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Obituaries

Brooke Elisabeth Allen, 21, of Lyndonville, NY, went to be with the Lord on Thu., Oct. 10, 2019. Born on July 4, 1998 in Medina, NY, she was the daughter of Jason Allen and Amanda Howell. Brooke graduated from Lyndonville Central School in 2016 and was currently taking online college classes to pursue a degree in Counseling. She was employed at Lake Ontario Fruit in Albion, NY. Brooke was a devoted and loving mother to her 1.5-year-old son, River. Brooke is survived by her mother, Amanda (Andrew Joy) Howell and her father, Jason (Kathy Reid) Allen, both of Lyndonville; paternal great-grandmother Joan Dunn of Lyndonville; paternal grandmothers: Joanne Goldsmith of Lyndonville and Patricia “Nana” Higgins of Niagara Falls; maternal grandparents: Randy (Jan) Heidman and Mike (Darlene) Zeliff, both of Lyndonville; siblings: Devon Allen of Lyndonville, Natalie Regling of Barker, Brynn Howell of Lyndonville, Alivia Reid of Niagara Falls, Alyssa Haskins of Corfu, Andrew Haskins of Ariz., and Hailee Lombardo of Lyndonville; aunts and uncles: Gretchen (Chris) Albone and, Brian Howell, all of Lyndonville; Chip (Kristy Marshall) Heideman of NC, Joseph Zeliff of Middleport, James (Kari) Zeliff of Lyndonville, Kathryn (Eric) Zimmerman of Oakfield, Joshua Zeliff of Albion, Jodi (Dean) Amsdill, Jamie Amsdill and Jackie Amsdill, Jay (Stacey) Heideman, Jeremy (Charlie Tanner) Smith, and Josh Amsdill, all of Lyndonville, Tina Marie and Steve Spalla of Calif. and Ricky Reid of Corfu; special family members Geness (Joe Velez) Joy, Devon (Courtney) Joy, Dawson (Jasmine Plummer) Joy and Dustin (Lexi Montez) Joy; many nieces, nephews, cousins; as well as many loving close friends. Brooke is predeceased by a great-grandparents: Milford Dunn, Lorrie Howell, Fred and Gert Goldsmith and Grandfather Paul Howell. Relatives and friends called on Fri., Oct. 18 at the Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Rd., Medina, NY 14103, and on Sat., Oct. 19, 2019, where funeral services were held with the Rev. Andy Sass officiating. Burial was immediately following at Lynhaven Cemetery. Memorials for Brooke may be made to the family for the loving care and support of her son, River. Arrangements were entrusted to Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St., Lyndonville NY 14098. Please light a candle or share a memory of Brooke at: www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.

Richard P. “Dick” Berner, 70, of Gasport, NY died tragically from a tree cutting accident at his home on Mon., Oct. 14, 2019. He was a lifelong resident of Gasport, a 1967 Graduate of Royalton Hartland Central School. He joined the Army National Guard in 1969 and served for 27 years, retiring with a Honorable Discharge as Sergeant First Class. He worked full time for the Department of Defense Army National Guard as a maintenance technician/ supervisor at both the Lockport and Connection Street Armories. In 1985, Richard was selected to attend Re-forger Training in Germany and was on state active duty several times throughout his military career. At the time of his passing he was employed as a shuttle driver by Mike Smith Buick GMAC, Inc. Lockport. Richard had been a volunteer member of the American Red Cross participating in several relief efforts in including hurricane Katrina and Rita among others. He was a member of First English Lutheran Church, Lockport and had served terms on the church council, was an usher, and also had served on the Church Property Committee. Richard loved nature, hiking in the woods, and vegetable and herb gardening of which he did his own canning and freezing of the produce. He is survived by of his wife Rhonda (Rosenthal); children: Jessica Berner (Jim) Heideman; Aaron (Jennifer) Berner; and grandchildren: Jacob and Owen Berner;  Jay and Gavin Heideman; by his wife’s sister-in-law Linda Rosenthal (late Ronald); nephews: Timothy and Johnathon Rosenthal; nieces: Sara (Mark) Moore, Colleen Rosenthal, Kimberly (Craig) Oliver; three great-nieces and four great-nephews. There are no prior calling hours. Richard’s funeral service was held Thu., Oct. 17 at the First English Lutheran Church, 185 Locust St., Lockport, NY 14094. Interment was held in Royalton Mountain Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First English Lutheran Church 185 Locust St., Lockport, NY or a charity of one’s choice. Richard’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Sherrie Bream Funeral Home, Gasport, NY. To share a special memory of Richard, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Robert G. Eddy, 81, of Albion died Oct. 13, 2019 unexpectedly at this residence. He was born Feb. 22, 1938 in Albion and was a lifelong resident of this area. Robert was an avid reader and especially like to use his Kindle. He was known for being a handyman and loved to go out to his shop and do woodworking projects. His greatest love however was to spend time playing with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Mr. Eddy was predeceased by a sister, Barbara. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Carol; his children: Daniel Eddy of NJ, Cynthia (Gary) Delaura of Albion; siblings: Donald, Billy, Gail, Beverly, Mary; grandchildren: Danielle, Rachel, Rebecca, Cheryl, Caroline; great-grandchildren: A.J., Adrien, Braeydon, Cassandra, Riley; as well as several nieces and nephews. There will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends were invited to attend Robert’s memorial service Fri., Oct. 18 in the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6215 Sheridan Dr., Suite 100, Buffalo, NY 14221. To share a special memory of Robert, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Richard “Woodchuck” “Ricky” Forder, 20, of Albion died suddenly Oct. 10, 2019.  He was born Sept. 13, 1999 in Brockport a son of Chris (Roy) Miller and Stephen Forder. Richard graduated from Lyndonville Central School in 2018 and while there enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, hanging out with friends and going fishing. He then got a job at Lake Ontario Fruit in Albion and for the short amount of time he was there, he enjoyed going to work every day and gained many friendships. In his free time he loved playing games with his friends and cousins. Every day was full of music and dancing.  For Richard the most important things in life were his relationships with family and friends and making sure everyone was happy and having a great time. His favorite response to everything was “Mayonnaise.” We will love you forever. He was predeceased by his grandmother, Rachel Miller and grandfather, Richard Forder. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his siblings: Jessica Forder, Megan Forder, Morgan Forder, Christina Miller, Seath Forder, Trevor Forder, Logan Forder; his girlfriend, Adrianna Johnson; maternal grandparents: Nancy Wisnies and Raymond McIntyre; paternal grandmother, Martha Meister; aunts and uncles: Laura (Terry) Stephens, Tausha (Cody) Miller, Brian (Cherie) Forder, Richard Forder, Jr., Debra Forder, Scott Forder; cousins Daniel, Edward, Russell, Ashlee, Jimmy, Karlee, Kollin, Machara, Katie, Jonathan, Carlise, Travis, Jason. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21 West Ave., Albion on Wed., Oct. 16 where his funeral service was held Thu., Oct. 17. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his family. To share a special memory of Richy, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Mark R. Griffin, 56, of Albion died at his home Oct. 5, 2019.  He was born Jan. 23, 1963 in Albion a son of Richard Griffin and the late Janice (Minckley) Griffin and had lived in this area all of his life. Mark loved music, playing guitar and animals; especially his beloved dog Sophie. Mark is survived by his son, Paul (Autumn Kupka) Griffin; granddaughter, Angelique Griffin; his sisters: Sarah (Scott) Hess, Martha (Dean) London, Elizabeth Mowers; and several nieces and nephews. There are no prior calling hours or services.  In honor of his dog, please make donations in his name to P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter, 3371 Gaines Basin Rd., Albion, NY 14411.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. Albion.  To share a special memory of Mark, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Mary A. Klotzbach, 98, of Albion, went to be with the Lord on Sat., Oct. 12, 2019 at The Villages of Orleans in Albion. She was born on April 8, 1921 in Hornell, NY, a daughter of the late Fredrick and Lula (Bartel) VanDruff. Mary grew up in Hornell and then lived in Tioga, Pa. before settling back to Wellsville, NY while she attended three years of Bible College. On July 3, 1948, she married the late John P. Klotzbach, and they settled in Albion. Mary worked for 13 years at General Electric in Brockport, and she also worked as a tailor for Perfecto Dry Cleaners in Albion. In her later years, she cared for the elderly in their homes. Mary was a devout member of Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, for which she and her husband ministered to the patients of North Wing at Medina Hospital every Sunday for many years. She also was a member of the woman’s ministry and was a Sunday School teacher for the children’s ministry. She enjoyed flower gardening and sewing, specializing in making wedding gowns. Mary also enjoyed spending time with her loving family. Mary is survived by her three sons: John “J.P.” Klotzbach of Albion, Dayton (Sandy) Klotzbach of Va. and Darrell (Vicky) Klotzbach of Medina; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; one brother, Paul (Marion) VanDruff of North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends called on Thu., Oct. 17 at Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Rd., Medina, NY 14103, where a funeral service was held with the Pastor, Rev. Daniel A. Thurber, officiating. Burial followed in Mt. Albion Cemetery. Per Mary’s wishes, please make memorials to Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church. Arrangements were entrusted to Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina NY 14103. Please light a candle or share a memory of Mary at: www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.

Lynn Margot (McElwee) McCarthy, 83, of Penfield, NY, formerly of Medina, passed away after a brief illness on Sun., Oct. 13, 2019 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Born May 4, 1936 in Medina, Lynn was the daughter of the late David William and Kathryn (Stocking) McElwee, both Medina natives. She was a graduate of Medina High School class of 1954.  Before marriage, she worked as a telephone operator for New York Telephone in Medina. She moved to Rochester in the 1960s, took a job with Rochester Telephone as an operator, married and had two sons. She retired from Rochester Telephone in 1996 and lived her later retirement years in Victor tending to her beloved grandchildren. She was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America civic organization. Survivors include her two sons: Peter M. (Stacey) McCarthy of Fairport, and Patrick T. McCarthy of Farmington; seven grandchildren: Ciara McCarthy, Patrick McCarthy, Ashleigh McCarthy, Aislinn McCarthy, Errina McCarthy, Rhianna McCarthy and Declan McCarthy, as well as three step-grandchildren: Maxwell, Sophia and Calvin Erickson; sisters: Gale M. Booth of Victor, Mary Candice (John) Masters of Farmington; brothers: H. Patrick (Trudy) McElwee of Fort Collins, Colo., J. Michael (Peggy) McElwee of Liverpool; also many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her sister, Sue Ann (late Robert) Sullivan and her brother, David Warren “Buz” McElwee. There will be no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Fri., Oct. 18 at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, St. Mary’s Church, 211 Eagle St., Medina. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Please share condolences and memories at: www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

F. Leslie Pinkowski, 86, of Middleport/Gasport died Oct. 10, 2019 in his home following a short illness. He was born May 23, 1933 in Niagara Falls and had lived in the Middleport area since 1997. Les was a U.S. Navy veteran of Korea and was also a Member of the Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree and a past president of the Grand Island Rotary Club. He and his wife Elaine bred, raised and showed champion Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels and Bernese Mountain Dogs. Les had been a member of the Bernese Mountain Club of America, the Niagara Cocker Spaniel Club, the North Coast Bernese Mountain Dog Club and the American Spaniel Club. Mr. Pinkowski was predeceased by a sister, Roberta Ponn. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Elaine; son, Michael (Kimbra) Pinkowski of Brighton; daughter, Teresa Fritschi of Scotland; grandchildren: Kelsey Pinkowski, and Michael Logan Pinkowski. There will be no prior calling hours. Service and interment in Holy Trinity Cemetery will be held privately at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094. To share a special memory of Les, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Louis D. Salen, 93, of Jensen Beach, Fla. passed away on Oct. 5, 2019.  He was born Aug. 19, 1926 in Harborcreek, Pa. to the late Theodore and Opal (Bidwell) Salen. Louis graduated from North East High School and then served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from May 1944 to Sept 1946.  He married his beloved wife Roselyn (Muscarella) Salen on Sept. 10, 1949, who predeceased him in Dec. 2017. He graduated from Gannon College in 1950, furthered his education at the University of Pittsburgh, Alfred University and Cornell University and finished his Masters of Administration and Specialist in Education (SEA) from the Univ. of Buffalo.  In 2004 he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Gannon University. Louis started his long career in education as a math and science teacher in Greenwood, NY.  He moved into a supervising principal position at Bradford Central School in 1955, then superintendent at Brocton Central School in 1962 and finally superintendent at Lyndonville Central School in 1966.  In 1973 he became Assistant Superintendent in charge of Instruction of Orleans -Niagara BOCES and retired from there in 1983. In July 1986, he was recruited for the Executive Director position of the Industrial Development Agency (IDA) of Orleans County and remained there until Sept., 1989.  Lou was very active in his community and church.  He was involved in the American Legion (since 1946), a Boy Scout Assist. Leader in Bradford, NY, Neighborhood Commissioner, and honored for 20 yrs. Of Distinguished Service by the Lewiston Trail Council District.  He was also a member of Masons in Greenwood and Bradford (became Master of the Lodge in Bradford), a volunteer fireman in Greenwood, and very active member of the Lion’s Club, which he joined in 1962 in Brocton and continued serving for almost 50 years before retiring from the Lyndonville branch in 2012 (where he served as President, Secretary and Treasurer over 15 years).  His service also included: Orleans County IDA Board of Directors, Chairman of 1982 Niagara County ARC Executive Board, Niagara County CETA Advisory Board, NY State Council of Migrant Education, Orleans County Cooperative Extension Executive Board, Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, Town of Yates Planning Board (Chairman for 20 yrs.), Town of Yates Board of Assessment Review (Chairman), Community Water Advisory Committee for the Town of Yates and Vlg. Of Lyndonville (Chairman), Orleans County Private Industry Council, and Member and President of Orleans Niagara BOCES Board of Education. Along with his wife, Lou was the District Representative for the American Field Service (AFS) in western New York for almost 20 years. While serving in that capacity he and Rose hosted two foreign exchange students: Erika (Ulf) Achleitner of Austria and Miguel (Clarice) Vicari of Brazil. Lou and Rose joined the United Methodist Church in Greenwood, NY in 1952 and remained active UMC members in Lyndonville.  Sunday school teacher, Lay Leader, Lay Speaker were just a few of Lou’s roles within the church community. He also served as Chairman of Batavia District Laity Leadership Committee of the UMC. After retirement Lou very much loved spending time with his family and friends, and also enjoyed golfing and traveling.  After moving to Florida with Rose, they continued as active members and volunteers in their church community in Jamaica Bay. Louis was predeceased by his parents; his wife Roselyn, brother Stanley, and sister Eileen (Thompson). He is survived by his children: Louann (Larry) Manning, Wayne (Nancy) Salen, Lisa (Christopher) Lima; his sisters: Bonnie (Mike) Alcorn and Peggy (David) Foster; grandchildren: Lindy Thering, Wesley (Sara) Salen, Janelle (Scott) Harvey, Aislinn Manning, Alexandria Lima, Mandy (Frank) Sarhan, Sheri Manning, and Chris Manning; eight great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson. Lou will be remembered for his sense of humor, friendly and noble character and lively conversations about everything and anything. He had a special twinkle in his blue eyes when he smiled (which was often) that will be greatly missed. Family and friends can join in a celebration of Louis’ life on Sat., Nov. 2, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Lyndonville, NY. Memorial gifts may be made in Lou’s name to The United Methodist Church, 102 N. Main St., Lyndonville N.Y. 14098; or to the American Legion Post 1603. Arrangements were entrusted to Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St. Lyndonville, NY 14098. Please light a candle or share a memory of Louis at: www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.

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