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Posted October 17 2018
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Posted October 17 2018
Lt. Col. Richard F. Turoski Sr., USAF, Retired

Richard Turoski

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Lt. Col. Richard F. Turoski, USAF, Retired, passed away peacefully on Nov. 20, 2017 in Rexford, N.Y.

Richard was born in Medina, April 23, 1933, the only child of Leon F. “Leo” and Anna (Sevenski) Turoski. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1951, Rich was a Mustang for life and spoke highly of the competitive spirit exhibited by the students. In 1955, he graduated cum laude from Hobart College, where he was a distinguished ROTC graduate and was inducted into the Hobart Hall of Fame for his accomplishments on the football field. The Baltimore Colts had an interest in Richard; however, he had a six-year commitment to the U.S. Air Force. Thus began an esteemed career that spanned four decades. During his career, he was awarded the Air Force’s highest award, the Distinguished Flying Cross, for 161 combat missions flown during the Vietnam War. He was also awarded six combat medals. Upon reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel, he held many positions, most notably the command of 20 megatons of Minuteman II nuclear missiles at Grand Forks AFB, N.D. He completed his military career as the Chief of War Plans for Strategic Arms Command.

Following his discharge on April 30, 1984, he worked for Boeing Aircraft Company as an industrial and logistics engineer. Richard was an SEC-registered investment advisor, working for Shearson Lehman Brokerage Firm. Richard was an avid businessman and entrepreneur. He and his wife owned Bresler’s 33 Flavors ice cream shops in Shreveport, La. They also owned several apartment buildings that were turned into YWCA homes for abused women. Upon his retirement from all of his ventures, he returned to Medina, where he was a fixture in the village, often seen at the diners for breakfast or lunch and at his daily stop at Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, where he would read the paper and check his stocks on the computer. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish/St. Mary’s Church, Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion and Lincoln Post #1483, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Richard was a man of strong opinions, which he liked to share with those he met. Wherever Richard lived or visited, he would always share stories about his childhood and say what a great place Medina was to grow up.

He is survived by his children, Richard F. (Cynthia) Turoski Jr., John A. (Margaret) Turoski, Diane Lynn Turoski and Ann M. (Jack) Corrao; eight grandchildren, Richard III, Victoria, Alexandra, John Jr., Michael, Joseph, Amanda and Sara; three great-grandchildren, Joey Jr., Sophia and Noah; his former wife, Elaine Antoinette (Pogorzelski) Turoski; and many Sevenski cousins and friends.

Friends may call on Tue., Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, followed by his memorial service at 12:30 p.m., officiated by The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish. Members of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion will conduct military honors at the funeral home at 1 p.m. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Lee-Whedon Memorial Library or Holy Trinity Parish, to be used for the poor and the betterment of the community.

Richard Turoski was a true patriot who loved the United States of America and stood tall among other great statesmen.

Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted October 17 2018
Joyce Murphy

Joyce Murphy

Joyce Ann (Klee) Murphy, 80, of Middleport, passed away on Oct. 16, 2018, surrounded by her loving family, at Niagara Hospice House. She was born Dec. 16, 1937 to the late Harry and Verna (Zanow) Klee.

Joyce loved spending her time around her family and friends. She enjoyed playing Yahtzee, lottery tickets, and having a beer. She worked for various local businesses over the years. Joyce was a very easygoing woman who always told it like it was but also did a lot for many people.

Joyce was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Murphy Sr., in 1999; her mother, Verna Thiel; stepfather, Morris Thiel; sister, Eileen Petti; and brother, Donald Klee.

Joyce is survived by her children, Thomas (Nancy) Murphy Jr., Belinda (Tim) Patterson, Loma (Mark) Burshtynsky, Gail (Mark Bush) Jones, Darcie (John) Gaygen, Vickie Murphy, and Michael (Tracey) Murphy; siblings, Rich (Carol) Klee, Lucy (John) Kowalski, Carol (Jack) Roberts, and Gerry (late Al) Salter; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; best friend, Caroline Bartram; sister-in-law, Mary Loughrey; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

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

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


 

Posted October 17 2018
Helen Ingersoll

Helen Ingersoll

Helen Beatrice (Canham) Ingersoll, 94, entered into rest on Sun., Oct. 14, 2018 at The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center. Born May 28, 1924 in Ridgeway, Helen was the daughter of the late Roy G. and Grace A. (Fillingham) Canham.

Helen married Marvin Ingersoll on July 26, 1942 at the Canham residence in Medina. Mr. Ingersoll died Jan. 24, 1994. Helen worked with her husband at Ingersoll Plumbing as a bookkeeper. She was a member of Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church. Helen loved to fish and camp with her family.

Helen is survived by her three children, Shirley (William) Goddard, Donald (Viki) Ingersoll and David (Diana) Ingersoll; grandchildren, Michael Goddard, Linda (Robert) Christ, Jason (Kelly) Ingersoll, Brian Ingersoll, Timothy (Colleen) Ingersoll, Daniel Ingersoll and David A. (Jenna) Ingersoll; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, Helen is predeceased by a grandson, Paul Ingersoll; and siblings, Ruth Canham, Beatrice Canham and Dorothy James.

Family and friends are invited to attend visitation at Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Road, Medina NY 14103, on Sat., Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. A Celebration of Life will be held immediately following at 12 p.m. at the church, with Reverend Stanley A. Thurber officiating. Interment will be in Hartland Central Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church.

Please go to www.sherriebreamfuneralhome.com and leave a condolence for the family.


 

Posted October 16 2018
Lisa Ann Weese

Lisa Weese

Lisa Ann Weese, 36, of Albion, died Oct. 15, 2018 in Unity Hospital following a long illness. She was born Dec. 24, 1981 in Albion to Dalmas and Colleen (Seldon) Weese Sr. and was a lifelong resident of this area.

Lisa’s home was the place where all the neighborhood children would come to play, especially during Sunday Socials. She enjoyed all kinds of activities with the neighborhood children and was proud that she could provide a safe, warm and loving environment for them to gather. She relished her time with family and friends. Lisa also liked cats and absolutely loved frogs.

She is survived by her children, Sylvia (James), Jesse, Sandra and Nancy; her parents, Dalmas Sr. and Colleen Weese of Albion; her brother, Dalmas (Jennifer) Weese Jr. of Albion; sister, Kristina (Kevin) Ginger of Albion; nieces and nephews, Bessie, Christopher, Joseph, Jeremiah, Annabelle, Dustin, Dalmas III, Princess Olivia, Korey and McKenzie; many cousins; and her beloved cat, “Buttercup.”

The family will receive friends on Mon., Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, where her funeral service will be held immediately following visitation at 1 p.m. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington VA 22202.

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


 

Posted October 16 2018
Henry W. Ralph

Henry Ralph

Mr. Henry W. Ralph, of Lyndonville, passed away on Oct. 15, 2018 at his home.

Mr. Ralph was born in the Town of Gaines, Sept. 27, 1924, a son of the late George and Ethel (Ward) Ralph. He married Elizabeth J. “Betty” “Mose” Hall on Sept. 22, 1946. He was a member of Lyndonville United Methodist Church and was employed by Chevron, as a supervisor in warehousing, for 26 years, and by the Lyndonville Central School District for 13 years. He farmed for many years, and he enjoyed woodworking.

Active in the community, Mr. Ralph was a longtime member of the Lyndonville Volunteer Fire Company and served on the Village of Lyndonville Board of Trustees.

He is survived by four daughters, Darlene (Terry) Herman of Medina, Lorie (Ron) Reigle of Middleport, Kathy (Don) Goldsmith of Lyndonville and Nancy (Roger) Boisvert of California; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife of nearly 69 years, “Betty” “Mose” Ralph, on May 29, 2015; three brothers, Ronald, Daniel and Stanley Ralph; and his sister, Ethel Amos.

A private graveside committal service will be held at Lyhnaven Cemetery with Reverend Merrill S. Bender officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lyndonville Volunteer Fire Company, or to Hospice of Orleans County, POB 489, Albion NY 14411-0489.

Arrangements are being handled by Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted October 16 2018
Rosalie Caleb

Rosalie Ann Caleb passed away Oct. 14, 2018. Born Dec. 23, 1952 in Lockport, she was the daughter of Wilbur and Violet (Elster) Stiles.

Rosalie worked for Harrison Radiator for 30 years and was a member of the UAW. She enjoyed playing bingo, gardening, traveling, and doing crafts with her her grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Brent Caleb.

Rosalie is survived by her sons, John Caleb and Gerald Caleb; granddaughters, Mia Caleb and Abree Caleb; siblings, Jean Stiles Portillo, Bruce Stiles, Carl (Karin) Stiles and John Deemer; great-niece, Makiah Taylor; great-nephew, Emmanuel Boyer; and several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends may call Wed., Oct. 17 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport, where services will be held Thu., Oct. 18 at 11 a.m.

Online condolences may be shared at www.pruddenandkandt.com.


 

Posted October 16 2018
Donald G. Stanley

Donald G. Stanley, 75, entered into rest on Sat., Oct. 13, 2018 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home.

Born May 9, 1943 in Albion, Don was a son of the late George and Florence (Willett) Stanley. Don was a truck driver and heavy equipment operator for Barden Robeson Corp., Art Hill Excavating and various other companies.

He is survived by his children, Donald, Ronald, Michelle and Barbara Stanley; brothers, Robert and Ronald Stanley; grandchildren, Erika and Derek Stanley; close friend, David (Karen) Shutt; and several other grandchildren, nieces, nephews and relatives.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Susan Stanley; and son, Stephen Stanley.

A calling hour will be held on Wed., Oct.17  from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. His memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina NY 14103. The Rev. Linda Haight will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help with funeral expenses at gofundme.com.

Please share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted October 15 2018
Richard P. Pucher

Richard Pucher

Mr. Richard P. Pucher, of Lyndonville, passed away suddenly on Oct. 13, 2018 at his home.

Mr. Pucher was born in Rochester, Feb. 24, 1945, a son of the late Stanley “Sam” and Anna (Waskow) Pucher. A graduate of Niagara University, he earned a BBA in 1967 and an MS Ed. in 1972. Mr. Pucher was employed by the Lewiston-Porter Senior High School, as a business education teacher from 1968 to 1975, and as the Assistant Principal for Administration from 1975 to 1978. He was appointed Superintendent of Richburg Central School in Richburg, N.Y. and served from 1978 to 1981. In January, 1982, he was appointed Superintendent of Lyndonville Central School, and he retired from that position on June 30, 2000. He held NYS Permanent Certification in School District Administrator, School Administrator and Supervisor, Secondary School Principal and Accounting and Business Practice, and he was a member of the American Association of School Administrators, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the NYS Council of School District Administrators.

Active in the community, Mr. Pucher was a member of the Lyndonville Lions Club, Lyndonville Area Foundation, Wellsville and Lewiston Kiwanis clubs, Orleans-Niagara Superintendents, Genesee Community College, Orleans Campus Advisory Board, House of Delegates of NYSCOSS and the Commissioner’s Advisory Committee for Rural Schools Program. He was a member of St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church of Rochester and enjoyed his worldwide travels. He was dedicated to the field of education and fostering youth. He published articles in People and Education and in The Council Journal, and he participated in the Russian Symposium on Education in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia in 1993.

He is survived by his nieces, Julie (Gardner) Torrence, Kris Garcia and Kathy (Paul) Leone; great-nieces and great-nephews, Matthew, Ryan, Brianna, Mckenna, Sophie, Truman and Trevor; many good friends and travel companions.

He was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Anna, and his brother, Ted Pucher, in 2003; and his beloved cat, Buddy.

Friends may call on Thu., Oct. 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls and the Rev. Francis Vivacqua II will concelebrate his Mass of Christian Burial on Fri., Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church in Medina. Interment will be in Lynhaven Cemetery, Lyndonville.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans County, POB 489, Albion NY 14411; or to American Diabetes Association, 4955 N. Bailey Ave., Suite 217, Amherst NY 14226; or to St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, 940 Ridge Road East, Rochester NY 14621.

Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted October 14 2018
Scott H. Ward

Scott WardScott H. Ward, 45, of Albion, died Oct. 13, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was born July 5, 1973 in Albion to Charles and Dorothy (Noon) Ward and was a lifetime resident of this area.

Scott was a 1991 graduate of Albion Central School and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from St. Bonaventure University. He worked as a sales representative for the Hershey Company and was a member of Holy Family Parish. Scott loved sports and served as coach of the Barre Cubs, and he was an avid Cleveland Browns fan. He enjoyed camping and, as a very family-oriented man, loved to play with his children in any activities in which they wanted to participate.

Mr. Ward was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Dorothy Ward.

He is survived by his wife, Carrie; his children, Evan, Kyle, Abbie, Liam and Charlie; his siblings, Eileen (Douglas) Bloom of East Rochester, Tom (Jaymie) Ward of Brighton, Tim Ward of Albion, and Michael (Doug DeFilipps) Ward of Chili; his in-laws, Ray and Linda Burke; sister-in-law, Holly Raymond; special longtime friend, Brad Pritchard; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thu., Oct. 18 at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion. Family and friends are invited to attend Scott’s Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Sat., Oct. 20 at Holy Family Parish – St. Joseph’s Church, Albion. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Albion Alumni Foundation, P.O. Box 345, Albion NY 14411; or to Upstate NY Transplant Services, 110 Broadway, Buffalo NY 14203.

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


 

Posted October 13 2018
Pauline K. Broadwell

Pauline K. Broadwell, 91, of Waterport, died on Oct. 11, 2018 at United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She was born June 8, 1927 in Albion to Milton and Ernestine Kast and was a lifelong resident of this area.

Mrs. Broadwell was predeceased by her husband, Franklin; her son, Steven Broadwell; and her brother, Karl Kast.

She is survived by her children, Yen (Hoa) Nguyen of Louisiana, Robert Broadwell of Michigan, James (Renee) Broadwell of Waterport, and Patti Broadwell of Barker; her brother, Bill Kast of Hilton; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was a woman of great faith who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

There will be no calling hours. Private services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family in Kenyonville Cemetery. Pauline’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion. To share a special memory of Pauline, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted October 13 2018
Gary R. Plummer

Gary PlummerGary R. Plummer, 78, of Lyndonville, passed away suddenly on Oct. 11, 2018. Gary was born in Medina on Feb. 14, 1940, a son of the late Howard and Marion (Axtell) Plummer.

Gary was the loving husband of Sharon (Hughes) Plummer of Albion for 32 years. He is survived by his three children, Cynthia (Randy) Hurt, Chad (Lisa) Plummer, and Carrie (Mark) Standish; his two stepchildren, Mark (Lisa) Stone and Charlene (Scott) Chadwick; his grandchildren, Sarah (Garret) White, Adam (Phoebe) Standish, Christopher Standish, Sydney and Peyton Chadwick, Ryan and Logan Stone, and Aaron Hurt; three great-grandchildren; his brothers, Carlton (Mary) and Lee (Val) Plummer; many nieces and nephews; and many close friends, both near and far.

Gary was a graduate of the Lyndonville Class of 1958. He worked as a heavy equipment operator at Keeler Construction Company for 42 years. After retirement, Gary worked at Poverty Hill Farm in Albion. Gary loved the outdoors, was an avid skeet shooter, and enjoyed boating, fishing and traveling.

He most of all loved spending time with his family and friends. Gary will be remembered and forever respected for his truly one-of-a-kind qualities. He most recently enjoyed his summers at the cottage on Shadigee Lane, Lyndonville, and spent the winter months at his home in Clover, S.C. Gary was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Albion and ARP Presbyterian Church in Clover. He was a Brother of the Free and Accepted Masons, Renovation Lodge #97.

Relatives and friends may call on Tue., Oct. 16 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, with a Masonic Service immediately following at 8 p.m.  Gary’s memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Wed., Oct. 17 at Albion First Presbyterian Church, 29 E. State St., Albion NY 14411. Burial will be in Bates Road Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted in memory of Brother Gary Plummer at Renovation Lodge #97, 39 Platt St., Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted October 12 2018
Richard Lee Leszczynski

Richard LeszczynskiRichard Lee Leszczynski, 66, of Medina, passed away on Fri., Oct. 12, 2018 at his home, with his loving wife of 46 years, Patricia, at his side. He was born on May 30, 1952 in Medina, a son of the late Stephen and Bernice (Rosenbeck) Leszczynski.

Richard spent his whole life in Medina and was a former employee of Abex. He enjoyed his family, fishing, and his faithful dog, “Pup.”

Besides his wife, Richard is survived by his son, David Leszczynski of Texas, and David’s children, Joe, Jake and Abby; his daughter, Deanna Sousa of Texas, with Deanna’s children, Penny and Leoben; and his son, Nicholas (Julia) Leszczynski of Buffalo, with Nicholas’s daughter, Ramona; and Richard’s siblings, Patricia Kenward, Tina McAdoo and Gina Ann, all of Medina.

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

Memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s name to a charity of one’s choice.

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

Please light a candle or share a memory of Richard at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.


 

Posted October 12 2018
Roger L. Misso

Roger Misso

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Roger L. Misso, 78, of Albion, passed away Oct. 11, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Roger was born Feb. 19, 1940 in Medina, a son of the late John and Atina (Pauline) Misso. Roger was a member, usher and greeter at Holy Family Parish – St. Joseph’s Church, and he was also a member and Past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus St. Joan of Arc Assembly 4th Degree. Roger served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963. He was a former employee of Eastman Kodak Co. Roger enjoyed Cowboy Shoots and hunting, and he loved spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, Roger was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.

He is survived by Phyllis, his loving wife of 56 years; children, Sharon Miller, Roger (Sandra) Misso Jr., Patti (Jim) Doyle and Colleen (Jason) Lathrop; grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Phil) Panek, Scott Miller, Roger (Christy) Misso III, Josh Misso, Erica (Matt) Gardner, Lindsey (Jeff) Rybicki, Serena Doyle, Brandon Doyle, Jillian Doyle, Cathleen Mastrodicasa and Jackson Lathrop; great-grandchildren, Amelia Ruth Misso, Carson James Gardner and Preston Alan Panek; sisters, Anna Piazza and Mildred Princiavelli; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Wed., Oct. 17 from 3 to 7 p.m. Roger’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Parish – St. Joseph’s Church on Thu., Oct. 18 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery with military honors. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

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


 

Posted October 12 2018
Rhea N. Martin

Rhea Martin

Mrs. Rhea N. Martin, of Medina, passed away peacefully at her home on Oct. 11, 2018.

Mrs. Martin was born in Medina, Aug. 2, 1947, a daughter of the late Lowell Glenn and Marian (Gratrick) Neal. She was a graduate of Clearwater Beach, class of 1965, and later earned an associate degree. On Oct. 16, 1971, she married Robert V. Martin. Following graduation, Rhea was employed by Thomas J. Lipton Company, and then as a billing clerk at Medina Memorial Hospital for 38 years, retiring in 2008.

Rhea was a member of First Baptist Church of Medina and Senior Citizens of Western Orleans, and she was an active member of the Medina Share & Care Cancer Group. She volunteered at the Medina Area Association of Churches Clothing Depot and the Medina Memorial Hospital Twig Association. Rhea enjoyed golfing, bowling, quilting, and playing cards, especially euchre. She was a great baker who made delicious cookies. She was a passionate animal lover.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 47 years, Robert; her daughter, Michelle (Jason) Miller; two grandchildren, Alayna and Braden Miller; two sisters, Marlo Neal Huey and Carolyn (Jack) Hill; two sisters-in-law, Maureen (David) Martin and Patricia (Robert) Craft; two brothers-in-law, Gary (Janis) Martin and Brian Martin; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her mother and father, Marian and Lowell Neal; and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mildred and Vincent Martin.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend her memorial service on Sat., Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Medina. The Rev. Michael Stephenson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wilmot Cancer Institute Development Office, Alumni and Advancement Center, 300 E. River Road, PO Box 278996, Rochester NY 14627.

Arrangements are being handled by Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted October 09 2018
Patricia Ann Wechter

Patricia Ann WechterAmerican flagPatricia Ann Wechter, 83, of West Shelby, passed away on Oct. 6, 2018 at Buffalo General Hospital. Pat was born in Buffalo, May 1, 1935, a daughter of the late Lester E. and Agnes E. (Manhardt) Wechter Sr.

Following the death of her birth mother in 1940, she moved to Attica when her father remarried Arvilla Peters DuBois. Pat recalled that her stepmother taught her many things about life, and they developed a deep bond over the years. Pat wrote that Arvilla was smart and neat, a great cook and baker, and that she dearly missed her following her death in 2003. Pat was a graduate of Attica High School, class of 1953, and enlisted in Women in the Air Force in 1954. She was a proud member of the WAF and served until 1961.

Pat was employed as a corrections officer by New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (NYSDOCCS) at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and Albion Correctional Facility for 30 years, retiring in 1990. She loved her job and had many friends. She was a longtime, active member of First Presbyterian Church of Attica and Medina. She served her church as a deacon and elder. In retirement, she enjoyed traveling with Busy Buddies and their leader, Janet Hedges; and the Senior Citizens of Western Orleans and their leader, Lynn Marciszewski. She had many great trips, fun and fellowship. Pat was a member of Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Millie Wechter; seven nieces and nephews, Allison (Mark) Leto, Chris (John) Prusak, Scott Sardonicus, Tom Bathrick, David Bathrick, Wayne (Judy) Wechter and Mary Ellen Wechter; and several great nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, Lester and Agnes; stepmother, Arvilla; brother, Lester E. Wechter Jr.; and sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn E. and Robert M. Bathrick.

Pat loved her dogs, Toby, Lucky, Mitzie, Bridget, Dolly and Maggie; and her cats, Frisky, Goldie and Buzzy.

Friends are invited to attend her funeral service on Sat., Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 522 Main St., Medina. The Rev. Dr. William Wilkinson will officiate, and interment will be in the family plot at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded at graveside by members of Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion and Lincoln Post #1483, VFW.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 522 Main St., Medina NY 14103; or to any SPCA.

Arrangements are being handled by Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted October 08 2018
Cherie A. Smith

Cherie Smith

Cherie A. Smith, 74, of Medina, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sun., Oct. 7, 2018 at Medina Memorial Hospital.

Born on Dec. 30, 1943 in Lockport, she was the daughter of the late George and Viola (Seefeldt) Hubbert.

Cherie loved her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking, baking and knitting. Cherie retired from BMP America and was a member of Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship and Western Orleans Senior Citizens, and a former member of the Ridgeway Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary.

Cherie is survived by her children, Bernard Helsdon of Lyndonville, Ronald (Karen) Helsdon of Lockport, Roger Helsdon of Medina, Cheryl Helsdon of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Missy Ann Armstrong of Fort Myers, Fla., William Helsdon of Green Bay, Wis., and Jennifer (Jason) Wannike of Kings Mountain, N.C.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Joyce (David) Frasier of Gasport, Darlene Oudette of Lockport, and Douglas (Debbie) Hubbert of Newfane; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by many brothers and sisters.

Relatives and friends may call on Fri., Oct. 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship, 5329 S. Gravel Road, Medina NY 14103, where a funeral service will be held at 7 p.m. with the Pastor, Rev. Russell Peters, officiating. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials may be made in Cherie’s name to American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst NY 14228.

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


 

Posted October 04 2018
Dean N. Penna

Dean N. Penna, 53, of Holley, passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 3, 2018 at his home, as he wanted. He was born March 13, 1965 in Albion to Ronald Penna and Anna Mele.

Dean was a hardworking farmer. He started his own farm after he graduated from Holley High School and made himself into the successful farmer that he was. Dean enjoyed collecting military items and toy tractors, as well as listening to bluegrass music. Dean always “said what he meant and meant what he said.” He was well-liked by the community and had many friends.

Dean is survived by his loving partner of 33 years, 25 married years, Melissa “Missy” Penna; daughter, Alex Penna; parents, Ron (Nara Brooks) Penna and Ann Penna; siblings, Darin Penna, Joie Penna and Ryan Penna; niece, Lily Penna; faithful dog, Ginger; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

There will be no calling hours. Dean’s memorial service will be held at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley NY 14470, on Mon., Oct. 8 at 11 a.m.

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

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


 

Posted October 03 2018
Joseph Peter Dragan

A memorial service will be held on Sat., Oct. 6 at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in Albion.

Joseph Peter Dragan, originally of Albion, entered into heaven on Sept. 25, 2018. He is a beautiful soul whose life on earth was tormented by mental illness.

Born May 19, 1947, Joe grew up and lived in Albion until 2007, when he suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him profoundly disabled. After that, he became a resident of CareOne, a specialized facility in Holyoke, Mass., for brain-injured adults.

Before his brain injury, Joe was exceedingly bright with many talents and endearing qualities. In school, he often seemed to know more than the teachers. As a child, he undertook various precocious projects, such as building a wooden boat and making whiskey from his father’s wheat.

Joe was an accomplished wordsmith who knew virtually every word in the dictionary. With his language abilities, he wrote numerous poems and essays. He was also an engaging conversationalist with a delightful sense of humor.

Compassion was a large part of his personality. Despite his own mental struggles, he took care of his infirm mother for several years. And he was just as devoted to his animals.

Joe’s parents were the late Peter J. and Kathryn L. Dragan of Albion. He is survived by his sister, Diana Kay Reed of Mount Dora, Fla.; his special nurse, Ofelia Petrosan; and the many other extraordinary staff members of CareOne, who loved him and cared for him like family.

Condolences may be sent to Diana Kay Reed at 3741 Oak Orchard Road, Albion NY 14411.

A poem by Joe:

The Abstract Cat

I am sleekness, speed and grace,
Without body or form in any case.
And I am beauty, poise and appeal,
And aggression with a lot of zeal.
My dwelling is motion, time and distance –
The elements and essence which form existence.
I come as a spirit that converges
With the sad and hopeless – and whence emerges
A lot of mirth, and joy, and glee –
More than they ever thought could be –
For I am the abstract cat,
And my home is among the stars thereat.

Joseph P. Dragan
© 1999


 

Posted October 03 2018
Darlene J. Wagner

Darlene Wagner

Darlene J. (Newbould) Wagner, 60, of Medina, passed away Oct. 2, 2018 at Medina Memorial Hospital following a long illness. She was born July 19, 1958 in Albion, a daughter of the late David and Gladys (Allport) Newbould. Darlene was a former employee of ARC of Orleans, Ford Gum and Niagara Foods. She enjoyed camping, fishing, bowling, playing poker and watching football.

She is survived by her son, James Jenks of Medina; siblings, Tina Moore of Medina, Gail Ainsworth of Florida, David Newbould of Holley, Connie (Walter) Flugel of Holley, Bonnie Jenks of Medina, Nancy (Richard) Reininger of Holley, Judy (Dick) Chmylak of Barre and Stuart (Tabetha) Newbould; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, on Sun., Oct. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m., followed by Darlene’s memorial service at the funeral home at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lupus Foundation of Genesee Valley NY, Inc., 95 Allens Creek Road, Bldg. 2, Suite 123, Rochester NY 14618.

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


 

Posted October 02 2018
Raymond F. Kelly

Raymond Kelly

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Raymond F. Kelly, 97, of Kent, passed away peacefully at the New York State Veterans Home in Batavia on Sept. 29, 2018.

He is predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Frederica; and sons, Edward J. and Walter L.

He is survived by his children, Michael R. Kelly Sr. and Frederica (Lawrence) Feller; grandchildren, Michael R. Kelly Jr., Michelle Ann Kelly, Meredith (Braddock) Spear, John Feller, Steven Nauerth, Edward R. Kelly, Anthony Kelly and Daniel Kelly; great-grandchildren, Ashley (Dustin) Lenz Emmi, Janeen Kelly and Brett T. Hoyt.

Ray was a dedicated United States Marine. A World War II veteran, he served with the 22nd Marines, Reinforced, Tactical Group One, Fifth Amphibious Corps in Engebi, Eniwetok Atoll, Parry Island, and Guam in the South Pacific. Later, he devoted his time among the Marine Corps League, American Legion, and Holley VFW Post #202, for which he was a Past Commander. He was a Kendall volunteer firefighter for many years. When living with his family in Greece, Ray was a salesman for a number of service companies. He spent his retirement years as a school bus driver for Kendall School District. He loved the Corps, friends, gardening, playing cards (he was lethal at euchre), and caring for his cats.

The family will receive friends on Thu., Oct. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fowler Funeral Home, Inc., 340 West Ave., Brockport. A graveside service with military honors will be held on Fri., Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. in Greenwood Cemetery, Kendall.

In lieu of flowers, please to donate to any veterans’ organization of your choice in Ray’s memory. Share condolences at www.fowlerfuneralhomeinc.com.


 

Posted October 01 2018
Dr. David P. Brust

David Brust

Dr. David P. Brust, 84, surrounded by his family at home in Greece, N.Y., passed away Tue., Sept. 25, 2018.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly (Brownell); sons, Thomas (Catherine), Daniel (Barbara) and David (Marian); grandchildren, Rachael, Nicholas, Jacqueline, Daniel, Haley, Ethan, Miranda and Luke; and great-granddaughter, Madeline.

David was born in Medina and grew up in Waterport. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from the University of Buffalo, and his Ph.D in organic chemistry from the University of Rochester. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the American Chemical Society, with over 60 years of service.

He worked for 30 years in Research & Development at Eastman Kodak, where he was a distinguished inventor with numerous patents for imaging materials and devices. He was a lead contributor for many highly successful imaging products.

David loved the world of agriculture and farming, due to his close ties to his grandfather and grandmother, who were prolific farmers. He spent many summers visiting and working with his grandparents and cousins on the farm. David had a strong work ethic, which he passed on to his sons and their families. He especially loved fishing and baseball, sports he shared with his sons. He was an avid fan of the University of Buffalo Bulls football team, attending as many games as possible.

A Celebration of Life will be held privately for the family.


 

Posted October 01 2018
Becky Jo Weaver

Sept. 28, 2018 – Sept. 26, 2018

Becky Jo Weaver, 56, of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and formerly of Middleport, passed away on Wed., Sept. 26, 2018 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach. Sadly, she lost her long-fought battle with cancer just two days before her birthday, and a mere week before her wedding anniversary. Becky was a free, independent spirit.

May God bless her and keep her in His loving arms – fly high, my friend.

Becky was born in Buffalo, N.Y. on Sept. 28, 1961. She was the daughter of the late Bernard and Joan (Quaintance) Laity. She was also predeceased by her sister, Barb.

She is survived by her husband and best friend, Earl Weaver Jr.; son, Garrett (Jennell) Larson; grandchildren, Ryland and Amber of Salem, Ore.; best friend to Earl and Becky – (Bruiser), a black labrador; three brothers, George, Charles and Richard Moore; a sister, Kathleen Wright.

Arrangements have been made by McMillan-Small Funeral Home of Myrtle Beach. An online guest book is available at www.msfh.net. Services will be held at a later date.

To make a memorial donation in Becky’s name, contact the Calvary Chapel at Myrtle Beach.


 

Posted September 28 2018
Daniel R. Smith

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Daniel R. “Danny” Smith, 76, of Albion, passed away on Sept. 27, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital, with his niece and stepson by his side, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Sept. 25, 1942 in Newport, R.I. to the late Charles and Betsy (Pinto) Smith.

Danny served our country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed working, and going out to eat at various restaurants, including his favorite, Sam’s Diner in Holley. He spent time gardening with all kinds of plants around his house. Danny worked as a cook for the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years and, more recently, painted with his stepson Brian – something he really loved doing.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, Edna Mundt, Charlie and Stevie Smith.

Danny is survived by his loving and caring niece, Betsy Meisenzahl; stepson, Brian Connor; siblings, Anna (Tony) Perry, Ernie Smith and Johnny Smith; as well as his beloved dogs, Zip and Ty.

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

Memorial contributions in Danny’s name may be made to Orleans County Joint Veterans Council, 13996 Route 31, Albion NY 14411; or to Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Box 704, Rochester NY 14642.

Danny’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion.

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


 

Posted September 27 2018
Edward J. Ball

Ed Ball

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Edward J. Ball, 71, of Kent, died Sept. 27, 2018 at the Martin Linsin Residence. He was born Aug. 2, 1947 in Batavia, a son of the late Harry and Mary (Munger) Ball, and he lived in this area most of his life.

Ed was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam. He spent 24 years serving his country, receiving the Purple Heart, the Good Conduct Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. He was a member of Sheret Post #35 American Legion of Albion, VFW Post #4635 of Albion, and Walter Klein Post #532 American Legion of Warsaw. He was a private pilot for over 27 years. He retired from Lapp Insulator in LeRoy, where he worked as a millwright for many years. Ed enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a lifetime member of the Oatka Fish and Game Club in LeRoy.

He is survived by his wife, Kim; son, Steven Ball of Batavia; daughter, Tamela (Jeff) Ball-Morrow of Elba; granddaughters, Brianna and Alyssa Ball; brothers, Michael (Lila) Ball of Batavia and Ronald Ball of Batavia; sisters, Carol (Joe) Grasso of Batavia, Constance (Joe) Faruch of Florida, and Cheryl (Jeff) Walsh of Alexander; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Wed., Oct. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, where his service will follow at 5 p.m., followed by full military honors. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wilmot Cancer Center, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester NY 14642. To share a special memory of Ed, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted September 27 2018
Vincent James Flow Jr.

Vincent Flow

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Vincent James Flow Jr. died suddenly on Tue., Aug. 21 at his home in Sarasota, Fla., at the age of 92.

Vince was born May 11, 1926 to James and Susan (Petote) Flow in Brockport. He is predeceased by his only sibling and older brother, Joseph.

Vince served his country in the United States Navy as a gunner during World War II, in both the European and Pacific theaters. On Nov. 6, 1948, he married his one true love, Dolores Mae Giraulo. During their 69 years of marriage, they raised four children and enjoyed a “country style” life, traveling the country in their motor home, square dancing and making new friends, spending summers at the Flow Family Garlic Farm and, of late, embarking on daily drives to explore Florida.

While Vince’s work career ranged from truck mechanic to painter to carpenter, he found his passion in sales. Starting as a door-to-door representative for aluminum pots and pans, he moved on to become Area Supervisor for the Carnation Company, and he eventually retired from Rochester Colonial Manufacturing as Vice President in Charge of Sales in 1991.

He was always actively involved in his community and was a member of the Lions Club, the Elks Club, the Masons and the Shriners. Vince volunteered as a driver for special needs children, escorting them to area doctors and hospitals as part of the Shriners community service mission. Most mornings, he could be found at his local McDonalds, solving the world’s problems with his friends over coffee.

Vince enjoyed watching boxing and MMA matches and enjoyed making and smoking sausages, canning various relishes, and trying new recipes he’d discovered on the internet. He developed great cooking skills and even became an accomplished pie maker. He still enjoyed the foods he grew up with, such as venison, giblets, puffball, or a good cow tongue. He waited patiently for rigatoni and meatball day at his son Timmy’s house.

Vince is survived by his wife, Dolores; his children, Susan Flow (Michael Livesay) of Keenesburg, Colo., Vincent (Barbara) Flow lll of Kendall, Mary-Jo Ehrlich (Felix Ortiz) of Albany, N.Y., and Timothy (Nancy) Flow of Sarasota, Fla. Vince was blessed with seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and cousins, and a lifetime of good friends.

Vince will be remembered for his devotion to family – especially to his wife, Dolly – his love of good food and friends, his welcoming smile and infectious laugh, his generous heart, his faithfulness to God and country, and his overall zeal for living. He will be greatly missed by all.

A Mass will take place on Fri., Oct. 5 at 12 p.m. at the Nativity BVM, Holley and Main streets, Brockport. Calling hours will be held to honor Vince and celebrate his life on Sat., Oct. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Fowler’s Funeral Home, 340 West Ave., Brockport NY 14420.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Vincent J. Flow Jr. to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Tampa, Fla.


 

Posted September 26 2018
Susan Rose Pasch

Susan Pasch

Susan Rose Pasch, 56, of Holley, passed away Sept. 25, 2018 at her home, after a courageous battle with many illnesses. She was born Nov. 29, 1961 in Brockport to the late Peter and Rose Marie (Decker) Pasch.

Susan enjoyed spending time gardening, tending to her plants, and cuddling up with her cat, “Bucky.”

In addition to her parents, Susan was predeceased by her grandparents, Andrew and Rose Decker.

Susan is survived by her siblings, Cynthia Bissonette and Andrew (LuAnn) Pasch; nephews, Kevin Loden, Michael Furness, Andrew Pasch Jr. and Robert (Jackie) Pasch; and great-nieces, Layla Loden and Leah Pasch.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley NY 14470, on Wed., Oct. 3 from 3 to 4 p.m.

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


 

Posted September 26 2018
Gerald E. Harter

Gerald Harter

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Gerald E. Harter, 72, of Holley, died Sept. 25, 2018 at home. He was born Sept. 25, 1946 in Rochester to Earl and Helen (Wysocarski) Harter and was a lifelong resident of this area.

Gerald was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Purple Heart for having been wounded in combat. He was a member and Past Commander of Holley VFW Post #202 and Jewel Buckman Post #529, Holley American Legion. Gerald was also a member of the Woodsman Club, was a licensed electrician, and was considered a “Jack of all trades.” He loved car racing and, at one time, he owned a racecar of his own, #33 “Chicken Little,” which he raced at the Lancaster and Perry speedways. Gerald retired from Eastman Kodak after 25 years and then drove school buses for the Spencerport school system for many years after that. He enjoyed NASCAR and going to the casino, and he will be remembered for his devotion to and love for his family.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Gloria; his daughters, Buffie (Ralph) Gleason of Holley, Melissa (Bill) Furness of Kent, Cynthia (Mike) Dale of Holley, and CarolAnn Harter of Holley; his sister, Carole (Jim) McGrath of Rochester; four grandsons, Brian (Samantha) Gleason, Billy Furness, Aaron (Kristy) Dale, and Dustin Furness; great-grandchildren, Jayden, Amber, Ryder and Carlee; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Mon., Oct. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Rt. 31, Holley, where his memorial service will be held following visitation at 4 p.m. Military honors will be accorded at the funeral home. Interment will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holley VFW Post #202, 8 Veterans Drive, Holley NY 14470.

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


 

Posted September 26 2018
Erwin F. Conley

Erwin Conley

Erwin F. “Mr. C” Conley, 78, of Albion, left this world on Tue., Sept. 18, 2018.

Mr. Conley was born Feb. 5, 1940 in Rochester, a son of the late Earl W. Conley and Isabelle R. (Dean) Conley. He was a hardworking family man. Erwin worked in trucking and freight transportation, later owning and operating his own trucking business. He enjoyed playing pool, cards, dice and crossword puzzles, and he loved driving Dodge “Mopar” American-made vehicles. Mr. C. loved his German Shepherd, “Pepper.”

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Gordon, Earl D. and Gary Conley; and his sisters, Carolyn Flugel, Alice Daniels and Sheila Fearby-Holman.

Erwin was the center, the strength and the foundation of his loving family. He is survived by his wife, the love of his life of 59 years, Sally (Castricone) Conley. He was a devoted father to his five children, Pamela (Robin Senick) Brannan, Marie Mathes, Frederick (Brenda Tully) Conley, Bonnie (Donald Litolff) DeZarn and Beth (Jerry) Dunn; and a beloved grandfather to 11 grandchildren, Jeremy and Jacalyn Graham, Kyle Allport, Sara and Marc Mathes, Timothy Conley, Melissa Olles, Lindsey and Cass DeZarn, Kathleen Shanks and Jerry Dunn. His large and extended family also includes 20 great-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins who will remember his fun-loving charm and his storytelling.

A celebration of Erwin’s life will be held at the convenience of his family.

Memorials may be made to PAWS Animal Shelter, 3371 Gaines Basin Road, Albion NY 14411.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion. To share a special memory of Mr. C, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.


 

Posted September 25 2018
Charles R. Allen Sr.

Mr. Charles R. Allen Sr. entered into rest on Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, after a short battle with cancer. He just celebrated his 75th birthday on Sept. 22, having been born in 1943.

Charlie was predeceased by his parents, Adrian Delos Allen Sr. and Maude (Sargent) Allen; a sister, Bessie (Allen) Pinker; a brother, Adrian Delos Allen Jr.; and his granddaughter, Tasha L. Allen.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 56 years, Judy A. (Ruger) Allen; three sons, Charles R. (Sherry Howse) Allen Jr., Jeffrey L. (Jennifer) Allen and David M. (Roseanne) Allen; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Charlie loved to read, and he made one or two trips to the library every week, reading between one and three books each week. He LOVED all his grandchildren, and he really enjoyed a good picnic with friends and family.

Charlie was a longtime member of the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company, having just received his 45 year certificate at the most recent installation banquet. He and his wife loved to play bingo there every Saturday night, as well as at other locations on other nights of the week, when bingo used to be held often back in the day. Charlie was also a former member of the Junior Wilson Sportsman’s Club in Medina.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Company or the Knights/Kaderli Memorial Fund.

Arrangements are being handled by Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted September 25 2018
Velma E. Roth

Velma Roth

Velma E. Roth, 94, of Albion, died Sept. 24, 2018 at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center in Rochester. She was born Sept. 27, 1923 in Kendall, a daughter of the late Ernest and Ada (Farnsworth) Skellen, and she lived in this area all of her life.

She was predeceased by her husband, Dick; her sisters, Nellie Ambrose, Louise Kidney and Ada Dusett; and her brothers, Earle Skellen and William Skellen.

She is survived by her sons, Richard (Judy) Roth Jr. and Randy Roth, both of Albion; grandchildren, Michelle (Mike), Todd (JoLee), Corey, Tim (Jackie), Amanda (Greg), and Kyle (Tiffany); great-grandchildren, Anne, Samantha (Austin), Adam, Elizabeth, Alex, Leigh, Matty, Jayden, Dixie, Talana and Paisley; sister-in-law, Margaret Skellen of Kendall; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no calling hours. Velma’s graveside service will be held Sat., Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Mt. Albion Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Lifetime Care Hospice, 3111 S. Winton Road, Rochester NY 14623.

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


 

Posted September 23 2018
Roberta P. Seager

Roberta SeagerRoberta P. “Robin” Seager, 81, of Albion, passed away on Sept. 21, 2018 at the Martin Linsin Hospice Residence. Robin was born Sept. 2, 1937 in Rochester to the late Edward and Eva (Morley) Pray.

Robin enjoyed attending car shows with her husband and doing arts and crafts.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Samuel Seager Sr., on Oct. 20, 2016.

Robin is survived by her children, Paula Seager-Broadwell, Kenneth (Laurie) Seager II, Denise Seager and Samuel (Deanna) Seager Jr.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Edward (Rosemary) Pray, Carol (Tony) Petruso, Beverly Scalzo, Pat Guilford, Morley “Bud” (Mary) Pray and Victor Pray; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at Kenyonville Cemetery on Sat., Oct. 6 at 11 a.m.

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

Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion.

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


 

Posted September 22 2018
Mark J. Warren

Mark Warren

Mark J. Warren, 63, of Tonawanda, entered into eternal rest on Sept. 18, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, after suffering a medical emergency.

Born in 1955 to Emily C. (Gurowski) and the late John Warren of Cheektowaga, Mark was a true gentleman. Kind and honest, he never had a bad word to say and was always eager to do what he could to help out anyone in need. He was always the optimist, seeing the good in any situation and always managing to see the good in people. Mark retired from the IRS in Buffalo, where he was employed for 30 years, and was an active member of the Board of Directors for the Buffalo Service Credit Union for the last 15 years. A lifelong member of St. Josaphat’s Catholic Church in Cheektowaga, he never missed a Sunday Mass, even attending out-of-town services when away from home. He was an avid golfer and bowler, always up for a tournament or impromptu game as well as playing on leagues for many years. He also enjoyed gardening.

Mark is survived by his wife, Lois (Anderson) Warren; beloved daughter, Emily Anne Warren; mother, Emily C. Warren; sister, Janice Siniscalco of Penfield; brother, Gary of San Diego; nieces, Elizabeth Siniscalco (Mark’s goddaughter) and Catherine Siniscalco; nephew, John Siniscalco; brothers-in-law, David (MaryAnn) Anderson, Jim (Susan) Anderson and Doug (Kris Pink) Anderson; goddaughter, Katherine Anderson; and many beloved nieces and nephews in Medina.

Mark was predeceased by his father, John; and brother-in-law, Cosimo Siniscalco.

The children in his life brought him much joy, and he loved spending time with his family. Mark also leaves behind three much-loved and spoiled cats (“dirtbags”), Peabody (Buddy), Mango and Mr. Gray Fur, who he often walked outside on their leashes. They would always run to greet him whenever they saw his leash in hand, or upon hearing him return home.

He will be greatly missed.

Calling hours took place at Pietszak Funeral Home, 2400 William St. (near Harlem Road), Cheektowaga, on Sun., Sept. 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to assemble for a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Josaphat Parish, William Street at Peoria Street, Cheektowaga, on Mon., Sept. 24 at 9:30 a.m.

Burial rites will take place at Bates Road Cemetery, Ridgeway, at a later date.


 

Posted September 21 2018
Vivian L. Pietroboni

Vivian PietroboniVivian L. Pietroboni, 87, of Middleport, died Sept. 21, 2018. She was born Sept. 9, 1931 in Middleport, a daughter of the late Ernest and Marie (Burtch) Waterson.

She was predeceased by her husband, John Pietroboni.

She is survived by her children, Teresa (William) Perry, Jean Pietroboni, Johnny Pietroboni and David Pietroboni; grandchildren, Jeremy (Susan) Perry, Ian (Alexis Brown) Perry, Sarah (Jeremy) Bensley, Isabella Pietroboni, Gianni Pietroboni, Cali (Sam) Baptista and Connor Bell; great-grandchildren, Veronika McClary, Brielle Bensley, Kellan Bensley and Brielle Baptista; sisters, Beverly (Robert) Schutt, Velma (Dick) Cichocki and Kay Hare.

Vivian was an excellent bowler. Even at 86, she was still bowling at Medina Lanes. She loved her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, her animals, and Diet Pepsi. She helped run Johnny’s Cycle Shop and the strawberry stand out front for many years.

The family will receive friends at Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, on Tue., Sept. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Services and interment in Hartland Cemetery will be private.

Memorials may be made to Royalton Hartland Community Library, 9 Vernon St., Middleport NY 14105; or to PAWS Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 244, Albion NY 14411.

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


 

Posted September 21 2018
Lucile Ruth Petkus

Lucile Petkus

Mrs. Lucile Ruth (Kennedy) Petkus of the Casey Creek, Ky. area passed from this life on Sun., Sept. 16, 2018 in Campbellsville, Ky. Born in Orleans County on Sept. 6, 1938 to the late Raymond and Arvilla (Williams) Kennedy, she was 80 years and 10 days of age. She professed faith in Christ and was of the Catholic faith. Mrs. Petkus, or Lucy, as she was affectionately known, was married to Mr. James Petkus. She loved her family and enjoyed raising her garden, and her tradition of decorating her home for every holiday will continue in her honor.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 34 years, James Petkus; six children, William “Billy” (Michelle) Kingdollar of Casey Creek, David (Sherry) Kingdollar of New York, Larry (Polly) Kingdollar of New York, Jimmy (Stacy) Petkus of Washington, Charles (Sherry) Petkus of New York, and Christine Goldstine of South Carolina; a sister, Betty (Jack) Kemp of New York; nine grandchildren, Amy (Billy) Gladfelter of Pennsylvania, Theresa (Keith) Neale of New York, William (Ashley) Kingdollar Jr. of Tennessee, Jacob (Nini) Kingdollar of Tennessee, Kimberley (Alex) Kingdollar-Fritton of Colorado, Deanna Kingdollar of New York, Dustin Kingdollar of New York, Chase Kingdollar of New York, and Payton Petkus of New York; two special friends, Allenne Eastridge and Barbara Eastridge; a sister-in-law, Geneva Kennedy of North Carolina; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and many other extended family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by two children, Kim Kingdollar and Theresa Kingdollar; and four brothers, James “Jim” Kennedy, George (Dorothy) Kennedy, Richard “Dick” Kennedy, and Thomas (Grace) Kennedy.

There was a funeral service to honor the life of Mrs. Petkus on Wed., Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. in the chapel of the L.R. Petty Funeral Home, 1765 New Columbia Road, Campbellsville, Ky. Brother Steve Orr officiated. The family received friends at the funeral home on Wed., Sept. 19 from 2 p.m. until the service began.

A second memorial service will be held in New York in the spring of 2019.


 

Posted September 20 2018
Leland John Boice

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Leland John Boice died peacefully on Sept, 14, 2018 in Lyons, N.Y.

Lee was born on Sept. 19, 1923 in Kingston, N.Y. to Alvin and Ellen Boice. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary; four brothers and five sisters.

On Aug. 17, 1946, Lee married Mary Martha Collins. Lee was devoted to his wife of 71 years, and together they raised eight children.

He is survived by his children, John (Sylvia), David (Kathleen), Lewis Jeffrey, Jane Cardullias, Martha (John) Lyons, Rebecca (Dennis) Kaniecki, Alvin (Colleen), Leland (Kendra) and Noriko (Dan) Takaguchi. Nineteen grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren were blessed to know him.

Lee’s life was defined by his love for his family and his commitment to service to others.

He was a graduate of Kingston High School and Ithaca College. Lee moved his family to Lyons in 1949, and he taught physical education at Lyons Central School for 36 years. During his tenure, he coached football, tennis, basketball, baseball, wrestling, and his beloved golf. He also was Director of Physical Education and Athletics for 19 years, Secretary-Treasurer of Wayne Finger Lakes Football League, President of Wayne County Athletic Association, and Chairman of Wayne County Golf League.

Lee served as Head Golf Professional at both Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club (26 years) and Newark Country Club (8 years). The PGA of America awarded him a lifetime membership. He loved teaching golf and was an accomplished golfer himself. He played an integral part in the expansion of Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club from 9 to 18 holes.

Lee left an impressive legacy of public service. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the aircraft carrier USS Randolph and received the American Theater Medal, Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, and Asiatic Pacific Medal (3 stars). Some of his contributions to his community included volunteering for Meals on Wheels, St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church and AFS, and he was a Lyons Hall of Fame Committee member. The Chamber of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year in 1979. While living in the Wayne County Nursing Home, he taught – from his wheelchair – an exercise class twice a week for the residents.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 28 at Boeheim-Pusateri Funeral Home, 77 William St., Lyons NY 14489. Lee’s life will be celebrated at a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Sat., Sept. 29 at St. Michael’s Church, 3 Holley St., Lyons NY 14489. Burial will follow at Lyons Rural Cemetery.

Memorials in Lee’s name can be made to St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 43 W. Dezeng St., Clyde NY 14433; or to Wayne County Meals on Wheels, “Home Meal Service, Inc.,” 1519 Nye Road, Suite #400, Lyons NY 14489; or to Wayne County Nursing Home Foundation, 1529 Nye Road, Lyons NY 14489.


 

Posted September 20 2018
Lorne J. McMurray

Lorne McMurray

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Lorne J. McMurray, of Medina, passed away on Sept. 19, 2018 at the VA Medical Center in Batavia. After a 20-year courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Lorne is now running in the open fields of grace.

Lorne was born in Albion on Oct. 13, 1936, a son of the late Lorne and Vera (Frasier) McMurray. Lorne gave to others all through life, whether they were family members or complete strangers. He always listened and gave sage advice.

Lorne served in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from Medina High School. The late John “Jack” Williams appointed Lorne Undersheriff of Orleans County. At that time, Lorne was the youngest appointed undersheriff in New York State.

On Dec. 18, 1960, Lorne married the love of his life, Nancy (née Hill) in a candlelit ceremony.

Lorne continued to serve in the political circle. He was a Town of Ridgeway Justice of the Peace, and he served on the Town of Ridgeway Board, served as an Orleans County Legislator at Large, and served on the Town of Shelby Board. In the 1960s, he started the Young Republicans organization in Orleans County with the late Jim McCabe. Both Lorne and Jim served at the state level with the Young Republicans.

In November 2010, the Shelby Town Board dedicated the Shelby Town Hall in Lorne’s name.

In the late 1960s, Lorne and the late Joe Minervino owned the Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge and Jeep franchise in Medina. Later, Lorne and Al Kropf owned the Ford and Mercury dealership. Both franchises were located on South Main Street. He worked for Barden Homes as an independent builder and dealer. Lorne and Nancy also owned and operated Oasis Pool Supplies and the Fairview Restaurant in Medina.

Lorne was predeceased by his “little brother,” Buzz Hill; and his brother in-law, Richard Freed.

He leaves to cherish his memories his forever bride, Nancy McMurray; their children, Lorne Ashley McMurray and Sherrie (Paul) Wishman; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister, Pat (Darwin) Marble; brother, Vernon (Florence) McMurray; sisters in-law, Carol (John Heath) Freed and Sue Hill; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Lorne has unselfishly donated his body to the University of Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program. He always said if he could help save just one person with Parkinson’s, that would be his gift to humanity.

Services will be held privately by his family.

If you wish to make a donation in Lorne’s memory, please make it to National Parkinson Foundation WNY Chapter, 2805 Wehrle Drive Suite 12, Williamsville NY 14221; or to U.B. Anatomical Gift Program, 225 Farber Hall, Room 225, 3435 Main St., Buffalo NY 14214; or to Hospice Buffalo, P.O. Box 590, Buffalo NY 14240.

Please share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.


 

Posted September 19 2018
Joan M. Burgio

Joan Burgio

Joan M. (Messmer) Burgio, of Holley, left this world to go to a better place on Sun., Sept. 16, 2018.

She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Frank; her parents, Louis and Ethel Messmer; her brothers, Michael, Louis and Chuck Messmer; and her son, Frank.

Joan is survived by her children, John (fiancée Elise Harvey) Burgio and Diane Burgio; daughter-in-law, Diana Furgerson; brother, Richard (Barbara) Messmer; sisters-in-law, Eileen, Noreen and Carol Messmer; grandchildren, Kathryn, Nicholas and Lucian; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion NY 14411, on Fri., Sept. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will be held privately at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester.

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