Stephen F. Morse

By Orleans Hub Posted 22 August 2022 at 3:20 pm

Stephen F. Morse, of Medina, NY went to his eternal home on Aug. 21, 2022.

Born on Christmas Day, 1936 in Corning, NY, Stephen was a son of the late James and Lila (Miller) Morse and was raised in Painted Post, NY. On Dec. 28, 1957 he married the former Patricia A. Wheaton. That same year the couple moved to Buffalo. There, he worked as a radiologic technologist at Buffalo Children’s Hospital for 19 years. He also served for 10 years in the Army National Guard, Connecticut Street Armory. In 1977 they moved to Medina. Stephen retired from radiology at Medina Memorial Hospital in 1998 after 42 years in the profession.

Stephen is fondly remembered as Santa Claus to several generations of children and adults, including the Village of Medina Santa for 24 years. Stephen was a former member of the Medina United Methodist Church and Middleport Methodist Church and currently attended the East Shelby Community Bible Church. Active in his community, he also belonged to the Medina Lions Club, Middleport Community Choir, Towpath Masonic Lodge #1193, Canalside Chapter Order of the Eastern Star #381 and ministered through the Kairos Prison Ministry at Wende Prison.

Stephen was the beloved husband of Pat Morse of Medina; devoted dad to Michael (Lili Folsom) Morse and Wendy Ehrenfeld; Papa to Benjamin (Cecelia) Raker Ehrenfeld; Great-Papa to Gavriel Dov Raker Ehrenfeld; brother of Virginia Cullivan, Doris Morse and Sylvia (Robert) Harriger; uncle to countless nieces and nephews. Stephen has enjoyed loving relationships with the Heil family, Fran, Alex, Zac, Holly, Austin, Daniel, Hannah and Hunter; the Pitcher family, Dan, Susan, Craig, Kara Grace and Deann; and Lynn Geraci.

Family and friends are invited to calling hours on Thu., Aug. 25 from 4-7 pm at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, at the end of which Masonic and Eastern Star services will be observed. A celebration of Stephen’s Christian life will be held on Sat., Aug. 27 at 11 am at the East Shelby Community Bible Church, 5278 E. Shelby Rd., Medina. Interment will be in Boxwood Cemetery, Medina.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, or 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Share condolences at