Obituaries

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Willis J. Houghtling

Greece: July 7, 2014. Predeceased by his wife Marion. He is survived by his children, Laurie Mattimore, Diane (Bob) Oldham, Ron (Linda) Houghtling and Tom (Tina) Houghtling; brother, Richard (Lois) Houghtling; 9 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was a retiree of Matthews and Fields Lumber Co. and was a member of American Legion Post 468.

Friends may call Monday, July 14, 2014, 4-8PM at the Farrell-Ryan Funeral Home, 777 Long Pond Road (between English and Latta Road), where a funeral service will follow at 8:00PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider Myasthenia Gravis Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Joseph A. Klein Funeral Director.



Nina J. Lawson

Hilton: June 26, 2014. Survived by her husband, Lewis; daughters, Suzanne and Terry VanHook; 2 grandchildren.

Friend s may attend a Memorial Service, 6:00 PM Monday at the funeral home, 777 Long Pond Road (between English & Latta). Interment, private.



Shirley A. Murray (1929 - 2014)

Pensacola, FL.: Nov. 10, 1929-June 21, 2014 peacefully with her nephew at her side. Predeceased by her parents, Jeremiah and Gertrude Murray; brother-in-law, George Ellia; sister-in-law, Sally Murray. Survived by her brothers, Rev. William Murray, Paul (Ruth) Murray and Jeremiah (Mary Ellen) Murray, Jr.; sister, Elaine Ellia; as well as 2 nephews; 2 nieces and 10 great-nephews and nieces. Shirley was a graduate of Nazareth Academy and the Rochester Business Institute, she retired from Eastman Kodak in 1986 after 38 years of dedicated service. Following retirement she worked for Chase-Pitkin and later Wegmans until 2011 when she moved to Virginia to live near her nephews and their families.

Friends may attend a Funeral Mass 10:30 Wednesday, July 2 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her name to St. John's Comfort Care/Hospice Program, 150 Highland Ave., Roch., NY 14620.



Pauline Ditzel Ashley

Greece: June 21, 2014. Predeceased by her husband Milton. Survived by her children, Melinda (Wayne) Shaffer and Paula (Michael) Yeager of PA; grandchildren, Corinne and Colin Shaffer, and Ted Sankey; brothers, Jerry Ditzel of AZ and James (Laurie) Ditzel; several nieces and nephews and dear friends. Pauline was a long time member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Friends may attend her Memorial Service 11 AM Saturday, July 26 at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4115 Dewey Ave., Roch. 14616. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Aldersgate Memorial Fund.

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Mindy (and family) and Paula (and family),
Words can't express how sorry we are for your loss. Your mom was a wonderful person and will be missed by many. May all of your wonderful and loving memories support you through this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you and be with you at this time.
Wendy, Michael, and Nathan
~ Wendy, Michael, and Nathan Dunn, Rochester, New York


June 23, 2014
So sorry about the loss of your mom. Mindy, you were very devoted to her, and she will be a big loss to all of you. May god be with you all in this time of sorrow. My sincere sympathy to all of you. Prayers for you.
Patty Zambito, Rochester, New York





Daniel Fede

Greece: June 16, 2014. Predceased by his parents, Carmella & Santo Fede; brothers, Charles & Philip Fede; sister-in-law, Ann Carol Fede; niece, Cathy Fede. Survived by his brother, Joseph (Arlene) Fede; nieces, Christine, Mary, Carol, Judy, Lisa; nephews, Steve, Chuckie; great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews; loving cousins. He was a WWII Veteran. The family wishes to thank the staff at Mary Regina for the wonderful care given to Daniel.

Friends may attend his Memorial Mass, 11 AM Wednesday at Holy Cross Church. Private interment. In his memory donations may be made to Holy Cross Church or School of the Holy Childhood.



William M. Manion


Rochester: June 15, 2014. Survived by his nieces, Suzanne (George) Heider, Sandra (Ron) Marro; nephew, Michael Comery; sister-in-law, Marian Manion Quinlan. He was a friends of Bill W.

Friends may attend a Funeral Service 11:00 Thursday at the Funeral Home, 777 Long Pond Rd. (Between English and Latta). Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

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A special place in our hearts to a man who shared so much of his time. Fond memories of the early days, especially the famous Christmas parties. Friends of Bill W. Lee & Jackie B.

Will, you were a special person who helped so many people. You were always there for me no matter what the situation was. I will never forget all the countless talks we had on that front porch on Bryan St. You were my best man at my wedding and like I told you last month, Amy and I will celebrate 20 years next month. I really can't put into words how much you really have meant to me all these years, but I am so blessed to have all the memories and all the years of friendship we shared. Rest easy my good friend and enjoy the big meeting in the sky!!
~ Steve Otis, Rochester, New York




Fiona McKie (Troup) Bilenler (1944 - 2014)

Rochester: 9/11/1944-6/16/14. Peacefully surrounded by family. Predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Winifred and son, Gary; Survived by her daughter, Kimberly Troup; son, Martin (Shelly) Troup; Mariana, mother of Gary's children; grandchildren, Stephen (Teresa), Brandon, Kevin (Casey), Ian, Emily, Nick, Michael, Andrew and Jessica; great-grandchildren, Brayden, Chase and Ian; siblings, Winifred (Robert), Maureen (Geoff), Irene (John) Geoffrey; special niece, Rose and nephew, Owen (Jennifer); many loving nieces, nephews here and back in Scotland, also special friends and neighbors. Fiona was born in Newton Hill Scotland and came to Rochester in 1963. She loved time with family and creating beautiful gardens.

Friends may call Saturday 1-4 at the Funeral Home, 777 Long Pond Rd. (between English and Latta). Friends may contribute to Hildebrant Hospice in her memory.



Glenwood T. Hess

Rochester: June 14, 2014. Survived by his longtime wife and companion, Louise; children, Tammy Troy, Heidi and Chad; 9 grandchildren.

Friend s may call Friday 4-7 at the Funeral Home, 777 Long Pond Rd (between English and Latta). Funeral Service 10:30 Saturday at the Funeral Home. Interment Wyoming Cemetery.



Stella Faith Rawleigh

Greece: Our Precious Angel went home to the Lord June 8, 2014. The infant daughter of loving parents, Greg and Heidi Rawleigh; loving brothers, Jack Salvatore and Luke Alexander; paternal grandparents, Richard and Elaine Rawleigh; maternal grandparents, Kathleen and Brooks Zwetsch; paternal great-grandparents, Richard and Luella Brown; maternal great-grandmothers, Pauline Speciale and Anne Zwetsch; many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Friends may attend a Funeral Mass 9:30 Thursday at St. Lawrence Church, 1000 N. Greece Rd. Entombment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers friends wishing may contribute to Face 2 Face 66 Vinedale Ave., Roch., NY 14622.



Dorothy A. Graham

Greece: June 4, 2014. Predeceased by her loving husband, Jack and son, Rickie. Survived by her daughter, Kathleen Graham; daughter-in-law, Diana Graham; grandchildren, Rene (Tom) Barnes, Dustin Graham; great-grandchildren, Dillon, Mitchell and Caden; nieces, nephews.

Friends may call Thursday 4-8 PM at the funeral home, 777 Long Pond Road (between English & Latta). Funeral Mass, 9 AM Friday at Sacred Heart Cathedral. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cathedral Community.

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I will deeply miss you Aunt Dorothy, you sure were the life of all our parties and events. Waupoos will always hold a special place in my heart as you join the rest of our family members doing your street dance in heaven. I truly believe we will all be reunited again and the street dance will become larger. Please say hello to my Father, Rick, Uncle Jack and my Grandparents, I miss you all and think about you daily. Love Dave.
~ Dave Graham, Hamlin, New York


George R. Gray

Greece: June 1, 2014. Predeceased by his brother, Richard. Survived by his wife, Judy; sons, Michael & Stephen (Shelly); grandchildren, Savannah, Cheyanne, Hunter, Madi & Jesse; many friends.

Service held at the convenience of the family. In his memory contributions may be made to Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Road, Fairport, NY 14450.

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So sorry for your lose Aunt Judy and the rest of the family. You are in my thoughts
~ Debbie Gray, Rochester, New York


Judy so sorry for your loss. George was a wonderful man and will be missed dearly.
~ Jacqui Newman, Sparks, Nevada







Avis L. Powers Weissend

Rochester: June 5, 2014. Predeceased by her husband, James Powers and son, Patrick Powers. Survived by her husband, Donald Weissend; daughter, Peggy (Jim) Best; son, Tim (Nancy) Powers of CO; step-children, Jim (Kathy) Weissend, Gail (Ken) Francis; many grand & great-grandchildren.

Friends may call Sunday 1-3 followed by a Funeral Service at 3 PM at the funeral home, 777 Long Pond Road (between English & Latta). Private interment. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Open Door Mission.




Marion S. Okeen

Rochester: June 2, 2014. Predeceased by her husband, Stanley and daughter-in-law, Diana; Survived by her sons, Stanley (Donna), Steven; daughters, Barbara (Harold) Gogoll, Marsha (Michael) Billias; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brother, James Sherwood. A special thank you to the caregivers of ILS and Elder One for the expectional care shown to our mother.

Friends may call Friday 4-7 at the Funeral Home, 777 Long Pond Rd. (Between English and Latta). Funeral Service 10AM Saturday at the Funeral Home. Interment Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.



Gwen (Jarvis) Rasbach

Greece, NY/Ilion, NY: Age 93, passed on May 27, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. Predeceased by her beloved husband, David Austin; parents, Leon & Cora Jarvis; and her siblings, Audrey, Joanne, Jane and Sam. Gwen is survived by her children, Jon (Judy) of Michigan, Alex (Linda) of Hilton and Mary (Mark) Atwell of Greece; grandchildren, Adrienne, Adam, Alison, Rachel and Austin as well as 9 great-grandchildren. Gwen is also survived by her sisters, Barb (Ron) Vodicka and Carol (Bob) Harris; and many nieces & nephews. Gwen was a retiree of McCurdy's and would like to be remembered by her friends in Mohawk Valley, at McCurdy's and on Paddy Hill Drive, her home for many years. Thanks to her caregivers at Crimson Ridge Gardens Senior Living and Edna Tina Wilson Living Center.

Friends are invited to call at Farrell-Ryan Funeral Home, 777 Long Pond Road, 3-4 PM followed by her Funeral Service at 4 PM on Friday May 30, 2014. Interment will be held in Herkimer, NY on Saturday May 31st at Noon. Contributions in Gwen's name can be made to Meals-On-Wheels, 2180 Empire Blvd., Webster, NY 14580.



Kenneth James Doyle

Greene, NY: Kenneth James Doyle, age 87, of Greene, NY (formerly of Rochester, NY, and Asheville, NC), passed away May 20th in his own home in the company of family. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Jane Adele Lovell Doyle, and their daughter, Linda Jane Penders. He is survived by daughters, Debbie (Jim) Schmitt, Ellen (John) Benson, Patty Lusk, and Sally (Chuck) Papke, 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 3 great, great grandchildren, his sister, Verna Peters, and many nieces and nephews. After high school, Ken served in the Army Air Forces from 1944 until after the end of the war. He attended the University of Rochester, and worked at The Ritter Company (which became Ritter Sybron) for many years (in Rochester and then in Asheville, NC) until his retirement.

His interests included big band and swing music, dancing (especially the jitterbug), playing card games (bridge and spades especially), flight, astronomy and his telescope, camping, hiking, and yard work, travel, and he was always interested in movies and books, especially about World War II. He was a charter member and an avid supporter of the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.

A Celebration of His Life gathering will be held at 11 am on Friday, May 23, 2014, at The Silo Restaurant in Greene, NY.

(For more information, see www.rootfh.com.)

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Ken's name to the National World War II Museum, 945 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70130. Or a donation can be made in his name to help individuals and families in need: Genesee-Orleans Ministry of Concern, 121 North Main Street, Suite 311, Albion, NY 14411.

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I waited on ken for many years at the waffle house had many laughs and conversation he will surely be missed
~ penny church

For my friend Ken
~ Jenny Webb-Sholar, Greene, New York
To all of Ken's family.

I knew Ken while living at Woodside Manor Apartments. He and his wife were very good neighbors to me...Ken was always very kind and sweet to me. I will miss him...RIP my friend...
~ Jenny Webb-Sholar, Greene, New York




Raymond E. Nau

Greece: May 24, 2014. Survived by his son, Kyle; daughter, Kendy Nau; grandson, Joshua; brothers, Gerard (Eleanor) Nau and Edwin (Florence Adolphson) Nau; sister-in-law, Joyce (Daniel) O'Shea; nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends may call Tuesday, 4-7 at the funeral home, 777 Long Pond Rd. (between Engish and Latta). Funeral Mass 10:00 Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Church (Greece). Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Batavia Veterans Nursing Home, 220 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY.



David W. Raysor

Greece: May 23, 2014. Survived by his wife, Sam; his son, Jacob Taffet; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Raysor, Mary (Richard) McGregor & Ann (Robert) Wells; brother-in-law, Michael Gillam; several nieces & nephews. David was an avid golfer and loved to travel.

Friends may call Thursday, 4-7 PM at the funeral home, 777 Long Pond Rd. (between English & Latta). Funeral Service, 10 AM Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute, 665 Elm St., c/o Donations, Buffalo, NY 14263, or Hildebrandt Hospice.



Christos E. Mandravelis

Greece: May 19, 2014 at age 92, Christos went home to be with the Lord. Predeceased by his wife, Victoria Rizkallah. Survived by his daughters, Gloria Mandravelis & Cynthia (Daniel) Salotto; grandchildren, Benjamin (Michelle) Husband & Daniel Husband; great-granddaughter, Leilani.

Friends may call Thursday 4-7 at the funeral home, 777 Long Pond Road (between English & Latta) immediately followed by a Funeral Service. Interment at the convenience of the family. Friends wishing may contribute to Mission Share Inc., 10 Cedarfield Commons, Roch., 14612.



Ferne D. Balzano

Greece: Peacefully at home May 19, 2014. Predeceased by her husband, Philip Balzono Sr.; daughter, Anne Kinney, many brothers & sisters in Ohio. Survived by her children, Marcia (Nick) Messina, Alice Kimanski, Michele (William) Serapilia, Philip Balzano, Jr.; many grand and great-grandchildren; brothers & sisters in Ohio; beloved niece, Karen Hookey; and many other nieces and nephews. At Ferne's request there will be no services.



Frieda D. Duff

Greece: May 12, 2014. Predeceased by her husband, Joseph; son, Paul; daughter-in-law, Joanne Duff; nephew, Scott. Duff. Survived by her son, Bruce; grandchildren, Brian Duff, Kevin (Dr. Zaneb Yaseen) Duff, Renee (Dan) Huslin; great-grandchildren, Alexander, Sophia & Katie; niece, Karleen Shepard.

Friends may attend her Funeral Service, 10 AM Thursday at the funeral home, 777 Long Pond Road (between English & Latta). Interment, Fairview Cemetery, Bennington, NY. In her memory, contributions may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Society.

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So sorry for your loss. Please know that God is your comfort and support during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy.