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Mr. Michael T. Crane, Sr., of Randolph, passed away on Aug. 12, 2017, surrounded by his family at Erie County Medical Center. Mr. Crane was born in Dunkirk, N.Y., on Aug. 21, 1937, a son of the late James C. and Mae Catherine (Spencer) Crane. A graduate of Cardinal Mindszenty High School in Dunkirk, he served with the U.S. Army from 1961-63. Mr. Crane attended St. Michael’s College in Winooski Park, Vt., SUNY at Fredonia, and graduated from SUNY Brockport. He was employed by the Medina Central School District as a fifth grade teacher in the Oak Orchard Elementary School from 1966-1996. He served as the school science coordinator and was recognized with the Teacher of the Year Award. Active in the community, Mr. Crane was a member and past president of the Medina Jaycees, was JCI Senator #16252, member of the Lions Club and Knights of Columbus and served as a Scout Leader with the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed the outdoors and was a hunter, trapper and fisherman. Survivors include two children, Kelly Anne (Curtis) Follman and Michael T. (Christine) Crane, II; 11 grandchildren: Kayleen (Paul) Sanchez, Aaron (Stephany) Follman, Samuel (Nicole Cooley), Elisabeth, Thomas, Roy John, Annabelle Follman, Michael (Samantha Stewart) Crane, Stephen Crane, Joseph John Crane and Cody Crane; two great-grandchildren, Peyton and Savannah; his former wife, Jeanne Crane; good friend and neighbor, James Guy, of Randolph; his beagle, Lucy; several nieces and nephews. Friends called on Thu., Aug. 17, 2017, at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Funeral services were held on Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, at Harvest Christian Fellowship, 560 E. Ave., Albion. Military honors were accorded at the church by members of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc., 1101 Casey Rd., Basom, NY 14013. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Betty Jane Davis, 75, formerly of Lyndonville, passed away on Aug. 7, 2017. She resided in Winter Haven, Fla. Family includes her husband, Richard Davis; mother, Marion Balschmiter; her father, Carl Balschmiter; her sister, Carlise (Bill) Bossard; her daughters, Robin (Jeff) Prahler and Tracy (Tim) Boyzuck; and two grandchildren, Christopher and Jacob.

Cecelia “Cece” Ellen Flansburg, Diva, Princess, of Albion, passed away Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital. She was surrounded by her loving family. Cece was born Nov. 2, 1949, in Rochester the daughter of the late George and Catherine (Costello) Flansburg. Cece was a proud and devoted member of St. Mary’s parish in Holley and she was very passionate about her lrish heritage. She loved to sing, play bingo, do scratch-offs, go out to dinner, and socialize with family and friends. She was predeceased by her parents, George and Catherine Flansburg; brothers George and John; and her sister, Dr. Kathy Flansburg Sinel.  Cece is survived by her brother Gerard Flansburg of Holley; special friend Fr. Mark Noonan; the staff of Arc of Genesee and Orleans Hamilton Street and Stork Street, where she received outstanding and loving care for over 25 years; as well as several loving nieces and nephews. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes Inc., 16650 State Rte. 31, Holley, on Fri., Aug. 18, 2017.  Her Mass of Christian Burial was held on Sat., Aug. 19, 2017, at St. Mary’s Church in Holley. Burial was in St. Rose Cemetery in Lima.  Memorials may be made to the Arc of Genesee and Orleans, P.O. Box 439, Albion NY 14411 or to St. Mary’s Church, 11 S. Main St., Holley NY 14470. To share a special memory of Cece, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Mrs. Jennifer A. Holbrook, of Bergen, passed away surrounded by her family on Aug. 15, 2017, at the Unity Hospital. Jennifer was born in Buffalo on June 25, 1962, the daughter of Irene B. (Slusar) and the late Henry A. Kozody. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1980, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and a Master’s Degree from Nazareth College in 1990. She was employed as a Speech Language Pathologist at Monroe BOCES 1 for 27 years. Jennifer married her high school sweetheart, Randy Holbrook, on Aug. 26, 1995. She was an active parishioner of St. Brigid RC Church in Bergen. She served her parish as a parish council member and lector. Jennifer was the chairwoman of the Ladies of Charity at her parish and instrumental in activating the group. She also enjoyed quilting, gardening, cooking, her cats and talking. Survivors include her mother, Irene Kozody; and her brothers: Jeffrey (Mary), David (Kristen), Brian (Carrie), and Paul (Carolyn) Kozody. She was an aunt to Olivia, Macrae, Mason, Mallory and Sophie. Ahe is also survived by her mother-in-law, Jeannine Connor; two sisters-in-laws, Desiree (Tim) Roberts and Kristin (Chris) Poehlmann; two uncles, an aunt; several cousins; and very good friends Tammy Albone, Cheri Sheridan and Leslie Tuk. She was predeceased by her husband, E. Randall, on June 11, 2016, and her father, Henry A., on Oct. 19, 2016. Friends called on Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. The Rev. Michael J. Donovan, O de M, celebrated her Mass of Christian Burial on Sat., Aug. 19, 2017, at St. Brigid Church, 18 Gibson St., Bergen. Graveside committal services were held at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Medina, that afternoon. Memorials may be made to St. Brigid Church or a charity of one’s choice. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Joan Gaylord Knapp, 83, of Holley, passed away peacefully Aug. 11, 2017, at the Wedgewood Nursing Home in Spencerport.  Joan was born Aug. 7, 1934, in Brockport, a daughter of the late George and Bernice (Whitbeck) Gaylord. Mrs. Knapp was a member of the Holley Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and the Disciples United Methodist Church where she was the Financial Secretary for 35 years. Joan was a loving mother, awesome grandmother, and devoted wife. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Clark Knapp; children: Gary (Carol) Knapp of Holley, Dean (Mary Alice) Knapp of Brockport and Valerie (Steven) Schiller of Michigan; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 Route 31, Holley, Mon., Aug. 14, 2017. Joan’s funeral service was held at the Disciples United Methodist Church, 4410 Holley Byron Rd., (Rte. 237) Holley, NY 14470 on Tue., Aug. 15, 2017.  Interment was in Hillside Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church. To share a special memory of Joan, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

The gentle spirit of Joyce Sedore, 78, of Lyndonville, N.Y., went home to be with the Lord on Sun., Aug. 13, 2017, at the Hospice of Orleans Martin-Linsin Residence, following a lengthy illness. Joyce was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to the late Earl and Bernice Richard. She lived and worked in the Medina area her whole life and was a long-time member of the United Methodist Church in Lyndonville, serving in a variety of positions. Over the years, Joyce, an avid knitter, donated many beautiful items to the church and the World Vision Knit for Kids sweater project. Joyce is survived by her loving companion, Daniel Stephany; sister Janet (John) Nowak; nieces: Amy (Benjamin) Barry of Lyndonville, Lynne (Russell) Bentley of Lyndonville, Anne Hyndman of Lyndonville, and Cathy (Robert Jenkins) Parsell of Reno, Nev.; nephews, Andrew (Ann) Bale of Medina, Michael Nowak of Webster; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. Besides her parents, Joyce is predeceased by her husband, Ellis Sedore and sister Jean Hyndman. Relatives and friends attended calling hours on Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, at the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, 102 N. Main St., Lyndonville, NY 14098, where a memorial service was held. The Rev. Beth Malone and the Rev. Linda Haight officiated. Burial was in the West Ridgeway Cemetery, Medina. Memorials may be made in Joyce’s name to Hospice of Orleans, PO Box 489, Albion, NY 14411; Lyndonville United Methodist Church, 102 N. Main St. Lyndonville, NY 14098; or to the Lyndonville Fire Department, 148 N. Main St., Lyndonville, NY 14098. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St. Lyndonville, NY 14098. Please light a candle in Joyce’s name or share a memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

Lizzie Mae Wallace, 92, passed away on Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, at Lakeside Beikirch Nursing Home, Brockport, N.Y., surrounded by loved ones. Lizzie was born on May 25, 1925, in Ft. Valley, Ga., the daughter of the late James and Gladys Brady. The family relocated to the Medina area in the 1940s. Lizzie was a lifelong member of the Glad Tidings Missionary Baptist Church in Medina. She was employed at Medina Memorial Hospital and retired from Fisher-Price Toys. She was a devoted mother to seven children and loved to fish, knit and crochet. She leaves to mourn, Shirley (Robert) Jones of Medina, N.Y., Lawrence James Wallace of Lockport, N.Y., Ella Mae Wallace of Rochester, N.Y., Paul Wallace of Rochester, N.Y., Yvonne Wallace of Albion, N.Y., and Joanne Shedrick of Lockport, N.Y.; a host of loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends; and a wonderful staff of Lakeside Beikirch Nursing Home. Besides her parents, Lizzie is predeceased by son Eric Wallace; and brothers, Willie, Clifford Sr. (Lucille) and George (Bessie) Brady. Relatives and friends called on Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, NY 14103. A going home service was held on Sat., Aug. 19, 2017, at the Glad Tidings Missionary Baptist Church, 404 W. Oak Orchard St., Medina, NY 14103. Burial was in the Boxwood Cemetery. Please light a candle or share a memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

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