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Mr. Robert C. Beach, Sr.
, of Medina, left this world on June 14, 2017, in the house his father built and in the room in which he was born. Mr. Beach was born on Jan. 15, 1923, a son of the late Isaac John and Flora Caroline (Hoffmeister) Beach. A graduate of Medina High School, Class of 1940, he was a student at Duke University when he entered the US Army Air Corps. He served during World War II, and on May 11, 1946, he married the former Ruth M. Fagan in Lockport. Mr. Beach was employed by Georgia Pacific, in the metal casting division, as the District Sales Manager. He travelled extensively covering the territory from Nova Scotia, all of the North East United States, Kentucky, Ohio, Ontario and Quebec. He retired in 1990. Active in the community, he was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion, and a longtime member of the Medina Lions Club. He assisted his father, a local building contractor, in the building of Medina homes and apartments. Mr. Beach had an encyclopedic knowledge of Medina history and a keen recollection of Medina events. He enjoyed his Manhattan at five o’clock and having coffee with the gang at Rudy’s at 3 o’clock in recent years. He served as the chaplain for Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion in offering military honors for local veterans funerals. He was proud of his family home and of the fact that he lived there for 75 of his 94 years. Survivors include two sons, Robert (Sharon) Beach, Jr. of Ponta Vedra, Fla., and Thomas (Deborah) Beach of Lyndonville; grandchildren: Heather (Craig) Smith, Amanda (Scott) Bieliski, James (Carianne) Glass all of Medina and David Hildreth of California; great-grandchildren, Paige, Gabriella and Isaac Jacob Beach Smith, Elsa, James and Annabel Bieliski, and Rylan Glass; his sister-in-law, Jean Beach of Michigan; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Ruth, on April 28, 2011; his parents, Isaac and Flora Beach; and siblings: Violet Beach, Gladys (late Paul) Eckert and Glenn Beach. Private interment with Military Funeral Honors at graveside, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, West Shelby was accorded by members of Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion and Lincoln Post #1483, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, POB 489, Albion, NY 14411-0489 or Knights/Kaderli Memorial Fund- POB 684, Medina, NY 14103. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Evelyn Mae (Barber) Brown, 84, of Medina, N.Y., went home to be with the Lord on Tue., June 20, 2017, at Buffalo General Hospital with her loving family at her side. Born on May 12, 1933, in Lockport, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Irving and Gertrude (Duchow) Behm. Evie graduated from Lockport High School in 1952, on Nov. 29, 1952, she married Roger Lee Barber, and made their home in Medina. She was one of the first employees hired at Fisher-Price and also helped run the 112-acre family farm. Roger passed in 1967 and she continued to raise her eight children as a single mother. On Jan. 3, 1981, she married the late Kenneth L. Brown. In the 1970s, Evie helped form the former “Parents without Partners” Chapter in Medina. She was named “International Single Parent of the Year” in 1972, and Evelyn and her children were flown to Ontario, Canada, for the P.W.P. Convention to receive the award. Evie was supportive of her children’s activities, including, Assistant Den Mother, 4-H, and FFA, where she  held the Degree of “Honorary Chapter Farmer.” She was a long-time member of the Knowlesville United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and helped out in church activities. She also was a member of the Senior Citizens of Western Orleans. Evie enjoyed traveling, roller skating, dancing, country music and working in her flower garden. Evie is survived by her children: Paul (Meredith) Barber of Tennessee, Jim (Kathryn) Barber of Albion, Claudia Leonard of Medina, Sam (Diana) Barber of Medina, Clifford (Shelley) Barber of Medina, Betty (Mike) Hammond of Wyoming, N.Y., Nancy (Dan) Dresser Sr. of Medina, and Carol (Jeff) Boreali of Grand Island, N.Y.;  six step-children: Cathy (Roger) Seefeldt of Medina, Ken (Tina) Brown of California, Althea (Robert) Lindemuth of Lockport, Darvin (Joelle) Brown of Lyndonville, Vanessa (Rob) Draper of New Jersey, and Jon (Melynda) Brown of Medina;  36 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and many great-great grandchildren; two siblings, Fred Behm of Newfane and Mary Jane (Colin) Hales of Florida; two sisters-in-laws, Donna Barber of Hartland; June Quintern of Batavia and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Besides her husbands, she is predeceased by a brother, Ernest Behm, father and mother -in–law, Louie (Cora) Barber; brother-in-law, Robert Barber; son-in-law, Donald Leonard; sister-in-law, Alice Behm and an infant great-grandson. Relatives and friends called on Fri., June 23, 2017, at the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, NY 14103. A Funeral Service was held on Sat., June 24, 2017, at the Knowlesville United Methodist Church of the Abundant Harvest, 3622 Knowlesville Rd., Knowlesville, NY 14479. The Pastor, the Rev. Marilyn Kasperek, officiated and burial was in the Bates Road Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Evelyn’s name to the Senior Citizens of Western Orleans, 615 West Ave, Medina, NY 14103 or to the Knowlesville United Methodist Church’s Handicap Accessible Ramp Fund. Please light a candle in Evelyn’s memory at: www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

James “Doc” Cotter, 81, of Kent, passed away peacefully June 16, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Doc was born June 10, 1936, in Rochester, N.Y., a son of the late Andrew and Hilma (Mason) Cotter. Doc was a Licensed Physical Therapist and had offices in Medina and Brockport. He was also employed for many years by the New York State Department of Health. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Medina Council #651, St. Mary’s Archers Club and the Brockport B.P.O.E.  Doc’s greatest passion was his family, especially attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events, concerts and plays. He was an avid St. John Fisher Women’s Softball fan and a Buffalo Sabres fanatic. Doc will also be remembered for his fantastic cooking abilities. Doc is survived by his wife, Helen; children: Jeff (Vicky) Cotter, David (Melissa) Cotter, Julia Bugbee, and Paula (Randy) Knaak; step-children: Robert (Elizabeth) Nitzenberger, Ann (John) Steinmetz and Michael (Kim) Nitzenberger; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; sister, Beverly Wilkins and brother, Gene Cotter; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, on Wed., June 21, 2017. A Celebration of Doc’s Life followed at Tillman’s Village Inn, 14369 Ridge Rd., Albion, NY.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411. To share a special memory of Doc, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Charles “Charlie” E. Daniels, 81, of Albion, passed away on June 17, 2017. He was born on Nov. 17, 1935, in West Virginia to the late Everett and Rose (Gibson) Daniels. Charlie was always a very active man, spending time riding motorcycles, tinkering in his garage and always around antique cars. He was active with the Crusaders Motorcycle Club in Medina. He and his late wife, Bug, visited 49 U.S. States, including Alaska, to which they rode to on a motorcycle. When he was able, he enjoyed going to car cruise-ins as well. Charlie was a member of F&AM Renovation Lodge 97 in Albion for many years. Charlie and his wife hosted many exchange students over the years and touched many lives in the process. He loved watching his great-grandson play baseball in the summer. Charlie was predeceased by his wife, Muriel “Bug” in 2016; son, Ronald Daniels; great-granddaughter MacKenzie; and brother Danny. Charlie is survived by his daughter, Evie (Ed) Morton of Albion; siblings Roy Daniels of Waterport, and Raymont (Marie) Daniels of Waterport; his sisters: Rose (Frank) Uttaro of Rochester, Betty (Ernie) Loss of Barre, and Mary (Bob) Mullins of Albion; grandchildren, Jacob (Megan) Morton, and Heather (Pete) Saeva; great-grandchildren, Mason Bennett, and Adalynn Saeva; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many extended non-biological children. There were no prior calling hours. A Memorial Service to celebrate Charlie’s life was held on Fri., June 23, 2017, at East Shelby Community Bible Church, 5278 East Shelby Rd., Medina, NY 14103. Memorial contributions in Charlie’s name may be made to Hospice of Orleans, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411; Crusaders Motorcycle Club, 3312 Culvert Rd., Medina, NY 14103; F&AM Renovation Lodge 97, 20 East Bank St., Albion, NY 14411; or to the NYS School for the Blind, 2A Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020.

Mr. Dennis M. Moden, of Basom, went home to Heaven surrounded by his family on June 20, 2017, at Unity Hospital in Rochester. Mr. Moden was born in Lockport on Feb. 12, 1945, a son of the late George C. and Edith M. (Knickerbocker) Moden. A graduate of Medina High School, Class of 1963, he married the former Kimberly J. Peck on Sept. 6, 1980.  He was employed by Perry’s Ice Cream as a truck driver for over 20 years, and retired in 2007. He enjoyed fishing, bowling and golfing and was the happiest when spending time with his children and grandchildren. He especially enjoyed restoring a 1979 Camaro with his son, Matt. Survivors include his wife, Kimberly; daughter, Kelly (Andrew) Merkel and son, Matthew (Jennifer) Moden; his beloved grandchildren, Kaylee and Kaiya Merkel; two sisters, Linda (late Bruce) Blanc and Gail (Bill) Piskorowski; his brother, Jeff (Lynda) Moden; his mother-in-law, Kathalyn (late Harry) Peck; and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends attended his Celebration of Life service on Sat., June 24, 2017, at Alabama Full Gospel Fellowship, 5329 S. Gravel Rd., Medina.  Interment was in Alabama Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lipson Cancer Institute - United Memorial Medical Center, 127 North Street, Batavia, NY 14020. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

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Joseph L. Quaranto, 69, of Holley, died June 21, 2017, at home with his family. He was born Aug. 11, 1947, in Albion, N.Y., a son of the late Joseph and Jane (Molisoni) Quaranto. He lived in Holley all his life. Joe is predeceased by his brother, Nick. Joe was a United States Air Force Veteran serving in the Vietnam War. Joe was an author, racecar driver, classic-Mustang restorer and a Bills and Sabres fan. Joe loved racing with his son, Andy; and his many friends he made in racing across the country and in Canada. He also shared his love of racing with his daughter, Wendy; and his grandsons. Most of all Joe was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He loved spending time with his family and traveling to Disney with them. Joe is survived by his wife of 43 years, Karen; his children, Wendy (Noah) Yousey and Andrew (Dara) Quaranto. He is also survived by his grandsons, one of the joys of his life, Ian Yousey, Edison Quaranto and Drew Quaranto; his nephew, Michael (Sandy) Quaranto and their children; as well as Darlene (Paul) Quaranto and Diann Quaranto and her sons. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Rte. 31, Holley, on Tue., June 27, 2017, from 3-6 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. Burial will be in Pembroke at the Western New York National Cemetery with full military honors at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lipson Cancer Center. To share a special memory of Joe, please visit christophermitchell.com.

Ileane “Pete” Robb, born Jan. 24, 1934, went into rest peacefully on June 20, 2017. She was the daughter of the late William and Verna Bailey; cherished wife of the late Harold Robb; loving mother of Terry Wolfe (the late David), Ileane Ward (Timothy Malachowski), and Joyce Arvai; grandmother of seven and great-grandmother of 12. She is also survived by nieces and nephews. The family was present on Thu., June 22, 2017, to receive friends at Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, 39 Geddes St., Holley, where a Funeral Service was held. If desired, donations may be made to UR Medicine Home Care, 2180 Empire Blvd. Please share condolences www.merrillgrinnell.com.

Mildred (Steedman) Salisbury, 97, of North Chili, passed away Sat., June 17, 2017, at Westwood Commons, in North Chili. Mrs. Salisbury was born Feb. 6, 1920, in Churchville, a daughter of the late Alexander and Isabel (Gibson) Steedman. Mildred attended Roberts Beauty School, graduating in July 1939.  After which she owned Mildred’s Beauty Shop in Bergen for many years.  She retired at the age of 92, after 70 years as a hairdresser.  Upon her retirement, the rolls changed: her daughter began to do Mildred’s hair every week. She was the oldest living member of the Hesperus Chapter #823 Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Bergen Evangelical Presbyterian Church. She was a resident of Sunset Beach, Waterport, for 68 years. Mildred loved to work in her flower beds and truly enjoyed her grandkids and her devoted daughter. Mrs. Salisbury is the wife of the late Milton Salisbury, who passed away in 1997. Surviving include her daughter, Jane Oshea-Slack of Bergen; and two grandsons, Charles (fiancé Riley Wathen) Slack of San Francisco, Calif., and Michael Slack of Bergen. Mildred is preceded in death by a son, Charles Salisbury; a sister, Gertrude (late George) Denneville, and sons-in-law Phil Oshea and Michael P. Slack. Friends called on Sat., June 24, 2017, at the H.E. Turner & Co. Funeral Home, 51 S. Lake St., Bergen, where Mildred’s Funeral Service immediately followed calling hours. Burial was in Mt. Rest Cemetery, Bergen. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carlton Volunteer Fire Dept., 13504 Waterport-Carlton Rd., Waterport, NY 14571; Genesee County Animal Shelter, 3841 West Main Street Rd., Batavia, NY 14020; or the Mt. Rest Cemetery, c/o Jane Slack, 22 Townline Rd., Bergen, NY 14416. Please leave a condolence, share a story or light a candle at www.bataviafuneralhomes.com.

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Robert J. “Bob” Wilson, Sr.
, 85, of Holley, died June 20, 2017, at Unity Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born Sept. 20, 1931, in Olean, N.Y., a son of the late David and Nora (Calkins) Wilson. He lived in this area for 65 years. Bob was a United States Army Veteran who served in the Korean War.  He was a member and Past Commander of the Jewell Buckman Post #529 American Legion as well as serving as Past Commander for Orleans County. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, Catholic Charities, St. Vincent DePaul Society and the Knights of Columbus.  Bob was active in the Holley Fire Department for over 60 years and was a Boy Scout Leader for Troop #24.  He was a Union Member for Local 13, working as a plumber for Ancoma in Rochester.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was also a member of the Woodsman Club.  He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia Ann, in 2002; three brothers and a sister. Bob is survived by his children: Robert Wilson, Jr. (Donna Merrell) of Brockport, Terry (Marla) Wilson of Florida, Rebecca (Kevin Metzger) Ciluffo of Holley, and Mary Jo Murray of Portville, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; his sisters Delores Ripple of Friendship, N.Y., Patricia DeFilipps of Holley, Carol Glasspool of Florida, and Kathleen Brien of Brockport; and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Rte. 31, Holley, on Mon., June 26, 2017, from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m., where prayers will be said Tue., June 27, 2017, at 9 a.m. followed by his Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary’s Church at 9:30 a.m.  Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Memorials may be made to the organization of one’s choice. To share a special memory of Bob, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Ruth A. Woodworth, 85, of Lyndonville, N.Y., went to be with the Lord on Sat., Dec. 10, 2016, at the Villages of Orleans, Albion. She is survived by her four children: Elaine (William) Thering of North Carolina, Janice (Danny) Dunn of Medina, Sandra Baker of North Carolina and Mark (Julie) Woodworth of Lyndonville; seven grandchildren: Gregory Thering, Christopher, Andrew and Kimberly Gardner, Holly, Jacob and Dale Hopkins; great-grandchildren: Drew, Owen, and Quinn Gardner, Steven and Zoey Dunn and Tristan Rey; and a niece, Donna Riemer of Medina. Besides her husband, she is predeceased by a sister, Marian Riemer. Relatives and friends may attend the burial of ashes on Sat., July 1, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the Lynhaven Cemetery, Lyndonville, NY. Please light a candle in Ruth’s memory at: www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

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