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Obituaries

Mr. William E. “Bill” Bailey, of Medina, passed away on May 12, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital. Bill was born in Batavia on Christmas Eve, 1965, a son of David and Peggy Lou (Moore) Kams. He attended Medina schools and was employed by Scott Paint Company in Sarasota, Fla., as a supervisor. He enjoyed working on his computer. Survivors include his parents, David and Peggy Kams; his sister, Christine (Gary) Scholes; two brothers, Raymond and Thomas Bailey; nieces and nephews: Emily Kams, Aric Bailey, Randi Scholes and Brandon (Stephanie) Scholes; aunts and uncles: Dorothy (Larry) Stockwell, Debra Whiting, David (Connie) Moore, William “Butch” Moore, Bud (Garnet) Moore and the late Richard Moore. Services were private. Memorials may be made to Friends of Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Ave., Box 660, Rochester, NY 14642. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Steven J. Brewer, 21, of Lockport, N.Y., formerly of Lyndonville, N.Y., died unexpectedly on Wed., May 10, 2017. Born on Oct. 27, 1995, in Buffalo, N.Y., he was the son of Les (Theresa) Brewer of Lockport, N.Y., and Lisa (Michael Gaddis) Brewer of Lyndonville, N.Y. Steven graduated from Lyndonville High School in 2014. He attended Ohio Tech in Cleveland, Ohio, where he received a degree in Certified Welding. He then moved to Lockport, N.Y. Steven was currently employed at Greenview Landscaping of Clarence, N.Y. He enjoyed drawing, cooking and being outdoors where he loved to ride his four-wheeler. Besides his parents, he is survived by his paternal grandparents, Les and Josephine Brewer of Lockport, N.Y.; maternal grandparents, Frank and Brenda Kozlowsky and William (Pam) Dunn, all of Hilton, N.Y. Steven is also survived by a brother, William Nemi; a sister, Chassity (Fred Strong) Rising of Lockport, N.Y.; a niece, Lilianna and a nephew, Carter; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Relatives and friends called on Wed., May 17, 2017, at the Oak Orchard Assembly of God Church, 12111 Ridge Rd. (Route 104), Medina NY 14103, where a funeral service was held. The Rev. Daniel A. Thurber officiated. Burial was held at the family’s convenience. Arrangements were entrusted to Bogan & Tuttle Funeral Home, 112 N. Main St., Lyndonville NY 14098. Please share condolences or light a candle in Steven’s memory at: www.boganandtuttlefuneralhome.com

John C. Fitch, 77, of Holley, died May 13, 2017, in his home following a brief illness and while under Hospice care. He was born July 28, 1939, in Kentucky to Andy and Julie Fitch. He lived in this area for over 50 years.  John worked for over 36 years at the Flour City Tissue Mill.  He enjoyed many hobbies but some of his favorites were hunting, gardening, fishing and going to the casino. Mr. Fitch was predeceased by his daughter April; brothers Taylor, Gordon, and Brush; and his sister Pearl. He is survived by his spouse of 13 years, Alice Jett; his children Jeffery (Mary) Fitch of Rochester, Keith (Ruby) Fitch of Kentucky, Jolena (Kenneth) Hale of Kentucky, Crystal (Scott) Marks of Albion, and Abby Fitch of Holley; his brothers Jess (Berneda) Fitch of Ohio, and Virgil Fitch of South Carolina; his sister Rose (Bill) Blackburn of Ohio; as well as several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.  The family received friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 21 W. Ave., Albion, on Wed., May 17, 2017, where John’s Funeral Service was held following visitation. Interment was in Lakeview Cemetery, Brockport. 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 John, please visit: www.christophermitchell.com.

Carolyn Parker Ingersoll went home suddenly Sat., Nov. 19, 2016, with her family by her side. Carolyn was born Dec. 26,1940, the daughter of late Geraldine Sundown Parker and Deforest Parker. She is survived by one brother, three children, five grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She donated her body to as an anatomical gift to the University at Buffalo. Carolyn retired from Fisher-Price Toys in 2001. A memorial service will be held at The Tonawanda Indian Baptist Church, 565 Bloomingdale Rd., Basom, NY 14013, on Sun., May 28, 2017, at 1 p.m.

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Lawrence “Larry” Joy
, 79, of Lyndonville, passed away peacefully at his cherished home on May 14, 2017. Larry was born in Medina on Feb. 17, 1938. He was the son of the late Laverne and Myrtle (Allen) Joy. Larry was proud to be the descendent of some of the first residents of Lyndonville, the town in which he grew up in, raised his family, and lived out his retired years. Larry married his wife Norma (Tinkous) on Sept. 5, 1964. Together they raised three sons: Dan, Darryl and Dana. Larry took much pride in his children and was a devoted family man. He worked 32 years at General Motors in Rochester in order to provide for his family. Larry was also an Army veteran who spent a part of his service in Okinawa as a decoder for the intelligence department. In his younger years, Larry coached little league and Babe Ruth baseball and drove dirt track race cars. Larry also enjoyed reading, watching sports, listening to oldies, playing cards, spoiling his dogs and relaxing at the property that he called his home most of his life. Most of all, he valued family, both immediate and extended, and enjoyed visiting at family reunions or just dropping by to have coffee. He was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Gordon and Allen Joy; nephews Michael and Timothy Joy; and brother-in-law Howard Tinkous. He is survived by his wife, Norma; sons: Dan, Darryl (Colleen), Dana (Patricia); grandchildren, Alyssa and Dylan Joy; step-granddaughter, Jennifer Schossig and her son, Ian; sister, Carol Jean Richard; sister-in-law, Bonnie Joy; and brothers-in-law Jerry (Shirley) Tinkous and Alan (Vicky) Tinkous. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He will be greatly missed. Friends may call on Sat., May 27, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where his funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. following visitation. Pastor Dave Stockwell will officiate. Military honors will be accorded at the funeral home by members of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion at 4:30. Interment will be in Lynhaven Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Yates Community Library or the Lyndonville Vol. Fire Company. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Mrs. Ida M. Kane, of Medina, passed away on May 10, 2017, at the Medina Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Kane was born in the Town of Royalton on Dec. 30, 1921, a daughter of the late John W. and Ida E. (Mittlestadt) Raduns. She was employed by Harrison Radiator Division of GMC from 1954 to 1957, and on July 27, 1957, she married Wilbur F. Kane. Mrs. Kane was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Wolcottsville. She enjoyed gardening and the outdoors. Mr. and Mrs. Kane resided in Knowlesville for 43 years before she moved to Medina in 1995. Survivors include her daughter, Debra Kane of Sarasota, Fla.; several nieces and nephews including Betty Munson of Middleport, James Raduns of Lyndonville, and Diane Johnson of Lockport; and a very good friend, Shirley (the Rev. Donald) Willman of Akron. She was predeceased by her husband, Wilbur, in 1983; her granddaughter, Shelby Lyn Miller; four sisters: Louise Raduns, Irene Lindke, Mildred Weeks and Helen Huerta; and three brothers, Walter, Homer and Robert Raduns. Relatives and friends attended her Memorial Service on Wed., May 17, 2017, at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina. The Rev. Craig S. Rhodenizer officiated and interment was in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, West Shelby. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, 6369 Wolcottsville Rd, Akron, New York 14001. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Claudia B. Kujawa, nee Britt, of Medina, passed away on Jan. 27, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital after a valiant fight with cancer. Claudia was born in Medina on June 19, 1941, the only child of Claude Seth and Ruth Pearl (Swab) Britt. She graduated salutatorian from Albion High School and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Buffalo. From 1963-65, Claudia worked at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratories, a contractor for NASA. She was employed as a Manager in Telecommunications by Eastman Kodak Company from 1966-92. Having been outsourced, she took an early retirement from Eastman Kodak Company to raise Andrea, her late-in-life child. She was a single parent and a loving and nurturing mother. She was a member of Pi Mu Epsilon Fraternity, National Honorary Mathematics Fraternity. Claudia volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader, at Towne Elementary School, and at a local food bank. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, travel, reading, crossword puzzles, gambling and spending time with friends. She was a member of the Middleport and Johnson Creek Senior Citizens groups. Survivors include her daughter, Andrea; several nieces and nephews including Joseph (Barbara) Kujawa. She was predeceased by Andrea’s father, James Kujawa. A graveside committal service will be Sat., May 27, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the Britt family plot in Millville Cemetery where she will be interned with her parents. Pastor Linda Haight will officiate. Memorials may be made to any local animal shelters, Hospice of Orleans County or Knights-Kaderli Memorial Fund. Arrangements are being handled by the Cooper Funeral Home, Medina. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

Mrs. Phyllis J. Pitcher, of Medina, passed away on May 11, 2017, at the Martin Linsin Residence. Mrs. Pitcher was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Sept. 25, 1931, the daughter of the late James and Elizabeth (Heinz) Sayes. On Oct. 21, 1951, she married Frank L. Pitcher and was a longtime Medina resident. She was employed by O’Connor’s Toy Store, G.C. Murphy Company and Fisher-Price Toys. Mrs. Pitcher enjoyed gardening, shopping, spending time on the beach and taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially Madison Banker and Alyson Snow. Survivors include Frank, her husband of nearly 66 years; two children, Linda (late Charles W., Jr.) Moore and Richard (Linda) Pitcher; six grandchildren: Christina E. (Michelle Wiseman) Nenni, Laurie (Christopher) Banker and Nicole (Scott Roberts) Poler, Richard (Stace) Pitcher, Jr., Brian (Melinda) Pitcher, and Sara (Andrew) Szatkowski; several great-grandchildren; her sister-in-law, Barbara Rowles and family of Niagara Falls; nieces and nephews. Friends called on Thu., May 18, 2017, at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where her funeral service was held on Fri., May 19, 2017. Interment was in Boxwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, POB 489, Albion, NY 14411-0489. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

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Matthew M. Rocco, Sr.
, 80, of Holley, died May 14, 2017, in Highland Hospital.  He was born Dec. 2, 1936, in Albion to Michael and Alice (Jaworski) Rocco. He lived in this area all of his life.  He was a United States Marine Corps Veteran, a member of St. Mary’s R.C. Church, and retired from Eastman Kodak.  Matthew enjoyed hunting, trapping, playing BINGO and going to the casino.  Mr. Rocco was predeceased by his wife, Janet, in 1993; his son, Matthew Jr.; brothers, Donald and Richard; and sister, Sandy.  He is survived by his daughter, Kim (Jeffrey) Herman of Lyndonville; his granddaughter, Shae-Lynn Herman; as well as several sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. There were no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to Matthews Mass of Christian Burial, Fri., May 26, 2017, in St. Mary’s Church-Holley beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Interment with Military Honors will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to an organization or charity of your choice.  Matthew’s family has entrusted his arrangements to the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. of Holley.  To share a special memory of Matthew, please visit: www.christophermitchell.com.

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Mr. Kasmier R. “Mike” Szulis
, of Medina, passed away on May 15, 2017, at Strong Memorial Hospital. Mr. Szulis was born in Kent, N.Y., on Sept. 6, 1926, a son of the late Thomas and Frances (Slezewski) Szulis. A U.S. Amy veteran, he served from 1944-46. On Oct, 12, 1946, he married the former Beatrice E. Whitney. Mr. Szulis was employed as a truck driver by the Lapp Express Company for many years and ended his career with Speed Motor Freight. He was a longtime member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He was a communicant at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church; member and Past Grand Knight of Medina Council #651 Knights of Columbus; and a member of St. Joan of Arc of Orleans Assembly, Fourth Degree. Active with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, Mike was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader with Troop 32. He was a charter member of Apple Pushers; a member of the National Campers & Hikers Association; member of Butts-Clark Post #204 American Legion; and volunteered with the Orleans County Joint Veterans Council Medical Van Service. He also enjoyed gardening. Survivors include two children, Mike (Judy) Szulis and Dawn (Robin) Root; five grandchildren: Michelle and Raymond Szulis, Renee (Todd) McQuillen, Jennifer (Chad) Forrest and Adam Root; four great-grandchildren: Pierson and Emma McQuillen and Calista and G. Wyatt Forrest; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Bea, on July 7, 2011. Friends may call on Thu., May 18, 2017, at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where prayers were offered followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church. It was celebrated by the Rev. Daniel J. Fawls. Military honors were accorded at graveside at St. Mary’s Cemetery by members of Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion and Lincoln Post #1483, VFW. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Orleans County Joint Veterans Council Medical Van Service, 13996 Route 31 W, Albion, NY 14411. Share condolences at www.cooperfuneralhome.com.

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