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Leland John Boice
died peacefully on Sept. 14, 2018, in Lyons, N.Y. Lee was born on Sept. 19, 1923, in Kingston, N.Y., to Alvin and Ellen Boice. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary; four brothers; and five sisters. On Aug. 17, 1946, Lee married Mary Martha Collins. Lee was devoted to his wife of 71 years and together they raised eight children. He is survived by his children: John (Sylvia), David (Kathleen), Lewis Jeffrey, Jane Cardullias, Martha (John) Lyons, Rebecca (Dennis) Kaniecki, Alvin (Colleen), Leland (Kendra) and Noriko (Dan) Takaguchi. Nineteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren were blessed to know him. Lee’s life was defined by his love for his family and his commitment to service to others. He was a graduate of Kingston (NY) High School and Ithaca College. Lee moved his family to Lyons in 1949 and taught physical education at Lyons Central School for 36 years. During his tenure he coached football, tennis, basketball, baseball, wrestling and his beloved golf. He also was Director of Physical Education and Athletics for 19 years, Secretary-Treasurer of Wayne Finger Lakes Football League, President of Wayne County Athletic Association, and Chairman of Wayne County Golf League. Lee served as Head Golf Professional at both Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club (26 years) and Newark Country Club (8 years). The PGA of America awarded him a Lifetime Membership. He loved teaching golf, and was an accomplished golfer himself. He played an integral part in the expansion of Sodus Bay Heights Golf Club from 9 to 18 holes. Lee left an impressive legacy of public service. He served in the US Navy during World War II on the aircraft carrier USS Randolph and received the American Theater Medal, Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, and Asiatic Pacific Medal (3 stars). Some of his contributions to his community included volunteering for Meals on Wheels, St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, AFS, and Lyons Hall of Fame Committee member. The Chamber of Commerce named him Citizen of the Year in 1979. While living in the Wayne County Nursing Home he taught, from his wheelchair, an exercise class twice a week for the residents. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, at the Boeheim-Pusateri Funeral Home, 77 William St., Lyons, NY 14489. Lee’s life will be celebrated at a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. on Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, at St. Michael’s Church, 3 Holley St., Lyons, NY 14489. Burial will follow at the Lyons Rural Cemetery. Memorials in Lee’s name can be made to St. Joseph the Worker Parish, 43 West Dezeng Street, Clyde, New York 14433; Wayne County Meals on Wheels, “Home Meal Service, Inc.,” 1519 Nye Rd., Suite #400, Lyons, NY 14489 or Wayne County Nursing Home Foundation, 1529 Nye Rd., Lyons, NY 14489.

Mrs. Sue Ann Brockway, of Medina, died on Sept. 11, 2018, at Eastern Niagara Hospital. Sue was born in Medina, April 27, 1961, a daughter of the late Chester and Shirley (Dickinson) Miller. On June 3, 1978, she married Gerald Brockway and they resided in Florida for over 30 years. She was employed by Cypress Cove, as a certified nursing assistant, in Fort Myers, Fla. In 2018, Sue and Gerald returned to Medina. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her family was her life. Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Gerald Brockway, Sr.; three children: Gerald Brockway, Jr., Vernon Brockway and Hollie Brockway; three grandchildren: Alyssa, Kylie and Alexis; siblings: David (Arlene) Miller, Robin (Dan) Dodge, Carl (Jessica) Miller and Judy (Richard) Charache; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Friends called on Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where her funeral service was held afterward. Memorials may be made to the ALS Association, Upstate New York Chapter, 135 Old Clove Rd., Suite 213, Liverpool, NY 13090.

Joan M. Burgio (Messmer), of Holley, left this world to go to a better place on Sun., Sept. 16, 2018. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Frank; her parents, Louis and Ethel Messmer; her brothers Michael, Louis, and Chuck Messmer; and her son Frank. Joan is survived by her children John (fiancée Elise Harvey) Burgio, and Diane Burgio; daughter-in-law, Diana Furgerson; brother Richard (Barbara) Messmer; sisters-in-law Eileen, Noreen, and Carol Messmer, grandchildren: Kathryn, Nicholas, and Lucian, as well as several nieces and nephews. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, NY 14411 on Fri., Sept. 21, 2018. Interment was held privately at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester. To share a special memory of Joan, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Charles William “Bill” Crowley, of Brockport, died suddenly. Bill leaves his loving family behind, including his wife, Barbara; son, Daniel Crowley; daughter, Karla Crowley (Jeffrey) Schlags; and three grandchildren: Vincent Eugene, Madeleine Grace and Gemma Rae. Bill’s Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Sat., Sept. 29, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Pius X, 3010 Chili Ave., Rochester, N.Y. The Mass will be followed by a reception. Please make any donation you wish to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research in Bill’s name.

Gary J. Gabrys, 59, of Gasport, died Sept. 14, 2018, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born Sept. 7, 1959, in Kenmore, N.Y., a son of Joseph and Esther (Drotter) Gabrys. He lived in this area all of his life. Gary was president of Gasport Wood Products, where he worked for many years creating beautiful cabinetry. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting with his father at their camp in the Southern Tier. Gary was most proud of the 8-point buck he shot when he was 13 years old, and for the bear he shot in 2006. He loved spending time with his family. He especially adored his grandson, Bryson, who was “Papa’s little helper,” helping plant his vegetable garden or mowing the lawn and was always there for snuggles and ice cream. In addition to his parents he is survived by Lori, his loving wife of 44 years; his son, James (Ashley Williams) Gabrys of Gasport; his daughter, Hallie Gabrys of Gasport; grandson, Bryson and grandbabies on the way; brothers, Joseph (Cynthia) Gabrys of Lockport, and Timothy (Veronica) Gabrys of Gasport; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Debra (Jay) Moore of Florida, Lisa (Donald) Smith of Colorado, Edwin (Dawn) Winkley of Middleport, and Karen (Mike) Punch of Middleport; mother-in-law, Ada Winkley of Middleport; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father-in-law, Edwin Winkley, Sr. The family received friends at the Middleport Fire Department, 28 S. Main St., Middleport, NY 14105 on Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, where his memorial service followed. Memorials may be made to the organization of one’s choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, Middleport. To share a special memory of Gary please visit www.bateswallace.com.

Gary W. Harvey, Sr. died on Sept. 5, 2018. He was a 1973 graduate of Roy-Hart and worked for several years at Fisher-Price. Gary leaves behind two sisters, Sharon (Tommy) Rushing and Diane (Gary) Cooper; and other family members including his beloved dog, Poncho. He treasured his friendships with Linda Yaeger and Ken and Shirley Cherry. Gary was predeceased by his parents, Roy and Beverly Harvey; his sister Gail Allore; and his wife, Theresa Harvey. Services were private. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.langefuneralhomeinc.com.

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Lorne J. McMurray
, of Medina, passed away on Sept. 19, 2018, at the VA Medical Center in Batavia. After a 20-year courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease, Lorne is now running in the open fields of grace. Lorne was born in Albion on Oct. 13, 1936, a son of the late Lorne and Vera (Frasier) McMurray. Lorne gave to others all through life, whether they were family members or complete strangers. He always listened and gave sage advice. Lorne served in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from Medina High School. The late John “Jack” Williams appointed Lorne Undersheriff of Orleans County. At that time, Lorne was the youngest appointed Undersheriff in New York State. On Dec. 18, 1960, Lorne married the love of his life, Nancy (nee Hill) in a candlelit ceremony. Lorne continued to serve in the political circle. He was a Town of Ridgeway Justice of the Peace, served on the Town of Ridgeway Board, served as an Orleans County Legislator at Large and served on the Town of Shelby Board. In the 1960’s, he started the Young Republicans organization in Orleans County with the late Jim McCabe. Both Lorne and Jim served at the state level with the Young Republicans. In November of 2010, the Shelby Town Board dedicated the Shelby Town Hall in Lorne’s name. In the late 1960s Lorne and the late Joe Minervino owned the Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge and Jeep franchise in Medina. Later Lorne and Al Kropf owned the Ford and Mercury dealership. Both franchises were located on South Main Street. He worked for Barden Homes as an independent builder and dealer. Lorne and Nancy also owned and operated Oasis Pool Supplies and the Fairview Restaurant in Medina. Lorne was predeceased by his “little brother” Buzz Hill, and brother in-law, Richard Freed. He leaves to cherish his memories his forever bride, Nancy McMurray; their children, Lorne Ashley McMurray and Sherrie (Paul) Wishman; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister, Pat (Darwin) Marble; brother, Vernon (Florence) McMurray; sisters in-law, Carol (John Heath) Freed and Sue Hill; also many cousins, nieces and nephews. Lorne has unselfishly donated his body to the University of Buffalo Anatomical Gift Program. He always said if he could help save just one person with Parkinson’s, it would be his gift to humanity. Services were held privately by his family. If you wish to make a donation in Lorne’s memory, please make it to the National Parkinson Foundation WNY Chapter- 2805 Wehrle Dr. Suite 12, Williamsville, NY 14221, U.B. Anatomical Gift Program- 225 Farber Hall, Rm. 225, 3435 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14214 or to Hospice Buffalo- P.O. Box 590, Buffalo, NY 14240. Please share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Barbara L. (Dennis) Padoleski, 78, of Medina, N.Y., died Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, at the Medina Memorial Hospital. Born on June 23, 1940, in Medina, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Floyd W. and Elva E. (Sanderson) Payne. Barbara graduated from Medina High School and worked as a nurse aid for Lockport Hospital. She married the late Dennis Dennis and then later worked for 32 years as a teacher aid for Orleans Co. BOCES until her retirement. Barbara then married the late Jerome Padoleski, who passed within 28 days of their marriage. In her spare time, she enjoyed camping, fishing and golfing. Barbara was a member of the Sacred Heart Club, the Junior Wilsons Sportsman Club, and the Medina Vets Club. Barbara is survived by her sons Kevin Dennis of Medina, N.Y., and Keith Dennis of N. Syracuse, N.Y.; five grandchildren: Christopher (Erica) Dennis, Kyle (Helen Demler) Dennis, Cassidy (Jason) Delzer, Steven and Jeff Dennis; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Gary (Debi) Payne of Medina, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Mary Payne of Ruskin, Fla.; stepchildren, Thomas (Debbie) Padoleski of Medina, N.Y., and Susan (Jamie) Fannin of N. Tonawanda, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husbands, Barbara is predeceased by her son Kenny; grandson Timmy; and two brothers, Ted (Nancy) Payne and Doug Payne. Relatives and friends called on Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, NY 14103, where a funeral service was held afterward. The Rev. Daniel A. Thurber officiated and burial was in the West Ridgeway Cemetery, Medina, N.Y. Memorials may be made in Barbara’s name to: Hospice of Orleans Co., P.O. Box# 489, Albion, NY 14411. Please light a candle or share a memory of Barbara at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

Mrs. Karole A. Palmer, of Lockport, passed away on Sept. 14, 2018, at the Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. Karole was born in Buffalo, May 12, 1949, a daughter of the late Robert and Irene (Schwab) Kurtz. A graduate of Canisius College, class of 1971, she married Donald E. Palmer on Sept. 23, 1972.  She was employed by Magavern Magavern Grimm LLP, as a legal secretary for many years. Active in the community, she was a member of the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and served as the treasurer of the Bates Road Cemetery Association for over thirty years. Karole enjoyed collecting many things including dolls and Thomas Kinkade art. Survivors include her husband of nearly 46 years, Donald E.; her son Adam (Rachel Walls) Palmer; two grandsons, Jacob and Joshua Palmer; siblings: Kenneth (Elizabeth) Kurtz, Karen (Greg) Banach, Keith (Debra) Kurtz, Karl Kurtz and Klyde (Cathy) Kurtz; several nieces, nephews and friends.  She was predeceased by her parents, Bob and Irene; and her son Aaron E. Palmer, who died on March 6, 2018. Friends called on Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where her funeral service was held on Fri., Sept. 21, 2018.  The Rev. Daniel A. Thurber, pastor of Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, officiated. Memorials may be made to American Lung Assn., 1595 Elmwood Ave # B1, Rochester, NY 14620. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

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