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Obituaries

Shirley M. (Jett) Benedict, 70, of Kendall, N.Y., passed away Feb. 10, 2019 at Elderwood at Lakeside in Brockport. She was born Nov. 29, 1948 in Albion, a daughter of the late John D. Jett Sr. and Glenna M. (Baker) Jett.  Shirley was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed feeding them.  She loved her cat and could make awesome sausage gravy.  Shirley will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister and a devoted wife. She was predeceased by her brothers, Harold Jett Sr. and Richard “Rick” Jett.  She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Richard; sons: Orin (Rachel Renko) Benedict and Richard (Sarah Bohn) Benedict; grandsons: Brenden, Caleb and Patrick; great-granddaughter, Coraline; siblings: Jim (Ardith) Jett, John (Pat) Jett, Rose Hall, Sue (Steve) Fearing, Ed (Jacquie) Jett; sister-in-law, Virginia Jett; several nieces, nephews, cousins. Shirley’s Celebration of Life was held at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21 West Ave., Albion on Fri., Feb. 15.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. To share a special memory of Shirley, please visit: www.christophermitchell.com.

Virginia  “G.G.”  (Bell) Blissett, 91, of Holley, N.Y., passed away at her home Feb. 8, while under the loving care of her daughter Debbie and family.  Virginia was born Feb. 28, 1927 in Hulberton, N.Y., a daughter of the late Thorpe Bell Sr. and Irene (Ball) Bell.  Virginia and her late husband Edward, owned and operated Edward Blissett Nursery for many years.  G.G. was an exceptional cook and baker, and will be remembered for her famous pie crust.  She loved playing cards, reading, and her cats, especially Gizzy.  She also had a special love for her stuffed “Baby Bunny” G.G. above all else cherished her loving family. She was predeceased by her husband Edward; sons-in-law: Richard Scharping and Gerald Harter; three brothers and one sister. G.G. is survived by her loving children: Gloria Harter, Carolyn Scharping, Richard (Linda) Sanford, and Deborah Seiler; nine grandchildren, including 2 special grandchildren: Brandon and Farin Seilier; several great-grandchildren, including special great-grandson, Kameron Walch and several great-great-grandchildren. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 Route 31, Holley on Tue., Feb. 12, followed by her funeral service at the funeral home. Interment followed at Mt. Albion Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN. 38105. To share a special memory of Virginia, please visit: www.christophermitchell.com.

Clifford F. Dillon, 72, of Albion, N.Y., died Feb. 6, 2019 in Rochester General Hospital following a long illness.  He was born March 28, 1946 in Rochester to Clifford H. and Ruth (Thibault) Dillon and had lived in this area most of his life.  Clifford was a member of Holy Family Parish, and was a retiree of Eastman Kodak Company where he worked as a supervisor.  He enjoyed working on cars and at one point in his life raced cars at the Niagara Speedway.  To say that he had a great sense of humor would be an understatement.  Clifford was regarded as a “Mr. Fix-it” having the ability to fix anything.  His greatest enjoyment was socializing with and spending time with his family.  He is survived by his wife of 49 years Stella; their children: Jennifer (Thomas) Ritchey of Albion, Kevin (Tiffany) Dillon of Williamsville; his brother: Roger (Gloria) Dillon of Albion; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21 West Ave., Albion, on Mon., Feb. 11.  Family and friends are invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial in Holy Family Parish, St. Joseph’s Church on Tue., Feb. 12.  Interment will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to COVA, 239 S. Main St., Albion, NY, 14411.  To share a special memory of Clifford, please visit: www.christophermitchell.com.

Lawrence E. “Larrie” DiPalma, 69, of Albion, N.Y., died Feb. 11, 2019 at the Buffalo VA Hospital following a short illness.  He was born Oct. 1, 1949 in Albion, the son of the late Chester and Virginia (Nenni) DiPalma and had lived in this area all of his life. Larrie had served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart.  He was a participant of the Honor Flight to Washington D.C.  He had worked for the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department from 1972-1996 and then the Marine Patrol from 2000-2016.  He was the Range Instructor for Orleans County for several years and had also worked part time for the Town of Carlton snowplowing and mowing.  Larrie was an avid outdoorsman and marksman who loved to hunt, fish, golf, trap shoot and snowmobile.  He was a hunting guide in South Dakota where he enjoyed his annual hunting trip. Larrie was very active in his community and was a member of Holy Family Parish, a life member of the Albion V.F.W. Strickland Post #4635, lifetime member of Hickory Ridge Golf Club.  He was also a member of St. Mary’s Archers Club, the Dye Hose Co. of the Albion Fire Department, the Orleans County Snow Drifters and in the past he had frequented the Albion Sportsmen’s Club and the Holley Rod and Gun Club. Larrie is survived by several cousins and many friends. Family and friends are invited to call at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21 W. Ave. Albion on Mon., Feb. 18 from 3-7 p.m.  His Mass of Christian Burial will be Tue., Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church.  Interment with Military Honors will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka KS 66675 or to the Batavia VA Medical Center, 222 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14420.  To share a special memory of Larrie, please visit: www.christophermitchell.com.

R. “Bruce” Jones passed away on Feb. 9, 2019 after a 12-year battle with cancer. Bruce was born in Canandaigua, N.Y. on April 1, 1937. He graduated from Honeoye Falls Central High School in 1954 and went on to attend and graduate from Syracuse University in 1959 (Go Orange!). His career began at the New York State Agricultural Extension. He later worked for the Ontario Fruit Growers Cooperative, which brought him to Medina, N.Y. There, he met, married and started a family with Marcia Newman. Bruce became involved in the community through Medina Mini League Baseball leadership and coaching, Medina Football Officials Assistant (chain gang) and leadership positions in Club 651 of the Knights of Columbus. In 1989 he went to work in Lockport, N.Y. at what is now one of the Basil Automotive dealerships. He held several positions, working until 2018. Mr. Jones is survived by his wife of 47 years, Marcia, and his two sons: Kyle (Laura) and Ryan (Heidi). He was the proud grandfather of Jarrett, Bryce, Cameron and Griffin.  Also survived by brothers: Paul (Barbara), Gary (Betty-Jean), and sisters in-law: June Jones and Joyce Newman. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visitation to celebrate Bruce’s life on Thu., Feb. 14, 2019 at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W.t Center St., Medina. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls celebrated his Mass of Christian Burial on Fri., Feb. 15, 2019 at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, POB 631, Buffalo, NY 14240  www.roswellpark.org or the Knights-Kaderli Memorial Fund, POB 684, Medina, NY 14103 knightskaderli.blogspot.com. Share condolences at:www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Jennie (Saeva) Monacelli, 96, of Albion, N.Y., passed away peacefully on Feb. 12, 2019 under the loving and tender care of the hospice staff at the Martin-Linsin Residence in Albion.  She was born on Oct. 14, 1922 in Albion to Guiseppe and Raimonda (Siccarella) Saeva. Jennie graduated from Albion High School Class of 1942.  She attended and graduated from the College of Swedish Massage in Chicago, Ill. in 1947.  She practiced in her home for many years.  Jennie spent the majority of her life as a homemaker and caregiver to her parents. Jennie enjoyed spending time with her family and was so proud to become a great-grandmother to Laine Elinor Harvey.  She loved baseball, especially the Yankees; cooking, music, talking to her friends and her family more than life itself. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Eric; her brother, John (Millie) Saeva; sisters: Rose (Pete) Sacco, Martha (Al) Capurso, and Ann (Dominic) Grillo.  She is survived by her daughter, Laura (Larry) Harvey; grandson, Rex (Katie) Harvey; great-granddaughter and the joy of her life Laine Elinor Harvey; along with many wonderful and loving nieces and nephews. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion on Sun., Feb. 17.  Her Mass of Christian Burial will be Mon., Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Parish.  Burial 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.
“If I could give you any gift I’d give you love, laughter, a peaceful heart, a special dream and joy.”
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Joseph R. “Ronnie” Ostrowski, 72, died Feb. 13, 2019 in Rochester General Hospital following a short illness. He was born Dec. 8, 1946 in Albion to Joseph and Eleanor (Telga) Ostrowski and was a lifetime resident of this area. Ronnie was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War and a former member of St. Padre Pio Church in Elba. He was a former member and past Vice President of the Four Seasons Sportsman Club, loved spending time outdoors and was a passionate lover of animals. He is survived by his siblings: Elaine Ostrowski of Albion, Paul (Laura) Ostrowski of Greece; his aunt Shirley Zambito; his niece: Alexandra (Lucas) Allamon of Va.,;his nephew: Mark Ostrowski of TN, great nephews: Greyson and Ezra Allamon; as well as many cousins. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, Sat., Feb. 16. Family and friends are invited to gather for Ronnie’s Mass of Christian Burial Mon., Feb. 18 in Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church, Albion. Interment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: PAWS, 3371 Gaines Basin Rd., Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Ronnie, please visit: www.christophermitchell.com.

William A. Renouf, 81, of Medina passed from this life to his eternal, heavenly home on Wed., Feb. 6, 2019 following a courageous battle with leukemia. He was born in Medina on April 15, 1937, son of the late Percy W. and Hildreth H. (Walker) Renouf. A lifelong resident, Bill graduated from Medina High School in the class of 1955 and was also an active member of Boy Scout Troop 32, where he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. He experienced scouting at Philmont Ranch in New Mexico during the summer of 1953. Following graduation from high school he joined the U.S. Navy, serving his country from 1955-1959. Tours of duty included several months aboard the U.S.S. Iowa and the cargo carrier, the U.S.S. Capricornus. Bill was a police officer with the Medina Police Department for 25 years, retiring in 1989. He attained the position of Assistant Chief and was also a member of the Underwater Recovery Team where he served as the group’s first president. Following retirement, he was employed for 10 years at the Medina Memorial Hospital maintenance department and later for the Medina Central School District transportation department. He was a member of Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion and a 20-year active member of the East Shelby Community Bible Church. Bill was an avid fan of the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres. He also enjoyed watching college sports as well as documentaries and old TV sitcoms. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Elaine R. (Caldwell) Renouf. Together they enjoyed many trips together, which took them through the southern states, New England and a particularly wonderful and memorable trip cross country to California. Bill’s son, John W. Renouf predeceased him in 1997. Besides his wife, Bill is survived by daughters: Sandra (Bob Yasment) Renouf of Palmetto, Fla. and Joy (Brandon Taylor) Renouf of Medina; grandchildren: Melissa (Brian Bruski) Stornelli, Sarah Stornelli, Roger L. (Rehannon Stirk) Stornelli, Alexis (Jared Predom) Hartway, Samantha Metz, and Emily Metz; great-grandchildren: Alana, Blake, Gianna, Dominick, Adysyn, Allyson, Olivia and Ella; his brother, Ron (Bonnie) Renouf of San Antonio, Texas; sister, Barb (Dennis) Morgan of Livonia, N.Y., and sister in-law, Dee (Earl) Mallette of Maggie Valley, N.C.; step-children: Lisa (Craig) O’Dell, Scott (Jennifer) Edwards, Michael Edwards, Bryan (Erin) Edwards, Dr. Timothy (Mary) Feltz, Susan (William) Martin, David (Deborah) Feltz, and Beth London; 16 step-grandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren; also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Friends and family were invited to call on Sat., Feb. 16 at the East Shelby Community Bible Church, 5278 E. Shelby Rd., Medina, where his memorial service immediately followed. Pastor Erik Olsen officiated. Burial with full military honors will take place in Millville Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill’s memory may be made to the A.R.C. of Genesee Orleans: Camp Rainbow, 64 Walnut St., Batavia, NY 14020. Arrangements are being made through Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Please share memories and condolences at: www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Eldred Guy “Chet” Wheelock, 88, of Kent, N.Y., passed away on Feb. 13, 2019 at Brookdale Assisted Living Residence in Brockport where he resided with his wife, Audrey for the last 3 years. Chet was born Jan. 21, 1931 in Batavia to the late Chester and Vivian (Robbins) Wheelock. Chet was a self-employed farmer for 34 years and worked for 10 years at the Orleans County Highway Dept., before retiring and becoming a snowbird for the next 19 years. He was an avid hunter, enjoyed golfing and playing shuffleboard. During his life, he served on the Carlton Zoning Board and the Milk Co-Op in Batavia, and various other farm organizations. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sisters: Bertha and Irene. Chet is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Audrey (McGee) Wheelock; children: Peggy (Joseph) Bropst of Kent, Marcia (Robert) Murphy of Kimbolton, Ohio, Ronald Wheelock of Kent, Jill (Fabian) Strong of Hayward, Ca.; grandchildren: Jeremy (Amy) Mikels of Webster, N.Y., Adam (Kristin) Mikels of Westwood, Mass., Stacey Bell of Hayward, Ca., Andrew Wheelock of Kent, Rebecca Wheelock of Greece; great-grandchildren: Mason, Colton, and Nora Mikels; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family received friends at the Gaines-Carlton Community Church, 14585 Ridge Rd., Albion, NY 14411, on Sun., Feb. 17 where his funeral service immediately followed. Interment will be held at Beechwood Cemetery in the spring. Memorial contributions in Chet’s name may be made to the church or to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411. Chet’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion, N.Y. To share a special memory of Chet, please visit: www.christophermitchell.com.

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