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Posted April 18 2019

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Posted April 18 2019
Marie Brennan Anstey

Marie Anstey

Marie Brennan Anstey, 97, died on March 30, 2019 at the Balfour Senior Living facility in Denver, Colo. She was born Sept. 6, 1921 in Medina, N.Y. and lived in the area until 1987, when she and her husband, Roderick N. Anstey, moved to Venice, Fla. She moved to Denver in 2016 to be near family.

She was an avid sports fan throughout her life and was proud to have played as many sports as she could, including basketball and tennis at Medina High School until 1939, when she graduated. At 96 years old, she was disappointed with her second place finish in a Wii Bowling tournament.

In her spare time, she kept physically active by walking and playing catch and tennis. She was also an avid reader and puzzle solver.

Marie was the Medina Parts bookkeeper for 20 years until her retirement in 1981.

She was predeceased in 2009 by Dick, her husband of 67 years; and by her son-in-law, Donald Rumrill. She was the last survivor of her generation on either side of her and Dick’s families.

Marie is survived by her son, Rick (Francine) of Denver; daughter, Lynn of Apalachin, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Amy Brennan (Tim) Quinn, Jonathan (Tricia), Neil (Erica), Robert (Annie), and Jane (Ryan) Rumrill; four great-grandchildren, Brennan, Jude, Francesca Marie, and Benjamin; and dozens of nieces and nephews.

Marie was a devout Catholic all of her life. During her first two years in Denver, she lived at the Gardens at St. Elizabeth, where her best friends were retired priests, one of whom will officiate at her funeral on May 13 in the historic Christ the King Chapel at the Gardens.

The family requests that donations be made to The Gardens at St. Elizabeth in Denver, or to the donor’s favorite youth sports organization.


 

Posted April 18 2019
Ronald Carlos Rosenthal

Ronald Rosenthal

Ronald Carlos Rosenthal, 74, of Gasport, passed away peacefully at home with his loving family by his side, under the care of Niagara Hospice, on April 17, 2019. He was born Oct. 8, 1944 in Lockport to the late Carlos and Ruth (Damerow) Rosenthal.

Ron was a 1962 graduate of Royalton-Hartland High School. He owned and operated Rosenthal Livestock Farms for many years, and he enjoyed raising calves and attending farm shows. Ron really loved the family gatherings with his five children and watching his grandchildren’s activities.

Ron is survived by his loving wife, Linda (Chaffee), whom he married on Nov. 2, 1973 at First English Lutheran Church in Lockport; his children, Sara L. (Joseph “Mark”) Moore of Albion, Timothy R. (Jennifer Bonfanté) Rosenthal of East Amherst, Colleen M. Rosenthal of Gasport, Kimberly S. (Craig) Oliver of Spencerport, and Johnathan C. Rosenthal of Rush; grandchildren, Emily Rosenthal, Andrew, Zachary and Meganne Moore, William, Eleanor and Theodore Oliver; sister, Rhonda R. (Richard P.) Berner of Gasport; brother-in-law, Dudley (Ruth) Chaffee; sisters-in-law, LuAnn (Bruce) Devereaux and Susan (Robert) Buffin; niece, Jessica (Jim) Berner Heideman; nephew, Aaron (Jennifer) Berner; great-nephews, Jacob and Owen Berner, Jay and Gavin Heideman; several more nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; therapy companion, Winston; feline, Jack; dear friends, Ryan (Joanna) Farrell, Wally (Kris) Leonard, the David and Joyce Fulwell family, the Doug and Lorna Seib family, Walter “Sonny” (Judy) Librock, Bob (Bonnie) Mack, and many others.

Ron’s memorial service will be held Sat., April 27 at 11 a.m. at East Shelby Bible Church, 5278 East Shelby Road, Medina NY 14103, with Rev. Erik Olsen officiating. Interment will be private in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Ron’s name may be made to the church; or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York NY 10163-4777; or to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport NY 14094.

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 April 17 2019
Elizabeth Lester

Elizabeth LesterElizabeth “Betty” Lester, of Byron and Fairport, passed away on April 15, 2019.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, LeRoy; children, James, Teri and Meghan (Jeremy); grandchildren, Grace and Ezra; brothers, Donald (Rebecca) Rhinewald and Richard (Loree) Rhinewald; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be Fri., April 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Richard H. Keenan Funeral Home, 41 South Main St., Fairport (village location). Graveside services will be Tue., April 23 at 10 a.m. at White Haven Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Elizabeth’s name may be sent to American Cancer Society.


 

Posted April 16 2019
Susan T. DeRoller

Susan DeRoller

Susan T. (Preston) DeRoller, 71, of Kendall, passed away peacefully April 15, 2019 with family by her side in Wilmot Cancer Center.

Sue was born in Brockport on July 27, 1947 to Platt and Alma (Anderson) Preston and lived in this area her entire life. She was a member of Kendall United Methodist Church. She enjoyed the outdoors, reading novels, boating, and anything near the water, especially in the Thousand Islands. She thoroughly enjoyed her 27 years as an administrative assistant at Kendall Junior/Senior High School, where she touched the lives of many students and staff until her retirement in 2010. Susan truly loved spending her free time with her family to no end, especially with her three grandchildren, Emma, Ella and Tiffany.

She is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, Ken DeRoller; her daughter, Kelly Wilting; her son, Marc (Susan) DeRoller; her sister, Sheryl Vick; her grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Rt. 31 (West Albion Road), Holley, on Thu., April 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. Family and friends are invited to attend Susan’s memorial service on Sat., April 27 at Kendall United Methodist Church, 1808 Kendall Road, Kendall NY 14476, beginning at 11 a.m. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to University of Rochester Wilmot Cancer Center, 300 E. River Road, P.O. Box 278996, Rochester NY 14627; or to Kendall United Methodist Church at the address listed above.

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


 

Posted April 16 2019
Dylan H. DiPilato

Dylan H. DiPilato, 31, of Holley, died suddenly April 11, 2019 at his home. He was born Dec. 4, 1987 in Rochester to Arthur and Joann (Lusk) DiPilato and lived in this area all of his life.

Dylan was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and camp.

In addition to his parents, Dylan is survived by his siblings, Cole John-Charles, Logan Dennis, Maggie Starr (Mathew Andre), and Shane Josiah; nieces, Sophia Lamay and Mazie Starr; maternal grandfather, John Walter Lusk; many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins; and a host of friends who were like family, as well.

Dylan’s Celebration of Life will be Wed., April 24 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Holley, 34 East Albion St., Holley NY 14470. Memorials may be made to the church.

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


 

Posted April 15 2019
Frederick W. Giertz Sr.

Frederick Giertz

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Frederick W. Giertz Sr., 93, of Middleport, died April 15, 2019 in the Niagara Hospice House following a lengthy illness. He was born June 15, 1925 in the Town of Royalton to Walter and Augusta (Wagner) Giertz and was a lifelong resident of this area.

Frederick was a veteran of the United States Army, a retiree of Harrison Radiator, and a member of Victory Assembly of God Church in Akron. He loved carpentry and gardening, and, as his family said, “he was a Jack of all trades and a master of none.” Frederick was a mentor in and of life for all his family and will be remembered as a man of strong faith who was steadfast in his convictions.

Mr. Giertz was predeceased by his son, Frederick Giertz Jr.; and two sisters, Helen Huth and Anna Heschke.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ida; his daughter, Betty (John) Pollow of Lockport; daughter-in-law, Jolene Giertz; grandchildren, Tammy Sears, Wendy (Craig) Bacon, and Brian (Mary) Giertz; 12 great-grandchildren; his sisters, Gladys Dunn of Ransomville, Dorothy Powers of Cherry Creek, and Esther (J.G.) Cross of Greece; as well as many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Wed., April 17 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, where his funeral service will be held Thu., April 18 at 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow in Royalton Mountain Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport NY 14094.

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


 

Posted April 15 2019
Ronald L. Mason

Ronald Mason

Ronald L. Mason, 66, of Holley, died April 13, 2019 at his home following a long illness. He was born Oct. 13, 1952 in Lorain, Ohio, a son of Russell and the late Catherine (Sakelios) Mason, and he lived in this area for many years.

Ron enjoyed fishing, camping, walking his dog and birdwatching. He worked at Eastman Kodak, and then at Chase Bank in Rochester as a mortgage specialist.

He is survived by his daughter, Sheila; his son, Chris; father, Russell (Joann); siblings, Russell Mason, Richard Mason, Randall Mason, Susan Carpenter, Sandra Williams, Sharon Zinzow, Roger Mason and Sheila Mason; grandchildren, Tyler and Nolan; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Memorials may be made to Clarendon Fire Company, P.O. Box 136, Holley NY 14470.

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


 

Posted April 15 2019
Beverly C. Caleb

Beverly Caleb

Beverly C. Caleb, 82, of Medina, entered into rest on Thu., April 11, 2019 at Medina Memorial Hospital.

Born Dec. 28, 1936 in Albion, Beverly was a daughter of the late Fredrick and Elizabeth Sandle. In 1955, she married Royce N. Caleb Sr., and together they made their home in Knowlesville. For many years, they owned and operated the Towpath Grocery store in Knowlesville. Beverly was a lifelong member of the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and was also involved with the Medina Mustang Band Boosters. An avid New York Yankees fan, she loved keeping her own score cards while watching games and had a special spot in her heart for Derek Jeter. She also enjoyed reading.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Royce Caleb Sr.; her three children, Royce “Rusty” (Lanore) Caleb Jr., Debra (Bill) Lavigne and Terry (Wendy) Caleb; seven grandchildren, Stephanie (Eric) Bock, Brian Caleb, Adam (Jennifer) Lavigne, Courtney (Michael) Gilday, Allison (Chris) Reichard, Nicole (Brent) Habgood and Kristopher (Michael) Reinstadtler; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Donna (Steve) Chilson; several nieces, nephews and friends; her adorable dog, Lucy; and loving cats, Socks and Peanuts.

Family and friends are invited to a casual reception in memory of Beverly on Thu., April 18 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Ridgeway Fire Hall, 11392 Ridge Road, Medina.

Memorial donations may be made to Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, 620 West Ave., Medina NY 14103; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105; or to a charity of one’s choice.

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


 

Posted April 11 2019
Elwin Hutchinson

Elwin Hutchinson

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Elwin “Ed” Hutchinson, of Lockport, husband of the late Bernice Hutchinson, entered into rest Wed., April 10, 2019. Ed was born in Cromwell, Iowa in 1922, son of the late Elmer and Evangeline Hutchinson.

He was a guidance counselor at Lockport Senior High School until he retired in 1982. Known as the resident singer by the staff at Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home, Ed will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving husband and father, a dedicated educator, and an indefatigable amateur radio operator, WB2PCN.

Ed was the beloved father of Steve and Scott Hutchinson; grandfather of Bryce, Aaron, Kay and Joshua; and brother of William Hutchinson.

The family will receive friends at Sherrie Bream Funeral Home, 4521 Main St., Gasport, on Fri., April 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. Mr. Hutchinson’s graveside service with military honors will be held Sat., April 27 at 10 a.m. at Chestnut Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brothers of Mercy Foundation, 4520 Ransom Road, Clarence NY 14031.

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


 

Posted April 10 2019
Jerry D. Lawton

Jerry Lawton

Jerry D. Lawton passed away April 8, 2019 at North Gate Health Care Facility. Born Feb. 22, 1950 in Cuba, N.Y., he was the son of Olon and Leah (Loucks) Lawton.

Jerry worked as a truck driver for William Kugler & Brothers Inc. and, upon their closing, he worked at Barden Homes. He enjoyed music, car shows, getting lost and finding his way home. He will be remembered fondly as a great conversationalist.

Jerry was predeceased by his wife, Debra (Moran) Lawton, on June 23, 2008; and by his sister, Barbara Burkhardt.

Jerry is survived by his children, John (Andrea) Lawton, Shawn (Christian) Lawton and Tara (Jason) Draper; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends may call Tue., April 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., with services following at 12 p.m., at Antioch Anabaptist Church, 4649 Alabama Road, Medina.

To send a condolence, please visit Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home.


 

Posted April 09 2019
Bette M. Yaskulski

Bette M. Yaskulski, 69, of Kendall, passed away peacefully on Mon., April 8, 2019.

She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Myrtle Marsielje; and her brother, Robert.

She is survived by her loving husband, Paul; daughters, Robin (David) Borkholder and Tina (Jason) Requa; grandchildren, Antonia, Taylor, Nathan and Sean; and several nieces and nephews.

Bette enjoyed camping with her friends and playing the piano and organ. The family wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Strong Memorial Hospital for their loving care.

Family will receive friends on Sat., April 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Fowler Funeral Home Inc., 340 West Ave., Brockport, where a funeral service will be held immediately after calling hours at 12 p.m. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute to PAWS Animal Shelter, 3371 Gaines Basin Road, Albion NY 14411; or to UR-Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, 30 Corporate Woods, Suite 220, Rochester NY 14623.


 

Posted April 08 2019
Darlene Hornyak Gill

Darlene Hornyak Gill, 55, of Brockport, died suddenly on April 5, 2019 at her home. She was born May 7, 1963 in Groton, Conn., the daughter of Jean (Raynor) and the late John Joseph Hornyak.

Darlene loved cooking, reading, and her cats.

She is survived by her mother, Jean of Brockport; beloved companion, Kerry DeVos; and her aunt, Rosemary Raynor Gibson of North Carolina.

There will be no calling hours. Services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to Lollipop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport NY 14450.

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


 

Posted April 08 2019
Franklin J. James

Frank James

Franklin Junior “Frank” James, 68, of Pelzer, S.C., husband of Dawn Roberts James, passed away at home on Dec. 17, 2018.

Born in Fairmont, W.Va., he was the son of the late Lawrence Junior James and the late Edna Elizabeth Higginbotham James. Frank was a motorcycle enthusiast and a life member of the Crusaders Motorcycle Club in Medina. He worked various jobs, including at Abex Corporation, Keeler Construction, Kistner Concrete and Conrail in New York, and City of Greenville, Strange Brothers Grading and Ray Walker Trucking in South Carolina.

In addition to his wife, Frank is survived by four sons, F. Kenneth (Nicole) James of Kannapolis, N.C., Jason L. (Melissa) James of Simpsonville, S.C., Jeremiah R. “J.R.” James of Pelzer, and Nicholas A. (Anna) James of Albion; six grandchildren, Emily and Morgan James of Lyndonville, Nathaniel and Abby James of Easley, S.C., Cameron Fick of Virginia Beach, Va., and Tristan Franklin James of Pelzer; two sisters, Ann (Ronald) Marcinowski of Chandler, Ariz. and Jessica James of Medina; mother-in-law, Joyce H. Roberts; sisters-in law, Cynthia L. Roberts of Albion and Judy (Jim) Bennett of Lyndonville; brothers-in-law, Paul (Linda) Roberts and Mark (fiancée June McKinney) Roberts of Albion; as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by his sister, Susan James Schepis; and father-in-law, Thomas A. Roberts.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sat., April 20 at 1 p.m. at the B.P.O.E. #1016, 428 W. State St., Albion.


 

Posted April 04 2019
Elwin E. Joslyn

Elwin Joslyn

Elwin E. Joslyn entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior on Wed., April 3, 2019 with his loving family by his side. Born on Feb. 25, 1934, he was the son of the late Cedric and Marjorie (Everett) Joslyn.

He graduated from Albion High School and Alfred State College. A 32-year employee of Harrison Radiator Division of GM, he proudly served our country in the Navy for eight years during the Korean War.

In addition to being a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he enjoyed the outdoors and spending time at the family cabin. He was active in Boy Scouts, where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout and later served as Scoutmaster, along with various leadership positions within the Lewiston Trail Council. He was an active member of Christ Community Church (the former First Baptist Church). His family was the center of his life, and he enjoyed any activity that included them.

He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Aneita (Gardner) Joslyn; his sons, Jeffrey Joslyn and Stephen (Kelly) Joslyn; grandchildren, Alisha (Tyler) Swob, Hannah Joslyn (Nathan Godson), Emily Joslyn (Justin Carlson), Blake (Amanda) Boyer and Robert James Bucolo; great-grandchildren, Lawson Swob and Jocelyn Boyer; a brother, Donald (Maralyn) Joslyn; and many cherished nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

He was predeceased by an infant daughter, Christine Renee Joslyn.

Friends may call Sun., April 7 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Mon., April 8 at 11 a.m. at Christ Community Church, 140 Genesee St., Lockport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lockport Care Net Pregnancy Center, 229 East Ave., Lockport NY 14094; or to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport NY 14094.


 

Posted April 03 2019
Cheryl L. (Snyder) Eddy

Cheryl Eddy

Cheryl L. (Snyder) Eddy, of Spencerport, passed away suddenly on Fri., March 29, 2019 at the age of 70.

Cheryl is survived by her husband of 50 years, John “Jack” Eddy; children, Lisa (Marvin) DiPilato, Kristen Sardellitti, and John (Monica) Eddy; grandchildren, Brianna, Matthew, Nicole, Taylor, Ryan and Connor; brother, Arden Ray (RoseMarie) Snyder; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cheryl’s life story will be shared during visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thu., April 4 at Walker Brothers Funeral Home, 15 West Ave., Spencerport. Her funeral service will be held on Sat., April 6 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Inurnment will take place in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

Donations may be sent to American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123-1718 in Cheryl’s memory.


 

Posted April 03 2019
Patricia Ruth Ritz

Patricia Ritz

Patricia Ruth Ritz, 88, of Albion, passed away on April 2, 2019 peacefully at her home, with her loving husband by her side. She was born April 1, 1931 in Buffalo to the late Frederick and Loraine (Wilson) Daniels.

Patricia enjoyed gardening, decorating her home, and doing crafts. She worked for Eastman Kodak for 25 years before retiring. Patricia loved her grandchildren and loved spending time with them. Patricia and her husband, Harry, spent time doing many things together.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Frederick Daniels; and by her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and George Plummer.

Patricia is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 45 years, Harry; children, Carolyn (Bruce) Sidari, Newell (Becky) Allport, Donald (Debbie) Allport, and Linda (Jimmy) Babcock; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy (Don) Powers and Betty (John) Travis; sister-in-law, Adrienne Daniels; brothers-in-law, Ron (Joann) Ritz and Fran (Deb) Ritz; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no calling hours. Patricia’s funeral service will be held at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411, on Sat., April 6 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

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

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


 

Posted April 02 2019
James M. Buckland

James Buckland

James M. Buckland, 72, of Kent and Rochester, died April 1, 2019 at Monroe Community Hospital. Jim was born Jan. 1, 1947 in Albion, a son of the late Jay and Velma (Stafford) Buckland, and he lived in this area most of his life.

Jim graduated from Kendall High School in 1966 and last worked at Alliance Tool and Die in Rochester.

He is survived by his son, Jim Buckland of Rochester; brothers, John (Mary Ann) of Kent and Robert (Elizabeth) of Chili; his sister, Mary (Richard) Jewsbury of Kendall; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sat., April 6 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Rte. 31, Holley, where his memorial service will follow at 12 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Monroe Community Hospital Activities Department, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14620.

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


 

Posted April 02 2019
Gary L. Bonk

Gary Bonk

Gary L. Bonk, 42, entered into rest on Thu., March 28, 2019 at his home.

Born Sept. 14, 1976 in Brockport, he was a son of Harvey Bonk Sr. and the late Sandra (Nichols) Bonk. Gary loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, and he also enjoyed fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Rebecca (Stevenson) Bonk; four children, Sebastian, Isaiah, Alexanbrya and Eden Bonk; two grandchildren, Brazen Kerstetter and Caelum Torres; siblings, Cynthia Tanner, Harvey Bonk Jr. and Charlie Bonk; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A calling hour will be held on Fri., April 5 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, with a memorial service immediately following at 2 p.m. The Rev. Daniel A. Thurber will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family.

Arrangements are with Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted April 02 2019
Dorothy C. Baehr

Dorothy Baehr

Dorothy C. Baehr, 80, of Middleport, passed away April 1, 2019 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born April 3, 1938 in Lockport to Melvin and Ellen (Peterson) Engert.

Dorothy was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and a life member of the Terry’s Corners Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowers and playing cards, as well as traveling to Florida every winter. Dorothy was a great socializer who enjoyed entertaining her friends and family. She loved her family to no end, and anyone who spent time with her knows that Christmas was her favorite time of year.

Mrs. Baehr was predeceased by her husband, Charles; and two brothers, James and Daniel.

She is survived by her son, Douglas Baehr of Gasport; daughters, Jane (Robert) Stanley of Middleport and Linda (Michael) Drum of Gasport; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, William (Shirley) Engert of Newfane and Richard (Camella) Engert of Rochester; sister, Joan (Gordon) Martin of Akron; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, on Thu., April 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. Dorothy’s funeral service will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 133 Telegraph Road, Middleport NY 14105, on Fri., April 5 at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Hartland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

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


 

Posted April 02 2019
Richard D. Monacelli

Richard Monacelli

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Richard D. Monacelli, 69, of Tempe, Ariz. and formerly of Albion, entered into rest on Fri., March 29, 2019 after a long illness.

Born Sept. 28, 1949 in Albion, Richard was a son of the late Filbert H. and Nancy (Carbone) Monacelli. Mr. Monacelli served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1972 on the Navy Destroyer U.S.S. Tattnall. His tour included travel to the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean Sea and Southeast Asia, including the Republic of South Vietnam.

He attended Mesa Community College and Arizona State University after his military tour. Mr. Monacelli worked with various building contractors in the Phoenix area. He retired as vice president and chief estimator for Michael A. Riddle Painting & Contracting in Tempe. His projects included the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, the Phoenician Hotel & Resort, the Arizona Mills Mall, the City of Mesa Fine Arts Center, and many colleges and school districts in the southwest. Mr. Monacelli was a longtime member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Tempe and had a special devotion to the rosary. He was an avid sports fan, especially of the New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills. He also enjoyed rooting for Phoenix-area professional and college teams.

He is survived by two children, Nicole (David) Ross and David Monacelli; two grandchildren; three siblings, Elenna (Arnold) D’Amico of Leesburg, Va., Elizabeth (late Larry) Passarell of Medina, and Philbert Monacelli of Medina; his niece, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, to whom he was devoted; three aunts, Lorraine Blandino of Bath, Geraldine Kientz of Brockport, and Cetta Carbone of Philadelphia; several cousins and friends in the Holley, Albion and Phoenix areas.

A calling hour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Fri., April 12 at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Mary’s Church in Medina, where Rev. Daniel J. Fawls will celebrate his Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Military honors will be accorded by members of Lincoln Post #1483, V.F.W. and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Holley.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 417005, Boston MA 02241; or to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 2121 South Rural Road, Tempe AZ 85282.

Arrangements are with Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted April 01 2019
Judith E. Garrett

Judith Garrett

Judith E. Garrett, 68, of Albion, died March 31, 2019 in The Villages of Orleans following a long illness. She was born June 14, 1950 in the Town of Gaines to Winton and Nina (Hollenbeck) Hatch and was a lifetime resident of the area.

Judy and her family were charter members of Gaines Congregational Church. She loved her church and her church family and actively participated in all church activities, including singing in the choir. Judy also enjoyed bowling, traveling, going for car rides, quilting, crossword puzzles, making jewelry and, especially, cooking. She also enjoyed playing “Farmville” on Facebook. Her greatest joy came when she was able to cook with her grandchildren. Spending time with her grandchildren was her passion in life.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Garrett was predeceased by her sister, Alice Irvine; and brothers, Robert and Terry Hatch.

She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Donald Garrett Sr.; her children, Sheila Blair of Gaines, Fay (Gretchen) Smith of Maryland, Matthew (Tina) Smith of Indiana, Don Garrett Jr. of Florida, Tabatha (Daniel) Smith of Albion, Joseph Garrett of Albion, and Rebecca (Joe) Bradt of Oakfield; her brother, Dan (Lin) Hatch of Bloomfield; sister-in-law, Laurie Hatch; brother-in-law, George Irvine; as well as many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Sat., April 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. only. Family and friends are invited to gather at Gaines Congregational Church, 14023 Ridge Road, Albion, on Sat., April 6 at 5 p.m. for Judy’s memorial service. Interment in Waterport Cemetery will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gaines Congregational Church, 14023 Ridge Road, Albion NY 14411. To share a special memory of Judy, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted March 31 2019
René J. Schasel

Rene SchaselRené J. Schasel, 72, of Albion, died on March 30, 2019 after a short illness. He was born Feb. 6, 1947 to Rudolph and Mildred Schasel in Port Byron, N.Y., where he grew up.

He graduated from Port Byron High School and received a degree in business from Aurora College in Aurora, Ill. Most of his professional career was spent in the banking industry. When the Anchor Bank operations center opened in Albion, he transferred there, retiring in 2007 when it became Washington Mutual.

René had a passion for collecting antiques, priding himself on his various and extensive collections. These included early electrical appliances, medallion photos, old novels, folk art paintings, depression and carnival glass, old radios, phonographs and clocks. He also had a real love for West Highland White Terriers. He was active for many years in Pullman Memorial Church, served several years as Treasurer for the Cobblestone Society, and was currently a board member of the Orleans County Historical Association. René had a very strong appreciation for historical architecture and its preservation.

He was predeceased by his parents; and by his brother, Dana, in 1991.

He is survived by his sisters, Marena Rupert and Elizabeth (Harry D.) Rupp; three nieces, Tracy, Kelly and Heather; nephew, Brian; and his longtime companion, Bill Lattin. His extended family includes Adrienne Kirby and Allison Lattin and their families.

Family and friends are invited to attend René’s memorial service on Thu., April 4 in the historic Cobblestone Universalist Church in Childs, routes 104 and 98, beginning at 4 p.m. A reception will take place following the ceremony. Private interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cobblestone Society, PO Box 363, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted March 29 2019
Michael E. Robare

Michael RobareAmerican flagMichael E. Robare, 54, of Medina, entered into rest on Wed., March 27, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 24, 1964 in Albion, a son of the late Peter E. and Rita T. (LaClair) Robare.

He graduated from Kendall High School, class of 1983. A proud Marine, he served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1983 to 1989. Michael worked for Claims Recovery Financial Services in Albion. He was an avid reader, writer, and champion coffee drinker.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his older brother, Steven Robare.

He is survived by  his sisters, Rita “Lizzy” Schoeps, Helen Robare and Gale Morehouse; niece/daughter, Tressa (Marjoe) Aguiling; nephews, Scott (Kelly) Schoeps and Jason (Nicole) Robare; many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and one very special aunt, Doris LaClair.

Calling hours will be held on Sat., April 6 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where military honors will be accorded by members of Lincoln Post #1483, V.F.W and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Tressa Aguiling to be applied towards Michael’s funeral costs. Share condolences and memories at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted March 29 2019
Marguerite J. Moriarty

Marguerite MoriartyMrs. Marguerite J. Moriarty, 90, of Medina, entered into rest on Thu., March 28, 2019 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home. She was born Feb. 10, 1929 in Cambridge, Mass., a daughter of the late Ray Oliver and Madeline (Jewell) Briggs.

She graduated valedictorian of her class in 1946 from Royalton-Hartland High School and went on to earn an associate degree from Bryant & Stratton College. On June 28, 1947, she married James W. Moriarty at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, and together they raised a family of five children.

Mrs. Moriarty was employed as one of the original staff at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in 1973. She was the business manager, and she retired as assistant administrator in 1993. She was a parishioner of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, St. Mary’s Church. An active volunteer, she headed up the Catholic education program and the R.C.I.A. program for 24 years. Mrs. Moriarty was a member of Court Santa Maria #295, Catholic Daughters of the Americas and the St. Mary’s Mothers Club. She served as the travel coordinator for Senior Citizens of Western Orleans. Mrs. Moriarty traveled extensively over the years with her husband, and later with the Senior Citizens. She visited such places as the Middle East, Yugoslavia and Egypt. Whether she was working, volunteering or traveling, Mrs. Moriarty loved to be active and loved being with other people.

Mrs. Moriarty was predeceased by her husband, James, on Sept. 17, 1995; her brother, Richard Oliver; and sister, Joyce Rathmann.

She is survived by her five children, Mary Moriarty, Thomas (Patricia) Moriarty, Timothy (Terri) Moriarty, Betsy (Ronald) Scordino and Kathleen (Richard) Anderson; eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Calling hours will be held on Mon., April 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls will celebrate her Mass of Christian Burial on Tue., April 2 at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, St. Mary’s Church, 211 Eagle St., Medina, and interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Parish; or to Senior Citizens of Western Orleans, 615 West Ave., Medina NY 14103.

Share condolences and memories at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted March 29 2019
Mary H. Lawrence

Mary LawrenceMary H. Lawrence, 83, of Albion, passed away March 28, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born June 21, 1935 to the late Paul and Mary (Gallagher) Edwards.

Mary enjoyed gardening with her late husband, LaVerne, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoyed knitting, collecting wind chimes, playing solitaire on the computer, and watching EWTN on her television.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, LaVerne, in 2011; and several siblings.

Mary is survived by her children, Ann (Steve) Chew, Judith Edwards, Michael (Jay Hueber) Lawrence, Robert Lawrence, Mary (Scott) Patten, Paul (Lucinda) Lawrence, David (Denise) Lawrence and Joseph (Jackie) Lawrence; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Gerald (Mora) Edwards, Carol (George) Rich, Carl (late Linda) Edwards and Pauline (Bob) Forrester; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411, on Mon., April 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Mary’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Parish – St. Joseph’s Church, West Park Street, Albion, on Tue., April 2 at 11 a.m. Interment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mary’s name may be made to the church, 106 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted March 29 2019
Larry L. Decker

Larry Decker

Larry L. Decker, 75, of DeLand, Fla. and formerly of Middleport, N.Y. and New Milford, Pa., entered into rest on March 12, 2019 with his loving wife of almost 53 years, Nancy, by his side.

Larry is also survived by his children, Dan and Beth Piekarsky, Lori and Stuart Pollack, Amy Decker, Nicole Bricourt, and Brett and Trudy Decker; 10 grandchildren, Will, Chris, Christina, Samantha, Melissa, Breonna, Alissa, Cory, Tagen and Arie; one great-grandchild, Aidan; brothers, Stephen and Sharon Decker, William Decker, and Robert and Gail Decker; sisters, Bonnie Brainard, Emily and William Whitney, and Barbara and Tom Lewis; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

He was predeceased by his parents, J. Elwin and Grace Decker.

Larry retired from General Motors with 31 years of faithful employment. He was a Middleport volunteer fireman for 25 years. Larry enjoyed horses, golfing, and trips to the casino. He possessed a great love for his wife, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at 12 p.m. on Mon., March 18 at Tuttle-Yeisley Funeral Home Inc., Hallstead, Pa. Interment will be in Franklin Hill Cemetery. Friends were invited to call from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis TN 38105.


 

Posted March 29 2019
Judith Howard Moss

Judith Moss

Judith Howard Moss, of Medina, passed away on March 25, 2019 at the age of 92.

She was born in Youngstown, N.Y. to Edwin L. and Virginia O. Howard and was married on their farm.

She is predeceased by her husband, the Very Reverend R. Benjamin Moss; and her siblings, Jean and Gary.

She is survived by her children, Melinda (Scott) Abriss, Robert B. (Paul Lee) Moss, Katherine (Raymond) Parker and Lawrence (Leslie) Moss; grandchildren, Raymond E. (Molli O.) Parker IV, Rory J. Parker, Rachel J. Abriss and Jessica R. Abriss; nephew, Mitchell Howard; and niece, Susan (Peter) Tosto.

Judy lived a very full life as a mother of four, enjoyed a 25-year career as an educator and speech pathologist, and was a true thespian with over 50 roles in the theater (where she met her future husband). During her life and retirement, she traveled and went on many trips both here and abroad, together with Ben, her husband of 63 years.

The family has decided to forego calling hours and a funeral service. The interment will be a private ceremony at a future date for the family and will be officiated by Barbara Price of St. John’s in Youngstown.

In lieu of flowers, friends may contribute to Dementia Society of America or Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Arrangements were made with Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Please share condolences and memories at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted March 26 2019
Bernard W. Amos

Bernard Pete Amos

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Bernard W. “Pete” Amos, 93, of Medina, passed peacefully from this life at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia on March 23, 2019.

Born June 20, 1925 in Rochester, Mr. Amos was the son of the late Warren G. and Grace L. (Potter) Amos. He moved to Medina at an early age and graduated from Medina High School, class of 1942. Eager to enlist in the Army at the young age of 17, Pete was told by his father that he had to wait until his 18th birthday. He joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and served his country during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. He was sent with the 77th Division Anti-Aircraft Artillery team and earned the rank of Corporal. He fought in Guam, the Philippines, Leyte and Okinawa and was honorably discharged in 1946. Returning home, he married the former Shirley J. Pask in 1948, and together they raised a family of four daughters. In 1949, Mr. Amos graduated from R.I.T. He went on to work for Niagara Chemical Division, Niagara Mohawk, Medina Parts, and finally for Harrison Radiator in Lockport as a design engineer for 29 years, retiring in 1982. He was a lifelong active member of United Methodist Church in Medina, where he served on several committees. Mr. Amos also served on the Village of Medina board and the Millville Cemetery board. He was a member of both Lincoln Post #1483, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion. Pete was very active with Boy Scout Troop #28 in Medina and served as Scoutmaster for many years. He enjoyed guiding scouts through the various badges and Eagle Scout tasks, as well as camping at Dittmer and the National Jamboree at Philmont. Pete and Shirley enjoyed traveling together. Together, they visited all 50 states and several countries. Following retirement, Pete volunteered at Medina Memorial Hospital, Meals on Wheels and M.A.A.C. He was delighted to be one of the first to be on the Honor Flight out of Rochester in 2009. Mr. Amos was also incredibly honored to ride in the annual Medina Memorial Day parade for several years and will be honored with a banner hanging along one of Medina’s streets this spring.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Shirley J. Amos, on Dec. 4, 2013; and his daughter, Cynthia L. Graham, on Jan. 20, 2014.

He is survived by his three daughters, Claudia (late Wilson) Southworth, Cheryl Smith and Colleen Brose; three grandchildren, Stacey (Clint) Cormier, Scott Scharping and Courtney Dzialo; four great-grandchildren, Caleb and Joshua Cormier, Isabella and Ariana Dzialo; sister, Betty (William) Crandall; and sons-in-law, DeVon Smith and Gregory Brose.

Calling hours will be held on Fri., March 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. His funeral service will be held on Sat., March 30 at 10 a.m. at The Grove United Methodist Church, 11004 W. Center St., Medina. The Rev. Larry Eastlack will officiate. Burial will be in Millville Cemetery, with full military honors accorded by members of Lincoln Post #1483, V.F.W and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion.

Memorial donations may be made to The Grove United Methodist Church. Please share condolences and memories at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted March 26 2019
Raymond Paul Mosier

Ray Mosier

Raymond Paul “Ray” Mosier, 85, of Holley and formerly of Rochester, passed away on March 24, 2019 at his home with his family by his side. He was born Oct. 9, 1933 in Rochester to the late Clarence and Mary (Fernandez) Mosier.

Ray was a skilled craftsman as his vocation, and he had a great reputation in the area as an excellent cabinet maker. He always “said it straight” whenever he was talking to anyone, and he lived his life the way he wanted. In his younger years, he enjoyed speed skating, and he always preferred quality-made goods. In his spare time, Ray enjoyed going to auctions, watching classic movies, and collecting antiques.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Clarence Jr.

Ray is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Penny; sons, Teddy (Regina) of Rochester, Greg (Lynn) of South Carolina, Shawn of Clarendon, and Terry of Clarendon; grandchildren, Raymond, Shannon, AJ and Jake; and great-grandchildren, Mason, Kennedy, Anthony and Terran.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley NY 14470, on Tue., March 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. Ray’s graveside service will be held Wed., March 27 at Mt. Albion Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Please enter in the westernmost gate and proceed to the back of the cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Ray’s name may be made to Holley VFW Post #202, 8 Veterans Drive, Holley NY 14470.

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


 

Posted March 26 2019
James M. Becker

James M. “Spinner” Becker, 62, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Sun., March 24, 2019.

Born on Aug. 22, 1956 in Batavia, he was the son of the late Victor and Helen (King) Becker.

James worked various jobs in the Western New York area and was lastly employed with National Maintenance Contracting Corporation of Niagara Falls, N.Y., retiring in 2009. James was the proud owner of a 1939 Harley Davidson Roadster and, in his spare time, he enjoyed fishing off his deck with his faithful companions.

James is survived by his wife of 14 years, Debra Becker; his children, Tony (Renee) Becker of Orlando, Fla., Acoya Becker of West Seneca, N.Y., Kodian Becker, Wyatt Becker and Tacara Becker, all of Darien, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Gavin, Colton, Vanessa, Janelle and Emma; four siblings, Vicki Becker of Batavia, Randy (Karen) Becker of Indian Falls, Dori (Paul) Sinack of Phelps, N.Y., and Tim Becker of Batavia; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful companions, Chopper, Hugger, Scooter, Harley and Peanut.

James is predeceased by a brother, Thomas Becker; and a grandson, Jacob James Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., March 30 at Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Road, Medina NY 14103, with the Pastor, Rev. Daniel A. Thurber, officiating. Burial will be at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made in James’s name to PAWS, 3371 Gaines Basin Road, Albion NY 14411; or to St Jude Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105.

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


 

Posted March 25 2019
Marie B. Tortorice

Marie Tortorice

Marie B. Tortorice, 95, of Albion, passed away March 23, 2019. She was born Jan. 16, 1924 in Bennington, N.Y. to the late Clarence and Minnie (Ike) Bender.

Marie was a retiree from Albion Correctional, where she was a corrections officer. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing bingo, gardening, and vacationing at various places.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Nunzio “Torchy,” in January 1991; and her siblings, James Bender, Harold Bender and Eva Lyons; and granddaughter, Sandra Lynn Tortorice.

Marie is survived by her sons, Tom (Carole), Richard (Chantal) and James (Janine); 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sat., March 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Merrill Grinnell Funeral Home, note address: 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411, where her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Albion Cemetery.

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

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


 

Posted March 25 2019
Merle K. Ricci

Merle Ricci

Merle “Mike” Kubica Ricci, 83, of Carlton, passed away peacefully on March 22, 2019 at Medina Memorial Hospital. She was born to Alfred and Grace Fay Kubica on July 8, 1935 in Rochester, N.Y.

Academically, Mike earned a master’s degree and taught at various levels of education over the years. Additionally, she owned and operated several family businesses. She is perhaps best known for Ricci Meadows Golf Club.

Mike was an experienced seamstress. In her younger years, she sewed wedding gowns and, in retirement, she made several machine-embroidered quilts. Mike had numerous and diverse hobbies. She was a world traveler, an avid reader, and one who enjoyed playing poker. At the age of 63, she received her charter captain’s license. She was most easily described as a cross between Auntie Mame and Scarlett O’Hara.

Mike is survived by her daughter, Hollis (Gordon) Canham; her son, Charles (Sarah) Ricci; and a “bonus” daughter, Cathie Barry; three grandchildren, Andrew Canham, Peter Ricci II and Mikken Canham; three great-grandchildren, Charles Dan Ricci II, Danielle Ricci and Loryn Canham; several nieces and nephews.

Mike was predeceased by her husband of 37 years, Peter Ricci; sisters, Audrey Roosa and Fay Roberta Ciarico; and a brother, Paul Kubica.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Thu., March 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. Immediately following visitation, a wake will be held at Albion Elks Lodge #1006, 428 W. State St., Albion.

Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.

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


 

Posted March 24 2019
Judith S. (Laubacher) Gott

Judith Gott

Judith S. (Laubacher) Gott, 53, a former Albion resident, passed away peacefully at her home in Houston, Texas after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Medina on Feb. 28, 1966, grew up in Albion, and lived in Houston for the past 29 years.

She loved working in the mortgage industry, along with being a devoted mother and grandmother. She cherished her family and friends, who meant the world to her. She always hoped and prayed to win the lottery so she could take care of those who surrounded her.

Judi is predeceased by her daughter, Sarah Laubacher; and her father, Carl Laubacher Sr.

She is survived by her husband, Al Gott; mother, Donna (Stahl) Laubacher; siblings, Andrew (Tayna) Laubacher, Denise Laubacher, Kathleen Ashbery, Marsha (Gordon) Hutchinson and CJ (Allison) Laubacher; grandchildren, Tristan, Mackenzie, Caiden and Parker Tower; two stepchildren, Jennifer and Brandon Gott; two step-grandchildren, Natalie and Nicole Gott; and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of Judi’s life with family and friends at Tillman’s Village Inn on Sat., April 6 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. There will be a 10 a.m. memorial service on June 22 at Holy Family Roman Catholic Parish in Albion.


 

Posted March 24 2019
James Rush

James RushAmerican flagJames Alan “Jim” Rush, 70, of Albion, passed away on March 24, 2019. He was born April 16, 1948 in Albion, a son to the late Luther “Zeke” Rush and Bette McWilliams.

Jim was a master fisherman, an electrician, and a great baseball player. In his spare time, he enjoyed camping. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. Jim served in the U.S. Navy.

Jim is survived by his loving wife, Valerie (Elwell) Rush of Albion; sons, Thomas James (Carmen) Rush of Charlotte, N.C., Michael John (Megan) Rush of Barre Center, Michael (Danielle) Blake of Clarendon, and Steven Blake of Henrietta; grandchildren, Aiden Rush, Owen Rush, Audrey Blake, Annabelle Rush, Brinn Rush, Lilianna Rush and Nolan Blake; brothers, Stephen (Heather) Rush of Florida and Brian (Pamela) Rush of Waterport; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411, on Tue., March 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. only.

Memorials may be made to Albion Betterment Committee, 3806 Allens Bridge Road, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted March 24 2019
Frances A. Benben

Frances BenbenFrances A. “Fran” Benben, 87, of Medina, went to be with her husband in heaven on Sat., March 23, 2019 at Medina Memorial Hospital. She was born on July 17, 1931 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Elmer and Vera (Garrison) Wagner.

Fran graduated from Akron High School and went to work for Sylvania in Batavia. On Oct. 25, 1952, she married the late Stanley P. Benben, and together they made their home in Medina and raised three children. From 1968 to 1990, she owned and operated Fran’s Fashion on Main Street in Medina. In her early years, she enjoyed bowling, playing bingo and cards, and she was an avid baseball fan.

Fran is survived by her children, Paul J. (Sandra) Benben of Medina and Pam Owen of Los Angeles; a granddaughter, Cristy (Caleb) Rhodes of Meadville, Pa.; a great-grandson, Gavin Rhodes of Meadville; four siblings, Betty (Lawrence) Pafk of Akron, Esther (Richard) Brown of Middleport, Richard (Joanne) Wagner of Batavia, and Nancy Forbes of Lockport; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Fran is predeceased by her daughter, Denise Benben; two grandsons, James Benben and Graham Owen; and three siblings, Carol Schubel, Elmer Wagner Jr. and Lois Ayler.

Relatives and friends may call on Wed., March 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls will celebrate her Mass of Christian Burial on Thu., March 28 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, St. Mary’s Church. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Fran’s name to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1775 Wehrle Drive #150, Buffalo NY 14221.

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


 

Posted March 24 2019
Anthony R. Albanese

Anthony AlbaneseAnthony R. Albanese, 61, of Albion, passed away at his home on March 23, 2019. Tony was born Feb. 17, 1958 in Albion, a son of the late Anthony and Eleanor (Jablonski) Albanese.

Tony lived in this area all of his life and was a 1977 graduate of Albion Central School. He was a member of Holy Family Parish/St. Joseph’s Church, St. Mary’s Athletic Club and St. Mary’s Archer’s Club, and he was a social member of the V.F.W. Tony was employed by the Village of Albion as a caretaker at Mt. Albion Cemetery for 32 years. Tony was an easygoing, fun-loving friend to all, who always had a smile and enjoyed life. He enjoyed many friends, good food, and scratch-offs.

He is survived by his brothers, Robert (Jan) Albanese and Michael (Danielle) Albanese; sister, Maria (Vernon) Spicer; nieces and nephews, Chrissie (Scott) Ladd, Andi Albanese, Eric (Michelle) Albanese, Brian Albanese and Nicholas Spicer; several cousins; special cousin, Dorothy Albanese; and dear friend, Barb Bukiewicz.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Thu., March 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. Tony’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Parish/St. Joseph’s Church on Fri., March 29 at 10 a.m. Interment 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.

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


 

Posted March 22 2019
Dominic T. Anthony

Dominic AnthonyDominic T. Anthony, 40, of Albion, died unexpectedly March 21, 2019. He was born June 17, 1978 in California to Thomas and Nancy (Shaw) Anthony, moved to Rhode Island as a boy, and lived in this area for over seven years.

A former member of Kendall United Methodist Church, Dominic was active in Bus Ministries throughout the area. He loved Bible studies by the waterfalls, cooking, volunteering at The Woodlands in Holley, rapping, and writing poetry. He also loved the outdoors and his puppies, and he enjoyed a humorous sense of fashion. Dominic was always up for a new adventure and, if you were going through a tough time, he would always be there to give you a hug when you needed it the most. His family described him as the most giving man they’ve ever known who would give you his last $5 and the shirt off his back, even if he didn’t have any money or any clothes. He truly loved his family and was overheard telling someone that Jamie had taught him how to be a “soccer mom.”

Mr. Anthony was predeceased by his sister, Melissa Jean; and his “Nonnie,” Santa Anthony.

He is survived by his loving companion, Jamie “Wifey” Wilkins; her children, Bailey, Collin and Madison Papaj, Michael and Emily Torres; his uncles, Tino Anthony, Joseph Anthony and Jerome Squadrito; his aunts, Joanna Interlini, Tina Anthony, Maria Anthony, Karen Anthony and Kim Squadrito; as well as many cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Wed., March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m., followed immediately by his funeral service at 8 p.m. Interment will be in Rhode Island at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Orleans Ministry of Concern/Just Friends Youth Mentoring Program, 121 N. Main St., Suite 311, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted March 22 2019
Charles R. Wilson Jr.

Charles Wilson

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Charles R. Wilson Jr., 77, of the Town of Shelby, entered into rest peacefully on Wed., March 20, 2019 at home, with his loving family by his side.

Born May 17, 1941 in Clintonville, W.Va., he was a son of the late Charles R. and Bertie A. (Harford) Wilson Sr. Charles graduated from Greenbrier High School in the class of 1958. He went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962. Charles married the former Cecelia Fuller on Oct. 12, 1963, and together they raised a family of five children. Charles worked for Harrison Radiator Division of G.M.C., from which he retired in 1992. He was past president and line officer of the Shelby Volunteer Fire Company, where he was a proud member for over 50 years. Charles was also a past president of the Orleans County Firemen’s Association. He was a Town of Shelby councilman, a member of the Genesee Valley Metal Detectors Association, past president of the Gold Prospectors Association of Western New York, and president of the South Forty R.V. Association in Tucson, Ariz.

Charles enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, metal detecting, and gold prospecting. He enjoyed working with young people in his community and sharing his love for the outdoors. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and will be remembered fondly for always making those around him laugh.

He is survived by his wife, Cecelia A. Wilson; his five children, Shelly (Howard) Daggs of Waterport, Darlene (Charles) Hartway of Medina, Charles (Carrie) Wilson III of Medina, William (Jennifer) Wilson of Medina and Susan (Dan) Egan of Forestville; nineteen grandchildren, Nathanial (Megan) Hartway, Justin (Kristin) Hartway, Katie (Alex) Misiti, Travis Hartway, Bailey (Robert) Bannister, Franklin Hartway, Martha Hartway, Howard (Kimberly) Daggs IV, Jennifer (Matt) Gage, Emma Wilson, Luke Wilson, Parker Wilson, Oliver Wilson, Joshua Wilson, Alexander Wilson, Alyson McAdoo, Michael McAdoo, Jackson Egan and Cecelia Egan; ten great-grandchildren; brother, Dwight (Ruth) Wilson of Canandaigua; and many dear family members and friends, especially the extended Fuller family.

A Celebration of Life Service and dinner in memory of Charles will be held on Fri., March 29 at 6 p.m. at the Shelby Volunteer Fire Hall, 4695 S. Gravel Road, Medina.

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

Arrangements were completed through Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Please share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted March 22 2019
Kester L. Baker

Kester L. Baker, 65, of Medina, entered into rest on Tue., March 19, 2019 at Buffalo General Hospital.

Born Jan. 28, 1954 in Malone, N.Y., Kester was a son of the late Clarence and Louva (Jock) Baker. He graduated from Brushton-Moira High School in the class of 1973. Kester worked for several years for Alliance Tool & Die in Rochester. He then worked for Fisher-Price in Medina, and finally for Birds Eye/Bonduelle in Brockport, retiring in 2017. He was a member of United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest in Knowlesville, where he served as a church trustee.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda J. (Frederick) Baker, whom he married on June 21, 1986; brother, Steve Baker; sister, Rosalie Grinwald; sister-in-law, Tracie Wilson; brothers-in-law, Roger Frederick and Brian Castrechino; nieces, Raychelle, Amber, Trinity, Krystal, Penny, Julie and Rose Marie; nephews, Robert, Tyler and Ryan; and his dog, Jilly.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Horace, Wesley and Clifford Baker.

His Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sat., May 4 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest Fellowship Hall, 3622 Knowlesville Road, Knowlesville NY 14479.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the memorial fund at United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest.

Arrangements were completed through Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Please share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted March 20 2019
Douglas V. Hart

Douglas Hart

Douglas V. Hart, 65, of Waterport, died March 19, 2019 in Medina Memorial Hospital following a long illness. He was born Nov. 24, 1953 in Batavia to Vincent and Florence Hart and lived in this area most of his life.

Doug was a member of St. Mary’s Archer’s Club and the proprietor of Hart Farms. He enjoyed repairing and fixing houses, working in his garden, and watching old Westerns and professional wrestling on TV. Doug had a special affinity for and loved all of his cats.

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Crystal, whom he married Nov. 11, 2001; his son, Tim (Kate) Lashway of Rochester; two grandchildren, Ethan and Mason; as well as two sisters.

There will be no calling hours. Doug’s services and interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Elm and Carlton streets, Buffalo NY 14263.

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.