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Obituaries

Mrs. Shirley M. Bailey, of Medina, passed away on Feb. 17, 2018, at Absolut Care of Gasport. Mrs. Bailey was born in Burt, N.Y., on April 4, 1928, a daughter of the late Carl and Edith (Poole) Shepard. She was employed as a seamstress by the Robert H. Newell Shirt factory for many years. She enjoyed reading. Survivors include her very good friend, Marcia Jackson of Middleport; her son, Alan (Mary) Lonnen of Middleport; two grandsons, Robert and Raymond Lonnen; great-grandchildren; her nephew, Donald Lonnen; and her good friend, Dolores Potrubacz. She was predeceased by her husband, Henry Bailey; and sisters: Florence Newman, Marie Curtis and Dorothy Bisch. Interment was in West Ridgeway Cemetery. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Genevieve A. (Kelley) Davis, 90, of Albion, passed away Thu., Feb. 15, 2018, at The Villages of Orleans.  She was born July 18, 1927, in Bergen, N.Y., the daughter of the late Earl and Anna (Hartway) Kelley.  Genevieve had lived in this area all of her life and was a member of the Barre Center Presbyterian Church. She was a lab technician at T.J. Lipton for 25 years, retiring in 1980, and a member of Lipton Lady Retirees and its Ambassador Club. She was also part of a volunteer group that made quilts for the West Barre United Methodist Church. Genevieve also volunteered for Hospice of Orleans and enjoyed cooking, baking, quilting, traveling and camping. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter, in 2004; brothers Kenneth, Francis, Robert, Clifford, Leslie, and Carl; and sister Lorraine (Charles) Persons. Genevieve is survived by her daughters, Marie (Robert) Rice of Albion and Sue (Bernhard) Arnesen of Getzville; grandchildren: Robert (Kim) Rice, Timothy (Jennifer) Rice, Ben (Emily) Arnesen and Jacob (Karolin) Arnesen; great-grandchildren: Brett, Haley, Jonathan, Brandon, Trevor and Abigail Rice; brother Gerald (Diane) Kelley of Holley; sister Virginia (Paul, deceased) Davis of Albion; sisters-in-law, Doris, Wanda, Violet and Shirley; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, on Sun., Feb. 18, 2018. Genevieve’s Funeral Service was held at the funeral home on Mon., Feb. 19, 2018.  Interment was in Mt. Albion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489 Albion, NY 14411 or the Barre Center Presbyterian Church, 4706 Oak Orchard Rd., Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Genevieve, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Cora E. Handrich, 100, of Middleport/Medina, entered into eternal rest on Feb. 16, 2018. Born in Lyndonville, she was one of five daughters of the late Frank and Alice (Thompson) Howes, who moved to Lyndonville from Catfield, England. Cora recently celebrated her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends at the Willows in Medina, where she resided for the past several years after moving from Lakewood Village in Medina. She was a member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church of Middleport, Ladies Auxiliary of the Middleport Fire Department and the Medina Moose Club.  She and her late husband Melvin, to whom she was married for 50 years, loved to travel around the country and often wintered on the west coast of Florida. Cora retired after 35 years of service with Harrison Radiator Division of GM in Lockport. She loved playing tennis, golf, bowling, and was on several leagues during her life time. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, fashion, playing cards with friends and entertaining. In addition to her husband she was predeceased by her sisters, Alberta Herriven, Phyllis Miller, Doris Day-Hall, and Mildred Thompson; and her nephew Lee Herriven.  She is survived by nieces, Kathy Keller of North Carolina, Christine (Rick) McGaughey of Virginia, and Edith Rock of Oregon; nephews Gary (Beverly) Herriven of Barker, Douglas (Carol Ann) Herriven of Middleport, and Rodney (Joanne) Herriven of Lockport; dear friends Margaret and Jim Lustumbo, Sandy and Gordie Smith and their sons Timothy, Paul and Jamie, Gordy Herman and Pat Volkosh; as well several great-nieces and great-nephews around the country. The family received friends on Wed., Feb. 21, 2018, at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Middleport, where her funeral service followed. Burial will be in Bates Road Cemetery in the spring. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, PO Box 489, Albion NY 14411.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, Middleport.  To share a special memory of Cora, please visit www.bateswallace.com.

Alice I. Huntington, 91, of Medina, died on Fri., Feb. 16, 2018, at Buffalo General Hospital following a short illness. She was born Nov. 3, 1926, in Lockport, N.Y., a daughter of the late Rial and Elizabeth (Bicker) Roberts. She lived in this area all of her life. Alice worked for nearly 30 years at Fisher-Price and after she retired went to work for the Medina Journal Register for many years. She loved to play bingo and meet her friends for lunch at Darrell’s Place in Middleport. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Floyd, in 2013, as well as several sisters and brothers. She is survived by her brother Michael Roberts, Sr.; her sisters Mary Fritz and Pat Roberts; sisters-in-law Nancy Huntington, Sharon (Larry) Wolfe, Joyce Johnson; brother-in-law Carl (Carolyn) Huntington; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. There were no prior calling hours. Services were private.  Burial was in Hartland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the American Heart Association. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, Middleport NY.  To share a special memory of Alice, please visit www.bateswallace.com.

Peter L. Patterson, 83, of Gaines, passed away on Feb. 17, 2018, at Orchard Manor in Medina, N.Y. He was born Jan. 15, 1935, in Buffalo, N.Y. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School and attended R.I.T. Peter served in the Air National Guard. He married Carole Holden on Dec. 28, 1957, in Buffalo. They recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. He was a dedicated employee who held positions at Albion Correctional Facility and Kodak. Peter was a Broker and owned Peter L. Patterson Reality. Peter was a loving husband, father, grandfather. He also loved reading, the computer and “The Farm.” Peter is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Patterson and Mable (Smith) Patterson; step-mother, Diane Patterson; his sisters Roberta Kankiewicz and Tracey Wheeler; nephew, Jon Patterson; and niece, Rebecca Patterson. He is survived by his wife, Carole; sons: Reed Patterson, Wade Patterson, David (Gregory) Patterson, Ross (Kristin) Patterson and John (Jennifer) Patterson; grandchildren: Benjamin Patterson, Alana Patterson, MacKenzie Patterson, Sophia Patterson, Nathanial Patterson and Alessandra Patterson; siblings Donna (Hugh) Gale, Tom Patterson, Roger (Denise) Patterson, Rick (Sue) Patterson, Diane (Bob) Millett and Dawn Patterson; many nieces and nephews; close friends, Peter Kage, Chris Spence, Jean and Barb Reidel, Sandy and Jack Robison, Bob, Lynn and Eric Widger, Elaine and Gordon (deceased) Walker, Craig and Debbie Platter, Toni and Joyce Palarmo. There were no prior calling hours. Peter’s life will be celebrated on Sat., March 3, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Gaines Congregational Church, 14023 Ridge Rd. (near Route 279), Albion, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hoag Library, 134 S. Main St., Albion, NY 14411. Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Peter, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

With sadness, his family shares the passing of Roland (Rollie) Allen Sanford on Feb. 21, 2018, at age 97. His beloved wife, Elma, who predeceased him in 2005, shared his wonderful life. He is survived by his three children: Darryl (Carol), of Albion and their children, Brian (Beth), Steven (Stefanie), and Laura (Bill); Rebecca (Karl) of Virginia; and their children: Erik, Ryan (Lauren), Kristen (James), and Scott (Julie) of Albion and their children, Roland Allen and Bradley. Big Grampy also will be missed by his eight great-grandchildren: Anna, Alexandra, William, Dorissa, Sara, Jack, Max and Colton. One of four siblings, Rollie was born in 1920 in Waterport, N.Y., the son of Tracey Ellsworth Sanford and Edith Paulina (Allen) Sanford. He attended Waterport Schools and, following graduation, pursued farming, eventually moving with his family to a 75-acre farm on Gaines Basin Road, Albion. In his late 20s, Roland entered Brockport State Teacher’s College, where he met his future wife, Elma Henderson, of Holley, N.Y. He earned a Masters in Education from New York University and attended The University of Buffalo. Teaching American History in the Albion High School, many students remember him as a kind and respected mentor. Later, Roland became a professor of education at Brockport State University and supervised student teachers in area schools. With his wife, Rollie enjoyed collecting antiques and refurbishing them, and he loved to read, particularly history and biography. He loved animals, and always had a dog to keep him company. For nearly 50 years, he and Elma were extremely active in the Albion United Methodist Church. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be on Sat., May 5, 2018, at 11:00am at the Northpoint Chapel (former First United Methodist Church), 19 N. Platt St., Albion. Memorials may be made to the Hoag Library, 134 S. Main St., Albion, NY 14411 or the First United Methodist Church, 26 S. Main St., Albion, NY 14411. Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Rollie, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Mrs. Bettie Jean Stawicki, of the Town of Ridgeway, passed away and went to be with the Lord on Feb. 12, 2018, at her home. Mrs. Stawicki was born in Olcott on Dec. 21, 1933, a daughter of the late Edward and Marjorie (Perkins) Maynard. A graduate of L.A. Webber High School, she was employed as a secretary by Harrison Radiator for many years and retired from Delphi Thermal Systems. Following retirement, she graduated from Medaille College where she earned a Master’s Degree. She then worked part time for the Arc of Orleans. She was a lifelong resident of the area, a member of East Shelby Community Bible Church and loved her family and animals. Survivors include two children, Michael (Tricia) Stawicki and Marjorie (Carl) Arnett; three grandchildren: Jeremy Arnett, Jennifer Arnett and Ashley Stawicki; her brother William (Marilyn) Maynard of Lyndonville; two sisters, Merry (the Rev. Vincent) Iorio of Medina and Teresa (Albert) Benson of Spencerport; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of nearly 60 years, Thomas Stawicki, on Aug. 31, 2014; brother Eugene Maynard; and sister Barbara Ann Johnson. There were no prior calling hours. A graveside service will be held at Bates Road Cemetery in the spring. Memorials may be made to Friends of the Orleans County Animal Shelter, Inc. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

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Eric James Thomson
, 59, of Albion, died suddenly Feb. 16, 2018.  He was born Nov. 10, 1958, in Lackawanna, N.Y., a son of the late James Mahoney and Jeanne Marie (Skinner) Thomson. Eric served in the US Navy and lived in this area since 1993. He was a former employee of S.U.N.Y at Brockport. He is survived by his wife, Lori; children, Jared Thomson of Albion, Christin Thomson and Jeremi Thomson both of Spencerport; three grandchildren; and his sister, Lisa Thomson of Hamburg. Services and interment were private. Memorials may be made to the Orleans County Joint Veterans Council, 13996 Route 31 West, Albion, NY 14411. Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Eric, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Camille Lynn Wells, of Medina, died suddenly on Feb. 19, 2018, at her home. Camille was born in Medina on June 25, 1977, a daughter of Jerry and Pamela (Dunn) Brower. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1995 and Genesee Community College, she was employed as a dispatcher for Regional Transit Services Orleans. Camille enjoyed fishing derbies with her husband, Todd. They never missed any of her children’s sporting events. She loved pets, especially her dogs, Sampson, Ellie May and Max. Survivors include her husband, Todd; children: Sgt. Evan Wells, serving with the U.S. Army Rangers in Afghanistan, Dustin Wells, Kalvin Packer and Ryan Packer; her parents, Jerry and Pamela Brower; sisters, Amanda Soliday and Melissa (Matthew) Ostrowski; paternal grandmother, Evelyn Brower; her mother and father-in-law, Janice and David Wells; brothers and sisters-in-law; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Relatives and friends attended her Celebration of Life Service on Sat., Feb. 24, 2018, at the Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Road, Medina. Pastor Daniel Thurber officiated. Arrangements are being completed through Cooper Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to PAWS, 3371 Gaines Basin Rd., Albion, NY 14411. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

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