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Mr. Bruce T. Blanc
, of Medina, passed away on Valentine’s Day, 2017, at his home with family and close friends by his side after a very courageous three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Mr. Blanc was born in Rochester on April 21, 1943, a son of the late Bruce Eugene and Joan Margaret (McKinnon) Blanc. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1961, he attended Syracuse University and served in the US Coast Guard from August 1962 to August 1966. He married the former Linda S. Moden on Feb. 13, 1965. They celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary the day before he passed. Bruce began his career at the United States Post Office in Medina as a letter carrier and retired as the Officer in Charge at the Medina Post Office following 30 years of service. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Medina, Shelridge Country Club, Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion and a former member of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW. He enjoyed playing golf, bowling and fishing. He bowled with the Fire Fighters League for 30 years and enjoyed many trips with friends to Canadian fishing camps. He enjoyed intarsia, a woodworking technique. He operated an eBay store for 15 years where he sold his intarsia wood art worldwide. He played softball with the VFW and was an umpire for the Powder Puff league. He and Linda also enjoyed traveling. Survivors include his wife, Linda; two daughters, Carla Blanc and Hollie Hall; his grandson, Nathan Hall; his brother David (Kelly) Blanc; several nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Gary R. (late Patricia) Blanc and his niece Amy Jo Castricone. Relatives and friends attended his Memorial Service on Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, at the United Methodist Church, 11004 W. Center St. Ext., Medina. The Rev. Anthony Hipes officiated. Interment will be in Millville Cemetery in the spring where military honors will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Medina United Methodist Church, Hospice of Orleans County, or the Knights/Kaderli Memorial Fund. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Tracy A. Boyd, 57, of Holley, passed away after a long illness on Feb. 12, 2017. She was born March 5, 1959, in Rochester to the late Louis and Jacqueline (Gorsline) Anderson. In addition to her parents, Tracy was predeceased by her youngest son, Austin James Boyd; her sister Kathleen; and brother, Louis. Tracy is survived by her husband; Ronald, son Jordan; sisters, April (Ken) Decker, and Alison McCarthy; and step-father; Rudy Scheithier. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. 16650 State Route 31, Holley on Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, from 1-3 p.m., where her memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tracy’s name may be made to the Austin James Boyd Memorial Fund, C/O Iroquois Trail Council BSA, 201 East Main St., Batavia, NY 14020. To share a special memory of Tracy, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Mr. William G. “Bill” Elster, Sr., 80, of Middleport, went to be with the Lord on Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, at the Orchard Manor Nursing Home. Mr. Elster was born on Aug. 9, 1936, in Alfred, N.Y., a son of the late John and Iva (Ordiway) Elster. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1954, he married the former Shirley Bellamy in 1955. Bill opened his first business in Medina in 1955. He provided towing services for AAA for 46 years along with several other insurance companies. He also owned and operated Elster Motor Sales in Ridgeway before moving his business to Middleport in 1974. Mr. Elster served with the National Guard for 4 years and was a member of the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Company for 2 years. He was a member of the Faith Bible Baptist Church and was the former church treasurer. Survivors include five children: Elaine (Max) Medrano of Albion, Susan (Tim) Cutshall of Scammon, Kan., Valerie Elster, William G. Elster, Jr. and Kim (Eric) Brown all of Medina; grandchildren John (Christine) Shingleton, Thomas Shingleton, Jennifer (Greg) Shingleton, Dina (Justin) Narburgh of Medina, Amanda (Seth) Semonick and Mark (Brittany) Swank of Kansas; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Laura Himler and Cindy (Ralph) Haywood; a brother, David (Lenn) Ordiway; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Rick (Ellen) Fulwell, Iris Parlier and Donnie Much. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley, in 1990; four grandchildren: Elizabeth and William Shingleton, Amanda Bloom and Donald Banks, Jr.; and two brothers, Olin Elster, Sr. and Les Ordiway. Friends called on Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his funeral service was held Fri., Feb. 17, 2017. Pastor Stanley Thurber officiated and interment will be in Hartland Central Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Omaha Home for Boys, 435 N. 52nd St., Omaha, NE 68104. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Marian A. Evans passed away Sat., Feb. 11, 2017. She was born on Jan. 3, 1931, in the Town of Yates, a daughter of the late Edward and Viola (Mank) Goldsmith. After her mother passed when Marian was 11 months old, Marian went to live with her late aunt and uncle, Mable and Will Geiger, who raised her. She graduated from Lyndonville High School in 1949. In October of 1956 Marian married Alonzo Evans, and together they raised two sons. She was a loving and caring wife and mother and will be missed tremendously. She was predeceased by her two brothers, Norman (Myra) Goldsmith and Lloyd (Ruth) Goldsmith; and a very special cousin, Marie Young. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Alonzo Evans; her two sons, Gary Evans and Kenneth Evans both of Medina; a grandson, Kyle (Lisa-Marie) Evans; a great-granddaughter, Malia Evans of Florida; sister-in-law, Dorothy Flood; brother-in-law, Donald Evans both of Medina; a nephew, Gary (Bonnie) Goldsmith of Florida; two nieces, Viola (Sam) Wahnon of Greenfield, N.Y., and Linda (Gary) Houseman of Medina; and several cousins. Relatives and friends attended her graveside committal service on Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, in Bates Road Cemetery. Pastor Erik Olsen officiated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

James “Jim” L. Herdendorf, 66, of Albion, died suddenly Feb. 10, 2017, at his residence. Jim was born Dec. 12, 1950, in Albion, a son of the late Leroy and Betty (Brundish) Herdendorf. Jim was a 1968 graduate of Albion High School and was employed by the Village of Albion for nearly 40 years, retiring in 2005. Jim volunteered for the Albion Fire Dept. Fire Police. Jim enjoyed watching TV, reading science fiction, and fishing. In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his brother-in-law, Robert Ashworth. His is survived by his siblings: Arnold Herdendorf of Albion, David Herdendorf of Arkansas, Sharon Ashworth of Arkansas and Michael Herdendorf of Arkansas; uncle, David Brundish of Albion; and several cousins. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, on Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, from 2-5 p.m., followed by Jim’s Memorial Service at the Funeral Home at 5 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Albion Fire Dept., 106 N. Platt St., Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Jim, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

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John W. Jenks
, 69, of Kendall, passed away on Feb. 8, 2017, at Rochester General Hospital after a long battle with various illnesses. He was born on Nov. 6, 1947, in Albion, N.Y., to the late Andrew and Georgianna (Bartlett) Jenks. He remained in the area his entire life. In his spare time, John enjoyed hunting, farming, playing guitar, singing, dancing and coloring. He raised a lot of children, although never having any of his own. He was “Uncle John” to many and will be remembered for his caring and loving personality that he had even though he was stern. John was also a member of the VFW Post 202 in Holley. John was predeceased by his siblings William, Caroline, Mary, Harriet, Andrew, Laverne, Arnold, Alfred, Griffith, and Donald. John is survived by his loving wife, Brenda; siblings Jeanice Passarell, Oliver Jenks, and Shirley (Paul) Wilkins; grandchildren: Christen Williams, Erianna Hernandez, Daniel Williams III, and Dylan Williams; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. There were no prior calling hours. A graveside service will be held at Hillside Cemetery in Holley on May 31, 2017, at 11 a.m. with military honors. Memorial contributions in John’s name may be made to The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of John, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Dale H. Lonnen, 69, of Albion, N.Y., passed away on Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, at the Orchard Manor Nursing Home, after a long illness. Born on March 19, 1947, in Medina, N.Y., he was the son of the late Homer H. and Margaret (Thaine) Lonnen. Dale attended Medina High School and graduated in 1965; he enjoyed the car business and was very much involved with buying, selling, trading and repairing cars for many years. He is survived by his children: Kip (Andrea) Lonnen of Medina and Jessica (Nelson Cruz) Thomas of Rochester; four grandchildren: Hanna, Dylan, Maggie Lonnen, and Eliana Cruz; a brother, Donald Lonnen of Medina; and his significant other, Sharon Albone of Albion. Dale is also survived by several nieces, nephews, and several close friends. There were no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in the spring at the Millville Cemetery at a time and date to be announced later. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Dale’s name to: Hospice of Orleans County, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, NY 14103. Please light a candle in Dale’s memory at www. boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

Elda (Barnum) Loomis, 93, of Clymer, Pa., and formerly of Groton, N.Y., and Albion, N.Y., died Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, at the Indiana Regional Medical Center (IRMC) in Indiana, Pa. The daughter of Eugene “Everett” and Florence Clara (Bates) Barnum, she was born on June 23, 1923, in Albion, N.Y. Elda was a graduate of the Albion High School and then matriculated at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where she earned a B.S. in Home Economics. After graduating from Cornell, Elda was employed as a home economics teacher at the Ludlowville, N.Y., School District. On June 29, 1946, Elda wed Howard Beach Loomis and they shared 67 years of marriage until Howard’s death on Nov. 20, 2013. She was of the Protestant faith. While residing in New York State, Elda was a member of the Home Bureau and served as a 4-H Club Leader. An outstanding seamstress, Elda sewed her family outfits, running the spectrum of clothing for special occasions, as well as everyday attire. In additional to sewing, some of her favorite pursuits were crocheting and knitting. Beginning in 1945, one of the most unique activities Elda was engaged in over a period of 60-plus years involved her membership in the Round Robin. Elda, along with 11 of her friends who met as classmates at Cornell University, created as Round Robin letter correspondence circle. On an annual basis over the course of a year, an envelope containing letters from each of the twelve classmates would be continually mailed between the homes of each of these friends. When the envelope containing the letters arrived at each participant’s home, each woman would read all the letters, take out her last letter and then write a new letter chronicling the events in her life and family to insert in the envelope and mail on the parcel of letters to the next classmate on the Round Robin circle. A special link of friendship was nurtured and sustained through this extraordinary connection. Elda possessed an innate gift for letter writing and would regularly write to her children; extended family members and friends, some of whom received letters on a weekly schedule. Elda is survived by her four children: Kathleen Snyder of Clymer, Pa., Deanna Loomis Houck of Candor, N.Y., Audrey Black and husband Brian of Slippery Rock, Pa., and Jay Loomis and wife Connie of Collegeville, Pa; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law: Eleanor Loomis of Manlius, N.Y., and Gertrude Lindsley of Fulton, N.Y.; and her numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard Loomis; her daughter, Judy Loomis; her son-in-law, Clair Snyder; her three brothers: Bill, Gene and Harvey Barnum and her two sisters: Janet Barnum and Janice Thaine. In keeping with Elda’s wishes, there was not a public visitation or funeral service. A private family graveside service will take place at Mount Albion Cemetery in Albion, N.Y., at a future date. Arrangements are with the assistance of the Rairigh Funeral Home, Ltd. in Hillsdale, Pa.

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Roy J. Plummer
, a resident of Barker, passed peacefully at his home at age 84 surrounded by family on Wed., Feb. 8, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; his children, Kimberly Wendling, Lisa Wilson, and Bob Plummer; five grandchildren, Samantha Wendling, Rachel Wendling, Alaina Wilson, Chad Plummer, and Chelsea Plummer; sister-in-law, Elaine King; nephew, Jeremy Fayne; and niece, Kasey King. Roy, a first generation American, graduated from Medina High School and was the first in his family to earn a college degree, receiving a Bachelor of Music at SUNY Fredonia and a Master of Education at SUNY Brockport. Fresh out of college, Roy served in the military in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, rising to the office of Company Clerk of the Ninth Corps Headquarters in Sendai, Japan. He began his career in public education with 15 years of service as the high school instrumental music teacher in Lyndonville, where the high school marching band reached 110 strong in 1970. He then served as high school principal of the Barker Central School District for 17 years, where he was known for his smile, sense of humor, and support of excellence in teaching and student life. Mr. Plummer was a “father” to hundreds of students and taught the value of a good education. Following his retirement in 1988, he served on the Barker Board of Education, including his service as Board President. An active participant in SAANYS and NYS retired teachers’ organizations, Roy received the Irving Schwartz Distinguished Retiree Award in 1999. While his career was important to him, his wife and family always came first. His family, especially, benefited from his generous, giving heart and sense of humor. He was always there for them and left a legacy of caring for others amongst his children and grandchildren. Calling hours were held at Faith United Methodist Church in Barker on Sun., Feb. 12, 2017, and on Mon., Feb. 13, 2017. A Masonic Service followed calling hours on Monday. A Memorial Service will be held at the same location on Sat., March 11, 2017, at 11 a.m., followed by a meal and fellowship. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Roy’s memory to Faith United Methodist Church, 1449 Quaker Road, Barker NY 14012; or to Equistar Therapeutic Riding Center, P.O. Box 25, Newfane NY 14108.

Deborah J. Smith, 56, of Holley, died unexpectedly on Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital. She was surrounded by her family. She was born Oct. 29, 1960, in Rochester, a daughter of the late James and Beverly (McCarthy) Lutz. She lived in this area all of her life. Deborah was a member of the New Beginnings Christian Fellowship in Brockport. She loved making blankets and corn bags at Christmas and loved animals. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Deborah is survived by Alan, her husband of 37 years; her daughters: Melissa Hale, Christina Lonthair, Mary Kuhn, and Jennifer Bradley; 11 grandchildren; her brother, James (Kelly) Lutz; sisters, Kimberly Watkins, Dorothy Lutz; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, on Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 1-3 and 6-8. Her Funeral Service will be held on Tue., Feb. 21, 2017, at 11 a.m. at the New Beginnings Christian Fellowship, 7397 W. Ridge Rd., Brockport NY 14420. Burial will be in Hillside Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Hospice of Orleans. To share a special memory of Deborah please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

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