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Posted May 19 2022
Betty E. Valentine

FANCHER – Betty E. Valentine, 95, passed away May 19, 2022 with her family at her side. She was born March 3, 1927 in Ridgeway to the late Earl and Minnie (Schultz) Prest.

Betty worked at GE in Brockport for many years before she retired in 1986. She was an active member of St. Mary’s Church in Holley and the Albion Senior Citizens. Elmer and Betty spent many years wintering in Florida, something they enjoyed very much. Betty like to spend her spare time reading, but most of all time with her family was her favorite.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Elmer in 2006, grandson, Evan Valentine in 2021, several brothers, sisters and in-laws.

Betty is survived by her children, Connie (Darryl) Dunlap, Neil (Diane) Valentine, Bonnie (James) West, grandchildren, Timothy (Crystal) and Christopher (Megan) West; great-grandchildren, Chloe, Adrionna, Alexis, and Emma; sister, Irene Rouse as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, 16650 State Route 31 Holley, NY 14470 on Sunday, May 22nd, from 1 to 4 p.m. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 9 S. Main St. Holley, NY 14470 on Monday, May 23rd, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Albion.

Memorial contributions in Betty’s name may be made to Supportive Care of Orleans, 14080 State Route 31 Albion, NY 14411, St. Mary’s Church 11 S. Main St. Holley, NY 14470 or to a charity of your choice.

To share a special memory of Betty, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Posted May 17 2022
Dorinne M. Prest

Dorinne M. Prest, 85 of Medina, NY, passed away on Mon., May 16, 2022 at the Supportive Care of Orleans, Albion, NY.

Born on Nov. 27, 1936 in Medina, NY, she was the daughter of the late Redverse and Leona (Falls) Luxon.

Dorinne grew up in Medina and married the late Kenneth Prest on March 25, 1967 and together they raised five children. At one time she worked for the former Acme and retired in 2011. In her spare time she liked to crochet and work in her flower garden and walking her puppy “Jack.”

She is survived by her children: Raymond (Kim) Cogovan of Medina, Judy (Michael) Szulis of Medina, Pamela (Jerry) Gray of Clarence Center, David (Tiffany) Cogovan of Pittsburgh, PA, Shawn (Michaelene) Prest of Medina; 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, brother, Donald (Crystal) Luxon of Basom; sister-in-law, Beverly (Francis) Woodward of Medina; and nieces and nephews.

As per Dorinne’s wishes, there are no calling hours and a private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made in Dorinne’s name to Richard Knights-Sue Kaderli Memorial Fund, P.O. Box #684, Medina, NY 14103; or to Supportive Care of Orleans, 14080 Rt. 31 W, Albion, NY 14411.

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

Posted May 17 2022
Richard E. “Bing” Harney

Richard E. “Bing” Harney, 84, of Lyndonville, NY, passed away peacefully at the Buffalo VA Hospital on Fri., May 13, 2022.

Born on Dec. 12, 1937 in Pepperell, Mass., he was the son of the late Francis and Mary (Austin) Harney. In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by his siblings: Mary Alden, Francis W. Harney, Jr., John A. Harney, Charles A. Harney, Peter H. Harney, Robert Harney and Michael P. Harney.

“Bing,” as he was known as by his friends, was an avid golfer and loved to watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. He also loved watching college softball and football games, even if they were from a couple of years ago. He especially liked going to Batavia Downs “when the stars were aligned with the moon.” Bing served in the U.S. Army and was employed by the Lyndonville Central School District as a dedicated custodian from 1979-1999.

Richard is survived by his sisters: Pamela (Bill) Bassett of Greensboro, GA, Sheila (Eric) Linscott of Newark, DE; and brother, James (Suzanne) Harney of Fredericksburg, VA. Bing spent the last few months making special memories with his dear friends, James and Valerie Wells. A day didn’t go by where Bing had a special story to tell or a quick witted saying to laugh about. He loved to share his ice cream with the Well’s black Labrador retriever known to Bing as “Blackie.”

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St., Lyndonville, NY 14098 on Fri., June 3, 2022 at 11 am with the Pastor Martha Mitchell officiating.

Memorials may be made in Richards name to the Orleans County Joint Veterans Council Van Service, 13996 Rt.31W, Albion, NY 14411.

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

Posted May 17 2022
Kenneth Cox Lillibridge

Kenneth Cox Lillibridge, 91, of Kent, NY, passed away Sun., May 15, 2022, at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Clinton Twp., MI.

Ken was born Sept. 22, 1930, in Kendall, NY to Royal and Marie (Cox) Lillibridge. He graduated from Kendall High School, worked as a farmer, then with Kodak Film Company in Rochester, NY and owned a country store with his wife, Carol. For years, Kenny raised thousands of dollars for Breast Cancer Awareness. He served his community as volunteer fire dept, school board, petitions for water line, and was always there to help his neighbors, family, and friends across the country. Such a wonderful man!

He is survived by his only son, Kraig Courtney (Sherry); grandchildren: Michael (Emily) and Kaitlin; and great-grandchildren: Logan and Riley.

Ken is preceded in death by his wife, Carol, whom passed 3/2/2019, and sister Elizabeth Carey.

Ken chose to have his body donated for medical education and research, as Carol had. Due to the lengthy time in receiving remains, there will be a future cemetery memorial service for both in NY.

Posted May 17 2022
Anna M. (Siragusa) Musto

Anna M. (Siragusa) Musto, 71, of Schenectady passed away peacefully on May 15, 2022. Born in Watertown, NY, she was the daughter of the late Benny Siragusa and Catherine McMillian Siragusa. She was happily married to Richard “Dick” Musto for 49 years.

After graduating high school, Anna would then attend SUNY Canton where she received her Associates Degree in Computer Science. She then went to work as an accountant for Xerox Co. where she would meet her future husband on the day they both started working.

Anna was a parishioner of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Schenectady and a founding member of the “Our Lady of Joy” Prayer Group in Watertown. She enjoyed gardening, homeschooling her sons, and hosting Sunday dinners where her grandchildren were always excited for Grammie’s homemade sauce. Her family was the center of her life and she cherished the time spent with them.

She is survived by her loving husband, Dick, her sons; Matthew, Nathan (Jesse Hart), and Jordan, her grandchildren; Amelia, Lucy, and Alexander Musto, her brothers; Michael Siragusa and Patrick (Maureen) Siragusa, Lynne Siragusa (sister-in-law), many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends.

She is predeceased by her parents, Benny and Catherine, her sister, Frances (Gerald) Barry, her brother Benjamin Siragusa, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Chester and Marion Musto, and her granddaughter, Madeline “Maddie” Musto.

Calling hours will be held on Fri., May 20 from 4-7 pm at the DeMarco-Stone Funeral Home, 5216 Western Tpk., Guilderland, NY 12084. A Mass of Christian burial will take place on Sat., May 21 at 10 am at Saint Madeleine Sophie in Guilderland. Burial will follow at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Guilderland.

If offers of generosity are made on behalf of Anna, please consider; Maddie’s Mark Foundation, PO Box 203, Guilderland, NY 12084; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105; someone you know who is in need, or Mass cards are always welcome.

Posted May 17 2022
Sheila Flint

Sheila Flint of Barker, NY wife of the late Harrison Flint entered into rest on Sat., May 14, 2022 in Niagara Hospice. She was born in Jamestown, NY on Sept. 18, 1935, daughter of the late Ernest and Beatrice Stoner Moore.

Mother of Mike (Cindy) Flint, Howard Flint (Molly) and James (Cathy) Flint. Grandmother of Amber (Dale) Cleaveland, Melissa Flint and David Vaughn, Timothy (Cassie) Flint, Kiera (Markus) Campbell, Kyle (Jessica) Flint and Harrison (Paulette) Flint. Great-grandmother of 5.  Sister of the late Patricia Moore Vogt. Sister in law of Franklin Flint. Aunt of Pam (Don) Coates and Kathy (Herb) Downs.

Family and friends may call at the Rutland-Corwin Funeral Home, Inc., 2670 Main St., Newfane, NY on Tue., May 17 from 4-7 pm where a funeral will be held on Wed., May 18 at 11 am. Burial will be in Somerset Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Niagara Hospice or Office for the Aging (Meals on Wheels). Please visit www.rutland-corwin.com

Posted May 17 2022
Colin “Coke” Trow

Colin “Coke” Trow, 78, of Medina, passed away on Sun., May 15, 2022 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia.

Colin was a son of the late Charles Trow and Ruth (Heidemann) Trow. He was born on Jan. 26, 1944 in Medina. He graduated from Medina High School in 1962. Shortly after graduation he went to work at Eastman Kodak in Rochester. Colin retired as shift supervisor in 1991 and then went on to drive school bus for Medina Central School District for several years, a job he enjoyed very much. Coke married the former Sue A. March on Sept. 28, 1974. He was an active parishioner at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Medina. There, he sang in the choir and was a member of the church council. Coke enjoyed riding his motorcycle, golfing and watching sports. He was a fan of the Buffalo Bills and the Syracuse Orangeman. Coke especially enjoyed music and loved singing in the choir and at special occasions for family and friends.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Sue Trow; daughter, Christine Trow; brothers-in-law: Bruce (Kate) March, Douglas March; sister-in-law, Cherie (Dennis) Conley; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by siblings, Connie (Norman) Bruning, Carol Trow and Clint Trow; inlaws, David and Doris March; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ann March.

A memorial service will be held at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Medina at a later date. Interment will be in Millville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations would be greatly appreciated to the Medina Fire Dept. 600 Main St., Medina, NY 14103.

Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

Posted May 16 2022
David L. Spanton

David L. Spanton, 69, of Albion passed away May 15, 2022 following a long illness.  He was born Nov. 14, 1952 in Albion, NY a son of the late William and Carol (Salisbury) Spanton. David was a 1970 graduate of Albion High School.  He was a member of the Rochester Offshore Powerboat Association and was a 30+ year employee of St. Gobain.  David was very outgoing and enjoyed fixing your small engine.  He enjoyed boating, antique cars, mud truck racing but most of all loved spending time with his family, especially his wife Dawn.

He is survived by his loving wife Dawn (Bouchard) Spanton; step-children: Benjamin and Emma Bouchard; siblings: Ronald (Deborah) Spanton, Karl Spanton, James Spanton, Daniel Spanton and Elaine (Jonathan) Perkins; aunts and several nieces, nephews, cousins.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, 21 West Ave., Albion, on Wed., May 18 from 4-8 pm.  David’s funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Thu., May 19 at 11 am.  Interment will be in Bates Road Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mercy Flight, 100 Amherst Villa Rd., Buffalo, NY 14225

To share a special memory of David, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Posted May 16 2022
Maxine Kay Wahl

Maxine Kay Wahl, 84, of Kendall passed away peacefully on May 16, 2022. She was born March 15, 1938 to the late Kenneth and Elizabeth (Whitehouse) Hall.

Maxine was a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Kendall and worked for many years as a Pharmacist Assistant in Brockport. She enjoyed watching television and her favorite show was “Blue Bloods.” Maxine was a great baker, known for her pies and sugar cookies. She loved the color red and birds of all kinds, especially Cardinals.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Gerald on Sept. 14, 2019; siblings: Audrey Pfund, Roger Hall; and great-grandson, Samuel Tomasino.

Maxine is survived by her daughters: Melodee Wahl of LeRoy, NY, Sherry (Ronald) Tomasino of Kendall, NY and Stephanie (Robert) Rudman of West Allis, WI; grandchildren, Jacob (Cheryl) Tucker of Tucson, AZ, Thomas Tomasino of FL, Joseph (Heather) Tomasino of Kendall, NY, Katherine (Stephen) Christner of Batavia, NY, Stephen (Erin) Rudman of Columbia, MD, Shawn (Emily) Wahl of Glen Burnie, MD; 8 great-grandchildren plus one on the way, and three nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, 16650 State Route 31, Holley, NY 14470 on Thu., May 19 from 12-2 pm where her memorial service will follow at 2 pm. Interment will follow in Lakeside Cemetery in Hamlin.

Memorial contributions in Maxine’s name may be made to a charity of your choice.

To share a special memory of Maxine, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Posted May 16 2022
Bobby C. Dellinger Sr.

Bobby C. Dellinger Sr., 86, of Medina, NY, passed away peacefully on Sun., May 15, 2022 with his loving family at his side at Supportive Care of Orleans, Albion, NY.

Born on Dec. 13, 1935, in Clinchco, Va., he was the son of the late Vern and Willie Mae (Wright) Dellinger. He attended school and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1954 and proudly served for 20 years as a Tech Sergeant, having traveled to Hawaii, Alaska, Texas, Japan and Taiwan. In 1974, he returned home, working as a store clerk at the Agway in Knowlesville. Bobby retired in 1991.  He enjoyed painting, going to garage sales, eating Chinese food and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by three children: Bobby C. (Lois) Dellinger, Jr., Fred E. (Rosie) Dellinger, Melissa A. (Phil) Schening, all of Medina; 9 Grandchildren and 12 Great-Grandchildren; siblings: Donald Dellinger of Medina, Ohio and Norma Hartman of Bellevue, Ohio, and several nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, Bobby is predeceased by his former wife, Mary Lou Dellinger and a special friend, Mary Ann Curtin.

Friends and relatives may call at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, NY 14103 on Sat., May 21, 2022 from 10 am to Noon, where a funeral service will be held at Noon.  Burial will be in the Bates Road Cemetery with full military honors accorded.

Memorials may be made in Bobby’s name to a charity of one’s choice.

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

Posted May 16 2022
Gerald K. Pechuman

Posted May 15 2022
Jane M. Barry

LYNDONVILLE – Jane M. Barry, of Lyndonville, passed away on May 13, 2022 at Medina Memorial Hospital. Born October 9, 1942 in Medina, Jane was a daughter of the late Norman B. and Helen M. (Robinson) Hungerford.

She married the love of her life, Bernard N. Barry in 1960 and together raised a family of three children. Primarily a homemaker, Jane also did seasonal work for the Lyndonville Canning Factory. She was a lifelong and faithful member of the Lyndonville United Methodist Church. Jane loved flowers and enjoyed gardening.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Bernard Barry of Lyndonville; three children, Daniel (Elizabeth) Barry of Canandaigua, Wendy Barry of Rochester and Robert Barry of Medina; three grandchildren, Danielle (Shane) Owens, Melissa Barry (fiancé, Aaron Griffin) and Jillian Barry (Jairus Martin); a great-granddaughter, Maeve Martin; sister, Betty (late Thomas) Kelley; and several nieces and nephews.

Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 18 at 1 p.m. at the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, 102 N. Main St., Lyndonville. Interment will follow in Lynhaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lyndonville Fire Co., 148 N. Main St., Lyndonville, NY 14098 or to the Lyndonville United Methodist Church at the address above. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Posted May 14 2022
Antoine ‘Vic’ Vicknair, Jr.

MEDINA – Antoine “Vic” Vicknair, Jr., 77, of Medina, entered into rest on Friday, November 19, 2021 at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. Born January 15, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana, he was a son of the late Antoine Vicknair, Sr. and Rita (Cambre) Vicknair.

Upon graduating high school, Vic joined the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam from 1968 to 1971. He then served many years in the Army Reserves until 1994. Vic married the former Kathleen J. Faivre on July 31, 1971. They moved to the Medina area in 1973, where they made their home and raised a family of two daughters. He was employed by Fisher-Price Toys for 22 years. Upon their closing, he worked for Corson’s Manufacturing in Lockport and upon their closing he worked for Associated Brands, where he retired from after 8 years.

Never one to sit idle, Vic was very active in volunteer work. He was a proud and active member of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion through which he was very active with the honor guard for funeral military honors and Memorial Day activities among many others. Alongside his wife, Kathy, Vic also volunteered with the Knights-Kaderli Memorial Fund, the Crystal Ball fundraiser and also the Orleans Community Health Foundation for the Treasure Island fundraiser.

In addition to his parents, Vic was predeceased by two brothers, Richard Vicknair and Lawrence Vicknair; and two brothers in-law, Walter “Sonny” Edler and Rodney Pouche.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Kathleen Vicknair; two daughters, Renee (George) Lama of Hilton and Caryn (Nathan) Mellom of Beloit, Wisconsin; grandchildren, Aaron Lama, Gavin and Cole Mellom; sisters, Carol Edler, Sharlene (Brent) Guillot, Trudy (Bobby) Oplihant and Sandra Pouche; sister in-law, Ann Vicknair; also several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service with full military honors will be held on Saturday, May 28, at 10 a.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. A luncheon will follow at the Knowlesville Methodist Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Knights-Kaderli Memorial Fund, PO Box 684, Medina, NY 14103 or to Orleans Community Health Foundation, 200 Ohio St., Medina, NY 14103.

Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Posted May 13 2022
Stephen A. Leffler

SHELBY – Stephen Arthur Leffler, 83, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2022 due to complications of emergency surgery.

Born to the late Elmer and Mildred (Bruning) Leffler on June 21, 1938, Stephen lived his entire life in the West Shelby area where he grew up with and later married Bette (nee Caleb) 63 years ago.

Stephen is survived by his wife, Bette; five children, Michael Leffler, Michelle Leffler, Amy (Arthur) Washak, Darcy (Ed) Kaminski and Heidi Kuhmann; grandchildren, Stephanie Prawel, Andrew Washak, Kari (Joseph) Root, Katie, Madison and Zoe Kaminski, Jacob and Melanie Kuhmann; and great-grandsons, Barrett and Owen Root.

Steve was predeceased by his two sisters, Virginia Messore and Linda Mietz.

He is survived by his brother, Timothy (Tina) Leffler of North Carolina; brothers-in-law, Frank Messore and Donald Mietz; sister-in-law, Karen Larson; and many nieces and nephews.

Steve worked for many years at GM Harrison Radiator in Lockport, retiring as a maintenance foreman. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Middleport. Steve was a talented remodeler and woodworker. In addition to his own home, he lent a hand to each of his children to build, repair or remodel their homes. He also created elaborate birdhouses and he was very proud of his over-the-top Christmas light displays. His favorite saying was no sweat, no big deal.

Steve took his family on camping trips for a number of years and then traveled throughout the US with Bette, Shelley and Stephanie logging many miles and adventures. He was always ready for a trip, especially to St. Pete’s Beach and the Outer Banks where we would meet up with family. Steve was blessed to have all his family nearby and considered eight at the dinner table a normal day, not a special occasion. He had a special relationship with granddaughter, Stephanie and with his caretaker cat, Pippi.

A highlight every year for Steve was his birthday and Father’s Day clambake hosted by Amy and Art. At one of these parties it was famously stated “Steve Leffler, the greatest man I’ve ever known.” We think so.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, May 17th, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. immediately followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shelby Volunteer Fire Co., PO Box 1, Medina, NY 14103 or Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 133 Telegraph Rd., Middleport, NY 14105. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Posted May 13 2022
Clayton Pollock

Graveside services with military honors for Clayton Pollock, who passed away on Dec. 18, 2021 will be conducted at 2 pm on Tue., May 17, 2022 at the Hebron Cemetery.

Arrangements are in the care of the M.B. Kilmer Funeral Home, 82 Broadway, Fort Edward, NY 12828.

Posted May 12 2022
Donald Thomas “Tom” O’Brien, Sr.,

Donald Thomas “Tom” O’Brien, Sr., passed away peacefully at his home on Tue., May 10, 2022, with his loving family by his side.

Born July 3, 1934, in Medina, he was a son of the late Francis Edward and Margaret Elizabeth (Kelly) O’Brien.

A graduate of Medina High School class of 1952, Tom served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He married the former Carol Gotts on June 6, 1959, and together, they raised a family of five children.

Tom was employed by Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation and retired as a chief line mechanic in 1994 after 38 years. He also assisted with his family’s business, O’Brien’s Tavern, before its sale in 1971. Tom worked at Cooper Funeral Home for many years as a funeral assistant post-retirement, enjoying his role as Greeter. Tom’s genial smile and affable personality were appreciated by all who met him.

Mr. OB loved sports. He played for the Medina MAC semipro football team and loved to bowl, golf, and play softball. Tom was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Parish, St. Mary’s Church Medina. He was also a 4th Degree member of Medina Council #651, Knights of Columbus, Lincoln Post #1483, V.F.W., Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion and the Junior Wilson Sportsman’s Club.

He enjoyed fishing trips at Lake Nipissing, Ontario, Canada, and spending time at the family cottage on Lake Ontario, often with a Manhattan in hand. A truly kind and genuine person, Tom will be missed by many and remembered as a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Carol G. O’Brien; five children: Donald T. O’Brien, Jr., Patrick M. (Sarah) O’Brien, Kellie M. (Kimberly LaMendola) O’Brien, Shannon C. (Nicole) O’Brien and Erin P. (Rose Marie) O’Brien; former daughter-in-law, Terry O’Brien; grandchildren: Stephen, Amanda, Timothy, Jarrett, Brendan, Mackenzie, Alex, Devon, Jordan and Katherine “Kate”; several great-grandchildren; brother, Francis E. “Bud” (Mary Ann) O’Brien; sister, A. Maureen Anderson; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by his sister, Rosemary (James W.) Cooper; in-laws, Florence and Howard Gotts; brother-in-law, John P. Anderson.

Calling hours will be held on Thu., May 19, from 4-8 pm at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Fri., May 20, at 10 am at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Mary’s Church, 211 Eagle St., Medina. Interment with full military honors will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Supportive Care of Orleans, www.supportivecareorleans.org or a charity of one’s choice. Share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

Posted May 10 2022
Patricia A. “Patty” (Stratton/Ergott) Montrois

Patricia A. “Patty” (Stratton/Ergott) Montrois, of Albion passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 17, 2022. She was born March 17, 1940 in Newark, NY to the late Bernard and Myrtle (Cassady) Stratton.

Patricia enjoyed baking, playing cards and spending time with her friends, family and her grandchildren. In her younger years she worked at Loblaws in Albion before she eventually retired after 30 years from Delco Products/ITT Automotive/Valeo.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Harold (Shirley) Stratton.

Patrica is survived by her husband of 30 years, Richard Montrois; children: Delvin (Marci) Ergott III, Paul (Karen Allen) Ergott, Kathryn (Michael) Gross, Steven (Krissy) Montrois, Julie (Gregory) Hahn; grandchildren: Delvin IV, Jennie, Katie, Gianni, Lydia, Mason, Elliott, Deklend, Aliya; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, 21 West Ave., Albion, NY 14411 on Wed., May 25 from 3-7pm where her memorial service will follow Thu., May 26 at 11am. Interment will be held in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Posted May 09 2022
Donald J. Manley

ALBION – Donald J. Manley, 78, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2022, at his home, with his family at his side. He was born Dec. 24, 1943 in Medina to the late Flagler V. and Dorothy (Howard) Manley.

Don graduated in 1962 from Lyndonville Central School, and later received his Associate Degree in Drafting and Design from Rochester Institute of Technology. Following a period of Machinist Trade School at Eastman Kodak Company, Don spent 28 years working there in the Machine Shop, in Research, and lastly doing Prototype work.

After his retirement, Donald and his wife Judy, spent time planning out and taking a variety of sightseeing trips.  Amongst their favorites were driving across country and back, exploring eastern Canada up through Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, and finally traveling up to Alaska. Don was also a very active member of the Albion First United Methodist Church. He helped to start and maintain The Worship in Motion program, where teenagers were trained to help tape the Sunday service, and then copies were delivered to various elderly shut-ins. He spent 25-plus years serving on all of the various committees of the Albion United Methodist Church. Don loved old cars and working in his machine shop, but most of all Don cherished the time spent with his family.

Don leaves his wife, Judy (Allen) Manley, and daughters, Sarah (Daniel) Melancon and Jamie (Larry) Cassara. He also enjoyed his 5 grandchildren: Shelby Melancon (Charles Bergeron), Chad Melancon, Ashley (Aleks) Nikolovski, Jeffery (Verenice) Bragg and Deegan Bragg, as well as 6 great-grandchildren.

There are no prior calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the Albion First Baptist Church, W. Park St. Albion, NY 14411 on Thu., May 12, at 5 p.m. There will also be a calling hour that follows from 6 to 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Supportive Care of Orleans, 14080 Route 31 West, Albion, NY 14411, or Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621 Batavia, NY 14021, (please include “in memory of Donald Manley” on the memo line).

To share a special memory of Don, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Posted May 09 2022
Laurene Alice “Sweet Lady” Canale

ALBION – Laurene Alice “Sweet Lady” Canale, age 91, went to be with the Lord on May 9, 2022 after a short illness at the Villages of Orleans surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 5, 1930 in Medina to the late Ernest and Alice (Oldenburg) Ruef.

Laurene was a stay-at-home mother and really enjoyed doing that. She was known for her nice Christmas party every year and her cooking. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially attending their sporting events.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 62 years Gerald Canale, Sr. on December 30, 2010, sisters, Aline Smith, Susanne Whittier, nephews, Scott Whittier and Stevie Ruef.

Laurene is survived by her children, Joseph (Linda Jo) Canale, Nancy (Robert) Brown, David Canale, Mary Kay (David) Vagg, Gerald Canale, Jr., 8 grandchildren, Justin (Sarah) Canale, Aimee (Darryl) Koch, Matthew (Brooke) Canale, Jacob (Stephanie) Canale, Robert (Jourdon Sutton) Brown, Jennifer (Ron) Leverenz, Elissa (John) Risolo, Bryan (Hanna Pescara) Vagg, 8 great-grandchildren, Braeden and Ethan Koch, Adele and Maelyn Canale, Madalyn and Mason Canale, Briella Brown, Robert Delgado-Brown, Johnny Risolo, Allison Leverenz, siblings, Frederick (Patricia) Ruef, Patricia (Late Richard) Mott, brother-in-law, Clayton “Greg” Fletcher, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

There are no prior calling hours. A private graveside service will be held at Beechwood Cemetery, Kendall, NY. Memorial contributions in Laurene’s name may be made to Supportive Care of Orleans, 14080 Route 31 West, Albion, NY 14411 or Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church 106 S. Main St. Albion, NY 14411.

Laurene’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes of Albion, NY. To share a special memory of Laurene, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Posted May 09 2022
Raynold W. Miller, Jr.

ALBION – Raynold W. Miller, Jr. entered into eternal rest on April 9, 2022. Born on January 22, 1963, in Medina, New York to the late Raynold W. Miller, Sr and Irene Chase Miller. He is survived by his brother, Daniel (Lissa) Miller of Albion, New York, his Uncle Luke Miller of Albion, New York, his nephew’s Nate Miller and Michael Ayotte and niece’s Amber Miller and Ashley Porter.

Ray was a Lifetime member of the Albion Volunteer Fire Department, the Albion Emergency Squad, and a member of the Albion Fireflies Drill Team. He was a member of the Western New York State Firemen’s Association. Ray received an award for two-time overall training hours for Orleans County. He was Chief mechanic for 13 years for Emergency Squad which was caring for the Hurst tools, boat, and truck/ambulance.
Ray moved to Hollywood, MD when he accepted a position as Equipment Operator with the State Highway Administration, where he continued to work until his retirement. 

There will be no calling hours.  Family and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service for Ray, on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 10am in the Albion Fire Station, 106 North Platt Street, Albion, NY.  Memorials may be made to the Albion Fire Department.  Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home of Albion.