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Obituaries

Dan Acchione, 94, of Greece passed away suddenly, Sept. 6, 2019. Dan was born in 1925 in Albion, NY a son of the late Dan & Sylvia (Monacelli) Acchione. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp. during WW II in the Pacific Theater and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Heroic achievement in connection with operation against Japanese forces as a company Radio Operator on Okinawa Shima Ryukyus Islands in 1945 and received a Purple Heart having been wounded in action on June 10, 1945.  Dan was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church in Rochester and the American Legion. Dan was predeceased by several half brothers & sisters and his wife Sue in 1998.  He is survived by his loving wife, Carm & several nieces & nephews. No prior calling hours.  an’s mass was be Wed., Sept. 11, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Church, 2400 W. Ridge Rd., Rochester.  Entombment followed with military honors at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Assoc. Dan’s Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. Holley.  To share a special memory of Dan, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Raymond E. Callard, 93, of Medina entered into rest peacefully on Sat., Sept. 7, 2019. Born Aug. 29, 1926 in Waterport, Ray was a son of the late Earl and Lillian (Warn) Callard. He graduated from Albion High School class of 1944. A World War II veteran, Ray served in the U.S. Army in the European Theatre from 1944-1946. Soon after being discharged, he met the love of his life, Geraldine “Gerry” Stehler and they were married April 5, 1947. While raising his family, he served as scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop #34. During his lifetime he was employed by many places in the area including the Iroquois Job Corps, where he was in charge of the sign shop, the Albion Correctional Facility teaching carpentry and sign making and also owned and operated his own business, The Rustic Sign. Ray had many hobbies including hunting, fishing, wood carving, making turkey calls, photography, fur tanning and hat making (raccoon, opossum and skunk). He also enjoyed making homemade wine, operating his backhoe and triple-nickel bulldozer. In his downtime he liked listening to classical music. One of Ray’s favorite places to go with his family was his cabin and property in Canisteo, where they enjoyed many great times. One of his earned nicknames was “the skunk-whisperer”, for his ability to calm live skunks and handle them safely. Ray had a positive attitude and was a positive influence on many who came to know him. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Ray is survived by his wife of 72 years, Gerry Callard; son, Gary (DeeDee) Callard; daughters: Peggy (John) Foss and Lori (Ronald) Ettinger; ten grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; also several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents he was predeceased by his son, Richard Callard; granddaughter, Sarah Callard; brother, Chesbro Callard; and two sisters, Madelyn Roberts and Virginia West. Calling hours were held on Sat., Sept. 14 at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, with a service and military honors immediately following. Burial was in Bates Road Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ray’s name may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411 or to a charity of one’s choice. Please share condolences and memories at: www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Emily June Dresser, 93 of Medina entered into rest on Tue., Sept. 10, 2019 at Medina Memorial Hospital. Born June 8, 1926 in Batavia, Mrs. Dresser was the daughter of the late Irving and Marian (Gubb) Zipfel. She was a graduate of Elba High School class of 1944. Before marriage, she worked as a secretary for Sealtest Ice Cream in Batavia. On Nov. 29, 1952 she married John Q. Dresser III. Having grown up working on her family farm, she found it a natural fit becoming a hardworking farm wife, homemaker and mother. Mrs. Dresser was a longtime and active member of the Millville United Methodist Church and was also a member of the Orleans County Farm Bureau and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Survivors include her husband of 67 years, John Dresser; two sons: James (Paula) Dresser and Daniel T. (Nancy) Dresser, Sr.; son in-law, Paul Bacon; six grandchildren: Cynthia (James) Brinkerhoff, Adam (Heather) Dresser, Sara (Benjamin) Flansburg, Kaitlyn (Corey) Miller, Daniel T. (Nicole) Dresser, Jr. and Dorothy (Matthew) Slegle; ten great-grandchildren: Elizabeth and Henry Dresser, Molly June and Landon Flansburg, Natalie and Lane Miller, Thomas and Caroline Dresser and Brooke and Addison Slegle; sister in-law, Sue Zipfel; also several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents she was predeceased by her daughter, Mary Elizabeth Bacon; granddaughter, Emily Bacon; and brother, James (late Dorothy) Zipfel. Calling hours were be held Sat., Sept. 14 at the Millville United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest, 12373 Maple Ridge Rd., Medina, where her funeral service immediately followed. Interment was in Millville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Millville United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Please share condolences and memories at: www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Margaret Mary “Susie” Parker died at home in Pensacola, Fla. on May 30, 2018 at the age of 73. She was raised on Gillette Road in the Town of Barre and graduated from Albion High School, class of 1962. Susie graduated from Rosary Hill College in Buffalo (now called Daemen College), then relocated to Chicago, Ill., where she resided for most of her adult life. During her years in Chicago, Susie was employed at Manpower Employment Services, and she also worked for the Internal Revenue Service. For the last several years of her life, Susie resided at the family home in Pensacola. Susie was predeceased by her parents, Gerald H. Parker and Florence Metz Parker; her brother, William C. Parker; and her cousin, Lyle G. Parker. She is survived by her aunt, Mary Jane Francis Parker of Ithaca, NY; her cousins, David (Ruth) Parker of Auburn, NY, Debra (Albert) Parker Traunstein of Ithaca, Gordon (Connie) Gillette of Corning, NY, and Darla Gillette Thompson of Venice, Fla.; and several other extended family members. Interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery, Albion, on Fri., Sept. 27.

Roy Marc Robertson, 69, of Mount Jackson, Va., passed away Fri., Aug. 23, 2019 at his home. He was born Sept. 24, 1949 in Albion and was the son of the late Leon “Mark” and Maejel Robertson. His childhood years were spent in Clarendon, where he developed his love for wildlife and the outdoors. Roy was employed as a metal plater at Eastman Kodak in Rochester. He moved 10 years ago from Brockport to Mount Jackson, where he lived out his dream retirement in the mountains, spending his days woodworking, birdwatching, and entertaining those around him with his quick wit. Roy’s proudest achievements were his children, and he enjoyed trips to France and Switzerland to visit his eldest daughter and grandson. He shared his lifetime knowledge of craftsmanship while completing renovation projects with his son, and he was eagerly awaiting the September arrival of his youngest daughter’s first child. He is survived by his loving soulmate, Marjorie Robertson; children: Jessica (Darren Talbot) Robertson-Talbot, Justin (Molika Sovann) Robertson, and Heather (Kyle Reis) Robertson; his grandson, Zack Talbot; his sisters: Susan Persia, Anne Piedmont and Rosemary Catlin; many nieces and nephews; his beloved cat, Shag; and three grand-dogs. A remembrance service will be held in his home state of New York in 2020 at Disciples United Methodist Church in Holley, and will be followed by celebrations of Roy at his favorite places. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local animal shelter. Arrangements were completed by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock, Va.

Gerald F. Scharping, 91, of Albion died Sept. 6, 2019 at the Villages of Orleans.  He was born June 13, 1928 in Albion, a son of the late William and Edith (Bills) Scharping and had lived in this area all of his life; living in the same house he was born in. Gerald was a member of the Albion First United Methodist Church, Orleans County Cornell Cooperative Extension and active in 4-H and the Beef Association.  He was a dairy, chicken and beef farmer and had worked as District Manager for Orleans County Soil and Water.  Gerald reported for the weather service for 50 years. In addition to his parents Gerald was predeceased by his wife Lenoyr in 2011; infant brother; his sister, Marjorie and his niece, Marcia.  He is survived by his children: Jeanne (Mark) Nenni of Albion, Diane Scharping of Albion, Bill (Cathy Disalto) Scharping of Syracuse, Virginia (Nick) Long of Albion; brother-in-law, Robert Leslie; sister-in-law, Candy (Dave) Allen; several step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21 West Ave., Albion on Mon., Sept. 9 where his funeral service followed. His graveside service was Tue., Sept. 10 at Mt. Albion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Albion First United Methodist Church, Villages of Orleans Patient Activities Fund, or Orleans County 4-H.  To share a special memory of Gerald, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Walter J. Schutt Jr., 89, of Chandler, Ariz. and formerly of Albion, died on Aug. 29, 2019. After high school, Walter joined and served with the United States Air Force. His career path led him to law enforcement, working for the Erie County Sheriff’s Department and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, and as Chief of Police for the Village of Albion. He was a Mason, and he belonged to the VFW and the American Legion. After retirement, he moved to Sun City, Ariz., where he was an avid gun collector who spent many days with his buddies at the gun range. He loved to read and debate politics, and he had a love for animals. Those who knew him will forever remember his deep voice and his big bear paw sized hands. He loved to give advice and was always willing to share his life’s experiences. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, Donald Schutt; sister, Marion Lenz; wife, Elsie; and a very special and loving partner, Marguerite Moore. He is survived by his daughters: Rebecca (Philip) Gang and Kathie (Phil) Zirretta; his sons, Walter “Jay” (Maria) Schutt and Allen (Kimberly) Schutt; his sister, Janice Braman; his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and a lot of special people (too many to name) who he loved very much. There are no calling hours, and private interment will take place at the convenience of the family. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix AZ 85014; or to Medina Veterinary Clinic, 3144 N. Gravel Road, Medina NY 14103; or to a charity of your choice.

Dixie L. Scouten, of Barre, peacefully passed away at the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Batavia, on Sept. 7, 2019 at age 70. Born on Oct. 29, 1948, she graduated from Hilton High School, Class of 1966. She lived her life as a caregiver and made an impact on many lives beginning with raising a large family, being an aid and then becoming an RN at Medina Hospital for many years. Her talents were endless as she mastered quilting, sewing, gardening, canning, painting, crafting and anything she put her mind to. Dixie was predeceased by her granddaughter, Elaina Dixie Webb. She is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Charles Scouten, and her children and step-children: Charles (Cathy) Scouten, Joyce Futch, Michelle (Greg) Putnam, Bernard (Karen) Jurs, Eric (Krista) Jurs, Joe (Nicole) Scouten, Ed (Colleen Cregg) Scouten, Shea Hill, Christopher (Becky) Scouten, Beth (Kyle) Webb; and was blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Sat., Sept. 21, at 2 p.m., at The Cabaret at Studio B, 28B W. Bank St., Albion, NY, followed by a gathering of friends and family, 2:30-5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Rochester & Finger Lakes Region, 435 E. Henrietta Rd., Rochester, NY 14620.

Ellen G. Tuohey, 85, of Lyndonville, NY, went home to be with the Lord on Tue., Sept. 3, 2019 at Buffalo General Hospital. Born on Sept. 22, 1933 in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of the late Harold W. and Rufina F. (Gest) Genet. Ellen graduated from North Tonawanda High School and served as a certified dental assistant and also served as a secretary for the Hon. Ruth Vogel of Tonawanda, NY and the Hon. Donald McFadyen of Pompano, Florida. She moved to Orleans County and was employed at NYS Department of Corrections as a dental assistant for a number of years.  Ellen attended Canisius College and SUNY/ Brockport and graduated from the University of Nevada-National Judicial College. Ellen married Richard E. Tuohey on Aug. 14, 1976, who predeceased her on April 5, 2009.  They made their home in the Lyndonville area for the last 34 years. Ellen was elected as a Yates Town Justice and was the first woman to serve in a judicial position in the history of Orleans County.  She then became a fierce supporter for crime victims and along with retired Judge (then DA) James P. Punch organized the Crime Victims Unit of Orleans County and served as the Crime Victims Coordinator for the next 18 years.  Ellen was a participant in the National Association for Crime Victims, WNY Crime Victims Coalition and served on their Executive Board for many years. She was also a member of the American Bar Association and the National Notary Association. Ellen was awarded the prestigious NYS Senate Woman of Distinction honor for her years of unusual and dedicated service to victims by Senator George Maziarz.  She was also the first recipient of the Orleans County Milford L. Phinney Victim Service Award. She was an active member of the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, for many years she served on several committees of the church while also enjoying singing in their choir.  Ellen served on various Town of Yates town positions and most recently was elected as a trustee to the Village of Lyndonville Board. Ellen is survived by her daughter, Victoria L. (Stephen Mascoli) Adams of Calif., one grandson Matthew T. Adams, also of Calif., extended family and very dear local friends. Besides her husband, she is predeceased by one brother, Bruce W. Genet. A memorial service will be held at a later date to be announced. Memorials may be made in Ellen’s name to the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, 120 N Main St., Lyndonville, NY 14098. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St., Lyndonville, NY 14098. Please light a candle or share a memory of Ellen at: www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.

Sharon Ann Vanill, of Bloomington Springs, Tenn., passed away in her home on Sun., Aug. 31, 2019, surrounded by her family. Born in Medina in 1947, Sharon was the daughter of the late Robert Kinne and Dorothy Nellie (Cooper) Kinne. A loving daughter, sister, wife, mom, grandma and “GG,” Sharon bettered the lives of those in her community each day at the Country Club Family Restaurant, Hahn Hardware Store and Garlock Office Products, where she worked in customer service. Friends of her children will remember her from the local school lunchroom, where Mrs. Vanill was a familiar face at the end of that rowdy chow line. Sharon is survived by her husband, Dennis; three children and their spouses: Dennis Vanill Jr. and Beth Anne, Andrea Vanill and Joseph McAvoy, and Cassandra and Keith Taylor; eight grandchildren: Alicia and Jason Hall, Bethany McAvoy, Joseph McAvoy Jr., Daniel Vanill, Julia Vanill, David Vanill, Kayleigh Taylor and Ethan Taylor; five great-grandchildren: Hunter Hall, Noah Hall, Lilyauna Hall, Bentley McAvoy and Brayden McAvoy; five siblings, Beverly Rosenbeck, Ronald and Patricia Kinne, Sue Collings, Keith and Kimberly Kinne, and Scott and Patty Kinne; and her sister-in-law, Deborah Bobby and Tom Freeman. Roxy and Ginger, her loyal four-legged girls, will also miss her dearly. In addition to her parents, Sharon was preceded by her mother and father-in-law, Patricia and Martin Vanill. Please join us in celebrating her life Sat., Sept. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Jr. Wilson Sportsman Club, 3875 Bates Road, Medina.

Donna J. Warney, 67, of Rochester/Holley died Sept. 10, 2019 at Unity Hospital surrounded by her loving family.  She was born Dec. 8, 1951 in Rochester, a daughter of the late Ernest and Shirley Brock and had lived in the area all of her life. Donna was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Donna was predeceased by her sister, Cheryl Brock and granddaughter, Shyann.  She is survived by her husband, Wayne; children: Dawn Velasquez, John Turoski, Betsy Brock; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her brothers: Mike Witte, Steve Witte; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. There are no prior calling hours or services.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Association.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. Albion.  To share a special memory of Donna, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

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