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Obituaries

Carol M. Smith-Beeby, 78, of Lyndonville, passed away peacefully with loved ones by her side on Thu., Oct. 14, 2021 at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo after a hard fought battle with acute myeloid leukemia. Born Aug. 3, 1943 in Lockport, Carol was a daughter of the late Perry Livingston Joseph Smith and Bessie June (Collins) Smith. She graduated from Lyndonville High School. The family also lived in Norfolk, VA where she would meet the love of her life, Joel F. Beeby. The couple was married in January 1965. Carol was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She worked for Fisher-Price Toys in Medina and ABCD Daycare. Carol loved her family and enjoyed doing genealogy and working in the temple. Carol held a soft spot in her heart for all of nature, especially cats. Her fur-babies Buddy, Xion, Baby Yoda, Tigger, Toby and Fred aka Little One. Carol was predeceased by her beloved husband, Joel Beeby in 2008 and siblings: Harold (Pat) Smith, Edwin (Beverly) Smith, Marylou (Richard) Smith Rupple, Robert (Barbara & Carol) Smith, Wally-A. Smith and Sally Kubatek. Left to cherish her memory are her stepson, Robert (Jennifer) Beeby-Cook; daughters: Joanne (Tony) Martinez and Jeannie (Mark) Beeby-McNeil; grandchildren: Joel (Autumn) Martinez, Jami Martinez, Courtney McNeil, Jodi (Tyler) Schook, Carrie Ann (Jake) Covert, Tony Martinez, Jr., Caitlyn McNeil, Toby Martinez, Tadd Martinez, Conner McNeil and Colleen Joelle McNeil; great-granddaughter, Sophie Schook; sisters: Muriel (late Keith) Newman and Patricia (Gary) Suzanne; brother in-law, Richard Kubatek; sister in-law, Jenny Smith; and many nieces and nephews. Calling hours were held on Sat., Oct. 23 at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Her funeral service was Sun., Oct. 24 at at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Lockport. Interment will be in Hartland Central Cemetery on Mon., Oct. 25 at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hope Rises, www.hoperisesnews.com/donate or to PAWS Animal Shelter, 3371 Gaines Basin Rd., Albion, NY 14411. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

Lucille M. Crafts, 98, of Gasport died Oct. 17, 2021 in Niagara Hospice following a brief illness.  She was born Feb. 11, 1923 in the Town of Hartland to Kenneth and Hazel (Rising) Hawley and was a life-long resident of this area.  Lucille was a faithful member of Covenant United Church of Christ. She loved to be in the surroundings of her home…whether it be playing cards, decorating for the seasons, or enjoying watching the hummingbirds.  She also enjoyed going shopping and out to lunch, but most of all, Lucille loved being surrounded by her family.  Mrs. Crafts was predeceased by her husband, Milton; daughter, Deborah Lou; grandson, Jeffrey Crafts; brothers: Belmont and Roger Hawley; and dear companion, Bill Vary.  She is survived by her son, Marshall Crafts of Spencerport; daughters: Bonnie (Allan Schumacher) Snaith of Gasport, Pam (James) Bugenhagen of Gasport; close family members: Carol, Sue and Barb; grandchildren: Mark Crafts, Jill (Rick) Schafer, Dean (Lisa Marie) Bugenhagen, Lisa Bugenhagen, Scot (Sharon) Snaith, Kim (Daniel) McDonell; several great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. The family received friends at the Covenant United Church of Christ, Gasport, Fri., Oct. 22. Her funeral service followed visitation.  Interment was in Hartland Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Church or to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport, NY 14094.  Lucille’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Sherrie Bream Funeral Home of Gasport.  To share a special memory of Lucille, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Francis Michael DiCureia, 66, of Medina, passed away on Fri., October 15, 2021 with family by his side. Born May 24, 1955 in Medina, he was a son of the late Dominic and Dorothy (Westcott) DiCureia. Frank was a 1973 graduate of Medina High School. After high school he went directly into the work force, eventually retiring from Delphi in Lockport. Frank, or “Fast” as most of his friends called him, enjoyed spending time with his family and watching the Buffalo Bills and the NY Yankees. Frank was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Joseph DiCureia. He is survived by his son, Nicholas (Wendy) DiCureia; grandchildren: Frankie and Lucy DiCureia; step-grandchildren: Hailee and Cooper; brothers: David DiCureia and Peter DiCureia; uncle, Dick (Vonda) Westcott; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service was held Sat., Oct. 23 at the East Shelby Community Bible Church, Medina. Interment was in the East Shelby Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.org/donate. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

Carl J. Fera, 63, died Mon., Oct. 18, 2021, with his daughter by his side, holding his hand. He was born on June 27, 1958, in La Crosse, WI, to Gerald Fera and Mary Lou Kaufman O’Connell. He lived most of his life in the Rochester area. Carl was a skilled auto body repair technician and mechanic. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He loved woodworking and fishing. Carl’s foundation was his faith in Jesus and his message of love. Carl became Grandpa Carl early in 2020 and found so much joy in just watching his granddaughter play. He was a loving father who made such an effort to show how much he cared in whatever ways he could. He didn’t always know how to tell people how much they meant to him, but his desk and keepsake boxes full of all the special letters, cards, and photos that he had kept over the years and decades. Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Mary Lou; step-parents, Bob and Laura; brother, Mark Fera; sister Tammy Piccolo; and brother-in-law, Matt Piccolo. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Danielle and Luke Klingensmith; granddaughter, Piper Joy; sisters and brothers-in-law: Geri and John Heale, and Linda and Gary Donofrio; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Fera; nieces, nephews, and other loved ones. There will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends were invited to attend his memorial service in the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, Sat., Oct. 23. Interment will be private at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Supportive Care of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Carl, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

LaVerne H. “Jiggs” Green, Jr., 88, of East Shelby, entered into rest on Thu., Oct. 14, 2021 at the Orchard Manor Nursing Home. Born May 28, 1933 in Oakfield, he was a son of the late LaVerne H. (Maie) Green, Sr. and Grace M. (Lawrence) Caleb. Jiggs served in the NYS Army National Guard from 1949-1969 as a mechanic and earning the rank of Master Sargent. He was employed as a construction supervisor for Agway from 1969-1994. Active in his community, Jiggs was a charter member of the East Shelby Volunteer Fire Co. and was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. He is preceded in death by his wife, Jeanette Green; daughter, Barb Keller; and sister, Comfort Caldwell. Survivors include his longtime companion, Audra Schutt; daughters: Rebecca (Joseph) Fruehauf and Brenda (Marvin Moyer) Frasier; stepdaughters: Rebecca (Phil) Gang and Kathie (Phil) Zirretta; grandchildren: Adam (Ayoma) Keller, Christopher (Laura) Keller, Jenna Keller, Laura (Adam) Bruton, Amanda (Pete Zamniak) Fruehauf, Elizabeth (Tom) Webster, Dale (Lindsay) Frasier and Bruce (Amber) Frasier; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Debra Green; brother in-law, Floyd Caldwell; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours were held on Mon., Oct. 18 at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. His memorial service was held Oct. 19 at the Millville United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest. Burial with full military honors was in Millville Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Knights-Kaderli Memorial Fund, PO Box 684, Medina, NY 14103; or to the East Shelby Fire Co., 5021 E. Shelby Rd., Medina, NY 14103. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

Carl L. Gurnsey, 82, of Albion passed away suddenly at Strong Memorial Hospital on Oct. 17, 2021. Born Dec. 21, 1938 to Carl L. and Edith (Morse) Gurnsey in Corning, NY. Carl attended schools in Gates and Spencerport, and graduated in 1957 from Albion High School. After high school, he joined the U.S. Army and spent most of his three years in Fort Mommouth, NJ. After an honorable discharge, Carl was employed at T.J. Lipton until 1962 and then Eastman Kodak until retiring in 1991. Carl also drove school bus for Albion and Medina Schools and also for a short time in Florida. Carl loved his children, grandchildren, and family. He was very fond of baseball, bowling and his pets, especially his Jack Russell, Jack. Carl was a long-time member of the Elks BPOE Lodge #2110, Brockport, the VFW, American Legion and St. Mary’s Club. Carl was predeceased by his parents, Carl and Edith Gurnsey; sister, Kay Schults; granddaughter, Tiara Fugate; and son, Philip L. Gurnsey. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carolyn (Dawson) Gurnsey; son, Randy (Nina) Gurnsey; daughters: Sandra (Marvin) Dawley, and Suzanne (Todd Grimes) Fugate, all of Albion; sister, Marilyn Rouse; brother-in-law, Art Beach; sister-in-law, Pat Beach, 9 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc.. 21 West Ave. Albion, NY 14411 on Sat., Oct. 30 from 12-2 p.m. where his funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. The family encourages those in attendance to please wear a mask. Interment will follow in Union Cemetery, W. County House Rd., Albion. Memorial contributions in Carl’s name may be made to COVA, 239 S. Main St., Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Carl, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Harry E. Lonnen Sr., 80 of Bergen, passed away on Sun., Oct. 17, 2021 at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. He was born July 11, 1941 in Medina, to the late Walter W. and Saloma J. (Seeley) Lonnen. He is preceded in death by two brothers Delbert and William “Billy” Lonnen. Mr. Lonnen was a proud U.S. Army Veteran. He was still working at GCASA in Batavia. Harry was always willing to help anyone do anything, he especially enjoyed working with other Veterans. He was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. He is survived by his children: Harry Lonnen Jr. of KY, Carrie (Doug) Teeter of Rochester, Christine (Harold) Ertel of Bergen, Jeffrey (Kristen) Lonnen of Wyoming, NY; siblings: George (Cindy) Lonnen, Rosie (Ernie) Stephens, Kenneth (Linda) Lonnen, Leona Quackenbush, Alice Klatt-Miller, MaryAnn (John) Buckland; 9 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews. There will be no prior calling hours and services will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Genesee Cancer Assistance, 127 North St., Batavia, NY 14020. Thoughts and condolences may be left online at www.gilmartinfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are being completed by Gilmartin Funeral Home & Cremation Company, Inc. 329-333 W. Main St., Batavia, NY 14020.

David L. Malte joined the Church Triumphant on Sun., Oct. 17, 2021, after a short illness at Unity Hospital, Greece, NY. David was born in Wartburg, Tenn. on March 10, 1934 to Rev. R.E. and Thelma Malte. As a young boy he moved to Medina. David graduated from Medina High School in 1952. He attended Valparaiso University for a short time. He then earned a degree as a Lab Technician from Erie Community College. David lived in Rochester for most of his adult life working at various jobs. Most recently he lived at Applegate Manor, Medina and then Clover Hill, Albion. David was an avid Buffalo Bills fan and enjoyed the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He was very well read and greatly enjoyed his musical CD collection. He was a member at Trinity Lutheran Church, Medina. David is survived by his siblings: James (Nancy) Malte, Richard (Maria) Malte, all from Boynton Beach, Fla.; Daniel (Karen) Malte of Penn Yan, NY and Constance Malte of Blairsville, Ga.; and sister-in-law, Jane Malte, also of Blairsville. There are no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Medina, at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made in David’s name to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1212 West Ave., 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 David at: www.bogantuttlefunerals.com

John D. Merriman, 73, of Medina entered into rest on Sun., Oct. 10, 2021 at his home. Born Sept. 20, 1948, in Utica, NY, John was a son of the late Samuel and Amy (King) Merriman. He worked as an electrician at FMC in Middleport for many years. Services will be private. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

Lorraine Martha Noreck, 96, of Ocala, Fla. went to be with the Lord on Mon., Oct. 11, 2021 at Brandley Hospice House in Summerfield, Fla. Born Nov. 1, 1924 in Albion, NY, a daughter of the late Casimer and Martha (Furmanski) Stucko. She graduated from Albion High School in 1943. Lorraine moved to Ocala, Fla. in 1985 after retiring from the NYS Dept of Corrections as a Sargent after 25 years. She was an avid bowler and enjoyed fishing, bingo and gambling trips; quilling and the Chinese art of Bunka; and Tampa Bay Rays baseball. Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband John J. Noreck in 1959. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Kathleen (Carl) Ziegler, Lithia, Fla., Lynne (Stephen) Ricci, Ocala, Fla. and Jeffrey (Jeanne) VanNostrand, Batavia, NY; 7 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter; sister, Charlotte (Robert) Monacelli and her son Alan (Michelle) Monacelli of North Port, Fla. and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She is a longtime member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Candler, Fla., NYS Retired Public Employees Assoc., Silver Spring Shores Social Club and Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Women’s Club. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Lorriane’s name to: Give Kids the World, 210 S. Bass Rd., Kissimmee, FL 34746; or Hospice of Marion County, PO Box 4860, Ocala, FL, 34478-4860. There are no prior calling hours. A funeral mass was held on Thu., Oct. 28 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Ocala, Fla. Interment will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Albion, NY at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to Roberts Funeral Home, East Chapel, Ocala, FL.

Cristal Marie Nunea Rexach, 33, of Manati, Puerto Rico passed away unexpectedly Oct. 15, 2021.  She was born Nov. 12, 1987 to Roberto Nunez Santos and the late Maria Esther Rexach and had lived in this area for the past 4 years. Cristal loved God and served her Lord as a Pastor at her church in Puerto Rico.  She was a Cosmetologist and owned and operated God’s Hands Beauty Salon in Manati, Puerto Rico.  She loved doing hair, cooking, baking, singing in church and praise dancing.  She will be remembered as a ray of sunshine who was always smiling no matter what. In addition to her father, Cristal is survived by her husband of 10 years, Neftali; sons: Yeshua J. Nunez, Yelian J. Nunez; father-in-law, Jose (Ashley) Casanova; as well as several other loving family members. Family and friends were invited to Cristal’s Celebration of Life Service on Sun., Oct. 24 at The Lord’s House, Waterport.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. Albion. To share a special memory of Cristal, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Linda L. Reigle, 66, of Medina passed away peacefully Oct. 13, 2021 in Unity Hospital following a brief illness.  She was born Nov. 8, 1954 in Batavia to James and Dolores (Dennany) Shultz and had lived in this area most of her life. Linda worked as a Line Inspector for BMP in Medina for many years. She loved to work with her hands making crafts of all kinds.  She particularly enjoyed birdwatching while making her crafts.  She and her late husband had a strong, mutual love for each other.  Linda was a loving, caring wife, caregiver, mother, grandmother and sister.  Above all, she was an amazing Grandma cherishing every moment spent with her grandchildren. Mrs. Reigle was predeceased by her husband, Richard; daughter, Rebecca; and sister, Janet Brien.  She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Smith of Va., brothers: David Shultz of LeRoy, James (Margaret) Shultz of Medina; sister, Michele (Quentin) Ludlam of LeRoy; and grandchildren: Madelyn Rebecca Smith and Hailey Elizabeth Smith.  The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, Tue., Oct. 19. Her funeral service followed visitation. Interment was in Mt. Albion Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Oishei Children’s Hospital, 818 Ellicott St., Buffalo, NY 14203.  To share a special memory of Linda, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Brenda L. Taplin, 46, of Brockport passed away Oct. 15, 2021. She was born Sept. 3, 1975 in Rochester to the late Vardon and Linda (Neilson) Taplin. Brenda loved animals, doing crafts, playing games and knitting. Brenda was predeceased by her parents and her brother, David. She is survived by her fiancé of 15 years, Phillip Cartner; siblings: Melinda (Robert) Neal, John (Fiancée Danielle) Taplin, Cora Sue (Brian) Wood, Betty (Joel) Taplin Shifflet, Vardon (Tamara) Taplin Jr.; nieces and nephews: April Larkin, Hope Diaz, John Taplin II, Joshua Taplin, Zaiden Shifflet, Zion Taplin, Piper Taplin, as well as several more nieces, nephews and cousins. A service for Brenda will be held Sun., Nov. 7 from 1-4 p.m. at the Sandy Creek Seventh Day Adventist Church, 16858 Ridge Rd., Holley, NY 14470. Memorial contributions in Brenda’s name may be made to PAWS, 3371 Gaines Basin Rd., Albion, NY 14411. Brenda’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Brenda, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Mario Toledo Jr., 66, of Clarendon passed away peacefully Sept. 4, 2021 in Palative Care Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital after several weeks of intensive care for complications of bacterial meningitis.  He was predeceased by his father, Mario Toledo Sr.; mother, Delphine; brother, Mitchell Toledo;, and sister, Yolanda White.  Survived by good friend and companion for over 40 years, Bob Hicock; and sister, Sandra Medina. Mario worked as a hairdresser, then seed pelletizer at Harris Moran Seed Company in Rochester. He retired from Monroe Community Hospital where he worked as a CNA for many years. Mario loved his home, gardens, and especially his animals.  Despite his physical limitations he enjoyed helping neighbors and friends with projects.  Mario did not want any service just say a prayer that he now pain free in his heavenly home.