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Posted December 12 2018
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Posted December 12 2018
Michael K. Schuner

Michael Schuner

Mr. Michael K. Schuner, of Medina, died unexpectedly at his home on Dec. 9, 2018.

Mike was born in Medina on April 19, 1950, a son of the late Karl H. and Doris M. (Wolter) Schuner. A graduate of L.A. Weber High School, class of 1968, and SUNY College of Technology at Alfred, he was employed by Fisher-Price until the Medina branch closing in 1997. Since 1997, he worked for Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems/GM Automotive Components.

Mike was a lifelong resident of the area and a proud member of the National Rifle Association, Jr. Wilson Sportsman’s Club, Medina Conservation Club and Trinity Lutheran Church. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, traveling with friends, the outdoors and hunting.

He is survived by his children, Andrew (Ina) Schuner, Adam Schuner, April (Scott) Schultz, Alana (John) Palone and Michael K. Schuner II; eight grandchildren, Evaline, Celie, Carley, Evie, Scott, Jackson, Lucas and Peyton; his sister, Brenda (Tom) Best; his brother, David (Mary Ruth) Schuner; his cousin, Ellen (Steve) Morgan; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

There will be no formal services. Please join us for a celebration of life on Sat., Dec. 15 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Jr. Wilson Sportsman’s Club, 3875 Bates Road, Medina NY 14103.

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


 

Posted December 10 2018
Donald F. Harter Sr.

Donald Harter

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Donald F. Harter Sr., of Kent, died suddenly on Sat., Dec. 8, 2018 at age 78.

He is survived by his loving wife, Joann Harter; his sons, Don Jr. (Carolyn) Harter, Scott (Amy) Harter, and Mark (Tracy) Harter; six grandchildren; sister, Sue (Bill) Pritchard; and several nieces, nephews and dear friends.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Journey Home for the loving care given to Don.

Friends may call Sat., Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Vay-Schleich and Meeson, 1075 Long Pond Road, Rochester, where his prayer service will follow at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Journey Home in his memory. For more information or to sign Don’s online guestbook, please visit Meesonfamily.com.


 

Posted December 09 2018
Beverly Ann Walls

Beverly WallsBeverly Ann Walls, 80, of Albion, died at home on Dec. 8, 2018. She was born on July 21, 1938 in Brockville, a daughter of Lewis and Florence (Long) Biaselli, and she lived in this area all of her life.

Beverly was a member of the New Covenant Worship Center in Holley, and she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading, and collecting unique and odd things. She was a natural caregiver who had a tremendous work ethic. As a person who welcomed anyone into her home, she was favored in the neighborhood as a person to go to who provided a safe and loving place to hang out. Beverly enjoyed any occasion to gather her family and extended an invitation to anyone and everyone once an event was set. She memorialized these events with numerous photos, which she proudly displayed throughout her home. She also loved animals, especially her dog Lexie, who passed away the same day as she.

Mrs. Walls was predeceased by her husband, Burl; her son, Larry; and siblings, Vincent, William, Florence, Laura and Allan.

She is survived by her sons, Joseph (Julia) Walls of Virginia and Jerry (Karen) Walls of Albion; stepdaughter, Carrie (Willis) Heise of Albion; brother, Louis (Elsie Gaye) Biaselli of Albion; sisters, Carol (Robert) Eddy of Albion and Donna Biaselli of Medina; nine grandchildren, Kelly, Joseph, Anthony, April, Jessica, Amber, Adam, Allan and Aaron; eight great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Wed., Dec. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, where her funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. immediately following visitation. Interment will follow in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Buffalo NY 14221.

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


 

Posted December 08 2018
Ruth A. Mager

Ruth MagerRuth A. Mager, 92, of Albion and Rochester, died Dec. 7, 2018 at Unity Living Center in Rochester. She was born Dec. 16, 1925 in Albion, a daughter of the late Howard and Daisy (Forsaith) Tucker, and she lived in this area all of her life.

Ruth worked at Eastman Kodak, retiring after 22 years. She loved crossword and word search puzzles and going to the Senior Center to visit her friends.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Edmund Mager; her daughter-in-law, Sharon Mager; and five siblings, Howard, Dorothy, Gerald, Betty and Eugene.

She is survived by her daughter, Gertrude Shaw of Rochester; son, Edward Mager of Albion; grandsons, Edward (Peggy) Mager of Albion, Brian Shaw of Hamlin, and Michael (Michele) Shaw of Lackawanna; great-grandchildren, Shelby Mager, Taylor Mager, Destiny Shaw, Ashley Shaw, Ryan Scherrer, Kaitlyn Shaw, Brittnie Shaw, Alexandra Nostrant and Brent Nostrant; great-great-grandchildren, Raegan Shaw and Collin Nostrant; as well as many friends, nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Her graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14620; or to Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 Winton Road, S. Rochester NY 14623.

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


 

Posted December 08 2018
Beverly Quackenbush

Beverly QuackenbushBeverly J. (Moore) Quackenbush, 82, of Middleport, went to see our Lord on Wed., Dec. 5, 2018 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home. She was born Feb. 24, 1936 in Medina, a daughter of the late Valentine and Marion (Smith) Waters.

She enjoyed gardening, crafts and puzzles, and spending time with friends at Darrell’s Place in Middleport. Bev was a member of Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship.

She is survived by six children, Dennis Moore, Kathy, Kenneth, Wayne, Robert and Tammy; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Donald Waters, Ione DiMarino and Marion Elmer; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sons, Ricky Lee Moore and Michael Quackenbush; grandson, Erich Coon; siblings, Dorothy Strickland, Virginia Carpenter, Valentine Waters Jr., Gary Waters, Raymond Waters, Larry Waters, Norm Waters, Lois Deyarmin and Joyce Michaud.

A memorial service will be held at a future date at Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship. Interment will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, West Shelby.

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


 

Posted December 07 2018
Alfonso P. Zicari

Alfonso ZicariAlfonso “Al” P. Zicari, 83, of Albion, died unexpectedly at his home on Dec. 7, 2018. He was born Sept. 15, 1935 in Albion, a son of the late Frank and Angela Zicari, and he lived in this area all of his life.

Al was a member of Albion First United Methodist Church and the Lipton Retirees, and he was a former member of the Albion Fire Department. After his retirement from T. J. Lipton’s as a supervisor, Al went to work at the Genesee Brewery, ultimately making his final retirement from there. He loved car shows and watching football, especially the Buffalo Bills.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Marilyn, in 2013; his brother, Charles “Chuck;” and his little brother, Al.

He is survived by his loving devoted children, Susan (Jack) Dick of Albion, James Zicari of Rochester, Debra (Pete) Hennekey of Albion, and Michael (Roberta) Zicari of Medina; grandchildren, Lindsay (Charlie Monacelli Jr.) Sargent, Brandon Sargent, Christian Enright, Kevin and Jeffrey Dick, and Brad Donnelly-Zicari; great-grandchildren, Grayson and Landon Standish, and Charles Monacelli III; his sister, Mary Ann Pestell of Albion; and several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Al’s memorial service will be held Sat., Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at Albion First United Methodist Church (Albion Christ Episcopal Church), 26 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411. Entombment will be private in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 1344 University Ave., Suite 270, Rochester NY 14607; or to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston MA 02241.

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


 

Posted December 05 2018
James Bruce Winters

James Winters

James Bruce “Jamie” Winters, 60, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Tue., Dec. 4, 2018 at United Memorial Hospital, Batavia.

Born on Jan. 31, 1958 in Medina, he was the son of his late father, Arthur (Jean) Winters and his late mother, Grace (Walter) Litchfield.

Jamie graduated from Holley High School in 1976 and went to work in his father’s company, Winters Feed Service, on Ridge Road in Medina. He married the former Phyllis Pries on July 22, 1978, and together they raised a son. In 1995, Jamie started his own feed store, Jeff-Ja Trucking on Ridge Road, Medina. Jamie enjoyed spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren. In his spare time, he raised cattle and had a passion for antique cars.

Jamie is survived by his wife of 40 years, Phyllis; and a son, Jeffrey (Kristi) Winters of Albany, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Stella and Benjamin Winters; two brothers, Doug (Bev) Winters of Medina and Robert (Marsha) Winters of Medina; step-siblings, Diane (Joe) McAvinney of Philadelphia, Wayne Litchfield of Medina, Linda Clark of Medina and Rob (Ann) Fulwell of Medina; a sister-in-law, Barbara Farley of Medina; three brothers-in-law, William (Julie) Pries of Lyndonville, Daniel (Lori) Pries of Kendall and Arthur (Pam) Satkowski of Las Vegas; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends may call on Fri., Dec. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held on Sat., Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Stephenson officiating. Burial will be in Hartland Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Jamie’s name to American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst NY 14228.

Please light a candle or share a memory of Jamie at www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.


 

Posted December 04 2018
Richard D. Keppler

Richard KepplerMr. Richard D. Keppler, 68, of West Shelby, died suddenly on Dec. 1, 2018 in the Town of Orangeville, Wyoming County, while enjoying a day out hunting with friends.

Dick was born in Buffalo, March 25, 1950, a son of the late Charles E. and Marjorie (Forrestel) Keppler Sr. A graduate of Akron High School, he married the former Cathleen Denny on Aug. 21, 1976. Dick was the owner of A-1 Water Care for 30 years. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and skiing. He was a member of Holy Trinity Parish, the NRA and Ducks Unlimited.

He is survived by his wife, Cathleen; three children, Richard (Abbi) Keppler Jr., Dawn (Eric) Cousens and Megan (Niall) Boyle; grandchildren, Richard “Bubby,” Samuel James, Grace Anne, Emma Louise, Niall Lucius and Ginerva Kathleen; siblings, Charles (Patricia) Keppler Jr., William (Susan) Keppler, Peter (Cheryl) Keppler, Mary Herbert, Marjorie Keppler, Martha (Paul) Jansen and Philip (Dawn) Keppler; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Friends may call on Thu., Dec. 6 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls will celebrate his Mass of Christian Burial on Fri., Dec. 7 at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Stephen’s Church, Middleport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Parish.

Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted December 04 2018
Richard A. Chilson

Richard ChilsonRichard A. “Dick” Chilson, 77, of Clarendon, passed away on Dec. 3, 2018 after a long illness. He was born Aug. 19, 1941 to the late Samuel and Marjorie (Wilcox) Chilson.

Dick loved spending time outdoors, including making maple syrup and tending to his beehives. He was a longtime small engine mechanic and was the family handyman who did a lot of his own work on his home. He also enjoyed helping his son, Dakota, with his Scout projects, including his Eagle project. Dick was a selfless man who always helped others before himself.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, Mick, Marty, Roy, Sam, and Stella Sargent.

Dick is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Cindy; children, Chris (Debbie Fiorito) Chilson, Renee (Rafael) Monroy, Denise (Kevin Miller) Wilson, Mandy (Keith) Roth, Kristi Chilson and Dakota Chilson; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings, Roger (Hazel Bickham) Chilson, Dora (Jim) Tice, Nora (Jerry) Walters, Larry (Rita) Chilson, Linda (Dan) McDonald, Leota (Duane) McClure and Bruce (Emily) Chilson; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Sat., Dec. 8 from 12 to 2 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley NY 14470, where his funeral service will be held immediately following at 2 p.m. A gathering will be held after the service at the Fancher-Hulberton-Murray Fire Hall, 3353 Hulberton Road, Holley NY 14470.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Dick’s name may be made to Wilmot Cancer Center, 300 E. River Road, P.O. Box 278996, Rochester NY 14627.

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


 

Posted December 04 2018
William J. Sanford

William SanfordWilliam J. “Billy” “Buddy” Sanford, 77, of Albion, passed away Dec. 4, 2018 at Medina Memorial Hospital. He was born Feb. 16, 1941 in the Town of Gaines, a son of the late Sumner and Thelma (Payne) Sanford.

Billy was an active member of the Albion community. He was always helping someone, whether it was shoveling snow, running errands, or taking care of his neighbors’ animals. Billy “wore many hats.” He was even honored by the community with Billy Sanford Day. Buddy loved music, movies, riding his TriRod, fishing, traveling and gambling. His greatest joy was spending time with his loving family.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Florence Pace, Donald Sanford, Dorothy Frank, Helen Maynard and Robert Sanford.

Billy is survived by his sisters, Delores Hackenberg of Medina and Betty Christopher of Albion; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Sat., Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, where his funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. Interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Medina Memorial Hospital/Transitional Care Unit, 200 Ohio St., Medina NY 14103.

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


 

Posted December 04 2018
Donna J. Thompson

Donna J. (McPherson) Thompson, 75, of Basom, died on Dec. 3, 2018.

She was the wife of Roland R. Thompson; mother of Shari (Michael) Maak, Shawn (Janet) Ingalsbe, Brian (Amy) Thompson, Jason (Gail) Thompson and the late Roland Jr. and Raymond Thompson; and sister of Carl McPherson, Charlene Payne, and the late Dianna Massey and Duane (Becky) McPherson. She is also survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

There will be private cremation services with inurnment at Alabama Cemetery.

Arrangements are being completed by Bernhardt Funeral Home, 130 Main St., Akron, N.Y. Visit www.BERNHARDTFUNERAL.com.


 

Posted December 04 2018
Hudson Bennett Busch

Hudson BuschHudson Bennett Busch, of Medina, the infant son of Glen and Valerie Busch II, was born sleeping on Fri., Nov. 30, 2018 at United Memorial Hospital in Batavia.

Hudson was the grandson of paternal grandparents, Glen and Brenda Busch of Knowlesville, and maternal grandparents, Larry and Holly Childs of Middleport; and the nephew of Tanya (Tristan) Komorowski of Webster, Michael Busch of Batavia and Larry (Melissa) Childs of Basom.

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

Arrangements were entrusted to Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103.

Please light a candle for Hudson at www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.


 

Posted December 03 2018
Roxanna Jean Reckahn

Roxanna Reckahn

Mrs. Roxanna Jean Reckahn, of East Shelby, passed away on Dec. 1, 2018 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home.

Jeannie was born in Medina, Nov. 5, 1937, a daughter of the late Milton and Catherine Jessie (Howe) Green. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1955, she was a lifelong resident of East Shelby. She was employed as a bookkeeper for R.N. Parsons & Son and Agway Energy Products. An active 60-year member of the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, she served faithfully and was a Past President from November 1965 to October 1967, and from November 1977 to October 1979. Jeannie was a member of East Shelby Community Bible Church and was a devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother. Jeannie was kind and loving to all.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Ralph; two children, Bruce (Sara) Reckahn and Catherine Buzanski; two stepchildren, James (Diane) Ralph and Todd (Nicole) Ralph; eight grandchildren, Emily (Joel) Lindsay-Stavange, Rebecca (Ben) Lindsay Schiffer, David “Jake” Lindsay, Cynthia “CJ” Buzanski, Chance Buzanski, Jessi (Travis) Gallop, Stacey (James) Byrd and Jamie Ralph; four great-grandchildren, Harriet Schiffer, Carson and Kennedy Byrd, and Vivian Ralph; her brother, David (Jessie) Green; her son-in-law, David (Brenda) Lindsay; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Milton and Catherine Jessie; her daughter, Cynthia A. Reckahn Lindsay on March 27, 1994; and her daughter-in-law, Beth Case.

On Thu., Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m., relatives and friends are invited to attend dinner at the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company. Jeannie’s Celebration of Life Service will be held following dinner at 6 p.m. at East Shelby Community Bible Church, with Pastor Erik Olsen officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company, or to East Shelby Community Bible Church.

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


 

Posted December 03 2018
Gloria C. Walburn

Gloria Walburn

On Nov. 27, 2018, Gloria Carol Walburn, 74, entered eternal rest in Austin, Texas after a short illness. She was born Oct. 25, 1944 in Albion to the late Bruce and Gladys Baldwin.

Gloria was a longtime resident of Albion. She was a very loving, caring and gentle soul who loved the thrill of EMS. She loved crafts and sewing, and she was a proud member of the Conservative Party. Gloria worked as a school bus driver for the Albion School District for at least 20 years. She also worked as an EMT paramedic for LaSalle Buffalo and the Carlton Fire Department, and she volunteered for COVA. She loved her adventure flying down from New York into Texas last year on Dec. 6, and she loved her new home.

She is predeceased by her husband, Charles Walburn, who passed away on March 14, 2018.

Gloria leaves behind loved ones in Texas as well as in New York. In Austin: her daughter, Corrine (Merle Monnier) Walburn Banach; her granddaughter, Courtney (Daniel) Errington; and her great-granddaughter, Lola Ann Errington. In New York: her brother, Bernie Baldwin; sister-in-law, Linda Baldwin; and brother-in-law, Ronald Walburn.

A very private family service is being held in Austin, Texas for immediate family only. Memorials may be made in Gloria Walburn’s name to COVA.


 

Posted December 03 2018
Dianne M. Flick

Dianne Flick

Mrs. Dianne M. Flick, of the Town of Ridgeway, passed away peacefully at her home on Nov. 30, 2018 with her dogs in her lap.

Mrs. Flick was born in Medina, April 24, 1947, the daughter of the late George A. and Dorothy M. (Preston) Riches. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1965, she married Tom J. Flick on Jan. 4, 1969. Dianne was employed at Medina Memorial Hospital as a ward secretary and, after taking time to raise her children, she went back to work at Picture Island in Medina and then Medina Memorial Hospital, in the medical records department, for over 25 years. She was a very active member of United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest in Knowlesville. She enjoyed crafts, sewing and making blankets, gardening, canning, camping and shopping.

She is survived by her children, Glenda (Douglas Merle) Shervin, Robert (Sue) Flick, and Lisa (Brian) Boyle; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Donna Riches; lifelong friends, Nancy Smith and Dawn Sage; several nieces and nephews; and her dogs, Ollie and Wrigley.

She was predeceased by her husband, Tom J. Flick, on March 5, 2017; her parents, George and Dorothy; and her brother, Melvin G. Riches, on March 18, 2013.

Dianne’s Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sat., Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Abundant Harvest Fellowship Hall, 3619 Knowlesville Road, Knowlesville. The Reverend Marilyn J. Kasperek will officiate. Interment will be in the spring of 2019 at Bates Road Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest, 3622 Knowlesville Road, Knowlesville NY 14479.

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


 

Posted December 02 2018
Chester Boring

Chester BoringChester Arthur Boring, 82, of Albion, passed away peacefully at home Dec. 1, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. Chet was born Oct. 31, 1936 in New Florence, Pa., a son of the late Roy and Hazel Boring.

Chet was a member of Eagle Harbor United Methodist Church, where his daughter Susan is pastor. He was a former employee of T.J. Lipton and the Orleans County D.P.W. Chet was a member of Hook & Ladder Co. of the Albion Fire Department, St. Mary’s Athletic Club, St. Mary’s Archer’s Club, B. P.O. Elks Lodge #1006, and Strickland Post #4635 VFW.

Chet always kept busy, enjoying bowling, hunting, golfing, fishing, gardening, dancing, camping, roller skating and snowmobiling. Chet will be remembered as a wonderful husband, loving father and adoring grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Elsie; children, Reverend Susan Boring, Darlene (Mark) Nenni and Brett Boring; grandchildren, Chester and Emilee Boring; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thu., Dec. 6 at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion. Chet’s funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Fri., Dec. 7 at Eagle Harbor United Methodist Church, 13407 Eagle Harbor Knowlesville Road, Albion NY 14411.  Interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to Eagle Harbor United Methodist Church, c/o Joel Allen, 336 Wood St., Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted November 30 2018
Margaret Callara

Margaret CallaraMargaret Mary Callara, 89, of Medina, passed away on Tue., Nov. 27, 2018. She was born in Lockport on Jan. 25, 1929 to George B. Barnes Sr. and Adelle (Howard) Barnes.

She married Mario F. Callara of Medina on Jan. 3, 1948. Margaret and Mario celebrated 69 years of marriage just before his passing in March 2017.

Margaret was a stay-at-home mother until her children were older. She worked at Lyndonville Canning Factory and Medina Pennysaver, and she retired from Fisher-Price Toys in Medina.

Margaret loved canning, tending her flower garden, sewing, playing cards with the ladies of her card club, and taking summer vacation trips to Florida and to other various points of interest. Margaret loved their camper and happy times spent with family and friends at various campgrounds. After their retirement, Margaret and Mario spent their winters in Hernando, Fla. She enjoyed attending Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Medina and would always say her nightly rosary, praying for her family and friends. Margaret was always lovingly devoted to the Blessed Mother.

Margaret is survived by her children, Bonnie Callara, Richard Callara and Diane Callara Schnackel; grandchildren, Joseph Callara and James Callara, Tracy (Jill Jones) Callara, Jill (Mark) Weston and Brooke (Ralph) Duryea, Courtney (Clay) Morgan, Zachary (Sara) Schnackel, and Kayleigh (Zachary) Teachey; her great-grandchildren, Alexander J. Callara, Maya, Ayden and Annabelle Weston, Connor and Adelyn Duryea, Camden and Everly Morgan; her sister-in-law, Joy Barnes; her godchild and niece, Ann (Blewett) Hall; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Mario F. Callara, she is also preceded in death by her siblings, Catherine Freer, George B. Barnes Jr., William Barnes, Charlotte Blewett, Donald Barnes and Joseph Barnes.

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Fri., Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, St. Mary’s Church in Medina, celebrated by The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls. A private family committal will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Mary’s Cemetery, for her interment in the family columbarium.

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America would be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements are being made by Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Visit cooperfuneralhome.com for an online registry.

“Fly high with the angels, Mom. We will always love you.”


 

Posted November 30 2018
Patricia Poprawski

Patricia PoprawskiPatricia Ann Poprawski, 72, of Albion, passed away Nov. 30, 2018. Pat was born in Wayland, N.Y. on Dec. 22, 1945.

She loved baking, traveling with her husband, and spending time with her family.

Pat was predeceased by her parents, William and Eleanor Wyatt; and her siblings, Larry Wyatt, Gary Wyatt, Marie Paul and Wilma Holbrook.

Pat is survived by her loving husband, Walter J. Poprawski; children, Dawn (Joe) Stockslader, Walter J. Poprawski II, and Daniel (Charlene) Poprawski; grandchildren, Daniel (Hans) Rosentreter and Sean Poprawski; siblings, Arlene Vaccaro, Don Wyatt, Helen Childs, Robert Wyatt and Katherine Learn; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held privately and at the convenience of the family. Memorials in Pat’s name may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

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

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


 

Posted November 30 2018
William D. Wright

William Wright

William D. “Bill” Wright, 76, of Sterling, Colo., passed away Tue., Nov. 27, 2018 in Fort Morgan, Colo.

Visitation will be held Sun., Dec. 2 from 12 to 4 p.m. at Tennant Funeral Home in Sterling. Funeral services will be held Mon., Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Michael Young officiating. Burial will follow at Ogallala Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.

Bill was born Dec. 27, 1941 in Albion to Leonard and Florence (Ehrenreich) Wright. He attended Lyndonville Central School and RIT. He married Judith Fleshman Oct. 20, 1984 in Ogallala, Neb. Bill was the Waste Water and Water Operator for the city of Sterling. He was also the owner of WRICO Environmental.

Bill was the former Lyndonville Fire Chief. He was a member of Kiwanis Club of Sterling, Rural Water Association, and Wastewater Operator of the Year. He was one of only four people in Colorado certified as a level A operator in all four water classes.

Bill was a hunter, a fisherman, and a gun and tractor enthusiast. He enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Wright; children, William (Amy) Wright Jr. of Newfane, Joel (LeAnne) Wright of Johnstown, Colo., Jill (Timothy) Bolton of Medina, Rachel (Dan Potts) Wright of Sterling, and Morgan Wright of Sterling; and 17 grandchildren.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Florence and Leonard Wright; and sisters, Dorothy Jean Millis and Marilyn E. Lartz.

Memorials may be made in honor of Bill to American Cancer Society of Colorado, or to Lyndonville Fire Department, c/o Tennant Funeral Home, PO Box 1547, Sterling CO 80751.


 

Posted November 29 2018
Gloria M. Ross

Gloria Ross

Gloria M. Ross, 89, of Albion, died Nov. 29, 2018 at The Villages of Orleans following a short illness. She was born May 23, 1929 in Perry, a daughter of the late Charles and Mary (Wietrzykowski) Barthelemy, and she lived in this area most of her life.

Gloria retired from Owens Illinois in Brockport, where she worked for many years as a quality control inspector. She enjoyed knitting, puzzles, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Ross; her children, Ken Conrad, Joan Conrad and Gene Ross; and her sister, Janice Webster.

She is survived by her children, Nick Conrad of Canandaigua, Brent (Deborah) Ross of Medina, Jack Conrad of Albion, Kelly (Diane) Conrad of Albion, and Pamela (Marc) Kenward of Byron; grandchildren, Dan and Casey Conrad, David (Ika) Kenward, Michaela Kenward, Todd (Tracy) Ross, Wendy Ross and Amy (Ralph) Stoutenger; great-grandchildren, Ryleigh, Eleana, Carter; sister, Delores Carter of Illinois; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There are no calling hours. Gloria’s memorial service will be held at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Albion, at a later date. Burial will be in Otter Creek Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted November 29 2018
James Lamar Sr.

James Lamar

James Lamar Sr., 81, of Medina, entered into rest on Mon., Nov. 26, 2018 at The Villages of Orleans, Albion.

Born on Aug. 13, 1937 in Sanford, Fla., he was the son of the late Gertrude Davis.

James was employed as a machinist with Abex Corporation of Medina, for 30-plus years of service. In his spare time, James enjoyed fishing and going on long walks.

James is survived by three daughters, Debbie (Dale) Fambrough of Stock Bridge, Ga., Stacey Abdur-Rasheed of Decanter, Ga., and Paula Woods of Bradenton, Fla.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a close cousin, Mary Robinson of Sanford, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

James is predeceased by his wife, Mackery Lamar; and two sons, Curtis Woods and James Lamar Jr.

There are no calling hours. A private service 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 or share a memory of James at www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.


 

Posted November 28 2018
Mary Ellen Schoch

Mary Ellen Schoch

Mrs. Mary Ellen Schoch (West) of Scotia, N.Y. died unexpectedly on Nov. 26, 2018 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. She was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the daughter of Ralph George and Florence Ellen (Hucknall) West.

Mary Ellen held a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Vassar College and a graduate degree in Library Science, magna cum laude, from Syracuse University. She was employed for many years as head of the reference department for the Schenectady Public Library. Mary Ellen was a 54-year member of the First Reformed Church of Scotia and a longtime member of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Mrs. Schoch is survived by her husband of 68 years, Karl; her son, Dr. Karl F. (Deborah) Schoch Jr.; and two granddaughters, Abeni and Imana, all of Catonsville, Md.

Mary Ellen’s family wishes to express its highest appreciation for the professional and compassionate care provided by the staff of Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center.

The family will receive friends on Fri., Nov. 30 from 12 to 1 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, where her funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. immediately following visitation. Interment will follow in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Poughkeepsie-Mahwenawasigh Chapter DAR, c/o DAR Home Office, 1776 D St. NW, Washington DC 20006.

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


 

Posted November 28 2018
Earl Charles Shields

Earl Shields

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Earl Charles Shields, 76, of Albion, passed away on Wed., Nov. 21, 2018 at Buffalo General Hospital.

Born on Aug. 31, 1942 in Punxsutawney, Pa., he was the son of the late Earl and Edna (Hieghtsanrider) Shields.

He is predeceased by his brother, Howard, of Stuthers, Ohio; and sister, Eileen, also of Stuthers.

Earl is survived by his daughter, Michelle Shields of Tucson, Ariz.; his son, Sean Shields of Tucson; and many friends.

Earl was a Vietnam veteran in the United States Air Force from 1960 to 1968, achieving the rank of sergeant.

There are no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Earl will be buried in Bath National Cemetery with full military honors.

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


 

Posted November 28 2018
Daniel C. Nicholson

Daniel NicholsonDaniel C. Nicholson, 64, of Medina and formerly of Roseville, Calif., passed away suddenly on Sun., Nov. 25, 2018.

Born June 15, 1954 in Aberdeen, Wash., Dan was a son of the late Larry W. and Marlene (York) Nicholson. He was raised in Ukiah, Calif. and graduated from Ukiah High School in 1972. He married his wife, Nancy, on April 16, 1990. He and Nancy moved to New York in 2006 and made Medina their home in February 2007. Dan enjoyed playing baseball among other sports, and whether Dan was fishing, hunting, gardening or going for a walk, he loved being outdoors. No one could love family and friends more than Dan, who always lent an open hand to help anyone at any time. He had a soul that was magnetic.

Besides his parents, Dan was predeceased by his eldest son, Danny Nicholson, on Dec. 29, 1993; his youngest son, Kyle Gillum, on Oct. 21, 2014; and grandson, Chris Stewart, on Oct. 17, 2017.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy L. (Billing) Nicholson; his children, Diana (Dave) Gawron, Devon (Danelle) Nicholson and Brian L. (Liz) Gillum; grandchildren, Lindsay (Allan) Leiser, John and Tyler (Jen) Stewart, DJ and Joe Gawron, Devree, Delanie, Daxton and Daegan Nicholson, and Ethan and Mya Gillum; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Dean (late Judy) Nicholson, Dale (Michelle) Nicholson, Darrin (Yasuno) Nicholson, Darcy (Mark) Crook and Dominic (Sofia) Nicholson; and many nieces and nephews.

Please join the family for a memorial service and reception on Fri., Nov. 30 at 12 p.m. at Lincoln Post #1483, V.F.W., 216 E. Center St., Medina. Please share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted November 26 2018
Betty Elaine Newton

Betty Newton

Betty Elaine Newton died peacefully at home after a brief illness. She was born in the Town of Somerset on April 22, 1926, the daughter of the late Everett and Lila (Wass) Newton.

Betty was the sister of Mary Kurz and the late Norma Chaffee; sister-in-law of the late Roland Chaffee and Paul Kurz; and the aunt of Ronald Kurz, Linda (Ronald) Rosenthal, Dudley (Ruth) Chaffee, Richard (Mary) Kurz, LuAnn (Bruce) Devereaux and Susan (Robert) Buffin. She is also survived by eight great-nieces, five great-nephews, many great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and one great-great-great-nephew.

Betty graduated from Barker Central School, class of 1944. She retired from Harrison Radiator in 1979. She was always willing to lend a helping hand or to support fundraising events for her many nieces and nephews, and eventually for their children. Betty enjoyed trips to Florida, camping, knitting, doing crossword puzzles in ink, reading, watching old movies, discussing politics and especially driving, chatting with friends and neighbors and the “Boys” at Tops. She will be missed for her sharp mind, her hearty laugh and her helping hand.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to County Line United Methodist Church would be appreciated by the family. Burial will take place in Hartland Central Cemetery. Please visit www.rutland-corwin.com to send a condolence to the family.


 

Posted November 26 2018
Robin Ann Cooksey

Robin Cooksey

Robin Ann Cooksey, 58, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2018, surrounded by her family and friends.

Born Sept. 2, 1960, Robin graduated from Medina High School, class of 1979, where she was a star athlete. After high school, she went on to attend Texas A&M University, where she graduated with honors in 1983. After Robin and Bill married, they moved to Elgin, Texas, where they built their home. Robin enjoyed her life in Elgin, where she and Bill rescued and loved their many cats, dogs and horse. Their beautiful home had a lily pond in the front, where they loved to enjoy the wildlife and birds that ventured up for a drink.

Robin worked for the State of Texas as a health inspector and, later, as a health physicist in the Texas Radiation Control Compliance and Inspection Program. She continued her career with the State in the Commission on Environmental Quality as a health physicist in the Environmental Radioactive Material Licensing Program, until her health began to decline due to her long-fought battles with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

Robin was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Silva; her parents, J. L. and Linda Lee Cooksey; and father-in-law, John (Naomi) Silva.

Robin is survived by her two brothers, Richard Cooksey of Boston, Mass. and Robert Cooksey of Austin, Texas; her cousins, Darren Allen of Albion, Curt Allen of Medina, Shawn Allen of Medina, Heidi Allen Reimer of Medina, Jim Proiety of Dallas, Texas, Stan (Sherry) Roper of Round Rock, Texas, Sherry Roper of Round Rock, Holly Roper of Round Rock, and D. J. Roper of Round Rock; her aunt, Donna Allen of Albion; numerous nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

Memorial contributions may be made in Robin’s memory to Bastrop County Animal Shelter, 589 Cool Water Drive, Bastrop TX 78602.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of Robin’s life at Elgin Funeral Home on Sat., Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. Prior to the service, the family will receive guests from 10 to 11 a.m., and interment will follow at Cook-Walden Memorial Hill Cemetery, Pflugerville, Texas, at 2 p.m.


 

Posted November 26 2018
Mary E. Dona

Mary Dona

Mary E. Dona, 71, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Thu., Nov. 22, 2018 at the Martin-Linsin Residence, Albion, with her loving family at her side.

Born on Sept. 11, 1947 in Geneva, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Clifford and Lois (Steadman) Flick.

Mary married Gordon E. Dona on Jan. 20, 1966. Gordon passed suddenly in 1969. Mary later met her companion and soulmate, the late Buzz E. Sheldon. Mary worked at Willard State Hospital, and later at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, first as a nurse’s aide and then in housekeeping. She had a deep caring for the residents she cared for and took delight in making their stays more comfortable. Mary was known for being very crafty, especially in knitting, crocheting, needlework and cake decorating.

Mary is survived by seven children, Alice V. Seiple of Texas, Maevonne (Earnest) Luckman of Knowlesville, Gerald (Cheryl) Dona of Albion, Shelly McAdoo of Medina, Mark (Heather Kenward) Sheldon of Medina, John Sheldon of Medina and Cheryl Bearss of Medina; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three siblings, Alice Case of Middleport, Barbara Mearns of Alabama, and Fred Flick of Elmira, N.Y.; numerous nieces and nephews; and lifelong friend, Angelia Ferrer-Vega of Waterloo, N.Y.

Mary is predeceased by four brothers, John, James, Jerry and Tom Flick.

Relatives and friends may attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 1 at East Shelby Community Bible Church, 5278 E. Shelby Road, Medina NY 14103, with the Pastor, Rev. Erik Olsen, officiating. Burial will be private for the family.

Memorials may be made in Mary’s name to Hospice of Orleans County, P.O.Box 489, 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 of Mary at www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.


 

Posted November 26 2018
Virginia F. (Orman) Robb

Virginia Robb

On Nov. 15, 2018, Virginia F. (Orman) Robb left this world peacefully and with her heart full of love received from family, friends, colleagues and students. For the past 99 years, she gave love and compassion to all she encountered.

Born Aug. 31, 1919 in Lima, N.Y. to Victor and Frances (Dillon) Orman, Virginia graduated from Charlotte High School, Rochester, N.Y., where she participated in plays and choral groups and played the violin and guitar. She graduated from Brockport Normal School in 1940 and moved to Huntington, Long Island for her first teaching job. On Long Island, she met her future husband, Don/Dee Robb, while he was on leave from the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Following teaching jobs in Washington State, Virginia and Florida, the Robb family settled in Clarendon, N.Y., where Holley Elementary School became Virginia’s longtime career home. She loved her profession and loved the children whose lives she enriched. Virginia devised creative methods to help every student learn to the best of their ability. She strove to uplift and instill pride of accomplishment in all of her students.

After 40 years of teaching, Virginia retired in 1980. Shortly thereafter, she and Don bought a home in Ocala, Fla., where they spent close to 25 years and met more wonderful people from across the country who became dear friends. All were very active in their community, church and schools.

Upon her husband’s death in 2005, Virginia moved back “home,” where she looked forward to seeing lots of familiar faces at the store, concerts, church, Flag Day, etc. Hearing “Mrs. Robb, do you remember me?” was always a huge joy as former 2nd and 4th grade students, now parents and grandparents themselves, shared memories and hugs.

Virginia was predeceased by her husband, Donald H., in 2005; son, Donald V., in 2017; daughter, Nancy, in 1968; and siblings, Vincent Orman, Evelyn Milner and Dora Siegfried.

She is survived by daughters, Priscilla (Craig) McAllister and Barbara (Donald) Phillips; grandchildren, Kelly (Craig) Kenney, Sean (Shane Warner) McAllister, Cheryl Turner, Donna Robb, and Jennifer (Christopher) Holmberg; great-grandchildren, Nathan and William Kenney, Emily and Jack Holmberg; numerous nieces and nephews; and you – her dear friends and students.

Known by many people and addressed by various monikers – Mrs. Robb, Virginia, Gin, Aunt Ginny, Grandma – we are so thankful that we’ve been privileged to call her “Mom.”

A reception celebrating her life will be announced at a later date.

To honor Virginia’s memory, we encourage you to engage in one of her best-remembered classroom activities – reading aloud to young folks. “The Secret Garden” and “Misty of Chincoteague” were favorites of both students and teacher.

Our many thanks to Lifetime Care for their wonderful support and services provided for Virginia and her family.

Donations in Virginia’s memory may be sent to Hospice, 3111 South Winton Road, Rochester NY 14623; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Condolences and memories may be shared by visiting www.fowlerfuneralhomeinc.com; or by mail to Virginia’s family at PO Box 17, Clarendon NY 14429.


 

Posted November 26 2018
Donald V. Robb

Donald Robb

Donald V. Robb passed away on June 7, 2017, at the age of 69, due to early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. He was born on Aug. 7, 1947, the son of Donald H. and Virginia F. Robb, and was survived by his mother; sisters, Priscilla (Craig) McAllister and Barbara (Donald) Phillips; daughters, Donna Robb and Jennifer (Christopher) Holmberg; wife, Christy Robb; stepdaughters, Sally Davidson and Nancy Blanchard; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Don, a gifted music educator, realized his love and natural ability for music while at Holley High School, participating in chorus and band. Ray Shahin, band director, was a guiding influence for him as mentor, role model and friend. Don went on to graduate from SUNY Fredonia and Mansfield University, Pa. He began his teaching career in New York State and, after relocating to Indiana, taught choral and instrumental music in public schools until his retirement in 2011. Additionally, he was the founder of the Jordan Jazz vocal ensemble at Butler University, and he was an avid church musician and an adjudicator of vocal competitions.

Some highlights of Don’s teaching career were being asked to provide a group of his Arlington High School students to sing backup for Lou Gramm and Foreigner at Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, in 1985; being invited by the Russian Theatre Foundation to take his Arlington High School Chamber Singers to Russia for a performance tour in 1993; and being named the Indiana State High School Music Educator of the Year in 1995 by the Indiana Music Educators Association.

Folks at Arlington used to say, “Drop in on the music department because we know you’ll see something good happening, and right in the middle of it will be Don Robb.”

These are just a few of the many tributes to Don from his students, illustrating the positive influence he had on their lives both musically and personally:

“He gave his heart and passion to a group of inner-city kids and opened us to a world some of us never knew we would be a part of. He took us across the world to several different countries, threw us into recording studios, took us to 1st place State Final winners, and most of all believed in us no matter what. One of the best music teachers in THE WORLD!”

“So grateful for Donald Robb instilling in this little black girl from the hood that classical music was for me too.”

“Don did so much for me. Not only musically, but making me believe I was worth something. He believed in me! Not something I got from many people.”

Donations in Don’s memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, or to a charity of one’s choice.

To share condolences and memories, please visit www.fowlerfunerlhomeinc.com, or mail to Don’s family at PO Box 17, Clarendon NY 14429.


 

Posted November 24 2018
Ethel “Irene” Stachewicz

MEDINA – Mrs. Ethel “Irene” Stachewicz, 91, of Medina, passed away on November 21, 2018 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Stachewicz was born in the Town of Ridgeway on February 4, 1927, a daughter of the late Emanuel and Ethel (Blackley) Pritchard.

On August 25, 1945, she married John R. “Sharkey” Stachewicz, Sr.  She was employed by the Medina Memorial Hospital and Dobbins and Ramage, Inc. Mrs. Stachewicz enjoyed playing cards, crossword puzzles, stitching and crocheting, reading and flowers.

Survivors include her children, John (Marge) Stachewicz, Jr., Sandy (Thomas) Taylor, Teresa, Anthony (Beverly) Stachewicz and Suzanne (Ed) Schutt; 12 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, John, on May 20, 2000; her son, Michael, J., in 2011; and her brother, Roy E. Dunn, Sr. on June 27, 2016.

There will be no prior calling hours. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

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


 

Posted November 23 2018
Mildred I. Green

Mildred GreenEAST SHELBY – Mrs. Mildred I. Green, 77, of East Shelby, passed away on November 21, 2018 at the Martin-Linsin Hospice Residence in Albion. Mrs. Green was born in Middleport, July 3, 1941, a daughter of the late Maie O. (Gursslin) Green and Judson Carlyle Baker.

A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1959, she married Darrell Green on April 30, 1960.  She was a longtime member of the West Barre United Methodist Church and the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary for over 55 years. She was employed by the Town of Shelby for 20 years, first as the Deputy Town Clerk and then elected Town Clerk. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed wintering in Florida for last 17 years.

Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Darrell; two children, Susan (Lynn Tomasino) Green and Michael (Leslie) Green; 3 grandchildren, Curtis Foss, Cassidy Oliver and Trent Green; 3 sisters, Virginia (Al)  Kropf, Norma (Ronald) Fisher and Debra Green; sister-in-law, Jean Baker; several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brother, Eugene J. “Butch” Baker on June 6, 2018.

Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday. The Rev. Bradford Hunt, pastor of the West Barre United Methodist Church, will officiate and private interment will be in Millville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Knights Kaderli Memorial Fund, POB 684, Medina, NY 14103-0684.

Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted November 21 2018
Henri Mae Pulley

Henri PulleyALBION – Henri “Hank” Mae (nee Jones) Harris Pulley, 84, of Albion passed away on Nov. 13, 2018 in Albion. She was born March 16, 1934 in Clewiston, Florida, a daughter of the Late Maola Mae (nee Sloan) and Henry Jones.

Her first job as water girl started by helping the family do farm work at the age of 5 years old. The job was bringing water to the thirsty, provided you did not call her too often. The entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well, even as she was a child: Taking in wash for the local nurses and military personnel, by purchasing the family’s first “Ringer Washer” machine with the consent of her maternal grandmother.

She was even a rental manager keeping track and collecting rent for a local landlord as a kid until her father put an end to that. She pursued the nursing program in High School. She completed school near Homestead, Florida and graduated 1950.

Employment Opportunities: She worked as a nurses aide before changing jobs for a higher hourly wage as assembly line worker at GTE Sylvania as set tester and obtained the elevated status of union stewardess.

Self Employment Opportunities: She became a licensed cosmetologist and did hair on the side as she worked a full-time job. She was accepted at the University of Buffalo, but didn’t go.  Later she purchased property to become a landlord in her own right and the new business owner of Henri’s Inn, Inc. (previously the Orleans Hotel). She will be greatly missed by all those that knew her.

She is predeceased by husbands, Charles Harris and Charles S. Pulley Sr; siblings, Clarence (& Kressie) Jones, Collis Jones Sr. and Calvin Jones; brother-in-law, Carlton Barclift; nephew, Todd Jones.

She is survived by her daughter, Shirlon Harris (John Sample); siblings, Betty Jones Barclift and Mercy Dee Jones Rackley; and a host of nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21 West Ave. Albion, NY 14411. A wake is planned for 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 23, 2018 at the funeral home and Saturday, November 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church (139 Ingersoll St., Albion), with her funeral service at the church at 11 a.m. To share a special memory of Henri Pulley, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted November 20 2018
Mary L. Dingman

Mary DingmanMEDINA – Mary L. Dingman, 70, of Medina, NY, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at her home with her loving family at her side. She was born on February 13, 1948 in Medina, NY, a daughter of the late Maynard and Sadie (Passmore) Watson.

Mary graduated from Medina High School in 1967 and worked various jobs. She retired in 2005 from Fisher-Price after 19-plus years of employment. Mary was a member of the Medina United Methodist Church and enjoyed reading, word searches and was a diehard New York Yankees, Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Mary loved to travel, either visiting other states or going on Sunday drives, visiting close friends and family or enjoying a Friday fish fry.

Mary is survived by her beloved son, Eric Dingman of Medina, NY; her cousins, Lloyd (Naomi) Strickland, Kenny (Alexis) Strickland, all of Albion, Robert (Carollee) Arnett of Barre, NY; and numerous second cousins. Also survived are close friends, Tom (Vicki) Weeks, Brenda Sills, all of Medina, NY, Naomi Aldingers and family of Alden, NY and Pat Sevenski of Middleport, NY; and her furry companions, Midge, Suzie and Molly.

Mary is predeceased by a daughter, Melissa Dingman.

Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St. Medina, NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Larry Eastlack officiating. Burial will be in the Millville Cemetery.

Memorials may be made in Mary’s name to the Hospice of Orleans County, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411.

Please light a candle or share a memory of Mary at www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.


 

Posted November 20 2018
Philip J. MacDonald

Philip MacDonald

Philip J. MacDonald, 68, of Lyndonville, entered into rest on Thu., Nov. 15, 2018 at Elderwood of Lakeside at Brockport.

Born on May 3, 1950 in Medina, he was the son of the late Raymond and Evelyn (Peters) MacDonald.

Phil graduated from Lyndonville High School and married the former Diana Godfrey. Together, they raised three children. Phil was elected Highway Superintendent for the Town of Yates. He owned and operated Phil’s Auto Repair, and later in life he drove trucks for Keeler Construction of Albion.

Phil’s passions included NASCAR, model trains and woodworking, but mostly puttering in the garage with his children. He dearly loved his children.

Phil is survived by his loving wife, Diana, with whom he shared 43 years; five children, Greg (Marcqui Brown) MacDonald, Tracey (Scott) Garbutt, Jeff (Heather) MacDonald, Stephanie MacDonald and Philip John MacDonald; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sibling, Linda (Fred) Puleo; several nieces and nephews.

Sadly, Phil was predeceased by his sister, Ann (Larry) Meister.

Relatives and friends are asked to attend his memorial service at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St., Lyndonville NY 14098, on Sat., Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. Rev. Rod Klinzing will officiate.

Share your memories of Philip or light a candle in his name at www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.


 

Posted November 19 2018
Roger W. Novak, Sr.

Roger NovakCLARENDON – Roger W. Novak, Sr., 74, passed away suddenly on November 18, 2018. He was born November 21, 1943 in West Frankfort, IL to the late George E. and Alberta J. (Roberts) Novak.

Roger spent over 50 years volunteering for the Clarendon Fire Co. and was a Life Member. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching NASCAR and the New York Yankees. He retired from GM in 2003 where he worked for more than 30 years.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, George; niece, Brenda McMillan; and brother-in-law, Cecil Moore.

Roger is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Silva; children, Roger (Kristine) Novak, Jr., Debbie (Chris) Fiorito and Dale (Tabbetha) Novak; grandchildren, Richard Fiorito and Devan (Elizabeth Aldaco) Novak; great-grandchildren, Jared Bowen, Mackenzie and Brody Fiorito; sister, Mary Lou Moore; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. on Monday at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 16650 State Route 31, Holley, NY 14470, where his service will be held immediately following at 6 p.m. A gathering will be held after Roger’s service at the Clarendon Rec Hall 16169 E. Lee Road, Clarendon, NY 14429.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Roger’s name may be made to the Clarendon Fire Co. P.O. Box 136 Clarendon, NY 14429.

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


 

Posted November 19 2018
Delmus R. Tanner Jr.

Delmus TannerMEDINA – Delmus R. (Nichols) Tanner Jr. 38, of Albion entered into rest on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. He was born on July 9, 1980 in Albion, a son of Lorena Cox and Charles Tanner and his birth parents, Cheryl (Williams) and the late Delmus R. Nichols Sr.

Delmus graduated from Medina High School in 1998. He was a dedicated father to his three children and will be missed dearly by his friends and family.

Besides his parents, Delmus is survived by his grandmothers, Roxie Nichols and Jonie Williams; his children, Mason and Riley Tanner and Cayden Cook; six siblings, Amanda (Mitchell) Hansler, Kristina Erica, Randy and Carlos Williams and Miguel Sanchez. Also survived are many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Relatives and friends may call from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, November 26, at the Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Rd, Medina, NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. with the Rev. Daniel A. Thurber officiating. Burial will be private for the family.

Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St. Medina, NY 14103.

Please share a memory or light a candle in Delmus’s name at www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.


 

Posted November 18 2018
Fred K. Babcock

Guide us as we walk this way

With the promise of a brand-new day

Fred BabcockALBION – On Friday, November 16th, after a short hospital stay, Fred K. Babcock passed away peacefully. Fred, 78, was born July 2, 1940 and lived in the Albion area all his life.

Throughout his life, Fred worked many jobs, including working as a residential house painter, a paid Albion firefighter, a taxi and ambulance driver for Dick O’Hearn, a Village of Albion Trustee, a sales person for Landauer’s, a car salesman for Crown Motors and Engle-Harrison Motors, a worker for the Canal Corporation, a maintenance man for Arnold Gregory Hospital, a worker for Watt Farms, a newspaper delivery man, and he worked in the orchards for Ed Archbald. Fred counted among some of his favorite memories, days traveling up and down the canal.  While working for Watt Farms, he continued to enjoy working outdoors. During the summer months he rarely visited with family without a basket of whatever fruit or vegetable was in season.

Fred was predeceased by his parents, Carl and Gertrude Babcock; his brothers, Carl Jr., Ralph and John; his former spouse, Helen S. Babcock; and his grandson, Matthew Gardner.

Fred is survived by his children, Jackie (Mark Dunham) Gardner and Gregory L. (Tammy Nenni) Babcock; granddaughters, Sarah and Elizabeth Gardner, and Jordan (Chris Ray) Babcock; step-children, Dana (Cheryl), Laurie (Karen Hess), and John (Sharon) Gavenda; step-grandchildren, Adam (Mariellie Morales) Gavenda, and Molly (Josh Chmiel) Gavenda; and step-great-grandchildren, Tristan and Eliana Gavenda.

Fred is also survived by his siblings, Frank (Mickey) Babcock, Harold (Barbara) Babcock, and Lillian (Lloyd) Moore.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21 W. Ave. Albion, where his Memorial Service will follow at 6 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Matthew Gardner Memorial Scholarship through the Albion High School Alumni Association.

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


 

Posted November 18 2018
Francis M. Woodward

Francis WoodwardMEDINA – Francis M. Woodward, 84, of Medina passed away November 16, 2018, surrounded by his loving family after a brief illness. He was born on July 7, 1934 in Lyndonville, a son of the late Irvin and Hazel (Morton) Woodward.

He enjoyed spending time with family, reading, playing games on his computer and working in his Walnut Grove. He worked many years as a farmer for Searls Vegetable Farm. Francis also drove a tractor-trailer for S.A. Cook and AkzoNobel in Burt, NY. He was the owner of Woodward’s Walnut World.

Francis is predeceased by his parents, a brother Charles I. Woodward and sister Flora M. Haight.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Joan M. (Heideman) Woodward, whom he married on November 28, 1953. Together they raised seven children, Danny (Beverly) Woodward, Diane (Howard) Boyce, Darlene (Robert) Waters, Francis (Beverly) Woodward, Jr., Connie (Lee) Fletcher, Donald (Paula) Woodward and Michael Woodward.

He is also survived by a brother David (Patricia) Woodward, 28 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson, several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be held at the convenience of the family.


 

Posted November 16 2018
Josephine Wallin

BROCKPORT – Josephine Wallin, 93, died November 15, 2018 after an 11-month respite at Elderwood of Lakeside at Brockport.

Mrs. Wallin was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Russell Wallin. She was also predeceased by her parents. James and Mary Trupiano; her brother, Vincent Trupiano; and her sister, Pauline Trupiano Burgio.

She is survived by her son, James D. Bell (Marie); three grandchildren, Kevin (Stephanie), Nicholas and Matthew; three great-grandchildren, Claire, Benjamin and Jane; nephews Patrick Burgio, David Burgio and Steven Trupiano; and dear friends Mary Ann Giglio, Jeanne Barry, Joan Hare and Kathleen Pacilio.

Mrs. Wallin graduated from Albion High School in 1943 and the State Teacher’s College at Brockport in 1946. She received her Master’s Degree in Education from SUNY Brockport in 1967 and taught 5th grade in the Albion Central School District for many years. She received many teaching awards and similar recognitions for her teaching skills and abilities. Mrs. Wallin was a loving and dutiful mother, always offering appropriate guidance, wisdom and direction throughout her life. In her retirement, she was a devoted grandparent and loved nothing more than spending time with her grandchildren and her family during the holidays.

Family will receive friends on Monday, Nov. 19, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc. 340 West Ave., Brockport. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on 10 a.m. Tuesday at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 152 Main St., Brockport.  As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Nativity Building Fund.


 

Posted November 16 2018
Stanley H. Allen

Stan AllenALBION – Stanley H. Allen, 83, died November 15, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. Stan was born August 21, 1935 in Millville, a son of the late George and Laura (Tucker) Allen and had lived in this area all of his life.

He was a member of the Orleans Vets Club and the Albion Rotary Club where he received the Paul Harris Fellow Award. Stan owned and operated A&D Insurance Agency in Albion for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, golfing and baseball. But most of all Stan loved watching his grandchildren play Little League Baseball and was most proud that he never missed a game.

He was predeceased by his brothers George (Linda), Kenny and his sister Kathy Shaver.

Stan is survived by his wife of 54 years, Donna; his children James Proietty of Dallas TX, Colleen (Gernot) Simon of Clearwater FL, Darren Allen of Albion, Curt Allen of Medina, Heidi Riemer of Medina and Shawn Allen of Medina; grandchildren Krista Guido, Stephanie and Mark Proietty, McKayla and Miranda Allen, Ethan Allen, Ryan, Matt and Brett Riemer; great-grandchildren Lucy, Alice, Simon, Oscar Guido; sister-in-law Barb Allen of Middleport; brother-in-law Robert Shaver of Gasport and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

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

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


 

Posted November 16 2018
Dana Alexander Nesbitt

Dana NesbittBARRE – Dana Alexander Nesbitt, 84, passed away on November 13, 2018. She was born in Buffalo on February 25, 1934, a daughter of the late Howell Alexander and the late Azalea “Duffy” (Auerbach) Alexander of East Aurora.

Dana graduated from East Aurora High School in 1952, and earned her BS degree in Home Economics at Buffalo State College in 1956. After college, she worked for the Buffalo Gas Company demonstrating cooking appliances. In 1957, she married Arnold Haseley and they moved across the country as he pursued his doctoral degree. When Arnold died suddenly in 1965, Dana moved back to East Aurora with their three small children. It was there that Pete Nesbitt came courting. Dana married Pete in 1966 and adopted Debra, Randy and Kristen. They settled at Pine Hill Farms in Barre, NY. The family was complete with the addition of LJ.

Dana ran their beautiful home with the precision and care of a true home economist. A lifelong lover of the arts, Dana fostered an appreciation for art and music in her children and sang alto with the Genesee Chorale for 25 years. She was a frequent patron of concerts and events at the Eastman School of Music and the Chautauqua Institution. Of her many volunteer pursuits, her work as a board member and tutor for Literacy Volunteers of America was closest to her heart. Dana was reserved but delighted her close friends and family with her razor-sharp wit and hilarious commentaries.

Her family and friends cared for her during her last few months at home and at Hospice of Orleans.

Dana is survived by her husband of 52 years, Calvin “Pete” Nesbitt; her daughter Debra Nesbitt of Toronto, Canada; her son Randall Nesbitt (Tina Lacey) of Ithaca, NY; her daughter Kristen Nesbitt (Ivan Ourusoff) of Wilmot, NH; her daughter Lisa “LJ” (Hampton Bridwell) of Redding, CT; and her grandchildren, Aidan and Charlotte Bridwell.

At Dana’s request, no funeral services will take place. Gifts in her memory can be sent to the Chautauqua Foundation, foundation@chq.org.

Dana’s arrangement have been entrusted to Merrill Grinnell Funeral Home, 21 West Ave. Albion, NY.

To share a special a special memory of Dana, please visit www.merrillgrinnell.com.


 

Posted November 15 2018
Ruth B. Stevenson

Ruth Stevenson

Ruth B. (Bakeman) Stevenson, 96, of Albion, passed away Nov. 13, 2018 following a long illness. Ruth was born Dec. 20, 1921 in Albion, a daughter of the late George and Clara (Peters) Bakeman. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and Order of the Eastern Star. Ruth was a former layout artist at the Lake Country Pennysaver, worked at Albion Central School in the cafeteria, and was a former member of the Orleans County Home Bureau. She enjoyed sewing.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald; son, Lee; brother, George Bakeman Sr.; and sisters, Gwendolyn St. John and Lois Ricci.

She is survived by her children, Ellen Chandler of Arcade, Claire (William) Smith of South Carolina, and Donald C. Stevenson of Albion; brother-in-law, David (Anne) Stevenson of Florida; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Ruth’s memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 26 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411, on Wed., Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Private interment will take place in Mt. Albion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church; or to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

Ruth’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted November 15 2018
Barbara Caldwell Harling

“Live, love, laugh” was a lifelong philosophy of Barbara Caldwell Harling, who passed away on Nov. 12, 2018. Her passions for life included driving her Mustang convertible, riding horses, walking on the beach, spending time with family, and a very dry sense of humor – which she generously shared with all who knew her.

Barbara was born on Sept. 7, 1930 in Albion, a small town on the Erie Canal, where she attended a one-room cobblestone school house. A voracious reader and eager student, she skipped early grades and graduated from Albion High School at age 15. Barbara and her husband, Wells Harling, were married at Albion First Baptist Church in 1950 and lived on the family farm before moving to town. They got “sand in their shoes” and moved in 1968 to St. Petersburg, Fla., where they raised their daughters, Linda and Bonnie. Barbara and Wells enjoyed their retirement in Inverness, Fla., along with several vacations and visits to family. Six months ago, she decided to move to a wonderful independent living facility in Viera, Fla., where she made new friends and enjoyed multiple activities, like swimming in the pool.

Barbara is survived by her daughters, Linda (Chuck) Calvo Kimbell of Greensboro, Ga. and Bonnie (Bob) Pruett of Viera, Fla. Barbara’s grandsons, Jason and Fernando Calvo in Georgia, together with Bobby and Brian Pruett in Florida, blessed her with 11 great-grandchildren. They all called her Lala – a source of unconditional love, validation and laughter. Barbara is also survived by her beloved brother, Ace (Sandy) Caldwell of western New York. She will be missed by her deceased husband’s brother, Dr. Ronald Harling and his wife Sue, who have graciously hosted her many visits to Albion over the years.

Memorial services will be held Sat., Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home. 5400 Village Drive, Viera FL 32955. Please call 321-635-1973 for more information.

You may sign Barbara’s guestbook at www.beckmanwilliamson.com.


 

Posted November 14 2018
Dianna Lee Massey

Dianna Lee Massey passed away on Nov. 10, 2018 at Buffalo General Hospital after a long illness. She was born Sept. 7, 1944 to Carl and Norma McPherson.

Dianna retired from Fisher-Price and then worked at the Robert H. Newell Shirt Company as an embroiderer. She loved her family, reading, painting ceramics, and visits from her friends.

In addition to her parents, Dianna was predeceased by her brother, Duane McPherson; and her sister-in-law, Linda McPherson.

Dianna is survived by her brother, Carl McPherson; sisters, Charlene Payne and Donna (Roland) Thompson; sister-in-law, Becky McPherson; nieces and nephews, Faith McPherson, Steven (Serena) McPherson, Scott (Tammy) McPherson, Sandra (Chris) Belson, Paula (Troy) Webb, Patty Shaulis, Shawn (Janet) Ingalsbe, Shari (Michael) Maak, Shannon (Shelby) McPherson and Charlene (Maurice) McPherson-Goldner; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews.

Per Dianna’s wishes, there will be no service.