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Obituaries


Robert Bissell, 97, passed away peacefully at home on Tue., May 3, 2022. Predeceased by his brother, Charles Bissell; sister, Ruth Rayburn; and daughter-in-law, Connie Bissell. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Cora; son: Ronald and Timothy (Emily Dennstedt); daughter, Mary (Aaron Ballou); grandchildren: James (Ashley), Bryan (Kayla), Chris (Shery), Daniel and Amelia; great-grandchildren: Christopher Jr, Matthew, Cayden, Joshua, Bella, Bradley, David, Addison and Elijah. Robert proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a Sergeant with Company H, 2nd Battalion, 71st Infantry Regiment, 44th Division. He received the Distinguished Unit Badge, EAME Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. Robert was an electrical engineer at Kodak and Bausch and Lomb, choir director and the church organist for over 50 years at the Kendall United Methodist Church. He collected and repaired clocks, was an avid gardener and still push mowed his lawn at the age of 96. Family received friends on Mon., May 9 at the Fowler Funeral Home Inc., Brockport. A funeral service followed. Interment with Military Honors was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Kendall on Tue., May 10.

Laurene Alice “Sweet Lady” Canale, 91, went to be with the Lord on May 9, 2022 after a short illness at the Villages of Orleans surrounded by her loving family. She was born Oct. 5, 1930 in Medina to the late Ernest and Alice (Oldenburg) Ruef. Laurene enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother. She was known for her yearly Christmas party and her cooking. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially attending their sporting events. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 62 years Gerald Canale, Sr. in 2010; sisters: Aline Smith, Susanne Whittier; nephews: Scott Whittier and Stevie Ruef. Laurene is survived by her children: Joseph (Linda Jo) Canale, Nancy (Robert) Brown, David Canale, Mary Kay (David) Vagg, Gerald Canale, Jr.; grandchildren: Justin (Sarah) Canale, Aimee (Darryl) Koch, Matthew (Brooke) Canale, Jacob (Stephanie) Canale, Robert (Jourdon Sutton) Brown, Jennifer (Ron) Leverenz, Elissa (John) Risolo, Bryan (Hanna Pescara) Vagg; great-grandchildren: Braeden and Ethan Koch, Adele and Maelyn Canale, Madalyn and Mason Canale, Briella Brown, Robert Delgado-Brown, Johnny Risolo, Allison Leverenz; siblings: Frederick (Patricia) Ruef, Patricia (Late Richard) Mott; brothers-in-law: Tom Canale, Clayton “Greg” Fletcher; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. There are no prior calling hours. A private graveside service will be held at Beechwood Cemetery, Kendall. Memorial contributions in Laurene’s name may be made to Supportive Care of Orleans, 14080 Route 31 West, Albion, NY 14411; or Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church 106 S. Main St. Albion, NY 14411. Laurene’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes of Albion, NY. To share a special memory of Laurene, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

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Jonathan Wallace Doherty, 38, died in his sleep on Thu., May 5, 2022 at his home in Albion. Jonathan was born at Strong Memorial Hospital in June of 1983, attended Rainbow Preschool, Orleans Niagara BOCES, and the Albion Schools, where he graduated in 2003. He had lived in Albion his entire life. He was an Eagle Scout and member of the Order of the Arrow. An employee of the ARC Cleaning Crew, for over 15 years he was also a substitute cleaner at the Albion Schools. He volunteered for many of the civic organizations in his community. He was a member of the Albion Lion’s Club, Albion Alumni Association and Orleans County Historical Association. He danced at Miss Amy’s Gotta Dance Studio. He was a lifelong Buffalo Bills fan and enjoyed country music. As a client of the ARC, he was one of the founders of the Self-Advocacy All Stars. He was a smiling pedestrian all over Albion. Jonathan is survived by his parents, Linda and Kevin Doherty; siblings: Lizabeth (Travis Hill) and their sons: Bennett and Wesley, of Clinton; Meghan (Joe) Coyle and their sons: Hayden, Liam, Colin, and Charlie of Albion; Allyson (Lowell Ranger) and their children: Henry, Ruth, and Joyce of Pittsford; Spencer of Albion, and Brendan (Danielle Duenas) of Gates. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, 21 West Ave., Albion, Wed., May 11. Family and friends attended his funeral service May 12 in Christ Episcopal Church, Albion. Interment will be held privately in Mt. Albion Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorials are suggested to Camp Rainbow, c/o the GLOW ARC, 64 Walnut St., Batavia, 14020. To share a special memory of Jonathan, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

William E. Elwell, 90, passed away May 6, 2022. He was born April 28, 1932 in Brockport, NY a son of the late Edward and Agatha (Feltz) Elwell. He was a former employee of General Electric in Brockport. Mr. Elwell served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was predeceased by his son, Mark Elwell; sisters: Particia Palmateer and Barbara Davy. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Marcia; children: Russell Elwell of Albion, Valerie Rush of Albion and Bonnie Johnson of Waterport; grandchildren: Jason (Celia) Elwell, Jeremy (Erica)) Elwell, Michael (Danielle) Blake, Steven Blake, Cheryl (Raymond) Laine Samantha (Kyle) Ham; 10 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, 21 West Ave., Albion on Mon., May 9. His funeral service followed. Interment with Military Honors was at Mt. Albion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Greater Royal Body Shop, 116 N. Liberty St. Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Bill, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

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Helen Marie (Shoemaker) Hickey, passed away peacefully on Thu., May 5, 2022 at the Medina Memorial Hospital. She had previously been cared for at home by daughters, Sue and Ann. Helen was born in Medina in 1926, the daughter of Dr. John C. Shoemaker and Marie (Jinks) Shoemaker. Growing up in Medina, Helen loved animals, enjoyed horseback riding and going to movies. She graduated from Medina High School in 1942, attended the University of Michigan and graduated from Katherine Gibbs Institute of New York. Helen married Thomas Hickey in 1947 and together they operated Hickey Furniture Co. for 42 years, Helen serving as decorator and bookkeeper. Helen was a past member of the Twig Association, Cotillion Club, Bridge Club, Coterie and St. Mary’s R.C. Church. She and Tom were members of the Oak Orchard Yacht Club and Power Squadron. The couple spent winters in Captiva and Fort Myers, Florida. Helen was predeceased by Tom, her husband of 66 years and her brother, Dr. John C. Shoemaker, Jr. Helen is survived by her daughters: Ann (Paul) Michaud and Susan (Charles) Slack of Medina; grandchildren: Dr. Aaron (Courtney) Slack, Martin (Jennifer) Slack, Brian Slack, Dr. Matthew Michaud and Abigail (Steve) Jakubowski; great-grandchildren: Alana, Brendan, Emma, Bradley, Samuel, Sylvia, Liv and Mira; nephews: James Vosteen, Bill Vosteen, Bob Vosteen and James Shoemaker; also special and most appreciated caregiver, Ellen Brege. An hour of calling will be held on Mon., May 23 from 11am-12pm at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, immediately followed by a graveside committal service in Boxwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to PAWS Animal Shelter, 3371 Gaines Basin Rd., Albion, NY 14411; Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, 620 West Ave., Medina, NY 14103; or to Holy Trinity R.C. Parish, 211 Eagle St., Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

Donald J. Manley, 78, of Albion passed away peacefully on May 8, 2022, at his home, with his family at his side. He was born Dec. 24, 1943 in Medina to the late Flagler V. and Dorothy (Howard) Manley. Don graduated in 1962 from Lyndonville Central School, and later received his Associate Degree in Drafting and Design from Rochester Institute of Technology.  Following a period of Machinist Trade School at Eastman Kodak Company, Don spent 28 years working there in the Machine Shop. After his retirement, Donald and his wife Judy, took a variety of sight seeing trips. Don was also a very active member of the Albion First United Methodist Church. He helped to start and maintain The Worship in Motion program. He spent 25+ years serving on the various committees of the Albion United Methodist Church. Don loved old cars and working in his machine shop, but most of all Don cherished the time spent with his family. Don leaves his wife, Judy (Allen) Manley; daughters: Sarah (Daniel) Melancon and Jamie (Larry) Cassara; grandchildren: Shelby Melancon (Charles Bergeron), Chad Melancon, Ashley (Aleks) Nikolovski, Jeffery (Verenice) Bragg, and Deegan Bragg, as well as 6 great-grandchildren. There are no prior calling hours. A memorial service was held at Albion First Baptist Church on Thu., May 12. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Supportive Care of Orleans, 14080 Route 31 West, Albion, NY 14411; or Volunteers for Animals, P.O. Box 1621 Batavia, NY 14021, (please include “in memory of Donald Manley” on the memo line). To share a special memory of Don, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Raynold W. Miller, Jr. entered into eternal rest on April 9, 2022. Born on Jan. 22, 1963, in Medina, NY to the late Raynold W. Miller, Sr and Irene Chase Miller. He is survived by his brother, Daniel (Lissa) Miller of Albion; uncle, Luke Miller of Albion; nephews: Nate Miller and Michael Ayotte; and nieces: Amber Miller and Ashley Porter. Ray was a Lifetime member of the Albion Volunteer Fire Department, the Albion Emergency Squad, and a member of the Albion Fireflies Drill Team. He was a member of the Western New York State Firemen’s Association. Ray received an award for two-time overall training hours for Orleans County. He was Chief mechanic for 13 years for Emergency Squad which was caring for the Hurst tools, boat, and truck/ambulance. Ray moved to Hollywood, MD when he accepted a position as Equipment Operator with the State Highway Administration, where he continued to work until his retirement. There will be no calling hours. Family and friends attended a Memorial Service for Ray, on Sat., May 14, 2022 at the Albion Fire Station, 106 N. Platt St., Albion, NY 14411. Memorials may be made to the Albion Fire Department. Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home of Albion.

Patricia A. “Patty” (Stratton/Ergott) Montrois, of Albion passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 17, 2022. She was born March 17, 1940 in Newark, NY to the late Bernard and Myrtle (Cassady) Stratton. Patricia enjoyed baking, playing cards and spending time with her friends, family and her grandchildren. In her younger years she worked at Loblaws in Albion before she eventually retired after 30 years from Delco Products/ITT Automotive/Valeo. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Harold (Shirley) Stratton. Patrica is survived by her husband of 30 years, Richard Montrois; children: Delvin (Marci) Ergott III, Paul (Karen Allen) Ergott, Kathryn (Michael) Gross, Steven (Krissy) Montrois, Julie (Gregory) Hahn; grandchildren: Delvin IV, Jennie, Katie, Gianni, Lydia, Mason, Elliott, Deklend, Aliya; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, 21 West Ave., Albion, NY 14411 on Wed., May 25 from 3-7pm where her memorial service will follow Thu., May 26 at 11am. Interment will be held in Mt. Albion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. To share a special memory of Pat, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

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Joyce A. Moore, 81, died May 8, 2022 in Elderwood of Brockport following a long illness. She was born May 14, 1940 in Rochester to Warren and Ethel (Keplin) Hartley and had been a life-long resident of this area. Joyce was a devoted wife and an excellent homemaker. In her younger years she was a ballet dancer and enjoyed supporting her children by attending their Color Guard competitions. She loved good music and listening to bands, especially Neil Diamond. Joyce enjoyed BINGO, travelling to New York City, shopping, and getting her hair done. Mrs. Moore was predeceased by her husband, Richard and granddaughter, Jennifer. She is survived by her daughters: Susan (Donald) Haubner, Lori Miller and James Zelazny Jr. all of Holley, her step daughters: Rebecca (James) Haines of Spencerport, Emma Moore Parsons of Irondequoit; stepson, Frank Helvey of Henrietta; grandchildren: Alexandra (Mike Burrage), Brandon, Jillian (Jason), Jessica (Rich), Donald, James, Daniel (Krystal); and great-grandchildren: Cody, Elaina, Gianna, Charlie and Kylie. There will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends were invited to attend her graveside service on Wed., May 11 in Hillside Cemetery, Holley. A Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association, 300 Park Blvd., Suite 175, Itasca, IL, 60143. Joyce’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home of Holley. To share a special memory of Joyce, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

David Nasca, 58, of Silver Lake, passed away May 3, 2022 at the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. He was born March 31, 1964 in Brockport, NY to the late Donald and Betty Tillotson Nelson-Nasca. David taught at Royalton-Hartland Central School, Medina Central School and Spencerport Central School. He then became administrator at Medina and later on at Perry Central School. David then returned to teach physics at Spencerport at the end of his career. Throughout the years, David was a swimming coach at Royalton-Hartland, Medina, and Spencerport. He was a former member of the Silver Lake and Brockport Yacht Clubs. Along with his parents, David is predeceased by his sister, Betsy and nephew, Max. He is survived by his wife, Gail Nasca; children: Richard (Kristie) Hinkson of Sarasota, Fla., Stacy (Roland) Smith of Avon; grandchildren: Dylan and Connor Smith, Luna Hinkson. Friends called on May 7 at Robinson and Hackemer Funeral Home, Warsaw. A memorial service immediately followed. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wyoming Co. SPCA, PO Box 269, Attica, NY 14011. Online condolences at www.robinsonandhackemer.com

Donald Thomas “Tom” O’Brien, Sr., passed away peacefully at his home on Tue., May 10, 2022, with his loving family by his side. Born July 3, 1934, in Medina, he was a son of the late Francis Edward and Margaret Elizabeth (Kelly) O’Brien. A 1952 graduate of Medina High School, Tom served in the U.S. Army from 1955-1957. He married the former Carol Gotts in 1959. Tom was employed by Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, retiring in 1994 after 38 years. He also assisted with his family’s business, O’Brien’s Tavern. Tom worked at Cooper Funeral Home as a funeral assistant post-retirement. Mr. OB played for the Medina MAC semipro football team and loved to bowl, golf, and play softball. Tom was a lifelong member of Holy Trinity Parish, St. Mary’s Church Medina. He was a 4th Degree member of Medina Council #651, Knights of Columbus, Lincoln Post #1483, V.F.W., Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion and the Junior Wilson Sportsman’s Club. He enjoyed fishing and spending time at the family cottage. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Carol G. O’Brien; children: Donald T. O’Brien, Jr., Patrick M. (Sarah) O’Brien, Kellie M. (Kimberly LaMendola) O’Brien, Shannon C. (Nicole) O’Brien and Erin P. (Rose Marie) O’Brien; former daughter-in-law, Terry O’Brien; grandchildren: Stephen, Amanda, Timothy, Jarrett, Brendan, Mackenzie, Alex, Devon, Jordan and Katherine “Kate”; several great-grandchildren; brother, Francis E. “Bud” (Mary Ann) O’Brien; sister, A. Maureen Anderson; several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by his sister, Rosemary (James W.) Cooper; in-laws, Florence and Howard Gotts; brother-in-law, John P. Anderson. Calling hours will be held on Thu., May 19, from 4-8 pm at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Fri., May 20, at 10 am at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Mary’s Church, 211 Eagle St., Medina. Interment with full military honors will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Supportive Care of Orleans, www.supportivecareorleans.org or a charity of one’s choice. Share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

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Matthew L. Penna, 77, passed away May 5, 2022 at Unity Hospital following a long illness. He was surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 4, 1944 in Holley, a son of the late Donald and Catherine (Pace) Penna and had lived in this area all of his life. Matt was an entrepreneur, he started MCM Fuel, MCM Heating and Cooling; and owned and operated Matt’s Sports Printing Company all in Holley. He played the drums throughout high school and after, was a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps and a drummer for the band, Show Stoppers. He was an avid sportsman, playing all sports in high school and after played on multiple softball teams. He was a great lover of Italian food, Italian restaurants, his wife Charlene’s cooking and having coffee at Sam’s Restaurant in Holley. Most importantly, Matt’s biggest love was being with his family, especially Sunday dinners when they all could be together. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers: Jerome, Donald, John; and sisters: Madelyn, Carolyn (Richard) Nenni, Kathleen Gifaldi. Matt is survived by his wife of 44 years, Charlene; children: Paul Penna, Jodi (Richard) Gaines, Alan Penna, Matthew Penna, Kate Penna; grandchildren: Ohia Stults, Christian Gaines, Brian Penna; great-granddaughter, Rosie Gaines; step-grandchildren: Luke and Kyle Gaines; step-great-grandchildren: Avery, Willow and Jackson Gaines; sister Joanne (Richard) Aldrich; mother-in-law, Rose Gifaldi; as well as many inlaws, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Rte. 31, Holley Wed., May 11. His Mass of Christian Burial was May 12 at St. Mary’s Church, Holley. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Holley Community Center, 75 Public Square, Holley, NY 14470. To share a special memory of Paul, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Lawrence S. Radzinski, O.S.F., entered into rest on Sun., May 8, 2022. Larry was the son of the late Stanley A. and Wanda M. (Furmanski) Radzinski. He was born on July 21, 1935 in Albion. Larry graduated from St. Mary’s School, Albion in 1949 and from Albion High School in 1953. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army from 1958-1960. Larry was honorably discharged with the rank of SP4. He lived and worked in Albion until he married the love of his life, Martha Slawski in 1972. Larry retired from Jubilee Foods in 1997 after 44 years in the grocery business. He enjoyed working outdoors and gardening. He also liked helping people in any way he could. Larry was a member of Holy Trinity R.C. Parish, St. Mary’s Church in Medina where he served as Eucharistic Minister, Altar Server, Lector and Greeter. In 2015, he became a Franciscan Associate of the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in Hamburg, NY. In 2018 Larry became a member of the Secular Franciscan Order (O.F.S.) at Holy Trinity Parish in Medina. Larry was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Martha Radzinski in 2007; sister-in-law, Anna Slawski and brothers-in-law, Edward (Mary Lou) Slawski and John (Dolores) Slawski; aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by cousins; dear friends, Ronald Fisher and family and Sandy (Marcia) Stornelli; and members of his church family. An hour of calling was held on Thu., May 12 at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity RC Parish, St. Mary’s Church, 211 Eagle St., Medina. Interment with military honors was in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Trinity R.C. Parish or to a charity of one’s choice. Share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

Carol A. Tibbits, 66, of Albion passed away May 5, 2022 at the Martin-Linsin Residence surrounded by her family.  She was born Aug. 26, 1955 in Albion, a daughter of the late Gordon and Arlene (Hard) Tibbits and had lived in this area all of her life. Carol graduated from Albion High School in 1973.  She worked as an LPN at Arnold Gregory Hospital in Albion, Medina Memorial Hospital, the Orleans County Jail and then at the Monroe County Jail.  She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church, Albion Fire Department, AFD Board of Directors and FASNY. Carol was president of WNY Ladies Auxiliary, and president and treasurer of Albion Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was a sports enthusiast and loved the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and Baltimore Orioles. She loved to travel, going to the casino, reading, gardening, hydrangeas, doing crafts, and baking.  Most importantly, she loved spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by her brother, Richard (Linda) Tibbits; nephew, James (Shelly) Luczak and their children: Tyler and Jenna; extended family: Dale and Eileen Banker; Goddaughter, Stephanie (Eric) Williams and their children: Connor and Landon; life-long friend, Marleen DeCarlo; beloved pup, Bad Boy Bailey Banker; as well as the Green and Papponetti families. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. May 6. Her funeral service was held May 7 at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph’s Church. Burial will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to: Supportive Care of Orleans, 14080 State Rte. 31, Albion, NY 14411; or to P.A.W.S., 3371 Gaines Basin Rd., Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Carol, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

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