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Obituaries

Robert J. “Mojo” Daniels, 45, of Albion, passed away suddenly at his home on July 14, 2017, following a long illness. He was born July 5, 1972, in Albion and remained in this area his whole life. Mojo enjoyed playing video games and listening to music. He was an awesome man, great father, husband and best friend. He loved his children and grandchildren dearly and shared a lot of love and laughs with countless people. Mojo is survived by his parents: Robert (Peggy) Daniels, and Carol Trotz; his wife of 21 loving years, Betty; son, Joshua (Desi Strasser) Daniels; step-children: Christina (Cory) McMurray, Timothy McMurray Jr., and Amanda (Gary) Ettinger; sister, Sandi (Michael) Green; grandchildren: Kali, Bryden, Aries-Marie, Seth McMurray, Trentin, Abigail Ettinger, Kodi Smith, and Izabella Zimmer; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, on Thu., July 20, 2017. To share a special memory of Mojo, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Joyce C. Dollinger, of Albion, passed into paradise July 19, 2017, surrounded by family and loved ones. Joyce was born Sept. 23, 1936, in Albion, N.Y., to George and Dorothy (VanStone) Coloney. She was the oldest of four siblings with Elaine (Gene) Banas, Carol (Bob) Evans, and George (Jennifer) Coloney surviving. Joyce married Ralph H. Dollinger (who passed away June 4, 2009) on June 30, 1956. They had seven children: James, Diane (who passed Oct. 15, 2011) (Dick) Viza, William, Ralph (Stephanie) Patricia (David) Kolb, Dorothy (David) Daniels, and Margaret. She was also predeceased by her son-in-law Dick. Surviving also are many 38 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, each loved dearly. She was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Church, where she gladly served the parish in numerous capacities from Finance Council to Eucharistic Minister. Joyce was known for her famous broccoli casseroles delivered to grieving families. After the passing of her husband of 52 years, Joyce ran the family hotel/motel business until the day she died. Even at 80 years of age, she insisted on answering the phones throughout the night. She loved watching “her Yankees,” NFL football, and Fox News. Her biggest passion was her family. She collected a library of recipes, planning meals for the week ahead and for the large gatherings she enjoyed down to every detail, especially Christmas and the Fourth of July. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, on Fri., July 21, 2017. Her Mass of Christian Burial was held at Holy Family Parish/St. Joseph’s Church on Sat., July 22, 2017. Interment was at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Holy Family Parish. To share a special memory of Joyce, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Mr. Anthony S. “Tony” Laskey, Jr., of Delevan, died on July 11, 2017, at Buffalo General Hospital. Tony was born in Lockport on Dec. 9, 1956, a son of the late Anthony Mielcarski and Mabel McGaffick. He loved nature and the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed spending time photographing the outdoors. Tony was a gardener and grew strawberries, was a good cook and enjoyed food. He listened to country and was a Johnny Cash fan. Survivors include two children, Anthony R. “Andy” Laskey and Jillian “Jill” Weatherbee; his grandson, Nicolas Weatherbee; siblings, Kim Laskey, Paul (Connie) Laskey, Donald (Dawn) Laskey, Elmer Laskey, David Laskey, Elaine (Scott) Laskey, Kenneth (Heather) Laskey, Penny Purdue, Christopher Mielcarski and the late Madeline Laskey; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Wed., July 19, 2017, at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his Celebration of Life service was held afterward. Pastor Eric Olsen officiated. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Kathryn Pritchard Merrill, born on election day Nov. 6, 1934, in Cleveland, Ohio, and current resident of Tucson, Ariz., died June 27, 2017. Her parents were Kathryn Walling Pritchard and David James Pritchard. She grew up in Lyndhurst, Ohio, graduating from Charles F. Brush High School, where in her senior year was bestowed the honor of Homecoming Queen. Barbara graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. It was there she met her now-deceased husband, John Brooks Merrill. She lived in Albion, N.Y., for many years with her husband, who was with the family funeral business, Merrill-Grinnell Inc. While in Albion she taught in elementary school in the Albion School System, and then served as the librarian after achieving her Master of Library Science Degree, from the University of Buffalo. She was an exceptionally devoted, loving and supportive wife, mother and sister, who saved her brother Phil’s life on at least one occasion in his youth. After her husband retired from the funeral business, they moved to Tucson, Ariz. She was an avid bridge player and a very active member of two retirement communities, Sun City Vistoso and Brookdale Santa Catalina, including serving as the librarian in Brookdale for many years before she passed. She was past president of the Sun City Vistoso Genealogical Society and very active in historical and genealogy research. She is survived by two sons, James and Mark Merrill; brother, Philip Pritchard; grandchildren, Hayley and Luke Merrill; niece, Elise Dekoschak; and several cousins. Friends and family are invited to attend memorial services to be held on Sat., July 29, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, 12 Ingersoll St., Albion, NY 14411. Please share condolences www.merrillgrinnell.com.

Steven R. Pruner, 54, of Kendall, passed away suddenly on July 16, 2017, at his home. He was born July 20, 1962, in Brockport to the late James and Geraldine (Guyette) Pruner. Steven enjoyed watching sports, playing golf, and playing horseshoes. He was an avid Denver Broncos and Chicago Cubs fan. He liked trivia, sports stats, movies, country music and cassette tapes. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother James F. Pruner. Steven is survived by his sister-in-law, Linda Pruner; siblings Wayne (Amy) Pruner, Ken (Kim) Pruner, and Ellie (Don) Buzard; several nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. Services were private and at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements for Steven have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Steven, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Paul D. “Pauly” Schmitt, Sr., 53, of Alexander, N.Y., went to be with the Lord on Sat., July 15, 2017, at Buffalo General Hospital. Born on April 21, 1964, in Medina, N.Y., he was the son of the late Alfred L. and Shirley Ann (Debiaw) Schmitt. Paul grew up in Orleans County and worked various jobs and presently was employed with the Batavia Veterans Administration Hospital as an LPN. Paul was advocate and positive role model for children. He was a former Scout Leader for Pack #650 and a Coach for Tri-Town Athletics. He was a member of the Medina Conservation Club and he enjoyed the outdoors while hunting and fishing, especially in Lake Placid. He was a member of the Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church. Most of all, Paul enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his soulmate, Shawn Drysdale; his children, Paul Schmitt Jr. and Madison Drysdale, all of Alexander, N.Y.; siblings, Carol (Howard Geiger) Schmitt of Maryville, Tenn., Charlene Wisniewski of Canandaigua, N.Y., Allen (Anita) Schmitt of Barker, N.Y.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Relatives and friends called at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, on Thu., July 20, 2017. Family and friends also met at the Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Rd., Medina, NY 14103, on Fri., July 21, 2017, where a Funeral Service was held with the Pastor, the Rev. Daniel A. Thurber, officiating. Burial was in the Lynhaven Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Paul’s name to: Tri-Town Athletics, P.O. Box 252, Alexander, NY 14005. Please light a candle in Paul’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

Kathryne G. Sipple, 69, of Medina, went to be with the Lord on Sun., July 16, 2017, at the Martin- Linsin Residence, Albion. Born on July 13, 1948, in Duluth, Minn., she was the daughter of Margaret (Olson) Carlson and the late Rudolf Carlson. Kathryne grew up in Minnesota and on June 15, 1968, she married James Sipple, who was stationed in Finland, Minn., while he was serving in the U.S Air Force. In 1970, they made their home in Medina on Main Street, where she was a devoted housewife and mother. She was a member of the Women’s GLOW and served as a Advisor for the Iroquois Job Corp. where she often opened up her home to the young men and women who had no family during the holidays. Kathryne attended the Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship and she enjoyed crocheting and knitting, having made prayer shawls for the church. Besides her mother, Margaret; and her husband, James; she is survived by three sons: Jason (Cheryl) Sipple of Medina, Barrett (Kristi) Chrissis, and Greg (Carla) Arends, all of Minnesota; five siblings: Ramona Eide of Grand Canyon,. Ellen (Paul) Hanson and Rudolf (Mary Kay) Carlson, all of Duluth, Minn., Claudia Eide of Phoenix, Ariz., and Edward (Kim) Eide of Silver Bay, Minn.; and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother, Russell Carlson; and a sister, Julie Andree. Relatives and friends attended a funeral service on Sat., July 22, 2017, at the Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship, 5329 S. Gravel Rd., Medina, NY, 14103. Burial was in the Boxwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Kathryne’s name to: Hospice of Orleans County, P.O. Box# 489, Albion, NY 14411 or to the Alabama Full Fellowship. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, NY 14103. Please light a candle in Kathryne’s memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

Mr. Yancy J. Osher, 60, of Medina, died on July 15, 2017, at the Unity Hospital of Rochester. Mr. Osher was born in Newfane on Oct. 15, 1965, a son of the late Joseph Napoleon and Gertrude Vera (Babcock) Osher. On July 2, 1994, he married the former Diana Lynn Luthart. He was employed by the Medina Central School District, as a custodian, in the Medina High School. Yancy liked helping people, working on his 1973 Chevy Nova, and spending time at the Medina Tim Hortons enjoying a cup of coffee with friends. Survivors include his wife, Diana; four children: Shandra (Perry) Bethune, Rebekah, Rosalie and Robin Osher; his loving grandchildren, whom he adored: Jocelyn, Peyton, Dakota, Jackson and Alyssa; siblings: Judie Hetrick, Darien Osher, Cecelia Henry, Mary (Mike) Skowron, Fred Osher, Joe (Sandy) Osher, Richard VerCrysse, Devona Demorst, Millie Osher and the late Eva; close friends: Kevin Peace, Arthur Kasperak, Jim VanderWoude, David Garel and the Tim Hortons Crew; several nieces and nephews. Friends called on Wed., July 19, 2017, at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his funeral service was held. Interment was in Bates Road Cemetery. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Janet Marie Turrell, born Sept. 30, 1933, entered peacefully into rest surrounded by her family on July 19, 2017. She was a daughter of the late Harry and Bessie Adams; beloved wife of the late Edward Turrell; loving mother of Richard, Ronald (Laurie), James (Barbara) Turrell, Marilyn (Robert) Curtiss, John Turrell, and Katherine (Martin) Hirner; grandmother of 17; and great-grandmother of 20. Janet is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and numerous loving friends. She was predeceased by her sister, Arlene Wagner. Janet graduated from Medina High School. She loved spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. Janet and Edward loved to travel by RV to many places across the country. They wintered in New Port Richy, Fla. Janet was an exceptionally hardworking, kind woman loved by many. She will be remembered for her fashion sense. Janet was a member of the Eastern Star in Middleport, N.Y., for many years. Janet and her husband were former members of the First Baptist Church in Medina. Janet’s family would like to thank all the special care shown by her aid Danielle Sanders; the staff at Applegate Manor; the staff at Odd Fellows; and a special thanks to Jim at Medina Transport. The family will be present to receive on Mon., July 24, 2017, from 4-6 p.m. to receive friends at the Bates Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, NY 14105, where a Memorial Service will be held at 6 p.m. Please share condolences at www.bateswallace.com.

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