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Posted May 30 2020

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Posted May 30 2020
Walter V. Wochna

ALBION – Walter V. Wochna, 78, died May 29, 2020 in Orchard Manor Nursing Home following a short illness. He was born November 24, 1941 in Rochester to Walter F. and Madeline Wochna and had lived in the area since 1971.

Walter was a “homebody” who enjoyed gardening and fixing things, thus earning him the titles of “Mr. Fix-it” and “Jack of all trades”.

Mr. Wochna was predeceased by his wife, Cheryl; and a brother, Michael Francis Wochna.

He is survived by his son, Bradley W. Wochna of Kendall; and a daughter, Susan (Larry Shompert) Haibach of Kendall.

There will be no visitation. Walter’s service and interment will be held privately in Millville Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Genesee County SPCA, 3841 W. Main St. Road, Batavia, NY, 14020.

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


 

Posted May 30 2020
Shirley June Robertson

HOLLEY — Shirley June Robertson, 86, passed away May 29, 2020. A lifelong resident of Holley, she was born June 9, 1933 to the late Alva and Florence (Comden) Mower.

Shirley was known for her cooking and baking. Macaroni and cheese was one of her favorite dishes to make. There were always fresh baked cookies for snacks at the house for her family to enjoy. She loved to watch birds from her back window, especially hummingbirds. Shirley was an avid collector of cruets and was very proud of her collection, often times pointing out her favorites.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband George on October 3, 2017. Shirley is survived by her children, Charles Robertson, Wayne Robertson, Beth (Glenn) Moy, and Amy (David) VanDetta; grandson, Dustin (Natasha) Moy; sister, Marian (James) Moore; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held by the family at Hillside Cemetery in Holley. Shirley’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. Holley, NY. To share a special memory of Shirley, please www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted May 29 2020
May Ella Bythewood

KENT – May Ella Bythewood, 76, died May 28, 2020 at her residence following a brief illness. She was born December 11, 1943 in Fairmont, NC to May Dennis and Rosie (Burns) Powell and had lived in this area over 56 years.

May Ella was a member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Kendall Mills and a member of the Easter Star Group. She loved to bake, cook and feeding people. She also had a green thumb and loved her plants and gardening. May Ella was a very social person and would help anyone in need as she could.

Mrs. Bythewood was predeceased by her husband, Emory Bythewood.

She is survived by her significant other, Parra Martinez; brothers, Renard (Nancy) Powell of Brockport, David (Gloria) Powell of FL, Lynn (Ethel) Powell of NC; sisters, Jane Moody of Kent, Mary Magalene Smith of NC, and Alice Powell of Brockport; sister-in-law, Willie L. Cox of Florida; several nieces and nephews who she treated as her children as well as a host of other family and friends.

There will be no prior calling hours. Private service and interment in Mt. Albion Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family. May Ella’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion.

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


 

Posted May 29 2020
Glenn E. Woolston

WATERPORT – Glenn E. Woolston, 91, died May 29, 2020 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in Medina following a long illness and as a result of COVID-19. He was born June 24, 1928 in the Town of Gaines, a son of the late Floyd and Flora (Franks) Woolston and had lived in this area all of his life.

Glenn was a member of the Gaines Congregational Church and sang in their choir. He was also a member of the Albion Rotary Club, Busy Buddies, St. Mary’s Archers Club and was a lifetime member of the Carlton Fire Department.  Glenn was one of the founding members of the Gaines Valley Airport and the Experimental Aircraft Association where he volunteered his time with the Young Eagles Flyers Club, consisting of 71 children he would take flying. He served as Town Justice and Councilman for the Town of Carlton.

He was a dairy farmer, school bus driver, plumber, worked at T.J. Lipton’s and for Albion and Orleans Correctional Facility as a Sr. maintenance worker. He was Co-Owner of Cedar Valley Lodging in Waterport and owned Parish NY Snowmobile Camp with his cousin Ken Drew. Glenn restored his father’s 1915 Ford Model T and his 1909 Brush Motor Car which is on display at the Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport, NY. He was also a carpenter and built a kayak, a speed boat named “Little Devil”, a 26 foot thunderbird sailboat, three homes and an experimental CH701 Zenith “yellow bird” airplane.  He also built and sold shore birds and children’s rocking horses.  Glenn loved spending time with his grandchildren teaching and building elevators, model airplanes, scooters, wooden toy guns and doll houses with them.  Glenn built flag poles for each of his grandchildren to put at their homes.  He enjoyed motorcycles, downhill skiing, hunting, fishing, playing the ukulele, harmonica and loved to sing; especially all the songs from WW2 era. He and his wife Irene loved to travel and they traveled extensively throughout the world.  His family always looked forward to his popcorn balls and homemade bread at Christmas.

Glenn was predeceased by his brothers Merle, William (Edna), Lee (Margaret).

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Irene; his children, Rodney (Donna), Donna (Michael) Smith and Dana (Lynda); grandchildren, Shaun (Elissa) and Evan (Tiffany) Smith, Ryan (Mattea) Woolston, Jessy (Kyle) Holz, Shane Woolston, Lysa (Ken) Leek and Dale Woolston; great-grandchildren, Kyle Niederhofer, Ben and Aubree Leek, Ava, Caden Woolston, Colton, Maddox, Garrett, Graydon Smith, Lucas and Lucy Holz and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

His graveside service will be at the convenience of the family at Otter Creek Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Gaines Congregational Church, 14023 Ridge Rd. W., Albion NY 14411, Carlton Fire Department, 14341 Waterport-Carlton Rd. Albion, NY 14411 or Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted May 29 2020
Bran E. Harvey

Bran Harvey

Bran E. Harvey, 48, of Chicago, Ill. and formerly of Albion, passed away May 24, 2020 after a courageous four-year battle with cancer.

Bran is survived by his wife, Lisa Forde; his daughters, Nora and Frannie of Chicago; his mother, Ann (Donald) Brown of Albion; his father, Bruce Harvey of Penn Yan; and his sister, Staci Graham (Charles Breuilly) of Albion. He was the son-in-law of Frances Forde and the late Walter Forde; the brother-in-law of Ann (Bill) Murray, Roger Forde, Kelly (Marc) Mosciki, and the late Thomas Forde; as well as uncle to many nieces and nephews.

He graduated from Albion High School, class of 1990. He went on to earn a degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; as well as a law degree from Loyola University Law School, Chicago.

His devotion to family, particularly his two daughters, his quick wit, and his love for music will be remembered by the many friends he made along life’s path.

Bran was a passionate musician and a member of several bands, including The Balltease Falcons, The Returnables, Teenage Imposters, and Junior High.

His services were held at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bran’s GoFundMe page, for the continued support of his children.


 

Posted May 28 2020
Harold D. McMullen

Harold McMullen

Harold D. McMullen, 77, of Albion, died May 27, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 29, 1942 in Rochester, a son of the late R. Roy and Ruth (Phinney) McMullen, and he lived in this area most of his life.

Harold graduated from Kendall High School in 1960. He worked at T.J. Lipton’s, and then went to work as a group leader at Kodak from 1962 to 1998. After retiring from Kodak, Harold drove school buses for Albion Central School and was affectionately known as “Grandpa” by his students. He loved all of his grandkids. He loved camping but, most importantly, he truly loved and was loved by his family. He could be seen at his children’s and grandchildren’s swim meets, band and chorus concerts, baseball games and soccer games.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Larry (Jo) McMullen.

Harold is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Jan (Verkest) McMullen; and his children, Shawn (Luann) McMullen, Coleen (Jay) Pahura, and Kevin (Karey) McMullen. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, Shannon and Collin McMullen, Bobby and Alex Chevier, Nick and Zack McMullen, Hannah Pahura, Alicia, Dusty, Megan, Brianna, Zack and Nick Pahura, Troy Fidanza, Alyssa and Brianna McMullen. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law, Kathy (Brent) Jones and Eileen (Rob) Goodwin; brother-in-law, Alan Verkest; several great-grandchildren, cousins, and close family friends.

His graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Orleans County Office for the Aging, 14016 State Rte. 31, Albion NY 14411; Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; Alzheimer’s Association, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14620; or to Parkinson’s Foundation, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Rochester NY 14620.

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


 

Posted May 27 2020
Caroline S. Curtiss

Caroline S. Curtiss, 85, of Albion, died May 22, 2020 in The Villages of Orleans following a long illness. She was born Nov. 26, 1934 in Clyde, N.Y. and lived in this area for over 50 years.

Caroline was a former employee of General Electric, and she enjoyed a variety of activities, including camping, riding motorcycles, sewing, crocheting and antiquing. However, her greatest joy came from spending time with her family.

Mrs. Curtiss was predeceased by her husband, Harold; her brother, Sonny Dapolito; and two sisters, Adrian and Roselynn.

She is survived by her sons, Bruce (Lori) Curtiss of Schenectady, Mark Curtiss of Holley, and John (Delynn) Curtiss of Holley; her sister, Marie; two grandchildren, Josh and Jeffry; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Due to the gathering restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, a celebration of Caroline’s life will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Sandy Creek Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 6215 Sheridan Drive #100, Buffalo NY 14221.

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


 

Posted May 27 2020
William Wesley Moore

William Moore

William Wesley Moore, 59, went to be with the Lord on May 25, 2020 after a short illness.

He leaves behind his father and mother, James and Marian (Mower) Moore; his siblings, including Carol (Ray) Stern, Barbara (James) Passarell, and Gail (Stephen) Tipton; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bill worked for many years in the building trades. He was an avid fisherman who loved the New York Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys.

His graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at Hillside Cemetery.

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


 

Posted May 27 2020
Edward F. Fancher

Edward Fancher

Edward F. Fancher passed away May 24, 2020 after a heroic and inspiring battle with cancer. Ed was born July 17, 1965 to Lavern and Judy Fancher of Barre and attended Albion Central School, where he graduated with honors in the class of 1983. Following graduation, Ed entered the United States Marine Corps and served four years as a member of the Marine One Presidential Helicopter Squadron during the Reagan administration.

After returning to the Albion area, he enrolled in SUNY Brockport and graduated with degrees in accounting, business administration, and economics. Ed began his career at Community Action as Fiscal Director prior to becoming the Executive Director of Community Action of Orleans and Genesee in 2005. For 32 years, Ed served with passion and dedication, earning the respect and admiration of all the administrative staff and employees of the agency. He was a calming and caring presence, working with clients and contractors alike.

Ed exemplified a life of service above self. He served as treasurer of the Albion Rotary Club, the Albion High School Alumni Foundation, and the Iroquois Trail Boy Scouts of America. He previously served on the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce and Medina Savings & Loan boards of directors. Showing the personification of the saying, “… you can always give your time,” Ed was also a volunteer for Hospice of Orleans and Holy Family Parish.

Ed will be remembered as a selfless giver of his time and talents. He could fix anything and frequently was called upon by family and friends for help. Ed loved singing in the choir at Holy Family Parish, camping, racquetball, golf, rock music, motorcycle riding, and tractor rides with his grandsons. As a sports enthusiast, he was an avid New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills fan. Ed brought humor, fun and sarcastic wit to all events, and in the loving, profound and innocent words of his grandson, “Papa makes the sun shine brighter!”

Edward is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Christine; his three children, who were the joy of his life, Justine (Jason) Arpag, Kyle Fancher (Lauren Mattelliano), and Janelle Fancher (Miles Walton). Ed was the proud Papa of his adored grandsons, Greyson, Harrison and Carson. He is also survived by his siblings, Sandra Bastedo (Joe Reasinger), Susan Fancher (Mark Engebretson), Gail (Kevin) Streicher, and William (Kelly) Fancher; his in-laws, Walter and Gina Boothby; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Terra and Rick Blount; as well as many cherished family members and friends.

Edward was predeceased by his parents, Lavern and Judy Fancher.

Funeral Services will be held privately due to Public Health Guidelines for public gatherings as a result of COVID-19. Please use this link to view Ed’s service live on Fri., May 29. The video of his service will also be posted on the Mitchell Family Funeral Homes YouTube page after the service is completed. A celebration of Ed’s life will be held at a later date when social gathering restrictions are lifted.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Action of Orleans and Genesee, 409 E. State St., Albion NY 14411; or to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to Holy Family Parish, 106 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411; or to Albion Alumni Foundation, P.O. Box 345, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted May 26 2020
Cathy J. Miller

Cathy MillerCathy J. Miller, 65, of Medina, passed away on Sun., May 24, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born on Aug. 14, 1954 in Albion, a daughter of Verona (Reed) Pritchard and the late Donald Pritchard.

Cathy graduated a year early from Medina High School, class of 1971, so she could marry the love of her life, the late Ronald J. Miller. Together, they made their home in Medina and raised three sons. At first, Cathy was a stay-at-home mother. In the 1980s, she went to work as a classroom aide at Towne Elementary School. Lastly, she worked as an accountant for the Public Health Department of Orleans County, from which she retired in November 2016. Even after her retirement, Cathy’s care and commitment continued while she served as a consultant, advocating for disadvantaged children. She enjoyed crafting, gardening, and socializing with her group of tightly-knit friends, catering several parties with them. Most of all, Cathy enjoyed spending time with her family, especially with her grandchildren.

Cathy is survived by her mother, Verona Pritchard of Medina; three sons, Jeffrey (Marcy Paron) of Atlanta, Ga., Timothy Miller of Richmond, Va., and Kristofer Miller of Albany, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Nate, Carter, Isabel, Zachary and Edith; a brother, Donald (Susan) Pritchard of Mendon, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. Due to precautions associated with the pandemic, a memorial will be planned by family for a future date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Cathy’s name to Orleans County Child Family Services, Attn: Jeanie Larkin, 14016 Rt.31, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted May 26 2020
Mary L. Sailus

Mary SailusMary L. Sailus, 91, of Holley, died May 26, 2020 in the Hillhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center following a short illness. She was born Nov. 18, 1928 in Rochester to Nicola and Josephine (Pilato) Marchesoni and lived in this area all of her life.

Mary was a communicant of St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Holley and, earlier in her life, was an active member of the Orleans County Home Bureau. She enjoyed bowling and birdwatching. However, as a family-oriented woman, her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed the fact that she shared the same birthday as Mickey Mouse.

Mrs. Sailus was predeceased by her husband, Albert; and her brothers, Salvatore and Vincent Marchesoni.

She is survived by her children, Ann Marie Jermyn of Rochester, Martin (Joanna) Sailus of Newark Valley, N.Y., and Andrew (Rosemary) Sailus of Holley; her grandchildren, Monica, Rebecca, Cherie, Owen and Anna; her sister-in-law, Pauline Marchesoni; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Due to the guidelines issued regarding social gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mary’s Memorial Mass will take place at a later date. Her interment will take place privately in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Children International, 2000 E. Red Bridge Road, P.O. Box 219055, Kansas City MO 64121; or to Catholic Charities, 1099 Jay St., Building J, Rochester NY 14611.

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


 

Posted May 26 2020
Frances A. Saeva

Frances SaevaFrances A. Saeva, 98, of Albion, passed away peacefully under the care of her son and daughter-in-law at their home on May 25, 2020. She was born May 22, 1922 in Albion to the late Russell and Josephine (Fiorito) Barcelona.

Mrs. Saeva was a member of St. Joseph’s Church and the Garret Club. She worked for nearly 20 years as a secretary at Albion Agencies. She enjoyed going bowling, golfing, playing bingo, and spending time at area casinos.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Nunzio; and her siblings, Grace, Josephine, Dolly, Libby, Kitty, Rose, Charlie, Joe and Jack.

Frances is survived by her children, Kathy (Patrick) Weaver, Richard (Cathy) Saeva and Karen Plummer; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Private interment will take place at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Albion.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Saeva’s name may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to Holy Family Parish – St. Joseph’s Church, 106 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411; or to Orleans County Office for the Aging, 14016 Route 31, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted May 26 2020
Vera J. Brege

Vera J. Brege, 94, of Middleport, died May 24, 2020 at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport.  She was born Sept. 25, 1925 in the Town of Shelby, a daughter of the late Carl and Augusta (Mietz) Reabold, and she lived in this area most of her life.

She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, where she belonged to the Bible Study Group and the Woman’s Service Guild. Vera worked for many years as a billing clerk at Garlock Office Products in Medina. She enjoyed pressing wildflowers.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth, in 1977.

She is survived by several cousins.

Her graveside service will be held at the convenience of the family at Royalton Mountain Ridge Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 133 Telegraph Road, Middleport NY 14105; or to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home. To share a special memory of Vera, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted May 26 2020
Richard Vincent Derry

American flagRichard Vincent Derry, 89, of Medina, passed away on May 21, 2020 at Avow Hospice in Naples, Fla. He was born in Buffalo, N.Y. on Sept. 30, 1930, a son to Helen and Alexander Derzjewski.

He loved to spend time with his family and friends. He enjoyed traveling, and he loved to play golf, bridge, chess, cribbage and tennis. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, where he was wounded in action and later was awarded the Purple Heart. He graduated from Medina High School, received his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Buffalo, and earned his Master of Education at Canisius College. He taught math at the Starpoint Central School District and retired in 1986.

Richard is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joyce Gracey Derry; daughters, Lisa (Alan) Boyer and husband Alan of Rochester; grandchildren, Robert Boyer and Tricia Titus and husband Gerald; Carole Oaks and husband Andrew of Oaks Corner; grandchildren, Dr. Zachary Oaks and wife Christine; Abigail Sturgis and husband William; Dr. Alexandria Hlinka and husband Jonathan; John Theodore Oaks and wife Chloe; son, John Derry and wife Christine of Springboro, Ohio; grandson, Nicholas; six great-grandchildren; and his sister, Louise Franchell.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Alexander, Charles and Edward Derry; and his sisters, Angeline Ball and Dorothy Outz.

The family would like to extend its gratitude to the caring staff and physicians at Avow Hospice and Naples Community Hospital. They are truly angels on earth.

Due to the Covid-19 crisis, a memorial service will be held later this year in Western New York.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local hospice in honor of Richard Derry.


 

Posted May 26 2020
Betty Pafk

Betty PafkBetty Pafk, of Akron, died May 22, 2020, passing away peacefully from natural causes at Absolut Care Skilled Nursing Facility in Gasport. She was born in Medina on Sept. 14, 1929 to Elmer and Vera Wagner.

Betty married Lawrence Pafk in 1948. She worked at Bell Telephone and at Sylvania in Batavia, and she always shared chores on the dairy farm while raising a family. Later on, she switched from cows to horses, helping at her son’s horse farm, and still sharing goodness with her children, grandchildren, and whomever else she could help. An avid Bills fan, Betty loved cooking and baking, and she was best known at St. Michael’s Church in Akron for her mac and cheese when needed.

Betty is survived by her children, Gary (Diane) Pafk and Keith (Lori) Pafk; and two grandchildren, Neil (Meg) Pafk and Kyle Pafk. She was from a family of eight. Her seven other siblings are the late Elmer (late Liz) Wagner, late Francis (late Stanley) Benben, Richard (late Joanne) Wagner, Esther (Richard) Brown, late Carol (late Carly) Schuebel, late Lois (Bob) Ayler, and Nancy (late Norman) Forbes. She is survived by many nieces and nephews, of whom she was proud.

The memorial service will be private.

Memorials would be appreciated in Betty’s honor to St. Michael’s Church, 6377 Wolcottsville Road, Akron NY 14001.

Arrangements were completed by Ross Funeral Home of Akron, LLC. To share memories and condolences with Betty’s family, please visit rossakron.com.


 

Posted May 25 2020
Lucille B. Lockwood

Lucille LockwoodLucille B. Lockwood, 82, of Albion, died suddenly May 24, 2020 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home due to COVID-19. She was born Feb. 27, 1938 in Lackawanna, N.Y., a daughter of the late Anthony and Rose (Saeva) D’Angelo, and she lived in this area all of her life.

Lucille enjoyed bingo, lottery scratch-offs, and talking with friends. She loved seeing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren when possible.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Larry Geikus.

She is survived by her children, Frank “Jim” (Donna) Lockwood of Knowlesville, Susan (Peter) Palmeri of Waterloo, N.Y., Scott (Diane) Lockwood of Penn Yan, Sherrye Tanner of Titusville, Fla., Jeannie (Alan) Groves of Chesapeake, Va., and Randy Branch of Maryville, Pa.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Ella M. Carroll of Albion; brother, Anthony D’Angelo of Sanford, N.C.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Her memorial service will be held at a date and time to be announced.

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


 

Posted May 25 2020
Langford W. Dobbins

Langford-DobbinsLangford W. “Lank” Dobbins, 90, of Kendall, passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 23, 2020 at Unity Hospital as a result of end stage renal disease. He was born Dec. 19, 1929 in Lockport, a son of the late Langford M. and Ina (Hall) Dobbins, and had resided in Kendall since 1938.

Lank was a member of Morton Baptist Church for 82 years and Social Lodge #713 F&AM for 69 years, where he was Past Master. He was a second generation fruit and vegetable farmer in Kendall for many years, and later went to work as an elevator technician at Kodak for 30 years. Lank loved gardening and yard work and was best known for his meticulous lawn, his fruits and vegetables, and his endless stories. Most of all, he loved giving his grandchildren and great-grandchildren rides on his beloved Kubota tractor. Lank was devoted to his family and his church.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Gertrude and Beatrice.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Audrey; children, Lisa (Dale) Rowley of Hamlin, Kathleen (Daniel) Tarshus of Penn Yan, Karen (Ray) Bowen of Rochester, Ann (Patrick) Polasek of LaGrangeville, N.Y., Kevin (Kimberly) Dobbins of Kathleen, Ga., and Cynthia (Steven) Smith of Newburgh, N.Y.; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

His memorial service will be held at Morton Baptist Church at a day and time to be announced. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Morton Baptist Church, P.O. Box 115, Morton NY 14508; or to Kendall Masonic Lodge, 1979 Kendall Road, Kendall NY 14476.

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


 

Posted May 25 2020
James F. Lindsay

James LindsayAmerican flagJames F. Lindsay, 89, of Medina, passed away on Fri., May 22, 2020. He was born on Aug. 6, 1930 in Rochester, a son of the late Elsie and Elwyn Lindsay.

Jim graduated from Medina High School in 1948 and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951 during the Korean War. Stationed in France, he served as an Army medic and was discharged in 1953. In May of that same year, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Sally King. They resided in Medina, where he worked for his father at Lindsay/Gregory (now Case’s Paint). He also worked for Bramer Electric, and he retired in 1993 as an electrician at Harrison Radiator in Lockport.

Jim loved his family above everything and was always there to help when needed.  He was a handyman who could fix anything, and he was very generous with his talents in the community. He volunteered for Meals on Wheels, was a charter member of the American Legion, and was a longtime member of Medina United Methodist Church. Jim enjoyed playing euchre (he “never lost two games in a row”) and enjoyed discussing current events with his friends.

He was predeceased by his sister, Elsie May; and a daughter-in-law, Cynthia Lindsay.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sally Lindsay of Medina; son, David (Brenda) Lindsay of Medina; daughter, Carol (Dean) Bellack of Medina; grandchildren, Emily (Joel) Stavange, Rebecca (Ben) Schiffer, Jake Lindsay, Adam (Yana) Bellack and Aleena (Robert) Emerson; and three great-grandchildren, Harriet, Mabel and Cameron.

Services will be private, and a graveside committal service will be held in Boxwood Cemetery at a later date.

The family appreciates any memorials to be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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


 

Posted May 25 2020
Olga Fava Dean

Olga DeanOlga Fava Dean, 92, formerly of Oakfield, passed away peacefully at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab Center in Albion, joining her granddaughter, Marcy Mruczek, in Heaven. She was born Nov. 10, 1927 in Batavia, a daughter of the late Guglielmo and Antonietta (Minello) Fava.

She raised a family of seven children. Olga worked for many years at Fisher-Price in Medina, where she made many close friends. Olga was a parishioner of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus R.C. Church in Medina. She enjoyed playing bingo and was a constant prize winner. An amazing cook, Olga will be remembered for her amazing lasagna and tasty fruit pies. Her sweet smile, jokes, and maternal love will be affectionately remembered by her loved ones. A biography could not possibly tell all of her tales and travel trips that she so enjoyed.

She is survived by her seven children, Donna Dean (Arthur M.D.) Mruczek of Batavia, Paul Dean of Venice, Fla., Diane Muzychenko of Cleveland, Ohio, Jerry (Carolyn) Dean of Morristown, Tenn., Denise (Christopher) Melcher of Elizabethtown, Ky., David (Mayo) Dean of Jacksonville, Fla., and Matthew Dean of Jacksonville; 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister in-law, Anna Fava; and grandson-in-law, Patrick Basior.

She was predeceased by her granddaughter, Marcy (Mruczek) Basior in 2010; husband, Donald L. Dean in 2004; and brothers, Gino Fava and Edwin Fava.

A private graveside committal service will take place in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Batavia. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date.

The family would appreciate any donations in Olga’s memory be made to Orleans County Office for the Aging, 14016 Rt. 31 West, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted May 23 2020
Carol M. Eddy

Carol M. Eddy, 79, of Albion, died May 23, 2020 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia following a long illness. She was born Feb. 6, 1941 in Holley to Louis and Florence Biaselli and was a lifetime resident of this area.

Carol worked in the deli at Bell’s in Albion, and then for Dale’s Supermarket for many years. She enjoyed cooking, was an avid Elvis Presley fan, and collected M&M memorabilia.

Mrs. Eddy was predeceased by her husband, Robert; brothers, Willy, Louis, Allan and Vincent Biaselli; and sisters, Florence Riches, Beverly Walls and Laura Miers.

She is survived by her son, Daniel Eddy of New Jersey; daughter, Cynthia (Gary) DeLaura of Albion; sister, Donna Biaselli of Medina; grandchildren, Rachel, Becca, Cheryl, Caroline and Danielle; great-grandchildren, Adrien, Braeydon, Cassie, Elijah and Riley; as well as several nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation, and private services will take place at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 6215 Sheridan Drive #100, Buffalo NY 14221.

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


 

Posted May 22 2020
Rodney R. Woodroe

Rodney R. “Skip” Woodroe, 66, of Medina, died May 21, 2020 in Orchard Rehab and Nursing Center following a long illness. He was born June 26, 1953 in Lockport to Ross and Suzann (Bigelow) Woodroe and was a lifetime resident of this area.

Skip worked for Fisher-Price for over 25 years and was a very social person who enjoyed telling a good story. He was a member of the Junior Wilson Sportsmen’s Club and the Medina Veterans Club, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Skip also enjoyed watching episodes of “The Golden Girls” and “Scooby-Doo.”

He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Cora; his son, Joel Woodroe of Medina; brother, Jimmy Joe (Terry Lynn) Woodroe of Medina; sister, Cherri (Dana) Sharping of Medina; two grandchildren, Ashley and Hayden; as well as several nieces and nephews.

There will no calling hours. Private services and interment in Royalton Mountain Ridge Cemetery will take place at the convenience of the family, and a celebration of Skip’s life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mercy Flight of Western New York, 100 Amherst Villa Road, Buffalo NY 14225.

Skip’s arrangements have been entrusted to Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home of Middleport. To share a special memory of Skip, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted May 21 2020
Viola (Manella) Jozwiak

Viola JozwiakViola (Manella) “Smith” Jozwiak, 97, of Albion, passed away early Monday morning, May 18, 2020, after a short battle with the COVID-19 virus. Vi was born Nov. 7, 1922 to Gabe and Kate (Licursi) Manella in Albion and lived here all of her life.

Vi was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Art “Smith” Jozwiak; her sister, Mildred (Manella) Hayden; her brother, Leon “Gags” Manella; and her nephew, Michael Manella.

She is survived by her nephews, Richard Hayden of LeRoy, Stephen (Patty) Manella of Westhampton, N.Y., and Gary (Joanie) Manella Wood of Albion; nieces, Kathy Sauer of Tonawanda and Karen Manella of Sarasota, Fla. and Albion; great-nephews, Stephen (Heather) Manella of Albion, Michael (Brittany) Manella of Norman, Okla., Stephen Lee (Brenda) Manella of Mannerville, N.Y., and Jake Manella of Westhampton; great-nieces, Christi (Mason) Waldron of LeRoy, Tracy Larish of Depew, and Leighann Sauer of Buffalo; great-great-nieces and nephews, Danielle, Kayla, Maxx, Roman, Hudson and Phoenix; several cousins, including Peter (Gloria) Monacelli of Rochester; and her much-loved godson, David Snell of Albion.

After graduating from Albion High School, Vi went to work at Walter’s Dress Shop in town; and, when the dress shop closed, she went to work at The Corner Pharmacy a few doors down, where she worked for many years until they closed. She was going to retire then, but her friend asked her to come work at her women’s clothing shop downtown, The Foxy Lady, where she worked part time for several years.

In retirement, Vi volunteered on the Bereavement Committee at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, and  also volunteered as a Friend of The Swan Library. She cherished time with her dear friends, Irene, Roz, Michelle, and many others, having coffee, taking walks, and shopping. Vi could be seen every day walking downtown to the Savings and Loan (she still called it that although the name had changed years ago!) mainly just to visit with Pam and the girls there who were all so wonderful to her; and to Fischer’s Newsroom to see Gary and Denise and get her paper – the Courier Express back in the day (her sister’s husband was the editor), and then later the Buffalo News. How she loved her paper … and socializing!

Vi married Art “Smith” Jozwiak in 1948, and they shared 61 years of a full and fun life of dancing, golfing, bowling and traveling. They were known in town by many for their dancing. They loved their trips, especially with her sister, Millie, and her family in earlier years; and later to Biloxi, Miss. to see her sister-in-law, Camille, and her niece and nephews. Vi and Art loved going to Biloxi with its nightlife, golfing, the pool, and the beach. Vi loved the Buffalo Bills and, often in earlier years, she would have so much fun attending the games with her beloved sister-in-law, Marion Theodorakos.

Later in life, she was able to take several more trips with her niece, Karen, to Sarasota to visit her sister-in-law, and also a visit back again to Biloxi. Everyone who met her on these trips just fell in love with her.

In 2013, Vi became a resident of The Villages of Orleans, where she lived out the remainder of her life, spreading much joy to the residents and employees alike with her fun and feisty personality.  At 97, she was still walking all around the place and bringing smiles to everyone. A special thank you to the nurses and aides, and all the employees at The Villages who loved her and assisted in her care.

Vi will be greatly missed by special friends and family and all who knew and loved her. Fly high, Aunt Vi. We miss you so much already.

Vi’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Parish – St. Joseph’s Church on Sat., Nov. 7 at 10 a.m. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

Memorials be made to PAWS, 3371 Gaines Basin Road, Albion.

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


 

Posted May 21 2020
Jennifer M. Korte

Jennifer Korte

Jennifer M. Korte passed away May 19, 2020 after a long battle with cancer, under the care of Niagara Hospice. Born in Newfane on Oct. 31, 1984, she was the daughter of Michael and Donna (Bruning) Killion.

Jennifer earned her associate degree in nursing from Niagara County Community College, and she worked at Eastern Niagara Hospital for 17 years in various departments. She was a member of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Wolcottsville. She enjoyed roller derby and being with her roller derby friends, and she was a fan of both Disney and dog rescuing, especially Welsh corgis. Her biggest passion was spending time with her family, especially her children.

Besides her parents, Jennifer is survived by her loving husband, Casey Korte; her beloved children, Avery and Declan; and her mother-in-law, Susan (late Roger) Korte.

Services and interment will be private. Interment will take place in Cold Springs Cemetery.

Memorial donations to a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated.

Visit pruddenandkandt.com to leave a condolence.


 

Posted May 20 2020
Alfred C. Dragona

Alfred Dragona

Alfred C. Dragona, 86, passed away May 19, 2020. He was born Sept. 6, 1933 in Syracuse to the late Carl and Concetta (Pesce) Dragano.

Al was a mason for 70 years. He enjoyed family gatherings, cooking Italian food, and watching sports. He leaves behind many cherished friendships.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Dragona, on Aug. 1, 2002; his brothers, Ralph and Thomas Dragano; and his sisters, Josie McNamara and Mary Basta.

Al is survived by his daughter, Jacqueline (Steven) Tarricone; grandchildren, Angela and Vincent Tarricone; and several nieces and nephews.

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

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


 

Posted May 19 2020
Dona B. Masters

Dona MastersDona B. Masters, of Medina, entered into rest on Mon., May 18, 2020 at home with her loving daughter by her side. She was born Aug. 10, 1932 in San Francisco, Calif., a daughter of the late Donald K. and Beatrice (Elliott) Buterbaugh.

Dona earned a bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. There, she met her husband, Lloyd H. Masters, whom she married on the evening of her graduation day, on May 26, 1954. Together, they raised their family in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and eventually settled in Medina in 1975. An active member of the Medina community, Dona was a member of the Tuesday Club, Garden Gals, and the Spinning Guild. She volunteered through TWIG at Medina Memorial Hospital, the St. Peter Lutheran Church food pantry, and the American Red Cross. She was a former board member of the Orleans Community Health Foundation, past treasurer of the TWIG gift shop, and secretary of the Alpaca Breeders of Western New York.

She and her daughter, Sue, raised alpacas for 20 years; and Dona learned to spin the fiber into yarn, which she custom hand-dyed as well. She created many beautiful items for family and friends and won several awards at alpaca fiber competitions for her creations. She enjoyed taking trips with the Busy Buddies. An excellent card player, Dona loved playing bridge and socializing with her bridge club. She took great pride in her garden and achieved Master Gardener status. She treasured family and coordinated three family reunions. Dona always enjoyed attending her granddaughter’s and great-granddaughter’s horse shows and riding lessons – rain, sleet, hail, snow or shine.

Dona was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd Masters, who also passed away on May 18 in 2011; her son in-law, Stephen Zelazny in 2009; and her brother, James Buterbaugh.

She is survived by her four children, Keith (Joanne) Masters of Fredericksburg, Texas, Steven (Marta) Masters of Kent, Wash., Karen (Chris) Findlay of Newark, Del., and Susan (Frank) Slingerland of Middleport; eight grandchildren, Cassie Masters, Lisa (Steph) Cenal, Chris (Roger Cornell) Masters, Kira (Ryan) Mowry, Sara (Nate Snook) Findlay, Tyler Findlay, Katie (Chris Carlson) Zelazny and Andrew (Sara) Zelazny; two great-grandchildren, Ella Zelazny and Addison Cenal; and her adoptive sister, Susie (James) McQuhae of France.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dona’s memory may be made to Knights-Kaderli Memorial Fund, PO Box 684, Medina NY 14103; or to Orleans Community Health Foundation, 200 Ohio St., Medina NY 14103.

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


 

Posted May 19 2020
Evelyn Brower

Evelyn BrowerEvelyn I. Brower, 95, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Mon., May 18, 2020 at her home, with her loving family at her side. She was born on Jan. 18, 1925 in McClure, Pa., a daughter of the late John W. and Ethel Orr Snook.

On March 9, 1944, she married the late George J. Brower, and together they raised five children. In her early years, she was an avid bowler who enjoyed camping, crocheting and crossword puzzles. She was a faithful member of Millville United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir. She was also a life member of the Medina VFW and the Moose Club.

Evelyn is survived by her children, Christine Churchfield of Medina, Jerry (Pam) Brower of East Shelby, Carol (Les Payne) Brower of Medina, and Joseph (Jennifer Purdy) Brower of Holley; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Albert Brower of Lewistown, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and her husband, George, she is predeceased by a daughter, Bonnie Preisch; three sisters, Helen Sipe, Betty Engle and Ruth Shaw; and two brothers, Harold and Guy Snook.

There are no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family, and burial will be in Millville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Evelyn’s name to Orleans County Joint Veterans Council, 13996 Rt. 31, Albion NY 14411; or to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box #489, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted May 19 2020
Joseph A. Andreano

Joseph AndreanoAmerican flagJoseph A. “Hobo” Andreano, 101, of Clarendon, died May 18, 2020 at his residence in the company of his beloved wife and loving caregivers. He was born May 16, 1919 in Rochester to Cosmo and Michelina (Stupiello) Andreano and had lived in this area since 1969.

Mr. Andreano was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II who fought in the Battle of the Bulge in the 289th Infantry, 75th Division, 2nd Battalion, and he was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Medal. He also received the Croix de Guerre Medal from the French Legion of Honor at a ceremony at the United Nations in 2009. Joe loved to paint pictures and was an exceptional writer. He started a social club in Rochester called the “11th Warders,” which became the Sons of St. Lucy’s and is still meeting to this day. He truly enjoyed meeting old friends at Giuseppe’s every week for lunch, something he did for over 20 years. At age 55, Joe got his GED. Then, at age 83, he received his associate degree in liberal arts at Genesee Community College; and then finally, at age 85, Joe received his Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice at Brockport State College.

Mr. Andreano was predeceased by his brothers, Phil, Harry, Bindo, Alphonse, Alexander and Alfred.

He is survived by his loving wife of more than 76 years, Grace; his daughters, Liz (Eugene) Morrell of Oregon and Vinessa Andreano of Washington; grandchildren, Jed and Lizabeth; and two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Emmett.

There will be no calling hours. Joe’s memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

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


 

Posted May 19 2020
David DeFilipps

David DeFilippsAmerican flagDavid Louis DeFilipps, 87, of Rockingham, Va., passed away on Thu., May 14, 2020 at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, Va. Mr. DeFilipps was born May 27, 1932 in Holley, a son of the late Michael and Mary Donatelli DeFilipps.

David served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He worked at General Electric and Black & Decker.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen DeFilipps; three sons, David (Karen) DeFilipps, Douglas DeFilipps and Daniel DeFilipps; grandchildren, Joshua and Catherin DeFilipps; sister, Louise Lusk; sister-in-law, Pat DeFilipps; and several nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his siblings, Louis, Sam, Dominic, Fedora, Edward, George, Michael and Edith.

Services and interment will be private.

Arrangements were completed by Kyger Funeral Home.


 

Posted May 18 2020
Alice M. Kelly

Alice KellyAlice M. Kelly, 84, of Albion, passed away Mon., May 18, 2020 at the Martin-Linsin Residence. She was born May 27, 1935 in Rochester, N.Y. and had lived in this area since 2016.

Alice loved playing cards, puzzles, Yahtzee and bingo.

Alice was predeceased by her husband, William; and several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her sister, Betty Slade of Florida; children, Karen Wichtendahl of Albion, Tim (Barb) Kelly of Rochester, Lisa (Dave) Detro of Rochester, Cathy Kelly of Rochester and Michele (Bill) Hogan of Gates; stepson, Stephen Kelly of Rochester; stepdaughters, Bonnie, Debbie and Linda; grandchildren, Allen, Jennifer, Kelly, Danielle, William, John, Joseph, Anthony, Cassidy, Dennis and R.J.; several great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

Services and entombment at Riverside Cemetery in Rochester will be private.

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

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


 

Posted May 18 2020
David R. Ashbery

American flagDavid R. Ashbery, 86, of Miamisburg, Ohio, passed away on Thu., May 7, 2020. He was born Jan. 17, 1934 in Buffalo, N.Y.

David was a graduate of Holley High School and served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He retired from Eastman Kodak Company after 40 years of service. David was an active member of the United Methodist churches in the Holley area and most recently was a member of Parkview United Methodist Church. He was an avid golfer, and he enjoyed spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Marilyn (Trumpeter) Ashbery; son, David (Angela) Ashbery; daughter, Lynda (Chad) Dodd; grandchildren, Alexander (Alex), Joshua, Luke and Isabella “Izzie;” brother, Richard (Amy) Ashbery; sister, Alice (James) Richardson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Cathern (Brown) Ashbery; and his brothers, Thomas (Lorraine) Ashbery, Donald (Betty) Ashbery, and James (Emma) Ashbery.

A gathering of family and friends was held on Mon., May 11 at Gebhart-Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home in Miamisburg. Private funeral services were held, and burial took place at Dayton National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to your local American Legion; or to Parkview United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.gebhartschmidtparramore.com.


 

Posted May 18 2020
Robert James Conner Sr.

Robert ConnerRobert “Bob” James Conner Sr., 59, recently of Ocoee, Fla. and formerly of Albion, passed away unexpectedly at his home on May 17, 2020. He was born March 4, 1961 in Albion to the late John and Virginia (Judd) Conner.

Bob was a fighter, and nothing could bring him down. He never showed pain or weakness, and he always worked hard for his children and grandchildren up until his final day here on Earth.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Gary; and grandson, Christopher Conner II.

Bob is survived by his children, Rob (Amber) Conner Jr., Chris (Betty) Conner, Tina (Jesse Brendlinger) Conner, Kaleigh (Dylan Bosley) Conner, and Samantha (Matthias Swendsen) Conner; 11 beloved grandchildren; siblings, John Conner, Ken (Sharry) Conner and Laura (Ron) Shaffer; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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


 

Posted May 18 2020
Valmay C. Nagel

Valmay Nagel

Valmay C. (Freeman) Nagel, 85, of Middleport, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2020. She was born April 6, 1935 in Buffalo to the late Fredrick and Annette (Grzywinski) Freeman.

Valmay was the loving wife of Burton Nagel; dear mother of Judith Smithers, Karen Peterson, William (Clare) Nagel and Lorie Nagel; grandmother of Jose, Desi, Nicholas, Justin, Christian, Kortney, Katie, Julie and Amanda; great-grandmother of 11; and sister of Donald Freeman.

A celebration of Valmay’s life will be held at a later date.

Valmay’s arrangements have been entrusted to Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, Middleport. To share a special memory of Valmay, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted May 17 2020
Gerald L. Johnson

Gerald JohnsonGerald L. “Jerry” Johnson, 83, of Albion, went to Heaven surrounded by his loving family on May 16, 2020. He was born June 16, 1936 in Rochester to the late C. Glenn and Alice (Jones) Johnson.

Gerald graduated from Charlotte High School and joined the U.S. Army. He served from 1957 to 1960 in the 1st Army 44th Battalion, assigned as a guided missile mechanic. He was an initially self-taught guitarist who enjoyed playing standards from the American Song Book. He returned to school at SUNY Brockport to study music under Bud Detar. Over the last few years, he especially enjoyed studying jazz under the instruction of Bob Sneider at the Eastman School of Music.

Jerry had several hobbies, which included golf, bass fishing, and watching Red Sox baseball. He had a special talent for furniture refinishing. He was especially accomplished in woodworking and enjoyed making fishing lures. Jerry was a friend of Bill W. for over 51 years and leaves behind many friends who also enjoyed Bill’s company.

Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Barbara; daughter, Cheryl (Joe) Johnson of Middleport; beloved granddaughter, Tiffany (Jarrett) Mock; step-grandson, Nicolas Johnson; great-grandchildren, Logan and Zoe; and his nephew and friend, Kenneth (Donna) McCarthy.

There will be no calling hours. A Memorial Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. He will be laid to rest in Kenyonville Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff at LeRoy Village Green for the excellent and loving care they gave Jerry over the last three weeks.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LeRoy Village Green Activities Fund, 10 Munson St., LeRoy NY 14482.

Arrangements were completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc., 329-333 W. Main St., Batavia NY 14020. For more information, please call (585) 343-8260; or, to leave a message of condolence, visit www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted May 16 2020
William G. Elster Jr.

William ElsterWilliam G. Elster Jr., 57, of Medina, entered into rest peacefully on Thu., May 14, 2020. Billy was born in Medina, a son of the late William G. and Shirley M. (Bellamy) Elster Sr., on Nov. 30, 1962.

He attended Royalton-Hartland High School. For many years, Billy worked alongside his father at their family business, Elster Motor Sales in Middleport. With the CB handle “Monkey Wrench,” he also helped with towing. Billy moved to Joplin, Mo. and then to Virginia for a short period before returning to Medina. Billy worked as an assistant manager at the Kwik Fill gas station in Medina. He loved country music, gardening, and picnicking at Olcott Beach with his partner, Don.

He was predeceased by his mother, Shirley Elster in 1990; his father, Bill Elster Sr. in 2017; sister, Elaine Medrano in 2019; and four nieces and nephews, Elizabeth and William Shingleton, Amanda Bloom, and Donald Banks Jr.

He is survived by his life partner, Donald G. Much of Medina; sisters, Susan (Tim) Cutshall of Cherokee, Kan., Valerie Elster and Kim (Eric) Brown, both of Medina; a brother in-law, Luciano “Max” Medrano of Medina; nieces and nephews, John (Christine) Shingleton, Thomas (Rhonda) Shingleton, Jennifer (Greg) Shingleton, Dina (Justin) Narburgh, Amanda Semonick and Mark (Brittany) Swank; several grand and great-grandnieces and nephews; godmother, Bonnie Waters; several aunts and uncles; his best friend, Laura Werth; and his fur babies, Sophie and Mack.

Per Bill’s wishes, there will be no formal services. Private graveside committal will be in Hartland Central Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Billy’s memory to embrace WNY, an organization dedicated to equality and fairness within Western New York that seeks to raise awareness, understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community – www.embracewny.org or P.O. Box 454, Buffalo NY 14205.

Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted May 16 2020
Elizabeth A. Hellert

Elizabeth HellertElizabeth A. “Betty” Hellert, 72, of Shelby Center, entered into rest on Fri., May 15, 2020 at The Villages of Albion Health & Rehab Center. She was born Sept. 21, 1947 in Niagara Falls, a daughter of the late Milton and Ioming Reed.

She graduated from North Tonawanda High School in 1965. She married Lee H. Hellert on Dec. 4, 1976.

Betty is survived by her beloved husband, Lee; a sister, Mary Haynie; a brother-in-law, David Hellert; sisters-in-law, Louise (John) Siefart and Ruth (Dwight) Wilson; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Lillian.

Services will be privately held by the family.

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


 

Posted May 16 2020
William S. Baker

William BakerAmerican flagWilliam S. Baker, 86, of Medina, passed away on May 14, 2020 at the Lockport Rehab & Health Care Center. He was born Dec. 26, 1933 in Washington, Ind., a son of the late John and Catherine (LaRoche) Baker.

Bill graduated from Lockport High School in the class of 1951 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Buffalo. In 1955, he married the former Ann F. Lingham. Bill worked as a supervisor of the cost department at Harrison Radiator in Lockport. He was also a member of United Methodist Church of Medina.

Mr. Baker is predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Ann F. Baker in 2008; son, Brian Baker in 2013; and sister, Floy Lacki.

He is survived by his daughter, Catherine (Robert) Regan of Lockport; sons, David (Sandra) Baker of Newfane and James (Stacey) Baker of Kendall; daughter-in-law, Sally Baker of Canton, Mich.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and sister, Donna Wright of Rochester.

Services will be privately held. Entombment will be in Glenwood Mausoleum in Lockport.

The family appreciates any memorials to be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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


 

Posted May 16 2020
Raymond E. Cromey

American flagRaymond E. Cromey, 71, of Medina, died Sun., May 10, 2020 at the VA WNY Healthcare System in Buffalo. He was born Sept. 29, 1948 in Rochester, a son of the late Bernard and Ruth Cromey.

He graduated from Churchville-Chili High School, class of 1969. Upon graduation, he served his country during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army as a private first class, from 1969 to 1971. Mr. Cromey married the former Sandra M. Kelly on Aug. 4, 1978. He worked as a truck driver for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Cromey of Medina; son, Shawn Cromey of Medina; siblings, Joan Rodden, Fred Cromey and John Cromey; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Cromey.

Services will be privately held at the convenience of the family. Future interment will take place in the WNY National Cemetery in Pembroke.

Memorial donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka KS 66675-8516.

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


 

Posted May 16 2020
John Timothy Boyer Sr.

John BoyerJohn Timothy Boyer Sr., 73, of Albion, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Sat., May 16, 2020. He was born on Nov. 1, 1946 in Albion, a son of the late Milton and Margaret (Tyler) Boyer, and he lived in this area all of his life.

John graduated from Albion High School in 1964. He was a tool maker who retired from General Motors in Rochester in 1999, after 30 years of service. John was a kind and giving person who enjoyed boating, fishing, and the great outdoors. He loved going for car rides and looking for deer. Tinkering around in his garage and fixing things was a pastime he enjoyed. Spending time with his family was his greatest joy. He loved playing with his grandchildren as they grew and attending their sporting and school events. He is dearly treasured and missed.

Besides his parents, John is predeceased by his brother, Kenny; and his brother-in-law, Roy Allen.

John is survived by his wife of 51 years, Rosemary (Kaminski) Boyer of Albion; brother, Milton (Dorothy) Boyer of Albion; sister, June (Boyer) Allen of Albion; and brother-in-law, Richard (Sylvia) Kaminski of Kansas; children, Lisa (Darrin) Ettinger of Albion and John (Zoe) Boyer of Lockport; grandchildren, Nicholas and Jacob Ettinger and Quinn, Reilly and Zara Boyer; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

His graveside service will be at Mount Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans or PAWS.

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


 

Posted May 15 2020
David Uriah Johnson Sr.

David JohnsonDavid Uriah Johnson Sr., 80, of Barre, died May 14, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Nov. 25, 1939 in Jamaica and lived in this area for the past 50 years.

David was a member of The Lord’s House Church in Waterport. He worked for many years as a foreman at Nesbitt Farms. David always wanted to be doing something. He loved to fish and cook, and he was proud of his perfect driving record.

David is survived by his wife of six years, Nadine; son, David Johnson Jr. of Florida; daughter, Portia Johnson of Florida; stepchildren, Anthony Schloss and Dexter McLean, both of Jamaica; three grandchildren; several brothers and sisters in Jamaica; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Due to public health regulations allowing immediate family only, and as few people as possible to attend his service, you may view his service by clicking on the following link on Sat., May 23 at 11 a.m.: David Johnson Funeral Service. Burial will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Lord’s House Church, 2038 Main St., Waterport NY 14571.

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


 

Posted May 15 2020
Joan A. Thomas

Joan Thomas

Joan A. Thomas, 86, of Medina, passed away peacefully on Thu. May 14, 2020 at Absolut Care in Gasport, surrounded by family.

Joan was born on Sept. 16, 1933 and was a daughter of Vernon and Alice Krisher. She married the love of her life, John (Jack) A. Thomas, on June 18, 1971, and Jack passed away on Oct. 18, 2015. Joan was a graduate of Lyndonville High School and Houghton College. She taught at Lyndonville Central School for 30+ years. Joan and Jack loved to travel around in their RV in their younger years, and to go on cruises with family later in life. In her free time, Joan loved to be outside working in her garden, or playing her piano. She was dedicated to her church community and played organ and piano during Sunday services. After retirement, Joan and Jack lived in Florida during the winter months and loved to host family and friends in their Tarpon Springs home. In recent years, Joan looked forward to her Tuesday dinner dates with her granddaughter, Ashley.

Joan is survived by her six children, Dawn (Anthony) Kwiatkowski, David (Bobbi) Huntington, Mark Thomas, Judy (Bill) Wright, Jeffrey (Debbie) Thomas and Jon Thomas; her grandchildren, which include Christopher, Darren, Nicole, Ashley, Nathan, Aaron, Kristen, Suzy, Ryan, Justin, Kayla, Tammy and Jay; her siblings, Suzanne Lorenz, Carol Fulcomer and Dan (Christine) Krisher; along with many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

In addition to the love of her life, Jack, she was also predeceased by her parents, Vernon and Alice Krisher; her son, Douglas Huntington; her daughter, Jacquie Atkinson; and her siblings, Vernon (Bud) Krisher, Margie Mapes and Diane Palmer.

There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. Burial will be in Lynhaven Cemetery, Lyndonville.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Joan’s name to Alzheimer’s Association, or to Yates Baptist Church in Lyndonville.

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


 

Posted May 14 2020
Kirk G. Bane

Kirk Bane

Kirk G. Bane, 74, of Buffalo, died peacefully at home on April 28, 2020. He had battled cancer since 1997.

He is survived by his wife, Laurine (née Furner); daughter, Karen; son, William (Marcy) Wright; grandchildren, Jack, Liam, Emmett and Amelia Wright; sister, Kathy (Gene Dinse); brother, Randall; and true friend, Peter Brattke; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his father and mother, Paul and Mildred (née Stalker) Bane of Lyndonville.

Kirk worked as a courier for most of his life. He cherished his family and his writing time. His style was artistic and unique. He was a gentle, loving soul, especially appreciated as a great listener.

Kirk donated his body to the UB School of Medicine.

There is no service planned at this time.

Contributions may be made by planting a tree, or by making a contribution to a library or a cause of your choice in Kirk’s memory.


 

Posted May 14 2020
Charles H. Goble

Charlie Goble

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Charles H. “Charlie” Goble, 71, of Middleport, died May 14, 2020 at his residence following a short illness.

He was born Oct. 16, 1948 in Sparta, N.J. to Virgil and Rosemary Goble and lived in this area since 1990. Charlie was a United States Navy veteran of the Vietnam War, and he worked as a computer hardware repairman for QBC in Amherst. He was a very social person who would strike up a conversation with anyone. In earlier years, Charlie enjoyed hunting, golfing, woodworking, and tinkering around the house. He also enjoyed his Brittany spaniels, as well as NASCAR racing.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Doreen; his children, Justin and Tracy, both of Minnesota; four grandchildren; and two nephews.

There will be no visitation. Service and interment will be held at the convenience of the family at St. Matthew Cemetery, West Seneca.

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

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


 

Posted May 14 2020
John W. Cebula

John Cebula

John W. Cebula, 73, passed away after a second battle with cancer on Wed., May 13, 2020 at his home in Castile, N.Y.

He was born on Dec. 30, 1946 in Schenectady, N.Y., the son of the late John W. and Anna (Nigriny) Cebula.

He attended Union College and Albany Law School. He came to Albion as a VISTA volunteer with Legal Aid, passed the New York State Bar Examination while there, and was a longtime managing attorney for Oak Orchard Legal Services in Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties. He  retired in 2008. John was a champion for the poor and migrant workers in the community.

He was a former President of the Swan Library Association and a supporter of Ministry of Concern and Orleans Community Action.

John enjoyed golfing, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughter, Erin (Jose Davila) Cebula of Brockport; grandchildren, Gabriella and Magdalene Davila, both of Brockport; partner, Ann Swearingen of Castile; Ann’s daughters, Sara and Mikey; Ann’s grandchildren, Blake and Ryann of Warsaw; and a cousin, Rev. Anne Marie Duval Monahan of Alexandria, Va.

Services will be held at the convenience of the family, with a celebration of John’s life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern, 121 N. Main St., Suite 311, Albion NY 14411.

Arrangements were completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC, 98 N. Main St., Perry NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626; or, to leave a message of condolence, visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted May 13 2020
Clement A. Bokman

Clement Bokman

Loving husband, father and grandfather

Clement A. “Butch” Bokman, 83, of Allegany and formerly of Lockport, passed away peacefully on Sun., May 10, 2020 at Olean General Hospital, following a brief illness.

Butch was born on Dec. 6, 1936 in Albion and was a son of Michael and Mary Smith Bokman. He married his loving wife of 64 years, Arlene Giarrizzo, who survives him.

Butch was a graduate of Albion High School. He had a long established career in the automobile industry, owning dealerships in the Olean and Buffalo areas. Early in his career, while working at his brother Mike’s Buick dealership in Medina, Butch received Buick’s esteemed Royal Purple Achievement Award for having the top Buick sales performance in the country. He was the youngest ever to win the award at just 22 years of age. Butch and his wife, Arlene, raised golden retriever puppies that many families in the Lockport area brought into their homes, made part of their families, and loved.

Butch lived on Wynkoop Road in Lockport, where he and his wife raised their five children, for over 40 years before moving to Allegany in 2017 to be closer to his family. He loved to have family and friends over for conversation that always involved his love of quarter horses. Growing up on a farm in Medina taught Butch his love of animals. He trained calf-roping horses and competed in rodeos for many years.

Along with his loving wife, Arlene, Butch is survived by his three sons (“the boys”), Rick (Kathy) Bokman, Scott (Patti) Bokman, and Mark (Susan) Bokman; a sister, Rita Lewis; a son-in-law, Mark Leitzan; five grandchildren, Mike (Brittney) Bokman, Christa (Dan) Hunt, Nicki (Ryan) Williams, Ryan Bokman and Mathew Bokman; three great-grandchildren, Max, Eli and Emma; many beloved nieces and nephews; and special friends, Tom, Audrey, Bob, Albert, Tiffany, Don and Nancy, Bill “Big O,” Carl, Doc and Mary Ruth, and Barb.

Butch was predeceased by two daughters, Julie, and Dr. Susan Bokman Leitzan; his sisters, Veronica “Ronnie” Gillmeister Cameron and Mary Basinait; and his brothers, Michael, Henry, Joseph and Jimmy Bokman.

Services will be private. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a date and time to be announced. Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Albion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Olean General Hospital Foundation, 515 Main St., Olean NY 14760.

Arrangements are under the direction of Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean. Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.


 

Posted May 13 2020
Constance Kwiatkowski Brakenbury

Constance Brakenbury

Constance Kwiatkowski Brakenbury, 80, of Waterport, died peacefully on May 12, 2020. She was born on March 11, 1940 in Albion, a daughter of the late Arthur and Eleanore (Lewandowski) Kwiatkowski, and she lived in this area all of her life.

Connie graduated from Albion High School and then attended Bryant & Stratton College in Buffalo, where she majored in business. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary at St. Mary’s Church in Albion, and also at the Carlton Fire Department. She loved to shop, vacation at Top Sail Island, make arts and crafts, watch birds and, most of all, watch TV – she used to say, “My TV never let me down.”

Connie is survived by her husband of 61 years, Richard; sons, Keith (Jeff Bodine) Brakenbury, Kyle (Colleen) Brakenbury, and Kevin Brakenbury; daughter, Ondrea (Angelo) Pate; grandchildren, Gregory (Sarah) Brakenbury, Felicia (Sean) Dhondt, Jennifer (Trent) Tobias, Dietrich Pate, Michael Loggins, Mitchell Pate, Marguerite Brakenbury, Eowyn Pate, and Maia Pate; nine great-grandchildren; and a large extended family.

Her graveside service will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Brown Road, Albion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carlton Fire Department.

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


 

Posted May 12 2020
Terry J. Moyer

Terry MoyerTerry J. Moyer, 52, of Medina, entered into rest on Sun., May 10, 2020. Terry was born in Brockport on March 28, 1968.

He married Paula Livingston in 1993, and together they raised three children. Terry enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren, who meant the world to him.

He was predeceased by his beloved son, Terry J. “Duder” Moyer Jr. on Aug. 28, 2011; his father, Raymond Bennett in 1986; and a nephew, Raymond Kingdollar in 2016.

Terry is survived by his wife of 27 years, Paula Moyer of Batavia; his two daughters, Rosa (Kalen) Hastings of Bowling Green, Ky. and Kaitlyn (Cory Smeltzer) Moyer of Medina; four grandchildren, Kileigh, Karter and Khloe Hastings and Baine Smeltzer; sisters, Quenna Bennett and Serena Bennett; several nieces and nephews; and father in-law, Cecil Livingston.

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

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

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


 

Posted May 12 2020
Judith McGuire

Judith McGuireJudith Ann McGuire, 76, of Albion, passed away May 11, 2020. She was born July 1, 1943 in Brockport to the late William and Marjorie (Phelps) Wadhams.

Judy liked spending her time going to bingo with her friends, Emma and Jenny. In her younger years, she enjoyed being social and crocheting. She loved her sweets and especially loved her family.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Janette McClary, Regina VanAusdell, Sharon Daniels, Patricia Egami and William Wadhams; and her sisters-in-law, Dora Wadhams and Mary Wadhams.

Judy is survived by her daughters, Teresa (Gary) Holland, Robin Vieira, Carol Wegman and Merrie McGuire; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; sisters, Claire Bartlett and Sandra (Mike Schmackpfeffer) Walter; brothers, Michael Wadhams and Edward Wadhams; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be held privately and at the convenience of the family. Interment will take place in Mt. Albion Cemetery.

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


 

Posted May 12 2020
Robert Simpson

American flagRobert Simpson, of Center Valley, Pa. and formerly of Medina, passed away on May 9, 2020 at the age of 88. He was born in Albion and spent his adult life in Medina. Robert was married to Florence (Nenni) for 57 years before her death in 2012.

He is survived by his three children, Dennis (Shelley) Simpson, Gary (Kelly) Simpson, and Janet (Mark) Gooch; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Robert served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He went on to work for Niagara Mohawk for 38 years. He was a life member of the Medina Council #651 Knights of Columbus and also belonged to the Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion. Robert enjoyed model making and wood working. His witty humor, strong ethics, and dedication to his wife and children will always be remembered.

Robert will stay forever in the hearts of all of us who were blessed to have known him, as wife, son, daughter, sister, brother or friend.

Services will be privately held by the immediate family. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery with military honors. Subsequently, a church service and luncheon will be planned for later this summer.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor his memory may do so by making a contribution to Sacred Heart Senior Living, Memory Care Unit, 4851 Saucon Creek Road, Center Valley PA 18067.

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


 

Posted May 11 2020
Anne Marquis Stevenson

Anne Stevenson

Anne Marquis Stevenson, 85, of Sarasota, Fla. and formerly of Albion, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2020.

She was born in Albion on June 20, 1934 to William and Marion Marquis. She graduated from Albion High School, class of 1952. She married her husband of 66 years, David W. Stevenson, on Nov. 14, 1953. They had a wonderful marriage together. She was an administrative assistant to the superintendent of Albion Central School District until her retirement in 1991. She and David enjoyed retirement, splitting their time between Albion and Sarasota. They eventually made Sarasota their full time residence. Anne was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Albion and St. Wilfred Episcopal Church in Sarasota. She was very proud of her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Marion Marquis; and her son-in-law, Stanley T. Saeger Jr.

She is survived by her husband, David; two children, Lynnette A. Saeger of Coopersburg, Pa. and David B. (Santa) Stevenson of Sarasota; and four grandchildren, Stanley T. Saeger III of Philadelphia, Pa., Abigail (Paul) Masi of Philadelphia, Alexander Stevenson of Sarasota, and Jessica (William) Rockey of St. Augustine, Fla.

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be scheduled at a later date.

Donations in memory of Anne M. Stevenson may be made to Tidewell Hospice in Sarasota, Christ Episcopal Church in Albion, or St. Wilfred Episcopal Church in Sarasota.

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


 

Posted May 10 2020
Mary Margaret Tierney

Mary Margaret Tierney, 92, entered into rest on Fri., May 8, 2020 at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center in Albion. She was born July 28, 1927 in Kingston, N.Y., a daughter of the late William H. and Kathryn (Hartnett) Tierney.

A graduate of Kingston High School in the class of 1944, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in education from the College of Saint Rose in Albany. Miss Tierney worked as a third grade teacher in the Kingston City School District in Lake Katrine, N.Y. for many years.

She is survived by 10 nieces and nephews, William F. Tierney Jr. of Medina, James Tierney of Winter Springs, Fla., Timothy (LuAnn) Tierney of Albion, Mary Ann (John) Jablonski of Medina, Michael (Debra) Tierney of Oldsmar, Fla., Sheila Tierney (Bill Gardner) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Kathleen O’Neill of Jupiter, Fla., John (Kate) Tierney of Jupiter, Maureen Burts of Jupiter, and Amy (Gordon) Luthart of Medina; many great-grandnieces and nephews, Brooke (Jeremy) Beatty and JT Jablonski, Matthew, Daniel (Jenna) Tierney and Emily (Alex) Dumont, Mikayla Tierney, Drew and Dane Taylor, Zachary and Alexander O’Neill, Kara and Thomas Burts, Taylor, Caroline and Hannah Tierney, Brendan and Trevor Luthart.

She was predeceased by her sister, Ann Tierney, in 1981; brother, William F. in 2011 (Joan 1990) Tierney; and nephew, Thomas Tierney, in 1970.

Her graveside committal service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Medina.

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

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


 

Posted May 08 2020
Theresa Cary

Theresa Cary Theresa A. (LeStorti) Cary, of Greece and Holley, went home on Tue., May 5, 2020 at age 78 to be with her parents, James and Alma LeStorti; and her husband, Richard Cary.

She is survived by her sons, James (Kelly) and Richard S. (Geri) Cary; grandchildren, Rebecca, Kayla, Andrew and Morgan Cary; sister, Donna (Greg) Stafford; sister-in-law, Debra Beebe; brother-in-law, Robert Cary; and her dear friends.

Theresa was a former village clerk in Holley and a longtime member of Holley Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Contributions may be made in her memory to Holley Fire Department, 7 Thomas St., Holley NY 14470.

For more information and to sign her online guestbook, visit www.meesonfamily.com.


 

Posted May 08 2020
Colleen T. Lewandowski

Colleen Lewandowski

Colleen T. Lewandowski, 74, of Medina, passed peacefully at Buffalo General Hospital on Thu., May 7, 2020.

Born on Dec. 24, 1945 in Medina, she was the daughter of the late Stanley and Grace (Tracey) Tylec. Colleen attended Middleport High School and Niagara University, where she received her Registered Nursing degree, specializing in labor and delivering. She worked for 44 years at Medina Memorial Hospital. She assisted in delivering more than 6,000 babies.

Colleen was a communicant of the former Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Medina, and later of St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church in Middleport. She enjoyed reading, feeding wild birds, and gardening. With her birthday falling on Christmas Eve, Christmas was her favorite time of the year. Colleen mostly enjoyed spending time with her family, which she loved so much.

She is survived by her husband of 32 years, William (Bill) Lewandowski; one daughter, Amy Niethe of Cape Vincent, N.Y.; two stepdaughters, Doreen (David) Wolff of Lancaster, Pa. and Kathleen (David) Allen of Winter Park, Fla.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings, Patricia (Thomas) White of Middletown, Conn., Vincent (Cindy) Tylec of Middleport, and Mark (Gail) Tylec of Deland, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, Colleen is predeceased by one daughter, Tracey Baker; and one sister, M. Pam Belfield.

There are no calling hours. A private committal service will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Medina at the family’s convenience. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Colleen’s name to a charity of one’s choice that benefits veterans.

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


 

Posted May 07 2020
Sharon E. McAvoy

Sharon McAvoySharon E. McAvoy, 80, of Gasport, passed away at Buffalo General Hospital on May 6, 2020.  She was born Feb. 10, 1940 in Lockport, a daughter of the late James and Jennie (Moreland) Barnard.

Sharon was a past president of the Hartland Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and a charter member of the Hartland Volunteer Fire Company. She loved playing bingo and was a former member of the Hartland Drift Dodgers. Mrs. McAvoy retired from Harrison Radiator.

She was predeceased by her husband, Alfred McAvoy; son, Ronald Granzow; brothers, William and David Barnard; and sisters, Jeanette Fletcher and Judy Barnard.

Sharon is survived by her children, Russell (Marybeth) Granzow, Jacqueline Granzow, Harry (Margie) Granzow and John (Tammy) McAvoy; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private funeral service will take place, with burial at Hartland Central Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hartland Volunteer Fire Company, 8945 Ridge Road, Gasport NY 14067.

Sharon’s arrangements have been entrusted to Sherrie-Bream Funeral Home, 4521 Main St., Gasport NY 14067. To share a special memory of Sharon, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted May 07 2020
Humberto J. Obes Jr.

Humberto J. “Bert” Obes Jr., 56, of Holley, died May 7, 2020 in The Villages of Orleans following a long illness. He was born June 2, 1963 in Miami, Fla. and lived in this area most of his life.

Bert received his master’s degree in accounting from Niagara University and went on to own several area laundromats with his family.

He is survived by a sister in Lockport and an aunt in Florida.

There will be no calling hours, and his service and interment will take place privately at the convenience of the family.

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


 

Posted May 07 2020
Dorothy VanWycke

Dorothy VanWycke, 98, of Waterport, passed away May 6, 2020 after a lengthy illness. She was born on June 27, 1921 in Albion to Fred and Rita (Hoyt) Parker and was a lifelong resident of this area.

Mrs. VanWycke was predeceased by her husband, Martin, after 75 years of marriage.

She is survived by her son, Martin (Dolores) VanWycke; her daughter, Judy Ann Snyder; five grandchildren, Kurt (Tammie), Pam (Doug), Gary (Jennifer), Darlene and Charlene; and seven great-grandchildren, Erick, Jenna, Levi, Erin, Sierra, Bryan and Kayla.

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

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

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


 

Posted May 07 2020
Joanna P. Loughlin

Joanna Loughlin

On the evening of May 1, 2020, Joanna Loughlin, a longtime resident of Rock Hill, N.Y., died at the age of 91. The youngest of five children, Joanna was born Oct. 12, 1928 in Dunkirk, N.Y. to parents Joseph Narusczwicz and Sophia Pieczol, who immigrated to the United States from Lithuania in 1917.

She attended the State University of New York at Brockport, where she earned an undergraduate degree in physical education and a master’s degree in health education. Joanna went on to teach junior and senior high school students for more than three decades.

She married John I. Loughlin (deceased 2011) and settled in Medina, where they raised three children. Joanna served on the board of Medina Memorial Hospital and was active in a number of community organizations. She and John moved to Rock Hill in 1990 to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Joanna is survived by three sons, John (Darlene) of Menlo Park, Calif., Joseph (Suzanne) of Rock Hill, and James of Manhattan and Rock Hill; her adored grandchildren, Juliette (Robert), Julia and Adam; and beloved sister, Genevieve.

Her grandson, Trevor, predeceased her in 2013.

Joanna was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother; a dedicated teacher, sportswoman, friend and volunteer; a skilled knitter, the best gingerbread cookie maker, and a cat rescuer who loved her life on Treasure Lake.

A memorial Mass will be scheduled following the lifting of Covid restrictions.

Memorials may be made to TARA, The Animal Rights Alliance, Inc.

Arrangements were completed under the direction of VanInwegen-Kenny, Inc. Funeral Home of Monticello, N.Y. For additional information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.kennyfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted May 07 2020
Robert G. Goodell

Robert Goodell

Robert G. Goodell, 73, of Newfane, died May 6, 2020 in the Newfane Rehab and Health Care Center following a brief illness. He was born July 13, 1946 in Olean to George and Betty (App) Goodell and lived in this area most of his life.

Robert was a member of Community Fellowship Church in Johnson Creek, worked as a pattern maker for AgPack in Gasport, and then worked for Bison Bag. He drove a bus after he “retired” and was known for raising beagles. Robert was a gun enthusiast who enjoyed shooting, and he was a former member of the Middleport Rod and Gun Club.

He is survived by his children, Brenda Christie of Wrights Corners, Bobbie (Fred) Baldwin of Middleport, and Erin (Floyd) Nichols of West Virginia; his brother, James (Elena) Goodell of Florida; his sister, Susan (David) Lester of Newfane; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews.

There will be no visiting hours. Private service and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara County SPCA, 2100 Lockport Road, Niagara Falls NY 14304.

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


 

Posted May 07 2020
Louis A. Verelli

Louis Verelli

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Louis A. Verelli, 88, of Middleport, passed away May 6, 2020 at his home. He was born May 5, 1932 in Middleport to the late Lorenzo and Laura (Nicolia) Verelli.

Louis served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, from 1952 to 1954. He owned and operated Verelli Car Dealership from 1955 to 2015. Louis was a member of St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church in Middleport for many years.

In addition to his parents, Louis was predeceased by his wife, Edda (Stanley) Verelli on June 29, 2016; and his daughter, Faith Ann Lee in December 2019.

Louis is survived by his granddaughters, Patricia (late Kenneth) McCarthy and Bridget (Bradley) Rowan; great-grandchildren, Abbey and Shawn McCarthy, and Nicole (Elmo) Rowan-Garza; and great-great-grandchildren, Bryan, Eliyah, Ean and Emilee Garza.

Private burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Medina at the convenience of the family.

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


 

Posted May 06 2020
Tyanna D. Green

Tyanna Green

Tyanna D. Green, 25, of Albion, died suddenly May 1, 2020.

She was born April 15, 1995 in Medina, a daughter of Lisa Santiago and the late Kevin Green. Tyanna will be remembered for lighting up a room with her infectious smile and her giggle.

In addition to her father, Tyanna was predeceased by her grandparents, Nereida Santiago, Mary and Thomas Green.

She is survived by her loving family: son, Winston Lockhart Jr.; mother, Lisa Santiago; brothers, Charles (Amie) Santiago, Yehudah Davis Jr. and Kevin Green Jr.; sisters, Honesty Green, Destiny Green and Kayla Spry; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A memorial service for Tyanna will be held at a later date.

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


 

Posted May 06 2020
Nancy E. Hoyle

Nancy Hoyle

Nancy E. Hoyle, 86, quietly passed over the rainbow at Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Fla. on April 29, 2020.

Born on Feb. 18, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Malcom and Violet Parsels.

Nancy began her journey in life in the town of Lyndonville. She lived a long and healthy life until this day in April 2020. At this time, she begins a new journey in life and is reunited with her husband, Clyde J. Hoyle.

She is survived by two sons, two daughters, two sisters, one brother, eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and numerous nephews and nieces.

A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Lynhaven Cemetery.

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


 

Posted May 06 2020
Alexander Felso Jr.

Alexander Felso

Alexander Felso Jr., of Medina, passed away on May 5, 2020.

He was born on April 7, 1933 in Trenton, N.J. to the late Alexander and Mary (Kovacs) Felso. When he was a young boy, Alex and his parents moved to Medina and made their home in Ridgeway. Alex retired from T.J. Lipton and then went to work at Fisher-Price in Medina for many years.

Alex married Louise Sidari on Feb. 9, 1963. Together, they raised three daughters. He enjoyed making wood crafts, and collecting arrowheads and coins. He searched for treasures with his metal detector. He loved his many cats. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren for rides on his Attex six-wheeler. Alex loved the outdoors and living more than 80 years at his home, and he was happiest when he went for long walks along the banks of Oak Orchard River. He was a proud lifetime member of the NRA.

Alex was predeceased by his wife, Louise Sidari Felso, on Dec. 6, 2017.

He is survived by his three daughters, Mary Luckman, Diane (Martin Sr.) Stirk, and Alice Wilson; his grandchildren, Martin (Shelby Gaylord) Stirk Jr., Jason (Lauren) Stirk, Amanda, Kayla, and Jimmy Luckman, Sydney and Jacob Wilson; great-grandchildren, Madilynn and Daniel Fending, and Maisyn Stirk; sister-in-law, Janie Sidari; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and longtime neighbor friends, Merle and Roger.

Service and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

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


 

Posted May 06 2020
Anthony C. Vorholzer

Anthony Vorholzer

Anthony C. “Ant” Vorholzer, 33, of Middleport, died suddenly May 3, 2020. He was born July 18, 1986 in Newfane, a son of Thomas (Jennifer) Vorholzer and Christina (Randy Fuller) Palisano and stepson of Christopher Ball. He lived in this area all of his life.

Ant was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and garden. He worked for 12 years as a land surveyor for Wendel Company in Williamsville. But most importantly, Anthony was a great family man who loved to spend time with his family, especially his son and daughter. He loved everyone and was loved by everyone.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Kristine; son, Anthony Thomas; daughter, Nora Elizabeth; brothers, Jeffrey and Jonathan Vorholzer; stepsister, Olivia Vorholzer; mother-in-law, Donna Conibear; niece, Hannah Vorholzer; and sister-in-law, Jessica Conibear.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made to the family for a scholarship to be established for his children.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, Middleport. To share a special memory of Ant, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted May 05 2020
Shirley McCabe

Shirley McCabeShirley Irene (Rieks) McCabe, 89, of Middleport, passed away May 5, 2020. She was born Nov. 11, 1930 to the late Henry and Gladys Rieks.

Shirley married the late Edward McCabe on July 21, 1951. In 1964, Ed and Shirley moved to Middleport, where they raised their four children. Shirley worked at Medina Memorial Hospital for many years until she retired. Shirley’s second love, next to her family, was her gardens.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Edward; son, Michael; brothers, Jack and Jimmy Rieks; sister, Bonnie Sovocool; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Rieks.

Shirley is survived by her daughters, Mary Ellen (James) Jacobs of Middleport, Michele (Fritz Peters) Denniston of Middleport, Maureen (Brian) Thompson of Newport, Tenn.; daughter-in-law, Joyce McCabe of Medina; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Joe (Laurel) Rieks and Tom (Nancy Hargett) Rieks of Moravia, N.Y.; sister, Barbara Seamans of Locke, N.Y.; brother-in-law, William Sovocool; sisters-in-law, Edna McCabe and Josephine McCabe; as well as several nieces and nephews.

There are no calling hours. A private graveside service at St. Stephen’s Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Shirley’s name may be made to Tri Parish Food Pantry,  c/o St. Stephen’s Church, 21 Vernon St., Middleport NY 14105.

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


 

Posted May 05 2020
Barbara Lee (Dunn) Way

Barbara WayThe world lost a beautiful soul on May 4, 2020 with the passing of Barbara Lee (Dunn) Way.

We can take a little comfort in knowing we were there to hold her hand as she passed from this world into the next. We can be sure it will be days before the excitement dies down at the end of the rainbow bridge, where all of her past fur babies are there to greet her.

Barbara worked for many years at the University of Rochester, taking care of the animals. Later, she was a vet tech and, in her final years, a home health care nurse. She spent her life always caring for others.

She was predeceased by her parents, Donovan and Dorothy Dunn; her grandson, Brandon; and her brother.

She leaves behind her husband of 63 years, Ted; three children, Ted, Sheila and Kathy; her greatest joy – her five grandchildren, Jodi, Jessica, Kaylyn, Jordan and Amber; 11 great-grandchildren – she absolutely adored them, and they adored her; and her sisters, Peggy and Sally.

A celebration of her life will be held at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements were entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Albion. To share a special memory of Barbara, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted May 05 2020
Shirley A. Bielak

Shirley Bielak

Shirley A. Bielak, 83, of Medina, entered into rest at her home on Sat., May 2, 2020.

Born March 25, 1937 in Albion, Shirley was a daughter to the late Carl Wayne and Marie (Robinson) Sargent. She graduated in the class of 1955 from Albion High School. She moved to Medina and took a job at FMC in Middleport. Soon after, she married the love of her life, Richard “Pook” Bielak, on Sept. 7, 1957 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Medina. Shirley worked in the catering business for a few years before starting her career in the cafeteria at Oak Orchard Elementary School in 1972. In 1990, she was promoted to manager, and she retired in 2011. Shirley was a parishioner at the former Sacred Heart of Jesus R.C. Church in Medina, where she was a member of the Rosary Society until its closing, after which she became a parishioner at Holy Trinity R.C. Parish, St. Mary’s Church. Shirley enjoyed family gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed doing crafts and playing her weekly game of cards with her daughter, Rindy.

She is survived by her children, Michael (Karen) Bielak of Medina, Laurinda “Rindy” Punch of Medina, Kathleen Bielak of Lockport, Karen Sylvester of Medina, and Steven (Janine) Bielak of Medina; grandchildren, Joshua Sylvester, Adam (Rachel) Sylvester, Brett (Nichole) Bielak, Madison Bielak, Kylie Bielak, Molly Bielak, Dylan Hack and Landon Bielak; great-grandchildren, Rachael, Ada, Isaac, Ava, Emily and Kameron Sylvester, Cody and Peyton Bielak, Cain and Eberly Sylvester; brothers, Carl Sargent and William (Barbara) Sargent; brothers in-law, Robert (Rose) Nickerson, Robert (Patricia) Fox and Loren Johnson; also several loving nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband, Richard “Pook” Bielak in 2014; daughter, Lynette Fralick in 2017; sisters, Patricia Nickerson, Elizabeth Fox and Margaret Johnson; and sisters in-law, Barbara Jablonski and Patricia Sargent.

Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date to be announced at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Mary’s Church, Medina. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Medina Memorial Hospital – North Wing Activities Dept., 200 Ohio St., Medina NY 14103.

Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted May 04 2020
Edward R. Tagg

Edward Tagg

Edward R. Tagg, of Lockport, passed away May 2, 2020 at his home while under the care of Niagara Hospice and surrounded by his loved ones. He was born March 23, 1960 in Lockport to Charles W. and Eleanor R. (Micarski) Tagg.

Ed enjoyed going racing and camping, and he was a “Mr. Fix-it” and all-around handyman. He really loved spending as much time as he could with his family.

In addition to his father, Charles, Ed was predeceased by his sister, Barbara Jean LaForme.

Ed is survived by his loving companion of 19 years, Mary Sink; children, Jessica (Ken) Kahler, Jacob (Lauren) Sink, Alicia Sink, and Ronald Rowles; siblings, Eleanor “Bizz” Friend, Charles “Mike” Tagg, Patricia (late Gary) Mahar, Donald Tagg, Theresa (Frederick Pratt) Tagg, and Cathy House; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was a loving uncle to several nieces and nephews, and he also leaves behind several cousins.

Due to current health concerns, a Celebration of Life Service for Ed will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Ed’s name may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport NY 14094.

Ed’s arrangements have been entrusted to Sherrie Bream Funeral Home, 4521 Main St., Gasport NY 14067. To share a special memory of Ed, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted May 04 2020
Richard D. Taylor

Richard Taylor

On May 2, 2020, Richard D. Taylor, a great man, lost the fight and went to be with his Lord. He had won so many battles, and he fought an amazing fight. His mind had been taken from him years ago – untimely, but all who know of Alzheimer’s disease know how cruel it truly is. He is finally whole again; his mind and body again are as one.

He was married to the love of his life, Judy Sheldon Taylor, for 54 years. He was predeceased by his parents, William H. and Ester W.; his sisters, Shirley and Deborah; and his brother, William.

Richard graduated from Royalton-Hartland Central School in 1964. His greatest enjoyment was fishing and hunting with his best friend, Bill. He also enjoyed camping, and playing with all of his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; his sons, David (fiancée Michelle Gay) of Dassel, Minn. and Aaron (Robin) of Buffalo, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Faith, Hope, William, Emmalyne and Adella; his brother, Edwin; and his sister, Rebecca.

Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church of Middleport, 5 Park Ave., Middleport NY 14105.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, Middleport. To share a special memory of Richard, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted May 04 2020
Gail A. (Vandenberghe) Kester

Gail Kester

Gail A. (Vandenberghe) Kester, 71, of Middleport, passed away peacefully on May 2, 2020. She was born June 21, 1948 in Rochester to the late George and Ruth Vandenberghe.

Gail had been a member of Middleport United Methodist Church since she moved to Middleport in 1977. Gail was on several committees, sang in the choir, and played hand bells in the church. She belonged to the Middleport Community Choir, singing and playing hand bells. Gail worked in the banking industry for 30 years. She was on the Middleport Free Library Board. She enjoyed knitting and reading.

Gail is survived by her husband of 43 years, Robert E. Kester; her daughters, Charlene (Kenny) Heschke of Gasport and Yvonne (Christopher) Lane of Lockport; stepchildren, Jennifer (Michael) Braun of Sarasota, Fla., R. Sean (Paula) Kester of Sarasota, and Robin (Tom) Greg of Doylestown, Pa.; grandchildren, Jacqueline Braun, Corey (Alicia) Martin, Adam Braun, Andrea (Tina) Braun, Julia Braun, Olivia Kester, Solenne Greg, Seth Lane and Roman Greg; a sister, Jean Vandenberghe (Barbara Branski); a sister-in-law, Suzanne Kester; a brother-in-law, Paul (Lori) Kester; a niece, Kaitlyn (Vince) Cherry; a nephew, Jeffrey (Kristina) Kester; several cousins; and many friends in the community and church family.

A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gail’s name may be made to Middleport United Methodist Church, Middleport Community Choir, or Middleport Fire Department.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, Middleport. To share a special memory of Gail, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.


 

Posted May 04 2020
Frank L. Nicometi

Frank Nicometi

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Frank L. Nicometi, 83, of Medina, passed away on April 24, 2020 at Medina Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 30, 1936, he was a son of the late Caesar and Martha (Tkacz) Nicometi. Frank served his country in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1962. He was a proud member of Lincoln Post #1483 VFW and Butts-Clark Post #204 American Legion in Medina, and also the Junior Wilson Sportsman’s Club. Frank worked as a truck driver for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors and spending summers with his wife, Vera G. (Connor) Nicometi, at their summer cottage in Carlton. He was an avid sports enthusiast and had been a Buffalo Bills fan since the AFC days. Frank was a great cook who loved to share his dishes with anyone around. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren and spoiling them as much as he could.

Frank was predeceased by his wife, Vera G. Nicometi, in 2008; his daughter, Donna M. Nicometi, in 2012; his brothers, Andy, Tony and Richard Nicometi; and his sister, Frances Nicometi.

He is survived by his sons, Jerry (Tracy) Belcher and Frank J. (Jaime) Nicometi of Hamlin; grandchildren, Jennifer, Tricia, Chelsey and Tyler Belcher, Nichole and Arianna Nicometi, Charles McKee, Giovanni and Sawyer Nicometi; numerous great-grandchildren; a brother, Nazarino Nicometi; several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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


 

Posted May 03 2020
John L. Williams

John WilliamsJohn L. Williams, 70, of Albion, passed away peacefully at the Martin-Linsin Residence on May 2, 2020. John was born June 21, 1949 in Springville, N.Y., a son of the late Jack and Catherine (Parmenter) Williams.

John was an active member of Albion Lodge #1006 B.P.O. Elks and was currently serving as the State Vice President of the West District. He will be remembered for his awesome chicken BBQ, fish dinners, and his love of mowing his yard on his John Deere. John was a longtime member of the Arcade Fire Department.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Lesley (Jerry) Barber of Arcade, Mark Williams of Sardinia, Brooke (Jason) Foote and Corey (Corlyn) Webster; grandchildren, Ryan, Kylee Barber, Hailee, Allison Williams, Jacob, Emma, Garrison Foote, Cameron, Collin Connor Webster; siblings, Mary (late Roy) Young, Anne (Joe) Bunk, Suzanne (Brian) Strauss, Patricia Noeson and Michael Williams; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private celebration of John’s life will be held at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411. To view John’s service, please follow this link: John Williams Memorial Service.

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

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


 

Posted May 02 2020
Howard R. Thorne

Howard ThorneAmerican flagHoward R. Thorne, 74, of Clarendon, passed away May 1, 2020 at The Villages of Orleans. He was born Aug. 2, 1945 in Rochester, a son of the late Lester and Elsie Thorne.

Howard served his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a member and past Chief of the Clarendon Fire Company, and he drove school buses for the Brockport school system after retiring from Eastman Kodak Company. Howard attended Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hamlin. He loved fishing, camping, and visiting Virginia Beach and Goose Creek, S.C.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margaret; children, Glenn (Lori) Thorne of Clarendon, Kelly (Chris) Warner of Pennsylvania, Charlie Thorne of Arizona, and Patty Thorne of Avon; grandchildren, Maya and Cody Thorne; brothers, Hugh and Bobby; sisters, Ginny, Joanie and Penny; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Colin and Fran; and a sister, Connie.

A graveside service with military honors will be held at Hillside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clarendon Fire Co., P.O. Box 136, Clarendon NY 14429; or to Alzheimer’s Association, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester NY 14620.

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


 

Posted May 02 2020
Christopher Van Wolfe

Christopher WolfeChristopher Van “Chris” Wolfe, 72, of Appleton, fell asleep in death on May 2, 2020 at his home. He was born March 2, 1948 in Medina to the late William and Marjorie (Jesson) Wolfe.

He was a devoted member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He spoke often of seeing his son, Justin, in the resurrection on a paradise Earth. He was a hard worker and a loyal, selfless and humble man. He built his family business from the ground up and “never worked a day in his life.” Chris loved to work on tractors and anything mechanical, and it was often said that if he can’t fix it, you don’t need it.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Justin; and his brother, Roger.

Chris is survived by his “precious pearl” of 17 years, Larissa, whom he married Oct. 11, 2003; his children, Christina (Chris) Gillinger, Lindsay (Simon Tew) Sabo, Penny (Clifford) Wolfe-Gammon, Jared Wolfe, Hallie (Stefan) Walters, and Christopher (Isis) Wolfe; stepson, Andy (Carlie) Michalak; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and siblings, William (late Patricia) Wolfe and Marilyn (Terry) Luscher.

Private interment will take place at Hartland Central Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Chris’s name may be made to World Wide Work of Jehovah’s Witnesses at www.jw.org.

Mr. Wolfe’s arrangements have been entrusted to Kenneth H. Sherrie Funeral Home, 6139 East Ave., Newfane NY 14108.

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


 

Posted May 02 2020
Janet E. Engle

Janet EngleJanet Evelyn (Balcerzak) Engle, 85, of Albion, passed away peacefully May 1, 2020 with her three daughters in her presence. She was born April 27, 1935 in Bennington, N.Y. to the late Walter and Evelyn (Jagusiak) Balcerzak Sr.

Janet dedicated her life to her home and family. She enjoyed gardening, camping, flowers, spending time in the mountains, boating, and just being outdoors with those she loved.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Robert, on Sept. 12, 2016; her grandson, Jason R. Post, in 2014; and her brother, Walter Balcerzak Jr.

Janet is survived by her daughters, Deborah (Joe) Martillotta of Albion, Jacqueline Post of Albion, and Robin (Garr) Standish of Elbridge; grandchildren, Luke Gaines, Kyle (Sonya) Gaines, and Jennifer Post; great-grandchildren, Avery Gaines, Willow Gaines, Jackson Gaines, Rhoan Calkins and Tristan Post; siblings, Raymond (Jean) Balcerzak and Robert Balcerzak; aunt, Irene Lewandowski; several nieces, nephews and cousins; many loving in-laws (the Engle family); and her dear friend and neighbor, Cathy Jakaub.

Services will be held privately at Mt. Albion Cemetery. A celebration of Janet’s life will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions in Janet’s name may be made to Holy Family Parish – St. Joseph’s Church, 106 S. Main St., Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted May 01 2020
Anita M. Virga

Anita VirgaAnita M. Virga, 85, of Medina, entered into rest on April 30, 2020 at The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehab Center in Albion. She was born Sept. 22, 1934 in Buffalo, a daughter of the late Samuel and Anna (Rosen) Jadofsky.

On April 18, 1953, she married the late Frank A. Virga Jr. In the late 1960s, they moved to the Medina area, where they raised a family of nine children. Mrs. Virga worked for many years at Fisher-Price Toys in Medina, and then for BernzOmatic. She was a parishioner of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus R.C. Church and then Holy Trinity Parish, St. Mary’s Church. Active in her community, Mrs. Virga was a member of Court Santa Maria #295, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the Red Hat Society and the Buffalo Doll Club. She was an avid bowler who also enjoyed doll making.

Mrs. Virga was predeceased by her husband, Frank Virga Jr., in 1993.

She is survived by her nine children, Sandra (Thomas) Fritschi, Frank (Christine) Virga III, Bernadette George, Samuel (Betty) Virga, Anita (Jeffery) Dugan, Jennie Johnston, Christine Sutka, Susan Virga and Rosalind (Robert) Bingman; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside committal service will be held in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Medina at a later date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Anita’s name may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, 211 Eagle St., Medina NY 14103.

Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted May 01 2020
Doris Betty Stout Grimes

Doris Grimes

Doris Betty Stout Grimes, 93, of Medina, died peacefully on Thu., April 30, 2020 at The Villages Rehabilitation Center in Albion.

Doris was born in Gasport on March 9, 1927 to George and Eva Stout.

She was predeceased by Noel Grimes, her husband of 54 years; two brothers, Donald and Louis; a sister, Joy Stout Burns; and a son-in-law, Kevin Gilbert.

Doris was the mother of five children, Rebecca (David) Odell, Robert (Esther) Grimes, Bonnie (Kevin) Gilbert, Bennett (Sharon) Grimes, and Brian (Marna) Grimes. She had 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Following graduation from Royalton-Hartland Central School in 1945, Doris worked for Friends Manufacturing Co. in Gasport. From 1972 until her retirement in 1986, she was employed by Fisher-Price Toys in Medina. Doris was a member of New Life Alliance Church in Medina for 73 years, serving at various times as organist, pianist, deaconess, Sunday School teacher and youth leader. She loved music and, as a young musician, accompanied her father on the piano when he performed vocal solos in church and at other community venues. Later, she and Noel sang duets in their church.

Doris was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She loved attending plays, concerts and sporting events involving her children and grandchildren. She was very fond of weekly Bible studies in her home with neighborhood friends. Doris enjoyed crocheting afghans for all her family, reading, and watching Buffalo Bills games.

There are no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in West Shelby. A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Doris’s name to New Life Alliance Church, 4140 Shelby Basin Road, Medina NY 14103.

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


 

Posted May 01 2020
Linda Mae Cohen

Linda Cohen

Linda Mae Cohen, 72, of Clarendon, died April 30, 2020 at home, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Aug. 27, 1947 in Canton, N.Y. to Harold and Isabell (Ladison) Cota and, aside from being an overall wonderful woman, she loved all animals, especially her beloved cats.

Mrs. Cohen was predeceased by her husband of 48 years, Howard, on Sept. 13, 2016; a brother, Kim; and a sister, Roxanne.

She is survived by her daughters, Jenny (Carl Joslin) Marrese and Rosealee (Allen) Foster; her mother, Isabell Cota; her siblings, Pam (Ray) Smithers, Diane (John) Freego, Kevin (Patty) Cota, Keith (Pat) Cota, and Leroy (Karen) Cota; grandchildren, Jake, Raven, Anna Marrese, Cheyenne Foster, and Catrina (John) Lasher; and great-grandchildren, Wesley, Stella and J.J.

There will be no visitation. Service and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

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


 

Posted May 01 2020
James Frank Chizick

James Chizick

James “Jim” Frank Chizick, 77, of Lyndonville, skipped church and went straight to heaven to be with the Lord on Sun., April 26, 2020.

Born on March 5, 1943 in Detroit, Mich., Jim was the son of the late James and Helen (Donitzen) Chizick. He was raised in Port Leyden, N.Y. and attended Port Leyden Central School, where he was class president, prom king, state champion basketball star, and accomplished trumpet player, graduating in 1962. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from SUNY College at Buffalo, and then a Master of Science in Education, concentrating in Special Education, in 1970 on a full scholarship.

Jim married Joy in 1969. They settled in Lyndonville and had four children. He worked as a teacher for 43 years – the first 33 as a Special Education teacher for fourth to sixth graders at Royalton-Hartland Central School, and the next 10 as a GED instructor for Iroquois Job Corps – until his retirement in 2001.

Jim was a Renaissance man. When he wasn’t teaching, he played the trumpet, bagpipes and harmonica, and he was a published poet, an avid storyteller, and a beekeeper. Jim was a member of the “D” Company Buffalo City Guard Gordon Highlanders and the Somerset Historical Society, and he was a volunteer at the Niagara Celtic Festival. He chaperoned three student study tours in Europe with his wife and traveled to 13 countries.

Jim’s love of Jesus was a central driving force in his life. He gave others a taste of the freedom God intended each of us to live in the midst of – the feel of the wind whipping by while holding tightly to him on the back of his motorcycle: trust; the realization of just how small we are in comparison to the wide wide world as we looked down from his airplane in the sky; the exhilaration of conquering moguls while whizzing down a diamond run, night skiing at Holiday Valley.

Yates Baptist Church counted him as a deacon, trustee, award-winning youth leader, and church van driver. His faith drove his passion for causes he believed in, supporting through time and treasure many organizations that served those in need, such as Care Net of Orleans County, FoodLink, and Lockport Cares. Jim was a Co-Laborer in Messiah (CLIM) for Jews for Jesus, traveling to Toronto, Key West, Boston, Pittsburgh, Chicago and New York City to build relationships across religious lines. He was on the prayer team for Kingdom Bound for many summers. He enjoyed time at the Lighthouse Christian Camp and traveling with the Barker Seniors. His favorite response to his Job Corps students asking, “Hey, Mr. Chizick! What’s up?” would be, “Heaven. What’s down?” and then a pause before adding, “Don’t go there!”

Jim got excited about life, and he shared that enthusiasm with others. As he engaged you in conversation, he animatedly held your attention until you were ready to go along with him for whatever adventure lay ahead. Jim skied, rode motorcycles, drove fast cars and parachuted out of airplanes. He built model airplanes and full-sized gliders and refurbished an Aeronca Chief that he named “Amazing Grace.” Jim flew all those, as well as gyrocopters and ultralights. And he took others with him. Youth, family, friends—all were invited to ski, ride, fly. Jim ran a chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagles Program, where he exposed over 100 elementary students to the joy of flying, changing perspectives on the world and life in general. When his Special Education students weren’t allowed to participate in school field trips, he took it upon himself to create trips to the airstrip and brought his motorcycle to school, just for them. He coached for the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), was a leader for the 4-H Shooting Sports Club, and coached Ski Club for Lyndonville and Roy-Hart Central Schools.

Jim valued time in solidarity with others. He was a member of the Patriot Guard, the ABATE Motorcycle Club, the Niagara Soaring Society, the Gaines Valley Flyers Club, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild and the National Rifle Association. Always a kid at heart, Jim could be found exploring and experimenting, creating wooden masterpieces with his jigsaw in the basement, baking peach pie until he perfected the recipe, and even practicing daily an entire summer until he could ride a unicycle. In the summers, he and his wife would take the family on multi-week trips in the motorhome to explore national parks and visit relatives as far flung as Texas. A gentle spirit, coming alongside those in times of trouble, Jim changed the course of many lives through his counsel, coaching and friendship. He taught others how to work through their fears, gain new perspectives, and learn how to trust. He instilled confidence, radiated humility, and poured out patience. Teens and children loved him. Jim’s in-laws called him a saint, and his five sisters admired him. His wife found refuge in his embrace, and his children appreciated his listening ear and wise counsel.

Jim was his mother’s first-born and only son. He will be missed dearly by all whose lives he touched. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles. (Isaiah 40:31a, KJV). Fly high, Jim, fly high.

Jim is survived by his wife, Joyce (Vertichio) of 50 years; four children, Jonathan (Tristan) Chizick, Jenée (Arturo) Chizick Agüero, Jarett Chizick, and Jordan (Raquel) Chizick; eight grandchildren, Braelan, Ridley, Larsen, Yohel, Jacek, Finn, Livia and Lucas; as well as his four sisters, Helen McHale, Barbara (Paul) Mirabito, Christine (Gary) Vollmar, and Cynthia Wiedrick.

Besides his parents, Jim is predeceased by his sister, Charlotte Mayfield; and by his brothers-in-law, James McHale, Robert Mayfield and Thomas Wiedrick.

A memorial service will be held at Yates Baptist Church, 11365 E. Yates Center Road, Lyndonville NY 14098, at a date to be announced.

Memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s name to Yates Baptist Church; or to Royalton-Hartland Elementary School Playground Fund, 4500 Orchard Place, Gasport NY 14067; or to Care Net of Greater Orleans, P.O. Box 229, Albion NY 14411.

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