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Obituaries

Kevin Roger Banker, 47, of Kendall, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 4, 2018, at his home. He was born May 3, 1970, in Fort Belvoir, Va., to Sharon Bennett. Kevin had a great love for classic cars, especially a 1955 Burnt Orange Chevy that was his dream car. He worked for 20 years at Lutz-Jesco America in Gates, N.Y., most recently as a Production Manager. Kevin loved spending time with his family and was always willing to help someone out. Cruising around in his convertible with his wife, Heather, was something they loved doing together on a nice summer day. He always made his family a priority no matter what was going on in life. Kevin was a fun, loving man who always had a smile on his face and was also a God-loving Christian. In addition to his parents, Kevin is survived by his loving wife, Heather Lee; children: Tyler (Deb), Bradley Wilson, Laura Kathryn, Rebecca Faith, Elizabeth Marilyn, and Meghan Riley; parents, Sharon (Urb) Bennett; granddaughter, Katie; brother, Scott (Kathy) Banker; nieces, Jessica and Sonya; several aunts, uncles, and cousins. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, NY on Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, where his Celebration of Life Service was held. Memorial contributions in Kevin’s name may be made to Cornerstone Community Church, 3426 Hulberton Rd., Holley, NY 14470. To share a special memory of Kevin, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

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Joseph Bujalski
, 77, of Medina, N.Y., went to be with the Lord on Sat., Jan. 6, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Joseph was the son of the late Joseph and Margaret (Obara) Bujalski, and he was a lifelong resident of Ridgeway. He leaves to mourn his wife of 60 years, Barbara A. (Schmitt); two sons, Joseph (Tammy) and Stanley; five grandchildren: Janeen (Jason) Benziger, J.J. (Nicole) Bujalski, Joshua (Amanda) Bujalski, Cody and Alyx Bujalski; four great-grandsons: Jakob, James, Brayden, and Bentley; and many nieces and nephews. Joseph attended a one-room school house in Ridgeway, and Medina High School. He was in the National Guard for eight years. Joseph graduated with a Construction Tech Degree from ECC. He was an amazing brick-layer who loved his trade, and he served with over 50 years in the Lockport Local. Joseph worked as a field superintendent for Petrionio Construction before starting his own company, J.B Masonary. He earned his pilot license at Pine Hill Airport, Albion, N.Y. He attended many fly-in breakfasts over the years. He also had a passion for animals. In the 1970s, he showed horses with his wife and two sons, where they won numerous ribbons and awards. dditionally, Joseph was a talented dog trainer and enjoyed feeding and watching birds. Joseph’s family will always remember him for his kind heart, gentle spirit, great work ethic, Polish Pride and his love to visit with family and friends over good food and a beer. Relatives and friends called on Sat., Jan. 13, 2018, at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, NY 14103, where a Funeral Service was held. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls officiated. Burial was held at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Joseph’s name to: American Cancer Society, 101 John James Audubon Pkwy., Amherst, NY 14228. Please light a candle or share a memory of Joseph at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

Kathleen “Kat” Callicutt of Yonkers, N.Y., passed away unexpectedly Jan. 1, 2018. Kat was born July 24, 1974, in Albion, N.Y., to Joe Callicutt Sr. and Ida Linda Wall Callicutt. Kat graduated from Albion Central High School in 1994, and after graduation Kat moved to Yonkers to further her career in the department of corrections. Kat had an infectious smile and brightened any room she walked into. Kat loved to spend time with her family and friends and loved her New York Giants. Kat was predeceased by her father, Joe D. Callicutt Sr. She is survived by her mother, Ida Linda Callicutt of Holley, N.Y.; brothers: Ronald (Tisha) Wall of Wilmington, Del.,  Joe (Pam) Callicutt Jr. of Webster, N.Y., Rayford (Sarah) Callicutt of Albion, N.Y., Andre (Laurie) Callicutt of Hingham, Mass., and Shawn (Stephanie) Callicutt of Albion; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, on Tue., Jan. 9, 2018.  A celebration of her life was held Wed., Jan. 10, 2018, at the Albion First Presbyterian Church, 29 E. State St., Albion NY 14411. To share a special memory of Kat, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Norma Rita DiLaura, 97, was called to be with the Lord on Dec. 14, 2017. Norma was born to Pasquale and Margaret (Lombardozzi) DiLaura in Albion, N.Y., on Sept. 22, 1920. She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Virginia DiLaura; brothers and sisters-in-law: E. Thomas (Marie), Francis (Sarah), Ellis (Catherine), Arnold (Ann), and niece Margaret (Joseph) Bracone. Norma is survived by nephews: John, Thomas, Arnold and David DiLaura; nieces: Margaret Begg, Sara Morris, Suzanne Wells, and Mary Bullock; several grand- and great-grand-nieces and nephews; many cousins, and dear friends. Norma was a 1937 graduate of Albion High School. In 1942, she graduated from the NY State Teachers College in Albany with a Bachelor’s Degree in business and social studies. She also attended the University of Buffalo, where she received her Masters of Education in Guidance in 1952. Norma taught business classes and worked as a guidance counselor at Albion High School from 1943-1969. She also taught at the university level in Amherst, N.Y., and in Washington, D.C. Norma was a member of the New York State Counselors Association; the NY Association of Deans and Guidance Personnel; the Western NY and National Divisions of the American School Association and the National Divisions of the American School Counselors and the National Vocational Guidance Association. Norma served as secretary in 1955-56 and President in 1956-57 of the Western NY Personnel and Guidance Association and also served as trustee for the organization. And from 1955-1957, Norma served as president of Zone Two of the Western NY Personnel and Guidance Association. She was a member of the Buffalo Chapter of the Pi Lambda Theta National Honor Society for women in education, the Orleans County Republican’s Women’s Club, the Orleans County Historical Association, the Albion Red Cross Chapter and the Rosary Society of St. Joseph’s Church, and in 1963, she was named Woman of the Year by the Albion Business and Professional Women’s Club. Throughout her life, Norma was a faithful member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (Holy Family Parish) in Albion. Norma was an avid reader, especially biographies and historical books. She had an exceptional memory and intellect and was the family’s historian. She valued education and reveled in the accomplishments of her nieces and nephews. Norma corresponded with countless friends and family and kept in touch with many former students who also called her Aunt Norma and thought the world of her. We will deeply miss our Aunt Norma. She was the last surviving child of Margaret and Pasquale DiLaura and the last of a generation. Our aunt was well loved by her family, friends and former students, and by all who knew her. Our Aunt Norma spent her life as an educator, and was an educator to the end. Norma donated her body to the University of Buffalo Medical School to advance the knowledge of future doctors. We are comforted knowing that she is reunited with her family and all her loved ones. Our family will have a celebration of her life at a later date in 2018.

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George Victor “Vic” Gardepe
, entered into eternal rest Jan. 9 , 2018, at the age of 81. Vic was born Feb. 13, 1936, in Youngstown, N.Y., at Fort Niagara where his father was stationed. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Mary Rose “Mosie”; four children: Michael (Melody Pearce), Julie Granchelli (Jim), Steven (Brenda), and Matthew (Nikki); 13 grandchildren: Shannon Dent (Jason Manke), Meghan Feigel (Josh), Kristi Upton, ReAnne Daylamani (Daniel), Jaime Granchelli, Joseph Granchelli, Patrick Granchelli, Michaela Granchelli, Victoria Granchelli, James Granchelli II, Tylar Gardepe, Madison Gardepe, Mitchell Gardepe, and Armado Gasca; five great-grandchildren: Jaden Dent, Ella Feigel, Lila Feigel, Henry, Feigel, and Michael Prosser. He is also survived by his brother, Edward (Carol); his sister Evelyn Zietz; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Sydney and Ethel; his sisters Lois Keismer and Mary Francis Abel; and a grandchild, Kristie Upton. Vic lived in Lockport, N.Y., for most of his life. He served in the United States Army in Korea for two years. He was an avid fisherman, boater, golfer and bowler. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Lock City Glee Club, The Masons, The Screwball Club, and was very active with the youth hockey programs at the Kenan Center. He was a big fan of the Buffalo Sabres and the Buffalo Bills. He worked at Harrison Radiator Division and EDS as a Systems Main Frame Computer Engineer and retired in 1998. He and Mosie then spent their summers at the “Green Bagle” on the lake in Lyndonville, New York and were snowbirds in Sarasota, Fla., for many years enjoying their retirement. They moved back to Lockport one year ago to be with family. Visitation hours will be held on Sun., Jan. 14, 2018, from 1-4 p.m. at Prudden & Kandt Funeral Home, 242 Genesee St., Lockport, NY. A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, at 10 a.m.

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Byron J. “Pete” Howe, 71, of Medina, entered into rest on Mon., Jan. 8, 2018, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Born Dec. 6, 1946, in Medina, he was the son of the late Byron W. Howe and Mary (Gursslin) Hewitt. Mr. Howe graduated from Medina High School in the class of 1965 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Findlay. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969-1970. Mr. Howe lived in Houston, Texas, for several years and in the early 1980s returned to his hometown of Medina. Mr. Howe was an active member of Butts-Clark Post #204 American Legion. Survivors include his sister, Donna (late Charles, M.D.) Grizzanti; two nephews, Charles and John Grizzanti; also several cousins. Mr. Howe was predeceased by his father, Byron W. Howe; mother, Mary Hewitt and step-father, Thomas J. Hewitt, Sr. A memorial service will be held at a later date at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Butts-Clark Post #204 American Legion- 305 N. Main St., Medina, NY 14103. Arrangements were completed through Cooper Funeral Home- 215 W. Center St., Medina. Please share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

Richard L. Kelsey, 75, of Albion, passed away Jan. 8, 2018. He was born May 30, 1942, a son of the late Junior and Marion (Fox) Kelsey. Richard was a former employee of Eastman Kodak Co. and Duff Motts. When he was a young man, Richard was an active athlete. He was predeceased by his daughter, Lisa; and his wife, Pamela. He is survived by his son, Steven; brother, Ralph (Darlene) Kelsey of Parma; sisters-in-law, Debbie (Gene) Ashe and Laurel Doyle; nephews, Case and Matt; and several nieces. The family received friends Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., where his Funeral Service followed. Interment was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Medina Memorial Hospital North Wing Activities Department, Attention Adrienne Belson, 200 Ohio St., Medina, NY 14103. To share a special memory of Richard, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

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Harry George Lyke Jr.
, of Kendall, passed away on Jan. 10, 2018, at the age of 86. He was predeceased by his parents, Harry and Florence Lyke; siblings Ann, Mary, George and Fredrick; and his son Harry George Lyke III. He is survived by his loving wife, Martha G. Lyke ‘’Marty”; children William and Mary Ann (James) and their mother, Clara; along with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. Harry was a Service Manager of Import Garage in Clarkson, N.Y.; owner of Monroe Citco Service Center of Rochester, N.Y., and as a young boy he started working in the kitchen of his father’s restaurant in Cazenovia, N.Y. He was a longtime member of the Sports Car Club of America Western NY Region and always assisted Marty on the farm in Kendall, N.Y. He was a retired service member of the United States Army National Guard. Services were held at the family’s convenience. To share a memory, please visit: www.NewcomerRochester.com.

Mary Lucile (Nesbitt) Nice, born July 17, 1922, in Albion, N.Y., lived in Winter Garden, Fla., since 1980. She was 95 years old and died peacefully on Dec. 31, 2017, after a short stay in Hospice care. She was the loving wife of Robert K. Nice for 72 years. She was the daughter of the late David and Clara Nesbitt of Pine Hill, Albion, N.Y. She was preceded in death by her twin brother, David (Lindy) Nesbitt; her brother Robert (Hubba) Nesbitt; and her sister, Doris (Nesbitt) Bannister. She is survived by her brother Calvin (Pete) Nesbitt and sisters-in-law Beth Nesbitt, and Marjorie Nesbitt. Mrs. Nice is also survived by her five children: R. Kenneth Nice (Ann), Barbara J. Nice, Mary Ellen Nice Peruzzini, David P. Nice (Penny), and William J. Nice. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grands; and one great-great-grandson; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins. Lucile was a devoted wife and mother. She was a woman of strong faith and character. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Winter Garden. She will be missed by all. A Memorial Service will be held at the Albion Free Methodist Church with a date and time to be announced in the spring. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion.

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