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Obituaries


Alice (Baker) Auman, 83, of Barre passed away with her family at her side on Jan. 7, 2022. She was born April 14, 1938 in Albion, NY to the late Gordon and Dorothy (Dawley) Baker. Alice loved to cook, garden and crochet and was an active member of the Middleport United Methodist Church. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Donald in 2013. Alice is survived by her children: Debra (Terry) Crapanzano, Michael L. (Tracy) Cliff, Donna (Robert Williams) Auman, Denise (Jeff) McDonald; 6 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Daisy Brew; many nieces, nephews, and cousins. There are no prior calling hours. Alice’s funeral service was held at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, NY 14411 on Jan. 13. Interment followed in Hillside Cemetery in Holley. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Alice’s name may be made to the Middleport United Methodist Church, 9 Park Ave., Middleport, NY 14105; or Supportive Care of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Alice, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Luella J. Caleb, 92, of Medina entered into rest peacefully on Wed., Jan. 5, 2022 at the Orchard Rehab & Nursing Center. Born on April 1, 1929 in Kent, Luella was the daughter of the late Lawrence Gray, Sr. and Genieve (Erway) Gray. She was a graduate of Medina High School. Luella worked various jobs including at the Knowlesville Hotel and Blissett’s Specialty Shop in Medina. Later she worked as a home health aide for years. Throughout life she was always one to help in any way that she could, albeit in her “no-nonsense” approach.  Even when living in the nursing home, Luella would often help the nurses with their daily tasks. Luella was an avid bowler and competed in state-level competitions. She also enjoyed golfing and loved watching the Buffalo Bills. Luella was a proud member of the Mustang Band Boosters and the Moose Club. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Gail (Thomas) Cook of Ariz. and Tina (Rob) Dennis of Medina; grandchildren: Randy (Shaula) Cook, Amanda (Justin) McMillan, Melissa (Gene) Thompson, Lee Gray, Robert (Kate) Dennis-Pelcher and Nellie (Robert) Herman; great-grandchildren: April and Austin Cook, Abigail and Brayden McMillan, Grant and Stella Thompson, Quinton Dennis-Pelcher, Aurora and Magnolia Herman; also several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Luella was predeceased by two brothers: Lawrence Gray, Jr. and Russell Gray. Services will be held at a later date this year to be announced. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W., Center St., Medina. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org. Share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

Bernice L. Embt, 99, of Albion passed away Jan. 7, 2022 at the Martin Linsin Hospice Residence in Albion. She was born March 26, 1922 in Mendon, NY to the late Henry and Gertrude (Klink) Heineman. Bernice was a member of the West Barre United Methodist Church, Past President of the Orleans County Cattleman’s Association Auxiliary, and charter member of the Barre Fire Dept. Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed spending time fishing and traveling with her late husband Everett. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Everett; brothers: Carl and Henry Heineman; and sister, Marie Cotton. Bernice is survived by her daughters: Betty (Harold) Hazel of Barre, Ruthe (James) McKoy of Ariz., 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 4 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Farley of Geneseo; as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. There are no prior calling hours or services. A private graveside service will be held at Attica Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in Bernice’s name may be made to Supportive Care of Orleans P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411. Bernice’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes of Albion, NY. To share a special memory of Bernice, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Lucretia J. Fraczak, of Medina, entered into rest peacefully on Sun., Jan. 9, 2022 at the Martin-Linsin Hospice Residence in Albion. Born on July 23, 1935 in Buffalo, she was a daughter of the late John and Helen (Nowak) Dujenski. Lucretia married Leonard S. Fraczak in 1955. They were lifelong residents of Medina. A devout Catholic, Lucretia was a parishioner of Sacred Heart of Jesus R.C. Church, then Holy Trinity R.C. Parish, St. Mary’s Church. She was a member of the Rosary Society, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and was a Franciscan Sisters- St. Joseph Associate. Lucretia worked for Rochester Products Division of General Motors for many years. She volunteered at Medina Memorial Hospital, Medina Central School District, and helped form Mustang Band Boosters. In addition to her parents, Lucretia joins in Heaven her beloved husband, Leonard Frazcak 2000; son, Andrew Fraczak 2014; brother, Bernard Dujenski 1978; sister, Arlene Bensley 2019; and dear lifelong friend, Sister Presentia Stawicki 2020. Left to cherish her memory are her daughters: Virginia (Jeff) Klotzbach, Cynthia Hewitt, Christine (Michael) Biernacki and Clara (Howard) Lake; grandchildren: Kari Ann Hewitt, Krisha (Michael) Budner, Timothy (Nikki) Winans, Matthew Winans, Aubry (Aaron) Phillips, Zachary Baldwin, Jennifer (Justin) Webster, Alexander Baldwin, Steven Biernacki and Andi Lou Fraczak; seven great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Thomas Hewitt; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held on Sun., Jan. 16 from 4-8 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Bernard Nowak on Mon., Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Mary’s Church, 211 Eagle St., Medina. Masks will be mandatory at both locations. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Supportive Care of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411; Orleans Community Health Foundation, 200 Ohio St., Medina, NY 14103; or to Holy Trinity Parish. Share memories and condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com

Robert E. Furness, 92, of Kendall passed away suddenly Jan. 6, 2022.  He was born Jan. 1, 1930 in Albion, a son of the late Claude and Elvira (Wright) Furness. Bob graduated in 1948 from Kendall High School. He went to work for Eastman Kodak and was drafted to serve in the U.S. Marines, during the Korean War, stationed in Japan. Bob then went back to Eastman Kodak Co., where he retired from after 37 years. Bob was an active member and Trustee at the Gaines Carlton Community Church, Kendall Lions Club and Kendall Fire Co. Bob enjoyed baseball, fishing, golf and hunting.  He was a handyman, always helping someone fix something. He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Diane; children: Michael Furness, Dawn (Bob) Gaylord and Tim (Theresa) Furness; former exchange student, Sue Chadwick-Brettle; grandchildren: Kristina (Shane) Nesbitt, Sarah (Justin) Collyer, Jason Gaylord, Keri, Madelyn and Isabella Furness and Katie (Ryan) Brock; great-grandchildren: Owen, Brody, Kendyl, Kinsley and Sutton; siblings: Kenneth (late Judy) Furness, Julia (DeForest) Bragg, Nancy (Ronald) Coyle, Annmarie (David) Gonyeau; sisters-in-law: Madge (William) Doty and Midge (late Charles) Warren; 4 step-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, 21 West Ave., Albion on Jan. 14.  Bob’s funeral service was held at the Gaines Carlton Community Church, 14585 Ridge Rd. W, Albion, NY 14411 on Jan. 15. Interment was in Beechwood Cemetery in Kendall.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gaines Carlton Community Church. To share a special memory of Bob, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com 

Mary A. Golding, 57, of Hornell passed away Jan. 10, 2022 at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, NY. She was born Dec. 25, 1964 in Albion, NY to the late James and Beverly (McKenzie) Lowe. Mary enjoyed playing cards and was always the life of the party. She will be loved and remembered forever. Mary is survived by her husband, Ralph; son, Randy (Amanda) Biaselli; grandchildren: Aiden, Eden, Paige, Peyton, Esme, Philip, and Eljah; 3 sisters, 7 brothers, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Services for Mary will be held at the convenience of the family. Mary’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes of Albion, NY. To share a special memory of Mary, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Alice Grier, 97 of Bates Rd., Medina, NY, died on Jan. 12, 2022. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Clarence Grier. Left to mourn her passing is her great-niece, Sydell Green; 9 great-great nieces and nephews; and very close friend, Lloyd Aston. Services for Alice will be held at the convenience of her family. Alice’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes of Albion, NY. To share a special memory of Alice, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Gladys N. Hopper, 71, of Albion passed away January 6, 2022. She was born Sept. 25, 1950 in Albion, NY to the late Willard and Gladys (Watson) Bennett. Gladys worked for many years for the Arc as an assembly line worker. In the early ‘80s she also worked at the Orleans County Nursing Home in the laundry department. Gladys was a former member of the Board of Directors for the Orleans County Arc. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Robert, and several siblings. She is survived by her siblings: Roy, Willard, Kathy, and Julie; as well as many friends and people who loved her. There are no prior calling hours. A funeral service to celebrate Gladys’ life was held at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 West Ave., Albion, NY 14411 on Jan. 12. To share a special memory of Gladys, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Anthony M. Massaro, 77, of Ormond Beach, Fla. was called home on Jan. 7, 2022 after a long battle with heart disease.  He is the son of the late Anthony and Alice (Monacelli) Massaro. Tony joined the U.S. Army from 1967-1970 during the Vietnam war.  He earned the Army Commendation Medal; as well as several awards given during his service. Tony owned and operated Hair Fantasy, Shining Tanning Salon, Slender Images and Your Video. He also opened the first tanning salon in the county. Tony worked with BOCES cosmetology and hired graduates of the program. Tony was always giving back to his community. Later, he built and displayed his custom bike at the Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Shows in 1997; he won an all-expense paid trip to Essen, Germany to show his bike on a worldwide stage. He eventually became the Director of Judges for Rat’s Hole and judged bikes at the Dayton Bike week and in South Dakota. He enjoyed traveling and continued work as Director of Judges right up until the Daytona Bike Week last spring. In addition to his parents Anthony was predeceased by his wife, Cathy (Cusimano) Massaro in 2015 and friend, Cryil Huze.  He is survived by his sons: Michael of Albion and Marc Massaro of Medina/Fla.; grandson, Peter Massaro of Albion; brother, John (Jane) Massaro of Fla.; several nieces, nephews and cousins; close friends: Brenda and Jack Deagazio; as well as any other friends. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 21 West Ave., Albion, on Sun., Jan. 16, 1-4 p.m.  His Mass of Christian Burial will be Mon., Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. at Holy Family Parish.  Burial with Military Honors will be in Mt. Albion Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Supportive Care of Orleans County P.O. Box 489, Albion NY 14411. To share a special memory of Tony, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Gilbert Nowak, 81, of Rochester, formerly of Albion passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his beloved family on Sun., Jan. 9, 2022. Predeceased by parents; son, Richard Stockton. Survived by his loving wife, Margaret; children: Debbie (John) Fracassi, Randy Bongiatonni, Julie (Ed) Piccirillo; grandchildren: Jennifer (Josh) Swan, Matthew Fracassi, Alysha Bongiatonni, Emma Piccirillo; great-grandchildren: Carter & Avery Swan, Oakley Bongiatonni; sisters: Lauren Helfer & Debbie Helfer; nieces: Stacey & Lindsay Rachow. Gil was a member of St. Mary’s Archers & St. Mary’s Club. He was an outdoors man that loved hunting, fishing, camping and teaching his grandchildren about the great outdoors. Family and friends may visit from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. on Sun., Jan. 23 at New Comer Cremations and Funerals, 2636 Ridgeway Ave., followed by a memorial service at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers please share a special memory or a funny story of Gilbert with the family, please visit: www.NewcomerRochester.com

Frank S. Ranallo, Sr. was drop kicked by Jesus through the goalposts of life on Jan. 11, 2022 at the Orchard Manor Rehab & Nursing Center. (The first line is a country song that he was well known for singing, his daughters said he quoted it daily.) Born on July 6, 1936 in Iona, Mich., Frank was the son of the late Salvatore “Sam” and Francis “Fran” (Trow) Ranallo. He was a 1954 graduate of Medina High School. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served from 1954-1957. Frank played for Medina MAAC Semi-Pro Football Team. He married the former Patricia A. Stupnick on in1964. In 1961, Frank joined his family as an owner-operator of Ranallo’s Lanes. After retiring from the bowling lanes, Frank drove for Medina Taxi. He was a lifelong member of Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion. He was an excellent bowler and loved yard sales. An avid fisherman, Frank also operated Frank’s Rod & Reel Repair. In addition to his parents, Frank was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Ranallo 2021; son, Frank S. Ranallo, Jr. 2021; and sister, Barbara Ranallo 2016. Fabulous Frank is survived by his daughters: Sandra (Barb Duckworth) Ranallo of Rochester, Pamela (Jim Cunningham) Ranallo of Boulder, Colo. and Christine (Mike Cassidy) Ranallo of Kent; grandson, Frank S. Ranallo III; sister, Janice (Carmen) Strianese; several beloved nieces and nephews; and many dear friends from the Ranallo’s Rockettes, Ranallo’s Muggers, and Frankie’s Foxes. Calling hours will be held at a later date to be announced. A graveside service will follow with full military honors at Millville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Orleans County Veterans Service Agency - Van Transport Service, 13996 Route 31 West Albion, New York 14411; or  www.warriorhouseofwny.com. Arrangements are in the care of Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share memories and condolences at: www.cooperfuneralhome.com

Bonnie Jean Renouf, 81, of San Antonio, Texas passed from this life Sun., Dec. 26, 2021. Born March 23, 1940 in Middleport, NY, she was the first child and only daughter of the late Harry and Dorothy Stanley. Bonnie graduated from Medina High School and Cazenovia College. Marrying 2nd Lieutenant Ronald Renouf in 1963, they lived and traveled the world together courtesy of the USAF. PCS orders relocated them around the USA and overseas to Okinawa and West Germany. Her favorite station was four years at Rhein Main AFB. While there, Bonnie managed the Wedgwood shop at the base exchange, a job she adored. She also traveled extensively across Europe with her family of five. After twenty years of military life, Ron and Bonnie confirmed San Antonio would be their forever home. She was a medical transcriptionist at Nix Medical Center downtown until her retirement. Bonnie is survived by her husband, Ronald Renouf; children: Jennifer (Michael) Thompson of Maple Valley, WA, Michael (Julie) Renouf of San Antonio and Cynthia (Jamie) Baumann of San Antonio; grandchildren: Parker and Colby Renouf, and Drew Gonzales. The family politely requests only themselves at her remembrance.

Clarence G. Schuler, 88, of the Town of Murray passed away Jan. 11, 2022 at Unity Hospital.  He was born Oct. 23, 1933 in Rochester, a son of the late Clarence W. and Mildred Schuler and had lived in this area most of his life. Clarence had served in the U.S. Navy during Korea.  He was a volunteer fireman for the Fancher-Hulberton-Murray Fire Company.  Clarence retired from Kodak where he worked as an electrician, and after, worked security for Pet Smart and Chase Bank in Brockport. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley and son, Timothy.  He is survived by his children: Debra Schuler Maynard, Karen Schuler (Raymond) Herrmann, William (Barbara) Schuler, Janet Schuler (John) Mignano; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family.  Memorials may be made to Fancher-Hulberton-Murray Fire Company, 3353 Hulberton Rd., Fancher, NY 14452.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. Albion. To share a special memory of Clarence, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com

Larie G. Vagg, 88, of Albion passed away Jan. 6, 2022 following a long illness.  Larie was born Jan. 15, 1933 in Barre Center, a son of the late Wilbur and Eleanor (Sibley) Vagg.  He served in the U.S. Air Force for 40 years, serving in Korea and Vietnam, retiring in 1993 with the rank of Senior Master Sargent.  He was an avid car collector and member of numerous Auto Clubs.  Larie was well known Master Carpenter in the area and always had a smile and willing to tell a story or joke.  He was a charter member of the Barre Fire Co. and long-time member of the Albion Odd Fellows Lodge. Larie was predeceased by his son, Gregory and sister, Delores Lowman. Survived by his children: Susan (Raymond) Emerson and James (Lorri) Vagg; grandchildren: Robert (Aleena) and Steven Emerson, Nicolas (Brooke), Gabrielle and Erica Vagg; great-grandchildren: Cameron, Arabella, Greyson and Lindsay; longtime loving companion, Rita M. Dumont; sister, Donna (James) Sullivan and several nieces and nephews. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, 21 West Ave. on Jan. 10.  Larie’s funeral service was held at the funeral home on Jan. 11. Interment with military honors was at Mt. Albion Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Orleans County Joint Veterans Council, 13996 Route 31 West, Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Larie, please visit: www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com