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Obituaries


Charles L. “Chuck” Beach age 91, passed away Dec. 4, 2022 at Unity Hospital.  He was born Sept. 26, 1931 in Brookfield, NY, a son of the late Frank and Mary (York) Beach and had lived in this area most of his life. Chuck served in the US Army during Korea.  He was a dairy farmer and owned and operated Char-Joy Farms for many years, after raising cows he raised goats.  Chuck square danced for over 25 years and was a member of the Batavia Silver Stars.  He enjoyed gardening and traveling; he visited 18 states on one trip. In addition to his parents, Chuck was predeceased by his wife Joyce; brother Eugene; sisters Clara Corbin, Anna Mary Beach; step-daughter Rhonda Yingling. He is survived by his loving companion of 32 years, Arlene Kirkwood; his son Peter (Maureen) Beach; daughters Paula (James) Dresser, Patricia O’Hara, Peggy Beach; grandchildren Christine, Julie, Andrew, Cynthia, Adam, Sara, Kaitlyn, Christopher, Ryan, Rebecca; 21 great-grandchildren; step-daughter Crystal Yingling as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31 Holley on Wed., Dec. 14th1:00pm-3:00pm where his Memorial Service will be at 3:00pm followed by Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the organization of one’s choice. To share a special memory of Chuck, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Mary Jeanne Bowin, of Albion, died on Mon., Dec. 5, 2022. She was born in Medina on March 6, 1934 and was the daughter of Francis and Jean O’Brien. Mary Jeanne graduated from Medina High School in 1952 and went on to attend Buffalo State College and Brockport State, graduating in 1956. She taught primary school in Kenmore and Gasport for 28 years, retiring in 1991. Mary Jeanne is survived by her husband, Roger Bowin of Albion; children, Dr. John (Jennifer) Bowin of California and Amy (Andrew) Douglass of Chicago; and three grandchildren, Sara Bowin, Adeline Douglass and Eleanor Douglass. She was predeceased by her son, Mark E. Bowin in 2014; and brother, Edward O’Brien in 2011. At her request, there will be no calling hours. Burial will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

Everett H. “Skip” Coon, was received into the arms of his Savior on Mon., Dec. 5, 2022 at the age of 90. He was born on Sep. 30, 1932 in Westerly, Rhode Island, a son of the late Walter Coon and Beatrice (Hunt) Coon. Mr. Coon married the former Phyllis Sue Jewell on Dec. 18, 1971. The couple had two daughters and resided in Wyoming, NY for more than 40 years. In 1973 Mr. Coon graduated from the Elohim Bible Institute. Mr. Coon worked as a lineman for National Fuel Gas, retiring in 1995 following 30 years of service. A man of strong faith, Mr. Coon was a member of the East Shelby Community Bible Church. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed biking. Mr. Coon was also an avid letter writer, enjoyed photography and reading history books, magazines and especially the Bible. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of over 50 years, Sue Coon; daughters, Sue Ellen (Ben) Clark and Amy (Levi) Olsen; four grandchildren, Natalia, Elise, Lillian and Josiah Olsen; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by six siblings, Walter Coon, Susan Mosseau, Bernie Campbell, Grace Coon, Herb Coon and Beverly “Belle” McCarthy.  A memorial service was held on Thurs., Dec. 8 at 5PM at the East Shelby Community Bible Church, 5278 E. Shelby Rd., Medina, NY 14103. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com   

Margaret S. “Maggie” Dick, age 88, died Dec. 7, 2022 in the Orchard Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.  She was born Jan. 18, 1934 in Aberdeen, Scotland to Alec and Margaret (Summers) Duncan and had lived in this area since 1976. Maggie was a member of the Albion 1st Presbyterian Church, the Albion Lodge #1006 BPO Elks, and was a hostess at McDonalds for many years.  She enjoyed golfing, crocheting but enjoyed her family most of all…in particular, her grandchildren.  Mrs. Dick was predeceased by her husband William, a son William “Billy” James Dick, and several brothers and one sister. She is survived by her son: John “Jack” (Susan) Dick of Albion, two grandchildren: Kevin Dick, Jeffrey (Emma) Dick and a great grandson Atreus Dick. There will be no calling hours.  Family and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Service MON., Dec. 12 at 11 am.  Private interment at the convenience of the family will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the MS Society, 1000 Elmwood Ave #900, Rochester, NY, 14620.  Maggie’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home of Albion. To share a special memory of Maggie, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Marguerite Ann Dixon, age 86, died unexpectedly on Dec. 5, 2022. She was born June 15, 1936 in Albion to the late William and Eugenia (Maxon) Sullivan. Marguerite was a 1954 graduate of Albion High School. She owned and operated Marguerite Dixon Photography for many years and was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary with the Sheret Post#35 American Legion in Albion. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Ralph in 2013, sisters, Delona Ferguson, Ellen Jean Pickett and daughter-in-law, Sue Dixon. Marguerite is survived by her children Michael Seaver, Vicki Juckett, Donna (Ralph) Halladay, Noreen Dixon, Peter Dixon, Robert (Ann) Finewood. grandchildren, Anthony Edgerly, Justin (Amanda) Dixon, Barry Juckett, Melissa Warney, Tobias Halladay, Samantha Halladay, Dylan Dixon, Jordan (Matthew) Gawne, great grandchildren, Chelsea (Archie) Deihl, A.J. Edgerly, Taylor Edgerly, Tyler Dixon, Jackson Dixon, Grayson Gawne, sister, Mary DeLawyer, brother-in-law, Robert Michael Ferguson, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Marguerite’s family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home 21 West Ave. Albion, NY 14411 on Mon., Dec. 12th from 11:00-1:00pm where her funeral service will be held at 1:00pm. Interment will be held in Mt. Albion Cemetery. To share a special memory of Marguerite, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Diana Dudley, age 88, died unexpectedly Dec. 3, 2022 in her home.  She was born May 27, 1934 in Cortland to Russell and Margaret (Gilchrist) Dudley.  She grew up in Lyons and had lived in this area since 1965.  Diana was a member of the Pullman Memorial Universalist Church of Albion where she served as Treasurer and long-time musician playing the organ and piano as well as her guitar.  She was a dedicated Democrat and walked this earth as an embodiment of a Good Samaritan…as she would help anyone in need and as a positive person…always, with a smile.  Ms. Dudley was predeceased by her parents, her sister Priscilla, her daughter Holly and her former husband Luther Robinson. She is survived by her sons: Mark Robinson and Eric Robinson, her brother Hugh Dudley, her sister Vicky Dudley, 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and beloved friend: Don Olsowki. There will be no calling hours.  Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Diana’s life SUN., DEC. 11, 2022 at 2 pm in the Pullman Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 E. Park Street, Albion, NY, 14411.  Interment in Mt. Albion Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to her church.  Diana’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home of Albion.  A link to watch her Celebration of Life via Livestream will be posted on her Facebook page.  To share a special memory of Diana, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Frank E. Hill- Albion: 73, passed away peacefully Dec. 3, 2022, after complications from surgery.  Frank was born May 7, 1949, in Syracuse, NY and was son to the late Frederick and Felice (Hagberg) Hill.  Frank served in the United States Army and was a proud veteran.  His greatest love was his children and grandchildren whom he spoke about freely and often.  If you knew Frank, you knew all about his family. Frank is survived by his children Michael (Joelle) Hill, and Alli (Christian) Argentieri. Grandchildren Ethan, Caleb, Evelyn, Phoebe, Jocelyn, and Julian.  Siblings Sandy (Mark) Kidwell, Patty (Rich) Bondi, and Ken Hill, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Frank’s family will receive friends at the Fowler Funeral Home: 340 West Ave, Brockport on Sat., Dec. 10th from 9-11am with a service to follow.  Interment will be held at the Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his name to the Veterans Outreach Center.

Mary “Beth” Johnson, 80, passed away peacefully Dec. 1, 2022.  She was born July 24, 1942, in Rochester the daughter of the late Mary & Frank Voelkl. Beth was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Holley and the Clarendon Lions Club. She was a former employee of Westside Health, Action for a Better Community and the Holley Community Free Library.  Beth volunteered for many organizations including Genesee Country Village, BSA Den Leader, MCB12 Reunion Support and Holley Community Center.  Beth would be there to help anyone in need.  “Beth was Beth”. Beth is survived by her husband and best friend or 40 years, Kevin Johnson; daughter, Dawn Marie (Scott) Callaghan, son, Andrew Johnson; grandchildren, Sarah, Dan, Brian, Grace, Dillion and God Child, Theresa, and cat Hazel. Beth’s Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Mary’s Church, 9 S. Main St. Holley on Wed., Dec. 7, at 10:00am.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Beth’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, 16650 State Route 31, Holley. To share a special memory of Beth, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Beverly A. Kludt, age 88, died Dec. 2, 2022 in Strong Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.  She was born Feb. 11, 1934 in Albion to Clayton and Grace (Clack) Reamer and was a life-long resident of this area. Bev was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church-Kendall since 1952, a lifetime member of the Kendall Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary, and enjoyed golfing, crocheting, knitting, baking and music.  However, she received her greatest joy from her family.  Mrs. Kludt was predeceased by her husband Harold Kludt. She is survived by her two children: Cheryl (Tom) Cole of Kendall, Gary (Linda) Kludt of Kendall, 3 sisters: Barb (Rudy) Kludt of Kendall, Sharon (Don) Wright of Brockport, Brenda (Don) Canaway of Brockport, 4 grandchildren: Matt (Jill ) Kludt, Lisa (Russ) Levett, Katie (Biagio) Zarcone, Bradley (Brooke) Cole, six great-grandchildren: Grace, Evan, William, Addison, Lily, Liam as well as several nieces and nephews. There will be no calling hours.  Family and friends are invited to attend Bev’s Funeral Service on Sat., Dec. 10 beginning at 11:00 am in Concordia Lutheran Church, 1769 Kendall Rd., Kendall, NY, 14476.  Interment will be in Beechwood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church or the Kendall Fire Department, 1879 Kendall Rd., Kendall, NY, 14476.  Bev’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home of Holley.  To share a special memory of Bev, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Lisa McEwen-Smith passed away peacefully in her Montana home on Nov. 26, 2022.  Lisa was the daughter of William and the late Cecelia (Hoffman) Feldman of Lyndonville.  She grew up on the family farm and acquired a love of animals, especially dogs.  She graduated from Lyndonville High School and went on to St. Bonaventure University.  She was a talented graphic designer and spent time in her career at Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Nobel Learning. She was married to the late Steve McEwen during her time in Philadelphia. She enjoyed gardening and was a great cook, like her mother. She shared her passion for cooking with friends and family.  She later married Ed Smith, and they enjoyed building a home and cabin, and hiking together in Montana for many years. Survivors include her husband, Ed; father, William; sister, Claire (Ed) Salvatore; brother, Timothy (Tina) Feldman; nieces, Emily Salvatore (Tyler Bull), Valerie Salvatore (Chris Hertel), Margaret (Andrew Hydock) Feldman , Elizabeth Feldman, and Abigail Feldman; in-laws Frances Muldoon, Fran (Dan) Tozzi, Sheila Smith Garrity, Andrew (Beth) Smith; nieces Meghan, Deirdre, Bridget, Stephanie and Kelly; nephews Ed and Christopher from the Smith family and also several loving members of the McEwen family. A memorial mass in celebration of her life will be held on Wed., Dec. 28, 2022 at 11:00 am at St. Joseph’s Church, 36 Lake Ave. Lyndonville, NY.  Donations in her memory may be made to your local animal shelter.

David W. Moore, age 78, passed away Dec. 6, 2022, due to a long battle with cancer. He was born Oct. 22, 1944, in Clarendon to the late Cecil and Jessie (Davis) Moore. Dave’s greatest love was time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was proud to come from a large family and he also created a large family with his wife of over 52 years, Rebecca “Hannah”. Dave was an avid Cleveland Browns and New York Yankees fan and proud of his Canadian heritage. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his siblings, Cecil, Ron, Kip, Zola Smith, Colleen Sauro and many other family members. David is survived by his loving wife Rebecca “Hannah”, children, Carmen (Wes) Sabo, Kathy Benoit, Debbie Saddewasser, Darlene (Dan) Orbaker, Jason (Tracy) Moore, Cecil Moore, grandchildren, Lee, Tyler, Amanda, Andrea, Colton, Caleb, Joshua, David, Brandon, Jake, Connor, Brendan, Dillan, Gavin, Tavish, great-grandchildren, Leland, Cameron, Leah, Lucas, Ada, Colin, Amelia, Leland, Liam, Riley, Rowan, siblings, Robert Moore, Frieda Sabo, Vera Kingdollar, Betty Fulks, Bernice Smith, Sandy Kozlowski, many other family members, nieces, nephews and cousins. Services for David will be held privately by invitation only. Memorial contributions in David’s name may be made to a local fire department of your choice. David’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home of Holley, NY.

Joyce R. Richey, age 93, died Dec. 3, 2022 in the Lockport Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was born March 26, 1929 in Lockport to Emmet and Laura (Sewold) Reynolds and was a life-long resident of this area.  Joyce loved knitting, reading and watching Wheel of Fortune.  Mrs. Richey was predeceased by her husband Robert, and her sons: Michael, Robert and Thomas Conley as well as her sisters and a brothes. She is survived by her step sons: Robert (Rose) Richey, William Richey. step daughter Charlene Richey,  a daughter-in-law: Judith Swanson as well as several nieces and nephews. Per her wishes, there will be no visitation.  Service and interment in Sandy Creek Cemetery will be private.  Joyce’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Sherrie Bream Funeral Home of Gasport.  To share a special memory of Joyce, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Donald F. Ryan, 89, passed away Dec. 4, 2022, in the arms of his daughter.  Don was born March 20, 1933, a son of the late Franklin and Mabel Ryan.  Mr. Ryan was the oldest active member of the Holley Fire Department, Fire Police and Fire Marshall.  Don served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.  He enjoyed working on his farm and taking care of the waterfowl, of which each one had a name.  He also treasured his dogs.  Don’s greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren. Don was predeceased by his loving wife of 66 years, Darl (Gillette) Ryan, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sandy & George Bower, nephew, Edwin Bower and siblings, jerry, Betty, Russell, Fredy and Lucille Ryan. Survived by his son, Kevin (Elaine) Ryan of Holley; daughter, Kelly Ryan Valente of Batavia; grandchildren, LeeAnna (Dan) SanFilippo, Nicholas (Carmen) Valente, Jesse (Ashleigh) Valente; great-grandchildren, Ryan SanFilippo, Michael Vito Valente, Josefina Lynn Valente, Salina Rose Valente; several nieces, nephews, cousins. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, 16650 Route 31, Holley, NY., on Sun., Dec. 11, from 1:00-4:00pm followed by his funeral service at the funeral home at 4:00pm.  Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in the spring with military honors. Memorials may be made to the Holley fire Dept. 7 Thomas St. Holley, NY 14470.

Judy K. Schultz, 72, went to be with our Lord Dec. 6, 2022.  She was born Oct. 17, 1950 in Medina the daughter of the late Elmer G and Emily Ann (Schilling) Schultz.  Judy graduated from Royalton Hartland Central School and then graduated from Genesee State College and Brockport State with her Teacher Certificate.  She was a beloved Kindergarten teacher at Barker Elementary School for 31 years. Judy was a member and played the organ at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Lyndonville Busy Buddies and Johnson Creek Seniors and the NYS Retired Teachers Association.  After retirement Judy volunteered at the Dale Center in Lockport.  Judy loved spending time with her family, traveling, dogs and keeping up on her former students lives. Judy is survived by her sisters, Donna (Dennis) Besco of Gasport, Nina (Patrick) Smith of Naples; nieces and nephews, Jennifer (Robert) McAndrew, Jason, (Sue Porter) Besco, Colleen (Jon) Betrus and Justin Smith; great-nieces & nephews, Emily Branch, Allison Branch, Jacob Betrus, Connor Betrus and Robert McAndrew; several cousins and lifelong friends. The family will receive friends at Holy Cross Lutheran Church on Sat., Dec. 10, from 11:00-12:00, followed by Judy’s funeral service at the church.  Private interment will be in Royalton Mountain Ridge Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Niagara County SPCA, 2100 Lockport Rd., Niagara Falls, NY 14304 or the Holy Cross Lutheran Church 133 Telegraph Rd. Middleport, NY 14105. Judy’s arrangements are entrusted to Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St. Middleport. To share a special memory of Judy, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Lois A. Wadhams of King, NC went to be with the Lord on December 3rd.  She was born in 1933 in Pikeville, KY to Zera (Conley) and Lundy Adams.  She moved to this area in the 1950’s where she met and married Benjamin Wadhams from Holley in 1960.  Wayne (Kelly) arrived a few years later and the three of them moved to Carlton in 1966.  Vonda and Doyle (Pamela) came along soon thereafter.  In addition to her parents, Lois was predeceased by her husband Ben and several siblings, Joyce (John) Klopp, Robert Adams, Julene (John) Weddington and Joann Stratton.  Along with her children, left to cherish Lois’s memory are sisters Gladys, Patricia (James) Lorentz and Garnet (Bud) Moore, Sister-in-law Dot Adams, brother-in-law Glenn Stratton, grandchildren Kelsey (Aaron) Yantz, Ben, Emma, Noah, Molly Wadhams, great-grandchild Theo Yantz as well as nieces, nephews and friends. Lois will miss doing water aerobics at the YMCA in King, NC and working in her yard. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff at Supportive Care of Orleans who provided loving comfort and care to Lois and all of us over the last few weeks. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21 W. Ave. Albion Sun., Dec. 11th 12:00pm-2:00pm where her Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00pm.  Burial will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery. To share a special memory of Lois please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

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