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Obituaries

Emma N. Ashbery, 92, of Albion, passed away on May 15, 2018, at The Villages of Orleans. She was born Sept. 1, 1925, in Medway, Maine, to the late Guy and Minnie (Day) Spinney. Emma was a member of Faith Alliance Church in Albion. She loved to bake in her spare time. She was a former employee of G.E. in Brockport and worked as a waitress at several restaurants in the Albion area. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, James, in December 2007; her daughter Candace; her son James; and her son-in-law Lawrence Richardson. Emma is survived by her children Jim Ashbery, David (Gayle) Ashbery, and Sandra Richardson; siblings: Irene Clement, Linda Thault, Shirley Hill, Ethel Mullen, Sam Spinney, Guy Spinney, Ernest Spinney, and Wes Spinney; 11 grandchildren: James Ashbery II, Kenneth Ashbery, Catherine Ashbery, Douglas Ashbery, Kimberly Ashbery, Jeffrey Ashbery, Larry Richardson, Jr., Ronald Richardson, Shaun Richardson, Judy Richardson, and Laura Kenward; five great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends on Tue., May 22, 2018, from 10-11 a.m. at Faith Alliance Church, 3305 Oak Orchard Rd., Albion, NY 14411, where her Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Holley. Emma’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion, NY. Memorial contributions in Emma’s name may be made to Faith Alliance Church 3305 Oak Orchard Rd. Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Emma, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

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Dean W. Brooks, 89, of Medina, passed away on May 16, 2018, at his home. Dean was born in Gaines, N.Y., on March 23, 1929, the son of Frank and Christina (Densmore) Brooks. As a boy, he called Eagle Harbor home. After military service, Mr. Brooks resided in the Medina and Lyndonville areas for the remainder of his life. Dean enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at 17 and enjoyed a 23-year career before retiring as First Master Sergeant. His career spanned World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War and included many accolades. After retirement, Dean began a career as a narcotics officer and then transitioned to a NYS correctional officer, when he worked at Attica and Albion before retiring. Dean married Ruby Palagyi (Moore) on Oct. 7, 1953, and they had four daughters. On Aug. 1, 1969, he married Dolores Rowland and they became a blended family of Dean’s four daughters and Dolores’ two daughters and son. Dean and Dolores had one daughter. Dean was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #1483 and a member/former member of Jr. Wilson’s Sportsmen’s Club and the American Legion. Dean was known for being a commanding figure, yet he possessed a wonderful sense of humor and in his earlier years, lived his life by the motto of eat, drink and be merry. His family was his treasure and he was his family’s hero. Dean is predeceased by his wife, Dolores Brooks, and his brothers Pete, Byron, Gerald, Avery, Bob and Harold Brooks. Surviving are his brother Keith Brooks of Medina, N.Y.; his sister, Ruth Hutchins of Columbus, Ohio; sister-in-law, Jean Brooks; daughters, Deanna Carter, Joyce Brooks, Stella Brooks and Bobbi (Roger) May, all of Lorain, Ohio; Tamara McDermott of Reisterstown, Md., and John Brooks; and Bonnie Brooks of Rochester, N.Y. He is also survived by grandchildren: Neil, Troy, Eli, James, Brooks, Lindsey, Christy, Katherine, Derek, Rose, Chad, Tianna and Haley, as well as 18 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Friends were received on Sat., May 19, 2018, at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, NY 14103, which included Military Honors under the auspices of Veterans of Foreign Wars Lincoln Post #1483 and Butts-Clark Post #204. The service will be followed by a gathering in Dean’s honor at the VFW Lincoln Post #1483, 216 E. Center St., Medina, NY. Interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Please share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Lacey Mae Cooper, 4 pounds, 15 inches, daughter of Shane and Emily Cooper, was welcomed home into the loving arms of Jesus on May 9, 2018, at 9:16 p.m. In addition to her parents, Lacey is survived by her maternal grandparents, Peggy Liming and Kevin Liming; paternal grandparents, Edward and Darlene Cooper; great-grandparents, Jane Cooper, James Wooldridge and William Kennedy; several aunts, uncle and cousins. The family will receive friends Fri., June 1, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. at the Albion Free Methodist Church, 25 S. Platt St., Albion, where Lacey’s Memorial Service will be held Sat., June 2, 2018, at 11 a.m. Private interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made at IACKids.org, or to the family to help cover medical costs, Shane and Emily Cooper, C/O Albion Free Methodist Church 25 S. Platt St., Albion, NY 14411. Arrangements for Lacey have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share words of comfort, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Norma Rita DiLaura, 97, was called to be with the Lord on Dec. 14, 2017. The family wish to invite you to a memorial service in Norma’s honor at Holy Family Parish - Albion on Sat., June 2, 2018, at 11 a.m. Norma was born to Pasquale and Margaret (Lombardozzi) DiLaura in Albion on Sept. 22, 1920. She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Virginia DiLaura; brothers and sisters-in-law, E. Thomas (Marie), Francis (Sarah), Ellis (Catherine), and Arnold (Ann); and niece, Margaret (Joseph) Bracone. Norma is survived by her nephews, John, Thomas, Arnold and David DiLaura; nieces, Margaret Begg, Sara Morris, Suzanne Wells and Mary Bullock; several grand and great-grandnieces and nephews; many cousins, and several dear friends. Norma was a 1937 graduate of Albion High School. In 1942, she graduated from the New York State Teachers College in Albany with a bachelor’s degree in business and social studies. She also attended the University of Buffalo, where she received her Masters of Education in guidance in 1952. Norma taught business classes and worked as a guidance counselor at Albion High School from 1943 to 1969. She also taught at the university level in Amherst, N.Y. and in Washington, D.C. Throughout the years, Norma was a member of many organizations. She was a member of the New York State Counselors Association, the New York Association of Deans and Guidance Personnel, the Western New York and national divisions of the American School Association, and the national divisions of the American School Counselors and the National Vocational Guidance Association. Norma served as secretary in 1955-56 and President in 1956-57 of the Western New York Personnel and Guidance Association and also served as trustee for the organization. From 1955 to 1957, Norma served as president of Zone Two of the Western New York Personnel and Guidance Association. She was a member of the Buffalo chapter of Pi Lambda Theta National Honor Society for women in education, the Orleans County Republicans Women’s Club, the Orleans County Historical Association, the Albion Red Cross Chapter and the Rosary Society of St. Joseph’s Church, and in 1963, she was named Woman of the Year by the Albion Business and Professional Women’s Club. Throughout her life, Norma was a faithful member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (Holy Family Parish) in Albion. Norma was an avid reader, especially of biographies and historical books. She had an exceptional memory and intellect and was our family’s historian. She valued education and reveled in the accomplishments of her nieces and nephews. Norma corresponded with countless friends and family and kept in touch with many former students, who also called her Aunt Norma and thought the world of her. We will deeply miss our Aunt Norma. She was the last surviving child of Margaret and Pasquale DiLaura and the last of a generation. Our aunt was well loved by her family, friends and former students, and by all who knew her. Our Aunt Norma spent her life as an educator and was an educator to the end. Norma donated her body to the University of Buffalo Medical School to advance the knowledge of future doctors. We are comforted knowing that she is reunited with her family and all her loved ones.

Regina I. Golebioski, 90, of Middleport, died May 11, 2018, in the Medina Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Wing following a long illness.  Regina was born May 28, 1927, in Buffalo to Francziszek and Wladyslawa (Madra) Bidziszewski. She lived in this area most of her life.  She was a member of St. Patrick’s R.C. Church in Barker, and had worked for over 15 years at Fisher-Price. She also worked for many years with her husband on the family farm. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Golebioski was predeceased by her husband, John; her brothers, Henry (Thelma) Budziszewski and Thomas (Clara) Budziszewski; and her sisters Jennie (Robert) Calder, Helen (Edward) Prewentowski, and Lottie (Robert) McAvoy. She is survived by her sister Hattie Budell Augustyniak of Amherst; many nieces and nephews; and special caregivers, including Jacquelyn Knight, Carol Harris, and Fred Banach. In addition she is survived by her great-nephew Matthew Caldwell, who was always the love of her life. The family received friends at the Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, on Wed., May 16, 2018. Friends and family attended Regina’s Mass of Christian Burial Thu., May 17, 2018, in Our Lady of the Lake Parish-St. Patrick’s Church, 1726 Quaker Rd., Barker, NY, 14012. Interment was in Hartland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Medina Memorial Hospital North Wing, 200 Ohio St., Medina, NY, 14103. To share a special memory of Regina, please visit www.bateswallace.com.


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Harvey William Kage A man who lived a thousand lives and touched many more passed away in the early morning hours of Sat., May 5, 2018, reuniting with his wife, Judith Kage. During the days leading up to his passing he was surrounded by love, laughter and all who cared about him. He will be deeply missed by his son, Christofer Kage and his wife, Kelley; his daughter Christine Draper and her husband, Loren; as well as his three grandchildren: Sarah Wood, Rebecca Emery, and Michael Wood. Harvey will also be missed by three sisters and four brothers: Mary, Kathy, Susie, Peter, John, Joe, and Jerry located across the country. Harvey served his country for 22 years in the US Army, in the Vietnam War; his community in the Boy Scouts of America; and his senior living home as a resident ambassador and all-around amazing person. He loved his family, racing, cooking and enjoyed life till the very end. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Lyndonville, N.Y. The family wishes to thank the many staff of Kirkwood Corners, as well as Cornerstone Hospice for all of the love, support and family they provided Mr. Kage.

Ernest L. Lake, 94, died May 14, 2018, in United Memorial Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born Jan. 5, 1924, in the Town of Carlton and lived in this area his entire life. Ernie was a member of the Carlton United Methodist Church, worked in the horse business with his wife, Marjorie, for several years, and was a self-employed farmer. He also worked for the Albion Produce company. In addition to his parents, Mr. Lake was predeceased by his wife, Marjorie; his son, Bradford Lake; and his daughter, Linda Gibson. He is survived by his grandchildren: Michael (Cindy) Langdon, Ineka (Silverio) Juarez, and Rebecca (Christian) Reynolds; his great-grandchildren: Anastasia and Cassandra Langdon, Renee Reynolds, and Rachel Reynolds; his great-great-grandchildren: Kingsley Harden, Lilly Otis, and Rosemarie Cannon; and his son-in-law, Roger Gibson. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, on Thu., May 17, 2018, where his Funeral Service was held Fri., May 18, 2018. Interment was in Mt. Albion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans County, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY, 14411 or the Carlton United Methodist Church, 1196 Archbald Rd., Waterport, NY, 14571. To share a special memory of Ernie, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Marsha E. Shaw, of Medina, went home to be with the Lord on May 4, 2018, at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Marsha was born in Medina on May 24, 1947, a daughter of Delores (Sanford) Hackenberg and the late Jay William Hackenberg. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1965, she attended SUNY at Brockport for three years. She was employed by the Crippled Children’s Association for four years while residing in South Carolina. She also worked at Bernz-O-Matic, and she retired from Sigma in 2011. Marsha was a member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Senior Citizens of Western Orleans, Inc. She had a keen interest in American Civil War history, was an avid bowler, enjoyed reading, puzzles and trying to spread smiles. Survivors include her mother, Delores Hackenberg; her aunt, Betty Christopher; her uncle, Bill Sanford; her “sister”, Claudia Holland; special friend, Jeanie Upton; and several cousins. A Memorial Service will be held at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church on Sat., May 26, 2018, at 10 a.m. followed by a Fellowship Hour. Inurnment will be in the Mt. Albion Cemetery Evergreen Columbarium at a future date. Memorials may be made to St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1355 West Avenue, Medina, NY 14103 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, WNY Chapter, 4043 Maple Road Suite 105, Amherst, NY 14226. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Glen A. Shawver, 75, of Gaines, N.Y., died on May 8, 2018, at Unity Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., after a long illness. Glen was born March 24, 1943, in Carlton, N.Y., to Marlin and Virginia (Spacht) Shawver. Glen was predeceased by his father, Marlin Shawver, and his mother Virginia Shawver; his son, Brian Shawver; his brother and sister-in-law, Donald and wife, Marie Shawver; his brother, Randall Shawver; his sister-in-law, Carolyn Shawver; and his brother-in-law, Richard Klafehn. Glen is survived by his son, Steven Shawver; step-children, Chad, and Dawn; brothers, Franklin (Shirley) Shawver, Gerald Shawver; his sister, Eva Klafehn; his sister-in-law, Anne Shawver; friend, Rene Gaddis; along with several nieces and nephews. Services were private and held at the family’s convenience. Memorial contributions in Glen’s name may be made to Hospice of Orleans P.O. Box 489 Albion, NY 14411. Glen’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion, NY. To share a special memory of Glen, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Joshua David Travis, 28, of Lyndonville, passed away in his sleep on May 9, 2018. He was born Nov. 29, 1989, in Rochester, N.Y., to Thomas Travis and the late Tina Travis. Josh loved listening to music and was rarely seen without his earbuds in his ears. He also enjoyed working on projects. Josh was a 2008 graduate of Lyndonville High School. He was full of life, silly, a goofball, and would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it. In addition, Josh was a great conversationalist and proud of the big words that he knew along with his extensive vocabulary. He loved and adored his daughter, Fiona. Josh was predeceased by his mother, Tina Travis. He is survived by his daughter, Fiona; father, Thomas Travis; stepmother, Krista Travis; siblings: Rachel (Jason Raiser) Travis, Tommy Travis Jr., Damen Mauragis, Hannah Travis, Kevin Travis, and Aiden Travis; and his nieces and nephews: Emma, Phillip, Melody and Thomason. Family and friends attended a Celebration of Josh’s Life on Wed., May 16, 2018, at the Lyndonville Fire Department, 148 N. Main St., Lyndonville, NY 14098. Josh’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion, NY. To share a special memory of Josh, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

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