favorite trips were to Yellowstone National Park and to Fish Lake in the Adirondacks. She will be remembered and missed for her love of life, her laugh and her smile.

Sally was preceded in death by her parents; her four brothers, Harold (Pat) Smith, Edwin (Beverly) Smith, Robert (Carol) Smith, and Wallace (Jenny) Smith; as well as one sister, Mary Lou (Richard) Ruppel. She is survived by her husband, Richard of Middleport; their son, Richard (Valerie) of Arizona; and three daughters, Teresa of Massachusetts, Tammy of New Mexico, and Terri Ann of Rochester; six grandchildren; three sisters, Muriel (Keith) Newman, Carol (Joel) Beeby, and Patricia (Gary) Suzanne; nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

At Sally’s request, her body has been donated to the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences for the advancement of science, and will later be cremated. Her ashes will accompany her husband in their RV so that they can continue their 43-year adventure.

A memorial service will be held at Hartland Bible Church, 8110 West Ave., Gasport, N.Y., at 11 a.m. on Sat., March 4, followed by a luncheon when the family will be available to greet friends and relatives. Condolences may be sent to 2723 Johnson Creek Road, Middleport NY 14105. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Hartland Bible Church, or to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport NY 14094.


 

Posted February 21 2017
Beverly Ann Stone

Beverly Stone

Beverly Ann (Dawley-Olsen) Stone, 82, passed away on Feb. 20, 2017 at the Martin-Linsin Hospice Residence in Albion after a long illness. She was born July 7, 1934 in Barre to the late Homer and Ina (Randolph) Dawley.

Beverly enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting, playing card games and board games, and solving crossword puzzles, and she was known as the “neighborhood mom.” She liked watching her old westerns, and her favorite song was “Sweet Chariot.”

In addition to her parents, Beverly was predeceased by her first husband, Gene Olsen; second husband, Preston Stone Jr.; and siblings, Marvin, Raymond, Darwin and Melvin Dawley.

Beverly is survived by her children, Eugene Olsen, Thomas (Pauline Yashivich) Olsen, Inamarie (Tom) Kavulich, Rita (Merle) Brace, James (Loria Nottingham) Stone, Paul Stone, Paula Stone, Preston (Tina) Stone III, and Sharon Nottingham; 42 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce Yondo; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Wed., Feb. 22 from 4 to 7 p.m., where her funeral service will be held on Thu., Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. Interment will be held in Hillside Cemetery in Holley.

Memorial contributions in Beverly’s name may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted February 20 2017
Rhoda C. Van Orden

Rhoda Van Orden

Rhoda C. Van Orden, born June 16, 1914, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 18, 2017, just four months short of her 103rd birthday.

She was predeceased by her husband, P. Orren Van Orden; her brothers, Alvin and Richard; and her sisters, Doris and Evelyn.

She is survived by her children, Orren (Lillian “Dorothy”), Lynn, Sandra, and Timothy (Sandra); her grandchildren, Scott, Kim, Randall, Christopher, Staryl and Collin; and 12 great-grandchildren.

While attending Holley High School, Rhoda lived with and assisted Dr. and Mrs. Leon Ogden M.D. She resided in the village for 75 years. She enjoyed raising her family, and she was an extraordinary mother and homemaker. She was the accounts receivable bookkeeper for Gordis Hardware, served as a deputy town clerk for the Town of Murray, and was a den mother when the first Cub Scout pack was formed in Holley in the 1950s.

If desired, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. Please share condolences at www.merrillgrinnell.com.


 

Posted February 19 2017
Barry J. Castrechino

Barry CastrechinoFLORIDA/ALBION – Barry J. Castrechino, 73, died on Feb. 14, 2017 at his home in Florida after an illness. He was born Oct. 24, 1943 in Rochester, a son of the late Claude and Evelyn (Williamson) Castrechino, and he lived in this area for 22 years before he and his wife moved to Florida.

Barry loved horse racing, and he even owned a few horses.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Karen; children, Michael (Ann) Castrechino, Donna (Bill) Johnson, Joanne Castrechino, Barry E. (Ann) Castrechino and Brian (Tracie) Castrechino; stepchildren, Raymond Keenan and Patricia (Jim) Peters; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Carl Castrechino and Kenny Castrechino; sisters, Midge VanName and Claudette Morris; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Thu., Feb. 23 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, where his funeral service will be held Fri., Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. To share a special memory of Barry, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 17 2017
Lloyd C. Frasier

Lloyd Frasier

HOLLEY – Lloyd C. Frasier, 76, of Holley, died Feb. 16, 2017 in Strong West Hospital following a long illness. He was born March 21, 1940 in Albion to Wilbert and Euretta (Kingdollar) Frasier and was a lifelong resident of this area.

Lloyd was a member of Grace Baptist Church of Medina and the Albion Rod and Gun Club. Lloyd was a quiet person, but he enjoyed watching Western movies, bowling, collecting model cars, mowing the lawn and, later in life, developed a great liking for tacos.

Mr. Frasier was predeceased by his sister, Linda Greene. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Katherine; his son, Lake (Barbara Briggs) Frasier of Hamlin; daughters, Michele (Bill) Pace of Texas, Robin (Tim) Denning of Holley, and Debbie (Larry) Myers of Utah; brothers, Wilbert Frasier of West Barre and Kenny Frasier of Florida; sister, Janet Long of Barre Center; six grandchildren, Amanda, Tammy, James, Lorie, Daniel and Katie; six great-grandchildren, Abigail, Dani, Caleb, Rylie, Aiden and Arianna; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Tue., Feb. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., where Lloyd’s funeral service will be held Wed., Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 1120 S. Goodman St., Rochester NY 14620. To share a special memory of Lloyd, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 16 2017
Bruce T. Blanc

Bruce Blanc

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Mr. Bruce T. Blanc, of Medina, passed away on Valentine’s Day 2017 at his home, with family and close friends by his side, after a very courageous three-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Mr. Blanc was born in Rochester, April 21, 1943, a son of the late Bruce Eugene and Joan Margaret (McKinnon) Blanc. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1961, he attended Syracuse University and served in the U.S. Coast Guard from August 1962 to August 1966.

He married the former Linda S. Moden on Feb. 13, 1965. They celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on Monday.

Bruce began his career at the United States Post Office in Medina as a letter carrier and retired as the Officer in Charge at the Medina Post Office following 30 years of service.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Medina, Shelridge Country Club, Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion, and a former member of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW. He enjoyed playing golf, bowling and fishing. He bowled with the Fire Fighters League for 30 years and enjoyed many trips with friends to Canadian fishing camps. He enjoyed intarsia, a woodworking technique. He operated an eBay store for 15 years, where he sold his intarsia wood art worldwide. He played softball with the VFW and was an umpire for the Powder Puff league. He and Linda also enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include his wife, Linda; two daughters, Carla Blanc and Hollie Hall; his grandson, Nathan Hall; his brother, David (Kelly) Blanc; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Gary R. (late Patricia) Blanc; and his niece, Amy Jo Castricone.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service on Sat., Feb. 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 11004 W. Center St. Extension, Medina. The Rev. Anthony Hipes will officiate. Interment will be in Millville Cemetery in the spring, where military honors will be accorded.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Medina United Methodist Church, Hospice of Orleans County, or the Knights/Kaderli Memorial Fund.

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


 

Posted February 15 2017
Deborah J. Smith

Deborah Smith

HOLLEY – Deborah J. Smith, 56, died unexpectedly on Tue., Feb. 14, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital; she was surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 29, 1960 in Rochester, a daughter of the late James and Beverly (McCarthy) Lutz, and she lived in this area all of her life.

Deborah was a member of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship in Brockport. She loved making blankets and corn bags at Christmas, and she loved animals. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Deborah is survived by her husband, Alan, of 37 years; her daughters, Melissa Hale, Christina Lonthair, Mary Kuhn, and Jennifer Bradley; 11 grandchildren; her brother, James (Kelly) Lutz; her sisters, Kimberly Watkins and Dorothy Lutz; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, on Mon., Feb. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Her funeral service will be held on Tue., Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. at New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, 7397 W. Ridge Road, Brockport NY 14420. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or to Hospice of Orleans. To share a special memory of Deborah, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 15 2017
James L. Herdendorf

James Herdenorf

ALBION – James L. “Jim” Herdendorf, 66, died suddenly Feb. 10, 2017 at his residence. Jim was born Dec. 12, 1950 in Albion, a son of the late Leroy and Betty (Brundish) Herdendorf. Jim was a 1968 graduate of Albion High School and was employed by the Village of Albion for nearly 40 years, retiring in 2005. Jim volunteered for the Albion Fire Department Fire Police. Jim enjoyed watching TV, reading science fiction and fishing.

In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Robert Ashworth. He is survived by his siblings, Arnold Herdendorf of Albion, David Herdendorf of Arkansas, Sharon Ashworth of Arkansas and Michael Herdendorf of Arkansas; uncle, David Brundish of Albion; and several cousins.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Mon., Feb. 20 from 2 to 5 p.m., followed by Jim’s Memorial Service at the funeral home at 5 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Albion Fire Department, 106 N. Platt St., Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted February 15 2017
William G. Elster Sr.

William Elster

Mr. William G. “Bill” Elster Sr., 80, of Middleport, went to be with the Lord on Mon., Feb. 13, 2017 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Elster was born on Aug. 9, 1936 in Alfred, N.Y., a son of the late John and Iva (Ordiway) Elster. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1954, he married the former Shirley Bellamy in 1955. Bill opened his first business in Medina in 1955. He provided towing services for AAA for 46 years, along with several other insurance companies. He also owned and operated Elster Motor Sales in Ridgeway before moving his business to Middleport in 1974.

Mr. Elster served with the National Guard for four years and was a member of the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company for two years. He was a member of Faith Bible Baptist Church and was the former church treasurer.

Survivors include five children, Elaine (Max) Medrano of Albion, Susan (Tim) Cutshall of Scammon, Kan., Valerie Elster, William G. Elster Jr. and Kim (Eric) Brown, all of Medina; grandchildren, John (Christine) Shingleton, Thomas Shingleton, Jennifer (Greg) Shingleton, and Dina (Justin) Narburgh, all of Medina, and Amanda (Seth) Semonick and Mark (Brittany) Swank of Kansas; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Laura Himler and Cindy (Ralph) Haywood; a brother, David (Lenn) Ordiway; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Rick (Ellen) Fulwell, Iris Parlier and Donnie Much.

He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley, in 1990; four grandchildren, Elizabeth and William Shingleton, Amanda Bloom, and Donald Banks Jr.; and two brothers, Olin Elster Sr. and Les Ordiway.

Friends may call on Thu., Feb. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his funeral service will be held on Fri., Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. Pastor Stanley Thurber will officiate, and interment will be in Hartland Central Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Omaha Home for Boys, 435 N. 52nd St., Omaha NE 68104. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 13 2017
Tracy A. Boyd

HOLLEY – Tracy A. Boyd, 57, passed away after a long illness on Feb. 12, 2017. She was born March 5, 1959 in Rochester to the late Louis and Jacqueline (Gorsline) Anderson.

In addition to her parents, Tracy was predeceased by her youngest son, Austin James Boyd; sister, Kathleen; and brother, Louis.

Tracy is survived by her husband, Ronald; son, Jordan; sisters, April (Ken) Decker and Alison McCarthy; and stepfather, Rudy Scheithier.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, on Sat., Feb. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m., where her memorial service will be held at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tracy’s name may be made to the Austin James Boyd Memorial Fund, c/o Iroquois Trail Council BSA, 201 E. Main St., Batavia NY 14020.

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


 

Posted February 13 2017
Marian A. Evans

Marian Evans

Marian A. Evans passed away Sat., Feb. 11, 2017.

She was born on Jan. 3, 1931 in the Town of Yates, a daughter of the late Edward and Viola (Mank) Goldsmith. After the passing of her mother when Marian was 11 months old, she went to live with her late aunt and uncle, Mable and Will Geiger, who raised her. She graduated from Lyndonville High School in 1949.

In October 1956, Marian married Alonzo Evans, and together they raised two sons. She was a loving and caring wife and mother and will be missed tremendously.

She was predeceased by her two brothers, Norman (Myra) Goldsmith and Lloyd (Ruth) Goldsmith; and a very special cousin, Marie Young. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Alonzo Evans; her two sons, Gary Evans and Kenneth Evans, both of Medina; a grandson, Kyle (Lisa-Marie) Evans; a great-granddaughter, Malia Evans of Florida; sister in-law, Dorothy Flood of Medina; brother in-law, Donald Evans of Medina; a nephew, Gary (Bonnie) Goldsmith of Florida; two nieces, Viola (Sam) Wahnon of Greenfield, N.Y. and Linda (Gary) Houseman of Medina; and several cousins.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her graveside committal service on Sat., Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. in Bates Road Cemetery. Pastor Erik Olsen will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 12 2017
Dale H. Lonnen

Dale LonnenALBION – Dale H. Lonnen, 69, of Albion, passed away on Wed., Feb. 8, 2017 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, after a long illness. He was born on March 19, 1947 in Medina, a 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 in the spring at the Millville Cemetery at a time and date to be announced later. 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 February 10 2017
Sharon R. Powers

MEDINA – Former Medina resident Sharon R. Powers, 81, of Copper Harbor, Mich., passed away on Thu., Feb. 9, 2017 at the Houghton Country Medical Care Facility in Hancock, Mich.

Born in Lockport on Oct. 22, 1935 to the late George and Alma (St. Onge) Ramming, Sharon attended Medina High School and graduated in 1955 from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt. On Sept. 3, 1955, she and Richard M. Powers were married at St. Mary’s Church in Medina, and they settled in the Detroit area.

Following the birth of their children, Sharon became involved in their extracurricular activities and was a Girl Scout troop leader for many years. She was also involved in other Girl Scout Council activities, including handling public relations for the Northern Oakland County Girl Scout Council. One of her most memorable events was hosting a group of Swedish scouts whose visit was shown on “Michigan-Out-of-Doors” with Mort Neff, the premier Michigan naturalist show at the time.

Sharon also worked as a building director for West Bloomfield Schools Community Education Department, planning after-school and enrichment activities for elementary grade level students for 15 years. Some of her most popular activities were weekly roller-skating in the gym, field trips to the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and Spring Break Camps. Additionally, Sharon learned the art of decorating Ukrainian eggs, later teaching courses on this method to youth and adult groups.

Sharon received many awards for her service to Girl Scouts and the West Bloomfield School District. She was especially proud of receiving the Minuteman Governor’s Award from Governor William Milliken during Michigan Week Celebrations in May of 1982.

Sharon and Dick moved to Copper Harbor in 1990 following their retirement. In the Keweenaw they enjoyed snowshoeing, and Sharon learned quilting from her late friend Carolyn Wescoat, eventually becoming a member of the Keweenaw Heritage Quilters. With this group, Sharon helped craft a number of raffle quilts for local fundraisers, made Honor Quilts for veterans, and created a marvelous collection of quilts showcasing her talents that were proudly displayed around her home. She enjoyed reading quilt directions in order to discover alternative methods for creating the patterns that she would then teach to other members of her quilters group. She was especially proficient at bindings, making square mitered corners with ease.

Sharon was a wonderful baker, and visitors to the Powers home often enjoyed cookies with a cup of coffee or tea. Thank you’s from Sharon arrived in the form of a roll of cookies, or a cherry or apple pie. Copper Harbor community bake sales always benefited from the bounty of Sharon’s kitchen.

Together with Dick, Sharon was instrumental in the acquisition and development of Hunter’s Point Park in Copper Harbor, preserving a strip of Lake Superior shoreline for generations of visitors to enjoy for years to come. A hiking/biking path named in both their honors leads from the Copper Harbor Visitors Center to the Hunter’s Point Park lakeshore in recognition of their efforts.

During her time in Copper Harbor, Sharon was a member of the Fort Wilkins Natural History Association Board of Directors, and the Norland Association Board of Directors. Sharon was instrumental in cataloging Grant Township historical documents, which were then archived at the Keweenaw National Historical Park in Calumet. She also assisted at the Copper Harbor Visitors Center, sharing information about the town with guests who stopped by for assistance. Sharon was a member of the Keweenaw Catholic Community, Our Lady of the Pines Church in Copper Harbor.

Sharon is survived by her beloved husband of 61 years, Richard; and their children, Sandra Sweeney of Seneca Rocks, W.Va., Susan (Doug) Hordos of Howell, Mich., and Michael (Judy) Powers of Collierville, Tenn. She is survived by seven grandchildren, Megan (Aaron) Stauss, Rebecca and Brenden Sweeney, Christina Hordos, Nicole (Steve) Parent, Mary and Sean Powers; and great-granddaughter, Molly Brooks. Sharon is also survived by her sisters, Joycelyn Jennings and Georgia Thomas of Medina, N.Y.; niece, Laura (Joe) Schueler of Franklin, Ky.; and other aunts and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Sharon will be held at 11 a.m. on Fri., Feb. 17 at Sacred Heart Church in Calumet with Father Paul Manderfield celebrating, Father Corbin Eddy concelebrating, and Deacon Art Stancher assisting. Interment will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Medina at a later date.

Friends may call on Thu., Feb. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Erickson-Crowley-Peterson Funeral Home, 26090 Pine St., Calumet. A parish prayer service will be held at 7:45 p.m. at the Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Sharon’s name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association by visiting www.lbda.org/donate. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.ericksoncrowleypeterson.com. The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet is assisting the family with the arrangements


 

Posted February 09 2017
Roy J. Plummer

Roy Plummer

Roy J. Plummer, a resident of Barker, passed peacefully at his home at age 84 surrounded by family on Wed., Feb. 8, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children, Kimberly Wendling, Lisa Wilson, and Bob Plummer; five grandchildren, Samantha Wendling, Rachel Wendling, Alaina Wilson, Chad Plummer, and Chelsea Plummer; sister-in-law, Elaine King; nephew, Jeremy Fayne; and niece, Kasey King.

Roy, a first generation American, graduated from Medina High School and was the first in his family to earn a college degree, receiving a Bachelor of Music at SUNY Fredonia and a Master of Education at SUNY Brockport.

Fresh out of college, Roy served in the military in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, rising to the office of Company Clerk of the Ninth Corps Headquarters in Sendai, Japan. He began his career in public education with 15 years of service as the high school instrumental music teacher in Lyndonville, where the high school marching band reached 110 strong in 1970. He then served as high school principal of the Barker Central School District for 17 years, where he was known for his smile, sense of humor, and support of excellence in teaching and student life. Mr. Plummer was a “father” to hundreds of students and taught the value of a good education. Following his retirement in 1988, he served on the Barker Board of Education, including his service as Board President. An active participant in SAANYS and NYS retired teachers’ organizations, Roy received the Irving Schwartz Distinguished Retiree Award in 1999.

While his career was important to him, his wife and family always came first. His family, especially, benefited from his generous, giving heart and sense of humor. He was always there for them and left a legacy of caring for others amongst his children and grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held at Faith United Methodist Church in Barker on Sun., Feb. 12 from 3 to 5 p.m.; and on Mon., Feb. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. A Masonic Service will follow calling hours on Monday at 8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at the same location on Sat., March 11 at 11 a.m., followed by a meal and fellowship.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Roy’s memory to Faith United Methodist Church, 1449 Quaker Road, Barker NY 14012; or to Equistar Therapeutic Riding Center, P.O. Box 25, Newfane NY 14108.


 

Posted February 09 2017
John W. Jenks

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KENDALL – John W. Jenks, 69, passed away on Feb. 8, 2017 at Rochester General Hospital after a long battle with various illnesses. He was born on Nov. 6, 1947 in Albion to the late Andrew and Georgianna (Bartlett) Jenks and would remain in the area his entire life.

In his spare time, John enjoyed hunting, farming, playing guitar, singing, dancing and coloring. He raised a lot of children, although never having any of his own. He was “Uncle John” to many and will be remembered for his caring and loving personality, which he had even though he was stern. John was also a member of VFW Post 202 in Holley.

John was predeceased by his siblings, William, Caroline, Mary, Harriet, Andrew, Laverne, Arnold, Alfred, Griffith and Donald.

John is survived by his loving wife, Brenda; siblings, Jeanice Passarell, Oliver Jenks, and Shirley (Paul) Wilkins; grandchildren, Christen Williams, Erianna Hernandez, Daniel Williams III, and Dylan Williams; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

There are no prior calling hours. A graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Holley on Wed., May 31 at 11 a.m. with military honors.

Memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123.

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


 

Posted February 09 2017
Josephine Lusk

HOLLEY – Josephine (Barber) Lusk died peacefully on Feb. 7, 2017. She was born Jan. 11, 1926 in Clarendon, a daughter of Anthony and Angeline (Sauro) Barber. She was a lifelong, faithful member of St. Mary’s Church in Holley, and she said the rosary daily. She supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and any veterans. She was a devoted grandmother who attended soccer and baseball games, and she was an armchair coach. She was an avid walker.

She had a 40-year career at Delco, General Electric and Black & Decker, combined. In between, she worked for farmers and for the cider mill. She was married in 1950 to Fred Lusk and had two sons. She enjoyed a very close relationship with her sisters, and she had many friends who will miss her pizzelles and pies. She loved baking, shopping with the “ladies” and traveling.

She was predeceased by her brother, Michael Barber; and her sisters, Marion Wieczorek and Jeanette Barber.

She is survived by her sons, Fred (Terry) Lusk III of New Mexico, and David (Pamela) Lusk of Albion; four grandchildren, Jason Lusk, Jaclyn (Sal) Villa, Peter (Sarah) Lusk, and Courtney Lusk; and a sister, Antionette Barber. She enjoyed a special relationship with her nephew and niece, Michael and Toni Barber; and her great-niece, Jenna Barber.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, on Sun., Feb. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. Josephine’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held Mon., Feb. 13 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Holley at 10 a.m. Interment will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Albion.

Memorial contributions in Josephine’s name may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted February 08 2017
Michael Giglio

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HOLLEY – Michael Giglio, 79, died Feb. 8, 2017 at Unity Hospital.

He was born May 4, 1937 in Rochester, N.Y., a son of the late Dominic and Nancy Giglio. Michael served in the United States Army beginning Oct. 12, 1960 and was honorably discharged on Sept. 19, 1962. He retired from Eastman Kodak Company in 1992. Michael was a member of Jewell Buckman Post 529, American Legion; and he served as Post Commander, Corporation President and past Commander of the Orleans County American Legion. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 202. Michael was a member of the Clarendon Historical Society and the Murray-Holley Historical Society.

In addition to his parents, Michael was predeceased by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Bernice Buelte; brothers, Carl Nick Migliore and Ralph Migliore; and sister-in-law, Lena Giglio.

He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Patricia; brothers, Frank (Janice) Giglio, Joseph (Barbara) Giglio, Anthony Giglio and John Fred (Josie) Migliore; special nieces, Kathryn Nielsen and Cheryl Sears; several nephews and nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces and great-grandnieces.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 Route 31, Holley, on Fri., Feb. 10 from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by Michael’s funeral service at the funeral home at 3 p.m.

Interment will be in the spring at Hillside Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clarendon Historical Society – Chapel Fund, P.O. Box 145, Clarendon NY 14429.

The family wishes to thank the staff at The Villages of Orleans for the excellent care Michael received while living there.

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


 

Posted February 08 2017
Anita M. Hess

Anita Hess

Anita M. Hess, 95, of Knowlesville, went to be with the Lord on Wed., Feb. 8, 2017 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born on June 20, 1921 in Medina, she was the daughter of the late Howard and Ula (Banker) Stewart.

Anita grew up in Medina. She worked at the former H.J Heinz, and she was also a crossing guard. She served as past president for the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary and was a member of the Knowlesville United Methodist Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing bingo and cards and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Fetterman of Norfolk, Va., and Jeanette (Carl) Wagner of Knowlesville; three grandchildren, Curt Fetterman of Bear, Del., Keith (Joy) Fetterman of Norfolk, and Sandra Faville of Greer, S.C.; great-grandchildren, Taylor Fetterman, Alden Faville, Jordan and Karrington Fetterman; sister-in-law, Rita Stewart of Medina; and several nieces and nephews.

Anita is predeceased by her grandson, Christopher; and her siblings, Roy Stewart, Ruth Pittard, Arlene Sheppard and Glenn Stewart.

Relatives and friends may call on Fri., Feb. 10 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held on Sat., Feb. 11 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Kim Smith officiating. Burial will be in Tanner Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Anita’s name to American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst NY 14228. Please light a candle in Anita’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 08 2017
Elaina Dixie Webb

Elaina Webb

Elaina Webb

ALBION – Elaina Dixie Webb, age 2, passed away Feb. 7, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer since May 11, 2016. She was at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Elaina was born July 10, 2014 in Batavia, the daughter of Kyle and Beth (Scouten) Webb.

Elaina loved to dance and listen to music – her favorite band was Disturbed. She was a Jacksonville Jaguars fan and loved to watch them play. She also loved to read, eat Cheerios, and play with her favorite princesses, Sofia the First and Jasmine.

In addition to her parents, Kyle and Beth, Elaina is survived by her siblings, Colin, Keara, Wyatt and Elias; her paternal and maternal grandparents; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

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The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. to celebrate Elaina’s life on Sat., Feb. 11 from 12 to 3 p.m.

Memorials may be made to F.L.E.D, c/o Kyle and Beth Webb, 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted February 08 2017
Douglas M. Greenland

Douglas Greenland

Mr. Douglas M. “Elvis” Greenland, of Medina, passed away on Feb. 6, 2017 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home.

Doug was born in Medina on Dec. 4, 1948, a son of the late John and Margaret T. (White) Greenland. He attended Medina schools and was a member of Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church and a former member of the Boy Scouts of America.

Doug loved Elvis Presley and his music. He could often be seen around Medina playing Elvis tunes. Doug was self employed. He worked as a gardener and lawn worker, and he did snow removal and salvaged scrap metal. He enjoyed helping others.

Survivors include his sister, Karen A. Dillon of Medina; his brother, Arthur Greenland of Rochester; his niece, Julie (Charles) Johnston of Pennsylvania; a great-niece, Abby Johnston; a great-nephew, Sean Fenton; several cousins; and good friends, Pam and Joseph Misiti. He was predeceased by his parents; a brother, John “Jackie” Greenland III; and a nephew, Michael Patrick Dillon.

There will be no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Church by the Rev. Daniel J. Fawls at a date to be announced, and interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

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


 

Posted February 08 2017
Alvah E. Grout

Alvah Grout

Mrs. Alvah E. Grout passed away on Feb. 4, 2017 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home with her loving family at her side.

Mrs. Grout was born in Buffalo, June 18, 1923, a daughter of the late Howard and Mary E. (Stinson) Loomis. She married Franklin L. Grout Jr. on April 5, 1941. They shared a very special love that lasted throughout the 75 years they were married. Together, they were known for their hospitality and love for their family and many friends.

Mrs. Grout was employed by Harrison Radiator Division of GMC for several years and also was a waitress in Lockport area restaurants. She enjoyed crocheting and making teddy bears and jewelry. She played the organ and keyboard in her band, in a retirement community in Florida.

Survivors include three children, Martha (Norman) Walker, George (Kathy) Grout and Paul (Sally) Grout; nine grandchildren, Leah Hamilton, Tandy Hamilton, Jeff (Glenda) Walker, Michelle (Chris) Greene, Brian Grout, Matthew Grout, Michael Grout, Elisabeth Etopio and Stephen (Rachael) Grout; 10 great-grandchildren; many loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Franklin L. Grout Jr., on April 20, 2016; her son, Franklin L. Grout III; and two sisters, Jean Huckeby and Marge Quinlan.

Friends may call on Sat., March 11 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Hartland Bible Church, 8110 West Ave., Gasport. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. Pastor Jonathan Goodwin will officiate. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Interment will be in White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery.

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


 

Posted February 06 2017
Carlton J. Prawel Jr.

Carl PrawelMEDINA – Carlton J. Prawel Jr., 79, went into rest peacefully, with his family by his side, at Medina Memorial Hospital in the early morning on February 5, 2017. Carlton Joseph the oldest son was born in Clarence, New York on March 13, 1937 at 8:20 p.m. to Carlton and Blanche M. (Fish) Prawel Sr.

Carl married his best friend and love of his life Janice L. Wood on February 26, 1959 and enjoyed 55 years of wedded bliss along with their six children, and ten grandchildren.

He was the retired owner/operator of Prawel’s Auto Service. Family and friends were an important part of Dad’s life. Carl had a passion for sports, hunting and fishing. Carl enjoyed cooking and baking. Mom and Dad traveled and cruised for many years together.

Survivors include his six children, Christine (Scott) Mason, Carol Callina, Carlton J. (Donna) Prawel III, Elmarie (John) Kage, Robert (Cindy) Prawel, and Mark (Tina) Prawel; 10 grandchildren, Scott (Stephanie), Nicholas, and Mitchell (Ai) Mason, Joseph (Kristina) Callina, Stephanie Prawel, Joshua (Ryane) and Molly Prawel, Kevin and Ethan Kage, and Matthew Prawel; four great-grandchildren, Mia and Olivia Kujawa, Zoe Callina and Leia Prawel; brothers, Albert Christian (Patricia) Prawel and John Prawel; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Carl was predeceased by his three sisters, Phyllis Seefeldt, Evelyn Smith and MaryEllen Genrich.

Friends can call Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his funeral service will be held at 7:30 p.m. following visitation. Inurnment will be in the family crypt at Boxwood Cemetery.

Carl loved his cats – Memorials may be made to PAWS, 3371 Gaines Basin Rd, Albion, NY 14411. Share special memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

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Posted February 06 2017
John R. Boyer

John BoyerAmerican flagMIDDLEPORT – Mr. John R. Boyer, 81, of Middleport, passed away on February 2, 2017 at the Buffalo General Hospital. Mr. Boyer was born in Franklinville, January 25, 1936, a son of the late William and Lillian Boyer.

He served in the US Army from 1956-58. He was employed by Harrison Radiator Division of GMC for several years and was a bartender at the Johnny Appleseed Lounge at the Apple Grove Inn for many years. He was a member of UAW Local #686, Lincoln Post #1483, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Jr. Wilson Sportsmen’s Club and an exempt member of the Middleport Vol. Fire Company.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 59 years, Jerry (Sipple) Boyer; 3 children, Bambi Fearby, Melinda Murray and Christopher Boyer; 3 grandchildren, Matthew J, Fearby, Caitlin (Nic) Elliot and Kyrstin Sponaugle; 3 great grandchildren, Keara Fearby, Shane Fearby and Bailey Elliot; several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother, William A. Boyer in 1999.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his graveside service on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Boxwood Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by members of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, WNY Chapter, 2805 Wehrle Dr., Suite 6, Williamsville, NY  14221-7383. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina.


 

Posted February 06 2017
Mariette Clara “Mary” Felice

HOLLEY – Mariette Clara “Mary” Felice, 91, passed away peacefully on January 29, 2017. She was born September 22, 1925 in Holley to the late Oresto and Rose Brunette.

Mary was the recipient of the St. Joseph Award from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Holley, an honor that she was very proud of. She was a faithful member of the church for over 50 years. Mary was a creative woman who enjoyed sewing, crocheting, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Thomas in 2008; siblings, Frank, Tilly, Ronald and Ann; and son-in-law, Bill Thomas.

Mary is survived by her children, Rosemary Thomas, Janice (Leslie) Bradt, Thomas (Karyn) Felice; grandchildren, Donald and Daniel Bradt, Ryan, Meghan, Kyle and Kayla Felice; great-grandchildren, Joseph and Sophia Bradt; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There are no prior calling hours. Mary’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 13 South Main St. Holley, with a date and time to be announced in the spring. Interment will be held in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made to the church.

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


 

Posted February 06 2017
Americo P. “Chipper” Gifaldi

Americo Chipper GifaldiAmerican flagHOLLEY – Americo P. “Chipper” Gifaldi, 93, of Holley, died after a brief illness surrounded by his loving family on Feb. 4, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born Aug. 30, 1923 in Holley to Giovanni and Angeline (Sabella) Gifaldi and  lived in this area all his life.

Chipper was a United States Army Veteran of WWII, serving in the European Theatre of Operations. In addition to being a life-member of the American Legion and the VFW, he was also a life-long parishioner of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, The Holy Name Society, and served as a scoutmaster for Troop 24 in Holley.

Chipper was a former Town of Murray Assessor, a volunteer at the Villages of Orleans, The Landing in Brockport, and a long-time Committeeman for the Democratic Party of Orleans County. He was a carpenter by profession, and worked at Delco Products for many years. He loved fishing, ice fishing, the NY Yankees, and was a home-made wine, cider and sausage enthusiast.

Mr. Gifaldi was predeceased by his wife, Angeline; his brother, Patrick; and his sisters, Edith Charles, Grace Cook, Josephine Schulte, Angeline Lusk and Mary Mignano.

He is survived by his sons, David (Marita) Gifaldi of Holley, Mark Gifaldi of FL, Paul (Lynn) Gifaldi of Holley; his sister, Sally Rytlewski of Albion; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 16650 State Route 31-Holley, on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Family and friends are invited to meet at St. Mary’s R.C. Church for Chipper’s Mass of Christian Burial on Friday at 10 a.m. followed by Military Honors and a luncheon. Interment will be in the Spring in Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Honor Flight Rochester, P.O. Box 23581, Rochester, NY, 14692.  To share a special memory of Chipper, please visit: www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 06 2017
Shaun P. Ayrhart

Shaun AyrhartMEDINA – Shaun P. Ayrhart, 34, of Medina, passed away on February 4, 2017 at the Martin-Linsin Hospice Residence in Albion.  His long battle with cancer is now over and he is finally at peace.

Shaun was born in Medina, September 6, 1982, a son of Denise Ayrhart.  He was employed by Bernz-O-Matic and enjoyed fishing and NASCAR racing.

Survivors include his wife, Samantha (Graham) whom he married on June 28, 2011; 3 children, Ty, Ian and Luke Ayrhart; his mother, Denise (Art Cornelius); his twin brother, Bryan (Hope Secore) Ayrhart; his sister, April Ayrhart; his mother and father-in-law, Julie and Aaron Verheyn; his brother-in-law, Nick (Nicky Henion) Graham; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Friends may call on Saturday, Feb. 11,  from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where Shelby Town Clerk Darlene Rich will officiate at a 2:30 p.m. service of remembrance.

Memorials may be made to the Ayrhart Family Trust, C/O Medina Savings & Loan Assn., 11182 Maple Ridge Road, Medina, NY  14103. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 05 2017
June A. “One Cup Sally” Farewell

June FarewellMEDINA – June A. “One Cup Sally” Farewell, 86, of Medina, entered into rest on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at her home. She was born on June 21, 1930, in Akron, the daughter of the late George and Lila (Rudolf) Smart.

June grew up in Oakfield and on January 6, 1951, she married the late Garfield Jr. Farewell. She was a devoted housewife and mother, raising nine children. She enjoyed going on walks, reading, scratch-offs and visiting local restaurants.

June is survived by nine children, Jack (Donna) Farewell of Batavia; Jill Farewell; Jeff (Patti) Farewell; Judy (Rick) Overholt; Joan Fuller; Jim (Cindy) Farewell, all of Medina; Janet (Michael) Linton of KY; Judd (Terry) Farewell; Joy (Larry) Waters, all of Medina; 65 grandchildren, Danny (Bridget);  Amanda;  Savana;  Dixie; Daisy; Paisley; Jeff Jr;  Travis; Tammy; Lexus; Cheyenne; JD; Coley;  Bailee; Surri; Audrey (fiance Joe);  Hayley; Lorelei; Maddison; Houston; Gregory (Stephanie); Greg Jr; Jimbo; Beth; Jack Jr.; Jack III; Bryan; Laylionna; Faith; Bobbie Jo; Javantae;  Kaia; Harlem; Carrie; Blake; Gannon; Hayden;  Jackie; Trey;  Andre; Brittany; Lilly; Preston; Katalina; Houston; Tabby; Jaden; Carly; Kaylee; Riley; Jillian; Katie; Nevaeh; Kam; Zizi; Ja Keir; Kyle; Justin; Judd Jr; Trent: Jessica; Emilee; Ashlee; Larry; Dominic; Sklya; Aleigha; Kendall; and Ella.

She is also survived by five siblings, Jerry (Dorothy) Smart of Fairport; Terry (Patricia) Smart of Pavilion; Lyle and Ronnie Smart, both of Oakfield and Joy (Allen) Shilvock of PA.

June is predeceased by two brothers, George and Roger Smart.

Relatives and friends may call on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl ST. Medina, NY 14103. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in June’s name to her caregiver, Jill Farewell, 1022 S. Main St. Medina, NY 14103. Please light a candle in June’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 04 2017
Newell L. Hawley

HOLLEY – Newell L. Hawley, 89, went to be with the Lord on February 1, 2017. He was born on Feb. 14, 1928, a son of the late Leon and Louise Hawley.

He was predeceased by his brother, F. Neil Hawley. He is survived by his brother, Norman “Red” Hawley, and ten nieces and nephews.

Newell worked at his family’s insurance agency for several years. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing cards.

There is no prior visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will held on Feb. 14 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 9 S Main St., Holley, NY 14470 at 10 a.m.

Please share condolences www.merrillgrinnell.com.


 

Posted February 03 2017
Leo A. Spohr

Leo SpohrAmerican flagALBION – Leo A. Spohr, 76, died Thursday, February 2, 2017, at the Absolut Care of East Aurora following a long illness. He was born March 11, 1940, in Rochester, a son of the late Erwin and Sylvia (Gundy) Spohr and had lived in this area all of his life.

Leo had served in the U.S. Army. He had worked for 27 years as the Town Assessor for the Town of Carlton and he was also the Town Assessor for the Town of Gaines for 16 years. He was a member of the Assessor’s Association of NY. He loved tinkering on his tractors, computers and he also loved woodworking.

In addition to his parents, Leo was predeceased by his sisters Sylvia Edwards and Gloria Costello. He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Fran; his daughters, Barb (Patrick) Lamka of Barre, Tammy (Michael) Blue of Albion, and Nicole Spohr of Albion; grandchildren, Sydney, Page, Timothy, Sarah; great-granddaughter, Sophia; brother, Henry Costello of Carlton; Miss Shelby his cat; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. on Monday, Feb. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m., where his funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, PO Box 23204, Rochester, NY 14692. To share a special memory of Leo, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 01 2017
Michael J. Paduchak

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KENDALL – Michael J. Paduchak, 91, formerly of Kendall, died Jan. 31, 2017 in the New York State Veteran’s Home of Batavia following a long illness. Mike was born Dec. 1, 1925 in Kendall to Ukrainian immigrants John and Sophia Paduchak. He was the youngest of four siblings and the only son. He was born and raised on the family farm, and he continued to farm there until the age of 88, growing fruits and vegetables.

Mike was drafted to serve in World War II, entering the Army on Sept. 28, 1944. After receiving his training in Ft. McClellan, Ala., he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant with the Personnel Section of the 7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, and served in Germany and Austria. He participated in the Central Europe and Rhineland campaigns and was awarded the Army of Occupation Medal, the European Theatre of Operation Ribbon with Two Battle Stars, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Bronze Star. Sergeant Paduchak received his discharge on June 16, 1946, returning to Kendall to receive his high school diploma from Kendall Central School and to work on the 200-acre family farm.

In 1957, at the age of 31, he became the Town of Kendall Supervisor and remained in office for 32 years (losing in 1967 and 1968 by seven votes.) He retired at the end of 1991. He was also the youngest chairman for two years while serving on the Orleans County Board of Supervisors. Mike served over 40 years on the Orleans Community Action Board and 30 years on the Soil and Water Conservation Board, where he served as chairman for many years. Mike was a lifetime member of the Kendall Fire Department with over 50 years of service. Prior to becoming Town Supervisor, he served five years as president of the Kendall Fire Department. He was also active on the local political landscape. He had made farming and politics his life.

He married Marcia Harkness in 1964. Mr. Paduchak was predeceased by his wife, Marcia, in 1995. He is survived by two children, John (Andrea) Paduchak of New Hampshire and Nadine (Mike) Hanlon of Kendall; and four grandchildren, Marie, Nickolai, Marisa and Michela.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, on Fri., Feb. 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. Family and friends are invited to meet at St. Mary’s Church, Holley, on Sat., Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. for Mike’s Mass of Christian Burial. Interment with Military Honors will be held in Holy Cross Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kendall Fire Department, 1879 Kendall Road, Kendall NY 14476; or to the New York State Veterans Home, 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia NY 14020. To share a special memory of Mike, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 01 2017
Dr. Alan R. Johnson

Alan Johnson

Dr. Alan R. Johnson passed away on Sun., Jan. 29, 2017 at Eastern Niagara Hospital after a brief illness. Dr. Johnson was 85 years old.

He was born in Lyndonville on June 25, 1931. He was predeceased by his parents, Ernest and Elsie Johnson; his wife of 51 years, Florence (Nowak); two sisters, Gail (Larson) and Peniual (Fitzgerald); along with three brothers, David, Warren and Phillip.

He is survived by his three sons, Ernest E. Johnson (Linda) of Lyndonville, Alan R. Johnson II (Karie) of Medina, and Dr. Eric R. Johnson of Brockport. Dr. Johnson had eight grandchildren, Dr. Alan Johnson (Lindsy), Mrs. Catlin Fuquay (Tyler), Dr. Patrick Johnson, Brian Johnson, Hannah Johnson, Martha Johnson, Catherine Johnson and Molly Johnson. Dr. Johnson had one great-grandchild, Clara Johnson.

Dr. Johnson was active in Boy Scouts of America, where he achieved Eagle Scout rank. He graduated from L.A. Webber High School in Lyndonville in 1949. He attended Houghton College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry in 1953. After his undergraduate work, Dr. Johnson matriculated at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his studies in 1957, receiving his Doctorate of Medicine. Following his medical degree, Dr. Johnson pursued his residency in internal medicine at Genesee Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. After completion of his residency in internal medicine in 1960, Dr. Johnson established a private practice in internal medicine in Medina. He maintained hospital privileges at Arnold Gregory Hospital in Albion and at Medina Memorial Hospital in Medina.

After marrying Florence H. Nowak in 1954, Dr. Johnson and his wife moved to Medina and eventually established a permanent residence in Lyndonville from 1964 to the present day. Early in his practice, Dr. Johnson provided anesthesia services for both the Medina and Albion hospitals. He is credited with performing the first endotracheal intubation in Orleans County. He was a member of the American Cancer Society and served as the local chapter president. He was a board member of Lyndonville Central School, where he served several terms as the board president. Dr. Johnson was elected to serve as the Orleans County Coroner for over 10 years and served as the medical consultant for the Orleans County Board of Health for over 20 years. Dr. Johnson was the Lyndonville school physician from 1960 to 2012. He was a longstanding member of Yates Baptist Church. He and his wife maintained a summer home on Keuka Lake and a winter residence in Jupiter, Fla. Dr. Johnson was an avid boater and enjoyed motor homing with his family. He and his family traveled extensively in the United States and southern Canada. Dr. Johnson was involved with several entrepreneurial endeavors. He built and owned Oak Orchard Marina, had dealerships in motor homes and boats, and was instrumental in establishing the first adult care facility in Orleans County.

Family and friends may call at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, on Thu., Feb. 2 between the hours of 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. There will be a funeral service Fri., Feb. 3, commencing at 11 a.m. at Yates Baptist Church in Lyndonville. Interment will follow the service at Lyn-Haven Cemetery, weather permitting. Flowers are graciously declined. For those wishing to do so, donations may be made to Salvation Army or a charity of one’s choice. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted January 30 2017
Claudia B. Kujawa

Claudia Kujawa

Claudia B. Kujawa, née Britt, of Medina, passed away on Jan. 27, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital after a valiant fight with cancer.

Claudia was born in Medina on June 19, 1941, the only child of Claude Seth and Ruth Pearl (Swab) Britt. She graduated salutatorian from Albion High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Buffalo. From 1963 to 1965, Claudia worked at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratories, a contractor for NASA. She was employed as a Manager in Telecommunications by Eastman Kodak Company from 1966 to 1992. Having been outsourced, she took an early retirement from Eastman Kodak Company to raise Andrea, her late in-life child. She was a single parent, a loving and nurturing mother. She was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon, a national honorary mathematics fraternity.

Claudia volunteered as a Girl Scout leader, at Towne Elementary School, and at a local food bank. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, traveling, reading, solving crossword puzzles, gambling, and spending time with friends. She was a member of the Middleport and Johnson Creek senior citizens groups.

Survivors include her daughter, Andrea; and several nieces and nephews, including Joseph (Barbara) Kujawa. She was predeceased by Andrea’s father, James Kujawa.

A graveside committal service will be held in the spring at the Britt family plot in Millville Cemetery, where she will be interred with her parents. Memorials may be made to any local animal shelters, Hospice of Orleans County, or Knights-Kaderli Memorial Fund.

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


 

Posted January 30 2017
Frederick Carleton Pettyjohn

ALBION – Frederick “Fred” Carleton Pettyjohn, 63, passed away on Jan. 27, 2017. He was born on Jan. 23, 1954 in South Dakota to Theodore and Mary (Dunham) Pettyjohn.

Fred loved to fish wherever he could find water. He was a truck driver for many years. He enjoyed watching his Westerns and spending time with his family.

Fred was predeceased by his mother, Mary Dunham; father-in-law, Richard Hicks; brother-in-law, Robert Hicks; as well as several aunts and cousins.

Fred is survived by his loving wife of 13 years, Nancy (Hicks) Pettyjohn; sons, Gary (Rachael) Pettyjohn, Daniel (Christina) Pettyjohn, and Skyler (Tiana) Pettyjohn; stepdaughter, Candy Mosholder; stepson, Jeremy Mosholder; grandchildren, Allyssa, Kylie, Micah, Jude, Abbie, Tristan, Avery and Calyb; soon-to be-grandchild, River Song; brothers, Ted (Laurie) Pettyjohn and Zane (Sharri) Pettyjohn; sisters, Brenda Pettyjohn and Jana Eick; mother-in-law, Shirley Hicks; brothers-in-law, Danny (Debbie) Hicks and Richard Hicks; sister-in-law, Donna (Jimmy) Tarte; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Fred’s memorial service will be held on Fri., Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Fred’s name may be made to American Cancer Society, 1120 S. Goodman St., Rochester NY 14620; or to American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria VA 22312. To share a special memory of Fred, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted January 29 2017
Marilyn (Scoppa) Briggs

Marilyn BriggsBROCKPORT – Marilyn Briggs, 69, passed away Jan. 28, 2017 at Unity Hospital. Marilyn was born May 16, 1947 in Albion, a daughter of the late Daniel and Stella (Adduci) Scoppa.

Marilyn was a woman of strong faith and was a member of Holy Family Parish. She had great pride and joy in her grandchildren, family and friends.

She was predeceased by her sister, Shirley Gardner. Marilyn is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Howard; beloved children, Stacy (Chris) Briggs and Michael (Kasey) Briggs; beloved grandchildren, Kane, Carmen and Stella; several cousins and many friends.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Wed., Feb. 1 from 3 to 7 p.m. Marilyn’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church on Thu., Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411. To share a special memory of Marilyn, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted January 28 2017
Lillian G. (McDonald) Majeski

HOLLEY – Lillian G. (McDonald) Majeski, 97, of Holley, went into rest on Jan. 7, 2017 in Holiday, Fla. She was born July 25, 1919.

She was the wife of the late Stanley Majeski; the beloved mother of Beverly (Theodore) Natkin, Joyce Struczewski and the late David Majeski; and the grandmother of Michael (Cristine), James (Paula), Kathleen Natkin, and Mark (Michelle) Struczewski. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren.

Friends are invited to a gravesite service on Sat., May 13 at 11 a.m. at Hillside Cemetery in Holley. Please share condolences at www.merrillgrinnell.com.


 

Posted January 28 2017
Linda J. Greene

Linda GreeneCLARENDON – Linda J. Greene, 69, died unexpectedly Jan. 27, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Linda was born March 6, 1947 in Albion, a daughter of the late Wilbert Sr. and Euretta (Kingdollar) Frasier, and lived in this area all of her life.

Linda worked for 23 years at General Motors and retired from there in 1995. She loved to read, but most of all she absolutely loved her family and was very proud of all of them. Linda had the biggest heart and was very devoted to her husband, Bruce, whom she adored very much.

In addition to her parents, Linda was predeceased by her son, Daniel Nichols. She is survived by her loving husband of 28 years, Bruce; her children, Arnie (Cheryl) Nichols of Ohio, Becky (Mark) Beswick of LeRoy, Brenda (Jon) DeYoung of Clarendon, and Shawn (Jill) Greene of Pennsylvania; daughter-in-law, Nancy Nichols of Clarkson; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren with two on the way; her brothers, Lloyd (Kathy) Frasier of Hulberton, Wilbert (Mary) Frasier of Albion, and Kenny (Arlene) Frasier of Byron and Florida; sister, Janet (Al) Long of Barre; her beloved pet, Lil Bear; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Mon., Jan. 30 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., where her funeral service will be held Tue., Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Clarendon Fire Co., P.O. Box 136, Clarendon NY 14429; or to the American Cancer Society, 1120 S. Goodman St., Rochester NY 14620. To share a special memory of Linda, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted January 27 2017
Ann Marilla Barner Fladd

Ann Fladd

ROCHESTER – Ann Marilla Barner Fladd, born Jennie Marilla Thistle, died Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, one day shy of her 93rd birthday.

Ann’s spirit will live on in the memories of her four children, Donna (Edwin) Smith of Fairport, Frederick (Leslie) Fladd of Ithaca, David (Ann) Fladd of Macedon, and Steve Fladd of Brighton; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

After her retirement from a satisfying career at Rochester General Hospital, Ann spent many happy hours helping others through her volunteer work with the Rochester area Red Cross and the American Heart Association. The author Eudora Welty said, “… life, whatever it is for each of us, will in the end be the memories of the little personal everyday things …”

On a warm spring day, Ann will be buried at East Lawn Cemetery in Ithaca with her husband, Wesley Arthur Fladd, and other family members she held dear. Ann’s arrangements were entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion. To share a special memory of Ann, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted January 27 2017
Gloria Jean Dix

Gloria Dix

Gloria Jean (Gilbert) Dix, 76, of Waterport, was granted her angel wings on Wed., Jan. 25, 2017 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born March 21, 1940 in Cortland, N.Y., Gloria is the daughter of the late Leslie and Caroline (Tighe) Gilbert.

Gloria married Howard A. Dix on Dec. 20, 1958. He passed away on Sept. 13, 2006. Gloria worked as a waitress at Lakeland Restaurant and Oak Orchard Yacht Club as well as several other area restaurants. She also was a clerk at Newberry’s in Albion. Gloria was very creative. She loved to make quilts, many of which were donated to veterans and area nursing homes. She had a passion for music and loved to play the organ. Gloria’s favorite moments were spent with her family.

Surviving Gloria are her children, Howard (Margaret) Dix, Lorijean (Peter) Panek, Sheriann (Sonny) Dent, Deanna Lyn (Duffy) Plummer, Joni Dix and Jeffrey (Julie) Dix. Gloria was the sister of Shirley Bruski and Joan Quackenbush; cousin of Carol Flood; grandmother of Charlie (Beth) Dix, Chris (Megan) Dix, Cody Dix, Shaun (Michele) Panek, Christopher (Kim) Panek, Joel (Nicole) Dent, Jeremy (Molly Burgess) Dent, Jared (Caroline) Dent, James (Shauna) Poler, Randi Lynne Poler, Aaron Long, Kelsi Dix, Kourtni Dix, Jenna Dix and Lyndsi Dix; great-grandmother of Gavin, Ethan, Kendall, Bubba, Alice, Ellie, Collin, Kiera, Nathan, Savannah, Noah, Jimmy, Dominik, Adie and Cason. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. Gloria is predeceased by her brother, John Gilbert.

Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service on Mon., Jan. 30 at 11 a.m. at Merrill Grinnell Funeral Home, 12 Ingersoll St., Albion, N.Y. Burial will be in West Ridgeway Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be appreciated to Hospice of Orleans.


 

Posted January 26 2017
Stella Ferris Lyman

Stella Lyman

HOLLEY/POINT BREEZE – Stella Ferris Lyman, 98, passed away peacefully on Jan. 23, 2017. Stella was born in Canada on Dec. 19, 1918, a daughter of the late Augustine and Josephine (Sirianni) Tiberio, and in 1956 she became a United States citizen.

You could tell that her passion was flowers by the way her home was surrounded by their beauty. Stella always enjoyed visitors, as it gave her a chance to show them her magic touch. She was a wonderful cook, famous for her chicken and peppers, pasta, and the best meatballs. Stella was the last survivor of her siblings. She was a legend and was called the Matriarch of her family.

Stella is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Ralph) Reed; daughter-in-law, Linda Olson; adoring grandchildren, Kevin Hurlburt, Kelly (Matthew) Demitro, Jane Ferris and Carson (Nicholas) Zeolla; adoring great-grandchildren, Joseph, Jakob and Jaysa Demitro, and James, Cade and Aiden Zeolla. She is also survived by several loving nieces and nephews. Stella was predeceased by her son, James J. Ferris; her husbands, James F. Ferris, Stuart Colvin and William C. Lyman; and nine brothers and sisters.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, on Sun., Jan. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m., followed by her funeral service at 3 p.m. Interment will be in the spring at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity. To share a special memory of Stella, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted January 26 2017
Gail E. Bowen

Gail Bowen

HOLLEY – Gail E. Bowen, 68, died Jan. 25, 2017 at Unity Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born Jan. 28, 1948 in Albion, a daughter of the late Sherwood and Ethelyn (Kennedy) Clark, and lived in this area all of her life.

Gail worked at Owens Illinois in Brockport for many years and, after it closed, she went to work as a nurse’s aide at Lakeside Beikirch Nursing Home. She loved scrapbooking, puzzles, and collecting lighthouses, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.

Gail is survived by her companion, Don Knapp of Holley; her daughter, Denise (Curt Cook) Watts of Wyoming, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Colt Schleede and Morgan (Jason) Gerety; her siblings, Sandra (Richard) Moy of Clarendon, Terry (Shirley) Clark of Albion, David (Doreen) Clark of Clarendon, Leonard Clark of Clarendon, Patricia (Michael Colletti) Clark of Churchville, and Carl (Nancy) Clark of South Byron; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There are no prior calling hours. Her Memorial Service will be held Wed., Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Holley. Her burial will take place at a later date in Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension, 12690 State Rt. 31, Albion NY 14411; or to VFW Post #202 of Holley, 8 Veterans Drive, Holley NY 14470.

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


 

Posted January 26 2017
Lee G. Brant

Marjorie Brant

ALBION – Lee G. Brant, 74, of Albion, died Jan. 24, 2017 unexpectedly at her residence. She was born June 19, 1942 in Medina to Charles Robert and Alberta (Parker) Goldsmith and lived in this area all of her life.

Lee graduated from Lyndonville Central School and worked as a bus driver for the Albion School District. Lee also drove busses for Orleans Community Action and for the Crossmen Drum Corp., a job she truly enjoyed. She enjoyed street racing in her earlier years and also was an Elvis Presley lover, but she was passionate about all kinds of music. Lee will be remembered for her kind heart, her infectious laugh and her bear hugs. She never put anyone else (or their concerns) ahead of her own, as she was the hub in the center of the wheel that kept her family together. She enjoyed knitting, cold Coca-Cola, and her great-grandson Cooper, who was her entire world. She was all about family.

Lee never missed a sporting event, drama club production or drag race. Not one band or chorus concert was missed when it came to her grandchildren. She was their greatest supporter, the one shouting the loudest, and the first one to stand up and dance to a good song. She was the one who pulled you onto the dancefloor to jitterbug. When she was driving for the Crossmen or the school, the kids on the bus were “her” kids. She was very strong-willed but was the neighborhood “Mom” that every child dreamt of having. She truly touched the lives of many children in a great and loving way.

Lee was predeceased by her brother, Tommy. She is survived by her son, Michael Lee (Linda) Haight of Albion; her daughter, Brenda Lee Haight of Albion; three grandchildren, Jamie Lee (Josh) Traxler, Michael Lee (Stephanie) Haight Jr., and Ryan Mitchell Haight; her great-grandson, Cooper Lee Traxler; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Sat., Jan. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m., where her funeral service will be held Sun., Jan. 29 at 3 p.m. Private interment will be held in Lynhaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Albion Purple Eagles Marching Band, c/o Michael Thaine, Albion Central School, 302 East Ave., Albion NY 14411. To share a special memory of Lee, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted January 25 2017
Donald W. Leonard

Donald Leonard

Donald W. “Don” Leonard, 65, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Mon., Jan. 23, 2017 at Medina Memorial Hospital.

Born on May 1, 1951 in Hillsgrove, Pa., he was the son of Mildred (Lewis) and the late Donald E. Leonard.

He graduated from Lyndonville High School in 1969. He married the former Claudia Barber on Nov. 17, 2001. Don owned and operated Leonard’s Lumber and Leonard’s Wood N’ Crafts. He was also employed with Fisher-Price and with Rick and Ron’s Auto Sales. Lastly, he owned and operated Orleans Auto Sales from 2002 until his retirement in 2013. He attended Kendall United Methodist Church and was an avid NASCAR and #18 Kyle Busch fan. He also enjoyed watching old TV westerns and spending time with his pets – his dog, Ginger; his cat, Chester; and his late dog, Sargeant.

Don is survived by his wife of 15 years, Claudia Leonard; children, Stacey Leonard of Niagara Falls, Donald H. Leonard of Niagara Falls, Dina (Justin) Narburgh of Medina, Jennifer (Jeffery) Lyons of Medina, and Pamela (Terry) Loh of Connecticut. Grandchildren include Kaitlyn Leonard, Emma Bennett, Brennen Harris, Austin and Bailey Lyons, Ellison and Violet Loh, and Austin and Madison Narburgh. His siblings are Terry (Betty) Leonard of Medina, Linda (Lawrence) Slattery of Medina, Walter (Kris) Leonard of Gasport, and Wanda (John) Donald of Lyndonville. Also surviving are his mother-in-law, Evelyn Brown of Medina; brothers-in-law, Paul (Meredith) Barber of Tennessee, James (Kathryn) Barber of Albion, Sam (Diana) Barber of Medina, and Cliff (Michele) Barber of Medina; sisters-in-law, Betty (Michael) Hammond of Wyoming, N.Y., Nancy (Dan Sr.) Dresser of Medina, and Carol (Jeffrey) Boreali of Grand Island; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends may call on Fri., Jan. 27 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Bogan and Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sun., Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. at Kendall United Methodist Church, 1808 Kendall Road, Kendall NY 14476. Burial will be in Bates Road Cemetery in the spring.

Memorials may be made in Don’s name to Kendall United Methodist Church, or to a charity of one’s choice. Please light a candle in Don’s name at www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.


 

Posted January 25 2017
Louis C. Kornow Jr.

Louis C. Kornow Jr., 92, formerly of Waterport, died Jan. 23, 2017 in Strong Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 17, 1925 in the town of Carlton to Louis Sr. and Eva (Blackmer) Kornow and was a lifetime resident of this area. Louis enjoyed listening to ham radios and country-western music. He also was a model train enthusiast and an avid fisherman.

Mr. Kornow was predeceased by his wife, Daisy; and his sister, Blanche Kornow Smith. He is survived by several nieces and nephews, including Edwin (Donna) Smith of Fairport.

There will be no calling hours. Services and interment will be held privately in Carlton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to PAWS Animal Shelter, 3371 Gaines Basin Road, Albion NY 14411. Mr. Kornow’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion. To share a special memory of Louis, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.