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Posted April 21 2018
Roselyn A. Salen

LYNDONVILLE – Roselyn A. Salen, 87, of  Lyndonville, NY and Jensen Beach, Florida passed away peacefully on December 14, 2017 at Treasure Coast Hospice in Florida.

A Memorial Service for Roselyn will be held on May 5, 2018, Saturday, at 11 a.m. at the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, 102 N. Main St., Lyndonville, NY 14098.  All friends and relatives are welcome to attend the service and the luncheon directly following.

Roselyn was born September 22, 1930 in North East, PA to the late Paul and Marjorie Muscarella. She attended Mercyhurst College in Erie for Fine Arts and married her husband Louis on September 10, 1949.

Roselyn was the secretary of the Lyndonville United Methodist Church for almost 20 years. In addition, she was a Sunday School teacher, choir member and a member of the UMW. Rose also served on the Lyndonville Central School Board of Education and was a member of the Eastern Star, the local Twig Association, and the Child Welfare Association of Orleans County.

Along with her husband, Rose was Regional Coordinator for the American Field Service (AFS) in western New York for 20 years. While serving in that capacity she and her husband hosted two foreign exchange students: Erika (Ulf) Achleitner of Austria and Miguel (Clarice) Vicari of Brazil. After retirement Rose volunteered at Meals on Wheels and many other church and service activities. She very much loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and also enjoyed painting, reading and gardening in her spare time.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Paul, Francis and Lewis Muscarella; and a sister Elsie Dimperio. She is survived by her loving husband Louis D. Salen; daughters, Louann (Larry) Manning and Lisa (Christopher) Lima; son, Wayne (Nancy) Salen; sisters, Joan Smith and Dolores Rudick; brothers, Carl and Stephen Muscarella; grandchildren, Lindy Thering, Wesley (Sara) Salen, Janelle (Scott) Harvey, Aislinn Manning, Alexandria Lima, Mandy (Frank) Sarhan, Sherri Manning and Chris Manning; eight great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.

Roselyn will be remembered fondly by all the lives she touched. She was a generous and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be greatly missed.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Treasure Coast Hospice for their caring support in her final days.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, 102 N. Main St., Lyndonville, NY 14098, or the Child Welfare Association of Orleans County, 13425 W. County House Rd, Albion, NY 14411.


 

Posted April 20 2018
Jean M. Hawley

MIDDLEPORT – Jean M. Hawley, 86, of Middleport, NY, was united with her late husband, Roger, in heaven on Friday, April 20, 2018. She was born on September 5, 1931 in Niagara Falls, NY, a daughter of the late Owie and Gertrude (Mulgo) Owens.

Jean graduated from Royalton High School and married the late Roger Hawley in 1951 and together they raised two daughters. She helped on the family farm, raising cattle and running the vegetable stand. When she retired, she helped manage Empire Orchard’s blueberry stand for many years for her good friends, Nick and Mary Kersch. From 1990-2003, she spent the winters in Arizona with her motorhome. In Jean’s spare time, she enjoyed camping, baking, mowing her lawn and spending time with her family, whom she loved dearly.

Jean is survived by her two daughters, Kathy (Paul) Wronski of South Carolina, and Linda (Bill) Rakonczay of Middleport; seven grandchildren, Chad (Kristen) Weese of Lockport, Aaron Weese of Buffalo, Kenny (Nikki) James of North Carolina, Jason (Melissa) James, Maggie (Matthew) Burdick, all of South Carolina, Roger (Nichole) Phillips, and Amy (Alfredo) Temich, all of Lyndonville; 13 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Lois Sparks of Middleport and Jim (Kathy) Barber of Medina.

She is predeceased by a brother, Melvin (Carol) Owens.

Relatives and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday April 23, 2018 at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St. Medina, NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Hartland Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Jean’s name to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr. Lockport, NY 14094.

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


 

Posted April 19 2018
John C. Chamberlain

John Chamberlain

John C. Chamberlain, 77, of Albion, a composer at Fix Printing Co. in Batavia for 33 years prior to his retirement in 1990, died Wed., April 18, 2018 at Rochester General Hospital.

Mr. Chamberlain was born June 5, 1940 in Batavia, a son of the late Arthur W. and Mary (Phillips) Chamberlain.

He was a member of Eagle Harbor Methodist Church and enjoyed being with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was an avid history buff.

He is survived by his wife, Donna (Calnan) Chamberlain, whom he married on Oct. 31, 1959; three daughters, Linda (Anthony) Michalak, Melissa Pahuta and Heather Chamberlain, all of Albion; two sisters, Nancy Neibel of Byron and Beverly (Alfred) Higgins of Oakfield; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Marvin, Milford, Roger and Robert Chamberlain.

Friends may call on Mon., April 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Burdett & Sanford Funeral Home, 11 Maple Ave., Oakfield, where services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tue., April 24. Interment will follow at Cary Cemetery in Oakfield.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Knights Kaderli Foundation; or to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 631, Buffalo NY 14240-9856. Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.burdettandsanford.com.


 

Posted April 19 2018
Garry M. Stevens

Garry Stevens

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Garry M. Stevens, 74, of Cherry Creek, N.Y., entered into rest April 17, 2018.

He was born Aug. 27, 1943 in Elmira, N.Y. to the late John and Irene Stevens.

Garry was a member of the United States Army during the Vietnam War, worked for the NYS Department of Corrections for 29 years, and loved motorcycling, fishing, and working on his land. He enjoyed wintering in Florida with all his North Country friends. He was also a lifelong member of the NRA.

Garry was a loving husband to Carole; cherished father to Derek (Jill) Stevens and Bethany Burger; grandfather to Justin, Laurel, Katie, Colin, Griffin and Paige; stepfather to Michael Schroeder and the late Michelle Cooke; brother to David, Connie and Pamela; and special friend to Cynthia Mullen and her children, Angelica and James. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.

No services will be observed. Donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to DiStasio Funeral Home, South Dayton, N.Y. Online condolences may be made at www.distasiofuneralhome.com.


 

Posted April 18 2018
David Allen Webster

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David Allen Webster, 69, of Naples, Fla. and Medina, passed away peacefully at his home in Naples, as he wished, on Sun., Feb. 11, 2018, after a battle with cancer.

He grew up in Medina, a son of Walter D. Webster Jr. and Ione Marie Webster, with his brother Bruce and sister Gail. Growing up, he helped on the family farm. He enrolled in the United States Marine Corps before finishing high school and earned his GED while serving in the military. He received many awards, namely the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (four years), Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Action Ribbon, and Rifle Marksmanship Badge, and he was honorably discharged after completing his four years of service.

David spent a few years living and working in Hawaii but mostly lived in the Medina area. He started a carpet dying and cleaning business, which he owned and operated with a franchise from Langenwalter Carpet Dying for several years. He loved music, enjoyed spending time with friends, and easily made new friends wherever he traveled. For the past 10 years or so, he resided full time in Naples with his wife, Beverly, enjoying the warm weather and sunshine.

David was preceded in death by his first wife, Wanda Nani Tom; and his second wife, Beverly.

David is survived by five children, Kevin Heideman, Tamara Stephen, Marisa Minonno, David Webster II and Zachary Ausman; and 12 grandchildren, Felicia, Eric, Austin, Seath, Jacob, Malina, Chloe, Alex, Joey, Katie, Avery and Emerson.

Internment will be at Punchbowl in Hawaii. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of David Webster, please visit gendronfuneralhome.com. A small family celebration of life was held on April 8, 2018.

Memorial gifts may be donated to Vitas Community Connection.

As A Marine –
“Civilians cannot and will not understand us because they are not one of us. The corps we love it, live it, and shall die for it. If you have never been in it, you shall never understand it.” – United States Marine

I’m Free
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free; I took His hand when I heard Him call; I turned my back and left it all. If my parting has left a void; then fill it with remembered joy. My life’s been full, I savored much; good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; ah yes, these things, I too, will miss. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and share with me; God wanted me now, He set me free.


 

Posted April 17 2018
Ruth Drew

Ruth DrewRuth Bloomfield McMahon Drew, 86, of Albion, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on April 15, 2018. Ruth was born in Buffalo on June 6, 1931 to E. Harvey and Irene (Burt) McMahon.

She was the wife of Kenneth E. Drew, with whom she just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.

Ruth graduated from Albion High School in 1949 and then attended RIT. At 44 years old, she pursued her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse and began attending the Catherine McCauley School of Nursing in Batavia. It was there that she went on to earn her LPN. After her nursing career, she became Deputy Clerk for the Town of Gaines and eventually would become Town Clerk for many years before retiring. Ruth was a member of Gaines Congregational Church.

In her younger years, she enjoyed fishing, camping and snowmobiling. She loved gardening, cooking, entertaining, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family. Ruth was a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan. She also loved to read and spend time at the library. She enjoyed her regular get-togethers with her classmates, “The 49’ers.” She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Ruth is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth E. Drew, now residing at Elderwood at Brockport; her daughters, Deborah (Dan) Radzinski of Spencerport, and Cynthia R. Drew of Dover, Del.; her son, Kevin (Marilyn) Drew of Medina; grandchildren, Ryan Radzinski, Mary K. Radzinski, James Verhagen, Jennifer (Bryan) Frasier, Laura (Ian) Whitcroft, and Heather Drew; great-grandchildren, Madison and Emma Frasier, Kenneth Whitcroft, and Ruthie and Logan Hapeman.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thu., April 19 at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion. Family and friends are invited to attend Ruth’s Memorial Service at 12 p.m. on Fri., April 20 at Gaines Congregational Church, 14023 Ridge Road W., Albion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lifetime Care, Attn: Donations, 3111 Winton Road South, Rochester NY 14623.

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


 

Posted April 17 2018
Frances Irene Cramb

Mrs. Frances Irene (Kujawa) Cramb, of Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of Medina, passed away on Dec. 23, 2017 at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach.

Mrs. Cramb was born in Medina, Aug. 3, 1921, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Kwiatkowski) Kujawa.

Mrs. Cramb was predeceased by her children, Nancy and Andrew Hagerman, in 1949; her husband, Harold Cramb; two sisters, Marcia Kujawa and Helen M. Suhalla; and her brother, Hubert S. “Smitty” (late Marjorie) Smith.

She is survived by members of the Kujawa and Kwiatkowski families; and cousins, including Conrad and Edward Johnson, Rita Brayley, Joan Ostrander and Thomas Suhalla.

The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls will celebrate her Mass of Christian Burial on Sat., April 21 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church. Interment will be in the Nancy and Andrew Hagerman plot at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

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


 

Posted April 16 2018
Tammie Lynn Sample

Tammie SampleTammie Lynn Sample, 57, of Albion, went to be with the Lord on Sun., April 15, 2018, at her home under Hospice care, with her loving family at her side. She was born on Sept. 23, 1960 in Sidney, N.Y., a daughter of William Ireland and the late Beverley (Charles) Ireland.

Tammie was a people person who cared more about others than herself. She worked various jobs, including at Ames, Walmart, and lastly, Clover Hill. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother. When she wasn’t spending time with her grandchildren, she enjoyed playing “Jewel Quest” and “Mahjong.”

Besides her father, she is survived by four children, John (Ryan) Ireland of Brockport, Natasha (John Jr.) Sietmann and April (Justin Cabic) Sample, all of Albion, and Duane (Leann) Sample of Clarendon; 10 grandchildren, Sabrina Sample, Nathan and Tyler Sietmann, Gabriella Rodriquez, Brianna, Emylee and Gage Sample, Shania, Dacodah and John Jr. Ireland; a sister, Denise Norton of Kendall; several nieces and nephews; and her loving companion, Jeffery Staples of Elizabeth City, N.C.

There are no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made in Tammie’s name to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

Arrangements were made through Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St.. Medina NY 14103.

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


 

Posted April 16 2018
Roland (Rollie) Allen Sanford

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

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

One of four siblings, Rollie was born in 1920 in Waterport, NY, the son of Tracey Ellsworth Sanford and Edith Paulina (Allen) Sanford. He attended Waterport Schools and, following graduation, pursued farming, eventually moving with his family to a 75-acre farm on Gaines Basin Road in Albion.

In his late 20s, Roland entered Brockport State Teacher’s College, where he met his future wife, Elma Henderson, of Holley, NY. He earned a M. S. in Education from New York University and attended The University of Buffalo. Teaching American History in the Albion High School, many students remember him as a kind and respected mentor. Later, Roland became a professor of education at Brockport State University and supervised student teachers in area schools.

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

A funeral service to celebrate his life will be on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the (note change of location) Albion United Methodist Church, 26 S. Main St. (Christ Episcopal Church).  Memorials may be made to the Hoag Library, 134 South Main St., Albion, NY 14411 or the First United Methodist Church 26 S. Main St., Albion, NY 14411.

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


 

Posted April 16 2018
George A. Smith

George A. SmithGeorge A. Smith, 75, of Albion, died suddenly on Sat., April 14, 2018 at his home. He was born Oct. 12, 1942 in Pennsylvania, a son of the late George Smith and June Hildreth, and he lived in this area most of his life.

George was a member of Oak Orchard Assembly of God in Medina. He was an avid hunter and a collector of guns. He enjoyed cooking.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Sally Ayers; his brothers, Eddie Smith, Glen Smith and Dennis Smith; and stepbrothers, Pete Simpson and Donald Simpson.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Bernice; his daughter, Julie Bower of North Carolina; his son, George (Carol) Smith Jr. of Oregon; stepchildren, Kevin Knapp of Albion and Lisa (Tim) Jurhs of Kendall; grandchildren, Harry Bower, Damian Jost, Brandi Leccese, Peter Kohut, Olivia (Jared) Hurley and Ava Kohut; great-grandchildren, Aryan Bower, Madelyn Bower, Sabella Leccese, Milania Hurley and Audrian Hurley; brothers, Rick (Amy) Smith of Pennsylvania, Kirk (Linda) Smith of Watkins Glen, and Harry (Tina) Smith of Horseheads; stepsister, Beverly (Ron) Cervoni; stepbrothers, Joe Simpson and Ronald Simpson; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

The family will receive friends on Sat., April 28 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Oak Orchard Assembly of God, 12111 Ridge Road, Medina NY 14103, where his Memorial Service will follow at 12 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the organization of one’s choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Albion. To share a special memory of George, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted April 15 2018
Winston R. Prudom

Winston PrudomMIDDLEPORT – Winston R. Prudom, 77, died April 14, 2018 in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital following a long illness. He was born Dec. 17, 1940 in Medina to Herbert and Gladys (Haseley) Prudom and had lived in this area all of his life.

Winston was a graduate of Royalton-Hartland Central School, and had worked as a Union Steward at Nabisco in Lockport until they closed. Following that he became a teacher at the Albion Correctional Facility where he taught building maintenance until his retirement. He loved farming and had a great love for all of his animals.

Mr. Prudom was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Linda (William) Wilson.

He is survived by his daughter, Mary Beth (Justin Deemer) Prudom of Tonawanda; his brother, Dr. Albert (Amy) Prudom of WI; his sister, Lori (Dale) Haseley of Middleport; his granddaughter, Alesia; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday at the Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, where his funeral service will be held immediately following visitation. Private interment will be held in Hartland Cemetery. To share a special memory of Winston, please visit www.bateswallace.com.


 

Posted April 14 2018
Keith Alan Kent

Keith KentALBION – Keith Alan Kent, 61, was born on Sept. 13, 1956 and died on April 11, 2018.

Keith lived life to the fullest, priding himself on his wonderful family, including his wife, Lisa (Barker) Kent; son, Aaron (Angel) Kent; daughter, Kayla (Marcelo) Moreira; grandchildren, Emma Grace, Easton, Everett Kent and Jilliana Marie Kent Moreira; his mother, Virginia Grace Johnston Kent Spalla VanApeldoorn; sister, Celia Kiewit; brothers, Gary (Grace) Kent and Kevin Kent; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Keith was predeceased by his sister, Melanie Anne Kent and sister-in-law, Joanne Kent.

Keith’s life was a testimony to his belief in hard work. He spent nearly ten years working at Martin Farms in Brockport where he reveled in—among other things—his ability to endure cutting cabbage with the most accomplished farm workers. As principal owner of Jordan River Logging and Kent Farms, he did his best to respectfully harvest hardwoods in the most unobtrusive fashion possible.

The same gusto with which he approached earning a livelihood made him a fierce competitor on the basketball court. He was an integral part of an ACS team that featured such standouts as Steve Pettit, Charlie Bond, Clarence Whitfield, Victor Hughes and Earl Townsend. Put on the free throw line in a one point game at Kendall, with seconds remaining against a loaded, Bouie-led team, he calmly made both free throws to help secure a one point win for Albion.

Keith was not one to look the other way in the face of adversity and injustice. Not only did he expect people to do their jobs, but he had little use for liars, murderers and thieves. He would not be intimidated. In the end it was his unwillingness to compromise with what he viewed as evil that may have gotten the better of him.

My servant, you fought the good fight and can take your rest, knowing you did the best you could. Our love for you is unending, but The Lord you served loves you best.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21 W. Avenue, Albion, Monday, April 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Keith’s funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 17, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Albion Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Albion Betterment Committee, 14487 Baker Rd. Kent, NY 14477 or to a charity of your choice.

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


 

Posted April 14 2018
Duane Gordon McPherson

Duane McPhersonAmerican flagMEDINA – Mr. Duane Gordon McPherson passed away after an extended illness at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester on April 12, 2018. He was born to the late Norma and Carl McPherson in 1946.

Duane was raised in Medina. He proudly served in the US Navy from 1963 to 1967, raised his children in his hometown of Medina and eventually retired from Eastman Kodak in Rochester.

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother and that he truly did. Duane was a consistently grumpy yet fun, music-loving man who loved to play golf, fish, listen to the Eagles, spend time with his loving wife and revel in the adventures of his children & grandchildren.

Duane is survived by his wife Rebecca Jean McPherson (Whedon), his loving son Shannon McPherson (Shelby) of Webster, NY and daughter Charlene McPherson-Goldner (Maurice) of New York City.

He was loved by sister-in-law Nancy Wasnock (Donald); sisters Dianna Massey, Donna Thompson (Rolly) & Charlene Payne; brother Carl McPherson; nieces Amy Lynn Wasnock (Scott), Shari Ingalsbe Maak (Michael), Sandra Belson (Christopher), Paula Dawson Webb (Troy), Patty Dawson-Shaulis and Faith McPherson; nephews Scott McPherson, Steven McPherson and Shawn Ingalsbe (Janet); great nephew William Plummer; grandchildren Key McPherson, Kirsten McPherson Shepanski (Joshua), and Riley McPherson; and great-grandchildren Zoe & Averi McPherson & Brey, Beckley & Jones Shepanski.

Friends may call on Monday, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 West Center St., Medina. A private graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at Boxwood Cemetery in Medina, where military honors will be accorded by members of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion.

To share a special memory of Duane please visit cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted April 13 2018
Frederick A. “Fred” Bodway

American flagLYNDONVILLE – Frederick A. “Fred” Bodway, 73, of Lyndonville, passed away after a long illness on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia with his loving family at his side. He was born on December 9, 1944 in Syracuse, a son of the late Antoine and Catherine (Sweeny) Bodway.

On October 15th, 1966, Fred married the former Darlene Secore and on December 7, 1967, he served in the U.S. Army as a Paratrooper, jumping with 82nd Airborne in the Vietnam War. Upon returning home, Fred and Darlene made their home in Lyndonville and together they raised three sons. Fred worked various jobs including at Abex, Fisher-Price and lastly retiring from the Maintenance Department at Medina Memorial Hospital after 11 years of service. In his spare time, Fred enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Fred is survived by his wife of 52 years, Darlene Bodway; three sons, Tod (Kathy) Bodway of Ayden, North Carolina, Jeremy Bodway of Florida, and Patrick (Roger Manning) Bodway of Ayden, North Carolina. Also surviving are many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, four siblings, Peter (Dale) Bodway, Cathy Richards and Robert Bodway of Massena, NY and Randy (Debbie) Bodway of Malone, NY; and many nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made in Fred’s name to: Orleans County Joint Veterans Council Van Service, NY-31 Albion, NY 14411.

Arrangements were made through the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St. Lyndonville, NY 14098.

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


 

Posted April 12 2018
Benedetto N. Midea

Ben Midea

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Benedetto “Ben” Midea, 76, of Albion and Lady Lake, Fla., passed away surrounded by loved ones on Sun., April 8 in Leesburg, Fla.

Born to the late Stella and Antonio Midea on Aug. 27, 1941, Ben was raised in Fillmore and Warsaw, N.Y. He graduated from Warsaw Central School in 1960 and then attended the Simmons School of Embalming. He proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1964 to 1966, during the Vietnam War. Ben lived most of his adult life in Albion with his wife, Sharon (Monteleone), and his daughter, Theresa, working as a funeral director, and later as a painter for the New York State Department of Corrections. Ben was active in the Knights of Columbus, where he was a Fourth Degree Knight and served as Grand Knight, and was one of the founding members of COVA in the 1970s. Ben was an avid fisherman and golfer, and he enjoyed woodworking, bowling, and playing cards. He spent countless hours enjoying coffee with friends at the Apollo and Village House. Papa took great pride in his family and enjoyed his ability to be his grandchildren’s taxi service. All those who knew Ben understood that he was always right.

He was predeceased by his sister, Jean Midea Gardner; brother, Domenico Midea; brothers-in-law, Paul Gardner and Sam Monteleone; and sister-in-law, Liz Midea.

Ben is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughter, Theresa McClellan; son-in-law, Herbert McClellan; grandchildren, Chelsea, Zachary (Erin), and Samantha McClellan; and several nieces and nephews. He was a beloved member of both the Albion and Lady Lake communities, and he will be dearly missed by his friends and family members.

His Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Parish in Albion on Sat., April 28 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Ben’s name to Orleans County Joint Veterans Council (van transportation), 13996 Rte. 31 W., Albion NY 14411; or to an Orleans County volunteer EMS of one’s choice.

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


 

Posted April 12 2018
Ruth Capurso

Ruth Capurso

Ruth “Bunny” Capurso, of Holley, passed away peacefully April 11, 2018 at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center, after a long illness, with her daughter and granddaughter, Kelli, by her side.

She is predeceased by her parents, Wesley and Shirley Beach; brother, Richard Beach; sister, Sandy (James) Murch; brother-in-law, Nicholas “Butch” Capurso; and aunt, Dorothy (Frank) Cornelius.

She is survived by her husband, Michael; daughter, Michelle; son, Michael (Susan Henley); sister, Suzie (Steve) Brownell; sister-in-law, Donna Capurso; grandchildren, Nicole (Elbert) Ashton, Kelli Birch and Michael III; great-grandchildren, Harlow, Hollis, Hudson and Holden Ashton; and several nieces and nephews.

Bunny will be remembered for her outgoing personality. She was a beloved friend to all who knew her.

At Bunny’s request, there will be no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Diamonds in the Ruff, PO Box 332, Lockport NY 14095; or to Clarendon Volunteer Fire Dept., PO Box 136, Clarendon NY 14429; or to Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center, 3111 S. Winton Road, Rochester NY 14623.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Genesee Valley Cremation.


 

Posted April 11 2018
Gloria J. Mead

Gloria Mead

Gloria J. Mead, 71, of Clarendon, passed away on April 10, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital under hospice care.

She was born April 25, 1946 in Brockport, the daughter of the late Edward and Jean (Preston) Roggow.

She was a lifelong resident of Clarendon and a graduate of Holley High School, class of 1964.

She married Gerald R. Mead of Perry, N.Y. on Sept. 8, 1972. Gloria always loved to play bingo, cards and games. She also loved doing crafts and enjoyed going to flea markets.

She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Gerald; many cousins and friends; and especially Carl, Jean, Sandra and Alden.

A memorial service will be held on Sat., April 14 at 1:30 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church, 32 Public Square, Holley, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. For more information, visit www.geneseevalleycremation.com.


 

Posted April 10 2018
Roland Mearl Sevenski

Roland Sevenski

Mr. Roland M. Sevenski, 64, husband of Tracy Sevenski and a resident of Columbia, Tenn., passed away Sunday evening, April 8, 2018, at his residence.

A celebration of life service in New York will be scheduled at a later date. Heritage Funeral Home in Columbia is assisting the family with arrangements.

Born on Aug. 21, 1953 in Medina, Roland was the son of the late Mearl and Rena (Houseman) Sevenski. He was a graduate of Medina High School and earned his associate degree from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Roland married Tracy Allen on Oct. 2, 1976, and together they had two children. He worked at Dephi in Lockport for 28 years before retiring in 2005.

He was an avid artist who owned and operated RollyWood Art. He loved rock ‘n’ roll music, especially the Rolling Stones, and he was a dedicated Buffalo Bills fan. Roland was a proud father who dearly loved his grandchildren. He often enjoyed relaxing on his back deck while listening to his favorite tunes.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Cortney (Amber) Sevenski of Tonawanda; daughter, Tifanie (Joe) Noga of Spring Hill, Tenn.; sister, Marcia (Howard) Hibbard of Palm Coast, Fla.; brother-in-law, Dr. Paul Allen of Salt Lake City, Utah; sister-in-law, Karen (Wally) Burdett of Gasport; mother-in-law, Margaret Primeau of Medina; grandchildren, Aubrey Sevenski, Gabriella “Gabby” Sevenski, JD Noga and Sophia Noga; niece, Bonnie (Lyle) Hermann; nephew, Steven (Laura) Hibbard; and the boys, Ody and Rebel.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Bonnie Sevenski; and brother-in-law, Neil Allen.

Please share condolences with the family at Heritage Funeral Home.


 

Posted April 09 2018
Charles William Walburn

Charles Walburn

On March 14, 2018, Charles William Walburn, 78, entered his eternal rest in Austin, Texas. He was born Jan. 9, 1940 in Albion to the late Edward and Dorothy Walburn.

Charles was a longtime resident of Albion. He was a United States Army veteran, and he worked as a truck driver for Keeler Construction before his retirement.

Charles leaves behind loved ones in Texas as well as in New York. In Austin, he leaves his wife, Gloria (Baldwin) Walburn; his daughter, Corrine (Merle Monnier) Walburn Banach; his granddaughter, Courtney (Daniel) Errington; and his soon-to-be-born great-granddaughter, Lola Ann Errington.

In New York, Charles leaves his brother, Ronald Walburn; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bernard and Linda Baldwin; and several nieces and nephews.

A very private family service was held in Austin for immediate family only.

Memorials may be made in Charles Walburn’s name to COVA, Medina Memorial Hospital, or the Albion VFW.


 

Posted April 08 2018
Jack M. Smith

Jack SmithAmerican flagJack M. Smith, 82, of Medina, passed away on Sat., April 7, 2018 at the Batavia Veterans Long Term Care Facility. He was born on Aug. 5, 1935 in Medina, a son of the late Earl and Ethelyn (Hoyer) Smith.

Jack was a lifelong resident of Medina. In 1954, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, and he returned home in 1955 with a service-related disability. Jack worked as a lab analyst for F.M.C. of Middleport, retiring in 1967. He was a member of Butts-Clark Post #204 American Legion and Disabled American Veterans, and he was a former member of the Medina Moose Club. Jack also was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed watching the Buffalo Bills and Sabres.

Jack is survived by his lifelong friends, Janice (Carmen) Strianese, Frank (Pat) Ranallo, Shannon (Shawn Ramsey) Blount and Michael (Kim) Gray, all of Medina; and Nicki Igoe of Illinois.

There are no calling hours. A graveside service, to be announced at a later date, will be held at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, with full military honors to be accorded by members of Lincoln Post #1483 Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Butts-Clark Post #204 American Legion.

Memorials may be made in Jack’s name to  Orleans County Joint Veterans Council Van Service, NY-31, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted April 08 2018
Frederick E. “Ted” Grant

American flagMr. Frederick E. “Ted” Grant, 83, of Medina, passed away on April 5, 2018 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home. Mr. Grant was born New Year’s Eve, 1935 in Granville, N.Y., a son of the late George and Nellie (Jones) Grant.

He served his country with the U.S. Air Force, entering on Oct. 28, 1954. He was stationed in the European Theatre at the Zweibrucken Air Force Base in Germany, where he was an electrical maintenance supervisor on missile systems. Ted received a Purple Heart. He was discharged as a Technical Sergeant on Oct. 31, 1974 at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y. following 20 years of service. Ted later worked for Kleen Brite in Brockport as an electrician.

Ted enjoyed visiting with friends and spending time on his computer. He spent many happy times walking his dog, “Dexter.”

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carol (Dennis) Grant; children, Aden (Aberham Kolk) Pennington and Christopher; two brothers, Walter and Gordon Grant; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Gary.

There will be no calling hours. Military honors and inurnment will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in West Shelby later in the spring, at a time to be announced.

Memorials may be made to Lee-Whedon Memorial Library or the American Heart Association.

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


 

Posted April 06 2018
Roger A. DeFrancesco

Roger DeFrancesco

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Roger A. DeFrancesco, 76, of Holley, passed away April 5, 2018 at the Martin Linsin Residence in Albion. He was born Aug. 27, 1941 in Holley, a son of the late Joseph and Florence (Townsend) DeFrank Sr.

Roger served in the United States Navy from 1960 to 1964. He was a member and past Commander of the Jewell Buckman Post #529 American Legion, past 8th District Commander of the N.Y.S American Legion, and past Commander of the Orleans County American Legion. He was also a member of the Hobo Junction V.F.W. Post #202, and the N.R.A. Roger was very active in the Jaycees in the late 1960s and was listed in the publication of Outstanding Young Men of America. He was an active member and past president of the Holley Rotary Club and was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honor given by Rotary International.

He was predeceased by his brother, Gary DeFrank. Roger is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 55 years, Kathy; daughters, Denise Candela of Hamlin and Marla (Harold) Daly of Holley; grandchildren, Amanda Candela, Hunter, Heath and Hawkins Daly; great-granddaughter, Lilly Kathleen; sister, Madelin Welch; brothers, Joseph (Barrel) DeFrank, Dale (Ellen) DeFrank, Scott DeFrancesco and Todd DeFrank; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 Route 31, Holley, on Mon., April 9 from 12 to 2 p.m., followed by his funeral service at the funeral home at 2 p.m. Entombment with military honors will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holley Rotary Club, P.O. Box 224, Holley NY 14470.

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


 

Posted April 05 2018
David “Duke” Sevenski

Duke SevenskiAmerican flagMr. David “Duke” Sevenski, 89, of Medina, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2018 at the Martin-Linsin Residence. Mr. Sevenski was born Jan. 22, 1929 in the Town of Shelby, a son of the late Stanley and Esther (Koneski) Sevenski.

The youngest of 13 children, he attended Barker High School. On May 7, 1946, he entered the U.S. Army Air Force, serving for a time in occupied Japan. He was discharged on Feb. 19, 1949.

Duke resided in Medina and began his career as a furniture craftsman at Taylor Brothers Furniture Manufacturing Co., Inc. He was employed at S.A. Cook Furniture for many years as the 3rd Floor Framing and Finishing Supervisor, with knowledge of all manufacturing processes. Duke’s expertise was furniture finishing, and he attended courses across the country to learn this specialty. In 1977, he started Sevenski Upholstery. His son, David, joined the business in 1992, and it continues to operate as Bates Road Upholstery. In 1996, Duke earned national recognition from the trade publication “Upholstery Journal” with a first place craftsmanship award. He retired from day-to-day business operations in 2013.

Duke enjoyed socializing with his many friends. He was a Life Member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Medina Lodge #789; a Third Degree Life Member of Medina Council #651, Knights of Columbus; Lincoln Post #1483, VFW; and Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church. He also was a loyal member of the “Morning Coffee Club” at The Country Club Restaurant on Main Street. During the last couple of years, he enjoyed the company of “Cat” the cat at Applegate Manor.

He is survived by his son, David J. “Little Duke” Sevenski of Medina; two grandchildren, Lance Corporal Anna Christine Sevenski, USMC, of South Carolina and David Nicholas “Little Duke Junior” Sevenski; nieces, Maxine VanAuker and Maureen Sanderson; several other nieces, nephews and friends.

He was predeceased by David’s mother, the former Louise B. Iorio, whom he married in April 1958; his siblings, Genevieve Sevenski, Bernice Sevenski, Vincent (late Regina) Sevenski, Mearl (late Rena) Sevenski, Anna (late Leo) Turoski, Josephine (late Joseph) Flower, Christine (late Sylvester) Flower, Helen Sevenski, Francis R. (late Dorothy) Sevenski Sr., Leona (late Bernard) Flower, Raymond (late Victoria) Sevenski, and John Sevenski.

Friends may call on Wed., April 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where the celebration of Duke’s life will be held on Thu., April 12 at 1 p.m. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, will officiate, and interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded at graveside at Sacred Heart Cemetery by members of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, POB 489, Albion NY 14411-0489; or to Medina Scholarship Fund, POB 185, Medina NY 14103-0185; or to PAWS, 3371 Gaines Basin Road, Albion NY 14411; or to Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, 620 West Ave., Medina NY 14103.

Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted April 05 2018
Leah J. Watt

Leah Watt

Mrs. Leah J. Watt, of Medina, passed away on April 4, 2018 at the Martin-Linsin Hospice Residence.

Mrs. Watt was born in Medina, Sept. 27, 1935, a daughter of the late John “Jack” and Leah M. (Gilbert) Feltz. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1954, she married John T. Watt on March 10, 1956. For many years, she was employed on Main Street in Medina, in retail sales, by O’Connor’s Toy Store, Garlock Office Products and Baughn’s Shoes. She was a member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

She is survived by three children, Bonnie J. Watt, Kathy Kepner and Patricia (Michael) Dugan; grandchildren, Rachael Dugan, Zachary (Jayme) Dugan, Mitchell (Shirley) Kepner and Renee Kepner; a great-grandchild, Michelle Kepner; her sister, Sylvia (Jim) Hutcheson; sister-in-law, Sally (late Dave) Weaver; two brothers-in-law, Ramon (Dolly) Watt and James (Gloria) Watt; several nieces and nephews; and her pride and joy, her dog, Ruby. She was predeceased by her husband, John, on Feb. 4, 2005; her sister, Margaret (late Howard) Patt; and her sister and brother-in-law, Mary Anne (late Gary) Maak.

Friends may call on Mon., April 9 from 2 to 3 p.m. at United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest Fellowship Hall, Knowlesville, where her Memorial Service will immediately follow at 3 p.m. Pastor Marilyn J Kasperek will officiate, and interment will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, West Shelby.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Knights-Kaderli Memorial Fund, Hospice of Orleans, or a charity of one’s choice.

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


 

Posted April 04 2018
Douglas S. Clute

Doug CluteAmerican flagDouglas S. Clute, 59, of Albion, passed away on March 27, 2018 at the Martin Linsin Hospice Residence. He was born April 29, 1958 in North Tonawanda to Ralph and Betty (Tugwood) Clute Sr.

Doug worked for many years at carnivals with various shows throughout the U.S. He also served in the U.S. Navy.

Doug was predeceased by his father, Ralph Clute Sr.

Doug is survived by his mother, Betty Clute; his sons, Christopher and Eric; granddaughters, Katlyn and Leslie; his brothers, Ralph (Elaine) Clute, James (Nancy) Clute and Scott (Susan) Clute; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held privately and at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, PO Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

Doug’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion.

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


 

Posted April 02 2018
Kenneth Dingman

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Kenneth Dingman, 69, died March 9, 2018 at The Villages of Orleans following a long illness. Ken was born May 4, 1949 and was a United States Air Force veteran of Vietnam. He is survived by his wife, Jane; and a son, Eric.

Ken’s Celebration of Life and Military Service will be held on Sat., April 7 at 1 p.m. at The Villages of Orleans, 14102 Rte. 31 W., Albion NY 14411.

Memorials in Ken’s name may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion. To share a special memory of Ken, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted April 02 2018
Roger D. Webb

Roger Webb

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Roger D. Webb, 59, of Albion, passed away on Dec. 31, 2017 at The Villages of Orleans. He was born April 23, 1958 in Charleston, W.Va. to the late Denver and Alma (Dickens) Webb and moved to this area in 1976.

Roger was a former member of the Albion Fire Department, C.O.V.A., and Crusaders Motorcycle Club. Roger worked for 25 years at Kodak before retiring. He also worked for seven years for Albion Central School District. He was a jack of all trades but a master of one, as he would say.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his granddaughter, Elaina Dixie Webb.

Roger is survived by his wife of 37 loving years, Estelle; sons, Christopher (Rachel) Webb and Kyle (Elizabeth) Webb, both of Albion; siblings, James (Bobbie), Carol, Mary, Betty Hampton, William (Diana), Rose (Mark) Morris, Carl (Donna) and Della; grandchildren, Colin, Keara, Jacob, Wyatt, Elias, Lucas, Abigael, Tyler and Brian; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of Roger’s life will be held on Sun., April 8 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Albion Elks Lodge, 428 W. State St., Albion NY 14411.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14620.

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


 

Posted March 30 2018
Dr. Mildred Ellen Pivetz Cooper

Mildred Cooper

Dr. Mildred Pivetz Cooper passed away on Wed., March 28, 2018 in Buffalo, at the age of 97.

Dr. Cooper was born in Paterson, N.J. on Feb. 11, 1921, the daughter of the late Louis and Mary Pallay Pivetz. She was predeceased by her husband, Franklin D. Cooper; and her brothers, Louis, George, Albert and Richard Pivetz. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Cooper Chadsey; her son, Reid Franklin Cooper; and their families.

Dr. Cooper grew up in Orange County, N.Y. She was a star athlete in high school and was selected for the All County girls basketball team. She received academic scholarships to Alfred University; she was named Orange County 4-H state representative to the governor.

While at Alfred University, she majored in math with a minor in English. She was President of Women’s Student Government and officer of the Women’s Athletic Governing Board. She was awarded the “Alfred Blazer” for excellence in basketball, field hockey and other sports. She was a member of the honor societies Phi Sigma Gamma and Alpha Tau Theta. Mildred Ellen Pivetz was honored by being selected to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” 1941-1942.

Her early professional career began with teaching math and English in secondary schools in New York State; where she also served as an assistant principal from 1942 to 1945. Subsequently, Dr. Cooper was appointed Executive Director of the Lockport Girl Scout Council, Inc., where she served for 11½ years, and was much involved in community activities.

In 1958, she joined the Western New York School Study Council at the University of Buffalo and was appointed Assistant Executive Director. During this time, she earned her master’s degree and doctorate in educational administration.

After her marriage to Franklin Cooper, and relocation to northern Virginia in 1964, Dr. Cooper was appointed to a key position in the Budget and Legislation Division in the Washington, D.C. public school system. Subsequently, she was promoted to Assistant Superintendent and, later, Associate Superintendent of the Division of Planning, Research and Evaluation of the System. Dr. Cooper served for the D.C. public schools for 20 years until her retirement in 1984. During her tenure, Dr. Cooper was selected for “Who’s Who of American Women,” 1975-1976, was invited to the White House by the President of the United States, and was a member of Pi Lambda Theta.

After retirement, she and her husband moved to Orleans County, where they had a hobby farm.

After Franklin died, Dr. Cooper lived at Canterbury Woods in Williamsville, N.Y. for 10 years. She continued to be active: riding her tricycle, competing in bocce ball tournaments, going to the symphony, and enjoying visits from her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be held on Tue., April 3 at 12 p.m. at West Ridgeway Cemetery, Ridge Road, Medina.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Cooper’s name to Olmsted Center for Sight, 1170 Main St., Buffalo NY 14209.

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


 

Posted March 30 2018
Bennett Kleitz Sr.

Bennett Kleitz

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Bennett Kleitz Sr., 90, of Lockport, passed away March 28, 2018 at Lockport Rehab and Health Care Center. He was born June 22, 1927 in McKees Rocks, Pa.

Bennett served his country with the 808th Engineering Corps in the Asiatic Pacific during World War II. In 1965, he started Benway Builders in Lockport, and he built many homes in this area. Bennett was a life member of the Gasport Lions Club, for which he served as past president. He promoted locally the youth exchange program, and he chaired environmental committees and harvest dances. Bennett was awarded the Melvin Jones Award, the highest honor given by Lions Clubs International. He enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, deep sea fishing, horse racing, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

He was predeceased by his wife, Edith Kleitz; and son, John Shaw.

Bennett is survived by his children, Kathleen Baehr, Bennett (Victoria) Klietz Jr., Cheryl (Jack) Bloomingdale, James (Stacey) Kleitz and David (Davenee) Kleitz; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, on Tue., April 3 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Services and interment in Huskey Cemetery will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gasport Lions Club, P.O. Box 81, Gasport NY 14067.

To share a special memory of Bennett, please visit www.bateswallace.com.


 

Posted March 30 2018
Virginia A. Messore

Virginia Messore

Virginia A. Messore, 75, of Medina, passed away peacefully in her home with her loving family at her side on March 26, 2018. She was born on Feb. 11, 1943 to the late Elmer and Mildred (Bruning) Leffler.

Ginny grew up in West Shelby and spent her married life in Medina. She worked at Towne Elementary School as an office secretary for 20 years. She attended First Presbyterian Church in Medina. Throughout her years as a member, she taught Sunday School and served as an elder and a deacon. She also served as past president and secretary of the Presbyterian Women. She was known for her rice pudding, which she made for church events and shut-ins, and for all the baked goods she shared with friends and family. She served as secretary of MAAC. She was also a member of the Laurel T.W.I.G. and volunteered at the hospital gift shop for many years.

Virginia and her husband visited more than 50 bed and breakfasts through the years. She loved bowling with the senior league. She loved her family and gatherings, especially having the grandkids for sleepovers in the summer. She and her husband enjoyed getting together with her brother, sister, and their spouses on Thursday mornings and going for coffee at Tops with her friends. She was a light to all her family, friends, and everyone she met.

She was a devoted wife of 53 years to Frank E. Messore; loving mother of Nancy (Jon) Himes, Kevin (Cristina) Messore, Paul (Karen) Messore, and Joel (Kristeen) Messore; grandmother of Tyler, Samantha, Ryan (Gina), Danielle, Chelsea, Chloe, Amber and Morgan; sister of Steve (Bette) Leffler, Linda (Don) Mietz, and Tim (Tina) Leffler; sister-in-law of the late Kathryn Garrett; and aunt to Mike Leffler, Michelle Leffler, Amy (Archie) Washak, Darcy (Ed) Kaminski, Heidi (Mike) Kuhmann, Molly (Steve) McIntyre, Jane (Chris) Harding, Brian (Jessi) Brienzi, Brittany Leffler, and Brian (Christine) Garrett.

Friends may call on Fri., April 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. A memorial service will be held on Sat., April 7 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 522 S. Main St., Medina. A memorial luncheon will be held at the church following the service.

Memorials may be made to Medina Presbyterian Church, 522 S. Main St., Medina NY 14103; or to Hospice of Orleans, Inc., 14080 Route 31 West, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to Knights/Kaderli Memorial Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 684, Medina NY 14103.

To share condolences or a special memory, please visit www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted March 30 2018
Rita J. Webster

Rita WebsterRita J. “Rete” Webster, 83, of Holley, died on March 28, 2018 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born May 18, 1934 in Rochester, a daughter of the late Mark and Essy (Chamberlain) Barringer, and lived in this area all of her life.

Rete graduated from Brockport High School in 1952. She worked for more than 20 years at SUNY Brockport as an administrative assistant, retiring in 1996. She loved gardening, reading, knitting, bird watching, and playing cards; she especially enjoyed playing poker with her poker friends. Rete and her late husband, George, loved dancing to big band music and loved traveling to anywhere it was warm and had a beach. Her greatest love and enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rita was predeceased by her husband, George Webster, in 2012; infant brother, Dale Barringer; and siblings, Bob and Donald Barringer, Dorothy Quaranto and Phyllis Catlin.

She is survived by her children, Greg (Beth) DeFrank of Florida, Doug (Betsy) DeFrank of Ohio, Michelle (Mike Vendetti) Goudreau of Holley, and Terri (Gary Smith) Fanton of Holley; grandchildren, Sheldon (Samantha Kunc) Goudreau, Jamie Fanton and Dani Fanton; great-grandchildren, Noah Goudreau, Taryn Fanton and Korban Goudreau; step-grandchildren, Jamie (Andrew Niederhofer) Vendetti, Julie Vendetti and Paul Vendetti; step-great-granddaughter, Kayla Niederhofer; sisters, Elizabeth Beaney of Syracuse and Gale Woodworth of Holley; special nephews, David (Kelly) Quaranto and Paul (Christy) Quaranto, both of Holley; lifelong best friend, Nete Wicks; along with many other nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Mon., April 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Rte. 31, Holley, where her funeral service will follow at 6 p.m. Private burial will be at Hillside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Hospice of Orleans, PO Box 489, Albion NY 14411. If you must send flowers, she loved all flowers except lilies. To share a special memory of Rita, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted March 29 2018
Tracey A. Baker

Tracey Baker

Tracey A. Baker, 48, of Middleport, died March 27, 2018 surrounded by her family at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. She was born Aug. 16, 1969 in Medina to Wayne and Colleen (Tylec) Chaplin and lived in this area her entire life.

Tracey was a 1987 graduate of Royalton-Hartland Central School and a member of St. Stephen’s R.C. Church. She had a tremendous sense of humor. She loved going out for dinner, enjoyed reading and shopping, was an avid football fan, loved to travel, had a deep love for her grandma, Grace, and, as a very family oriented person, idolized her children and her grandchildren.

She is survived by her loving partner, Jeffrey Wells; her children, Skyler Baker of Lockport, Brenna Baker of Florida, and Connor (Alex Howard) Baker of Lockport; her sisters, Amy (Chip) Niethe of Cape Vincent, N.Y.; her half-sister, Kate (Brian) Lewis of California; her mother, Colleen (Bill) Lewandowski of Medina; her grandchildren, Eden Elizabeth Braun and Ellie Grace Baker; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; three nephews, Nicholas Niethe, Alexander Niethe and Declan Lewis; special close aunt, Cindy Tylec; longtime special friend, Tracy Ehrmann of North Carolina; and her three dogs, Tucker, Gunnar and Moxxie.

The family will receive friends at Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, on Mon., April 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend Tracey’s Mass of Christian Burial on Tue., April 3 at 11 a.m. at St. Stephen’s R.C. Church, S. Vernon Street, Middleport. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Lung Association, 210 John Glenn Drive #3, Buffalo NY 14228.

To share a special memory of Tracey, please visit www.bateswallace.com.


 

Posted March 28 2018
Harley E. Peters

Harley Peters

Harley E. Peters, 90, son of Leola and John Peters of Lyndonville, entered into eternal rest on Feb. 16, 2018 in Garden City, S.C.

Harley attended Lyndonville Central School and, upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed in the Philippines. Upon returning home in 1948, he married Elaine Powley, daughter of Ellen and Spencer Powley.

Harley worked as Superintendent for the Village of Lyndonville and also worked for the state and federal governments. He purchased a camping/fishing resort called Shangri-La, located in the Thousand Islands. There, he spent many years of enjoyment. Harley also purchased a hardware store in Lyndonville, known as Peters Hardware.

Harley enjoyed his family and his many activities, including hunting, fishing, camping, golfing, mining, gardening, playing cards, and trips to the casino boat. Eventually Harley, Elaine and their family moved to South Carolina.

Harley’s son, Darryl, predeceased him.

He is survived by his children, Dennis “Denny” and Bette Jean; five grandchildren, Spencer (Laura) Peters, Chad (Danielle) Wakefield, Chase Wakefield, Joe (Jennifer) Arena and Jessica (Bill) Shamburg; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He will be greatly missed and loved every day.


 

Posted March 28 2018
Evelyn Foote

Evelyn (Fancher) Foote, 90, of Albion, passed away on March 27, 2018 with her caring great-granddaughter, Tara Mayes, by her side at Rochester General Hospital. She was born Oct. 12, 1927 in Albion to the late William and Emma (Welch) Fancher.

Evelyn enjoyed gardening, camping, traveling, and spending time outdoors. She worked for many years as a professional paperhanger and painter. Evelyn also spent time as a mail carrier, and as a guard at the Orleans County Jail.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Wilbur, in 1996; and by her siblings, Laverne Fancher, Carl Fancher, Frances Landis and Muriel Howlett.

Evelyn is survived by her children, John (Patricia) Foote, Larry (Sheila) Foote, and Beverly (David) Rowley; six grandchildren; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Evelyn’s funeral service will be held at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Mon., April 2 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Evelyn’s name may be made to Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, PO Box 105, Glenolden PA 19036.

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


 

Posted March 25 2018
Janice I. Ferris

Janice FerrisJanice I. Ferris, 87, of Albion, passed away on March 24, 2018 at The Villages of Orleans. She was born Feb. 8, 1931 in Albion to the late Scott and Melba (Daum) Ferris and would remain in the area her whole life.

Janice was a longtime member of Brockport Free Methodist Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed volunteering at Hospice of Orleans, and she volunteered for 17 years at Albion Elementary School, helping children read. Janice was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Sheret Post #35.

Janice is survived by her siblings, Gordon (Elaine) Ferris of Holley, Sharon (Frank) Gurzynski of Holley, and Richard (Beth) Ferris of Rochester; nieces and nephews, Michelle (Doug) Korn, Kristine (Jay) Nigro, Dawn (Ned) Monkman, David (Kimberly) Gurzynski, Karen (Teddy) Howard, Robert Morehouse and Dawn Hornsberger; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family will receive friends on Thu., March 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, where her funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. Interment will be held privately at Mt. Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, PO Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123.

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


 

Posted March 24 2018
Charles A. Vick

Charles A. Vick, 98, of Albion, passed on Tue., March 20, 2018.  He was born Sept. 28, 1919 in Albion, the third born of four sons of the late Ralph and Ethel (Nixon) Vick.

Chuck was a graduate of Albion High School, class of 1937, and he attended the University of Rochester and Syracuse University before serving in the 8th Air Force in World War II. He was a member of a service squadron stationed at the Air Force Fighter Base in East Anglia, England, for three years.

He, with his father and brothers, owned and operated the Ralph J. Vick and Sons farm machinery business for a number of years, then worked at Eastman Kodak Company until retiring in 1983. Chuck was a dedicated member of Albion First United Methodist Church for most of his life, singing in the choir and holding many leadership positions. He was also an active participant in his Albion community, where he lived for 92 years.

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, great-uncle, he was a man of family and faith. Generous both in spirit and deed, his kindness impacted many and he was truly one of Christ’s faithful servants. His was a life well lived.

Chuck was predeceased by his wife and soulmate of 64 years, Sara; and by his brothers, Arnold, Howard and Harold.

Chuck is survived by his children, David (Deborah) Vick of Jacksonville, Fla., Anne Neilans of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., Thomas (Dianne) Vick of Vancouver, Wash.; eight grandchildren, David (Natalie) Vick, Erin (Bobby) Gerlach, Brian (Kim) Vick, all of Florida, Jamie Neilans and Mackenzie (Nathan) Bramble, both of Honeoye Falls, Brody (Jina) Neilans of San Jose, Calif., Brandon (Darci) Vick and Jennifer Vick of Washington; 15 great-grandchildren, Olivia, Ava and Emma Gerlach, Riley, Maggie and Jesse Vick, Austin Lloyd, Berkley and Carson Vick, Jace Neilans, Micah, Maddox and Bryce Bramble, Makena and Emma Vick, several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A private family graveside service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Albion First United Methodist Church, PO Box 361, Albion NY 14411; or to Albion Alumni Foundation Scholarship Fund, PO Box 345, Albion NY 14411.

Chuck’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion. To share a special memory of Chuck, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted March 23 2018
Sharon M. Pombert

Sharon M. Pombert, 53, of Barre, passed away on March 23 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Dec. 29, 1964 in Hammersmith, London, U.K., a daughter of Michael “Mick” (Anne) White of Rochester and Ann White of Albion.

Sharon came to live in the United States at a very young age. She worked at H & R Block before entering the mortgage industry at Chase in Albion. She loved to spoil her grandchildren, and she enjoyed outside activities.

In addition to her parents, Sharon is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 25 years, Frank; loving children, Beth Zaczek of Barre Center, Autumn Pombert of Barre, David (Tanya) Pombert of Sodus, Shannon (Hendrick Shank) Brice of Greece and Sara Pombert of Georgia; adoring grandchildren, Alexander Zaczek, Taylor Nottingham, Anna Zaczek, Adeline Zaczek, Marla Pombert, Marcus Brice, Robert Pombert, Hunter Pombert and Melody Shank; brother, Matthew (Elizabeth) White of Ohio; several nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Mon., March 26 from 1 to 5 p.m., followed by a celebration of Sharon’s life at 5 p.m. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted March 22 2018
Beverly Yates Brigham

Beverly Brigham

Beverly Yates Brigham, 74, of Medina, passed away peacefully on Wed., March 21, 2018 at her home, with her loving family and friends by her side.

Born on Sept. 26, 1943 in Medina, she was the daughter of the late Ernest “Bud” and Elise (Pickard) Chambers.

Beverly was a lifelong resident of Medina. She worked at various local companies, including Fisher-Price and Ontario Foods. She loved being outdoors while working in her flower garden, and she enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Beverly is survived by two children, Heath (Leandar Berg) Yates and Sara (Jeffery) Yates Gonzalez, both of Medina; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Eric (Kim Weatherbee) Chambers of Medina; a sister, Lynda (Joe) Travise of Florida; many nieces and nephews; her companion, Glenn “Wess” Humphrey; and many special friends, including Kelly Chaffee and Sandra Crossett.

There are no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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


 

Posted March 22 2018
Shirley M. Yagge

Shirley Yagge

Shirley M. Yagge, 92, of Medina, passed away with her loving family at her side on Wed., March 21, 2018 at the Martin-Linsin Residence, Albion.

Born on Aug. 18, 1925 in Rochester, she was the daughter of the late William and Nina (Albright) Noyes.

Shirley was a lifelong resident of Medina. On June 18, 1948, she married the late Robert Yagge, and together they raised three daughters. She was a dedicated housewife and loving mother who was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Shirley enjoyed crocheting, had a keen interest in reading, and truly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Shirley is survived by her three daughters, Susan (Darrell) Harling of Oxford, Pa., Nancy (James) Clute and Barbara (Joseph) Kujawa, both of Medina; 12 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sat., March 24 at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Boxwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Shirley’s name to Hospice of Orleans County, P.O. Box 289, Albion NY 14411.

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