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Obituaries

Mr. Jon A. Bombard, of Medina, passed away on July 13, 2018, at the Orchard Manor Nursing Home. Jon was born in Keene Valley, N.Y., on July 18, 1956, a son of the late William Francis and Lois A. “Katie” (Kilburn) Bombard, Sr. He resided in the Adirondack Mountains until 1963 when his family moved to Rochester. In the 1970s, they moved to Orleans County. Jon enjoyed working at the Arc in Albion. Survivors include three children: Christopher (Jennifer) Bombard, Heather Bombard and Robert “Joe” (Dawn) Bombard; several grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; two sisters, Lillian Seitzer and Betty (Jose) Quiros; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Katie; brother, William F. Bombard, Jr. on June 18, 2007; grandson Isaiah Richardson; niece Renee Bombard; and nephew Jason Seitzer. Interment was in the Bates Road Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Edith Barbara “Barb” Draper, 83, of Medina, N.Y., lost her courageous battle with cancer on Fri., July 13, 2018, at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, with her loving family at her side. Born on Sept. 27, 1934, in Medina, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late E. Laverne and Dorothy (Puff) Fuller. Barb graduated from Medina High School in 1951 and rode the train from Medina to Rochester every day to attend the Culver Beauty Academy in Rochester, N.Y. She owned and operated the hairdressing salon called Toppe Shoppe on Main Street in Medina. On Oct. 6, 1956, she married the late Merle T. Draper Jr. and together they raised three children. Barb then worked for the Orleans County Office of the Aging and later, retired as a case worker for the Department of Social Services. Barb was instrumental in the formation of the Medina Chapter of the Junior Catholic Daughters of America and the Medina Powder Puff Mini League and a former Den Mother of Pack 28. She was a longtime softball player and bowler. Barb was an avid New York Yankees fan and an accomplished card player. She also enjoyed playing dominos with her family at her cottage on the lake. Most of all, she was a good friend to many people. Barb’s legacy was her love for her children, her love of being with her family members and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who meant the world to her. Barb is survived by her children: Merle L. (Skip) Draper, Michael J. Draper, and Christine (Jeff) Pask, all of Medina; grandchildren: Alexis (Aaron) Williams of Oakfield, N.Y., Gailey (Aaron Ward) Pask of Sharon Springs, Kan., and Hannah (Joseph) Forder, Jada and Jacob Draper, all of Medina; great-grandchildren: Emma Moeller and Cora Williams of Oakfield, N.Y., and Oliver Pask of Sharon Springs, Kan.; siblings: Laverne (Doris) Fuller, Robert Fuller, Elizabeth “Betty” (William) Menz, W. Paul Fuller, all of Medina, and Dorothy (Edward) Hellwig of Lockport, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Harriet Draper of Medina, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends called on Wed., July 18, 2018, at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, NY 14103. A mass of Christian burial was celebrated on Thu., July 19, 2018, at the St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, 106 S. Main St., Albion, NY 14411. Burial was in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Medina, NY. Memorials may be made in Barb’s name to; Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 665 Elm St., Buffalo, NY 14203, or to: Shelby Volunteer Fire Company, 4695 S. Gravel Rd., Medina, NY 14103. Please light a candle or share a memory of Barb at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

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John Gordon Ferris
, 85, died on July 6, 2018, at the NYS Veterans Home in Batavia. He was born on April 13, 1933, in Albion, a son of the late Dewey and Beatrice (Wetherbee) Ferris of Barre Center. Before his 9th birthday both of his parents had died, and for many years he lived with his aunt and uncle Magda and Curtis Parker of Barre Center. Later he lived with another aunt, Eola Wetherbee, also of Barre Center. At an early age it was evident that John had a special gift for music, particularly singing. He was in many operettas, recitals, and theatrical productions throughout his school days and beyond. He was a popular soloist for weddings and a soloist in many Buffalo area churches. John served in the US Army from 1954-1956. He was chosen to join the 5th Infantry Division Chorus called the “Red Diamond Chorus” and was a tenor soloist as the group traveled through Germany spreading good will. He graduated from the University of Buffalo with a Master’s Degree in English and taught high school English in the Williamsville School system for 34 years. For many years he coordinated travel study programs for American doctoral students in foreign countries, particularly the Dominican Republic. John was a lifelong member of the Barre Center Presbyterian Church, serving as an ordained elder, and for many years on the church manse and grounds committee. He was active in the Orleans County Council of the Arts and served on its board when it opened in 1991. John loved flowers, and wherever he lived he planted a small flower garden to beautify the property. He is survived by his sister Beverley Reeves, eight nieces and nephews, and many friends. His sister Jean Elder and his brother, Richard Ferris, both died in 2001. The family will receive friends at the Barre Center Presbyterian Church, 4706 Oak Orchard Rd. (Rte. 98), Albion, on Sat., July 28, 2018, from 10 - 11:30 a.m., where his Memorial Service will follow at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Barre Center Presbyterian Church or to the organization of one’s choice. John’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. Albion. To share a special memory of John, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Frazier D. Fulton, 71, passed away on July 15, 2018, at Unity Hospital. He was born June 24, 1947, in Rochester, N.Y., to the late Kendrick and Marjorie (Cole) Fulton. Frazier was well admired by the staff and his peers at Greenbriar. He was the home announcer, keeping track of people arriving to the facility. He enjoyed playing UNO with the staff and his friend Jack. He was always looking out for other people and doing whatever he could to help. Frazier really loved the days when the musician would come and play his guitar for the residents. Singing the YMCA along with the motions was one of his favorites. Watching “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Westerns, and looking out for his roommate Tim was what he did frequently. Frazier was a very social man who was always aware of his surroundings. Frazier is survived by many cousins and friends. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, NY 14470 on Fri., July 20, 2018. Interment was held immediately following calling hours at Hillside Cemetery in Holley. To share a special memory of Frazier, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Clara R. Gavenda, 87, of Albion, passed away July 16, 2018, at Roswell Park Cancer Institute following a long illness. Clara was born Sept. 2, 1930, in Genesee County, a daughter of the late Frank and Nellie (Polack) Gavenda. She was a member of Holy Family Parish/St. Joseph’s Church and the Ladies of Charity. Clara was a former employee of T.J. Lipton and a member of the Lipton Retirees. Miss Gavenda enjoyed bowling, golf and was an avid New York Yankees fan. She was predeceased by her siblings: Walter Gavenda, Carl Gavenda, Edward Gavenda, Martha Duffy, Anna Scupien, Jennie Kaminski, Frank Gavenda, Ralph Gavenda, Stanley Gavenda and Mary Gavenda. She is survived by her sisters-in-law, Millie Gavenda and Joyce Gavenda; plus several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, Sun., July 22, 2018, from 1-3 p.m. Clara’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Family Parish/St. Joseph’s Church, on Mon., July 23, 2018, at 10 a.m. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Clara, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Mr. Dwight D. Handrich, of Medina, passed away on July 16, 2018, at Eastern Niagara Hospital. Mr. Handrich was born in Medina on June 27, 1943, the son of the late Donald Herman and Ruth Helen (Buckner) Handrich. For many years, he resided in Shelby Center and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He was predeceased by his father, Donald, on June 4, 2002, and his mother, Ruth, on March 13, 2003. A graveside committal service was held on Fri., July 20, 2018, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, West Shelby. The Rev. Richard Pape, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiated. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Mary A. Harner, 70, of Holley, passed away July 14, 2018, at Highland Hospital with her loving family at her side. Mary was born May 15, 1948, in Albion, a daughter of the late Louis and Agnes Johnson. Mary lived in this area all of her life and was an active member of the Holley First Presbyterian Church. She was a 1966 graduate of Albion High School and a former employee of W.T. Grant, Ward’s Jubilee, and Hurd Orchards, and she was a lunch lady at Holley Central School. Mary enjoyed baking, traveling and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was predeceased by her sister, Katherine Pieniaszek; grandson Allen Harner; and son-in-law Samuel McMillion. Mary is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Bill Harner; children: Leslie (fiancé Michael Neale) McMillion, Lisa (Ray) Hinman, Lori (Bill) Gergely, and Will (Dana) Harner; 12 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 Route 31, Holley, on Tue., July 17, 2018. Mary’s Funeral Service was held at the Holley First Presbyterian Church, 34 E. Albion St., Holley, NY 14470 on Wed., July 18, 2018.  Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Holley First Presbyterian Church. To share a special memory of Mary, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

William F. Laskey, 72, of Johnson’s Creek, died July 11, 2018, in Niagara Hospice following a brief illness. He was born April 12, 1946, in Lockport to William and Jean (Slater) Bowes and was a lifetime resident of this area. Bill was the owner and operator of Bill’s Window Cleaning. He attended the Hess Road Wesleyan Church and enjoyed tinkering with cars, watching movies (especially at the drive-in), and was a major Star Trek fan. Bill’s family described him as a workaholic, as he had a tremendous passion for his business and the people he worked for.  Mr. Laskey was predeceased by his foster father, Harold Faba.  He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda; his brother, Vincent James Bowes of Lockport; his sisters: Linda Gogolack, Deborah Miller and April (Rick) Aikens,all of Lockport; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Gary (LaVonne) Ward of California, and Laurie (Arthur) Newton of Medina; his foster mother, Elaine Mesanto; as well as several nieces and nephews. There were no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend Bill’s Memorial Service Wed., July 25, 2018, at the Hess Road Wesleyan Church, 2514 Hess Rd., Appleton, NY, 14008 beginning at 11 a.m.  Interment will be in Hartland Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY, 14094. Mr. Laskey’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St. Middleport, NY.  To share a special memory of Bill, please visit www.bateswallace.com.

On June 26, 2018, Elizabeth Marie Reed, loving daughter of Anthony Reed and Angelica Reed, passed. She is survived by her twin sister, Annalise Marie Reed; grandparents: Carrie Collins (Tim), Edward Reed, Daniel Smith (Tabatha) and Kathleen Smith; along with many loving friends and family. Future memorials will take place with the family. Elizabeth’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion, NY.

Josephine M. “Jo” Stisser, 84, of Medina, N.Y., formerly of Lyndonville, N.Y., entered into rest on Sat., July 14, 2018, at Absolute Care of Gasport. Born on April 8, 1934, in Buffalo, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Dominica (Minici) Culmo. Josephine attended school in Buffalo, N.Y., and finished in Albion, N.Y. On Sept. 28, 1963, she married the late Robert C. Stisser. They made their home in Lyndonville and raised three children. At one time she worked for Lyndonville Central School and lastly as a clerk at the former Ames Department Store. She was a member of St. Joseph’s/ Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Lyndonville, N.Y., and enjoyed traveling with the Lyndonville Busy Buddies. She also loved cooking, bingo, reading and crocheting. She also attended a taping of “The Price Is Right.” Most of all, Josephine enjoyed spending time with her granddaughter, Madeline. Josephine is survived by her three children: Carolyn Stisser, Daryl (Stephanie) Stisser , all of California, and Brian Stisser of Medina; a granddaughter, Madeline Stisser of California; a brother, Peter Culmo of Florida; a sister-in-law, Roxanne Culmo of Knowlesville, N.Y.; many nieces and nephews; and her cat Butterscotch. Besides her husband, Josephine is predeceased by five siblings: Concetta, Vincent, Chuck, Sam, and Joseph; and her loving cat Peanut. Relatives and friends called on Sat., July 21, 2018, at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, NY 14103. A funeral service will be held and the Rev. Daniel J. Fawls officiated. Burial was in the Lynhaven Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Josephine’s name to the American Diabetes Association, 4955 N. Bailey Ave., Suite 217, Amherst, NY 14226 or to Holy Trinity/St. Mary’s Church, 211 Eagle St., Medina, NY 14103. Please light a candle or share a memory of Josephine at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

Betty M. Stymus, 90, of Albion, passed away on July 15, 2018, at the Villages of Orleans. She was born Feb. 29, 1928, in Batavia to the late Walter and Nettie (Bird) Montgomery. She remained in the area her whole life. Betty was a longtime member of the Carlton Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the Carlton United Methodist Church. She loved playing cards, going bowling, and socializing with friends. She had a passion for pets, especially dogs and cats. Betty was also a tremendous baker. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Floyd; and her sister, Doris. Betty is survived by her children, Charles of Minnesota, and Patricia (Michael) LaBue of Florida; grandchildren: Michael LaBue Jr., Joseph (Melissa) LaBue, and Danielle LaBue; great-grandchildren: Gracie, Tommy, Andrew, Ashlyn, Riley, and Lincoln; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, NY 14411 on Thu., July 19, 2018. A graveside service was held at Carlton Cemetery on Fri., July 20, 2018. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Betty’s name may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411 or the Carlton Fire Department, 14341 Waterport Carlton Rd., Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Betty, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

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