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Obituaries

Norma A. Christiansen, 89, of Williamsville/Middleport died Feb. 13, 2020 at the Wesley Rehabilitation Center following a short illness. She was born Aug. 26, 1930 in Stillwater, NY, a daughter of the late Clarence and Hilvie (Johnson) Anderson and had lived in the area for 32 years. Norma graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. where she was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and was the Ambassador for the experiment in international living; on one of her trips she met her husband Jorgen, whom she married on Sept. 14, 1957. She also was a Home Economics Teacher at Kendall Central Schools, the Director of Head Start in Groton, NY, and a member of the Medina Memorial Hospital Association of TWIG. She enjoyed reading and knitting, but most of all she loved spending time with her eight beautiful granddaughters. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Jorgen; sisters: Eleanor Bergquist, Dorothy Peterson. She is survived by her sons: Jens Christiansen, Poul (Judy) Christiansen; daughters: Lise (Andrew) Harty, Anne Marie (John) Fraboni; granddaughters: Merete, Morgan, Karen, Emily, Sarah, Jordan, Emma, Sydney; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family received friends at the Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport on Mon., Feb. 17 where her Celebration of Life Service was also held. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army, 960 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14202 or Buffalo City Mission, 100 E. Tupper St., Buffalo, NY 14203.  To share a special memory of Norma, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Lois J. Eckerd, 77, of Medina died Feb. 14, 2020 in United Memorial Medical Center following a brief illness. She was born June 18, 1942 in Lockport to James and Annabelle (Cain) Yates and had lived in this area all of her life. Lois attended Bryant and Stratton Business School and had worked as a cook in the Town and Country Restaurant as well as the Countryside Restaurant in Medina for over 20 years. She was a member of the Abundant Harvest United Methodist Church in Millville, volunteered for the Medina Area Association of Churches, and was a Girl Scout leader in earlier years. Lois enjoyed crafting and making handmade cards, sewing, knitting, participating in her weekly prayer group and for many years was an Avon Lady selling Avon products. Mrs. Eckerd was predeceased by her husband Robert, and a brother Robert Yates. She is survived by her sons: Robert Eckerd of Lyndonville, Norman Eckerd of Lyndonville, Michael Eckerd of Medina, Jeffrey (Kim) Yates of Gasport; her daughters: Laura Yates of Amherst, Vickie Patten of Mass., Julie (Gary) Kaplan of Mass., Cindy (Gregory ) Ackerman of Idaho, Rebecca (Ted) Chamalian of Fla.; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren as well as nieces and nephews. There will be no prior visitation. Family and friends were invited to attend Lois’s Memorial Service Wed., Feb. 19 in the United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest in Millville, 12373 Maple Ridge Rd., Medina, NY 14103. Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church. ‪Lois’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Albion. ‬To share a special memory of Lois, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Neil G. Fleming, 72, of Holley passed away on Feb. 15, 2020 after a long fighting battle with Parkinson.  He was born Nov. 14, 1947 in Philadelphia, Pa., a son of the late John Richard and Bette Louise Fleming. Neil retired from SUNY Brockport. He is survived by his loving wife Sandra Buck-Fleming; his loving children: Ryan Fleming, William (Dori) Buck, Jennifer (Rick) Buck; grandchildren: Jacob Fleming, Julia, Morgan, Zachary, Felicia; great-grandson, Caine; brother-in-law, Rankin Shaver; close friends Rosemary and Bill Bower and best canine friend, Gretchen. There are no prior calling hours. His memorial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, P.O. Box 23204, Rochester, NY 14692.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. Holley.  To share a special memory of Neil please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Ronald G. French, 76, of Medina passed away on Wed., Feb. 19, 2020 after a long illness. A son of the late Joseph and Mary (Redway) French, he was born on May 17, 1943. He married the former Audrey M. Leffler on December 10, 1960. Mr. French was employed by Harrison Radiator Division of GM in Lockport and retired after 34 years. He was a longtime parishioner of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Medina. He enjoyed fishing, camping, playing pool and dancing. Mr. French was known to be a friend and helper to many. His great sense of humor will be missed by all that knew and loved him. Mr. French was predeceased by his son, Ronald G. French, Jr. on Dec. 14, 1993 and granddaughter, Courtney N. Kenward on Nov. 12, 2017. Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Audrey French; two daughters: Catherine French (Chris Lista) and Christine (Lee) Blosenhauer; four grandchildren: Christopher (Shelby) Blosenhauer, Mark Blosenhauer, Morgan Kenward and Mitchel Kenward; twin sister, Rita Prentice; and several other siblings, nieces and nephews. His memorial service will be held on Sat., Feb. 29 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1355 West Ave., Medina. Vicar Rick Mollenkopf-Grill will officiate. Interment will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Please share memories and condolences at: www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Russell L. Heideman, 63, of Lyndonville NY, passed away peacefully on Fri., Feb. 14, 2020 at his home with his loving family at his side. Born on Dec. 16, 1956 in Lockport, NY, he was the son of Raymond and Dorothy (Manning) Heideman. Russell worked for 30 years for the Town of Yates Highway Department, retiring in 2018. He enjoyed motorcycles, fishing, and working in his garage. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family. Russell married Roxanne Kingdollar on July 14, 1973 and they made their home in Lyndonville raising two children. Besides being survived by his parents, Raymond and Dorothy, Russell is also survived by his soulmate of 47 years Roxanne; his daughter Rachel (Steve) Coleman and his son Chad, His loving grandchildren: Jessica (Dan) Volz, Ryan Coleman and Kevin Heideman; great-grandchildren: Grayson, Bayleigh, Teagan and Wyatt; his sister, Lori (Gene) Hofmeister; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. As per Russell’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made in Russell’s name to Hospice of Orleans, P.O.Box 489, Albion, NY 14411. He will be forever missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. “Dad, I miss you more than words can express. I love you forever.”- Love, Your Daughter. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St., Lyndonville, NY 14098. Please share a memory or light a candle in Russell’s name at: www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.

Alice Kennedy, 84, of Lyndonville NY, died Sat., Feb. 15, 2020 at Strong Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Born on July 6, 1935 in Louisville, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Davis and Leovia (Kelly) Redding. Alice was the fourth child of ten children. She moved to Lyndonville in 1957 with her late husband Charlie. Alice was a dedicated housewife, mother, grandmother and was the family’s matriarch. Alice was an excellent cook and was wellknown for her delicious meals. She was a devoted and faithful servant of Jehovah for the last 48 years. Alice is survived by 11 children: Charles (Pam) Kennedy, Martha Middleton, Jesse (Denise) Kennedy, Leola Savage, Frank (Mona) Kennedy, Leza (Terrell) Woolfolk, Rose (Louis) Joseph, Mary Beth Kennedy, Sarah Davis, Willie David Redding, Marion Woods; 28 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Besides her husband, Charlie Kennedy Jr., Alice is predeceased by a son, James. Relatives and friends called on Sat., Feb. 22, 2020 at the Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, 3830 Stone Rd., Middleport, NY 14105, where a memorial service was also held. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St., Lyndonville, NY 14098. Please sign the on-line register book at: www.bogantuttlefunerals.com.

Franklin W. Rider, Sr., 79, of Appleton died Feb. 13, 2020 in his son’s home following a short illness and surrounded by his loving family.  He was born Jan. 30, 1941 in Buffalo to John and Bernice (Beilfuss) Rider and had lived in this area since 1953.  Franklin was a lifelong fruit farmer and enjoyed going to the casino and loved his animals.  He had a special affinity for International Harvester tractors and shared that passion with his family and friends.  Franklin was a family man and particularly enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, who affectionately referred to him as a “Prankster and a Gangster.”  Mr. Rider was predeceased by a brother John and a sister Catherine Ribbeck.  He is survived by his sons: Franklin (Janice) Rider Jr., of Barker, Robert Rider of Lyndonville, Randy (Cindy) Rider of Gasport; his daughter, Tina (Ron) Newman of Lockport; his sisters: Mary LaJoie of Middleport, Roseann McKenczie of Lockport, Virginia (Doug) Piskorowski of Barker; 7 grandchildren: Ryan, Cassandra, Shannon, Tanya, Franklin III, Brittany, Brandi; 8 great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews.  There will be no prior calling hours.  Private services and interment will be held at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094 or the Barker Fire Dept., 1660 Quaker Rd., Barker, NY 14012.  Franklin’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Kenneth H. Sherrie Funeral Home-Newfane.  To share a special memory of Franklin, please visit: www.mitchellfuneralhomes.com.

Catherine VanDetta, 78, of Albion died Feb. 12, 2020 in Medina Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.  She was born Jan. 16, 1942 in Albion to George and Marion (Cassidy) VanDetta and was a lifelong resident of this area.  Catherine was a person who loved to shop.  She also loved cats, birds watching, doing yardwork cooking and listening to the radio or watching TV.  Miss VanDetta was predeceased by her brothers: George, Anthony and Peter VanDetta; as well as two sisters: Judy Rutherford and Patty Swanger.  She is survived by her sister: Janice Loreback of Brockport as well as several nieces and nephews.  There will be no prior calling hours.  Family and friends were invited to attend Catherine’s memorial service Fri., Feb. 21, 2020 at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion.  Interment was held in the Spring in Holy Cross Cemetery, Holley.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 25 Circle St., Rochester, NY 14607.  To share a special memory of Catherine, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

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