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Posted February 21 2019

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Posted February 21 2019
Eleanor S. Harrington

Eleanor Harrington

Eleanor S. Harrington, 86, of Albion, passed away on Feb. 20, 2019. She was born Jan. 25, 1933 in Randolph, N.Y. to the late Earl and Lorena (Bliss) Seaton.

Eleanor was a fifth grade teacher for many years at Albion Elementary School. In her spare time, she enjoyed knitting and birdwatching, and she was active in her book club. Eleanor also liked vacationing in the Adirondacks.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Wilfred, in 1996; and her sister, Evelyn Scofield.

Eleanor is survived by her children, Kay (Michael) Metcalf, Bonnie (Joseph) Serletti, and Wayne Harrington; grandchildren, Thomas (Ivana) Metcalf, Lynn (Kyle) Brennan, Benjamin (Melissa) Metcalf, Anna (Robert) Cordoze, Lacey Serletti, Tate Serletti, William Harrington and Sarah Harrington; as well as four great-grandchildren.

There will be no calling hours. Eleanor’s memorial service will be held on Sat., March 2 at 1:30 p.m. at Spiritus Christi, 121 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester NY 14614.

Memorial contributions in Eleanor’s name may be made to Arthritis Foundation, 3300 Monroe Ave., Suite 319, Rochester NY 14618.

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


 

Posted February 21 2019
Thomas R. Pettit

Thomas Pettit

Thomas R. Pettit, 72, lifelong Millville area farmer and snowmobile enthusiast, entered into rest peacefully on Wed., Feb. 20, 2019 in the comfort of the Martin-Linsin Residence in Albion.

Born Jan. 13, 1947 in Medina, Tom was a son of the late John C. and Helen (Ross) Pettit. He was raised on the family farm, a legacy he would continue his entire life. Tom graduated from Medina High School in the class of 1964 and went on to attend college at the University of Buffalo. While at U.B., he played linebacker for the U.B. Bulls football team. He also played semi-pro football with the Lockport Travelers. Tom was the owner and operator of Pettit Farms in Millville. He was a member of the New York State Farm Bureau in Orleans County, the Junior-Wilson Sportsmen’s Club in Medina, and the Sacred Heart Club in Medina. Tom was extensively involved in snowmobiling over the years. He was a member of Orleans County Snowdrifters and Genesee Sno Packers and was integral in the early promotion of local snowmobile trails.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen (Jordan) Pettit; son, Patrick Pettit; daughter, Jennifer Tuxford; granddaughter, Allison Tuxford; sister, Onalie A. Pettit; brother, Charles J. (Hollie) Pettit; and his faithful canine companion, Sissy.

Calling hours will be held on Sat., Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his funeral service will immediately follow at 12 p.m. The family wishes to invite everyone to join them following the service for a luncheon at the Sacred Heart Club, 189 N. Gravel Road, Medina.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s memory to Hospice of Orleans Martin-Linsin Residence, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to Dr. Woodlock’s team at the Lipson Cancer Institute at Unity Hospital, 1555 Long Pond Road, Rochester NY 14626.

Please share condolences and memories at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 20 2019
Christopher J. Hull

Christopher J. Hull, originally from Brockport, passed away Feb. 12, 2019 at the age of 56. He was born April 26, 1962 in Brockport to the late John and Patricia (Carges) Hull.

Chris was also predeceased by his brother-in-law, Ken Bibby.

Chris is survived by his brother, David (Bernie) Hull of Holley; sister, Teri Bibby of Holley; nieces and nephews, Elenna, Emily, Elijah and Ethan; and great-nephew, Liam.

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

Donations in Chris’s name may be made to C.U.R.E., 200 Westfall Road, Rochester NY 14620.

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


 

Posted February 18 2019
Ronald M. Conklin

Ronald Conklin

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Ronald M. Conklin, 75, of Hilton, died unexpectedly Feb. 16, 2019 in Strong Memorial Hospital. He was born July 24, 1943 to John and Jelaine (Walker) Conklin and lived in this area for the past several years.

Ron was a 1961 graduate of Spencerport High School and was a United States Air Force veteran. In addition to belonging to the Free and Accepted Masons, he enjoyed downhill skiing and traveling around the world, and he was a very accomplished sailor.

He is survived by his best friend and companion, Bonnie Smythe of Hilton; his son, Mark Conklin of Maryland; his daughter, Karen Endley; a brother, Terrence Conklin of France; three grandchildren, Kasey, Kyle and Christopher; two great-grandchildren; and his former wife, C. Lynne (Olney) Conklin of Maryland.

There will be no visitation. A private graveside service will be held at a later date, with military honors, in Garland Cemetery.

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

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


 

Posted February 16 2019
Caroline Ann Tucker

Caroline TuckerCaroline Ann “Carol” Tucker, 77, who was born, raised and lived in Barker her entire life, passed away on Fri., Feb. 15, 2019.

Carol was the wife of Ronald L. Tucker Sr. and a wonderful cheerleader and mom to her three children, Ronald Tucker Jr. of Penfield, Donald (Laura) Tucker of East Amherst, and Ginger (David) Lamb of Chicago, Ill. She had three grandsons, Adam, Jonathan and Matthew; and a granddaughter, Sarah Grace, who preceded her.

Carol, the daughter of the late Howard and Berenice (Gifford) Diez and daughter-in-law to the late Francis and Dorothy (Allen) Tucker, was born on Jan. 2, 1942. She graduated from Barker Central High School and married her husband, Ron, on April 15, 1961.

She was a member of County Line United Methodist Church, and she enjoyed family gatherings, baking, gardening, and her beautiful home. A number of years ago, she studied tole painting and had a craft shop, Caroline’s Treasures, and a booth at Canal Country Artisans in Medina.

She was the youngest of four children, the late Howard (Judith) Diez, the late Robert (Ann) Diez, and the late Lorraine “Rain” (Paul) Phillips. She was sister-in-law to the late Shirley (Patrick) Ryan, the late Mark (Elizabeth “Betty”) Tucker and the late Benjamin (Alice) Tucker. She was predeceased by her three nephews, Timothy Phillips, Mitchell Tucker and Timothy Ryan.

Carol is survived by her sisters-in-law, Ann Diez and Betty Tucker; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 23 at County Line United Methodist Church, followed by fellowship and a celebration of life from 12 to 2 p.m. at the church. Upon cremation, burial will be at Somerset Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport NY 14094; or to Barker Fire Department, 1660 Quaker Road, Barker NY 14012; or to County Line United Methodist Church, 1385 County Line Road, Lyndonville NY 14098.

Please visit www.rutland-corwin.com to send the family a condolence.


 

Posted February 16 2019
Loretta Heideman

Loretta HeidemanLoretta Heideman, 84, of Lyndonville, passed away Feb. 15, 2019, surrounded by loving members of her family. She was born April 23, 1934, a daughter of the late Ed and Lorraine (Johnson) Manning.

Loretta attended Lyndonville schools. She was united in marriage to the late Alan Heideman on Jan. 19, 1952. Together they raised four children, each one a hallmark of her beautiful life.

Loretta, known lovingly by her family as Grandma Retta, was employed at Harrison Radiator for 23 years prior to retirement. Though retired, Loretta maintained the spirit of a woman in the very beginning of her life. She stayed active, traveling the United States with friends, caring for those who needed her, and making new friends in the local Amish and Mennonite communities.

While Loretta was an active woman, it was in her role as Grandma Retta where she truly set her mark in life. Her charming smile lifted us up when we were down, her wit was there to catch us by surprise, and her blunt wisdom was always there to keep us in line. Loretta understood the love of family must be an unconditional one. She loved well. She set her mark, she fought the good fight, she won her race.

Loretta is survived by her devoted partner of 14 years, David Stote; two sons, Randy (Jan) Heideman and Ronnie Heideman; daughter, Glenda (John Kenward) Dix; daughter-in-law, Maureen Heideman; two sisters, Kae (Raymond) Heideman and Audrey Manning; a brother, Tom Manning; a brother-in-law, Gilbert Cain; seven grandchildren, Serena (James) Starr, Sonya (Dan) Flynn, Chip (Kristy) Heideman, Faith (Lee) Rinker, Jay (Stacy) Heideman, Joshua (Brittany) Dix and Jacob (Brittany) Dix; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Loretta is predeceased by her husband, Alan Heideman; her son, Ricky Heideman; her sister, Rae Cain; and a son-in-law, Gerald Dix.

Relatives and friends may call on Fri., Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. Burial will be in Lynhaven Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Loretta’s name to Lyndonville Fire Department, 148 N. Main St., Lyndonville NY 14098.

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


 

Posted February 16 2019
Teresa Kerr (Kaczmarek) FitzGerald

Teresa FitzGeraldTeresa “Terri” Kerr (Kaczmarek) FitzGerald, 57, of Irondequoit, passed away Feb. 15, 2019 at Highland Hospital, Rochester. She was born Dec. 10, 1961 in Buffalo to the late Harry and Delores (Gesl) Kaczmarek.

Teresa was a graduate of Kenmore East High School in Tonawanda in 1979, graduating a year early with her brother. Teresa worked for Rochester Picture Framing for 13 years before a heart surgery removed her from her job. She was the second president of RACE (Reaching Autistic Children Early), a grassroots organization, and because they helped her find her way, she tried to pay it forward for others. She was a member of the NVIC (National Vaccine Information Center) and was very well educated about this subject. She was an active participant in BCCR (The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester), and she thanked them for putting her back together again.

Teresa found great joy in photography, and in marrying it with picture framing. She enjoyed gifting her framed photographs and coloring other people’s worlds by changing their wall colors. She loved this planet with a passion, and the smallest beauties could bring her to tears (most things could do that). She loved to garden and to help others find joy in it also. Any time was a great time to sit with a friend with a glass of wine or have a party. She lived for her sons and was proud beyond words of them. Even though life handed her many challenges, she still believed “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Teresa is survived by her two sons, Ian and Kyle Kerr; partner, Peter Maushart – she was lucky to find him in such an unusual place, so close for so many years; her second mom, Barbara; siblings, Diane (Dave), Linda (Tim), Pam (Andy) and Heather (Kevin); many nieces and nephews; many good friends; and her chosen family.

Family and friends are invited on Thu., Feb. 21 from 2 to 6 p.m. to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley NY 14470, where her Celebration of Life Service will be held immediately following at 6 p.m.

Even though she loved flowers, contributions may be made in memory of her to Heritage Christian Services, 275 Kenneth Drive Suite 100, Rochester NY 14623; or to BCCR, 1048 University Ave., Rochester NY 14607; or to NVIC, 21525 Ridgetop Circle Suite 100, Sterling VA 20166; or to Marfans Foundation, 22 Manhasset Ave., Port Washington NY 11050.

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


 

Posted February 15 2019
John W. Totter

John TotterJohn W. Totter, 57, of Holley, died suddenly Feb. 13, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born Dec. 16, 1961 in Brockport, a son of Leon and Gloria (Jackson) Totter.

John was a lifelong resident of this area. As a licensed practical nurse for Lifetime Care in Rochester, service to others was a major part of his life. He was a member of several fire departments over the years, including the Hilton Fire District and the Brighton Fire District. He was also former chief of the Clarendon Fire Company, safety officer and chaplain of the Holley Fire Department, and former fire commissioner of the Fancher-Hulberton-Murray and Holley fire districts. He also served several years as chaplain for the Western New York Volunteer Fireman’s Association.

John was also a member of the All-In Brass Band and a former member of the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps. His pride shone brightest when he interacted and spent time with his two sons, watching sports of any kind, especially soccer. In keeping with his life’s mission of service to others, he became an organ donor upon his passing, hoping to give to others who he did not know the Gift of Life.

Mr. Totter was predeceased by his parents; two nephews, Mathew Fulks and Gregory Totter; and his beloved, Julie.

John is survived by his sons, Ethan Michael Totter and Noah John Totter; the mother of his children, Courtney Totter; his siblings, Tom (Kristy) Totter of Holley, Lee Ann (Jerry) Glogowski of Holley, Joann (Frank) Ricotta of Rochester, Janet (Sharon) Totter of Texas, Sue (Paul) Volkmar of Tennessee, Judy (Bob) Fulks of Virginia, Joe (Steph) Totter of California, and Penny (Paul Gaskin) Buckland of Brockport; several nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many dear friends.

The family will receive friends from 3:30 to 8 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 22 at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Rt. 31 (West Albion Road), Holley, where his funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 23. Interment will be in Hillside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holley Fire Department, 7 Thomas St., Holley NY 14470; or to All-In Brass Band, 75 Stutson St., Rochester NY 14612; or to Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 S. Winton Road, Rochester NY 14623.

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


 

Posted February 15 2019
Warren D. Johnson Jr.

Warren Doug JohnsonWarren D. “Doug” Johnson Jr., 76, of Lyndonville, died suddenly Feb. 12, 2019 at his residence.

He is survived by his son, Mark (Sheila) Johnson of Florida; his daughter, Kelly Brown of Colorado; his brothers, Paul (Shelly) Johnson of Albion and Jeffrey (Lynne) Johnson of Lyndonville; his sisters, Sharon Pratt of Canandaigua and Patricia (James Plummer) Melvin of Cicero, N.Y.; his granddaughter, Ashleigh Brown; as well as several nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation. Private service and interment will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

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

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


 

Posted February 15 2019
Karen McAvoy

Karen McAvoy

Karen McAvoy, 72, of Middleport, passed away peacefully Feb. 14, 2019 and is now in the hands of God. Karen was born May 30, 1946 in Medina, a daughter of the late Francis and Bernice (McCabe) Kubatek. Karen was a 1964 graduate of Royalton-Hartland High School and a member of Holy Trinity Parish-St. Stephen’s Worship Site. She retired from BernzOmatic in Medina, and she was united in marriage to Dennis McAvoy on Oct. 5, 2001. Karen enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis; daughter, Jennifer Slattery; stepchildren, Christopher (Debi) McAvoy and Michael J. O’Connor; grandchildren, Jack Bounds, Allison Bounds and Matthew McAvoy; sister, Nancy Yardman; several nieces and nephews; and her canine companion, Maggie.

The family will receive friends at Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport NY 14105, on Sun., Feb. 17 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Karen’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Trinity Parish-St. Stephen’s Worship Site, 19 Vernon St., Middleport NY 14105, on Mon., Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial contributions in Karen’s name may be made to Middleport Fire Department, P.O. Box 94, Middleport NY 14105.

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


 

Posted February 14 2019
Florence Clough

Florence Clough

Florence Clough, 94, of Medina, passed away on Wed., Feb. 13, 2019 at the Genesee County Nursing Home in Batavia.

Born on Oct. 26, 1924 in Buffalo, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Brownie and Nettie (Skarupka) Kraus.

Florence worked for the custodial department at Clifford H. Wise Middle School, retiring in 1990. She was an active foster grandmother for Rainbow Preschool in Albion and was a faithful member of Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church.

Florence is survived by her four children, Nina (Alex) Trabold of Hilton, Robert Clough of Boston, Mass., Dace (Alton) Beechler of Byron, Ga., and Cherie Beechler of Peach County, Ga.; 12 grandchildren, Tammy Zastrocky, Elizabeth Austin, Jennifer Smith, Nick (Dianna) Beechler, Nate (Angela) Beechler, Brittany and Julian Beechler, Krystal and Scott Freeman, Colleen White, Amanda and Sarah Clough; 14 great-grandchildren, Jamal Griffin, Christian, Brandon, Marissah and Jasmine Zastrocky, Tyler Austin, Jacob and Terry Smith, Cameron, Adrianna and Riley Beechler, Krysta, Angelina and Christopher Freeman; and a daughter-in-law, Julie Clough of Brockport.

Besides her parents, Florence is predeceased by her husband, Samuel G. Clough; two brothers, Robert and Harold Kraus; a son, Steven Clough; a great-granddaughter, Sabrina Austin; and two sons-in-law, Terry White and Kenneth Beechler.

Relatives and friends may call on Mon., Feb. 18 from 12 to 2 p.m. at Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Road, Medina, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. with the Pastor, Rev. Daniel A. Thurber, officiating. Burial will be in Bates Road Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Florence’s name to Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church.

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


 

Posted February 14 2019
Eldred Guy Wheelock

Eldred Chet Wheelock

Eldred Guy “Chet” Wheelock, 88, of Kent, passed away on Feb. 13, 2019 at Brookdale Assisted Living Residence in Brockport, where he resided with his wife, Audrey, for the last three years. Chet was born Jan. 21, 1931 in Batavia to the late Chester and Vivian (Robbins) Wheelock.

Chet was a self-employed farmer for 34 years. He also worked for 10 years at the Orleans County Highway Department before retiring and becoming a snowbird for the next 19 years. He was an avid hunter, and he enjoyed golfing and playing shuffleboard. During his life, he served on the Carlton Zoning Board, the Milk Co-Op in Batavia, various other farm organizations, and was a charter member of the Kendall Lions Club.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Bertha and Irene.

Chet is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Audrey (McGee) Wheelock; children, Peggy (Joseph) Bropst of Kent, Marcia (Robert) Murphy of Kimbolton, Ohio, Ronald Wheelock of Kent, and Jill (Fabian) Strong of Hayward, Calif.; grandchildren, Jeremy (Amy) Mikels of Webster, N.Y., Adam (Kristin) Mikels of Westwood, Mass., Stacey Bell of Hayward, Andrew Wheelock of Kent, and Rebecca Wheelock of Greece, N.Y.; great-grandchildren, Mason, Colton and Nora Mikels; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Sun., Feb. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Gaines-Carlton Community Church, 14585 Ridge Road, Albion NY 14411, where his funeral service will be held immediately following at 4 p.m. Interment will take place at Beechwood Cemetery in the spring.

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

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


 

Posted February 13 2019
Joseph R. Ostrowski

Joseph Ostrowski

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Joseph R. “Ronnie” Ostrowski, 72, of Albion, died Feb. 13, 2019 in Rochester General Hospital following a short illness. He was born Dec. 8, 1946 in Albion to Joseph and Eleanor (Telga) Ostrowski and was a lifetime resident of this area.

Ronnie was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a former member of St. Padre Pio Church in Elba. He was a former member and past Vice President of the Four Seasons Sportsman’s Club, loved spending time outdoors, and was a passionate lover of animals.

He is survived by his siblings, Elaine Ostrowski of Albion and Paul (Laura) Ostrowski of Greece; his aunt, Shirley Zambito; his niece, Alexandra (Lucas) Allamon of Virginia; his nephew, Mark Ostrowski of Tennessee; his great-nephews, Greyson and Ezra Allamon; as well as many cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Sat., Feb. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. Family and friends are invited to gather for Ronnie’s Mass of Christian Burial on Mon., Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church, Albion. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to PAWS, 3371 Gaines Basin Road, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted February 13 2019
Jennie Monacelli

Jennie Monacelli

Jennie (Saeva) Monacelli, 96, of Albion, passed away peacefully on Feb. 12, 2019, under the loving and tender care of the hospice staff at the Martin Linsin Residence in Albion. She was born on Oct. 14, 1922 in Albion to Guiseppe and Raimonda (Siccarella) Saeva.

Jennie graduated from Albion High School, class of 1942. She attended and graduated from the College of Swedish Massage in Chicago, Ill. in 1947. She practiced in her home for many years. Jennie spent the majority of her life as a homemaker, and as a caregiver to her parents.

Jennie enjoyed spending time with her family and was so proud to become a great-grandmother to Laine Elinor Harvey. She loved baseball, especially the Yankees; cooking, music, and talking to her friends, and she loved her family more than life itself.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Eric; her brother, John (Millie) Saeva; and her sisters, Rose (Pete) Sacco, Martha (Al) Capurso and Ann (Dominic) Grillo.

She is survived by her daughter, Laura (Larry) Harvey; grandson, Rex (Katie) Harvey; great-granddaughter and the joy of her life, Laine Elinor Harvey; along with many wonderful and loving nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Sun., Feb. 17 from 3 to 6 p.m. Her Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Mon., Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Parish. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411. “If I could give you any gift I’d give you love, laughter, a peaceful heart, a special dream and joy.”

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


 

Posted February 13 2019
Patricia M. Archer

Patricia Archer

Patricia M. Archer, 90, of Hultquist Place, Jamestown, passed away Tue., Feb. 12, 2019 at Hultquist Place. She was born Sept. 7, 1928 in Jamestown, the daughter of Harold and Hazel Aiken Bratt.

Pat was a graduate of the nursing program at WCA Hospital, where she earned her RN degree. She worked for various nursing homes and hospitals. Along with her husband, she owned and operated Archer Lumber Company Inc. in Albion before retiring in 1985. Pat was a member of Stillwater EUB Church and attended Timberlake UM Church in Lynchburg, Va. She will be remembered for being a kind and caring person.

Pat is survived by her husband, John A. Archer, whom she married on Aug. 6, 1949 in Eden, N.Y.; three children, Rebecca (George) Neilans of Lynchburg, Va., Debra (Karl) Heuer of Huntersville, N.C., and Timothy (Patricia) Archer of Albion; nine grandchildren, Dan and Luke Neilans, Sarah Koegel, Spencer, Kyle and Tyler Heuer, Paul and John Archer, and Elizabeth Archer Haibach; several great-grandchildren; and a sister, Hazel Hudson of Arizona.

She was predeceased by a sister, Joyce Lawyer.

The funeral will be held at 12 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 15 at Peterson Funeral Home, Frewsburg, N.Y. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service, at 10 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will take place in Rutledge Cemetery, Conewango, N.Y.

Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

Condolences may be sent to Pat’s family at petersonfh.net.


 

Posted February 13 2019
Lawrence E. DiPalma

Lawrence DiPalma

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Lawrence E. “Larrie” DiPalma, 69, of Albion, died Feb. 11, 2019 at the Buffalo VA Medical Center, following a short illness. He was born Oct. 1, 1949 in Albion, the son of the late Chester and Virginia (Nenni) DiPalma, and he lived in this area all of his life.

Larrie served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a participant in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. He worked for the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department from 1972 to 1996, and then for the Marine Patrol from 2000 to 2016. He was the Range Instructor for Orleans County for several years and also worked part time for the Town of Carlton, snowplowing and mowing. Larrie was an avid outdoorsman and marksman who loved to hunt, fish, golf, trap shoot and snowmobile. He was a hunting guide in South Dakota, where he enjoyed his annual hunting trip.

Larrie was very active in his community and was a member of Holy Family Parish, a life member of Albion VFW Strickland Post #4635, and a lifetime member of Hickory Ridge Golf Club. He was also a member of St. Mary’s Archers Club, the Dye Hose Company of the Albion Fire Department, and the Orleans County Snowdrifters and, in the past, he frequented the Albion Sportsmen’s Club and the Holley Rod and Gun Club.

Larrie is survived by several cousins and many friends.

Family and friends are invited to call at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Mon., Feb. 18 from 3 to 7 p.m. His Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tue., Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church. Interment with military honors will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675; or to Batavia VA Medical Center, 222 Richmond Ave., Batavia NY 14420.

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


 

Posted February 11 2019
R. “Bruce” Jones

Bruce Jones

R. “Bruce” Jones passed away on Feb. 9, 2019 after a 12-year battle with cancer.

Bruce was born in Canandaigua, N.Y. on April 1, 1937. He graduated from Honeoye Falls Central High School in 1954 and went on to attend and graduate from Syracuse University in 1959 (Go Orange!).

His career began at the New York State Agricultural Extension. He later worked for the Ontario Fruit Growers Cooperative, which brought him to Medina. There, he met, married and started a family with Marcia Newman. Bruce became involved in the community through Medina Mini League Baseball leadership and coaching, Medina Football Officials Assistant (chain gang), and leadership positions in Club 651 of the Knights of Columbus.

In 1989, he went to work in Lockport at what is now one of the Basil automotive dealerships. He held several positions, working until 2018.

Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marcia; and his two sons, Kyle (Laura) and Ryan (Heidi). He was the proud grandfather of Jarrett, Bryce, Cameron and Griffin. He is also survived by his brothers, Paul (Barbara) and Gary (Betty-Jean); and his sisters in-law, June Jones and Joyce Newman.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visitation to celebrate Bruce’s life on Thu., Feb. 14 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., Feb. 15 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, POB 631, Buffalo NY 14240; or to Knights-Kaderli Memorial Fund, POB 684, Medina NY 14103.

Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 11 2019
Shirley M. Benedict

Shirley Benedict

Shirley M. (Jett) Benedict, 70, of Kendall, passed away Feb. 10, 2019 at Elderwood at Lakeside in Brockport. She was born Nov. 29, 1948 in Albion, a daughter of the late John D. Jett Sr. and Glenna M. (Baker) Jett. Shirley was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed feeding them. She loved her cat, and she could make awesome sausage gravy. Shirley will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and sister, and as a devoted wife.

She was predeceased by her brothers, Harold Jett Sr. and Richard “Rick” Jett.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Richard; sons, Orin (Rachel Renko) Benedict and Richard (Sarah Bohn) Benedict; grandsons, Brenden, Caleb and Patrick; great-granddaughter, Coraline; siblings, Jim (Ardith) Jett, John (Pat) Jett, Rose Hall, Sue (Steve) Fearing, and Ed (Jacquie) Jett; sister-in-law, Virginia Jett; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Shirley’s Celebration of Life will be held at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Fri., Feb. 15 at 11 a.m.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society.

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


 

Posted February 08 2019
Virginia Blissett

Virginia BlissettVirginia “G.G.” (Bell) Blissett, 91, of Holley, passed away at her home Feb. 8, 2019 while under the loving care of her daughter, Debbie, and family. Virginia was born Feb. 28, 1927 in Hulberton, a daughter of the late Thorpe Bell Sr. and Irene (Ball) Bell.

Virginia and her late husband, Edward, owned and operated Edward Blissett Nursery for many years. G.G. was an exceptional cook and baker who will be remembered for her famous pie crust. She loved playing cards, reading, and her cats, especially Gizzy. She also had a special love for her stuffed “Baby Bunny.” G.G. above all else cherished her loving family.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward; sons-in-law, Richard Scharping and Gerald Harter; three brothers and one sister.

G.G. is survived by her loving children, Gloria Harter, Carolyn Scharping, Richard (Linda) Sanford and Deborah Seiler; nine grandchildren, including two special grandchildren, Brandon and Farin Seiler; several great-grandchildren, including special great-grandson, Kameron Walch; and several great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 Route 31, Holley, on Tue., Feb. 12 from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by her funeral service at the funeral home at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Albion Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105.

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


 

Posted February 08 2019
William A. Renouf

William RenoufAmerican flagWilliam A. Renouf, 81, of Medina, passed from this life to his eternal, heavenly home on Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, following a courageous battle with leukemia. He was born in Medina on April 15, 1937, a son of the late Percy W. and Hildreth H. (Walker) Renouf.

A lifelong resident, Bill graduated from Medina High School in the class of 1955 and was also an active member of Boy Scout Troop 32, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He experienced scouting at Philmont Ranch in New Mexico during the summer of 1953. Following graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving his country from 1955 to 1959. Tours of duty included several months aboard the U.S.S. Iowa and the cargo carrier, the U.S.S. Capricornus.

Bill was a police officer with the Medina Police Department for 25 years, retiring in 1989. He attained the position of Assistant Chief and was also a member of the Underwater Recovery Team, serving as the group’s first president. Following retirement, he was employed for 10 years at the Medina Memorial Hospital maintenance department, and later for the Medina Central School District transportation department. He was a member of Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion and a 20-year active member of East Shelby Community Bible Church. Bill was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres. He also enjoyed watching college sports as well as documentaries and old TV sitcoms.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Elaine R. (Caldwell) Renouf. They enjoyed many trips together, which took them through the southern states, New England, and a particularly wonderful and memorable trip cross country to California.

Bill’s son, John W. Renouf, predeceased him in 1997.

Besides his wife, Bill is survived by daughters, Sandra (Bob Yasment) Renouf of Palmetto, Fla. and Joy (Brandon Taylor) Renouf of Medina; grandchildren, Melissa (Brian Bruski) Stornelli, Sarah Stornelli, Roger L. (Rehannon Stirk) Stornelli, Alexis (Jared Predom) Hartway, Samantha Metz and Emily Metz; great-grandchildren, Alana, Blake, Gianna, Dominick, Adysyn, Allyson, Olivia and Ella; his brother, Ron (Bonnie) Renouf of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Barb (Dennis) Morgan of Livonia, N.Y.; sister in-law, Dee (Earl) Mallette of Maggie Valley, N.C.; stepchildren, Lisa (Craig) O’Dell, Scott (Jennifer) Edwards, Michael Edwards, Bryan (Erin) Edwards, Dr. Timothy (Mary) Feltz, Susan (William) Martin, David (Deborah) Feltz and Beth London; 16 step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends and family are invited to call on Sat., Feb. 16 from 10 to 11 a.m. at East Shelby Community Bible Church, 5278 E. Shelby Road, Medina, where his memorial service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. Pastor Erik Olsen will officiate. Burial with full military honors will take place in Millville Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to The Arc of Genesee Orleans: Camp Rainbow, 64 Walnut St., Batavia NY 14020.

Arrangements are being made through Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Please share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 07 2019
Clifford F. Dillon

Clifford Dillon

Clifford F. Dillon, 72, of Albion, died Feb. 6, 2019 in Rochester General Hospital following a long illness. He was born March 28, 1946 in Rochester to Clifford H. and Ruth (Thibault) Dillon and lived in this area most of his life.

Clifford was a member of Holy Family Parish and was a retiree of Eastman Kodak Company, where he worked as a supervisor. He enjoyed working on cars and, at one point in his life, raced cars at Niagara Speedway. To say that he had a great sense of humor would be an understatement. Clifford was regarded as a “Mr. Fix-it,” having the ability to fix anything. His greatest enjoyment was socializing with and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Stella; their children, Jennifer (Thomas) Ritchey of Albion and Kevin (Tiffany) Dillon of Williamsville; his brother, Roger (Gloria) Dillon of Albion; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Mon., Feb. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church on Tue., Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to COVA, 239 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted February 07 2019
Lynne E. McAvoy

Lynne McAvoy

Lynne E. McAvoy, 61, of Middleport, passed away from pneumonia on Feb. 5, 2019. She was born June 6, 1957 in Medina to the late William and Linda (Prudom) Wilson and would remain in the area her entire life.

Lynne was the owner and operator of Prudom Farms for many years and was proud to be the fifth generation owner of the farm. Farming was her life, and she really loved going to farmers’ markets and talking to the people she met there. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading historical romance novels.

Lynne is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Allen; and her children, Chris, and Stacey (Chris Yeh) McAvoy.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the spring at Hartland Central Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Lynne’s name may be made to her family, 2575 Carmen Road, Middleport NY 14105.

Lynne’s arrangements have been entrusted to Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport NY 14105. To share a special memory of Lynne, please visit www.bateswallace.com.


 

Posted February 07 2019
William J. Rodriguez

William Rodriguez

William J. “Billy” Rodriguez, 60, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Tue., Feb. 5, 2019 at Eastern Niagara Hospital, Lockport.

Born on June 6, 1958 in Medina, he was the son of the late Andres and Dorothy M. (Felix) Rodriguez.

Billy was a lifelong consumer of the ARC of Orleans and was a good friend to all who met him. His warm smile and friendly personality will be missed by all who knew him. Billy also enjoyed attending Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church in Medina.

Billy is survived by a sister, Donna (Frank Weller) Dunn of Lake Wales, Fla.; a cousin, Cher (Lynn) Bigford of Barker; and all his friends at Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church.

There are no calling hours. A graveside committal service will be held in the spring on a later date to be announced.

Memorials may be made in Billy’s name to Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Road, Medina NY 14103.

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

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


 

Posted February 07 2019
Loretta S. VanderWoude

Loretta VanderWoude

Loretta S. VanderWoude, 81, of Medina, entered into rest on Tue., Feb. 5, 2019 at United Memorial Hospital, Batavia, with her loving daughters at her side.

Born on Feb. 3, 1938 in Buffalo, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Everett and Gertrude (Williams) Kumro.

Loretta grew up in Buffalo, where she met and married the late John Henry VanderWoude, and together they moved to the Medina/Millville area and raised four daughters. She worked at the former Fisher-Price in Medina from its opening until its closing. She was a member of Millville United Methodist Church and was a former 4-H leader. In her younger years, Loretta enjoyed traveling; she also enjoyed dancing, shopping, and spending time with her family, especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Loretta is survived by her children, Richard (Ana) VanderWoude of Texas, Kim (Steven Jerles) Dunaway of LeRoy, Susan Gafford of Virginia, Karen (Stephen Dunn) Johnson of Lyndonville, and Sharon (Pat) Cocozziello of Florida; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Ronald (Dolores) Kumro of Lancaster, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call on Sat., Feb. 9 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103, where a memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. with the Rev. Marilyn Kafperek officiating. Burial will be private for the family.

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

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


 

Posted February 05 2019
Gloria A. Rosentreter

Gloria Rosentreter

Gloria A. Rosentreter, 78, of the Town of Shelby, entered into rest on Wed., Jan. 30, 2019 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Medina.

Born June 19, 1940 in Pembroke, Gloria was the daughter of the late Maxwell and Edith (Crawford) Quackenbush. She married the late Egon Rosentreter on Nov. 8, 1958, and together they raised a family of six children. Over the years, she worked for Harrison Radiator and White Brothers greenhouses, and she also helped at the Bashford fruit stand with potting plants and cemetery urns. Gloria’s greatest passions were her grandchildren, and she bragged about them whenever possible. Gloria also loved flowers and took great pride in her gardening. She could name any flower or plant and tell you when and where to plant it, as well as let you know if you were not watering it enough.

She is survived by her six children, Wesley (Dee) Rosentreter, Lisa (Martin) Heiser, Kurt (Kimberly) Rosentreter, Gretchen (late Douglas) Bashford, Marlene (John) Rodden and Erika (Thomas) Enderby; fifteen grandchildren, Hans (Daniel) Rosentreter, Carlisle (Jake) Kodweis, Monica (Eddy) Meifert, Lee Heiser, Heidi (Steven) Kirbach, Reid Heiser, Dana (Eric) Watson, Tyler Rosentreter, Lindsey (Daniel) Frawley, Taylor (Becky) Bashford, Kyle Rodden, Michael (Stephanie) Rodden, Stuart Rodden, Mitchell Enderby and Dr. Hali Enderby; eight great-grandchildren, Violette, Olivia, Edward and Pearl Meifert, Luke Watson, Logan Bashford, Amelia and Lydia Rodden, and a ninth great-grandchild on the way, Mason Rodden; two brothers, Leslie Quackenbush and Alton Quackenbush; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Egon, in 1992; four brothers, Loren, Raymond, Gerald and Robert Quackenbush; and three sisters, Sarah Quackenbush, June Braun and Joan Penwright.

Calling hours will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 9 at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in the spring. Please share condolences and memories at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 05 2019
Kathryn A. Balcerzak

Kathryn Balcerzak

Kathryn A. “BoBo” Balcerzak, 75, of Medina, entered into rest peacefully with a smile on her face on Sat., Feb. 2, 2019 at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport.

Born April 12, 1943, Kathy was the daughter of the late William “Bud” and Vivian (Anstey) Howe. She graduated from Medina High School in the class of 1961. She was employed at Fisher-Price Toys for many years and retired in 1980. Kathy was a very happy person who was always doing for others. Her beautiful and constant smile will be lovingly remembered by those who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her husband, Leonard L. Balcerzak, whom she married April 30, 1984; stepson, Steven (Molly) Balcerzak; step-grandsons, Sean and Jack Balcerzak; nephews, Scott (Val) Wood, Jim (Diane) Ralph, Todd (Nichole) Ralph and Alan Johnson; sisters in-law, Helen (late Thomas) Morien, Loretta (late Leo) Koneski and Patricia (late Anthony Jr.) Balcerzak; and brothers-in-law, Francis (late Ann) Balcerzak and Michael (Carolyn) Balcerzak.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her three sisters, Betty Wood, Carol “Ri” Johnson and Karen Ralph; and brothers and sisters in-law, Donald (Nedra) Balcerzak, Joseph (Dorothy) Balcerzak, Mary (William) Knights, Eleanor (Robert) Rignall and Kate (William) Gunn.

Calling hours will be held on Thu., Feb. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where her funeral service will immediately follow at 7 p.m. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kathy’s memory to Eastern Niagara Hospital Community Relations & Development Dept., 521 East Ave., Lockport NY 14094.

Please share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted February 04 2019
Teresa M. Norton

Teresa NortonTeresa M. Norton, 53, of Albion, died Feb. 2, 2019 as the result of an auto accident. Teresa was born July 29, 1965 in Dansville, a daughter of Paul Dieter of New Hampshire and Sandra Demmer of Batavia.

Teresa loved crafts of all kinds and really enjoyed making beautiful wreaths to give to family members. Teresa was an extremely hard worker who was dedicated to her family and could start a conversation with anyone.

She was predeceased by her son, Thomas M. Norton.

Teresa is survived by her husband, Roger; son, David (Jillian Goodenough) Robb; daughter, Kimberly (Corey VanAmeron) Albanese; grandchildren, Allen VanAmeron and Samuel Goodenough; grandchild on the way, Elsie Clara Anne VanAmeron; father, Paul Dieter; mother, Sandra Demmer; sister, Angela (Bruce) Wright; brother, Paul (Sherry) Dieter; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

A celebration of Teresa’s life will be announced at a later date. Teresa’s arrangements have entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion. To share a special memory of Teresa, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted February 04 2019
Thomas M. Norton

Thomas NortonThomas M. Norton, 22, of Albion, died Feb. 2, 2019 as the result of an auto accident. He was born Feb. 27, 1996 in Olean, a son of Roger and the late Teresa (Dieter) Norton.

Thomas was a graduate of Albion High School. He enjoyed tinkering on anything, especially small engines. He loved to walk and run, and he participated in several marathons. He also loved to fish, and he will be remembered as hard working, caring and humorous.

He was predeceased by his mother, Teresa; and grandparents, Beverly and Leo Norton.

Thomas is survived by his father, Roger; brother, David (Jillian Goodenough) Robb; sister, Kimberly (Corey VanAmeron) Albanese; nephews, Allen VanAmeron and Samuel Goodenough; niece on the way, Elsie Clara Anne VanAmeron; grandmother, Sandra Demmer; grandfather, Paul Dieter; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of Thomas’s life will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

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

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


 

Posted February 04 2019
Ricky A. Heideman

Ricky HeidemanRicky A. Heideman, 65, of Lyndonville, passed away Feb. 3, 2019 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Newfane Hospital on Dec. 14, 1953, a son of the late Allen Heideman and Loretta (Manning) Heideman.

He attended Lyndonville schools. He married the love of his life, Maurine Kingdollar, on Sept. 16, 1972. Together, they made their home in Lyndonville. He was always a hard worker and was employed by Lipton and Associated Brands. He retired in 2016 with 36 years of service.

He enjoyed the great outdoors. He was an avid fisherman who loved to hunt. There wasn’t anything he enjoyed more than fishing with his sons-in-law on their boats. He also enjoyed ramming the roads, tinkering outside, finding great deals and collecting unique memorabilia. He formed many great friendships with the local Amish and Mennonite families, and they held a special place in his heart.

He cherished time with his daughters and grandchildren. Along with his wife, they were the pride and joy of his life. The legacy of his kind spirit and zest for life will live through them. He always had a smile on his face and was an inspiration to all who knew him.

He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Ricky is survived by his wife of 46 years, Maurine A. Heideman; daughters, Serena (Jim) Starr of Lyndonville and Sonya (Dan) Flynn of Lyndonville; grandchildren, Nicholas Edwards, Ty Fearby, Riley Starr, Grace Flynn, Molly Starr and Kane Flynn; his mother, Loretta Heideman; his siblings, Randy (Jan) Heideman, Glenda Dix (John Kenward), and Ronnie Heideman; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father, Allen Heideman.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, memorial donations may be made in Ricky’s name to Lyndonville Fire Department, 148 N. Main St, Lyndonville NY 14098.

Calling hours will be held on Sat., Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103, followed by a memorial service at the funeral home at 1 p.m.

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


 

Posted February 04 2019
Helen Elizabeth Hoag

Helen Hoag

Helen Elizabeth Hoag, 101, of Albion, passed away Feb. 4, 2019. She was born Sept. 8, 1917 in Albion to the late Edward Sr. and Nellie (Stoughton) Hughson and would enjoy living in the area all of her life.

Her recent residence was at the Martin Linsin Hospice Residence and she spent many years at The Villages of Orleans, to which her family extends gratitude for her care.

Helen worked for many years at the Orleans Drive-in Theater and worked on her farm with her husband, Glenn Hoag. Helen had a passion for music – Elvis was a favorite. She loved going to bingo with her son, daughter and sisters.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Glenn; daughter, Ruby Budenhagen; and her son, Richard Hoag.

Helen is survived by her son, Kenneth (Margo) Hoag of Arizona; grandchildren, Brigitte (Fredi) Willis, Tracey (Kenny) Pritt, Lorri (Jim) Vagg, and Daryl (Tim) Parks, all whom live in the area; six great-grandchildren, Chantel and Joshua Willis, Cory and Justine Daniels, Matthew and Megan Snyder; and three great-great-grandchildren, Olivia, Wyatt and Arya. She was cared for during her later years by Tom Frederickson. She was the best Mom, Grandma and friend, always extending her love and putting her family first.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411, on Fri., Feb. 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. only. Interment will be private at Mt. Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Helen’s name may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted February 04 2019
William Franklin Gates

Bill Gates

William Franklin Gates, of Albion, passed away on Feb. 4, 2019 after a long battle with cancer. A lifelong Albion resident, he was predeceased by his parents, June (Maibaum) and Franklin; as well as his sister, Donna (Davis).

He is survived by his wife, Leslie; his daughters, Jessica and Leah; his best buddy, Charlie; brothers, David and Ed; sisters-in-law, Donna Mae (Albanese) and Laurel Voight; and nephews, Charles, John Franklin and David; and many very dear friends.

A talented tradesman, Bill held many jobs in his life, but the one that gave him the most pleasure was his own business, Gates Plumbing, where many of his customers turned into lifelong friends. He loved to fish and hunt, and anything to do with guns. He could make anyone laugh. We will miss his beautiful smile and sense of humor.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411, on Thu., Feb. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. A graveside service for Bill will be held on Fri., Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Albion Cemetery.

Donations may be made in his name to Albion Sportsmen’s Club, 3449 Keitel Road, Albion NY 14411; or to PAWS Animal Shelter, 3371 Gaines Basin Road, Albion NY 14411.

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

Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on Ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.

-By Mary Frye


 

Posted February 03 2019
Martha R. Adkins

Martha AdkinsMartha R. Adkins, 67, of Medina, entered into rest on Sat., Feb. 2, 2019 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Medina, after a long illness. She was born on Aug. 25, 1951 in Albion, a daughter of Irene (Goodwin) Smith and the late Richard Smith.

Martha met and married Jerry Adkins Sr. while working at Karaz Farms in Elba. Throughout her life, she worked various jobs, which included being a bartender at Shay’s, working at Associated Brands, and working at a home daycare. Martha was past member of the Shelby Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and enjoyed playing bingo, camping, knitting and sewing. Martha also loved spending time with her family and numerous grandchildren.

Besides her mother, Irene, Martha is survived by her husband, Jerry Adkins Sr.; eight children, Tammy (Joseph) Gall of Deland, Fla., Veronica (Chuck) Harris of Lockport, Audra Hughes of Cheektowaga, Chuck (Jennifer) Hughes of Medina, Jason (Sarah) Hughes of Albion, David (Kristie) Hughes of Lyndonville, Jerry Adkins Jr. of Medina, and Scott (Renee) Adkins of Medina; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Betty Ann (Lonnie) Froman of Medina, Susan (Ron Roth) Smith of Albion, Dennis (Tammy) Smith of North Carolina, Richard Smith of West Virginia, and James (Sharon) Smith of Albion; many nieces and nephews; and good friends, Gary and Peggy William and their daughter, Corina Sword, of Medina.

Besides her father, Martha is predeceased by a sister, Mary O. Smith; and a grandson, Brian McMaster.

Relatives and friends may call on Thu., Feb. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held on Fri., Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Millville Cemetery in the spring.

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


 

Posted February 02 2019
Daniel E. Geiger Jr.

Daniel GeigerAmerican flagDaniel E. Geiger Jr., 92, of Albion, passed away Feb. 1, 2019 with his loving family by his side at Unity Hospital. Dan was born Jan. 31, 1927 in Syracuse, a son of the late Daniel and Margaret Geiger.

Dan served in the United States Navy during World War II and in the United States Army during the Korean War and was awarded the Bronze Star. Mr. Geiger was a New York State Trooper from 1957 to 1977, stationed in Troop A, and was Vice President of the New York State Police Union. Dan was a member and Past Grand Knight of Albion Council #1330 Knights of Columbus, and was a member of the St. Joan of Arc Assembly, 4th Degree. He was also a member of B.P.O. Elks #1006 and the St. Mary’s Athletic Club. Mr. Geiger was always busy, but he always found time to be with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Nancy Geiger and Mary Swindon; and his brother, James Geiger.

Dan is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Betty; children, Anne Andrus, Theresa (Nick) Christopher, Daniel (Karen) Geiger and Michael (Kellie) Geiger; grandchildren, Lindsey (Nathaniel Poole) Geiger, Elizabeth (Kyle) Anderson, Amanda (Bobby Potter) Geiger, Katherine (Mark) Driesel, Christina Geiger and Brooke Andrus; great-grandchildren, Damion and Ariana Lattimer, Bailey and Brycen Potter; siblings, Helen Lent, Anne Kellner and Joan Riddell; and sisters-in-law, Jean Geiger, Shirley Pahuta, Jane Pahuta and Alice McCullough.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Wed., Feb. 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Prayers will be said at the funeral home on Thu., Feb. 7 at 9:30 a.m., followed by Dan’s Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church at 10 a.m. Interment with military honors will take place at Mt. Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Orleans County Joint Veterans Council, 13996 Route 31, Albion NY 14411; or to Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church, 106 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted February 01 2019
Joann E. Grimes

Joann GrimesJoann E. Grimes, 77, of Medina, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and grandmother, passed away on Thursday evening, Jan. 31, 2019, after a difficult battle with cancer. She was born on Nov. 21, 1941, a daughter of the late Henry John Nieman and Mildred Elizabeth (Herendeen) Nieman.

Joann lived a long and happy life with her husband of 56 years, Gordon Wesley Grimes, with whom she had four amazing children. Joann had a very large heart and cared for many. Not only did she raise her four children, but also nine foster children who she cared for and loved as if they were her own. Joann was also a longtime active member of Yates Baptist Church, Lyndonville. Joann was loved by all near and far and will be missed dearly. Her memory lives on with all of us. Although she may not be with us physically, she will always be with us in spirit.

Joann is survived by her husband, Gordon W. Grimes; their children, Gordon Jr. (Bonnie Ferris), Gary (Carlos Ramirez), Jeffery (Lauri) and Kenneth (Donna); seven grandchildren, Amanda, Emily, Brandon, Alexandrea, Victoria, Collin and Ryan; her sister, Linda Donohue (Bill Gilbert); and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call on Mon., Feb. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina NY 14103. The family will also receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tue., Feb. 5 at Yates Baptist Church, 11365 E. Yates Center Road, Lyndonville NY 14098, where her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Burial will be in West Ridgeway Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate memorial donations in Joann’s memory be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport NY 14094; or to Yates Baptist Church. Please share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted January 31 2019
Carolyn Leslie Hellreich

Carolyn HellreichCarolyn Leslie Hellreich, née Haines (Aug. 31, 1943 – Jan. 22, 2019)

Carolyn enjoyed a successful and varied career. Notably, she was the first woman sent overseas by Bechtel Engineering Corporation to Jakarta, Indonesia to project manage the building of their private communications network. After that adventure, she received her Ph.D. from the California School of Psychology and worked as a psychologist in the California prison system, most notably at San Quentin. Later, she became the state’s specialized expert in grading Rorschach tests.

She traveled widely from Europe to Australia, from the Soviet Union to Central America and beyond; also living at different times in Hawaii, Indonesia, Michigan, California, and Albion, N.Y., where she was born and raised. She concluded her exciting journey in nearby Medina.

Carolyn was known for being extraordinarily kind to animals, always making a place in her home for strays and abandoned litters.

It should be noted that Carolyn wasn’t afraid to die, which is probably why the government sent her on all of those dangerous missions.

Carolyn is survived by her daughter, Jennifer; her granddaughter, Sophie; and her siblings, Michael, Patricia and Christopher.

At Carolyn’s request, an intimate ceremony will be held on a hillside farm in Australia, overlooking the Coral Sea. Donations in her memory can be made to PAWS Animal Shelter in Albion, (585) 589-6397.

Arrangements were completed by Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted January 30 2019
Donald Thomas O’Hearn

Donald O'Hearn

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Donald Thomas O’Hearn, 83, of Albion, passed away on Jan. 29, 2019 at the Martin-Linsin Hospice Residence in Albion. He maintained his bright spirit and wry wit through several illnesses, leaving a legacy of joy and perseverance to sustain his family. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Don was born in Albion on March 2, 1935 to Richard and Margaret (Willett) O’Hearn. He spent most of his life in Albion, attending St. Joe’s Catholic School and becoming an Eagle Scout. Determined to see the world and serve his country, he joined the Navy at the end of the Korean War, two weeks after his 1953 Albion High School graduation.

The Navy and his time flying on a P2V Neptune as a radio controller were formative for him. He loved to reminisce about being stationed at air bases in the Arctic Circle and the Caribbean. Planes were his passion; he obtained a private pilot’s license at age 46 and eagerly attended the Fly-In Breakfasts at Pine Hill Airport. He loved playing golf and was a true sports fan, favoring the Detroit Lions and Tigers, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the St Bonaventure Bonnies and the Albion Purple Eagles. Don was a 61-year member of the Albion Fire Department and held long-term memberships in the Elks Club, the VFW, St Mary’s Club and the American Legion.

When he returned to Orleans County from the Navy, he married the love of his life, Ruth (Engle), in 1959, and was devoted to her until her death in 1998. Don and Ruth laid the groundwork for a family that valued the things that they did: taking joy in each day, serving their community, and investing in their relationships with friends and family.

After his retirement from Starkweather Freight Lines, and after suffering a stroke in 1998, Don remained a beloved fixture in Albion. He could often be seen driving around town to pick up his grandchildren from school or, later, motoring the streets in his power chair. He could also be found enjoying coffee, grilled cheese, or his favorite seafood bisque at The Village House, and his grandchildren knew that lunch paid for by Papa was just a phone call away.

Don was cherished by his family and, while they mourn his loss, they celebrate a long life well-lived and eagerly anticipate seeing him again in Glory.

He is predeceased in death by his parents, Richard and Margaret (Willett) O’Hearn; his wife, Ruth (Engle) O’Hearn; and many cherished brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends.

Mr. O’Hearn is survived by his three children, Thomas (Theresa) O’Hearn, Lynn (Phil) Burgess and Marc (Wendy) O’Hearn, all of Albion; grandchildren, Heather (Jared) Hapeman, Patrick O’Hearn, Amber (Wesley) Bedford, Zachary Burgess, Megan (Andrew) O’Hearn-Davidson, Timothy O’Hearn, Alison (Peter) Nesbitt and Kellie O’Hearn; great-grandchildren, Luke and Olivia Bedford, Ashley and Coraline Hapeman; as well as numerous loving brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Fri., Feb. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. Don’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Parish/St. Joseph’s Church on Sat., Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow at Mt. Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to Richard Knights/Sue Kaderli Memorial Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 684, Medina NY 14103.

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


 

Posted January 29 2019
Raymond B. England Jr.

Raymond England

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Raymond B. England Jr., 82, of Albion, died Jan. 27, 2019 at the Buffalo Veterans Administration Medical Center following a short illness. He was born Jan. 8, 1937 in Jersey City, N.J. to Raymond (Sr.) and Domacella (Kasper) England and lived in the Western New York area most of his life.

Ray was a United States Navy veteran as well as a veteran of the United States Army Reserve. He was a member of Abundant Harvest United Methodist Church in Millville and was the owner of D’Chris Janitorial Company. Ray was a collector of electric trains. He enjoyed playing the guitar and harmonica and, in his earlier years, he sang tenor in the Eastman Oratorical Society. He also developed a patent on a window cleaning system. He was a person with a great sense of humor who had the ability to make anyone laugh. He also was a man of great faith and a person who served his Lord with passion. Ray was an avid Schwinn bicycle collector who at one point competed as a semi-professional rider, nearly making it to the Olympic trials until a bad accident ended his riding career. You may remember seeing Ray cleaning windows, wearing his trademark top hat and tuxedo coat, at various businesses throughout the area.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carmelita; his son, Christopher David England of Akron; his sister, Victoria (Larry) Tuchrello of Rush; his niece, Karen; his grandniece, Brianna; his grandnephew, Austin; and many cousins.

The family will receive friends on Sat., Feb. 2 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Abundant Harvest United Methodist Church, 12353 Maple Ridge Road, Millville NY 14103, where his service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 5488 Sheridan Drive #300, Williamsville NY 14221.

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


 

Posted January 28 2019
Alton A. Brabon

Alton Brabon

Alton A. Brabon, 74, of Lyndonville, went to be with the Lord on Sun., Jan. 27, 2019 at Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, N.Y.

Born on Dec. 21, 1944 in St. Regis Falls, N.Y., he was the son of the late Eugene and Arietta (Cummings) Brabon.

Alton grew up in the St. Regis Falls area and later moved to the Lyndonville/Medina area. On Aug. 26, 1972, he married the former Kathleen Kenyon, and together they raised a daughter. He was employed with Iroquois Products of Brockport as a truck driver, retiring in 2000. After his retirement, he worked as a groundskeeper at Lakeside Beach Park, Waterport. In his spare time, Alton enjoyed hunting, fishing, and staying at his cabin in St. Regis Falls.

Alton is survived by his wife of 46 years, Kathleen Brabon; his daughter, Dawn (Joseph) Metty of Lyndonville; grandchildren, Kevin and Arietta, both of Lyndonville; a brother, Harry (Ida) Brabon of Norwood, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful companion, Molly.

Alton is predeceased by his brothers, Barclay, Jack and Harley.

Relatives and friends may call on Fri., Feb. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St., Lyndonville NY 14098. A funeral service will be private for the family at their convenience.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Alton’s name to Lyndonville Fire Department, 148 N. Main St., Lyndonville NY 14098.

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


 

Posted January 28 2019
Edna Woolston

Edna Woolston

Longtime Gaines resident Edna Margaret (Ball) Woolston died Jan. 21, 2019 in Spencerport, surrounded by her family. She was 93.

Edna was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y. on April 4, 1925 to Colonel and Sylvia Ball and moved to Gaines as a young girl. She attended Albion schools and graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1942. During six decades of life in Gaines, she and her husband, Bill, raised five children. She also spent a decade as town clerk before moving in 1993 to Alaska, where she and Bill lived for 20 years. When Bill passed away nearly six years ago, Edna moved back to New York and lived with her eldest daughter, Shari; and her son-in-law, Tom.

In addition to raising a large and loving family, Edna was an avid writer, having penned dozens of published newspaper columns and countless unpublished stories about her life in New York and Alaska and the family she so cherished. She also played piano and, in her younger years, sang in a quartet with her husband. She was beloved for her wit and sense of humor, even in her last days.

Edna was predeceased by her husband of nearly 70 years, William Woolston; her sister, Minnie; and brother, Charles. She is survived by five children, 18 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Her family includes daughter and son-in-law Shari and Tom Hicks of Spencerport, N.Y. and children Amy Hughson Banks, Laura Hughson Pinson, Chuck Hughson, Suzy Hicks and Sarah Hicks Lettis; daughter and son-in-law Kathleen and Rick Smith of Gaines and children Jay, Aaron and Shawn Morrison; daughter and son-in-law Melanie and Andrew Schaffran of Katonah, N.Y. and children Lindsay and Brett Schaffran; son and daughter-in-law Bill and Brenda Woolston of Jensen Beach, Fla. and children Jennifer Jurs, Kimberly Thornton, Nicholas Woolston and Nicholas Brunston; and son and daughter-in-law Tim and Kristina Woolston of Anchorage, Alaska and children Savannah, Shelby, Noah and Charlotte Woolston.

A celebration of life will be held this July at Gaines Congregational Church, which was built in the 1950s by Edna’s father and husband. Arrangements were entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Albion. To share a special memory of Edna, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted January 28 2019
Marie McNeil

Marie McNeil

Marie McNeil, 44, of Albion, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 24, 2019 at Medina Memorial Hospital. She was born July 28, 1974 in Medina to Henry and Charlie Mae (Hannah) McNeil.

Marie was a “craftaholic.” She loved spending time doing arts and crafts. She also enjoyed cooking and the color purple. Marie was never in a hurry. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile and her love for her family and friends.

Marie was predeceased by her father, Henry McNeil, on June 4, 2010; her grandparents, Mose Gardner and Lillie Mae Hannah; as well as several aunts and uncles.

Marie is survived by her adoring children, Shomari Howard and Charlie Phelps; her mother, Charlie Mae McNeil; siblings, Christopher McNeil, Kenneth (Stacy) McNeil, Penny Blake and Angela McNeil; aunts, Ruth Ann Scurry, Irene Gardner, Joyce Ann Bedward and Brenda Taylor; uncle, Freddie Gardner; and a host of cousins, friends and family.

The family will receive friends on Sat., Feb. 2 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411, where her memorial service will be held immediately following at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to her children to help with college expenses when they attend. Please mail contributions to Penny Blake, 227 E. State St., Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted January 28 2019
Shirley M. Nellist

Shirley Nellist

Mrs. Shirley M. Nellist, 88, of Medina, entered into rest on Saturday morning, Jan. 26, 2019, at the Martin-Linsin Residence in Albion.

Born Aug. 16, 1930 in Medina, Mrs. Nellist was an only child of the late Robert and Gladys (Hartway) Maxon. She graduated from Medina High School in the class of 1948 and, on May 15, 1954, she married Richard H. Nellist. In her early years, Mrs. Nellist worked for the Bignall Foundry in Medina as a secretary, and then she worked for many years as church secretary at Medina United Methodist Church. She was also a member of County Line United Methodist Church in Lyndonville. Mrs. Nellist was extensively involved with the Medina Historical Society and served at one time as the Village of Medina Historian. Together with her husband, Richard, she performed extensive research in cemeteries around Orleans County. The cemetery listings they compiled are an invaluable resource for genealogists. Mrs. Nellist was selected as an Orleans County Heritage Hero in 2017 for her contributions to local history.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her grandson, Michael Holden, on Oct. 3, 2018.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Nellist of Medina; son, Gregory M. (Lynne) Nellist of Medina; daughter, Patricia (Jon) Holden of Lockport; and two granddaughters, Amanda Holden and Krista Nellist.

Calling hours will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thu., Jan. 31 at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where her memorial service will immediately follow at 3 p.m. The Rev. Merrill Bender will officiate, and burial will take place in Somerset Cemetery at a later date in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to County Line United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 202, Barker NY 14012.

Please share condolences and memories at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted January 28 2019
Thomas A. Boyce Jr.

Tom Boyce

Thomas A. Boyce Jr., 64, of the Town of Shelby, entered into rest at his home on Sat., Jan. 26, 2019.

Born Feb. 19, 1954 in Medina, Tom was the son of Theresa (Skomski) Boyce and the late Thomas A. Boyce Sr. He was a graduate of Medina High School, class of 1972. Tom grew up on his family farm in Shelby and went on to work as a mason for Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers Union Local #3 in Rochester. Tom was a mason by trade and an outdoorsman at heart.

He is survived by his mother, Theresa Boyce; his three sons, Thomas (Katrina) Boyce, Chip (Ashley) Boyce and Cody Boyce; three grandchildren, Alaina, Caleb and Aubree Boyce; two brothers, Paul Boyce and Timothy (Chrissy) Boyce; and several nieces and nephews.

Tom was predeceased by his father, Thomas A. Boyce Sr., on Feb. 6, 2002.

A memorial service will be held on Fri., Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date in the spring at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Please share condolences and memories of Tom at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted January 27 2019
Richard Wuesthoff

Richard WuesthoffRichard “Rick” Wuesthoff, 71, of Albion, died peacefully at his home on Jan. 26, 2019 with his loving and devoted wife, Ellen, by his side, and after having been cared for by her and Hospice of Orleans. Rick was born on Nov. 12, 1947 in Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich. to Robert and Elizabeth (Dewalsche) Wuesthoff.

The family eventually moved to Doniphan, Mo., where Rick graduated from Doniphan High School. He then joined the United States Navy, completed his basic training in Memphis, Tenn., and was stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas. Rick went on to serve in the Naval Reserves in Bainbridge, Md. He took a job working for the United States Department of Defense at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. as an information technology computer specialist, retiring in 2006 and then moving with his wife to Waterport and later Albion. He lived in this area for more than 20 years. Rick enjoyed woodworking, and he created beautiful furniture for their home.

Mr. Wuesthoff was predeceased by his parents; and by his brother, Martin “Marty” (Carol) Wuesthoff.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ellen (Neilson) Wuesthoff; their children, Cheri (Rob) Lewandowski, Eric (Melissa) Wuesthoff, Marcy (Dan) Nelson and Craig Hartl; brother, Kenneth (Betty) Wuesthoff; sister, Lorraine (Harold) Williamson; several grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation, and a private service of remembrance will be scheduled for a later date at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted January 26 2019
Gloria (Wolf) O’Mara

Gloria O'MaraGloria W. O’Mara, 80, of Albion, passed away Jan. 25, 2019. She was born Dec. 10, 1938 in Rochester, a daughter of the late Raymond and Elsie (Webster) Wolf.

She was employed by the Orleans County Department of Social Services for 17 years, and by the state of Florida for 10 years. Gloria enjoyed sewing, bingo and baseball, especially when Cal Ripken was playing. Gloria received the most enjoyment spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, James, in 2012; and by her sisters, Ellen Wolf, Rosemary Kingsley and Carol Durfee.

Gloria is survived by her children, James “Buzzy” O’Mara of Albion, Pamelia (Rick Heise) Taylor of Albion, Linda (Brian) Burke of Albion, Debra O’Mara of Albion and Brenda “Bear” Creasey of Albion; grandchildren, Joshua (Laura) Wolck, Michael (Karina) Sargent, Danielle (Mitch Todd) Wirth, Alexis Creasey, Christian Swiercznski, Nicolina Creasey, Guy and Jeffrey Burke; great-grandchildren, Josephine Wolck and Oakley Todd; sisters, Shirley Gatti of Rochester and Cynthia (Frank) Cape of Florida; brothers, William (Sue) Wolf of Tennessee and Raymond C. Wolf of Florida; brother-in-law, Thomas Durfee; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Thu., Jan. 31 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, where Gloria’s funeral service will follow calling hours at 6 p.m. Entombment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Holley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Richard Knights/Sue Kaderli Memorial Fund, Inc., P.O. Box 684, Medina NY 14103.

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


 

Posted January 25 2019
Joseph D. Pescara

Joseph PescaraJoseph D. “Joe” Pescara, 63, of Albion, passed away on Jan. 25, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 8, 1955 in Medina to Albert and Betty (Gibbs) Pescara.

Joe was a huge fan of sports, especially football, baseball and hockey. He really loved spending time outdoors on his property with his dog, Robi Joe. Joe worked at GM for 30 years. He was a kind, gentle, positive person who was always easygoing and friendly.

In addition to his father, he was predeceased by his brother, Gary.

Joe is survived by his mother, Betty Pescara; siblings, Linda Muscarella, Scott Pescara and Brenda (late Russell) Witt; nieces and nephews, Mindy (David) Mosier, Jennifer (Tim) Comstock, Todd Witt, Ashley (Mike) Hougle, Joseph Muscarella, Devin Pescara, Breanne Pescara and Olivia Pescara; great-niece and great-nephew, Reis and Mari Hougle; stepmother, Barbara Pescara; and several aunts, uncles and friends.

The family will receive friends on Wed., Jan. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411, where his service will be held immediately following at 4 p.m.

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


 

Posted January 25 2019
Thomas W. Vick

Thomas VickAmerican flagThomas W. Vick, 72, of Kendall/Hilton, passed away with his loving family by his side on Jan. 24, 2019. Tom was born Nov. 8, 1946 in Rochester, a son of the late Frederick and Eleanor (Shaw) Vick.

He served in the United States Army, 3rd Infantry of The Old Guard, “The President’s Own.” Tom was a member of the Kendall Lions Club, and a member and past chief of the Kendall Fire Department. Tom was a former employee of Alliance Tool Co.

He was predeceased by his brother, William; and sister, Marilynn Reynolds.

Tom is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Christy; son, Nathaniel Vick; daughters, Christine Vick and Lara (Jimmy) Rodriguez; grandchildren, Joshua, Natalia and David; sister, Pat (Bob) Pitcher; sister-in-law, Sheryl Vick; several nieces and nephews; and his dog, “Speckles.”

Tom’s memorial service will be held at Calvary Chapel Westside, 2407 S. Union St., Spencerport NY 14559, on Thu., Jan. 31 at 10:30 a.m.

Interment with military honors will take place at Greenwood Cemetery in Kendall in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University of Rochester Wilmot Cancer Center, 300 E. River Road, P.O. Box 278996, Rochester NY 14627.

Tom’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 Route 31, Holley, N.Y.

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


 

Posted January 25 2019
Lisa A. Kenward

Lisa Kenward

Lisa A. Kenward, 53, of Medina, entered into rest on Wed., Jan. 23, 2019 at Buffalo General Hospital.

Born Oct. 30, 1965 in Syracuse, N.Y., Lisa was a daughter of the late Ernest and Cecelia (Charland) Secore. She loved to travel, especially on her many trips to Hawaii. Lisa also enjoyed various arts and crafts, embroidering, and making jewelry. Lisa loved spending time with her grandchildren and her many friends. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile and for never being afraid to speak her mind. Lisa will be greatly missed by her loving family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Kenward; two children, Cora Leigh Ann (Joseph) Wilson and Gary Alan John “AJ” (Melony) Tarr; grandchildren, Jocelyn, Alexa, Ethan, Oliver, Adeline “BootyButt,” and soon-to-be sixth grandchild, Lyla Lee Ann Tarr, whom she was very much looking forward to welcoming into the world; two sisters, Charmane Dann and Darlene (late Fred) Bodway; several nieces and nephews, including Todd, Jeremy and Patrick Bodway; and her in-laws, Clayton and Patricia Kenward.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by four brothers, Rickey, Ernie, Ronnie and Rockey Secore.

Services will be privately held at the convenience of the family. Arrangements were made through Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Please share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted January 24 2019
Helen H. Godfrey

Helen Godfrey

Helen H. Godfrey, 93, of Middleport, died Jan. 23, 2019 in Orchard Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, following a long illness. She was born May 18, 1925 in Punxsutawney, Pa. to Hugh and Ida (Hall) Edmondson, and she lived in the Western New York area most of her life.

Helen was a longtime member of Middleport United Methodist Church and, as a faithful woman, read her Bible twice a day. She was a person who was full of life, which could be seen through her magnificent smile. That smile was on full display when she was enjoying time with her family, as Helen was a very social person. She also enjoyed traveling in her earlier years, particularly to Florida with her husband.

Mrs. Godfrey was predeceased by her husband, Almond; and by her 11 siblings.

She is survived by her sons, Thomas (Pauline) Godfrey of Colorado, Michael Godfrey of Lyndonville, and Dennis (Shari) Godfrey of Middleport; daughters, Diane (late Philip) MacDonald of Lyndonville and Sharon (Jeffery) Hill of Middleport; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

The family will receive friends on Sat., Feb. 2 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. at Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, where her funeral service will be held immediately following visitation at 2:30 p.m. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family in Lynhaven 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 Helen, please visit www.bateswallace.com.


 

Posted January 24 2019
James S. Miceli

James Miceli

James S. “Jim” Miceli, 68, of Brockport, passed away peacefully at home with his loving family by his side on Jan. 22, 2019. He was born April 5, 1950 in Albion to the late James F. and Lillian (LoIacono) Miceli.

Jim was an attorney for over 40 years, with his own practice in Brockport. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing, watching television, reading, scuba diving, hiking, and spending time with family. Jim was a 1968 graduate of Albion High School. He earned his B.S. degree from SUNY Brockport and his J.D. degree from Syracuse University College of Law. Being an SU graduate, Jim was an obvious Syracuse Orangemen fan, as well as a fan of the New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills. Jim benefited dearly from his close relationship with his family and friends over the past six months as he fought a courageous battle with cancer. He cherished all the special moments he spent with his family and friends.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Marcy (Strouse); daughter, Sarah (Brad) Smith of Olathe, Kan.; son, Daniel (Aimee Richardson) Hodge of Gates, N.Y.; granddaughter, Kira Skye Hodge; sister, Joanne (Eileen Pagan) Miceli of Sag Harbor, N.Y.; as well as countless relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411, on Mon., Jan. 28 from 3 to 7 p.m. Jim’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Parish/St. Joseph’s Church, Park Street, Albion NY 14411, on Tue., Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Jim’s name may be made to Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 Winton Road S., Rochester NY 14623.

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


 

Posted January 23 2019
Agnes T. Monks

Agnes Monks

Agnes T. Monks, 85, of Brockport, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 21, 2019. She was born Feb. 13, 1933 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Agnes married the love of her life, John “Jack” Monks, on Sept. 26, 1956 in Scotland and moved to the United States with Jack and her four sons on Dec. 21, 1968. She enjoyed knitting, having a nice chat, spending time with her family and friends, and watching “Jeopardy.”

Agnes was predeceased by her husband, Jack, in 2005; and by her siblings, Sarah, Maria, James, Sonny and John.

Agnes is survived by her sons, Brian (Jeannette), John Anthony Corr (Mary), Stephen (Kathy), and David (Shari); grandchildren, Jaclyn, John (Sarita), Laura, Jennifer, Natalie, Andrew and Emily; nine great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family will receive friends on Sat., Jan. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley NY 14470, where her funeral service will be held immediately following at 12 p.m. Interment will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester.

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

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


 

Posted January 23 2019
Prudence Kielland Pecorella

Prudence Pecorella

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Prudence Kielland Pecorella, of Bonita Springs, Fla., died Jan. 16, 2019 peacefully at home, with family by her side, after an extended battle with cancer.

Prue is survived by her loving husband and partner of over 58 years, Matteo; her beloved daughters, Tracy Pfeil and Sherry Romagnola; grandchildren, Casey (Philip) Randall, Nikole (Christopher) Olson, Jamieson Pfeil, Jordan Pfeil, Dylan Romagnola and Madison Romagnola; her great-grandchildren, Kaylee Randall, Kelsey Randall, Jacob Randall, Brayden Olson and Brynlee Olson; her sister-in-law, Frances Oakes; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles and Phyllis Pecorella; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her father, Edmund Jamieson, in 1942; her mother and father, Marian Frank Jamieson Kielland and Lief Kielland, in 1982; and her sister-in-law, Shirley Pecorella Coffey.

Prue was born in Fawn River, Mich. on April 25, 1939, spending her early childhood there, including losing her father at age three, before moving to Connecticut with her mother and adoptive father as an adolescent. She graduated from Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y., later attending the University of Connecticut and SUNY Potsdam, where she met her husband-to-be, Matt. They were married on June 25, 1960 and moved to Virginia, Western New York and the Bahamas, eventually settling in Brockport. As a young wife and mother, she still became active in her communities and in politics. She was named Jaycee of the Year (1962-1963) in Lewiston, N.Y., was a member of Brockport Junior Women’s Club, was Chairperson of the Town of Sweden Republican Committee, and was a member of the Monroe County and New York State Republican committees. She was also a member of the Barefoot Beach Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was an avid golfer and snow skier as a member of the Ridgemont Country Club in New York, the Shadow Wood Country Club in Florida and, formerly, the Holimont Ski Club in New York. Her highest priority was always her family and friends.

There will be no calling hours. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. Celebrations of Prue’s life will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute Foundation, Inc., Dr. Jonathan Strosberg Neuroendocrine Tumor Fund, P.O. Box 23827, Tampa FL 33623-3827; or to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers FL 33908.

Arrangements are being handled by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home. To share a condolence, please visit shikanyfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted January 22 2019
Jane Dingman

Jane Dingman

Jane Dingman, 92, of Albion and Medina, went to be with the Lord on Mon., Jan. 21, 2019 at The Villages of Orleans Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born April 10, 1926 in Lockport, the daughter of the late Walter and Mattie (Siers) Schuyler, and she lived in this area all of her life.

Jane lived in Medina most of her life and graduated from the Medina school system. She married the love of her life, Kenneth Dingman, on June 2, 1979.

Jane was a production worker at Fisher-Price in Medina for over 15 years in the molding department.

Mrs. Dingman was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth A. Dingman; daughter, Barbara Schuyler; son, David Brady; sister, Marion Schuyler; twin brothers, Harold and Gerald Schuyler; and brother, Raymond Schuyler. She is survived by several relatives and friends.

There will be no calling hours. Her service and interment will be held privately at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice in her memory.

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


 

Posted January 22 2019
Kathy Murphy-Rought

Kathy Murphy-Rought

Kathy left us too soon on Sat., Jan. 12, 2019 with her husband, Harold, and her family by her side. She was the daughter of William (Eleanor) Murphy and the late Betty Murphy.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her sister, Linda (John) Nielsen; brother, Jack (Judy) Murphy; nieces, Lisa (Brett), Beth (Dan), and Rebecca; nephew, Matt (Taka); grandniece, Jessica; grandnephew, Gregory; stepchildren, Sara (Marcus) and Andrew (Caite); and the Dallas family.

Kathy was known for her love of the Wizard of Oz, her Cairn Terriers, the Buffalo Bills and the Velveteen Rabbit. She was a wonderful, compassionate and spiritual soul.

Kathy was a vocational rehabilitation counselor who worked at ACCES-VR, Unified Services of Rensselaer County and Albany High School. She was an unrelenting advocate for people with disabilities.

When she retired, she and her husband took adventures in their RV when they weren’t watching ships on the St Lawrence River.

A celebration of Kathy’s life will be held Sat., Feb. 2 at the Italian American Community Center in Albany, N.Y.

Donations in Kathy’s memory may be made to the Hudson Mohawk Humane Society in Menands, N.Y.; or to American Heart Association.


 

Posted January 21 2019
Michelle L. Mix

Michelle Mix

Michelle L. Mix, 58, of Highland, Calif. and formerly of Lockport, passed away on Mon., Oct. 8, 2018 at her home.

Born on Oct. 7, 1960 in Lockport, she was the daughter of Robert (Karen) Mix Sr. of Medina and Donna White Graham of Lockport.

Michelle grew up in the Lockport area and worked as a hostess for an area hotel. She later moved to San Bernardino County, Calif. and worked in the county payroll department.

Besides her parents, Michelle is survived by a daughter, Amber Betzler Neyses of California; siblings, Robert Mix Jr. of Lockport, Barry (Sheryl) Mix of Middleport, and Laura Dean of Lockport; and several nieces and nephews.

Michelle is predeceased by a brother, Randy Mix.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 26 at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103, with the Rev. Erik Olsen officiating. Burial will be private for the family at Royalton Mountain Ridge Cemetery in the spring.

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