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Obituaries


Clifford L. “Mr. Wonderful” Braman Jr., age 76, died Jan. 28, 2023 in Strong Memorial Hospital.  Family and friends are invited to attend an informal graveside ceremony on Thurs., Feb. 2, 2023 at 11am in Mt. Albion Cemetery. A complete obituary for Cliff will be published at a later date and plans for his Celebration of Life will be forthcoming.  Cliff’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home of Albion.  To share a special memory of Cliff, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

John Q. “Jack” Dresser III, age 98, of Medina, passed away on Mon., Jan. 30, 2023 at Medina Memorial Hospital- North Wing Skilled Nursing Facility. Born on Jan. 6, 1925 in Batavia, he was the only child of the late John Q. Dresser II and Florence E. (Mercer) Dresser. Mr. Dresser graduated from Medina High School in the class of 1942. A lifelong farmer, Mr. Dresser was the fourth generation to work the family farm. He was the first in the family to introduce dairy cows in addition to the various cash crops they had previously farmed. On Nov. 29, 1952 he married the former Emily June Zipfel. Mr. Dresser was a lifelong member of the Millville Methodist Church, as were his forefathers. He was also a mason belonging to the former Medina Lodge #336 F&AM. Mr. Dresser was a member of the Orleans County Farm Bureau and the Upstate Milk Cooperative. In 2003 he received the New York State Agricultural Society’s Century Farm Award for distinguished agricultural heritage. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, E. June Dresser in 2019; daughter, Mary Bacon in 1998; and granddaughter, Emily Bacon in 2006. Survivors include two sons, James (Paula) Dresser and Daniel (Nancy) Dresser, Sr.; son in-law, Paul Bacon; six grandchildren, Cynthia (James) Brinkerhoff, Adam (Heather) Dresser, Sara (Benjamin) Flansburg, Kaitlyn (Corey) Miller, Daniel (Nicole) Dresser, Jr. and Dorothy (Matthew) Slegle; thirteen great-grandchildren, Elizabeth and Henry Dresser, Molly June and Landon Flansburg, Natalie, Lane and Claire Miller, Thomas and Caroline Dresser, Brooke, Addison and Tucker Slegle and Auden Brinkerhoff; and several nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to the home health aides and staff at North Wing SNF for their exceptional and compassionate care given to Jack throughout his final years. Calling hours will be held on Mon., Feb. 6 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Funeral service will be held on Tues., Feb. 7 at 11:00 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest in Millville, 12373 Maple Ridge Rd., Medina. Interment will be in Millville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church or to Medina Memorial Hospital- Skilled Nursing Facility, 200 Ohio St., Medina, NY 14103. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

Christopher Robert Fergen, 60, of Middleport, NY, passed away peacefully on Jan. 30, 2023, with his loving wife at his bedside, ending his two-and-a-half-year battle with stage IV liver cancer. He was a true medical miracle beating all the odds. Born on May 26, 1962, in Medina, he was the son of the late Robert Charles Fergen and Rayleen Eleanor Boles Fergen Hill. Fergie graduated from LA Webber Jr/Sr High School in 1980 in Lyndonville, NY, where he grew up surrounded by a supportive community of great teachers, neighbors, and life-long friends. He was so happy to make the Class of 1980 reunion last summer. He talked about it for months and set a goal to make the next one. Chris had many jobs during his sixty years of life. His favorite one was raising his kids, Saira, Rayleen, and Jessie, with help and support from their grandparents, Cheryl and Don Cherry. He enjoyed going to their school events and being a soccer dad. He met and fell in love with his wife Tina Washburn while working together at HPI in Medina, and they were married in 2015, and he happily accepted the role of father to Richard, Ayla, Randy, and Sylvia and loved having all these kids! Chris is survived by his wife Tina and his seven children, Saira (Brian) Borsching, Rayleen Fergen, Jessie (Megan) Fergen, Richard Wright, Ayla (Robbie) Roessler, Randy Wright, and Sylvia Wright, all of New York. Chris was proud to have thirteen grandchildren and many nephews and nieces. He had an extended family of siblings, Ronald Fergen, Karl Fergen, and the late Donna Roper, all from the Rochester area. He had four sisters in his immediate family- Shelley (Robert) Shepard of Tennessee, Barb (Fran) Pecoraro of New York, Dale (Jim) Walsh of Vermont, and his favorite little sister- Brenda (Mike) Christophe of Virginia. His cancer diagnosis brought us all closer and put life into perspective. He enjoyed playing horseshoes, watching car racing, listening to music, Saturday game night, meeting with the breakfast club, traveling with Tina, and meeting new people. Chris was born with the gift of gab. He could lighten the mood in any room with his quick wit and smile. Chris was beloved by all that knew him. His life on earth was too short. Last but not least, he loved his two fur babies, CJ (Chris Jr), the golden retriever, and Sabre, the Chihuahua. They were by his side throughout his illness, providing warmth and good company. In lieu of flowers, please consider an expression of sympathy by donating to the SPCA or your local Humane Society. A celebration of Chris’s life will be held in late May.

A great man recently said: “I’m so lucky, I love my life.” It is with extreme regret to share that Arthur J. Hill passed suddenly and unexpectedly, with family at his side, on Jan. 25 at the age of 78. He was doing what he loved and building until the end. A lifelong resident of Orleans County, Art was born in 1944 in Knowlesville NY, growing up on the Hill Farm and graduating from Medina High School in 1962.  In the early sixties Art, known for his love of cars, bought his first race car and raced at Lancaster Raceway. After his first race, he never looked back and owned various stock cars locally and throughout the Northeast.  Art’s love for the racing community knew no bounds and he cherished the many many friends he had made over the 60+ years of racing. This community and his involvement in racing was one of his greatest joys, and a staple in his life. Known in the area as the founder of Art Hill Excavating (est 1977), Art was always known as a man that loved his community, the citizens of Orleans County, and many throughout Western New York. He loved to create and help others over his 60 year career. Art’s reputation was well known as one of the best operators in the business.  He excelled at utilizing equipment with ease, grace, and precision. He loved to share his joy of operating heavy equipment while insisting on being fair, honest, and doing the best job possible for each customer. Art was also a mentor and father figure to many that worked at the company, loving to teach, instruct, and share his amazing knowledge of construction.  Through his many years in the business, he befriended many people and loved all that Medina and Orleans County had to offer. Art was so proud of his children. His daughter, Jennifer, has owned and operated Art Hill Excavating for the past 12 years and his son, Jerry, who sells technologies to the Federal Government, meant the world to him.   Later in life, Art was able to spend time in Florida as well where he married the love of his life, Marcia, and found his second family. Spending the winters in Florida, Art and Marcia enjoyed cruising abroad, racing, cars, activities on the lake, traveling the country, movies, and spending countless hours together. They were inseparable and loved each other like no other. A huge void has been left by such an amazing man as he touched so many in his life from all corners of the country. His appreciation and love for life was infectious. He was loved so very dearly by so many and will be missed but not forgotten. His legacy will continue as Art Hill Excavating continues to serve Western New York and will for many years to come. Art is survived by his wife Marcia Hamilton-Hill, son Gerald Hill of Leesburg, Virginia, wife Erin Hill, and grandchildren Nova Hill, Abigail Hill, and Kellen Hill, daughter Jennifer Hill-Young of Holley, New York, husband Aaron Young and granddaughter Lyndsay Young, stepson Shane Hamilton, wife Amanda Hamilton and grandchildren Taylor, Nixon and Kennedy, stepson Robert Hamilton, wife Tana Hamilton and grandchildren Christian, Cameron, Bryson, and Brantley, and Stephanie Chiasson and grandchildren Charles and Zachary. All are welcome to attend calling hours on Sat., Feb. 18, 2023, at the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company, 11392 Ridge Rd, Medina, NY 14103, starting at 11AM to 2PM with a graveside committal at the Millville Cemetery to follow at 3PM.  Please come and be prepared to share your favorite memories of this storied man. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St. Medina, NY 14103. Please light a candle or share a memory of Art at: www.bogantuttlefunerals.com

Jeffrey Glenn Klotzbach, 62, of Middleport, NY entered into rest on Fri., Jan. 27, 2023 at his home. Born on Nov. 4, 1960, in Medina, he was the son of the late Glenn and Delores (Kern) Klotzbach. Jeff graduated from Medina High School in 1978 and worked on his family farm, Ka-Cy Farms in Medina where he was the co-owner and a successful farmer. He prided himself in his family and his farm, being proud of his accomplishments at planting time and especially during harvest, he would smile at the end of the harvest season and say “I’m done”, having successfully completed what needed to be done on the farm. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Middleport and served on the Board of Directors of Orleans Community Health. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and when he was not working, he was an all- around handy-man, fixing farm machinery and anything that needed done around his home. Jeff would always put family and friends first before himself. He was a Gentle Giant with a big heart of gold, always so kind and generous with his time and efforts towards others while being a great man of faith. Jeff was always willing to help those in need and his smile lit up the room. He will be greatly mourned by the many people whose lives he touched. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Virginia Klotzbach, daughter Kaitlyn (Connor Grabowski) Klotzbach, son Justin Klotzbach, step-sons Zachary (Amber Fortunato) Baldwin and Alex Baldwin. Jeff was a very proud Papa to Zoey Jo Baldwin, his “special peanut”. He leaves two sisters, Carol Heiligenthaler and Beth (Jake) Manley, one brother Wayne Stanley Klotzbach, several nieces and nephews, his business partner Loren Fuller and his four-legged faithful companion, Abby. Relatives and friends may call on Thu., Feb. 9, 2023 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl Street, Medina NY. A funeral service will be held on Fri., Feb. 10, 2023 at 11:00 am at the Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 133 Telegraph Road (Route 31) Middleport NY 14105 with the Pastor Rev. Richard Wolfe officiating. Burial will be private for the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jeff’s name to the Medina FFA Scholarship Fund, c/o Medina Central School, 1 Mustang Drive, Medina NY 14103. Please light a candle or share a memory of Jeff at: www.bogantuttlefunerals.com

Vivon L. “Wimp” Wenner, 89, of Medina, NY, went to be with the Lord on Sun., Jan. 29, 2023 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY. Born on Jan. 23, 1934 in Tioga, County, PA, he was the son of the late Robert L. and Grace (Shephardson) Wenner. Wimp graduated from Smethport High School, PA in 1951 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, having sailed the Seven Seas. On returning he moved to the Medina area with his late wife, the former Lettie G. (Moore) Wenner, who passed in 2002. He was employed as a welder with Harrison Radiator for 42 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of the Middleport Methodist Church and enjoyed his retirement years. Wimp is survived by his three children, Donald Wenner of Batavia, NY, Vivian (Kevin) Callahan of LeRoy, NY, Vivon (Jean) Wenner II of Medina, NY, 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are eight siblings, Shelba Roselli of Georgia, Barba (Danny) Paget of Johnsburg, PA, Betty (Dave) DeGray of Arizona, Velva Norlin of Johnsburg, PA, Beverly Wenner of Florida, Donald (Linda) Wenner of Johnsburg, PA, Bobby Wenner of Mount Jewett, PA, Sandy (Dave) Thorwart of Johnsburg, PA and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and wife, Vivon is predeceased by a daughter, Vicky Richards and four siblings, Shirley Priest, John Wenner, Linda Kilhoffer and Darwin Wenner. As per Vivon’s wishes. There are no calling hours or service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Vivon’s name to the American Heart Association  25 Circle St, Rochester, NY 14607. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St. Medina, NY 14103. Please light a candle or share a memory of Vivon at: www.bogantuttlefunerals.com

Bradley Wochna age 54 passed away unexpectedly Jan. 28, 2023 at his home.  He was born March 4, 1968, a son of the late Walter and Cheryl (Simon) Wochna and had lived in this area most of his life. Brad was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing; especially with his father and grandfather.  He also, loved his beagles and playing Nintendo switch. In addition to his parents, Brad was predeceased by his sister Susan Haibach in 2020. Brad is survived by a niece, a nephew and friends. There are no prior calling hours.  His Graveside Service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family.  Arrangements were entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Brad, please visit mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

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