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Paul B. Archer, 74, of Medina, N.Y., went to with the Lord on Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, at his home, with his loving family at his side. Born on Jan. 23, 1943, in Canastota, N.Y., he was the son of the late Glen and Louise (Hamlin) Archer. Paul grew up in Canastota and attended SUNY of Brockport, where he received a Degree in Education. On Aug. 22, 1964, he married the former Ann Marie Mott and together raised a son, William. Paul taught History at Medina High School for a short period of time and later drove truck for Teleservice and lastly, for Sieck Wholesale, up until his retirement. Paul was a member of Holy Trinity Parish and a former Board Member of the Cobblestone Society. He was a proud grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter. Paul is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ann Marie Archer; son, William (Marsha Ducey) Archer of Hamlin, N.Y.; granddaughter, Audry; siblings Alan (Eileen) Archer of Minoa, N.Y., and Carol Cassler of Canastota, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews. Paul is predeceased by his brother Ralph Archer. There were no prior calling hours. Relatives and friends attended a Mass of Christian Burial on Wed., Jan. 18, 2017, at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church, on Eagle Street, Medina, celebrated by the Rev. Daniel J. Fawls. Burial was private for the family. Memorials may be made in Paul’s name to: Hospice of Orleans County, P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411. Or to: Holy Trinity Parish, 211 Eagle St., Medina, NY 14103. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St. Medina, NY 14103. Please light a candle in Paul’s memory at: www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

Mrs. JoAnn M. Arnett, of Medina, passed away on Jan. 14, 2017, at her home. Mrs. Arnett was born at home in Batavia on Aug. 9, 1940, a daughter of the late Harold and Elizabeth (Reese) Stockwell. A graduate of Wilson High School, she married William G. Arnett on Nov. 30, 1957. She worked as an admissions clerk at Medina Memorial Hospital for many years. A very active and dedicated member of the Medina area Christian community, JoAnn was a longtime member of the United Methodist Church of Medina. She volunteered with the Medina Area Association of Churches and Kairos Prison Ministry. She lived her life by the teaching of Mathew 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find.” JoAnn liked to knit and collect, she supported PAWS and Planned Parenthood, and was a Girl Scout Brownie Leader. Her infectious smile brought joy to all. Survivors include four children: Connie Forman, Bonnie (Robert) Lowrimore, Deborah Lynn Arnett (Butch Russo), and William H. (Tracey) Arnett; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Larry (Dorothy) Stockwell and Harold (Jackie) Stockwell, Jr.; two sisters, Pat Harmer and Kathy Zeliff; a sister-in-law, Sandy Stockwell; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of nearly 58 years, William G. Arnett, on Aug. 17, 2015; two brothers, Richard and William Stockwell; and her beloved dog, Maggie. Friends may call on Holy Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 12-2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 11004 W. Center St. Ext., Medina, where her service will follow at 2 p.m. Pastor Anthony G. Hipes will officiate. Interment will be in the Arnett Family Plot at Mt. Albion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Medina United Methodist Church Kitchen Fund, MAAC or Knights/Kaderli Memorial Fund. Arrangements were completed by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhom.com

Edward A. Baxter, 66, of Albion, N.Y., went to be with the Lord peacefully on Jan. 13, 2017, in his hometown with his loving family by his side. Born on April 21, 1950, in Brockport, N.Y., he was the son of the late Raymond Baxter Sr. and Vera (Baxter) Vandoren. He is also predeceased by his sisters Sandy (Baxter) Bonura and Barb (Baxter) Miller. Ed worked for many years for A + V Farms as a mechanic in Elba, N.Y. He retired in 2012 after 47 years. Ed (Papa) enjoyed fishing, dancing, taking his grandchildren for wagon rides on his John Deere lawn mower, and sitting outside on warm summer days enjoying a cold beer. He loved to make people laugh, and he was always with a smile and a thumbs-up! He made life a smile. He leaves behind a lifelong friend of 32 years, Cathy Sommerfeldt; daughters, Amy (Cris) Jaczynski, Stacy (Justin) Lampo, and Julie (Jose) Stymus; son, Mark (Karen) Stymus; brothers, Raymond (Dee) Baxter, Billy (Peggy) Baxter, and Kenny (Sandy) Baxter; sisters Mary (Jim) Meacham, and Betty (Ed) Pritt; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews, cousins, and great friends. Ed also carried a special place in his heart for his niece, Deanna Baxter, and friend Roger Kingdollar Jr. The family is celebrating Ed’s life at the Elks Lodge in Albion, N.Y., on Jan. 22, 2017, at 3 p.m.

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Albert L. Cossey
, 89, died peacefully in his sleep on Sat., Jan. 14, 2017, at The Villages of Orleans. Albert was born Oct. 6, 1929, in the Town of Ogden and was a former employee of Davenport Machine in Rochester. Mr. Cossey served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War and received the Purple Heart. He is survived by his wife, Anne; children: Terry L. (Coralee) Cossey, Linda Holley and Timothy A. Cossey; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A private graveside service with military honors will be held at Mt. Albion Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675-8517; or the Orleans County Joint Veterans Council, 13996 Route 31, Albion, NY 14411. Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Albert, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

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Eugene Stuart Haines, 84, of Kent, died unexpectedly on Jan. 12, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital. Gene was born at the family homestead on Pine Hill Road on Dec. 22, 1932. His parents, Wendell and Mildred (McGuire) Haines; and siblings: Eleanor M. Kriss, Paul R. Haines and Dorothy L. Campbell, preceded him in death. While Gene’s military service and career had him traveling the world, he was a lifelong resident of Orleans County. Gene graduated from Albion High School in 1951 and is a 1953 graduate of Alfred University Ag and Tech. In 1953 Gene entered Naval Flight Training. For over 20 years Gene served in the Navy, and Air National Guard retiring as a Lt. Colonel. Gene was also a pilot for American Airlines for 22 years. Gene was the owner and operator of Pine Hill Airport.  Over the years Gene has been the driving force behind the long standing Pine Hill Fly-in Breakfast. Gene was the founder and Past President of Vintage Aircraft Group (VAG). VAG’s mission is to restore, maintain, operate, and display vintage aircraft and military equipment and to educate the public about aviation, history, and related subjects. Gene also served as chairman for several of Orleans County Hot Air Balloon Festivals and was a past President of the National Warplane Plane Museum. Gene was married for 54 years to Joette (McKenna) Haines, who passed away on July 13, 2014. Gene and Joey were extremely community-oriented and have a long history of welcoming people and charitable causes to their home. Both were charter members of the Oak Orchard Neighborhood Association (OONA), enthusiastic advocates for the Oak Orchard Lighthouse Association and supported many other charitable causes. Both were extremely happy spending their final years surrounded by the beauty of Point Breeze. While never having children Gene and Joey treated everyone like family. Gene and Joey are survived by nine nieces, eleven nephews, a large extended family and countless friends and neighbors.  By example, Gene and Joey showed the benefit of hard work, the spirit of generosity and the importance of kindness. There were no prior calling hours. A gathering of family and friends to share stories and memories of Gene will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Vintage Aircraft Group (4906 Pine Hill Road, Albion, NY 14411) or Oak Orchard Neighborhood Association (14899 W. Brighton Cliffe Dr., Kent, NY 14477). Gene’s final arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Gene, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

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Arthur J. Kaminski
, 69, of Clarendon, died Jan 17, 2017, in Unity Hospital following a long illness. He was born March 7, 1947, in Albion to John Anthony (Sr.) and Nellie (Smyth) Kaminski and was a life-long resident of this area. Arthur was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He also belonged to the Grace Baptist Church of Brockport and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Arthur served 29 years as a Town of Clarendon Board member and served as the Chairman of the Zoning Board. He enjoyed boating, fishing, bird-watching and in particular, loved his grandchildren with all his heart and soul. Mr. Kaminski was predeceased by his brothers: John Anthony Kaminski Jr., Joseph Kaminski, and sisters: Gloria and Mary Kaminski. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline; sons, Zachary (Nyan Tinkous) Kaminski of Byron, and Cody (Maryalice) Kaminski of Gates; daughter, Tiffani (Scott DeAngelis) Kaminski of Rhode Island; four grandchildren: Connor, Hunter, Rhiannon, and Ryder; as well as many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, Holley, on Fri., Jan. 20, 2017, where his Funeral Service was held Sat., Jan. 21, 2017. Interment with Military Honors followed in Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 160 Allens Creek Rd., Rochester, NY, 14618. To share a special memory of Arthur, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Susan E. Kingsbury, 70, of Albion, died Jan. 12, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born Aug. 15, 1946, in Albion, a daughter of the late Alan J. Sr. and Dorothy (Graczyk) McKenna. She lived in this area all of her life. She was a member of Holy Family Parish. Susan was a 1964 graduate of Albion High School. She worked for over 10 years as a Teachers Aide at Rainbow Preschool and was a 4-H leader.  Sue loved gardening, sewing and decorating, especially at Christmas.  Sue was predeceased by her husband, Gary, in 2001; her brothers John McKenna and Alan McKenna Jr.; and her nieces Lisa and Joelle Armstrong.  She is survived by her son, Todd (Lia) Kingsbury of North Canton, Ohio; her daughter, Lisa (Chad) Wilson of Albion; grandchildren: Damian, Drake and Tara; siblings Joan Klafehn of Brockport, Carol (Fred) Pilon, Philip F. (Patricia) McKenna, and Judy (Gerald) Suhr, all of Albion; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., Sun., Jan. 15, 2017, where the Rosary was said Mon., Jan. 16, 2017, followed by her Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Family Parish. Burial was in St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Coach Gary Kingsbury Scholarship, 324 E. Ave., Albion NY 14411. To share a special memory of Sue, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

Armin F. ”Arm” Mathison, 54, of Gasport, N.Y., died suddenly on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, after a long battle with severe depression for several years. Born on Jan. 1, 1963, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., he was the son of Martha (Padgett) Mathison and the late John E. Mathison. Armin drove truck for the Sunoco Terminal in Rochester, N.Y., and was married to the former Trisha DeMartino. Together they raised three children. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Trisha Mathison; three children: Ryan Patrick of Niagara Falls, Nicholas Armin of Albany, and Trisha Jeanne of Gasport; siblings, John (Peggy) Mathison of Amherst and Elizabeth Belasco of Texas; mother-in-law, Patricia DeMartino of Gasport; and several brothers, sisters-in-laws and several nieces and nephews. Relatives and friends may attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. on Sat., Jan. 28, 2017, at the Community Fellowship Church, 3144 Johnson Creek Rd., Middleport, NY 14105. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Armin’s name to: Community Fellowship Church, or to: Niagara Mental Health Association, 36 Pine St., Lockport, NY 14094. Arrangements were entrusted to the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St. Medina, NY 14103. Please light a candle in Armin’s memory at: www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

Johanna “Jo” M. McMullen, of Holley, N.Y., went into rest with family by her side on Jan. 13, 2017. Born April 16, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Johanna and Roy Harris. She is the wife of the late Larry McMullen and former wife of the late Christian “Dick” Barthel; mother of Nanci Bogan (William), Richard Barthel, Russell Barthel (Jeanine), Donald Barthel (Lisa), Catherine Loran (Peter), Cynthia Merkley- Barthel and the late Charles “Chub” Barthel. She is survived by 15 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Johanna is the sister of Roy Harris (Meredith) of Grants Pass, Ore. The family was present to receive friends on Tue., Jan. 17, 2017, at the Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home, 12 Ingersoll St., Albion. Interment will be held in the spring at Greenwood Cemetery. If desired, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans County 14080 NY-31, Albion, NY 14411.

Vera D. Parsons, 96, of Canandaigua, formerly of Medina, passed away peacefully on Jan. 7, 2017. She is survived by two children, JoAnn Lebrecht and David Parsons; granddaughter, Alison (Michael) D’Aurizio; two step-grandchildren, Lauren and Christopher; two great-grandchildren, Emma and Cora; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, David Parsons, Sr.; grandson, Shaun H. Fox; and brother, George DuBarry. Mrs. Parsons earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from SUNY Cortland. She taught physical education for many years in the Medina area. Mrs. Parsons enjoyed swimming, golfing, needlepoint and making quilts and baskets. She was an active volunteer in her community. A memorial service to celebrate her life was held Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church, 100 N. Main St., Canandaigua. Interment was in Boxwood Cemetery, Medina. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Blind Center, P.O. Box 491, Washington, NC 27889. Arrangements are by Johnson-Kennedy Funeral Home, Inc., Canandaigua. Condolences may be offered at www.johnsonkennedy.com.

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Gary “G L” Pratt
, born June 14, 1947, passed away unexpectedly Jan. 11, 2017. Gary was a long-term resident of Irving, Texas. He was born in Medina, N.Y., and lived in the Western New York area for the first part of his life. Gary is preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Sarah Pratt. He is survived by his wife, Donna (Seeloff); son, JD; grandchildren: Baylee and Dylan; sister, Nancy and her children: Charlene, Danny, Lee and Tracy. No services are planned at this time.

Mr. Edward J. Slawski, of Medina, passed away on Jan. 13, 2017, at Buffalo General Hospital. Mr. Slawski was born in Medina on May 28, 1924, a son of the late Joseph and Victoria (Kocot) Slawski. A graduate of Medina High School, class of 1943, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theatre including France, Belgium and Germany. Following his discharge, he graduated from the Progressive School of Photography in New Haven, Conn. His career as a photographer spanned from the 1940s to retirement in 1986. During this time his assignments included documenting events on United States military bases. He was a photographer for F & T Publishing Company in Atlanta, National Photo Company in Detroit, Mich., and Bollard Air Photo in North Miami, Fla. In August 1955, while working for National Photo Company, he photographed former President Harry S. Truman on Mackinac Island, Mich. He was also self-employed as a photographer and chronicled many weddings and family events at Medina Photo, which was located on the second floor at 513 Main Street. Mr. Slawski was a member of Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church and the Sacred Heart Club. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and enjoyed trips to the casino. Mr. Slawski was predeceased by his wife, Medina Elementary teacher Mary Lou (Wynn) Slawski, on April 10, 2004; a brother, John Slawski; and two sisters, Anna M. Slawski on Oct. 23, 1994, and Martha A. Radzinski on April 19, 2007. Survivors include his brother-in-law, Lawrence Radzinski of Medina; cousins including the Bernacki family; and good friends, Glenn and Emily Stalker and Margaret and Albert Eddy. In accordance with his wishes, a private graveside committal service was held at St. Mary’s Cemetery. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls officiated. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Douglas W. Troup, of Livonia, passed away Jan. 16, 2017. He was predeceased by the mother of his children, Fiona; son Gary; sisters, Jean and Margaret; brothers, Andrew and William of Scotland. He is survived by his children Kimberly and Martin (Shelly) Troup; daughter-in-law Mariana Sapor; grandchildren: Stephen (Teresa), Brandon, Kevin (Casey), Ian, Emily (Daniel), Nicholas, Michael, Andrew and Jessica; siblings Francis Moyer, John and Gordon (Margaret) Troup; great-grandchildren: Braydon, Chase, Ian and Cooper; and many loved nieces and nephews. There were no calling hours or services. Memorials in Douglas’s name may be made to the Livingston County Mental Health Association, C/O Zion Episcopal Church, 10 Park Place, Avon, NY 14414. Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Douglas, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

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