Mildred “Millie” Ries Gavenda

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 May 2023 at 7:37 pm

ALBION – Mildred “Millie” Ries Gavenda, 96, passed peacefully into God’s hands on May 5, 2023. She was born in Darien Center, NY on October 25, 1926 to Ellis and Martha (Mamott) Getman.

She is predeceased by husband Harmon, daughter Patricia King, 2nd husband Frank Gavenda, and step-children Kathy Gavenda and Steven Gavenda.

Millie was a graduate of the US Army Cadet Nurse Corps and was employed as a Registered Nurse at St. Jerome’s Hospital in Batavia and for 40 years at the former Arnold Gregory Hospital in Albion.

She was a musician and played piano for many community events. She was the organist at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. For 30 years she was the organist at the Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Fellow Award as well as the Woman of the Year Award from the Orleans County Office for the Aging.

As an active member for 53 years of the Catholic Daughters and St. Joseph’s Parish, she wrote and directed many comic performances. She loved to laugh and entertain… “Sing Along with Millie.”

She is survived by 4 children: Mary Jo (Marc) Hinman, Marcia (Greg) Rencsak, James (Sue) Ries, and Margaret (Alan) Vandetti; 8 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great grandchildren.

There will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend her Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, May 13, beginning at 12 noon in Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church, 106 S. Main Street-Albion. Private interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.

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