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Posted November 22 2017
Howard W. Lake

Howard LakeAmerican flag

Mr. Howard W. Lake, of Medina, passed away Nov. 20, 2017 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland, Fla.

Mr. Lake was born on Jan. 13, 1931 in Medina, a son of the late Arthur William and Lena (Myhill) Lake. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1948, he married the former Mary Jane Castricone in 1950. He proudly served with the U.S. Army in the Korean War, entering on Jan. 31, 1952 and receiving his discharge on New Year’s Eve, 1953.

Following his discharge, Mr. Lake worked at the Sinclair gas station and then began a career in law enforcement. He was employed by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department and served as a deputy sheriff, Chief Deputy, and Undersheriff. Later, he worked in the child support unit.

Active in the community, he was elected as a trustee for the Village of Medina and served as a longtime judge in the Town of Ridgeway and Village of Medina. He was also a lifelong avid Republican. Judge Lake was a member of State Magistrates Association, the Boxwood Cemetery Commission, Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion, and Lincoln Post #1483, VFW.

His first wife, Mary Jane, died suddenly on Jan. 4, 1999. Later, Howard married the former Catherine Batstone. He and Kate enjoyed the winters in Florida with their dog, Beau. He loved to manicure his lawn and gardens at his home, and he loved roses. He was a great husband, father, grandfather and friend. His door and his heart were open to all. His greatest joy was his family.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Lake; his two children, Howard (Clara) Lake and Karen (Terry Ingerson) Lake Maynard; stepchild, Daniel (Trudy) Bronson; grandchildren, including Joseph William (Riki) Lake, Kim Scott, Marci (Rick) Fulwell, Robert Scott, Bonnie (Eric) Riley, Stacy (Jason) Maybach, Kerry Rosenberg, Tim (Nikki) Winans, Matthew Winans, Spencer Maynard, Kelly (Andrew) Bielak, Joy (Michael) Preston, Kyle Ingerson, and Jason Ingerson; and several great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Mary Jane Lake; his daughter-in-law, Linda R. (Bensley) Lake; son-in-law, Douglas Maynard; and stepson, Hal Bronson.

Friends may call on Thu., Nov. 30 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Funeral services will be held on Fri., Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church with the Rev. Daniel J. Fawls officiating. Graveside committal services with military honors will be accorded at the Lake Mausoleum at Boxwood Cemetery by members of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion.

The family graciously declines flowers. Memorials may be made to a veteran’s organization of your choice. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted November 22 2017
Catherine Aina DiLaura

Catherine DiLaura

Catherine Aina DiLaura, of Albion, was called to be with the Lord on Nov. 21, 2017.

Catherine was born to Joseph and Josephine (Sacco) Aina on Nov. 5, 1922. She was predeceased by her husband, Ellis (Pic); and her brothers, Samuel, Patsy, James (June) and Peter (Barbara) Aina.

Catherine is survived by her three children, Suzanne (Robert) Wells of Kent, David DiLaura of Albion, and Mary Bullock of Chester, Va.; four grandchildren, Christopher Wells of Cary, N.C., Jennifer (Ken) Dickerson of Hamlin, Corey (Lori) Bullock of Colonial Heights, Va., and Nathan Bullock of Chester, Va.; four great-grandchildren, Alice and Josephine Dickerson, and Ryushin and Yuka Wells; sister-in-law, Norma DiLaura; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Kay loved her family. Those who knew Kay well or met her for the first time were aware of the love and pride she felt for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Catherine also loved her church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (Holy Family Parish), where she sang in the choir for 81 years, until she was 94 years old. We credit Kay’s longevity to her active life and love of music. She sang for weekly Mass, weddings, funerals, and every holiday and Catholic event. Kay attended daily Mass for over 30 years. And after daily Mass, she met a group of dear friends who shared stories and laughs. Kay was the founding member, and joyfully invited many women to join, the group which was coined the “McChurch Ladies” by her young granddaughter at the time! The group will live on with new members, with Kay watching over them and laughing at the group’s antics.

Kay’s father came from Mussomeli, Sicily. In 1997, Kay was the recipient of the Mussomeli Award at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Buffalo, N.Y., where each year the church honors a special descendant of Mussomeli at the Madonna of the Miracles Festival. This annual festival commemorates the healing of a “paralytic” in the Sicilian village of Mussomeli in 1530 by intercession of the Virgin Mary.

Kay was a graduate of Albion High School and Rochester Business Institute. In her younger years, she worked for Bausch and Lomb and the Albion State Training School for Women. Until Kay’s 94th year, she could be seen around town volunteering for organizations such as Hospice of Orleans County and the Office for the Aging, helping to assemble thousands of newsletters, making food for the church bereavement committee, making afghans and selling tickets for St. Joseph’s annual lawn fete. Kay was a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Ladies of Charity.

Kay’s life was not driven by fame or fortune but by the measure of her generosity. Kay never met a stranger. Many friends and family will miss Kay’s Italian cooking. Lasagna, cannoli, cucchidati, pizzelles, pies and other delights were enjoyed by a great many over the years. Family always looked forward to the annual care package of homemade Christmas cookies. The Group Home of Albion loved Kay, and she loved them dearly for their loving care of her son, David, a resident. The residents and staff there looked forward to weekly visits and the homemade cookies which she gave them for holidays.

During her stay at Hospice of Orleans County, Kay was touched by the number of friends and family who visited her. They shared their love and admiration for her. Kay inspired many with her strong and lively personality, her faith in God, and her witty sense of humor. The matriarch of our Italian family. The end of a generation. We will deeply miss our mother, but know she is now with those she loved, who departed before her, including the love of her life, her husband and our father, Ellis (Pic) DiLaura. We are comforted knowing that when we see our mom again, we are sure to find her singing her heart out among the choir of angels.

Please join our family at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, 21 West Ave., Albion, on Fri., Nov. 24 from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church-Holy Family Parish on Sat., Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. Interment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Nathan Bullock Fund, 6009 Oak Landing Drive, Chester VA 23831; or to Holy Family Parish, 106 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411; or to Hospice of Orleans County, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted November 20 2017
Roland F. Lindsley

Roland Lindsley

Mr. Roland F. Lindsley, of Middleport, passed away on Nov. 18, 2017 at Eastern Niagara Hospital.

Mr. Lindsley was born in the Town of Shelby, Jan. 24, 1927, a son of the late Robert and Mildred May (Carpenter) Lindsley. He grew up on the muck and was employed as a truck driver for Schultz Transportation Lines, Inc. and Relco Systems, Inc. in Lockport.

Mr. Lindsley was a lifelong resident of the area. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting in his younger years, and yard work. He was often seen at local coffee shops, where he enjoyed the company of his many friends. He was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

He is survived by his daughters, Patricia Lord of Middleport, Mary Lamont of Newfane and Penny Schultz of Lockhart, Texas; stepdaughter, Sandy (Mike) Diel; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and his sister-in-law, Linda Lindsley of Middleport.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jeanette L. (Gray) on Jan. 9, 2010; his brother, Chuck Lindsley; and his stepson, Kim Waters.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his graveside committal service on Sat., Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. at Bates Road Cemetery. Pastor David Hayes will officiate.

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


 

Posted November 20 2017
Joyce “June” Bliss

Joyce Bliss

Joyce “June” Reamer Bliss, 88, of the Town of Murray, passed on Sun., Nov. 19, 2017 at Unity Hospital. She was born May 29, 1929 to Gladys Violet (Laycock) and Stanley Curtis Reamer of Murray, and she lived in this area all of her life.

She was salutatorian of the Kendall Central School class of 1947. She was happily married for 63 years to her husband, Roy Dillon Bliss, until his death on Dec. 27, 2010. June was a lifelong homemaker and she always put caring for family members first.

She is survived by two daughters, Vicki (Peter) Notaro and Dawn (William) Ingham; a son, Terry (Cookie) Bliss; several grandchildren, including Christina (Charles) Notaro Civiletto, Carrie (Justin) Notaro Harmon, Lynn (Donald) Ingham Beers, Kenneth Ingham, Ann Bliss Jordan, and Sandra Bliss; and many great-grandchildren, including Sierra and Paige Beers and Jacob, Alexander, Lily and Ryan Ingham.

The family will receive friends on Fri., Nov. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Rte. 31, Holley, where her funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. Private burial will be in Sandy Creek Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Fancher Hulberton Murray Fire Company and Ambulance, PO Box 195, Fancher NY 14452; or to the organization of one’s choice. To share a special memory of June, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted November 20 2017
Andrew Scott Carpenter

Andrew Carpenter

Surrounded by family and friends, Andrew Scott Carpenter, at the age of 36, passed peacefully away on Nov. 17, 2017, after a 20-month battle with leukemia.

Andrew was born in Brockport on July 9, 1981. He grew up in Holley, playing soccer from the time he could walk until his senior year of high school.

He lived in Hawaii for two years before returning home to attend SUNY at Brockport, graduating with a degree in accounting. He settled in Fredericksburg, Va. to be near his brother and best friend, Travis. Andy was a financial analyst for the Missile Defense Agency. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan, and he favored the music of Chris Stapleton, whom he saw in concert in July. He donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital because it hurt him that kids could be suffering the way he was.

All who knew Andy benefitted from his good heart, quick wit, easy smile (smirk), and generous heart. He will be missed.

Andrew is survived by his loving and devoted parents, Skip and Cindy Carpenter; brother, Travis (Melissa) Carpenter; and sister, Jackie (Tony) Frankenberger. He will be forever remembered by his nieces, Katy, Emma and Charlie; and nephew, Jax; as well as by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Andrew was predeceased by his grandparents, David and Yvonne Simpson, and Stanley and Eleanor Carpenter.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, on Sun., Nov. 26 from 1 to 5 p.m. A celebration of Andy’s life will be held at the funeral home on Mon., Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Albion Cemetery.

Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital on Andy’s memorial page.

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


 

Posted November 20 2017
Carl O. Burdick

Carl O. Burdick, 95, of Albion, passed away on Nov. 19, 2017 at Medina Memorial Hospital. He was born April 21, 1922 in Hornell, N.Y. to the late William and Phoebe (Kosher) Burdick.

Carl loved spending his time sitting outside listening to tapes and telling stories of his life. He enjoyed playing ball with the family dogs, as well. He was a retiree of Ethan Allen.

Carl is survived by his sons, Daniel (Kelly) Burdick, Timothy (April) Burdick, and Jonathan (Celia Casson) Burdick; grandchildren, Megan (Edward Pulaski) Kotarski, Lindsey (Andrew Patton) Kotarski, Dhannilynnie Burdick, Karey-Ann (Rigpberto) Torruco-Pina, Noah Burdick, Caleb Burdick, Brady Casson, and Hunter Burdick; as well as several great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be private and held at the convenience of the family.

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

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


 

Posted November 19 2017
Elaine (Coloney) Banas

Elaine BanasElaine Banas, 79, of Albion, passed away peacefully on Nov. 19, 2017 at home, with her loving family by her side. She was born April 25, 1938 in Albion, a daughter of the late George and Dorothy (VanStone) Coloney.

She was a member of Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church. In 1956, she was the Orleans County Queen, and she graduated in the same year from Albion High School as the salutatorian of her class. Elaine loved playing casino blackjack and collecting recipes, and she was an avid cross-stitcher. She retired in 2000 as a corrections sergeant for the New York State Department of Corrections.

Elaine is survived by her husband of 61 years, Eugene; children, Gary Banas of California, Karen (Dan) Ward of Albion, Robert Banas of Albion, and Linda (Arthur) Zeh of Saratoga Springs; grandchildren, Daniel and Justin Ward, Olivia and Erica Zeh; brother, George (Jennifer) Coloney of Florida; sister, Carol (Bob) Evans of Florida; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her sister, Joyce Dollinger.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Tue., Nov. 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. Family and friends are invited to the funeral home on Wed., Nov. 22 at 9:30 a.m. for prayers, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Albion Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to Holy Family Parish, 106 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411; or to the charity of your choice.

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


 

Posted November 19 2017
Donald L. Brett

American flagDonald BrettDonald L. Brett, 65, of Albion, passed away unexpectedly Nov. 19, 2017. He was born Dec. 5, 1951 in Brush Valley, Pa., a son of the late John and Edna (Clark) Brett.

Donald was employed for 17 years at the Town of Clarkson. He enjoyed working on tractors and tinkering with things, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren and family.

He married the love of his life, Marlene, on Aug. 11, 1973, and they spent the next 44 loving years together. In addition to his wife, Marlene, Donald is survived by his sons, Timothy Brett and Wayne (Nicole) Brett; sister, Donna (Thomas) Matteson; grandsons, Tyler and Kyle; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Fri., Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., followed by a celebration of Don’s life at 12 p.m. Interment will take place in Otter Creek Cemetery with full military honors.

Memorial contributions in Donald’s name may be made to Orleans County Veterans Services, 14016 Route 31 West, Albion NY 14411; or to Batavia VA Medical Center, 222 Richmond Ave., Batavia NY 14020.

To light a candle or express a condolence, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted November 18 2017
Claybon Smith

Claybon SmithClaybon Smith, 69, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Wed., Nov. 15, 2017 at the Martin-Linsin Residence in Albion, after a short illness. He was born on Sept. 25, 1948 in Gill, Ark., a son of the late Zinie and Eronia (Ray) Smith.

Claybon excelled in football, basketball and track while growing up in Gill. In 1975, he moved to the Albion/Medina area. He was employed with Duffy-Mott Foods and later retired from Ontario Foods of Albion.

He married the former Emmeritt Massey on Nov. 4, 2017. Claybon enjoyed hunting, fishing, and walking his three dogs, Lady, Molley and Lulu.

Besides his wife, Emmeritt, he is survived by five siblings, George Smith and Bernestine Smith, both of Arkansas, Don (Aretha) Akers of Chicago, James (Marilyn) Akers of Texas, and Lee Akers of Arkansas; a host of nieces and nephews; and a best friend, Jim Tabor of Medina.

Relatives and friends may call on Mon., Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. with the Rev. Eddie English officiating. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Claybon’s name to Hospice of Orleans County, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

Please light a candle in Claybon’s name or share a memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.


 

Posted November 18 2017
Ethel M. Kyle

Ethel KyleEthel M. (Sutton) Kyle, 89, of Medina, entered into rest on Thu., Nov. 16, 2017 at Medina Memorial Hospital. Born Jan. 26, 1928 in Lockport, Ethel was the daughter of Frank and Frieda (Hofert) Sutton.

Ethel married the late Milton Kyle on June 30, 1951 in Lockport. Mr. Kyle died in 2003. Ethel was a member of Senior Citizens of Western Orleans, T.W.I.G. association of Medina Memorial Hospital, and Lyndonville United Methodist Church.

Ethel enjoyed her flower garden, camping, trips with the senior citizens, baking and candy making, and spending time with her family.

Ethel is survived by a son, Daniel G. Kyle; a daughter, Sharon (Gerald) Allen; two grandchildren, Christopher Allen and Melissa (Jeffrey) Austin; two great-grandchildren, Ashlynn Marie and Chase Garrett Austin; a sister, Rosa Margevich; a sister-in-law, Jolene Sutton; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Francis and James Sutton.

There will be no calling hours. A funeral service will be held on Sat., Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. at Lyndonville United Methodist Church with the Pastor, Beth Malone, and Rev. Dr. Timothy D. Hazlett officiating. Burial will be in Royalton Mountain Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to a charity of one’s choice.

Please go to www.bateswallace.com and leave a condolence for the family.


 

Posted November 16 2017
Arlene M. Cardone

Arlene Cardone

On Mon., Nov. 13, at the age of 92, with her children at her side, Arlene Cardone, a lifelong Medina resident, passed away at Orchard Manor Nursing home following a brief illness. She was born May 20, 1925.

Arlene was predeceased by her husband of 69 years, Bert, to whom, throughout her lifetime, she referred as “the love of her life.” She was also predeceased by her parents, Bert G. and Myrna Miller; and an infant brother, Bert Jr.

To her many other deceased family members and friends, throughout the years, it was Arlene who was there to celebrate the good times, and to be a faithful visitor and caretaker when it was most needed. It took the special person that Arlene was to convert a first floor room in her home to accommodate a formidable mother-in-law, who, as her health declined, required a high level of care.

As Arlene’s final days were approaching, she reminisced with a smile and shared a favorite story with her niece, Gabrielle: On Aug. 4, 1943, as her parents were perusing the evening paper, much to their shock, they read that their closely watched and much loved daughter had cleverly managed to elope that afternoon with a determined sailor named Bert, who was home on leave and on a mission. As Arlene chuckled and told the story, the prediction was the marriage would not last six months – how wrong they were. No one has ever disputed that Aug. 4, 1943 was the luckiest day of Bert Cardone’s life.

In 1947, Bert and Arlene opened the Medina Trading Post, and it was Arlene who managed the day-to-day business while Bert handled public relations by hunting, fishing, and frequenting a card game or two. In lockstep and confounding many, they went on to launch other successful small businesses.

Arlene also opened her own businesses, Arlene’s Crafts, and then at 71 decided a career change was in order when she became a certified nail technician, opened her own Shoppe and delighted herself and a number of clients who became friends.

Whether it was at their summer cottage in Sturgeon Falls, Canada or their home in Medina, Arlene had a talent for design and decorating. Making a house an inviting and comfortable home not only brought her joy, it also served to showcase her flair for hosting, throughout the years, memorable dinner parties and gatherings. To the delight of her burgeoning family and fan club, she made the most delectable homemade pies her signature, much anticipated grand finale.

Arlene leaves an example of generosity, graciousness, and a life well lived to her children, Jack (Peggy) Cardone of Lockport and Gilda (Thurman) Mallard of Medina; a sister, Barbara Miller of Henderson, Nev.; four granddaughters, Michelle (Doug) Cimino of Hatfield, Pa., Amber Conway of York, Jenna and Justine Cardone of Grand Island; and great-grandchildren, Madison Cimino, Brady Conway and Shaelyn Conway.

Arlene is also survived by her friend and sister-in-law, Rose Cardone, and will be remembered by her many nieces and nephews as the aunt who spoke volumes through her actions and quiet resolve, who never wavered in her loyalty once given, and lit up a room with style and poise.

Relatives and friends are invited to call Fri., Nov. 24 at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, starting at 11 a.m. and concluding with a service at 1 p.m. officiated by the Rev. Daniel J. Fawls. The family will receive friends and share reminiscences following the service at the VFW, 216 E. Center St., Medina.

Arlene so enjoyed flowers, and shortly before her passing, she ordered a large assortment of spring planting bulbs. In memory of Arlene Cardone, her family respectfully requests that those who wish to remember her might do so by a gift of planting bulbs or flowers “for someone as special in their lives as she was in ours.”

Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted November 15 2017
Logan Charles Bennett

Logan Bennett's footprints

Logan Charles Bennett, of Albion, was welcomed into Heaven surrounded by his loving parents on Nov. 13, 2017 at United Memorial Hospital in Batavia.

Logan was predeceased by his maternal great-grandparents, Charles and Jean Arnett.

Logan is survived by his parents, Charles and Bridget Bennett; maternal grandparents, Kathy Sims and David Arnett; paternal grandparents, Sandy and Doug Sitzer; maternal aunts, Tina, Carrie and Sara; paternal aunt, Dawn (Scott Allen) Sitzer; and paternal uncles, JD (Amber) Sitzer and Rick Luxon.

Services will be private.

Memorial contributions in Logan’s name may be made to American Breast Cancer Foundation, 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 480, Columbia MD 21044.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To light a candle or express a condolence to Logan’s family, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted November 15 2017
Courtney N. Kenward

Courtney Kenward

Courtney N. Kenward, 27, of Medina, died suddenly at her home on Nov. 12, 2017.

Courtney was born in Lockport, Nov. 27, 1989, a daughter of Kevin R. Kenward and Catherine A. French. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 2008, she went on to complete a Certified Nursing Assistant training program. She worked at various jobs, including at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, Associated Brands, Mayer Brothers, Mark’s Pizzeria and the Three Eyed Cat.

Courtney was a member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Medina. She loved all animals, especially her cats, Chloe, Kitty, Baby Girl, Crowley and Simba. She was an avid fan of the series “Supernatural.” Courtney took a fond interest in tattoo artistry. Her calculated chaos was evident by her roots in her artistic nature. She enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, kayaking, and going to the beach. She also loved music, going to concerts, and watching thunderstorms, and she was a Buffalo Sabres fan. Courtney was a kind, generous and selfless girl, always willing to assist someone in need. Her vibrant smile emulated her colorful personality.

Survivors include her father, Kevin; her mother, Catherine; twin siblings, Morgan R. and Mitchel K. Kenward; her maternal grandparents, Audrey and Ronald French Sr.; paternal grandparents, Lynda Higley and H. Richard Capen; her fiancé, Stephen Dollinger; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was predeceased by her uncle, Ronnie French Jr.

Friends may call on Fri., Nov. 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Her funeral service will be held on Sat., Nov. 18 at 1 p.m. at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1355 West Ave., Medina, and interment will be in Boxwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to PAWS.

Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted November 15 2017
Gloria C. Davis

Gloria C. (Billingslea) Davis, of Albion, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 11, 2017 at the age of 82, with her family by her side.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Eddie Davis; son, Ronald Lane Billingslea; and stepson, Eddie Carl Davis.

Left to mourn her loss are her stepson, Ezzard Charles Davis; daughters, Lisa R. Davis-Wall, Robin M. Davis and Traci (Chris) Davis-Taylor; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Annie McLaughlin; brother, Curtis (Elizabeth) Billingslea; sister-in-law, Lizzie Lee Smith; brother-in-law, Tony C. Epps; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Relatives and friends may call on Thu., Nov. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, 12 Ingersoll St., Albion NY 14411. A funeral service will be held on Fri., Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. at Albion First Presbyterian Church, 29 E. State St., Albion NY 14411. Interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Gloria’s name to Alzheimer’s Association.


 

Posted November 15 2017
Connor M. Callaghan

Connor Callaghan

Connor M. Callaghan of Oakfield, formerly of Middleport, passed away at his home on Sat., Nov. 11, 2017.

Connor was born in Warsaw, N.Y. on July 7, 1993 to Kevin and Sheila Callaghan of Oakfield. He was the brother of Corey (Diane) Callaghan of Sydney, Australia; and the grandson of Linda Callaghan and the late Thomas Callaghan of Appleton, N.Y. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Floyd and Ruth White of Middleport. He is survived by several loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Connor graduated summa cum laude in May from the Albany School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Chi fraternity. Connor always had a book in his hands. He loved animals, especially his dog, Patty, and his cat, Striker. Connor’s passion was helping others, whether it was donating blood for the American Red Cross or working at the Capital City Rescue Mission, where donations can be made on his behalf. Even after Connor’s passing, he continued to give to others through Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation.

There will be no visitation. Please visit www.rutland-corwin.com to send the family a condolence.


 

Posted November 15 2017
Eric D. Erway

Eric D. Erway, 54, died Nov. 8, 2017 at home, under the care of Hospice of South Georgia, after an extended illness.

He was born Nov. 24, 1962 to Donald Erway and Linda (VanAuker) Brien.

Eric was an Albion High School graduate, and he spent the last 25 years of his life in southeast Georgia. He was a construction worker by trade, and he enjoyed boating, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.

His sister, Kimberly Erway, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie Erway of southeast Georgia; his mother, Linda Brien of Albion; his stepfather, Richard Brien of Albion; his father, Donald Erway of Washington; his sister, Robin (Erway) Moore of Greece; his brothers, Bert Erway of Waterport and Troy Erway of Florida; his stepbrothers, Dick Brien of Michigan, Tim Brien of Albion and Wally Brien of Lyndonville; his nieces, Kimberly Welday of Fairport, Kaeyla Erway of Fairport, and Nicole Cavadias of South Carolina; his nephews, Kyle Erway of Fairport and Brandon Erway; three stepchildren, Ashley Gay, Adam Gay and Amelia Foskey of Georgia; grandchildren, Maisie, Kimsie, Blake, Railey, Madyson and Ryan of Georgia; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, N.Y., on Sat., Nov. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any ALS fund of your choice.

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


 

Posted November 14 2017
Christyna Marie Wells

Christyna Wells

Christyna Marie Wells, 33, of Oakfield, unexpectedly went to be with the Lord on Fri., Nov. 10, 2017.

Born on Dec. 11, 1983 in Buffalo, she was the daughter of Dianne (Michael) Coakley and Steven (MayEl) Wells. Christyna is survived by her three young children, Bethany, Alexander and Franklin Grandy; the children’s father, Lyle Grandy; his two children, Katelyn and Richard Grandy; and their grandmother, Mary Wadhams.

Christyna also leaves behind her beloved grandmother, Marie Wulf; siblings, Elizabeth (Matthew) Rucinski, Daniel Wells, Andrew (Krystal) Wells, and Jonathon (Bailey) Wells; several nieces and nephews; Anastajaza and Lukasz Rucinski, (Elizabeth) Devin Burgess (Daniel), Brandon, Brooklyn, and Cutter Stroup, and Autumn Wells (Andrew); as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

Christyna is predeceased by her grandparents, Edward and Betty Wells and Richard Wulf.

Christyna was a great mother who was always doing what she could to assure that her children were happy and well taken care of. She was a unique, caring woman who will be greatly missed by many.

Relatives and friends may call on Fri., Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Community Fellowship Church, 3144 Johnson Creek Road, Middleport NY 14105, where a funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. with Pastor Joe Szalay officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements were made through Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. Please light a candle in Christyna’s name at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.


 

Posted November 14 2017
Scott Eric Lawrence

Scott Lawrence

Scott Eric Lawrence entered into rest on Sept. 23, 2017 with his family by his side.

Scott was born March 17, 1962, a son of the late Laverne and Pauline Lawrence. He was the loving husband of Kim Lawrence; caring father of Jeff (Melissa) Gardner, David (Jeanne) Jones, Krissy Lawrence, Scott (Rachael) Lawrence, and Allyson Lawrence; grandpa of six; and brother of Dean, Michael (Georgia), Dan, Chuck, and the late Bud Lawrence.

Scott loved spending time with his family, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, NASCAR and the Green Bay Packers.

Services will be held privately by the family. Please share condolences at www.merrillgrinnell.com.


 

Posted November 13 2017
Carl Mattus

Carl Mattus

Carl “Corky” Mattus, 90, of Medina, passed away peacefully at the North Wing of Medina Memorial Hospital on Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, surrounded by loved ones.

Carl was born on Oct. 23, 1927 in Cheektowaga to the late Carl and Anna (Kalinowski) Mattus. He worked for many years on the family farm, growing vegetables for the Bailey Market. He later was employed by the Medina Central School District as Head Custodian, retiring after 25 years. Carl loved playing and watching sports, doing lawn work, and gardening.

Carl is survived by his wife, Marilyn; children, Holly (Gordon Goeke) Mattus of Kensigton, Md., and Nancy Mattus of Medina; and several nieces and nephews. Carl is predeceased by his sister, Joyce Tuohey.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Fri., Nov. 17 at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103, from 4 to 7 p.m. A memorial service and burial will be held in the spring of 2018.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl’s name to Shelby Fire Co., P.O.Box 1, Medina NY 14103.

Carl’s family extends a heartfelt thanks to the staff at Medina Memorial Hospital Second Floor and North Wing for the wonderful care he received during his illness.

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


 

Posted November 13 2017
Norman C. Braun

Norman Braun

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Norman C. “Bud” Braun, 83, of Middleport, entered into rest on Sun., Nov. 12, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born Oct. 2, 1934 in North Tonawanda, Norman was the son of the late Norman V. and Irene (Stielow) Braun.

Norman married his wife, Joanne, on Aug. 7, 2004. He had previously been married to Phyliss Ann McCollum, from Oct. 6, 1956 until Phyliss’ death on July 24, 1996. Bud was a lifetime dairy farmer. He enjoyed hunting, reading, spending time with family, the companionship of his dog “Charlie Brown,” golfing, and talking farming with his farming friends. He also worked at Harrison Radiator in Lockport from 1953 to 1963.

He served his country in the U.S. Army from April 27, 1953 until April 5, 1956, during the Korean conflict, proudly achieving the rank of sergeant.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne (Lucas Boetcher) Braun; children, Lynn (Daniel) Budziszewski, Lori (Wayne) Rhinehart, Lisa (Ken) Glena, Leigh Braun, Andrew (Kristina) Braun, and Amy (Todd) Zinkievich; stepchildren, Robin Eckert, Amy (Don) Yung and Greg (Wendy) Boetcher; sisters, Helen (Paul) Petit and Janet (the late George) Donahue; special cousin, Elizabeth Reisman; 21 grandchildren; 21½ great-grandchildren; several brothers- and sisters-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visitation at Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, N.Y., on Thu., Nov. 16 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Fri., Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1355 West Ave., Medina.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport NY 14094; or to St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Please go to www.bateswallace.com and leave a condolence for the family.


 

Posted November 13 2017
Mark A. Musacchia

Mark Musacchia

Mark A. Musacchia, 59, of Albion, died Nov. 11, 2017 in Strong Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness.

He was born July 13, 1958 in Queens, N.Y. to John and Lorraine Musacchia, graduating from Brentwood High School. He had lived in this area for over 6½ years. Mark was a man who loved cooking, especially ziti. He also enjoyed watching football, playing cards, shopping, riding his lawnmower, and spending time at the casino. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was truly a man who loved his family.

Mr. Musacchia was predeceased by his father, John; and brothers, Billy and Joey. He is survived by his wife, Kelly Kinsey Musacchia; his children, Mark Jr., Brian, Brianna, Joey, Dennis, Payge and David; his brothers, John, Wayne and Mike; his sister, Deborah; his mother, Lorraine; as well as several nieces, nephews and friends.

There will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend Mark’s memorial service on Sat., Nov. 25 at 11 a.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

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


 

Posted November 11 2017
Sharon E. Hill

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ALBION – Sharon E. Hill, 63, died Nov. 10, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, following a long illness. She was born May 26, 1954 to Robert and Joyce (Gilbert) Boyer.

Sharon was a lifetime resident of this area. She worked as a cook at Fieldstone Restaurant in Lockport. She was a person with a strong faith in God, and she was a non-conformist, non-judgmental person who lived life on her own terms. She enjoyed music, reading and sewing, and she was seemingly an artist at anything she was doing. Most of all, she loved spending time with and taking care of her grandchildren.

Ms. Hill is survived by her daughters, Autumn (Shawn) Prior of Albion, and Brienna (James Damon II) Hill of Buffalo; her brothers, William (Noreda LeVan) Boyer of Middleport, and Robert (Pamela) Boyer Jr. of Medina; five grandchildren, Malique, Jylees, Yaquen, Enrique and Carmella; her grand-dogs: Oskar and Remi; as well as several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. Services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Charity Care Program, c/o Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Ave., Box 888, Rochester NY 14642.

Sharon’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Sharon, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted November 09 2017
Benjamin Dennis Kirby

Ben Kirby

Benjamin Dennis Kirby, 21, of Albion, died suddenly Nov. 6, 2017 as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He was born Dec. 9, 1995 in Brockport to Dennis and Wendy Kirby and lived in this area all of his life.

Ben graduated from Albion Central School in 2014 in the top 10 of his class. He was active in many school activities, including band, chorus, marching band, National Honor Society, drama club, tennis and soccer, as well as 4-H. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America, The Order of the Arrow, and he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He was in his senior year at Rochester Institute of Technology, studying software development. Ben was kind, caring, and always willing to help someone else, and he lived his life by the words of the Boy Scout Law. He was a self-proclaimed nerd and, while quiet and studious, was well-known and liked by a great many friends, many of whom described him as “just a good boy.” He was truly a special friend to all.

Benjamin was predeceased by his grandparents, Francis and Janet Kirby. He is survived by his parents, Dennis and Wendy Kirby; siblings, Lauren Kirby, Brodie (Andrea) Kirby, Jeremy (Joisanna) Kirby, Aaron Kirby, and Christina (William )Neely; his grandparents, David and Nancy Scheffinger; nephews, Evan, Nathan, Anden, Broden, Teigen and Bradley “BDK2” Kirby; niece, Serenity Neely; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and a multitude of close friends.

There will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to help celebrate Ben’s life on Sat., Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. at Albion First Presbyterian Church. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in Mt. Albion Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest with his grandparents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Benjamin Dennis Kirby Scholarship Fund, c/o A.H.S. Alumni Foundation, P.O. Box 345, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted November 09 2017
Clifford W. Fearby Jr.

Clifford Fearby

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Mr. Clifford W. Fearby Jr., of Medina, passed away on Nov. 7, 2017 at Medina Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Fearby was born in Medina, April 3, 1936, a son of the late Clifford W. and Mildred (Chase) Fearby Sr. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1954, he played with the Medina MACS semipro football team and proudly served with the U.S. Navy Submarine Force from 1954 to 1958. He married the former Carol Kelly in 1959. Cliff was the founder and CEO of F & H Fearby Enterprises for 50 years. He enjoyed spending time at his cottage on Lake Ontario and fishing. Cliff was a member of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW, Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion, and Jr. Wilson Sportsman’s Club. He loved his grandchildren, Kara, Nick and Markie; and his great-granddaughter, Charli.

He is survived by three children, Kim (Bob) Stevens, Tim (Tammy) Fearby and Patti (Shorty) Caleb; three grandchildren, Kara (Michael) Zambito, Nicholas (Sara) Fearby and Markie Caleb; his great-granddaughter, Charli Zambito; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Carol, on April 29, 2016.

Friends may call on Mon., Nov. 13 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his service will be held on Tue., Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. Phil Keppler, chaplain of the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company, will officiate. Military honors will be accorded at the funeral home by members of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW and Butts Clark Post #204, American Legion. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery. A luncheon will be held at the VFW, 216 E. Center St., Medina, following his funeral.

In lieu of flowers, the Fearby family suggests memorials to Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS), 110 Broadway, Buffalo NY 14203.

Cliff’s family extends a heartfelt thanks to the members of the Medina Fire Department and the staff at Medina Memorial Hospital Second Floor and North Wing for the wonderful care he received during his illness.

Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted November 08 2017
Ella Mae Wallace

Ella Mae Wallace

Ella Mae Wallace, 63, of Rochester, N.Y., formerly of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Tue., Nov. 7, 2017 at Strong Memorial Hospital, after a long illness.

Born on Jan. 17, 1954 in Medina, she was the daughter of the late Solomon and Lizzie Mae (Brady) Wallace.

Ella Mae graduated from Medina High School in 1972. She was employed with General Motors/Valeo until she retired in 2003. At one time, she attended Glad Tidings Baptist Church in Medina. Ella Mae was a devoted mother and grandmother. She also enjoyed reading, traveling and making jewelry.

Ella Mae is survived by a daughter, Yolanda Wallace of Rochester; four grandsons and a granddaughter; siblings, Shirley (Robert) Jones of Medina, Lawrence James Wallace of Lockport, Paul Wallace of Rochester, Yvonne Wallace of Albion, and Joanne Shedrick of Lockport; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Besides her parents, Ella Mae is predeceased by a brother, Eric Wallace.

Relatives and friends may call on Mon., Nov. 13, 2017 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. A funeral service will be held on Tue., Nov. 14 at 12 p.m. at Glad Tidings Baptist Church, 404 W. Oak Orchard St., Medina NY 14103, with the Pastor, Rev. Lambert Duncan officiating. Bishop McCloud will read the eulogy. Burial will be in Boxwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Ella Mae’s name to Strong Palliative Care Unit, Gift & Donor Records, 300 E. River Road, P.O. Box 270032, Rochester NY 14627.

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


 

Posted November 07 2017
Winona Eloise Schwehr

Winona Schwehr

Mrs. Winona Eloise Schwehr, of Medina, passed away Nov. 4, 2017 at United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia.

Mrs. Schwehr was born in East St. Louis, Ill., April 20, 1922, a daughter of the late Frank O. and Dimple (Miller) Comer. She married Donovan William Schwehr on Feb. 19, 1944. She moved to Medina in 1962 and was employed by the Medina Central School District, as an assistant librarian and secretary, in Towne Elementary School and Medina High School, retiring in 1982. In 1982, she moved back to her hometown, and in 1987 she relocated to Houston, Texas. In 2002, she returned to Medina.

Mrs. Schwehr was a 50-year active member of Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority and the Sour Grapes. She enjoyed spending time with her family, camping and traveling.

She is survived by her sons, Rob (Angela) Schwehr and Mike Schwehr; three granddaughters, Andrea Schwehr of Columbia, S.C., Laurel Schwehr of Austin, Texas and Victoria Schwehr of Louisville, Ky. She was predeceased by her husband, Donovan, on Nov. 15, 1980; her sister, Mignon Roberts, in 1981; and her daughter-in-law, Frances Schwehr, in 2013.

Friends may call on Wed., Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where her funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. The Rev. Michael Stephenson, pastor of First Baptist Church of Medina, will officiate. Interment will be in Highland City Cemetery, Highland, Ill., on Saturday.

Memorials may be made to Lee-Whedon Memorial Library. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted November 04 2017
Jeffrey W. Lozo

Jeffrey LozoJeffrey W. Lozo, 56, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Thu., Nov. 2, 2017 at Erie County Medical Center, after a short illness. He was born on Nov. 11, 1960 in North Tonawanda, a son of the late Calvin F. and Viola (Zietz) Lozo.

On Oct. 16, 1993, he married the former Katherine Weaver, and together they made their home in Medina. He worked various jobs, but he was lastly employed with Sigma Motors of Medina. Jeff attended Community Fellowship Church in Middleport. He was an avid outdoorsman and was a member of the Alabama Hunt Club, where he enjoyed black powder shooting.

Jeff is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Katherine Lozo; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Karl and Frances Weaver; and a brother-in-law, John Weaver, all of Medina.

Relatives and friends may call on Fri., Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Community Fellowship Church, 3144 Johnson Creek Road, Middleport NY 14105, where a funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. with Pastor Joe Szalay officiating. Burial will be in Boxwood Cemetery, Medina.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jeff’s name to the family.

Arrangements were made through Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. Please light a candle in Jeff’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.


 

Posted November 03 2017
William “Denver” Osborne

William OsborneWilliam “Denver” Osborne, 76, of Albion, passed away Nov. 2, 2017 at the Martin-Linsin Hospice Residence, surrounded by his family. Denver was born April 23, 1941 in Clay, W.Va., a son of the late Guy and Hattie (Jarrett) Osborne.

He was a former employee of Duffy Motts in Holley and a member of the Fancher-Hulberton-Murray Fire Company. Denver could always be seen walking around town and would do anything to help someone in need.

He was predeceased by his wife, Evelyn; sons, Matthew and Joshua; and sister, Mavis (Roy) Keiffer.

He is survived by his children, Tabatha (Alan Summers) Pahura, Samantha (Mike Dimartino) Livingston, William (Amie Barr) Osborne and Ray Keffer; 12 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; siblings, Elmo Osborne, Bonnie (Willis) Birch, Shirley Rosalee Osborne, Bobbie Kwiatkowski, Mary “Mag” (Bob) Blosenhauer and Benny Osborne; favorite aunt, Pauline Reich; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Denver’s memorial service will be held at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Tue., Nov. 7 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Sandy Creek Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to the Richard Knights-Sue Kaderli Memorial Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 684, Medina NY 14103.

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


 

Posted November 03 2017
Duane E. Stahl Jr.

Duane Stahl

Duane E. Stahl Jr., 87, of Medina, previously of Middleport, entered into rest on Thu., Nov. 2, 2017 at Medina Memorial Hospital. Born Aug. 23, 1930 in Middleport, Duane was the son of the late Duane E. and Ruby (Geiger) Stahl.

Duane graduated from Roy-Hart High School in 1948. He entered the U.S. Army in 1951 and served until 1956, serving in Germany. He married Edith Clark on March 3, 1951. Edith died in 2010. Duane enjoyed fishing, boating, and watching NASCAR.

Duane is survived by his children, Dr. David (Marcia) Stahl, John (Karen) Stahl and Patricia (Victor) Pane; grandchildren, Dr. Celeste and Howard Balaban, Dr. Jeffery and Rachael Stahl, Sarah and Nicholas LaBarbera, Dr. Mark and Tonya Stahl, Melissa and Jon Aiello, and Michelle (Joey Little) Pane; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Geraldine Owens; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend visitation at Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, N.Y., on Sat., Nov. 4 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Private funeral services will be held on Mon., Nov. 6 at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Hartland Central Cemetery, Gasport, N.Y. There will be no visitation on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to Middleport Library or Middleport Food Pantry.

Please go to www.bateswallacefuneralhome.com and leave a condolence for the family.


 

Posted November 02 2017
Alice K. Martin

Alice Martin

Mrs. Alice K. Martin, of Medina, passed away on Nov. 1, 2017 at Buffalo General Hospital.

Mrs. Martin was born in Medina, March 10, 1931, the daughter of the late William C. and Margaret A. (Waterfield) Knights Sr. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1949, and Buffalo State College, class of 1953, she began her career as an elementary school teacher at Middleport Elementary School in 1953. She married Roland J. Martin on April 2, 1956. She was employed as an elementary teacher in the Medina Central School District beginning in 1959 and taught first grade at Oak Orchard Elementary School for many years, retiring in 1990.

Mrs. Martin was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Medina. She served the church as an Elder and was the first female Clerk of the Session. She was a member of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Alpha Theta Chapter, and the Medina Cotillion Club. Mrs. Martin enjoyed reading and, in later years, listening to audio books. She also liked to knit and cross-stitch, and she was an accomplished baker.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Roland J. Martin; two children, William C. (Susan) Martin and Margaret (fiancé Bruce Sentiff) Martin; three grandchildren, Alissa M. (Brian) Dunham, Sarah K. Martin and Benjamin C. (Rhiannon) Martin; two great-grandchildren, Margaret Alice and Bradley Parker Dunham; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers, New York State Assemblyman William C. Knights Jr. on Feb. 5, 1973, and Edmund W. Knights on April 18, 1999.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her service on Sat., Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 522 Main St., Medina. The Rev. Dr. William H. Wilkinson will officiate, and interment will be in Millville Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 522 Main St., Medina NY 14103; or to Richard Knights / Sue Kaderli Memorial Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 684, Medina NY 14103.

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


 

Posted November 02 2017
Alfred M. Ornt Sr.

Alfred Ornt

Alfred M. Ornt Sr., of Holley, passed away on Sun., Oct. 29, 2017 after a long illness. Born March 12, 1935 in Rochester to Alfred Clinton Ornt and Margaret Gray, Alfred was a lifetime member of the Clarendon Fire Company for 46 years, wearing badge #68.

He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley (Butterbaugh); son, Alfred M. Ornt Jr.; brothers, John and Ray; and brother-in-law, Floyd Sr.

He is survived by his daughter-in-law, Lorrie Simons; five children, Christine Pugh, Doris Ornt, Linda Pecora, Kim (Dan) Kilmer and John Ornt; 19 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; brothers, James (Edith) and Ace (Linda); sisters, Kay Mott, Cora (Dick) Bangs and Edith Wilson; sister-in-law, Patricia Ornt; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A graveside service will be held Mon., Nov. 13 at 11 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, 1975 Baird Road, Penfield, N.Y. Following the service, everyone is invited to the Clarendon Recreation Hall, 16169 E. Lee Road (Route 31A), Holley NY 14470, for a celebration of Al’s life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to the Clarendon Fire Company.

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


 

Posted October 31 2017
James R. Steier

James SteierJames R. Steier, 59, of Rochester, died Oct. 30, 2017 at his residence, following a brief illness. He was born Dec. 28, 1957 in Brockport to Raymond and Shirley (Kidney) Steier and lived in this area most of his life.

Jim worked as an environmental control technician for Novar. He was a volunteer for the Monroe Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Medina Railroad Museum. He enjoyed sailing and was a huge karaoke enthusiast.

He is survived by his mother, Shirley Steier of Spencerport; brothers, Stephen Steier of Spencerport and David (Donna) Steier of Rochester; sister, Patti (Raymond) Goodwin of North Carolina; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Sat., Nov. 4 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, where his funeral service will be held immediately following visitation at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Medina Railroad Museum, 530 West Ave., Medina NY 14103; or to Wilmot Cancer Institute, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester NY 14642.

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


 

Posted October 30 2017
Mary D. Swiercznski

Mary Swiercznski

Mary D. Swiercznski, 88, of Albion, died Oct. 29, 2017 at Batavia Health Care Center, following a short illness. She was born May 21, 1929 in Selinsgrove, Pa. to Paul and Jennie (Loss) Baney and lived in this area since 1948.

Mary was a lifetime member of the Sheret Post American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and a past member of T.O.P.S. She enjoyed crocheting, playing bingo, going out to eat, shopping and traveling. Mary especially enjoyed baking bread and cinnamon rolls for her family, friends and neighbors. She was a very sociable person who had a deep love for her family and her pets.

Mrs. Swiercznski was predeceased by her husbands, Joseph Swiercznski and Raymond Ettinger; her brothers, Kenneth, Raymond and John Baney; her sisters, Christabelle Loss, Myrtle Smith, Catherine Ettinger and Dorothy Keister; and her granddaughter, Dawn Tacito.

She is survived by her children, Gloria Jean (Chuck) Felice of Holley, Barbara Reed of Waterport, Richard Swiercznski of Albion, and Denise VanderWeyden of Michigan; her brothers, Grant Baney of Albion, Percy Baney of Florida, and Bruce Baney of Florida; sisters, Ruth Knight of Florida and Mildred Thom of Albion; 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; as well as a special friend and neighbor, Mary Miesner; and special cousin, Barb Walders.

The family will receive friends on Fri., Nov. 3 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, where her funeral service will follow visitation at 11 a.m. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to PAWS, 3371 Gaines Basin Road, Albion NY 14411. To share a special memory of Mary, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted October 29 2017
Devante L. Boston

Davante BostonDevante L. Boston, 20, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Fri., Oct. 27, 2017 at Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, after a long illness. He was born on June 13, 1997 in Medina, a son of Wilbert (Valerie) Boston Jr. of Tampa, Fla., Robin Cheatham of Chicago, and Elizabeth Satkowski of Medina.

Devante was a happy and lovable boy. He enjoyed his trip to Florida with his grandmother, and he loved riding his bike and playing with his dog. Even though his time on Earth was short, Devante brought joy to the many lives he touched.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his paternal great-grandmother, Lucy Poole of Lockport; maternal great-grandmother, Grace Priest of Middleport; paternal grandparents, Bobbie (Catherine) Lindsey Sr. of Medina, and Wilbert (Shonda Cummings) Boston Sr. of Auburndale, Fla.; maternal grandparents, Art (Pam) Satkowski of Las Vegas, Nev.; ten siblings, Izell Satkowski, Katie Spierdowis, Arianna Bloom, Xavier Bloom, Ivyonna Lopez , Jacqueria LaShati Boston, Jacquez Zion Boston, Alyze Boston, Jacari Boston, and Dillion Boston.

He is also survived by seven aunts and uncles, Karen Boston of Medina, Amanda (Scott) Stowe of Lockport, Danielle Boston of Lockport, William Edwards of Florida, Tyrell Boston of Florida, Melinda (Jason) Cogovan of Medina, and John Satkowski of Medina; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Devante is predeceased by his maternal grandmother, Nancy Satkowski.

Relatives and friends may call on Fri., Nov. 3 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Medina, 203 W. Center St., Medina NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. with the Rev. William M. Washington officiating. Burial will be in Hartland Central Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Devante’s name to HighPoint on Michigan, 1031 Michigan Ave., Buffalo NY 14203.

Please light a candle in Devante’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.


 

Posted October 27 2017
Pauline Trupiano Burgio

Pauline BurgioMILFORD, MICH. – Pauline Trupiano Burgio, 90, died Oct. 26, 2017 from a sudden illness.

Mrs. Burgio was predeceased by her husband, Patrick J Burgio Sr., to whom she was married for over 50 years. She was also predeceased by her parents, James and Mary Trupiano; and her brother, Vincent.

She is survived by two children, David Emanuel (Margaret) Burgio and Patrick John (Victoria) Burgio Jr.; seven grandchildren, Jonathan (Amy), Teresa (Dan), Andrew (Stacy), David (Tina), Alysia, Lexi and Amanda; three great-grandchildren, Luca, Serafina and Lincoln; sister, Josephine Wallin of Brockport; godson, James (Marie) Bell; sisters-in-law, Jean Turpiano and Rae O’Brien; longtime family friend, Rae Greco and family of Lockport; goddaughter, Joan Aul; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

She had a smile and charisma that lit up a room and stayed in your heart. She relished life and loved entertaining her family and friends, traveling to many places, cooking and baking, reading a good book and teaching children. She was a loving, kind, understanding and thoughtful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all who touched her life.

Mrs. Burgio attended Albion High School and Brockport State College, originally Brockport Normal, graduating at age 19. She taught first grade for nearly 35 years in Lockport and Jamesville, N.Y.  She was recognized as a gifted teacher, having received the Teacher of the Year award from Syracuse University. She enjoyed retirement in the Adirondack Mountains on Fourth Lake and in Ocala, Fla. for years with her husband, Patrick. She also enjoyed golf, boating, and precious time with her family. She was a member of the Royal Dames Society in Ocala and a former member of Delta Kappa Gamma (international sorority of excellent educators). Her last 10 years were spent in Milford, Mich., where she had many friends.

There are no calling hours. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 4 at Holy Family Parish in Albion. Burial will be in St Joseph’s Cemetery in Albion. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to American Cancer Society in her name. Arrangements were entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc.,  Albion.

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


 

Posted October 27 2017
Grace M. (Engle) Monacelli

Grace Monacelli

Grace M. Monacelli, 81, of Albion, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her loving family, on Oct. 26, 2017. Grace was born Sept. 8, 1936 in McClure, Pa., a daughter of the late James and Grace (Jewell) Engle, and lived in Albion since 1958.

Mrs. Monacelli helped her husband, Richard, at the family grocery store, Guido’s, which was located on East State Street in Albion. After her children were older, she worked at T.J. Lipton Company, and then for the N.Y.S.D.O.T Canal Corporation, retiring in 1997. Grace enjoyed traveling, cooking for her family, and spending time with her family at Camp Graceland. She was a member and past Grand Regent for Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her world.

She was predeceased by her husband, Richard; brothers, Jack, Lloyd, Howard, Robert, William and Richard; and sisters, Marion Phillips and Ruth O’Hearn.

Grace is survived by her children, Sandra (John) McNall, Richard (Terri) Monacelli, Daniel (Joyce) Monacelli, and Nancy (Gary) Moore; grandchildren, Rebecca (Adam) Grillo, Paula Miller, Steven (Carla) Miller, Samantha Seaman, Matthew McNall, Laurel (Tim Muck) McNall, Kayla McNall, Cassondra (Brian) Schomske, Jacob (Melissa) Monacelli, Daniel, Matthew and Jennifer Monacelli, Niccole and Gary Moore; great-grandchildren, Anna, Lena, Ella, Owen, Drake, Matthew, Kyle, Isabella and Vincent; brothers, Walter (Linda) Engle and Don (Linda) Engle; sister, Jane Pahuta; brothers-in-law, Don O’Hearn and Guido (Anita) Monacelli; sisters-in-law, Janet Engle, Shirley (Tom) Craddock and Ann (Louis) Ripich; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Sun., Oct. 29 from 2 to 6 p.m. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church on Mon., Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411. To share a special memory of Grace, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted October 27 2017
Joseph M. Culmo

Joseph Culmo

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Mr. Joseph M. Culmo, of Knowlesville, passed away on Oct. 25, 2017 at Medina Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Culmo was born in Albion, May 24, 1931, a son of the late Vincent James and Mamie (Minneci) Culmo. A U.S. Army veteran, he served from 1952 to 1954. On June 27, 1959, he married the former Roxanne Miller, and together they were longtime Knowlesville residents.

Mr. Culmo worked for Thomas J. Lipton Company for 17 years, and he retired from Harrison Radiator Division of GMC in the mid 1990s. He was an active volunteer at Knowlesville United Methodist Church who often helped out with church activities. He enjoyed working with electronics. He also enjoyed photography, and he videotaped many family activities and functions.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Roxanne; three children, Michael (Janene) Culmo, Daniel (Dawn Pfromm) Culmo and Cheryl (Jerry) Dona; seven grandsons; two granddaughters; six great-grandchildren; his brother, Peter Culmo; a sister, Josephine Stisser; three brothers-in-law, Edward (Shirley) Miller, Gordie (Debbie) Miller and Lyle (Nancy) Miller; three sisters-in-law, Carol and Freda Culmo and Darlene Rossi; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Concetta Culmo; and three brothers, Sam, Jim and Charles Culmo.

Friends may call on Sun., Oct. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his funeral service will be held on Mon., Oct. 30 at 11 a.m. The Rev. Marilyn J. Kasperek and the Rev. Kim Smith will officiate. Interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded at graveside by members of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Medina Memorial Hospital. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted October 26 2017
Christopher J. Durow

Christopher Durow

Christopher J. Durow, 32, of Barker, unexpectedly went home to be with the Lord on Wed., Oct. 25, 2017.

Born on Nov. 7, 1984, he was the son of Robert (Marianne) Durow of Lyndonville and Kimberly Labarge of Albion.

Christopher is survived by his parents; his beloved fiancée, Nicole McKenna of Barker; and their children, Logan, Kennedy, Colton and Camden. Chris was an amazing father to all his children, always doing something to assure they were smiling, no matter the circumstances, and he never let a day go by without hearing the sound of laughter from each of them.

Chris is also survived by his siblings, Billy (Catherine) Durow of Lyndonville, Tiffani Durow of Medina, Jessica Janus of Albion, Richard (Ashley) Janus of Medina, and Camron Labarge of Holley; his loving grandparents, Donald and Gwen Durow and Naomi Coon, all of Medina; many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and step-siblings.

Chris is predeceased by a baby brother, Bobby Durow; and his grandfather, Roger Coon.

Chris had a strong passion for fishing, football, movies, and spending time with his kids and fiancée. He had a huge heart for many of his friends and family and always made it his personal mission to make everyone smile. Chris was a unique, caring person who will be greatly missed by many.

Relatives and friends may attend a Celebration of Life service on Sat., Nov. 4 at 11 a.m. at Lyndonville United Methodist Church, 102 N. Main St., Lyndonville NY 14098, with the pastor, Rev. Beth Malone, officiating. Burial will be private for the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the family for the children, c/o Robert Durow, P.O.Box #271, Lyndonville NY 14098.

Please light a candle in Chris’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.


 

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