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Obituaries

Barbara J. (McKee) Bernard, 80, of Middleport passed away July 23, 2020 while under the loving care of her family and Niagara Hospice.  Barbara was born May 9, 1940 in Middleport, a daughter of the late Earl and Lena (Koester) McKee. Barbara was a secretary and graduate of Royalton Hartland High School. She was a member of Holy Trinity Parish-St. Stephen’s Church. Barbara retired in 1998 from GM after 30 years of service. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, painting and playing cards.  Barbara loved spending time with her family. She was predeceased by her husband Lawrence “Frank” Bernard Jr.; siblings: Warren, Darwin, Jerry, Charles Mckee, and Shirley Brinley. She is survived by her children: Daniel (Linda) Bernard and Shari (Donald Jr.) Heschke; grandchildren: Jeremy (Sara) Bernard, Emily (Eric) Lunde, Tristan, Ian and Casidhe; great-grandchildren: Lucy, Reagan, Hattie and Whit Lunde, Henry, Quinn and Maren Bernard; sisters, Virginia Thaxter and Audrey Warner; sisters-in-law: Marilyn, Barbara and Barbara McKee; brother-in-law, Richard Brinley; several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family received friends at the Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport on Mon., July 27. Barbara’s Mass of Christian Burial was held at Holy Trinity Parish-St. Stephen’s Church, 19 Vernon St., Middleport, on Tue., July 28.  Interment was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094 or Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, P.O. Box 631, Buffalo, NY 14240 or to the church. To share a special memory of Barbara, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Arlene M. (Campbell) Bowen, 84, of Clarendon died July 27, 2020 at Orchard Manor Nursing Home.  She was born Dec. 29, 1935 in Ogdensburg, NY a daughter of the late Alfred and Irene (White) Campbell and had lived in this area since 1943. Arlene was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Church in Holley.  She wrote a book of poems and loved doing ceramics, crafts, sewing, reading, baking, cake decorating. Arlene was a very loving, devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to everyone. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brothers: Everett (Letha), Gerald (Edith), Frank; sister June (John) Rooney.  She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Lewis; children: Charlotte (Gary) Trumble, James (Joy) Bowen, Sherry Williams; grandchildren: Shannon (Chuck), Jennifer, Heather, Wendy (Robert), David (Kristin), Amanda (Shane), Joseph (Melinda); 18 great-grandchildren with 1 on the way; brothers: Arden (Tina) Campbell, Marie Elphic, John (Kathy) Campbell, William (Kathy) Campbell; brothers and sisters-in-law: Norman (Vickie) Bowen, Sam Interlicchia, Harold (Jackie) Bowen, Jane (Wayne) Robinson, Janet Dennis, Debbie Roe; as well as many nieces nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 16650 State Rte. 31, Holley, NY 14470 Fri., Aug. 14 4-7 p.m.  Her Mass of Christian Burial will be Sat., Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church.  Please note that all guests entering the funeral home or church, will be required to wear a face mask.  Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s of WNY, 6215 Sheridan Dr. Suite 100, Buffalo, NY 14221.  To share a special memory of Arlene, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Kenneth Morris Brien, 56, of Holley died July 22, 2020 in his home following a short illness.  He was born Nov. 15, 1963 in Brockport to Robert and Patricia (Hayes) Brien and had lived in this area most of his life.  Ken worked for the Gary DeFillips Construction Company as a trim carpenter.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and was a very social person who enjoyed hanging out with his friends.  Mr. Brien was predeceased by a brother Michael Brien.  He is survived by his wife of over 20 years Diane; children: Catherine Broadus of NC, Kenny Michael Brien of Colo.; siblings: Rob Brien of Medina, Jamie Brien of Greece, Diana Sheedy of Rochester, Cheri Shaw of Holley and one granddaughter.  There will be no calling hours.  Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1120 S. Goodman St., Rochester, NY 14620.  Ken’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Holley.  To share a special memory of Ken, please visit: www.mitchelfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

John Creg Lawton, 62, of Middleport passed away unexpectedly on July 24 at Medina Memorial Hospital from a massive heart attack. He was born July 20, 1958 in Sacramento, Calif. to the late Elwood and Viola (Sarrile) Lawton. John served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1976-1982. John was a man who had an amazing work ethic. John motivated both of his children to join building trades and they carried on his passion for working with metals. John was always happy to hear or tell jokes and would talk to anyone. His wishes were no sadness or grief, and please have a shot for him and remember all the good times! In addition to his parents, John was predeceased by his sister, Karen Lawton. John is survived by his loving wife of 34 years Diane; children: Nicole (Dylan Okonski) Lawton, Mike Lawton; siblings: Julieanna (James) Berry, Barbera (Phillip) Wallinger; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. There are no prior calling hours. John’s Mass of Christian Burial was held at Holy Trinity Parish-St. Stephen’s Church, 19 Vernon St., Middleport, NY 14105 on Thu;, July 30. Interment with Military Honors followed in St. Stephen’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to the family to share, as were his wishes. John’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, Middleport, NY. To share a special memory of John, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Richard J. “Rick” Maedl, 51, of Middleport, died July 28, 2020 peacefully in his home, following a long illness. He was born Sept. 29, 1968 in Medina to Robert and Julia (Simmons) Maedl and was a lifelong resident of this area.  Rick was a 1987 Roy-Hart graduate and received a degree in performing arts from NCCC.  He was also a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and a member of the Middleport United Methodist Church.  Rick was an avid reader, loved to watch movies, play Dungeons and Dragons, enjoyed family vacations to the Adirondacks and loved to fish.  However, music was his true love as he enjoyed performing with the Lake Plains Players and the Middleport Community Choir.  He was truly a gentle giant.  Mr. Maedl was predeceased by his father Robert.  He is survived by his children: Evan James Maedl and Owen Robert Maedl both of Middleport; mother, Julia Maedl of Middleport; sister, Heather Maedl of Middleport; 2 nieces: Malina Elizabeth, Blake Alexis; several aunts, uncles, cousins; and the grandmother of his children and special friend, Linda Cline.  There will be no prior calling hours.  Family and friends were invited to attend a Celebration of Rick’s Life, Fri., July 31 at his home in Middleport. Private interment in Hartland Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Middleport United Methodist Church, 9 Park Ave., Middleport, NY 14105. Rick’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home of Middleport.  To share a special memory of Rick, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Ronald M. Marx Sr., 54, of Albion died July 24, 2020 unexpectedly at his home.  He was born Feb. 18, 1966 in Rochester to Kenneth and Shirley (Johnson) Marx, Sr. and was a lifetime resident of this area.  Ron enjoyed working on cars, fishing and teaching his children the many lessons of life which you can’t learn from a book.  He loved to fish and was always willing to help his neighbors out.  Ron was very family oriented, a loving brother and truly enjoyed being a grandpa.  He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Dawn; children: Ronald (Gwen) Marx Jr., of Brockport, Samantha (Zachary) Loy of Vt., Daniel (Brittany Rosario) Marx of Albion, Amanda (Jason Stout) Marx of Lockport, Dylan (Skye Rotoli) Marx of Albion; brothers: Kenneth (Michelle) Marx of Fla., Steve Marx of Ontario, NY; grandchildren: Penelope, Miles, Makenna, Savannah, Olivia, Annalyn, Tanner, Oliver, Puppy; as well as several nieces and nephews.  There will be no calling hours.  Private service and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Dr., Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.  Ron’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion.  To share a special memory of Ronald, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

John Donovan McKenna (Jack), 86, of Albion passed away July 27, 2020 after a long illness. Jack was born Feb. 5, 1934 in Albion to the late Mary and Joseph McKenna. Jack was a proud 1955 graduate and later recruiter for the State University of New York Maritime College. At school, he specialized as a Navigator and subsequently served as an Officer in the Navy on board the USS Antares and a Ship’s Officer for the Moore-McCormack Line in the Merchant Marine. Jack completed pre-med sciences at the University of Rochester and graduated from SUNY Buffalo Dental School in 1969. He joined the faculty whilst running a private practice in Albion. He continued to teach and soon joined UB full time as Director of Patient Evaluation and Management, a position he would hold until he retired in 1996. Throughout his life, Jack never lost his love of the water and always looked forward to summers with his family at the McKenna cottage on Lake Ontario. He was a life-long parishioner of Holy Family. Jack is survived by Karen, his devoted wife of nearly forty-nine years; their children: Joseph “Seph” McKenna (Stefanie) and Katherine “Kate” McKenna (Adam); grandchildren: Bennet, Griffin, and Everett; his sisters: Karen and Margot, and their families. A private Mass of Christian Burial was held on Fri., July 31. Jack’s family requests that any donations made in his honor be directed toward the Genesee Orleans Ministry of Concern at https://ministryofconcern.org/ or via mail at 121 N. Main St., Suite 311, Albion, NY 14411. Jack’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. Albion, NY. To share a special memory of Jack, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Margaret J. “Marge” Porter, 93, of Brockport passed away peacefully on July 24, 2020. She was born April 10, 1927 in Lockport to the late George and Veronica (Pozarzycki) Lowe. Marge worked for GM for many years before retiring. She enjoyed refinishing furniture, doing stained glass work, quilting, leatherwork and snow birding in Citra, Fla. In addition to her parents, Marge was predeceased by her brother, Gordon, and step-son, Gerald Porter Jr. Marge is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Gerald; daughters: Sandy (Terry) Lund, Terri (Steve) Keenan, step-son, Jim (Susie) Porter; step-daughter, Debbie (Mike) Horton; 14 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. There are no prior calling hours. Marge’s Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wed., July 29 at Church of Nativity of the BVM, 152 Main St., Brockport, NY 14420. Interment followed at Cold Springs Cemetery, Lockport, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Marge’s name may be made to your favorite charity. Margaret’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Sherrie Bream Funeral Home, 4521 Main St., Gasport, NY 14067. To share a special memory of Margaret, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Patricia (Moriarty) Shelp, 86, of Albion passed away July 25, at her home while under the loving care of her family.  Pat was born in Medina on Oct. 29, 1933, daughter of the late J. Kenneth and Ethel (Hudson) Moriarty.  She was a member of the Albion First Presbyterian Church where she served as a Deacon, Elder and was on countless committees. As a faculty member of the Albion Central School System, she had worked as a third-grade teacher, a speech therapist and as a librarian. She was a awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by the Albion Rotary Club.  Pat enjoyed gardening and took great pride that she still has her very first car, a 1954 Chevrolet Belair Convertible.  For several years on the anniversary of the passing of their son Jim, Pat and Brad delivered bread from the Abbey of the Genesee to family and friends in his memory.  She was a woman who absolutely loved her children and grandchildren without question. Mrs. Shelp was predeceased by her son Bradley James Jr. and her sister Joanne Squire. Pat is survived by her husband of 63 years, Bradley; her son, David (Ann) Shelp of Pittsford; grandchildren, James and Danielle; brother-in-law, Ralph Squire; and several nieces and nephews. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21 West Ave., Albion, on Wed., July 29. Pat’s funeral service was held at the Albion First Presbyterian Church, 29 E. State St. Albion on Thu., July 30.  Interment was in Mt. Albion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bradley James Shelp Jr. Scholarship, c/o Albion High School Alumni Foundation, P.O. Box 345, Albion, NY 14411; Albion First Presbyterian Church, 29 E. State St. Albion, NY 14411; Bradley J. Shelp Jr. Accounting Scholarship, c/o Canisius College, 2001 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14208; or Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Pat, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Stanley A. Thurber began his eternal life with Jesus on Thu., July 23, 2020. Stan was born to the late Gordon and Esther Thurber on Oct. 24, 1932. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Ann M. (Davis), whom he married on Aug. 16, 1952. His loving and vivacious spirit lives on through his 4 surviving children: Vicky (Darrell) Klotzbach, Daniel (Diane) Thurber of Medina, NY, Scott (Deborah) Thurber of Phoenix, Ariz., and Julie (Rick) Mufford of Lyndonville, NY; brother, Roger (Katherine) Thurber of Basom, NY; 15 grandchildren: Darelyn, Mark, Joy, Andrew, Michelle, Sam, Jerod, Matthew, Rick Jr., Whitney, Nathaniel, Katelyn, Bethany, Timothy, and Heather; his 28 (soon to be 29!) great-grandchildren; and his close ministry partner of the past three years, Dawn DiPaolo. He served as a member of the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1953, after which he returned home to operate his business, Stan’s Heating and Electric. He built the Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church in Ridgeway where he was pastor for 41 years. After retirement he continued to minister to everyone through Stan’s Grams- his “Ministry by Mail”, along with several other special ministry groups. More importantly he taught us: we could make anything work with Jesus; to offer unfailing love to everyone you meet; to be patriotic; to take care of each other; and NEVER miss an opportunity to share the Gospel. It is our family’s greatest pleasure to rejoice with all the angels of heaven to celebrate the home-going of Stanley A. Thurber. Calling hours were held on Tue., July 28 at Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church. A memorial service was on Wed., July 29. Any donations or flowers may be sent directly to Oak Orchard Assembly of God, 12111 Ridge Rd., Medina, NY 14103. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, NY 14103. Please light a candle or share a memory of Stan at: www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.

Arthur J. Weits of Albion passed away peacefully on July 26, 2020.  Art was born at home in Carlton on Sept. 6, 1923, son of Frederick and Afina (Wallinga) Weits who originally came from the Netherlands. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Albion for over 73 years. He was also a former member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge. In his early years of work, Art built fighter planes during WWII at Curtis Wright in Buffalo, NY. Then working as a car mechanic for Jim Hubbell’s garage. After leaving the garage he worked for General Electric Co. for 23 years as a machinist. After the G.E. plant closing he worked for Black & Decker until he retired in 1989.  He was also a car mechanic for over 40 years. Art enjoyed attending old car shows and steam engine shows.  His love was traveling all over with his wife, Arlene. Family was important to Art especially being with his children and grandchildren at many family functions. Mr. Weits was predeceased by his brother Herman in 1982, his son-in-law Bruce Wright in 2008, his wife of 60 yrs. Arlene in 2012 and his son John in 2017. Art is survived by his daughters: Cheryl Wright of Albion, Nancy (Ronald) Horth of Waterport; daughter-in-law, Suzanne Weits of Churchville; grandchildren: Vicki (Bruce) London, Bruce K. (Angie) Wright, Jason (Karen) Horth, Katie (Peter) Smith, John (Tamie) Weits, Steven (Beth) Weits, and Christy Burda. Great-grandchildren: Evan (Erin) London, Logan (Cam) London-Fowler, Cole London, Aaron (Kaitlyn) Wright, Brandon Wright,  Leyton Horth, Farrah Horth, Myles Horth, Keira Faith Smith, John III (Amy) Weits,  Cindy Weits, Kaylyn Weits, Braden Weits, Justine Burda, and Adam Burda. Great-great-grandchildren: Elliott London, Eli London, Everett London and 2 more little ones on the way. Along with several nieces, nephews and cousins. Art’s funeral service was held at the Albion First Presbyterian Church, 29 E. State St., Albion, on Sat., Aug. 1.  Interment was in Transit Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Albion Presbyterian Church, 29 E. State St., Albion, NY 14411.  Art’s arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21 West Ave., Albion, NY. To share a special memory of Art, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

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