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Obituaries

Jennifer A. Dart, 46, of Clarendon, died unexpectedly in her home May 22, 2017. She was born in Albion on May 23, 1970, to Donald and Patricia (Snaith) Ferris, Jr. She lived in this area all of her life. Jennifer graduated from Syracuse University as an English Major and worked as a Technician Scheduler for Berg & Schoenberg in Pavilion and then as a Technical Manager for the University Division of ATT in Rochester.  She enjoyed crocheting, watching the birds in her back yard, traveling and logging on to Pinterest. Jenn had a great love for animals but will be remembered mostly for being a loving wife and mother.  Mrs. Dart is survived by her husband of 20 years, Darrell; her son Ethan at home; her sisters, Stephanie and Diana Ferris both of Medina; her parents, Donald and Patricia Ferris, Jr.; her grandmother, Jean Snaith; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, on Fri., May 26, 2017, where her Funeral Service immediately followed. Interment was at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hamlin Animal Shelter, 1658 Lake Road N., Hamlin, NY, 14464.  To share a special memory of Jennifer, please visit: www.christophermitchell.com.

Gertrude “Trudy” B. Deters, 89, of Medina, formerly of North Tonawanda, entered into rest on Tue., May 23, 2017, at Medina Memorial Hospital- Skilled Nursing Facility. Born Aug. 24, 1927, in Buffalo, Mrs. Deters was the daughter of the late Anthony and Salome (Staskiewicz) Blazejewski. She graduated from Niagara Falls High School and went on to attend Niagara University. In May of 1949, she married the late Philip Deters and together raised their family in North Tonawanda, where they lived most of their lives. Mrs. Deters worked as a supervising toll collector for the NYS Thruway Authority. Following her retirement, she enjoyed many years of travelling abroad to such places as Europe, Egypt and her favorite–New Orleans–to attend Mardi Gras every year. She was also an avid reader. Survivors include her two children, Marcia (Dr. David) Stahl and Craig Deters; two grandchildren, Dr. Celeste (Howard) Stahl-Balaban and Dr. Jeffery (Rachael Goldstein) Stahl; three great-grandchildren: Alex, Teagan and Rayna; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Philip, on Jan. 17, 2013, and three brothers: Al, Anthony and Eugene Blazejewski. Calling hours were held on Fri., May 26, 2017, at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, NY 14103, where her funeral service immediately followed. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls officiated. Interment was in St. Adalbert’s Cemetery, Lancaster. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Please share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

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John W. Jenks
, 69, of Kendall, passed away on Feb. 8, 2017, at Rochester General Hospital after a long battle with various illnesses. He was born on Nov. 6, 1947, in Albion, N.Y., to the late Andrew and Georgianna (Bartlett) Jenks. He remained in the area his entire life. In his spare time, John enjoyed hunting, farming, playing guitar, singing, dancing, and coloring. He raised a lot of children, although never having any of his own. He was “Uncle John” to many and will be remembered for his caring and loving personality that he had, even though he was stern. John was also a member of the VFW Post 202 in Holley. John was predeceased by his siblings William, Caroline, Mary, Harriet, Andrew, Laverne, Arnold, Alfred, Griffith and Donald. John is survived by his loving wife, Brenda; siblings; Jeanice Passarell, Oliver Jenks, Shirley (Paul) Wilkins, grandchildren: Christen Williams, Erianna Hernandez, Daniel Williams III, and Dylan Williams; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. There were no prior calling hours. A graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Holley on Wed., May 31, 2017, at 11 a.m. with military honors. Memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of John, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Dawn M. Murray, 59, of Kent, died May 24, 2017, at her residence following a brief illness and while under Hospice Care. She was born April 29, 1958, in Rochester to Thomas and Monica (Weldon) Tomasino. She lived in this area most of her life and was a member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church in Holley. Dawn enjoyed connecting with loved ones on Facebook and was considered an avid thrift shop enthusiast. She did what she wanted to do, and always asserted her independence. With Dawn, you always knew where you stood, as she was a true and genuine person. There was no question that she loved her children with all her heart! She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Kevin; her children: Shannon (Marty) MacDonell of Florida, Nicole (Tom) Murray of Greece, Andy (Leslie) Murray of Virginia, and Patrick Murray of Gates; her brothers: Ronald (Sherry) Tomasino of Kent, and Gary Tomasino of Texas; her sister, Lisa (Larry) Miller of Brockport as well as several nieces and nephews. There were no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend Dawn’s Mass of Christian Burial in St. Mary’s Church in Holley on Mon., June 5, 2017, at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at the family’s convenience. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY, 14411; Kendall Fire Department, 1879 Kendall Road, Kendall, NY, 14476; or Kendall Lions Club, 62 Emjay Lane, Rochester, NY, 14612. Dawn’s family has entrusted her arrangements to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Holley. To share a special memory of Dawn, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

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A Graveside Service with Military Honors for Michael J. Paduchak, 91, of Kendall, who died Jan. 31, 2017, has been scheduled for Wed., May 31, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. in Holy Cross Cemetery-Holley. Family and friends are invited to attend. Mike was born Dec. 1, 1925, in Kendall to Ukrainian immigrants John and Sophia Paduchak. He was the youngest of four siblings and the only son. He was born, raised and farmed on the family farm until the age of 88, growing fruits and vegetables. Mike was drafted to serve in WWII, entering the Army on Sept. 28, 1944. After receiving his training in Ft. McClellan, Ala., he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant with the Personnel Section of the 7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division and served in Germany and Austria. He participated in the Central Europe and Rhineland campaigns and was awarded the Army of Occupation medal, the European Theatre of Operation Ribbon with 2 battle stars, the Combat Infantry badge, the Good Conduct medal, the WWII Victory medal and the Bronze Star. Sergeant Paduchak received his discharge on June 16, 1946, returning to Kendall to receive his high school diploma from Kendall Central School and to work on the 200-acre family farm. In 1957 at the age of 31, he became the Town of Kendall Supervisor and remained in Office for 32 years (losing in 1967 and 1968 by seven votes.) He retired at the end of 1991. He was also the youngest chairman for two years while serving on the Orleans County Board of Supervisors. Mike served over 40 years on the Orleans Community Action Board, and 30 years on the Soil and Water Conservation Board, where he served as Chairman for many years. Mike was a lifetime member of the Kendall Fire Department with over 50 years of service. Prior to becoming Town Supervisor he served 5 years as President of the Kendall Fire Department. He was also active on the local political landscape. He made farming and politics his life. He married Marcia Harkness in 1964. Mr. Paduchak was predeceased by his wife in 1995. He is survived by two children, John (Andrea) Paduchak of New Hampshire, and Nadine (Mike) Hanlon of Kendall; and four grandchildren: Marie, Nickolai, Marisa and Michela In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Kendall Fire Department, 1879 Kendall Road, Kendall, NY 14476; or the NY State Veterans Home, 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY, 14020. To share a special memory of Mike, please visit: www.christophermitchell.com.

Gerald “Jerry” William Rush, 75, of Valdosta, Ga., passed away Mon., May 15, 2017, at his home. He was born on April 16, 1942, in Albion, N.Y., to the late Harold and Lefa Brigden Rush. Jerry was a devoted husband and father figure to his loving family. He loved to play golf and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Ana; three children; one grandson; sister, Marlene (Larry) Hughson; and two nephews. He is predeceased by his son Keith. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans. Mr. Rush’s family is being cared for by the professional and caring staff of Music Funeral Services/Azalea Crematory of Valdosta.

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Stanley J. Stefaniak, 97, of Medina, N.Y., went to be with the Lord on Sun., May 21, 2017, at his home. Born on July 2, 1919, In Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of the late Joseph and Catherine (Sygnet) Stefaniak. He grew up in Medina, and on Oct. 12, 1940, he married the former Wanda Maraszek, who passed in 2005. He was drafted in the U.S. Army in WWII and was a Sergeant in the 410th Engineer Construction Battalion, serving as a Power Plant Operator in Port Prince of Wales, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. On returning home he worked various jobs, including foundry work, policeman for the Memorial Auditorium and lastly, as a truck driver/mechanic for Lapp Express. He retired in 1979. Stanley was a member of the Sacred Heart/Holy Trinity Parish; U.S. Teamsters Union; a life member of the Disabled American Veterans; Medina VFW; and the American Legion, where he served as Past Commander, Treasurer and Boy’s State Chairmen. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening. He is survived by three children: Regina (Bernard) Mahnke of Rochester, Gloria Stefaniak of Dallas, Texas, and Mark (Margaret) Stefaniak of Garland, Texas; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; siblings Anthony Stefaniak and Lottie Stefaniak, both of Medina; and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by an infant daughter, Barbara; son Daniel J. Stefaniak; brother John Stefaniak; and three sisters, Helen Maier, Sophie Strickland and Josephine Grabowski. Relatives and friends may call on Tue., May 30, 2017, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, NY 14103. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wed., May 31, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church, West Avenue, Medina. The Pastor, the Rev. Daniel J. Fawls, will celebrate. Burial will be in the Sacred Heart Cemetery with Military Honors accorded by members of Lincoln Post#1483 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Butts-Clark Post #204 American Legion. Memorials may be made in Stanley’s name to: Disabled American Veterans, 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076. Please sign the on-line register book at: www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

Shirley I. (née Berghorn) Strickland, 89, of Middleport, entered into rest on May 24, 2017. She was the beloved wife of the late Demerle C. Strickland; lov­ing mother of Nancy (Gary) Dudley of Churchville, N.Y., Deborah (Ron) Houseman of Medina, Patricia (Paul) Moriarity of Middleport, and the late Suzanne (Michael) Snell. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Her brother, Keith Berghorn, predeceased her. The family was present Fri., May 26, 2017, to receive friends at the Bernhardt Funeral Home, 130 Main St., Akron, N.Y. Relatives and friends joined the family for funeral services on Sat., May 27, 2017, at Royalton Bible Church, 8457 Bunker Hill Road, Gasport, N.Y. Visitation and viewing took place in the church that morning. Burial was in Ever­green Lawn Cemetery, Akron. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympa­thy may be made to Royalton Bible Church, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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