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Frederick A. “Fred” Bodway
, 73, of Lyndonville, N.Y., passed away after a long illness on Thu., April 12, 2018, at the United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia, with his loving family at his side. Born on Dec. 9, 1944, in Syracuse, N.Y., he was the son of the late Antoine and Catherine (Sweeny) Bodway. On Oct. 15, 1966, Fred married the former Darlene Secore, and on Dec. 7, 1967, he served in the U.S. Army as a Paratrooper, jumping with 82nd Airborne in the Vietnam War. Upon returning home, Fred and Darlene made their home in Lyndonville and together they raised three sons. Fred worked various jobs including, Abex, Fisher-Price and lastly retiring from the Maintenance Department at Medina Memorial Hospital after 11 years of service. In his spare time, Fred enjoyed hunting and fishing. Fred is survived by his wife of 52 years, Darlene Bodway; three sons: Tod (Kathy) Bodway of Ayden, N.C., Jeremy Bodway of Florida, and Patrick (Roger Manning) Bodway of Ayden, N.C. Also surviving are many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; four siblings: Peter (Dale) Bodway, Cathy Richards and Robert Bodway of Massena, N.Y., and Randy (Debbie) Bodway of Malone, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews. There were no calling hours. A private service was held at the family’s convenience. Memorials may be made in Fred’s name to: Orleans County Joint Veterans Council Van Service, NY-31 Albion, NY 14411. Arrangements were made through the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St. Lyndonville, NY 14098. Please light a candle or share a memory at www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

Mrs. Frances Irene (Kujawa) Cramb, of Vero Beach, Fla., formerly of Medina, passed away on Dec. 23, 2017, at the VNA Hospice House in Vero Beach. Mrs. Cramb was born in Medina on Aug. 3, 1921, a daughter of the late Michael and Mary (Kwiatkowski) Kujawa. Mrs. Cramb was predeceased by her children, Nancy and Andrew Hagerman, in 1949; her husband, Harold Cramb; two sisters, Marcia Kujawa and Helen M. Suhalla; and her brother, Hubert S. “Smitty” (late Marjorie) Smith. Survivors include members of the Kujawa and Kwiatkowski families and cousins including Conrad and Edward Johnson, Rita Brayley, Joan Ostrander, and Thomas Suhalla. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls celebrated her Mass of Christian Burial on Sat., April 21, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church and interment was in the Nancy and Andrew Hagerman plot at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Ruth Bloomfield McMahon Drew, 86, of Albion, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2018, with her family by her side.  She was the wife of Kenneth E. Drew, with whom she just celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.  Ruth was born in Buffalo on June 6, 1931, to E. Harvey and Irene (Burt) McMahon. Ruth graduated from Albion High School in 1949 and then attended RIT.  At 44 years old, she pursued her life-long dream of becoming a nurse and began attending the Catherine McCauley School of Nursing in Batavia, N.Y.  It was there that she went on to earn her LPN.  After her nursing career, she became Deputy Clerk for the Town of Gaines and eventually would become Town Clerk for many years before retiring. Ruth was a member of Gaines Congregational Church. In her younger years, she enjoyed fishing, camping and snowmobiling. She loved gardening, cooking, entertaining, traveling and spending time with her friends and family. Ruth was a life-long Buffalo Bills fan. She also loved to read and spend time at the library.  She enjoyed her regular get-togethers with her classmates, The 49’ers. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her. Ruth is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth E. Drew, now residing at Elderwood at Brockport; her daughters: Deborah (Dan) Radzinski of Spencerport, and Cynthia R. Drew of Dover, Del.; her son, Kevin (Marilyn) Drew of Medina; grandchildren: Ryan Radzinski, Mary K. Radzinski, James Verhagen, Jennifer (Bryan) Frasier, Laura (Ian) Whitcroft, and Heather Drew; great-grandchildren: Madison and Emma Frasier, Kenneth Whitcroft, Ruthie and Logan Hapeman. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, on Thu., April 19, 2018.  Family and friends attended Ruth’s Memorial Service Fri., April 20, 2018, in the Gaines Congregational Church, 14023 Ridge Rd. W., Albion, NY. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to: Lifetime Care, 3111 Winton Rd. South, Rochester, NY, 14623-Attn: Donations.  To share a special memory of Ruth, please visit: www.christophermitchell.com.

Keith Alan Kent, of Albion, died April 11, 2018.  Keith, born Sept. 13, 1956, lived life to the fullest, priding himself on his wonderful family, including his wife, Lisa (Barker) Kent; son, Aaron (Angel) Kent; daughter, Kayla (Marcelo) Moreira; grandchildren: Emma Grace, Easton, Everett Kent and Jilliana Marie Kent Moreira; his mother, Virginia Grace Johnston Kent Spalla VanApeldoorn; sister, Celia Kiewit; brothers, Gary (Grace) Kent and Kevin Kent; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.  Keith was predeceased by his sister, Melanie Anne Kent and sister-in-law, Joanne Kent. Keith’s life was a testimony to his belief in hard work.  He spent nearly ten years working at Martin Farms in Brockport where he reveled in – among other things – his ability to endure cutting cabbage with the most accomplished farm workers.  As principal owner of Jordan River Logging and Kent Farms, he did his best to respectfully harvest hardwoods in the most unobtrusive fashion possible. The same gusto with which he approached earning a livelihood made him a fierce competitor on the basketball court.  He was an integral part of an ACS team that featured such standouts as Steve Pettit, Charlie Bond, Clarence Whitfield, Victor Hughes, and Earl Townsend.  Put on the free throw line in a one point game at Kendall, with seconds remaining against a loaded, Bouie-led team, he calmly made both free throws to help secure a one-point win for Albion. Keith was not one to look the other way in the face of adversity and injustice. Not only did he expect people to do their jobs, but he had little use for liars, murderers and thieves. He would not be intimidated. In the end it was his unwillingness to compromise with what he viewed as evil that may have gotten the better of him. My servant, you fought the good fight and can take your rest, knowing you did the best you could. Our love for you is unending, but The Lord you served loves you best. The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, on Mon., April 16, 2018.  Keith’s funeral service was held at the funeral home on Tue., April 17, 2018. Interment followed at Mt. Albion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Albion Betterment Committee, 14487 Baker Rd., Kent, NY 14477 or to a charity of your choice. To share a special memory of Keith, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

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Mr. Duane Gordon McPherson passed away on April 12th, 2018, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., after an extended illness. Duane is survived by his wife, Rebecca Jean McPherson (Whedon); his loving son, Shannon McPherson (Shelby) of Webster, N.Y.; and his daughter, Charlene McPherson - Goldner (Maurice) of New York City. He is loved by his sister-in-law, Nancy Wasnock (Donald); sisters: Dianna Massey, Donna Thompson (Rolly) and Charlene Payne; brother, Carl McPherson; nieces: Amy Lynn Wasnock (Scott), Shari Ingalsbe Maak (Michael), Sandra Belson (Christopher), Paula Dawson Webb (Troy), Patty Dawson-Shaulis, and Faith McPherson; nephews: Scott McPherson, Steven McPherson, and Shawn Ingalsbe (Janet); great-nephew, William Plummer; grandchildren: Key McPherson, Kirsten McPherson Shepanski (Joshua), and Riley McPherson; and great-grandchildren: Zoe and Averi McPherson and Brey, Beckley and Jones Shepanski. Born to the late Norma and Carl McPherson in 1946, Duane was raised in Medina, N.Y. Duane proudly served in the US Navy from 1963 - 1967, raised his children in his hometown of Medina, N.Y., and eventually retired from Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y. The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother, and that he truly did. Duane was a consistently grumpy yet fun, music-loving man who loved to play golf, fish, listen to the Eagles, spend time with his loving wife and revel in the adventures of his children and grandchildren. Friends called on Mon., April 16, 2018, at Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, NY. A private graveside service was held on Tue., April 17, 2018, at Boxwood Cemetery in Medina, N.Y., where military honors were accorded by members of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion. To share a special memory of Duane, please visit www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Winston R. Prudom, 77,of Middleport, died April 14, 2018, in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital following a long illness. He was born Dec. 17, 1940, in Medina to Herbert and Gladys (Haseley) Prudom. He lived in this area all of his life. Winston was a graduate of Royalton Hartland Central School, and worked as a Union Steward at Nabisco in Lockport until it closed. Following that he became a teacher at the Albion Correctional Facility, where he taught building maintenance until his retirement. He loved farming and had a great love for ALL his animals. Mr. Prudom was predeceased by his parents and his sister Linda (William) Wilson. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Beth (Justin Deemer) Prudom of Tonawanda; his brother, Dr. Albert (Amy) Prudom of Wisconsin; his sister Lori (Dale) Haseley of Middleport; his granddaughter, Alesia; as well as several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. The family received friends at the Bates, Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, 38 State St., Middleport, on Thu., April 19, 2018, where his funeral service was held immediately following visitation.  Private interment was held in Hartland Cemetery. To share a special memory of Winston, please visit www.bateswallace.com.

Tammie Lynn Sample, 57, of Albion, went to be with the Lord on Sun., April 15, 2018, at her home under Hospice care with her loving family at her side. Born on Sept. 23, 1960, in Sidney, N.Y., she was the daughter of William Ireland and the late Beverley (Charles) Ireland. Tammie was a people person who cared more about others than herself. She worked various jobs, including Ames, Walmart and lastly, Clover Hill. She was a dedicated mother and grandmother. When she wasn’t spending time with her grandchildren, she enjoyed playing Jewel Quest and Mahjong. Besides her father, she is survived four children: John (Ryan) Ireland of Brockport, N.Y., Natasha (John Jr.) Sietmann and April (Justin Cabic) Sample, all of Albion, and Duane (Leann) Sample of Clarendon, N.Y.; ten grandchildren: Sabrina Sample, Nathan and Tyler Sietmann, Gabriella Rodriquez, Brianna, Emylee and Gage Sample, Shania, Dacodah and John Jr. Ireland; a sister, Denise Norton of Kendall, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews; and her loving companion, Jeffery Staples of Elizabeth City, N.C. There were no calling hours. A private service was held at the family’s convenience. Memorials may be made in Tammie’s name to: Hospice of Orleans Co. P.O. Box 489, Albion, NY 14411. Arrangements were made through the Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, NY 14103. Please light a candle or share a memory at: www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com.

With sadness, his family shares the passing of Roland (Rollie) Allen Sanford on Feb. 21, 2018, at age 97. His beloved wife, Elma, who predeceased him in 2005, shared his wonderful life. He is survived by his three children: Darryl (Carol), of Albion and their children, Brian (Beth), Steven (Stefanie), and Laura (Bill); Rebecca (Karl) of Virginia and their children, Erik, Ryan (Lauren), and Kristen (James); and Scott (Julie) of Albion and their children, Roland Allen and Bradley. Big Grampy also will be missed by his eight great-grandchildren: Anna, Alexandra, William, Dorissa, Sara, Jack, Max and Colton. One of four siblings, Rollie was born in 1920 in Waterport, N.Y., the son of Tracey Ellsworth Sanford and Edith Paulina (Allen) Sanford. He attended Waterport Schools and, following graduation, pursued farming, eventually moving with his family to a 75-acre farm on Gaines Basin Road, Albion. In his late 20s, Roland entered Brockport State Teacher’s College, where he met his future wife, Elma Henderson, of Holley, N.Y. He earned his M.S. in Education from New York University and attended The University of Buffalo. He taught American History in the Albion High School. Many students remember him as a kind and respected mentor. Later, Roland became a professor of education at Brockport State University and supervised student teachers in area schools. With his wife, Rollie enjoyed collecting antiques and refurbishing them, and he loved to read, particularly history and biography. He loved animals, and always had a dog to keep him company. For nearly 50 years, he and Elma were extremely active in the Albion United Methodist Church. A funeral service to celebrate his life will be on Sat., May 5, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the (NOTE CHANGE OF LOCATION) Albion United Methodist Church, 26 S. Main St. (Christ Episcopal Church). Memorials may be made to the Hoag Library, 134 S. Main St., Albion, NY 14411 or the First United Methodist Church, 26 S. Main St., Albion, NY 14411. Arrangements have been entrusted to Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. To share a special memory of Rollie, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

George A. Smith, 75, of Albion, died suddenly on Sat., April 14, 2018, at his home. He was born Oct. 12, 1942, in Pennsylvania, a son of the late George Smith and June Hildreth. He lived in this area most of his life. George was a member of the Oak Orchard Assembly of God in Medina. He was an avid hunter and a gun collector. He enjoyed cooking. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his sister, Sally Ayers; his brothers Eddie Smith, Glen Smith and Dennis Smith; and his step-brothers Pete Simpson, and Donald Simpson.  He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Bernice; his daughter, Julie Bower of North Carolina; his son, George (Carol) Smith, Jr. of Oregon; step-children, Kevin Knapp of Albion, and Lisa (Tim) Jurhs of Kendall; grandchildren: Harry Bower, Damian Jost, Brandi Leccese, Peter Kohut, Olivia (Jared) Hurley, and Ava Kohut; great-grandchildren: Aryan Bower, Madelyn Bower, Sabella Leccese, Milania Hurley, and Audrian Hurley; brothers Rick (Amy) Smith of Pennsylvania, Kirk (Linda) Smith of Watkins Glen, and Harry (Tina) Smith of Horseheads; step-sister, Beverly (Ron) Cervoni; step-brothers Ronald Simpson and Joe Simpson; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. The family will receive friends at the Oak Orchard Assembly of God, 12111 Ridge Rd., Medina NY 14103 on Sat., April 28, 2018, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., where his Memorial Service will follow at 12 p.m. Memorials may be made to the organization of one’s choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. Albion.  To share a special memory of George, please visit www.christophermitchell.com.

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David Allen Webster
, 69, of Naples, Fla./Medina, N.Y., passed away peacefully in his home in Naples, Fla., as he wished on Sun., Feb. 11, 2018, after a battle with cancer. He was born June 21, 1948, and he grew up in Medina, N.Y., son of Walter D. Webster Jr. and Ione Marie Webster. He had a brother, Bruce; and a sister, Gail. Growing up, he helped on the family farm and enrolled in the United States Marine Corps before finishing high school and earned his GED while serving in the military. He received many awards, namely the National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal (4 years); Vietnam Campaign Medal w/device; Presidential Unit Citation; Combat Action Ribbon; Riffle Marksmanship Badge and was honorably discharged after completing his four years of service. David spent his younger years helping out on the family farm before joining the United States Marine Corps. He spent a few years living and working in Hawaii but mostly lived in the Medina area. He started a carpet dying and cleaning business in the Medina area, which he owned and operated with a franchise from Langenwalter Carpet dying.He loved music and enjoying spending time with friends and easily made new friends wherever he traveled. For the past 10 years or so he had resided full time in Naples, Fla., with Beverly, enjoying the warm weather and sunshine. David was preceded in death by his first wife, Wanda Nani Tom, and then his second wife, Beverly. David is survived by five children: Kevin Heideman, Tamara Stephen, Marisa Minonno, David Webster II, and Zachary Ausman; and 12 grandchildren: Felicia, Eric, Austin, Seath, Jacob, Malina, Chloe, Alex, Joey, Katie, Avery, and Emerson. Gifts may be donated to Vitas Community Connection in the following ways: Online – VITASCommunityConnection.org; By phone – 866-928-4827 or By mail (please make checks payable to VITAS Community Connection) - send to: 4980 Tamiami Trail North; Suite 102; Naples, FL 34103. David’s internment will be at the Punch Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii. A small family celebration of life was held on April 8, 2018. As A Marine – “Civilians cannot and will not understand us because they are not one of us. The corps we love it, live it, and shall die for it. If you have never been in it, you shall never understand it.” “United States Marine” I’m Free. Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free; I took His hand when I heard Him call; I turned my back and left it all. If my parting has left a void; then fill it with remembered joy. My life’s been full, I savored much; good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; ah yes, these things, I too, will miss. Perhaps my time seemed all too brief; don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts and share with me; God wanted me now, He set me free.”

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