Barbara S. Cotriss

By Orleans Hub Posted 30 August 2019 at 1:53 pm

Barbara Cotriss

Barbara S. Cotriss, 89, of Medina, passed away on Aug. 29, 2019 at the Martin-Linsin Residence in Albion.

Born March 21, 1930 in Buffalo, Mrs. Cotriss was a daughter of the late Lee and Susan (Ritzenthaler) Scarborough. She graduated from Medina High School in 1947. In 1951, Barb and her father opened a small public accounting office in Medina. Over the years, she expanded the practice, and she continued in the profession until her retirement in 1995. On Nov. 14, 1953, Barb married Edward Cotriss at St. Mary’s R.C. Church, and together they raised two children. Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends at the home she and her husband built on Oak Orchard Creek. She was a lifelong parishioner of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, St. Mary’s Church. Having served in many volunteer capacities within her community, Mrs. Cotriss was most proud of her 20 years of work with the Medina Central School District Board of Education. In 1971, she was the first woman elected to the board, and she later became the first female board president.

Mrs. Cotriss was predeceased by her husband, Ed, on June 29, 1995; her sister, Betty Piedmont; and her sister-in-law, Genevieve Cotriss.

She is survived by her two daughters, Carol (James) Comfort and Brenda (Paul) Hand; two grandchildren, Abigail (Thomas) Klein and Marshall Hand; two great-grandsons, Olivier and Christophe Klein; also several nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thu., Sept. 12 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Mary’s Church in Medina. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411; or to a charity of one’s choice.

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