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Posted February 16 2020
Alice Kennedy

Alice KennedyAlice Kennedy, 84, of Lyndonville, died Sat., Feb. 15, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She was born on July 6, 1935 in Louisville, Ala., a daughter of the late Davis and Leovia (Kelly) Redding.

Alice was the fourth of 10 children. She moved to Lyndonville in 1957 with her late husband, Charlie. Alice was a dedicated housewife, mother and grandmother, and she was the family’s matriarch. Alice was an excellent cook who was well known for her delicious meals. She was a devoted and faithful servant of Jehovah for the past 48 years.

Alice is survived by 11 children – son, Charles (Pam) Kennedy, daughter, Martha Middleton, son, Jesse (Denise) Kennedy, daughter, Leola Savage, son, Frank (Mona) Kennedy, daughter, Leza (Terrell) Woolfolk, daughter, Rose (Louis) Joseph, daughter, Mary Beth Kennedy, daughter, Sarah Davis, son, Willie David Redding, and daughter, Marion Woods; 28 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Besides her husband, Charlie Kennedy Jr., Alice is predeceased by a son, James.

Relatives and friends may call on Sat., Feb. 22 from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 3830 Stone Road, Middleport NY 14105, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m.

Arrangements were entrusted to Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St., Lyndonville NY 14098. Please sign the online register book at www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.


 

Posted February 16 2020
Russell L. Heideman

Russell HeidemanRussell L. Heideman, 63, of Lyndonville, passed away peacefully on Fri., Feb. 14, 2020, at his home with his loving family at his side. He was born on Dec. 16, 1956 in Lockport, a son of Raymond and Dorothy (Manning) Heideman.

Russell worked for 30 years for the Town of Yates Highway Department, retiring in 2018. He enjoyed motorcycles, fishing, and working in his garage. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Russell married Roxanne Kingdollar on July 14, 1973, and they made their home in Lyndonville, raising two children.

Besides his parents, Raymond and Dorothy, Russell is survived by his soulmate of 47 years, Roxanne; his daughter, Rachel (Steve) Coleman; his son, Chad; his loving grandchildren, Jessica (Dan) Volz, Ryan Coleman and Kevin Heideman; great-grandchildren, Grayson, Bayleigh, Teagan and Wyatt; his sister, Lori (Gene) Hofmeister; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

As per Russell’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

He will be forever missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

“Dad, I miss you more than words can express. I love you forever.”- Love, Your Daughter

Arrangements were entrusted to Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St., Lyndonville NY 14098. Please share a memory or light a candle in Russell’s name at www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.


 

Posted February 16 2020
Neil G. Fleming

Neil G. Fleming, 72, of Holley, passed away on Feb. 15, 2020 after a long fight with Parkinson’s disease. He was born Nov.14, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pa., a son of the late John Richard and Bette Louise Fleming.

Neil was retired from SUNY Brockport.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sandra Buck-Fleming; his loving children, Ryan Fleming, William (Dori) Buck and Jennifer (Rick) Buck; grandchildren, Jacob Fleming, Julia, Morgan, Zachary and Felicia; great-grandson, Caine; brother-in-law, Rankin Shaver; close friends, Rosemary and Bill Bower; and best canine friend, Gretchen.

There will be no calling hours. His memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 23204, Rochester NY 14692.

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


 

Posted February 16 2020
Lois J. Eckerd

Lois EckerdLois J. Eckerd, 77, of Medina, died Feb. 14, 2020 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia following a brief illness. She was born June 18, 1942 in Lockport to James and Annabelle (Cain) Yates and lived in this area all of her life.

Lois attended Bryant & Stratton College, and she worked as a cook in the Town and Country Restaurant as well as the Countryside Restaurant in Medina for over 20 years. She was a member of Abundant Harvest United Methodist Church in Millville, volunteered for the Medina Area Association of Churches, and was a Girl Scout leader in her earlier years. Lois enjoyed crafting and making handmade cards, sewing, knitting, and participating in her weekly prayer group, and for many years she was an Avon Lady selling Avon products.

Mrs. Eckerd was predeceased by her husband, Robert; and a brother, Robert Yates.

She is survived by her sons, Robert Eckerd of Lyndonville, Norman Eckerd of Lyndonville, Michael Eckerd of Medina and Jeffrey (Kim) Yates of Gasport; daughters, Laura Yates of Amherst, Vickie Patten of Massachusetts, Julie (Gary) Kaplan of Massachusetts, Cindy (Gregory ) Ackerman of Idaho and Rebecca (Ted) Chamalian of Florida; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation. Family and friends are invited to attend Lois’s memorial service at 11 a.m. on Wed., Feb. 19 at United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest in Millville, 12373 Maple Ridge Road, Medina NY 14103. Private interment will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.

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


 

Posted February 15 2020
Franklin W. Rider Sr.

Franklin RiderFranklin W. Rider Sr., 79, of Appleton, died Feb. 13, 2020, surrounded by his loving family at his son’s home, following a short illness. He was born Jan. 30, 1941 in Buffalo to John and Bernice (Beilfuss) Rider and lived in this area since 1953.

Franklin was a lifelong fruit farmer who enjoyed going to the casino, and he loved his animals. He had a special affinity for International Harvester tractors and shared that passion with his family and friends. Franklin was a family man who particularly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who affectionately referred to him as a “Prankster and a Gangster.”

Mr. Rider was predeceased by a brother, John; and a sister, Catherine Ribbeck.

He is survived by his sons, Franklin (Janice) Rider Jr. of Barker, Robert Rider of Lyndonville, and Randy (Cindy) Rider of Gasport; a daughter, Tina (Ron) Newman of Lockport; sisters, Mary LaJoie of Middleport, Roseann McKenczie of Lockport and Virginia (Doug) Piskorowski of Barker; seven grandchildren, Ryan, Cassandra, Shannon, Tanya, Franklin III, Brittany and Brandi; eight great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport NY 14094; or to Barker Fire Department, 1660 Quaker Road, Barker NY 14012.

Franklin’s arrangements have been entrusted to Kenneth H. Sherrie Funeral Home, Newfane. To share a special memory of Franklin, please visit www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted February 14 2020
Norma A. Christiansen

Norma Christiansen

Norma A. Christiansen, 89, of Williamsville and Middleport, died Feb. 13, 2020 at the Wesley Rehabilitation Center following a short illness. She was born Aug. 26, 1930 in Stillwater, N.Y., a daughter of the late Clarence and Hilvie (Johnson) Anderson, and she lived in the area for 32 years.

Norma graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where she was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and was the ambassador for the experiment in international living; on one of her trips she met her husband, Jorgen, whom she married on Sept. 14, 1957. She also was a home economics teacher at Kendall Central Schools, the Director of Head Start in Groton, N.Y., and a member of the Medina Memorial Hospital’s Association of TWIG. She enjoyed reading and knitting, but most of all she loved spending time with her eight beautiful granddaughters.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Jorgen; and her sisters, Eleanor Bergquist and Dorothy Peterson.

She is survived by her sons, Jens Christiansen and Poul (Judy) Christiansen; daughters, Lise (Andrew) Harty and Anne Marie (John) Fraboni; granddaughters, Merete, Morgan, Karen, Emily, Sarah, Jordan, Emma and Sydney; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Mon., Feb. 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, where her Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army, 960 Main St., Buffalo NY 14202; or to Buffalo City Mission, 100 E. Tupper St., Buffalo NY 14203.

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


 

Posted February 13 2020
Catherine VanDetta

Catherine VanDetta, 78, of Albion, died Feb. 12, 2020 in Medina Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was born Jan. 16, 1942 in Albion to George and Marion (Cassidy) VanDetta and was a lifelong resident of this area.

Catherine was a person who loved to shop. She also loved cats, birdwatching, doing yardwork, cooking, and listening to the radio or watching TV.

Miss VanDetta was predeceased by her brothers, George, Anthony and Peter VanDetta; as well as two sisters, Judy Rutherford and Patty Swanger.

She is survived by her sister, Janice Loreback of Brockport; as well as several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend Catherine’s memorial service on Fri., Feb. 21 at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, beginning at 2 p.m. Interment will take place in the spring in Holy Cross Cemetery, Holley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 25 Circle St., Rochester NY 14607.

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


 

Posted February 12 2020
Ronald Scott Weaver

Ronald Weaver

Ronald Scott Weaver, 76, of Pendleton, died Feb. 11, 2020 at his residence following a long illness. He was born Aug. 18, 1943 in Lockport, a son of Howard and Mildred Weaver, and he was a lifelong resident of this area.

Ron worked as a truck driver for many companies in the area and was an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He loved cats and dogs as well as watching TV and smoking a fine cigar. Most of all, Ron was a very social person who truly enjoyed visiting with his friends, whether in person or on the phone.

He is survived by his daughter, Kelly Weaver of Pendleton; his sisters, Doreen Williams of Newfane and Phyllis Bassler of Barker; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many friends.

Per his wishes, there will be no public services or interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to 10th Chance Feline Rescue, P.O. Box 392, Lockport NY 14095.

Ron’s arrangements have been entrusted to Sherrie Bream Funeral Home of Gasport. To share a special memory of Ron, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted February 12 2020
Sandra Michele Kintz

Sandra Kintz

Sandra Michele Kintz, 66, of Waterport, passed away peacefully at her home on Feb. 10, 2020 after a courageous fight with lung cancer. She was born Aug. 22, 1953 in Ontario, Canada to the late Leslie and Mona (Pickering) Kaufman.

Throughout Sandy’s life, she accomplished many things. She was a nurse for 20 years, flipped homes, and owned several businesses, the latest being her marina. She enjoyed spending her time on the beach in Florida, fishing, boating and cooking. She had a great love for animals and was a very kindhearted person.

She was predeceased by her parents, Mona and Leslie Kaufman; and her husband, Steven P. Kintz.

Sandy is survived by her partner in life for over 20 years, John Jackowiec; her dogs; her daughter, Stephanie (Steve) Zalyski; her grandchildren, Kourtnee and Justin; four great-grandchildren; and her sister, Cathy Lewis.

The family will receive friends on Sun., Feb. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411, where her Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m.

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


 

Posted February 12 2020
Susan M. Green

Susan Green

Susan M. Green, 70, of Medina, entered into rest peacefully on Feb. 10, 2020 following a lengthy illness.

Born Nov. 16, 1949 in Rochester, Sue was a daughter of the late William T. and Katherine C. (Smith) McKenna. She was a graduate of John Marshall High School, class of 1967. On June 24, 1967, she married Douglas R. Green, and together they made their home in Medina. Sue worked as a secretary for Clifford Wise Middle School, then for Fisher-Price Toys, and lastly in human resources for Lockport Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, St. Mary’s Church in Medina. Sue enjoyed quilting and baking.

Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas R. Green, on Dec. 22, 2010.

She is survived by her two sons, Ronald (Melissa) Green of Medina and Randy (Jennifer Childs) Green of Churchville; daughter-in-law, Diane Green; four grandchildren, Tiffany, Dillon, Melanie and Mya; three great-grandchildren, Marla, Lilly and Sera; two brothers, Michael (Barbara) McKenna and Phil McKenna; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Edward McKenna; sister, Mary McKenna; and niece, Christy McKenna.

Family and friends may call on Sat., Feb 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where her funeral service will immediately follow at 2 p.m. The Rev. Bernard Nowak, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, will officiate.

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


 

Posted February 11 2020
Lavern Owen Fuller

Lavern Fuller

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Lavern Owen “Bud” Fuller, 90, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Mon., Feb. 10, 2020 at United Memorial Medical Center, with his loving children by his side.

Born on Aug. 4, 1929 in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of the late E. Laverne and Dorothy (Puff) Fuller.

Bud graduated from Medina High School in 1947. He had a fascination with airplanes and took flying lessons at the Marshall Road airstrip as a young boy. He received a commercial private pilot’s license at age 16, and he was part owner of a Piper Cub plane. Bud was drafted into the United States Army in December of 1952. He was stationed at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas, where he served as an armored personnel vehicle operator. It was here he met the love of his life, Doris McMahan, at the Army post rollerskating rink. They were married on July 12, 1953 and returned to Medina, and Bud took a job as a welder at Harrison Radiator in Lockport. He retired in 1993 after 40 years. While raising six children, Bud also worked part time repairing radiators at Walt’s Garage, building pole barns for Agway, and harvesting cabbage with Smith Farms in West Shelby. In addition, he was a dedicated Boy Scout leader of Troop 33 in Shelby Center, and he enjoyed trips to Camp Dittmer each summer.

Bud was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Parish who attended Mass regularly each Sunday. He loved golfing, gardening, birdwatching, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his old-fashioned campfires with marshmallows roasted on homemade sticks. Bud loved spending time at his cottage on Lake Ontario, which he built with lumber from his father’s farm, and he and Doris also spent winters in Myrtle Beach for many years.

He is survived by his six children, Michael (Susan) Fuller, Gregory (Diane) Fuller, Steven (Linda) Fuller, Cheryl (Russell) Cree and Marguerite (Jonathan) Sherman, all of Medina, and Christopher (Melissa) Fuller of Columbus, Ohio; a brother, Paul Fuller; and sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Menz and Dorothy “Dottie” (Edward) Hellwig. He was blessed with 15 grandchildren, Amy Herman, Katie Crooks, Matthew Fuller, Timothy Fuller, Andrew Fuller, Mark Fuller, Meghan Fuller, Kayla Rosenbeck, Tyler Evans, Lucas Evans, Nathan Sherman, Nicole Guild, Tiffany Cree, Hailey Fuller and Brooke Fuller; and eight great-grandchildren, all of whom will miss him dearly. Bud is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his aides, Felicia, Stacey, Jackie and Steph.

He is predeceased by his loving wife, Doris; sister, E. Barbara Draper; brother, Robert Fuller; brothers-in-law, Merle T. Draper and William Menz; and sister-in-law, Patricia Fuller.

Relatives and friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. on Fri., Feb. 14 at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 15 at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church, 211 Eagle St., Medina NY 14103, with the Rev. Daniel J. Fawls celebrating.

Military honors will be accorded at the end of Mass by members of Lincoln Post #1483 Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Butts-Clark Post#204 American Legion.

Bud will be laid to eternal rest next to his wife, Doris, at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Shelby.

Donations may be made in his memory to East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company, 5021 East Shelby Road, Medina NY 14103; or to a charity of one’s choice.

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


 

Posted February 11 2020
Claudia Carol Hall

Claudia Hall

Claudia Carol Hall, 74, of Lockport, passed away Feb. 8, 2020. Claudia was a longtime member of Hartland Bible Church, a past Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, a Sunday School teacher, and a Youth Group leader.

She was the mother of James “Jim” Carpenter and Ann Marie Carpenter; grandmother of Thomas James “TJ” Smith; sister of Norman (Martha) Walker, the late Rosemary Bernard, and Steven (Phyllis) Walker; and the aunt of Jeffrey Walker, Michelle Green, Laura Zorn, Beth Benedict, Robert Bernard, Joseph Walker and Jennifer Mozg.

The family will receive friends at Hartland Bible Church, 8110 West Ave., Gasport NY 14067, on Thu., Feb. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m., immediately followed by her funeral service. Interment will be Fri., Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. in Lynhaven Cemetery, Housel Avenue, Lyndonville.

In lieu of flowers, Claudia requested memorials be made to WNY Challenger Sports, 6133 Reger Drive, Lockport NY 14094; or to Autism Society WNY, 19 Limestone Drive #1, Buffalo NY 14221; or to Hartland Bible Church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Sherrie Bream Funeral Home, Gasport. To share a special memory of Claudia, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted February 10 2020
Donalda A. Wagner

Donalda Wagner

Donalda A. Wagner, 91, of Gasport, died Feb. 9, 2020 at Absolut Care Center following a long illness. She was born Dec. 8, 1928 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada to Alexander and Marion (Tait) Wyllie and lived in this area since 1957.

Donalda was a great lover of pets who enjoyed gardening and being around flowers. She also was very family-oriented, and she loved family game nights as well as being the “mother” to all the neighborhood kids. Anyone who knew her would tell you that her life revolved around being a mom.

Mrs. Wagner was predeceased by her husband, Robert; a brother, Bob Wyllie; and a sister, Marion Wyllie.

She is survived by her children, Joseph Wagner of Amherst, Marion (Bob) Carter of Gasport, Elizabeth (James) Nemeti of Depew, and Patti Fuller of Niagara Falls; three grandchildren, Steven Nemeti, Zachary and Cassandra Fuller; sisters, Jean Donnelly of Burlington, Ontario and Janetta Wyllie of Hamilton; one niece and one nephew.

The family will receive friends on Fri., Feb. 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Sherrie Bream Funeral Home, 4521 Main St., Gasport, where her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. following visitation. Interment in Elmlawn Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimers Association, 6215 Sheridan Drive #100, Buffalo NY 14221; or to Niagara County SPCA, 2100 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls NY 14304.

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


 

Posted February 10 2020
George W. Statt Jr.

George StattGeorge W. “Uncle Furry” Statt Jr., 59, of Clarendon, passed away suddenly on Feb. 9, 2020 at his home. He was born Nov. 28, 1960 in Rochester to the late George W. Statt Sr. and Sandra L. Gustke.

Uncle Furry enjoyed leather crafting and was active in scouting. He was an outgoing guy who enjoyed a good conversation.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his daughter, Molly Katherine Statt; and brother, Scott Statt.

George is survived by his wife of 37 years, Laurey; children, Thomas L. (Kimberly) (Samantha Sevren) Statt, Margaret R. Statt and William P. (Cynthia) Statt; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; siblings, Robin (Norman) Rand, Theodore A. (Azeez) Zorrnow and Theresa (Terry) Daniels; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in George’s name may be made to the USO, PO Box 96860, Washington DC 20077-7677.

George’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley NY 14470. To share a special memory of George, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted February 10 2020
Ted Allyn Hill

Ted Hill

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1965 – 2020

Ted Allyn Hill loved the Navy, sports and his animals. Joining the Navy right out of high school allowed him to travel the world and visit all but nine states in the United States – a lifetime goal of his. On Jan. 23, 2020, Hill died peacefully while watching the sports channel at the age of 54.

Hill was born on April 27, 1965 in Medina, where he remained his entire childhood, graduating from Medina High School in 1983. After enlisting in the Navy in 1983, he traveled and lived around the world, including three deployments — one in Subic Bay, Philippines, one in Yokosuka, Japan, and one in London, United Kingdom. He traveled and lived in several countries and states both during and after his Navy career. During his time in the Navy, his ships, locations and years were as follows:

USS O’Brien (DD-975) | San Diego | 1984 – 1987
Naval Surface Group Western Pacific | Subic Bay, RP | 1988 – 1990
USS McCluskey (FFG-41) | Yokosuka, JA | 1990 – 1993
USS Chancellorsville (CG-62) | San Diego | 1993 – 1994
Fleet Industrial Supply Center | Pearl Harbor | 1994 – 1997
USS Oldendorf (DD-972) | San Diego | 1997 – 2001
Naval Activities United Kingdom | London | 2001 – 2003
Naval Recruiting District | Phoenix | 2003 – 2005

Hill retired in 2005 after 20 years of service in the Navy. After his retirement, he worked at the Veterans Administration in Phoenix, Ariz.; Prescott Valley, Ariz.; and finally in Helena, Mont. In 2009, he received his bachelor of science degree in business information systems from the University of Phoenix.

Ted enjoyed spending time watching sports. Some of his favorites were Buffalo Bills football, Pittsburgh Pirates baseball, and Arizona State University basketball. He also loved spending time with his cat, Cali, often roaming around with her outside finding critters and beautiful places together.

Ted truly was one of a kind. His love for all living creatures was a noble attribute, and his quick-witted humor will never be forgotten. Friends described him as a wonderful person with a heart of gold who will truly be missed.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Raymond Hill.

He is survived by his mother, Nellie Hill; stepfather, Jim Breitkopf; grandmother, Aeda Hill; uncle and aunt, Roger and Mary Hill; cousins, Amanda Hill (Nick Elms), Sarah and Tim Douglass; great-aunts and great-uncle, Nellie Culbertson, Jeanne Shepherd, Bobby and Pat Loring; and many Hill and Loring cousins.

Fair winds and following seas, Ted. We will miss you!


 

Posted February 09 2020
Sharon J. Udell

Sharon UdellSharon J. “Robyn” Udell, 65, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Sat., Feb. 8, 2020 at her home. She was born on March 27, 1954 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Jessie and Blanch Eaton.

Robyn graduated from Newfane Central High School and then earned her associate degree in business management from the University at Buffalo. She worked various jobs, including being a nurse’s aide at Mount Saint Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston, from which she retired in 2019. Robyn was a very artistic person who enjoyed coloring and playing Candy Crush. She was an avid Buffalo Bills fan, and she loved being a grandmother.

Robyn is survived by her husband, Richard Udell of Gasport; a son, James Hatrick of Medina; a daughter, Wendy (Scott Iles) Dickenson of Wilson; a son, Craig (Leah) Udell of Gasport; eight grandchildren, Owen and Ian Mank, Troy, Warren, Marshall, Colin, Ava and Hunter; and a brother, Rod (Mary Powell) Eaton of Connecticut.

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

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


 

Posted February 09 2020
Loretta (Luxon) Draper

Loretta DraperLoretta (Luxon) Draper, 85, of Medina, passed away peacefully Feb. 9, 2020 at her home. She was born Aug. 8, 1934 in Appleton, a daughter of the late Lee and Edna (Brown) Denny.

Loretta loved spending time with her family, playing cards, shooting pool, reading, and watching stories and Lawrence Welk. She also enjoyed visits from her brother, Melvin.

She was predeceased by her husband, Redvers Luxon Jr.; son, Randy Luxon; son-in-law, Robert Schuck; sister, Brenda; and brother, Lee.

Loretta is survived by her husband, Kenneth; children, Terry Luxon of North Carolina, Sandy (Douglas) Sitzer of Albion, Bonnie Schuck of Medina, Jeffery (Susan) Luxon of Medina and Tammy (Ray) Chase of Medina; brother, Melvin (Kathleen) Denny; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Tue., Feb. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. (dress casual), followed by her funeral service at 7 p.m. Interment will be in Bates Road Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the family.

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


 

Posted February 09 2020
Frances E. Stafford

Frances StaffordFrances E. “Granny” Stafford, 68, of Lyndonville, passed away after a long illness at Strong Memorial Hospital on Feb. 8, 2020, with her loving family by her side. She was born May 4, 1951 to the late Robert and Patricia (McGurn) Conley.

Granny enjoyed making jewelry and antiquing, and her greatest joy was being a granny.

Granny is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Lynn; children, Rebecca (Christian) Reynolds, Brandon Stafford and Jenna (Justin) Davis; grandchildren, Renee, Rachael, Tessa, Justin and Adara; siblings, Mary (late Thomas) Samsel and Robert Conley; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Mon., Feb. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411, where her Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m.

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


 

Posted February 08 2020
Leatha Taber

Leatha TaberLeatha Louise Martin Taber’s 45-year battle with multiple sclerosis ended on Feb. 8, 2020. She was born in Hamilton, Ontario on Oct. 11, 1952.

She was a 1970 graduate of Albion High School and received her B.A in English from Buffalo State College in 1974. Her entire career was spent with the Orleans County Department of Social Services. Reading was her passion, as well as any British murder mystery on PBS.

She is survived by her best friend and husband of 42 years, Tom Taber; their son, Ian Martin Taber; and several brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews. She also leaves behind her very special friends, Bonnie Hopkins Watson and Kristi Chilson.

Per her wishes, there will be no calling hours or services. A private burial of her ashes will take place near the top of Mt. Albion Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial donations may be made to the M.S. support group in care of Susan Weese, 110 Lakewood Village, Medina NY 14103.

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


 

Posted February 08 2020
James A. Bissing

James BissingJames A. Bissing, 73, of Alexander, entered into rest on Sat., Feb. 1, 2020. He was born Dec. 17, 1946 in Buffalo, a son of the late Clayton and Mary Bissing.

An animal lover, he farmed for many years and raised a variety of animals. Jim was also employed by Genesee Valley BOCES in Batavia as a courier. He enjoyed going to fairs and auctions, and being involved with 4-H.

He was predeceased by his wife, Frances A. (Goleski) Bissing, on Dec. 11, 2011.

He is survived by his two daughters, Jamie (Jared) Ingersoll and Jennifer Bissing; and four grandchildren, Lillie Bissing, Chloe Ingersoll, Flynn Ingersoll and Austin Bissing.

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

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


 

Posted February 05 2020
Carol A. Graham

Carol Graham

Carol A. Graham, 73, of Fayetteville, N.C., passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 1, 2020. She was born June 20, 1946, the daughter of Russell E. and Mary Young of Medina.

She graduated from Medina High School in 1964. After graduating, she worked at S.A. Cook until it closed, and then went to work at the Medina Memorial Hospital Dietary Department. She moved down South in the early 1990s.

She is survived by her husband, Gene Graham, and his children, Sheila and Gene Jr.; her brother, Russell D. (Colleen) Young; her sister, Betty Sissell of Littleton, Colo.; nephews and nieces, Scott, Wendy, Arianna and Thomas (who used to call her “Aunt Cha Cha Cha”); two cousins, Eddie Jo and Terry Krysinski; niece, Danell (Edmund) VanDeGenachte; nephew, Scott (Lynda) Young; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 15 at Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship, 5329 S. Gravel Road, Medina.


 

Posted February 04 2020
Irma Pagan Williams

Irma Williams

Irma Pagan Williams, 82, peacefully entered into rest with her family by her side and the sun’s rays kissing her cheek on Jan. 23, 2020 at Eastern Niagara Hospital.

She is predeceased by her loving husband, Lewis J. Williams; granddaughter, Tanya Rissew; eight sisters; seven brothers; and her parents, Claudimido Pagan and Antonia Santiago.

Irma worked for Community Action Inc. of Orleans County in the late 1960s, helping others; and for the former S.A. Cook Co. in the 1970s as a seamstress. She was fondly known for her sewing talent at her business, Custom Upholstering in Middleport, N.Y. and Titusville, Fla. She also enjoyed sewing quilts and embroidering pillowcases for family and friends. Irma’s travels with her husband took her down the east coast and across the country, eventually returning to New York to be with family in 2016. Their adventures together were never-ending.

Irma is survived by her daughter, Alice (Jeff) Marciszewski; special daughter, Donna Hillman; son, Marty Smith; stepsons, Tommy Williams, Robert (Deanna) Williams, and Michael (Sue) Williams; siblings, Gloria Pagan and Felix Pagan; very special niece, Annette Lopez; special brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Judy Williams; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Irma did not wish for a funeral service. Rather, she always found ways of giving back to others, and she has given herself to Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. She will be received by the Roman Catholic Diocese and buried in consecrated ground at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Dementia Society of America; or to PAWS Animal Shelter in Albion.


 

Posted February 01 2020
Lawrence J. Bale

Lawrence BaleLawrence J. “Larry” Bale, 65, of Knowlesville, died Jan. 31, 2020 at his home following a short illness, with his wife, children and grandchildren by his side. He was born Feb. 25, 1954 to Raymond and Beatrice Bale and was a lifelong resident of this area.

Larry was a former peace officer for the Village of Lyndonville in the 1970s. He also served as a member of the Orleans County Auxiliary Police and worked as a park ranger at Lakeside State Park. He was also a former member of the Ridgeway Fire Department but, by far, his favorite job and passion was working as a farm equipment operator for Kast Farms. Larry’s passion for giving back to his community was an important part of his life, and he instilled it in many, especially his boys, by always abiding by the principle of creating leaders, not followers.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jeanne; his sons, David (Janelle) McAdoo of Barker, Travis (Melanie Lusk) McAdoo of Medina, Matthew (Jennifer) McAdoo of Middleport and Christian (Jena Hemphill) Bale of Albion; brothers, John Bale of Lyndonville, Bill Bale of Medina and Jeff Bale of Lyndonville; sister, Dawn (Gary) Marciszewski of Medina; four grandchildren, Baileigh, Riley, Piper and Karina; as well as several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Larry’s life on Sat., Feb. 8 beginning at 11 a.m. at Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Road, Medina NY 14103. Interment in West Ridgeway Cemetery will take place at the convenience of the family.

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

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


 

Posted January 31 2020
Sherry Lynn McMillan

Sherry McMillanSherry Lynn McMillan, 50, of Albion, passed away unexpectedly on the morning of Jan. 31, 2020. She was born Aug. 9, 1969 in Florida to John and Donna (Zeigler) McMillan.

Sherry was a great person, and she will be loved and missed by countless people.

In addition to her father, Sherry was predeceased by her sister, Pam.

Sherry is survived by her children, Christopher, Paul, Aisley and Jordyn; her mother, Donna McMillan; and sister, Bonnie Ali.

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

Sherry’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411. To share a special memory of Sherry, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted January 30 2020
Linda G. Krug

Linda Krug

Linda G. Krug, 72, of Medina, ended her worldly journey on Tue., Jan. 28, 2020.

Born June 24, 1947 in Buffalo, Linda was a daughter of the late David A. and Isabel H. (Godfrey) Roberts. She grew up on Grand Island. Upon graduating from high school, she went on to attend Erie County Technical Institute (now ECC), where she met the love of her life, William J. Krug. The couple married on May 12, 1967. Together, they moved to the Medina area, where they raised their family of three daughters. Linda was very much in tune with nature and was a very spiritual person. A talented artist, Linda enjoyed writing poetry and painting. She loved to garden, was very interested in genealogy, and loved family gatherings. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her loving family, which gave her great meaning and purpose in life.

Linda is survived by her beloved husband of nearly 53 years, Bill Krug; her loving daughters, Doreen (Chris) Pilarski, Karen Krug and Cheryl (Blaine) Wirth; grandchildren, David Krug (Tiffani Durow), Danielle Wirth (Mitch Todd), Jacob Kurzawski, Josephine Conn (Desmond Lopez) and Savanah Wirth; a great-grandson, Oakley Todd; a brother, John Roberts; brothers-in-law, Thomas Krug and Michael (Barbara) Krug; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and her special dog, Charlie.

In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her siblings, Jean (Art) MacAuley, Shirley (Bob) Ervin and James Roberts.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tue., Feb. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Her memorial service will immediately follow at 6 p.m., with Rev. Dr. William Wilkinson officiating.

Memorial donations in Linda’s memory may be made to National Kidney Foundation, 1344 University Ave., Suite 270, Rochester NY 14607; or to American Heart Association., PO Box 417005, Boston MA 02241.

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


 

Posted January 30 2020
Joan Z. Hudson

Joan Hudson

Joan Z. Hudson, of Albion, went to be with the Lord peacefully on Jan. 26, 2020 after a very brief stay at Hospice of Orleans.

Joan was born in Kendall on May 17, 1929 to Dorothy and Earl Zorn. Her early years were spent at the County House, where her Dad was employed. Later, the family moved to the Albion Eagle Harbor Road farm, where she lived until completing her elementary education degree at Brockport State Teachers College. In the meantime, she attended the Gaines Basin Road one-room school and Albion High School.

Joan started her teaching career in Nunda, N.Y. On Aug. 12, 1950, she and William H. Hudson were married at First Baptist Church in Albion. In October 1951, Mark arrived, and Gail was born in February 1954. Once Mark and Gail were in school, Joan resumed her teaching career and taught kindergarten for many years in Albion.

Joan and Bill enjoyed almost 63 years of marriage. While family was always her first priority, Joan was very active in the life of First Baptist Church and, later, in Barre Center Presbyterian Church. She and Bill had a passion for traveling, which took them to many far-off places around the world. In addition to being an excellent cook, Joan enjoyed square dancing, bowling, collectibles, parties and outings with friends, and attending Bills games in the Super Bowl years. Joan was known for her quick wit and, at times, her uncontrollable fits of laughter.

Joan was predeceased by Bill in 2013.

She is survived by Mark and Ellen Hudson of Louisville, Ky.; Gail and Bill Allen of Waterport; five grandchildren, Eric (Becky), Michael (Paula), Kory (Gina), Brian (Naomi), and Joanna (Jonathan); 10 great-grandchildren, Bailey, Dylan, Brady, Cody, Grace, Simon, Emma, Gabriel, Silas and Caleb; and nieces, Sharon and Barbara and their families.

The family would like to thank longtime neighbors Mike and Kyrs Elam for their help over the years. We would also like to thank the staff of The Willows for taking such good care of Mom, Granny and Great Grammy for the last 20 months, and Hospice of Orleans for the care they provided during Joan’s last days. Finally, a big thank you to Marita Dumrese, to whom Joan was affectionately known as “Zippy,” for the hours and hours of care and companionship.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later, warmer and less snowy date.

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

Joan’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411. To share a special memory of Joan, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted January 29 2020
William G. Rush

William RushWilliam G. “Bill” Rush, 46, of Albion, died Jan. 29, 2020, suddenly after a brief illness, in Medina Memorial Hospital. He was born June 12, 1973 in Albion, a son of Roger and Eleanor (Minckley) Rush, and he was a lifelong resident of this area.

Bill was a self-employed painting contractor who had a great love of the outdoors. As an outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing, snowmobiling, spending time at Dear Camp, and hanging out with his friends. He also loved to cook, and he especially enjoyed smoking various foods and cooking BBQ. Bill not only loved to hang out with his friends but also loved to spend time with his family and his dog, Edie.

Mr. Rush was predeceased by his mother, Eleanor Rush.

He is survived by his father, Roger Rush of Albion; sisters, Amy (Scott) Ryan of Rochester and Sharon (Chris) Brown of Long Island; a niece; as well as several nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Mon., Feb. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. only. Family and friends are invited to attend Bill’s graveside service at 11 a.m. on Tue., Feb. 4 in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to PAWS, 3371 Gaines Basin Road, Albion NY 14411; or to COVA, 239 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted January 29 2020
Michael C. Trimm

Michael TrimmOn Mon., Jan. 27, 2020, Michael C. Trimm, of Kendall, passed peacefully, yet way too soon, from this life at the age of 69. Mike was born to parents Richard and Georgette Trimm on Oct. 11, 1950 in Gouverneur, N.Y.

As a young man, he was an all-star athlete and sports enthusiast, especially when it came to baseball. He received an accounting degree from the Hartford Institute of Accounting in 1970 and worked 24 years for Eastman Kodak Company before medically retiring in 1992.

On Aug. 29, 1970, he married the love of his life and high school sweetheart, Darla Ann Patterson. After a year in Connecticut, they moved to the Rochester area where, together, they set up their home in Kendall and lovingly raised two children, Tacha and Anthony, and their grandson, Cody.

Mike had a lifelong passion and love for the game of baseball. He enjoyed living life on the ballfield, strategizing in the dugout, or cheering (and keeping score) in the stands. He enthusiastically volunteered to coach and mentor various teams and players from tee-ball to American Legion baseball over three decades, affecting generations of aspiring ballplayers. In 2009, Mike received The Eileen Heye Adult Volunteer Recognition Award, which is presented to an adult who serves the youth of Orleans County in a volunteer setting. This award became his proudest achievement, just after that of raising his children and grandson.

He was well-known for his empathetic compassion, overwhelming generosity, nurturing soul, jovial spirit, and uncanny ability to make everything better with just his words. Also, his highly-requested but never-duplicated lasagna was second-to-none. However, above all else, he was best known for his unparalleled and unconditional love for his family.

Mike was preceded in death by his father and mother, Richard in 1990 and Georgette (Rice) in 2002; sister, Lisa, in 1990; and granddaughter, Emily (Watson), in 1994.

He is survived by his loving and steadfast wife of 49 years, Darla; daughter, Tacha (John) Gennarino; son, Anthony (Lori) Trimm; grandsons, Cody (Shannon Baker) Trimm and Benjamin Trimm; great-granddaughter, Oaklynn Trimm; sister, Judy (Joseph) Popp; as well as a plethora of cousins, nieces and nephews who will all miss him deeply.

The family will receive friends and teammates on Sat., Feb. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Rt. 31, Holley, where his funeral service will be held Sun., Feb. 2 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Coach Trimm Memorial Sports Scholarship (address to be announced); or to Kendall Fire Department, 1879 Kendall Road, Kendall NY 14476.

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


 

Posted January 29 2020
Alexander Michael Sorochty

Alexander SorochtyAlexander Michael Sorochty, 77, died of a heart attack while in Florida on Jan. 20, 2020. He was born Sept. 29, 1942, a son of the late Michael and Anne Pasko Sorochty.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen (Stirk) Sorochty.

A survivor of lung cancer since May 2015, Alex retired from Delco after 33 years of service. He had a love of golf for most of his life and an uncanny need to have a hot dog whenever he could. He and Eileen enjoyed their 7-year motorhome adventures to Florida and cross country twice. He loved a good baseball game and spoke of his fishing experiences often. Any time he could spend beside water was a good day, and so his beachside condo was his happy place. He spent many hours over a 10-year period, volunteering his time to the Benevolent Order of the Masonic Lodge.

Most of all, Alex loved spending time with his family. The true pleasure in his life was attending their sports events and being part of their lives. To be able to make people laugh with his made-up language and animated facial expressions was always his focus at any gathering, along with his special brand of humor.

Alexander was predeceased by his first wife, Joyce; his parents, Michael and Anne Pasko Sorochty; and a brother, Richard Sorochty.

He is survived by his beloved sister, Barbara; sister-in-law, Sandy Sorochty; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Peter and Gloria Monacelli; four children, Lisa (Frank) Marcera, Cathy (John) Mallett, Donna (Bill) Donovan and Brian (Mary Ann) Sorochty; two stepchildren, Kristine Fredrick and Raymond (Sonia) Fredrick; 15 grandchildren, Kristy, Alyssa and Frankie Jr. Marcera, Stephen and Jeremy Mallett, Brandon and Britney Donovan, Loretta and Amelia Sorochty, Ashley, Colton, Victoria, Mckenzie, Giavanna and Cooper Fredrick; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Alexander’s celebration of life will be held at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Albion. Details will be announced in the spring.

Memorial contributions in Alex’s name may be made to Wilmot Cancer Institute in Rochester, or to PAWS Animal Shelter in Albion.


 

Posted January 28 2020
Richard J. Woodams

Richard J. “Dick” Woodams, of Kendall, passed away peacefully on Mon., Jan. 27, 2020 at the age of 86.

He is predeceased by his beloved wife, Evelyn; daughter, Joanne; and son, Michael.

He is survived by his son, John (Kim) Woodams; grandchildren, Eric, Elizabeth and Ethan Woodams; nieces and a nephew.

Dick worked as a carpenter for 25 years at Kodak. He enjoyed working on his beloved Christmas tree farm, “Woodams Tree Farm.”

Family will receive friends on Thu., Jan. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fowler Funeral Home Inc., 340 West Ave., Brockport, where his funeral service will be held on Fri., Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. Interment will be held in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute to Hospice of Orleans, Martin-Linsin Residence, 14080 Route 31 W., PO Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

Arrangements were completed by Fowler Funeral Home, Brockport.


 

Posted January 27 2020
Herbert Seidel

Herbert Seidel

Herbert Seidel passed away quietly on Jan. 26, 2020.

He is predeceased by his son, Roger.

He is survived by his first wife, Ruth; current wife, Anna; sons, Dan and Steve; stepsons, Joe and Larry; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Herb was active as a Mason, as a Cub Scout leader, and with Boy Scout Troop 164. He was employed at Thomas Lipton Co. in Albion until his 1971 transfer to the Santa Cruz, Calif. site, from which he retired. His passions were his family, love of life with all God’s creations, and Lake Ontario.

Please extend condolences to steveseidel@cruzio.com.


 

Posted January 25 2020
Jennifer L. Zielonko-Major

Jennifer Zielonko-MajorJennifer L. Zielonko-Major, 54, of Waterport, entered into rest suddenly on Jan. 22, 2020. She was born April 25, 1965 in Albion, a daughter of the late John H. and Pamilla Sue (Hey) Leigh.

Jennifer was a graduate of Lyndonville High School, class of 1982. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from SUNY Brockport. Jennifer was a Christian who loved animals and helping others.

She is survived by her husband, Shawn Major of Shelby; two children, Lynzy Zielonko of Denver, Colo. and Matthew (Tamara) Zielonko of Dallas, Texas; a brother, John “Jerry” Leigh; aunt, Lysbeth “Betsy” (late Richard) Hoffman; and cousin, Sandra (Eric) Hellwig.

Services will be privately held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jennifer’s memory may be made to Carlton Fire Company, 4341 Waterport-Carlton Road, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted January 25 2020
Dorothy B. “Dot” Neal

Dorothy NealDorothy B. “Dot” Neal, 86, of Albion, passed away with her family and Rev. Susan Boring by her side on Jan. 25, 2020 at the Martin-Linsin Hospice Residence. She was born July 15, 1933 in the Town of Gaines to the late Samuel and Lena “Madge” (Hibbard) Browne.

Dot was an active member with the Home Bureau, Eagle Harbor United Methodist Church and Albion First Baptist Church. She took many trips all over with her close friend, Phyllis, and went to theaters with her sister-in-law, Jeannie. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Albert “Bert,” in 1993; her son, Dan, in 2009; her granddaughter, Lisa, in 2013; her great-grandson, Leon Sidari, in 2017; her sister, Geraldine Rogers; and her husband, Roland.

Dot is survived by her children, Richard (Margaret), Dean (Karen), David (Tammy) and Lori (Mitch) Murek; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren plus one on the way; daughter-in-law, Sue Neal; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Mon., Jan. 27 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411, where her funeral service will be held Tue., Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

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

To share a special memory of Dot, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted January 24 2020
Donald R. Bielak

Donald BielakDonald R. Bielak, 74, of Rochester, N.Y., went to be with the Lord on Dec. 23, 2019.

Family will be present to greet relatives and friends at 10:30 a.m. on Sat., Feb. 1 at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Mary’s Church, 211 Eagle St., Medina, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery in the spring.

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

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


 

Posted January 24 2020
Richard J. Majeski Sr.

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Richard Majeski

Richard J. “Shakey” Majeski Sr. passed away on Jan. 13, 2020 in the loving care of his daughter, Ann, in Indiana.

He was predeceased in death by his mother, Helen M Scott; stepfather, Elmore Scott; and stepbrother, Robert Scott.

He leaves behind a son, Richard J “Rick” (Stacy) Majeski Jr.; daughter, Ann M. (Jeff) Ferguson; sister, Joanne (Robert “Bob”) Bracey; stepbrother, John (Diane) Scott; grandsons, Zachery, Davon, Geordi-Lee and Samuel; and his former wife, Margie Shelfer.

He grew up in Shelby, graduated in 1962 from Medina High School, served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and retired from Harrison Radiator in Lockport, a division of General Motors. He was a proud member of the Shelby Volunteer Fire Department, and he enjoyed bowling and CB radio in his younger years.

Upon his retirement, he fulfilled his dream by moving to Hernando, Fla. He spent most of his time doing crossword puzzles and watching game shows on TV; and, while he visited Niko’s Pub, he enjoyed the NASCAR races.

To follow out his wishes, he will be cremated and his ashes will be taken back to Florida to rest in peace near his mother and father in Bushnell National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Veteran’s Suicide Prevention Organization in his honor. Thank you!


 

Posted January 23 2020
Deborah L. (Deyarmin) Sterrett

Deborah Sterrett

Deborah L. (Deyarmin) Sterrett, 63, of Mooresville, N.C. and formerly of Medina, passed away on Fri., Jan. 10, 2020 at her residence.

She was born on Sept. 22, 1956 in Medina to the late Richard and Lois (Waters) Deyarmin. Debi worked as a security guard for Lowe’s Corporate Headquarters in North Carolina, from which she retired. She enjoyed riding with her husband on his motorcycle, camping, trips to the mountains, and working in the yard, and she loved spending time with her family.

Debi is survived by her husband of 14 years, Michael “Joe” Sterrett; daughter, Katherine Deyarmin; stepchildren, Jessica Sterrett and Michael Sterrett; siblings, Sheryl (late Duane) McKee, Regina Schunk, Darryl “Joe” (Jeannie) Deyarmin and Guy “Swany” (Trini) Deyarmin; grandchildren, Jocelyn, Aleiha, Jase, Emery and Addie; sister in-law, Kim; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Bruce Deyarmin.

Funeral services will be held locally at a later date in the spring. Burial will be in Bates Road Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Serenity House, 110 Centre Church Road, Mooresville NC 28117.

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


 

Posted January 23 2020
Robert Woolston

Robert Woolston

Robert “Bobby” Woolston, of Gates, passed away of heart failure on Sun., Jan. 12, 2020 at age 31.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Nancie Kane and Ric Mintz; father, Lee “Charlie” Woolston; sister, Megan Mulligan; brother, Kyle Woolston; stepbrother, Cory (Stephanie) Mintz; stepsister, McKenzie Mintz; grandparents, Sue and Bill Rohlin; niece, Mackenzie Cheshire; nephew, Brody Shallenberger; girlfriend, Tyler Airey; beloved dog, Melo; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and many loving special friends.

Bobby was in many sports leagues. He had a heart of gold and a contagious sense of humor, and he will be missed by all who knew him.

A celebration of Bobby’s life will be held on the date of his birth. Family and friends are invited to Mendon Golf Club, 226 Mendon Ionia Road (Route 64), Mendon, N.Y., on Fri., Feb. 7 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Bobby’s family is starting a foundation in his name called “Bobby’s Heart,” a cause for PAWS to provide therapy dogs to those in need. Please send donations via Paypal to Bobbysheartacfp@gmail.com.


 

Posted January 23 2020
William C. Kepner

William Kepner

William C. Kepner, of Holley, passed away with family by his side on Thu., Jan. 23, 2020 at age 60.

He is predeceased by his brother, Roy Kepner; and by his nephew, Brian Lonnen II.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Elizabeth Kepner; stepchildren, Michael Gratto, Keely Zumbo, Jennifer Zumbo-LaPlante, Jordan Zumbo, Taylor LaPlante and Ernest LaPlante; mother, Anita Furness; father, Robert (Diane) Kepner Sr.; siblings, Robert Kepner Jr., LuAnn (Andy) Pasch, Lisa (Dan) Lonnen, Charles (Patricia Capen) Furness and Debra Furness; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be held on Sun., Jan. 26 from 3 to 6 p.m. at New Comer Cremations & Funerals, 2636 Ridgeway Ave., Rochester. Interment will be private.

To leave the family condolences, please visit www.NewcomerRochester.com.


 

Posted January 23 2020
Frank M. Bennett V

Frankie Bennett

Frank M. “Frankie” Bennett V, four months old, passed away suddenly on Tue., Jan. 21, 2020 at Medina Memorial Hospital.

Born on Sept. 2, 2019 in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of Frank M. and Renee (Ruppel) Bennett IV.

Frankie was a happy and outgoing baby who was dearly loved by his family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Besides his parents, he is survived by his maternal grandparents, Rebecca and Richard McDonell and Scott Clark; paternal grandparents, Frank and Judy Bennett III; two aunts, Lindsey (Ben) Wiest and Alayna Ruppel; two cousins, Ethan and Emily Wiest; and his faithful furry companions, Max and Tim-Tim.

Frankie is predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Stephan Ruppel.

Relatives and friends may call on Fri., Jan. 31 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. A private service will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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


 

Posted January 22 2020
Laurita M. Brooks

Laurita M. Brooks, 73, of Lyndonville, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 22, 2020 at Rochester General Hospital. She was born Aug. 20, 1946 in Medina to the late Robert and Ada (Lonnen) Buckland.

She was a graduate of Lyndonville High School, class of 1964. Laurita spent most of her time cooking, canning and crocheting.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, James, in 1993; and by her sister, Mildred Buckland, in 2018.

Laurita is survived by her siblings, Floyd Buckland, Gail Newman and James (Linda) Buckland; nieces and nephews, Rodney (Denise) Newman, Jeff Newman, Amy Newman, Mike Buckland, Stace Buckland and Tracy Buckland; several great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews and cousins.

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

Laurita’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411. To share a special memory of Laurita, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted January 22 2020
Martin J. Milligan

Martin Milligan

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Martin J. Milligan, 64, of Albion, passed away Jan. 8, 2020. He was born in Germany and was the son of the late Jerome and Gertraude Milligan.

Marty served in the U.S. Army. He retired from Albion Correctional Facility, where he was an officer for 25 years.

He is survived by his daughter, Colleen (Darren) Martin of South Carolina; son, Shawn (Staci); grandson, Geophrey (Jon Jon) Darrow of Rhode Island; granddaughter, LilyRose; and “granddogger,” Lucy.

Funeral arrangements will be privately held.

Memorials may be made to Paws Animal Shelter.


 

Posted January 21 2020
Adeline L. (Bilinski) Klafehn

Adeline Klafehn

Adeline Klafehn, 91, of Kendall, passed away Jan. 19, 2020. Adeline was born Sept. 26, 1928 in Rochester, the daughter of Teofil and Yadwiga Bilinski, and she moved to Kendall with her parents as a young child. A graduate of Kendall Central School, Adeline for many years helped organize her class of 1946 reunions.

Adeline was a 32-year employee of the U.S. Postal Service, serving 20 years as a clerk at the Kendall Post Office and 12 years as Postmaster of the Morton Post Office. During her tenure, the Morton Post Office became the “communications center” of that little hamlet.

Adeline was a longtime member of Concordia Lutheran Church, where she was known as “The Flower Lady,” seeing to the Sunday, Christmas and Easter floral arrangements. She also served as secretary of the Memorial Fund, and as a member of the Worship & Music Committee and the Church Council.

In her spare time, Adeline tended her many beautiful flower beds, enjoyed baking and doing crafts, sewed “quillows” for her children and grandchildren, and cooked many memorable holiday dinners and desserts for her growing family. She was also a member of a card club that regularly met for 60 years and was featured in the book “Legendary Locals of Orleans County.”

Adeline is survived by her son, Rod (Patty) of Laurens, N.Y.; her daughter, Susan (Donn) Pritchard; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, Luther “Joe” Klafehn, in 2016.

Visitation will take place at Concordia Lutheran Church, 1769 Kendall Road, Kendall, on Sat., April 18, 2020 from  11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Hamlin, in the spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Concordia Lutheran Church, 1769 Kendall Road, Kendall NY 14476; or to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted January 21 2020
Leonard L. Balcerzak

Leonard Balcerzak

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Leonard L. Balcerzak, 87, of Medina, entered into rest on Jan. 17, 2020 at Buffalo General Hospital.

Born Oct. 12, 1932 in Medina, Leonard was a son of the late Anthony and Agnes (Cotriss) Balcerzak. He graduated from Medina High School, class of 1951. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 during the Korean War. Leonard was a parishioner of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, St. Mary’s Church in Medina. He married the former Kathryn A. Howe on April 30, 1984. Early on, Leonard worked for Frank J. Balcerzak & Son Construction Co., and then for Waszak Plumbing. He was employed for many years at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in the maintenance department, from which he eventually retired.

He is survived by his son, Steven (Molly) Balcerzak of East Amherst; two grandsons, Sean and Jack Balcerzak; four siblings, Helen (late Thomas) Morien, Loretta (late Leo) Koneski, Francis (late Ann) Balcerzak and Michael (Carolyn) Balcerzak; sister-in-law, Patricia Balcerzak; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Kathryn A. “BoBo” Balcerzak, on Feb. 2, 2019; and six siblings, Donald (late Nedra), Anthony Jr., Joseph (late Dorothy), Mary (late William) Knights, Eleanor (late Robert) Rignall and Kate (late William) Gun.

Calling hours will be held on Sat., Jan. 25 from 12 to 3 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his funeral service will immediately follow at 3 p.m. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Medina Fire Department, 600 Main St., Medina NY 14103.

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


 

Posted January 21 2020
Alan C. Fitch

Alan Fitch

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Alan C. Fitch, 93, of Marcellus, N.Y., passed away Jan. 18, 2020 at home quietly, surrounded by his family.

A native of Fulton, N.Y., Alan lived in Marcellus 53 years. He was a Navy veteran. Alan retired from Galson and Galson Consulting Engineers in 1991, after 35 years. He was a member of Marcellus First Presbyterian Church. Alan enjoyed woodworking and golf, and he was an avid bird watcher.

He was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Jean M.

He is survived by his children, Jeris (Alan) Daniels, Jaleen D’Ambrosio, Steven (Trish), Jack (Laurie) and Eric (Jodi); brother, Hollis W. Fitch; sister, Jean Haag; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be Thu., Jan. 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home, 44 E. Main Street, Marcellus. Service and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of CNY/Finger Lakes, 990 7th North St., Liverpool NY 13088.

Arrangements were completed by Ryan Funeral Home in Marcellus. Please sign the guestbook at syracuse.com/obits.