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Obituaries

Dianne K. Albers, 84, passed peacefully on Feb. 28, 2021. Predeceased by her parents, Theodore and Ruth (Maher) Konvinse and her daughters: Tamara (David) and Michelle (Jason), and stepdaughter, Alison. Survived by her loving husband, John; children: Melanie, Val; step-children: Johnna, Mary, John; grandchildrenL Natasha (Todd), Jeremy (Amy), Jennifer, Christopher, Adrian (Pamela), Christa, Victoria, Colin; step-grandchildren: Ricky, Steven, D’Quon, Steven, Keisha; great-grandchildren: Connor, Aidan, Hayley, Evelyn, Jasmine, Christian, Isaiah, Joshua, Lucas; step-great-grandchildren. Dianne was a graduate of the Nursing program at the Genesee Hospital in Rochester, and worked there as an RN until retirement.  She loved traveling with John around the country in their RV.  In later years, Dianne and John never missed a Bingo night. Dianne was fiercely devoted to her family, and loved flowers and plants, and her cat, Tiger.  Three were no calling hours. Dianne’s funeral service was Fri., March 5, 2021 at White Haven Cemetery in Pittsford. 

Arthur N. “Pete” Blanchard, 81, of Lyndonville, NY, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 at the Orchard Manor Nursing Home. Born on April 19, 1939 in the Town of Yates, NY, he was the son of the late Harvey and Marion (Bennett) Blanchard. He then drove truck for various companies and drove for 63 years until his retirement in 2020. He was a member of the Lyndonville Presbyterian Church, Lyndonville Lions Club, Lyndonville Volunteer Fire Company and Lyndonville Snowmobile Club. His ultimate sports to watch were the ones his grandchildren were playing. Pete also enjoyed time on his snowmobile, playing with his dogs, dining out, and time spent with friends over coffee. Pete is survived by his wife of 9.5 years, Edna; children: Bruce (Jennifer) Blanchard of Albion and Michelle (Jessie) Brown of Kansas City, Mo.; grandchildren: Emily, Bailey; sister, Kathryn Prahler of Chicago, Ill.; several nieces and nephews; stepdaughter, Ann Sentiff and her children: Kyle and Renee of Lyndonville. Besides his parents, Pete is predeceased by his first wife, Patricia; his twin brothers: Robert and Richard; and a sister, Marion. Relatives and friends attended a memorial service on Sat., March 6, 2021 at the Lyndonville Presbyterian Church, 107 N. Main St., Lyndonville. Pastor Martha Mitchell officiated. Memorials may be made in Pete’s name to the Lyndonville Presbyterian Church, The Patricia Bane-Blanchard Scholarship Fund and the Lyndonville Volunteer Fire Company. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St., Lyndonville, NY 14098. Please light a candle or share a memory of Pete at: www.bogantuttlefunerals.com

Jean L. Breneman, 87, of Lancaster, Pa. passed away Fri., Feb. 12, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family. Born in Avon, NY she was the daughter of the late Charles and Freda (Scorsone) Mancuso. She was the wife of Edgar G. Breneman. She was self-employed as a beautician (Breneman’s Beauty Shop) and also provided home care for the elderly. Jean enjoyed going camping to her place in Elkton, MD, playing bingo and going to the casinos. She loved to cook and bake for her family and friends. She was a devout Catholic and her greatest love was for her family. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children: Duane (Debra) Robertson of New Holland, Pa., Dale Robertson of Mount Joy, Pa., Kim (Jeff) Miller of Lancaster, Pa., Debora (Steve) Musselman of Shermans Dale, Pa., Edgar Breneman Jr., of Lancaster, Pa.; 10 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and; brothers: Charles Mancuso of Fla. and Richard (Shirley) Mancuso of Medina, NY. She was preceded in death by her son, Frederick Robertson; granddaughter, Natalia Musselman; and great-grandson, Ajani Bell. Interment will be private and held at the convenience of the family. A Celebration of Life for Jean will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jean’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 314 Good Dr, Lancaster, PA 17603.

Inez Somerville Drake (McNaughton), 98, of Niagara Falls, NY, passed away on Feb. 25, 2021 at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston, NY. She was born in Young’s Point, Ontario, Canada, a daughter of the late James Wilbert and Alma (Godfrey) McNaughton. She graduated from Niagara Falls Collegiate Vocational Institute with a concentration in Secretarial skills. She was secretary for Mr. Heil, president of International Cooperage. In 1947, she married David H. Drake, Jr. Residing in Niagara Falls, NY, was active in the Parent Educational Group at the school, President of the DeVeaux Mother’s Club, and Cub Scouts Den Mother. Inez worked as a medical secretary for Dr. William Niesen, urologist. She was active in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and President of Phillip Wheeler Mosher Guild. Mrs. Drake is survived by her sons: Martin (Kathy) Drake and David Drake, III; several nieces and nephews; and Godchild, Caroline Inez Reilly (Richard).  In addition to her husband of 58 years, she was predeceased by her brothers: Stewart, Donald, Douglas and Roger; and sisters: Eva (Harvey), Ruby (Henry), Olive (O’Grady) and Jean (O’Callaghan). Due to current circumstances, there will be no prior visitation. A celebration of her life will be held at a future date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, memorial offerings may be made to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Niagara County Community College Foundation, or to your local SPCA.  Arrangements by M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel. Visit mjcoluccifuneralchapel.com for online condolences.

Judith “Judy” Martha Ehrenreich, 82, was called to heaven on Feb. 21, 2021. Judy was born Nov. 23, 1938 in Middleport, NY as one of four daughters and a son to loving parents John and Estelle (Boratin) Gracey. She graduated in 1956 from Royalton-Hartland and worked at Marine Midland Bank. It was during this time that she met her forever love, Clayton G. Ehrenreich, Jr. Judy and Clayton opened Medina Tire Sales in 1966. After selling it, they opened another business and sold that, too. Judy and Clayton loved to travel. They enjoyed daily coffees with friends at Country Club and Rudy’s. Judy was a great cook and an exceptional baker. Judy is predeceased by husband Clayton; sisters: Mary and Joyce; and four-legged kids: Ladybird, Tojo, and Keester. She is survived by son, Clayton III; daughter, Susan; son-in-law Jim; sister and brother-in-law, JoAnne and John Efthemis; brother and sister-in-law John and Marcia Gracey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Donations in remembrance of Judy can be made to St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Medina, St. Jude’s Hospital, Turning Point Ministries – San Diego, CA and In Touch Ministries – Atlanta, GA. A memorial service and interment are anticipated for late spring with arrangements to be announced at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, NY 14103. Please light a candle or share a memory of Judy at: www.bogantuttlefunerals.com

Joseph M. Hutson, 53, of Greece passed peacefully March 2, 2021 after saying goodbye to many loved family members and friends. Joe is survived by his son, Jacob Hutson; mother, Patricia Hutson; siblings: Leigh (Brad) Welch, Jeffrey Hutson (Sue), Jill (Ron) Albertson, Karen (Tom) Shed, Ann Hutson (Kevin), Diane (Gary) Provost, Patrick Hutson, Mark (Lori) Hutson; 24 nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by his father, Charles Hutson. Joey was a loving son, father, brother, uncle and friend.  He was unwavering in his desire to help others, always believing in karma. His greatest passions were family, the Raiders and being a best buddy to his mother. While Joe was an avid artist. A special thank you to Jill and Ron Albertson, for supporting Joe’s needs throughout the years, and the special few who helped make his life a little easier. Friends called Fri., March 5 at Vay- Schleich and Meeson His funeral service was held Sat., March 6 in the funeral home. Private interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Holy Childhood in his memory. For more information, to view Joe’s obituary or to sign his online guestbook, please visit: www.Meesonfamily.com

Ronald H. Joy, 79, of Duncan Falls, Ohio, formally of Medina, NY, passed away on Tue., Feb. 23, 2021 at his home. Born on Nov. 28, 1941, in Medina, NY, he was the son of the late Homer L. and Dorothy P. (Prest) Joy. Ron graduated from Lyndonville High School and married Mary Jane (Wilson) Joy. He worked many years for the NYS Canal System as a Bridge Operator and Walker. In his time off and in retirement, he enjoyed fishing from sunrise to sunset. Ron is survived by his sister, Ann (Robert) Harrold of Lyndonville; nephew, Mark (Georgette) Helsdon of Middleport; nieces: Annette (Don) Schiwitz of TX, Julie McAdoo of Middleport, Mary Kage of Lyndonville; special friend and caregiver, Don Clark of Duncan Falls, OH; step-children, Scott Joy, Teresa Huff, Sherry Wright, and Andy Joy; and several great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, Mary Jane. There are no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to Hospice of Orleans, P.O.Box # 489, Albion, NY 14411. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, NY 14103. Please light a candle or share a memory of Ron at: www.bogantuttlefunerals.com      

Fred C. Kaufman, 58, of Gasport died unexpectedly Feb. 24, 2021 at Eastern Niagara Hospital.  He was born June 28, 1962 in Lockport, a son of the late Frederick and Joanne (Starkweather) Kaufman and had lived in this area all of his life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating and was a past member of the North Forest Rod and Gun Club.  He loved to watch NASCAR or any sporting event on TV; especially the Buffalo Bills.  He attended all of his children’s sporting and school events.  Fred worked for 22 years at Darien Lake as a Maintenance Mechanic and then at Angelica Textiles in Batavia.  He loved animals, especially his dogs.  But most importantly, he loved spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Kathleen Brooks and brother, Gary.  He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Kimberly; sons: Christopher (Marlena), Matthew (Cheryl), Fredrick (Ashley); step-daughters: Amber (Kyle Baker) Librock, Kaitlyn (Sean) Akin; grandchildren: Derek, Lincoln, Lucas, Natalia, Priscilla, Roxanne, Gavin, Nolan, Logan, Eli and 2 on the way; sisters: Darlene (Gary) Oliver, Patricia (Rick) Williams, Daphne Hoban; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. There are no services.  Memorials may be made to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, 1025 Vermont Ave. NW, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20005.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Sherrie Bream Funeral Home Gasport.  To share a special memory of Fred please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com. 

Vincent Smith, 67, of Albion died Feb. 27, 2021 in Rochester General Hospital following a short illness.  He was born March 31, 1953 in Niagara Falls to George and Lucile (James) Smith and had lived in the area his entire life.  Vincent attended the New Hope Baptist Church in Niagara Falls and the Eagle Harbor United Methodist Church in Albion. He worked as a cook at many local hotels and finally finishing his career retiring from the Albion Correctional Facility.  He enjoyed fishing, watching Sci-Fi shows, and catering weddings and parties… especially family cook-outs.  Mr. Smith was predeceased by siblings: Edward Smith, James E. Smith, David Smith, William Smith, Mae Elizabeth Hodges and Tyrone Smith.  He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Eva (Riddick) Smith; daughter, Consuela (Leon) Johnson of Albion; brother, George Smith of Niagara Falls; sister:,Gwen Dexter of OH; grandchildren: Asazi Harris, Mystique Smith; and many nieces, nephews, cousins ,and friends.  There will be no calling hours.  Family and friends were invited to attend Vincent’s Memorial Service, Fri., March in the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion.  Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made Eagle Harbor United Methodist Church, c/o Joel Allen-Treasurer, 336 Wood St., Albion, NY 14411.  To share a special memory of Vincent, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Isabel K. (Chambers) Swan, 94, of Gasport/Middleport passed away on March 2, 2021 with her children by her side following a brief illness. She was born March 16, 1926 in Rochester to Joseph and Kathleen (Cooper) Chambers.  Izzy graduated from Nazareth Academy in 1943.  She worked as the Greece Town hall secretary.  She was a member of Covenant United Church of Christ in Gasport.  Izzy loved to travel, enjoyed wintering in Zaphyrhills, Fla. for over 33 years with her husband, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Mrs. Swan was predeceased by her husband Gerald of 58 years this past January.  She was also predeceased by her brother, Norman Chambers; sisters: Frances Stiffler and Treva Seils.  She is survived by her children: Christine (Jack) Rising of Middleport, William “Mickey” (Laura) Dayton Jr. of KY; grandchildren: Kelsey, Rachel, Brian, Susan, Shasta, Mary, and Zachary; six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. There will be no prior calling hours.  A private funeral service will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Covenant United Church of Christ, 4449 Main St., Gasport, NY 14067. Mrs. Swan’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Sherrie Bream Funeral Home of Gasport.  To share a special memory of Izzy, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Jean E. (Riegle) Swick, 92, of Middleport went Home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Feb. 25, 2021. She was born Jan. 26, 1929 in Lancaster to the late Lee and Mary (Schunk) Riegle. Jean loved to spend time and take care of her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who she loved dearly. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Eugene; daughter, Barbara Klopfer; brothers: Calvin, Bill, Wilford “Red”; daughters-in-law: JoAnne, Helen; son-in-law, Ronald Klopfer; and sister-in-law, Lois Vanderwalker. Jean is survived by her sons: Ronald, John (Wende), David; grandchildren: Steve, Amy, Colleen, Gregory, Kevin, Grace, John, Jeffrey; several great-grandchildren; brother, Clinton (Audrey) Riegle; sisters-in-law: Silvia Gormley, Marion, Joan, Geraldine; as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. Services for Jean will be held privately with interment at Hartland Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Jean’s name may be made to the Hartland Bible Church, 8110 West Ave. Gasport, NY 14067. Jean’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home, Middleport. To share a special memory of Jean, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Roger L. Vanderwalker, 82 of Gasport, entered into eternal rest on Thu., Feb. 25, 2021 in Orchard Rehab and Nursing Facility.  He was born May 17, 1938 to the late Gurney and Lula (Blacklock) Vanderwalker and was a lifetime resident of the Gasport/Johnson Creek area.  Roger graduated from Royalton Hartland Central School in 1955. In 1957 he married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Walker.  They were married for 57 years until her death in May 2015.  Roger and his brother Bob, were owners of Vanderwalker Brothers, a hardware store in Middleport from 1961-2001. They enjoyed deer hunting in the Adirondack Mountains.  Roger was involved with the Gasport Lions Club, Lockport Amateur Radio Association, Boy Scout Troop #104 and the John Birch Society, and a charter member of Community Fellowship Church.  He was a councilman on the Town of Hartland Board in the 1980s. Mr. Vanderwalker was predeceased by his wife, Beverly; brother, Robert; and sisters-in-law: Lois Vanderwalker and Betty Walker.  He is survived by his children: Cathy Vanderwalker of Gasport, Kenneth (Kathy) Vanderwalker of Barker; grandchildren: Brittany Tatu, Darrick (Angela) Vanderwalker, Elliott Vanderwalker, Amy Delamarter, Marc (Amery) Delamarter; great-grandchildren: Thomas Tatu, Stephanie Tatu, Sophia Tatu, Brooklyn Tatu; brother-in-law, Roger Walker; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.  The family received friends Thu., March 4 at the Community Fellowship Church, Middleport. His funeral service followed with Paster Joseph A. Szalay III officiating.  Interment was in Hartland Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.  Roger’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home of Middleport.  To share a special memory of Roger, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com  

 

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