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Obituaries


Joan J. Cherry, age 92, entered into rest February 17, 2024 at Absolut Care in Gasport.  She was born February 7, 1932 in Royalton to the late Charles and Esther (Brewer) Criswell. After graduating from Akron Central Schools, she was a beautician and owned her own salon in Akron, and later ran Criswell Insurance Co. with her husband.  In her free time, Joan enjoyed painting, gardening and sewing.  In earlier years, she was a very active member of the East Shelby Community Bible Church.  In addition to her parents, Joan was predeceased by her husband Richard Cherry, brother Charles Criswell and niece Sue Ann Criswell. Joan is survived by her sisters-in-law: Doris Criswell and Irene Cherry, niece Karen (Thomas) Hopkins, nephew Brian (Jackie) Criswell, great nieces and nephews:  Stacey (Matt) Johnston, Becky (TJ) Rudz, Katie (Logan) LaFave, Andy (Mary) Criswell, Aaron Criswell (Kayla) and Tyler Criswell (Danielle), great-great nieces and nephews: Ainsley, Jayson and Emmett as well as many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Joan’s family will receive friends at the East Shelby Community Bible Church, 5278 E. Shelby Rd-Medina, on Saturday March 2nd from 10-11am where her Memorial Service will follow at 11am.  Interment will be in Huskey Cemetery with her husband. Memorial contributions in Joan’s name, may be made to the Wolcottsville Fire Co., 6337 Wolcottsville Rd., Akron, NY, 14001 or to the church.  Joan’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Sherrie Bream Funeral Home of Gasport.  To share a special memory of Joan, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Charles J. Eaton, age 81, of Medina, better known to many as “Uncle Chuck”, passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 17, 2024. He was born in Medina on April 7, 1942, a son of the late Chester and Sybil (Bowen) Eaton. Chuck was raised on Murdock Road, where he attended a one room schoolhouse. He graduated from Medina High School in the class of 1960 and went on to earn a business degree from Bryant & Stratton College. Chuck married his beloved wife, Bonnie on September 2, 1967. He worked for many years for El Ray Industries in Alden and later worked as a case worker for the ARC of Orleans, where he eventually retired from, a job he thoroughly enjoyed. Chuck was a longtime member of the Medina chapter of the Sons of the American Legion, Butts-Clark Post #204. He was a proud and active member who served as Commander for many years, until his resignation just recently. Chuck loved coaching women’s softball for many years and umpired for little league baseball. He played in the euchre leagues, enjoyed golfing and playing horseshoes. Known to have a green thumb, Chuck was proud of his many flower gardens and vegetable garden. He also enjoyed spending time at his family cottage on Lake Ontario. Chuck loved a good Manhattan, “Some better than others, but never had a bad one”.  He will be remembered as a kind and thoughtful man and will be missed by his family and many friends alike. Chuck was predeceased by his wife, Bonnie Eaton in 2019; and siblings, Jane (Donald) Crandall, Clinton “Bill” (Sarah) Eaton and Winnie Johnson. Left to cherish his memory are his children, Donald (Tammi) Pritchard of Medina; Lisa (Paul) Miller of Oakfield, Jill Eaton of Medina and Michael (Melissa) Eaton of Clarence; grandchildren, Amanda Fitzwater, Jordan (Brett) Grollmes, Kelly Pritchard, Breanna Eaton, Jacob Miller, Gavin Eaton, Olivia Eaton, Tyler Raduns and Hailey Heimback; great-grandchildren, Patrick, Savanah, Adeline, Zoey and Ava; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Charlie. A Celebration of Uncle Chuck’s Life will be held on Saturday, March 9 starting at 4PM at the Sacred Heart Club, 189 N. Gravel Rd., Medina, NY 14103. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to ARC GLOW at www.arcglow.org. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com. 

Rev. Joseph G. Fifagrowicz, February 17, 2024, at age 86. Loving son of the late George and Anna; dear brother of Emily (late Arthur) Czajkowski and the late Josephine (John) Czajkowski, Angeline (Stefan) Toman, Helen Fifagrowicz, Adolph Fifagrowicz and Theresa (Raymond) Sedor; also survived by nieces and nephews. Visitation at the KOLANO FUNERAL HOME, 396 Amherst St. (near Grant) Tuesday, February 20th, from 2-7PM. Rev. Fifagrowicz will lie in state Wednesday morning from 10:30-11:30AM at Assumption R.C. Church, 435 Amherst St., where a concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:30AM. The Most Reverend Michael W. Fisher, Bishop of Buffalo, will be the principal celebrant. Interment St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Fr. Joe, was ordained into the priesthood, March 17, 1962. He served as pastor of numerous parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, including Medina, NY. Fr. Joe also served as chaplain, at Sisters Hospital. Please share your online condolences @ www.KolanoFuneralHome.com

Genevieve “Jean” Karls, age 95, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2024 surrounded by her family. She was born September 20, 1928 in Albion to the late Valentine and Wanda (Bloom) Marks. Jean was a longtime member of Holy Family Parish - St. Joseph’s Church where she helped with the bereavement committee and also served as Eucharistic Minister. She truly enjoyed cooking, traveling and tending to her flowers. Jean also liked to hang out with her friends at the senior citizen events and go to her breakfast club at Subway. Going to any event that Office For the Aging was holding helped her socialize and keep busy. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Chet and siblings, Leonard Marks and Margaret Jaworski. Jean is survived by her son, Bruce (Cindy) Karls, grandson Marc Karls, as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Jean’s family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home 21 West Ave. Albion, NY 14411 on Tuesday, February 20th from 4:00-6:00pm. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Church W. Park St. Albion, NY 14411 on Wednesday at 10:00am. Interment will follow at Mt. Albion Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Jean’s name may be made to Hospice of Orleans, 14080 Route 31 Albion, NY 14411 or Office For the Aging 14016 Route 31 Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Jean, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Maxime “Mickey” Pilon, age 81, died February 18, 2024 at home following a long illness.  He was born October 16, 1942 in Albion to Arnold and Florence (Campbell) Pilon and was a life-long resident of this area. Mickey was known as the guy in a cowboy hat and boots, perhaps the store butcher, or Mr. Elk but, mostly “Mickey”.  Mr. Pilon was predeceased by his parents: Bud and Florence and his sister-in-law: Marilyn Pilon. He is survived by his wife Molly, his stepdaughter: Jennifer (Dan) Harding, his grandsons: Derek, Aidan, and Payton, his brothers: Dick (Sibyl) Pilon, Bill (Linda Fraser) Pilon, Jim (Geri) Pilon as well as many nieces, nephews and 2 special friends: Brian and Carol. Mickey’s calling hours and a Celebration of his life will be announced at a later time.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Hospice of Orleans, 14080 Rt. 31 W, Albion, NY, 14411 or the Elks National Foundation, 2750 N. Lakeview Ave, Chicago, IL, 60614-2256.  Mickey’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home of Albion. To share a special memory of Mickey, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Wendy A. Sanders, age 59, passed away February 19, 2024 surrounded by her loving family.   She was born October 13, 1964, in Brockport a daughter of Doris (Smith) and the late Bernell Moyer and had lived in this area all of her life. Wendy was very handy and enjoyed doing home improvement projects; roofing, tiling and painting to name a few.  She also enjoyed playing bingo, but most importantly she loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren, whom she adored. In addition to her father, she was predeceased by her grandson Hudson and father-in-law Leroy Sanders. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 39 years, Mike; sons Michael (Ashley) Sanders II, Matthew (Nicole) Sanders; grandchildren Stryker, Sutton, Storm, Steele, Michael, Haydyn, Paysen, Brooklyn, Kinsley, Colesen; siblings Bubby (Yvette) Moyer, Wanda (Eric) Wells, Amanda Moyer, Sandy (Ray) Flugel, Sherry (Mark) Montanari, Shelly (Paul) Johnson, Marty (Krissy) Sanders; mother-in-law Pat Sanders as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. There are no prior calling hours.  A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the Albion Elks Lodge 428 W. State, Albion, NY 14411 this Saturday February 24 at 3:00pm.  Interment at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 500 Chicago, Illinois 60611. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Albion. To share a memory of Wendy, visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Keith M. Scharping, 91, of Gasport, husband of the late Clara Mae Scharping, entered into rest suddenly on Friday, February 16th, 2024. Born on September 21st, 1932, in the Town of Ridgeway to the late Charles and Ethel (Nee Morton) Scharping. Keith was a production worker retiring from Lyndonville Canning Co. He enjoyed playing pool, Ping-Pong, reading, and movies. His most important thing in life was his family. Keith enjoyed spending time with them all and made each individual member of his family feel like they were the most important and the favorite. Surviving are his children, Pamela Leiter (Steve), Peggy (Mike) Caleb, Patty Carpenter (Todd Flynn), and Charles (Linette) Scharping; his sister, Charlene (Joseph) Kozlowski; a daughter-in-law, Emma Scharping; his grandchildren, Bradd Scharping, Jesse (Kristie) Leiter, Michael (Jennifer) Wolkonowski, Joshua (Janelle) Wolkonowski, Jacob (Martha) Scharping, Brandi Scharping, Daniel Cooke, Christina Walsh, Edward Scharping, Rachel Scharping, Hannah Scharping, Sarah Scharping, Jenna (Tre) Allport, Kali Scharping, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, also survived by a special family friend Mark Colton. Keith is predeceased by his oldest son, Keith M. Scharping Jr.; his siblings, Vesta Scharping, Donald (Beverly) Scharping, and George (Joan) Scharping. Services will be held privately at the convenience of his family. Arrangements entrusted to Bogan and Tuttle Funeral Home. Please visit www.boganandtuttle.com

Joanne M. Zimmerman, 94, of Medina, died on Friday, February 16, 2024 surrounded by her loving family at the Medina Memorial Hospital-North Wing Skilled Nursing Facility. Joanne was born in Medina on August 21, 1929. A daughter of the late Joseph and Ervanna (Bowen) Menke, Joanne, alongside her older sister, Flora Linda, grew up on West Center Street. She graduated from Medina High School and went on to earn a nursing degree from the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Joanne worked as a Registered Nurse at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and moved home to Medina after she met the love of her life, John E. “Jack” Zimmerman. The couple were wed on June 28, 1952 at St. Mary’s R.C. Church. Together they raised eight children in the home that her grandparents built on West Center Street, located just across the street from her own childhood home. Once her youngest child was in school, she returned to nursing and retired from Medina Memorial Hospital in 1991. Friends and family remember Joanne as the mother they wish they had. Joanne’s West Center Street home was a hub of activity, a gathering place for all of her children’s friends. Whether setting an additional place at the dining table, a sleepover, or summertime at the family cottage on Lake Ontario, Joanne was at the center of every activity. The congregation at St. Mary’s Church will remember the Zimmermans trapsing into church each Sunday to sit in front of the pulpit as Father delivered the weekly message. The older children may remember the early years at the cottage with weekly Sunday sailboat races, where Joanne was the hostess behind the scenes. Summertime at the cottage meant baths in the lake, heating water on the stove and no TV. Summer never began until Joanne’s sister, Flora Linda, arrived with her family from California for a visit. Even though she lived her entire life within a three-block radius, it was in 1970 that she and Jack took to the road, taking the entire family on a summer vacation around the United States with ten people in a nine-passenger station wagon with a seventeen-foot travel trailer in tow. She made a traditional family dinner every night, which was more like a banquet for ten. Every birthday was a holiday, and every holiday was a special time for a family celebration. Though Joanne was not a fan of the cold, she enjoyed driving her children to Gallagher’s Hill for sledding and participating in ice boating on Glenwood Lake. She only ventured into Lake Ontario once a summer for her annual swim. Grandchildren will remember her watching them swim, bonfires at the lake, her sense of community and the life lessons she imparted on them. While raising her large family, Joanne also had an active social life through her sorority, bridge club and Coterie with friends known as the Dutch Treat Crowd. Although anxious when put on the spot or in the spotlight, Joanne was often a behind the scenes instigator of practical jokes, mischief and other merriment without parallel. She will be dearly missed. Joanne was predeceased by her husband, John E. Zimmerman 2004; and son, Robert A. Zimmerman 1992. Survivors include her children, John E. (Christine) Zimmerman, F. Linda Knipe, Joseph (Carol) Zimmerman, Mary (Thomas) Robinson, Phillip (Connie) Zimmerman, Joanne A. Zimmerman and Carl (Sally) Zimmerman; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Flora Linda Sardina; many nieces and nephews; and several dogs and grand-dogs. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 4-7PM at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, NY 14103. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 11AM at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Mary’s Church, 211 Eagle St., Medina. Interment will follow in Boxwood Cemetery. Following the services, the family would like to invite everyone to join them at the Sacred Heart Club, 189 N. Gravel Rd., Medina, for a funeral luncheon and Celebration of Joanne’s Life, where the sharing of memories and stories by family and friends will be encouraged. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Orleans Community Health Foundation at www.supportoch.org, the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org or to a charity of choice. Please share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

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