Wayne Post online obituaries for week ending March 18, 2011 are: BAKER, MARLENE DALE (VANDERWALL); CROOKS, RICHARD D.; CUSHMAN, GEORGE H.; HILL, ROBERTA A. (NICHOLSON); HORTON, NANCY L.; REENERS, PAULINE J.; WALLACE, THOMAS IRVING; and WEBBER, ALBERT J.
BAKER, MARLENE DALE (VANDERWALL)
BASSETT, Va./ FORMERLY OF PALMYRA — Born Dec. 6, 1954, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2011 at the age of 56.
Predeceased by her daughter, Rachel Baker and her father, Peter Vanderwall Sr. She is survived by her husband, Richard Baker; her daughters, Tonya Bliss, Teresa Baker, Misty Rigler; six grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; her mother, Dianne Vanderwall Ryder; step-father, Robert Ryder, and his family; sister, Cheryl Vanderwall, and family; brother, Peter Vanderwall Jr., and family; aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m. at Gananda Community Church at 3259 Canandaigua Road in Macedon. A pot luck will follow the service. Place will be announced at the service.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lollypop Farm.
CROOKS, RICHARD D.
Died Tuesday, March 8 after a brief illness at the Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center in Greece at the age of 78.
Dick was born in Saginaw, Mich. March 10, 1932. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School in 1950 and from Kalamazoo College in 1954 with a music major. He went on to receive a masters of divinity from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in 1961.
He married Marylou Howell Crooks in May of 1956 and amicably divorced in 1980.
Early in his career, the Rev. Crooks served as chaplain and teacher at The New Hampton School and as pastor of the New Hampton Community Church in New Hampton, N.H. Nearby in Sanbornton, N.H., he later served for many years as the pastor of the Sanbornton Congregational Church.
He also taught English, and served as music director, conducting the band and directing the choir for Winnisquam Regional High School in Tilton, N.H. He later taught at Olivet College, in Olivet Michigan, while holding the pastorate at Olivet Congregational Church.
From the pulpit of the congregations he served, he was known for his passionate and progressive thought leadership on issues that intersected faith, social justice and local, national and international politics.
For the past 30 years, he has lived in the Rochester area and has been involved in a multitude of different activities, including permanent music teaching positions, as well as substitute teaching in all subjects. A talented organist, vocalist and conductor, he served several churches and directed and accompanied the Canaltown Chorale, based out of Palmyra. He served on the board of the Walworth-Seely Public Library, a position which he adored, from 2005 to 2009.
His great loves were music, reading and his family and friends.
He leaves behind a son, Curt Crooks of Starksboro, Vt.; a daughter, Merriam Rink, of Davenport, Iowa; and three grandchildren, Chelsea, Melissa and Andrew Rink. He also left behind his two beloved pets, Phantom, a dog and Raven, a cat.
Notes of condolence for Curt and Merriam can be sent in c/o Merriam Crooks Rink, 2805 E. 43rd St., Davenport, Iowa.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. March 13 at the First United Methodist Church in Palmyra.
Memorial gifts can be made in Dick’s memory to either the Canaltown Chorale, c/o Edie Dutton, 116 W. Jackson St., Palmyra, N.Y. 14522 or the Walworth-Seely Public Library, 3600 Lorraine Drive, Walworth, N.Y. 14568.
A memorial service for his many New England friends will be announced at a later date for the spring/early summer of 2011 in Sanbornton, N.H.
CUSHMAN, GEORGE H.
CLYDE — Died Thursday, March 10, 2011 at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital following an extended illness at the age of 90.
Mr. Cushman was born in the Town of Galen Nov. 22, 1920, the son of Henry and Edna Taber Cushman. He married the former Stella Porter Feb. 12, 1944 and together they celebrated their 67th anniversary this past February. George’s work career started with Pierces Garage in Clyde, where he was employed for over 20 years. He then went on to work for the Parker-Hannifin Corporation and for LSW Industries in Clyde. He was a lifelong resident of the Clyde area.
George had many hobbies, including hunting, fishing and gardening, but his most important hobby was his family. He enjoyed spending time with his daughter and her family, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife of over 67 years, Stella Cushman of Clyde; his daughter, Gloria (Randy) Wolfanger of Newark; his grandchildren, Jason (Jacquelyn) Wolfanger of Springwater and Julie (John) Foust of Stanley; his great-grandchildren, Owen, Lydia, Hayden and Elsie; his brothers, Russell Cushman of Lyons and Henry Cushman of North Rose; and several nieces and nephews.
George was pre-deceased by his three sisters, Nina O’Donnell, Emily Norris and Sarah Stamaris.
Family and friends called from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 13th at the Baris Funeral Home at 87 W. Genesee St. in Clyde. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 14th at Christ Community Church in Clyde with Edward Marriott officiating. Burial followed in Rose Cemetery in Rose.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Clyde Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 245, Clyde, NY 14433 or to the Newark-Wayne Hospital Foundation, Driving Park Avenue, Newark, NY 14513.
For online condolences, visit www.barisfuneralhome.com.
HILL, ROBERTA A. (NICHOLSON)
NEWARK — Died Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at the DeMay Living Center at the age of 76.
Roberta was born March 10, 1934 in Elmira, daughter of James and Isabelle Elliott Nicholson. She was an attendant for 18 years for Newark Development Center. She was active with all activities at DeMay Living Center and was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church and the VFW Auxiliary in Palmyra.
She is survived by three sons, Richard, Kenneth L. (Malinda) Hill of Newark and David A. (Debbie) of Naples; three daughters, Nancy (Mark) Phelps of Waco, Texas, Joyce Marie Bouwens of North Rose and Sally (David) Henninger of Newark; four sisters, Ethel Koseki, Betty Tripp, Nancy Zaiz and Linda Turpin; brother, James Nicholson; several grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her husband, Leon E., in March of 1994.
Friends called from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 14 at the Schulz-Pusateri Funeral Home at 103 Maple Court in Newark, where Services were held at 7 p.m. Burial will be in Pioneer Cemetery in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the DeMay Living Center, Driving Park Ave., Newark, NY 14513.
HORTON, NANCY L.
CLYDE — Died Sunday, March 13, 2011 at Newark-Wayne Community Hospital following an extended illness at the age of 58.
At her request there will be no prior calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend graveside services on Friday, March 18 at 10 a.m. in Rose Cemetery in Rose. Wesley Reed will officiate.
Contributions in her memory to a charity of one’s choice would be appreciated.
Mrs. Horton was born in Lyons on March 19, 1952, the daughter of Eugene and Laura Fehr Merithew. She had been a resident of Clyde for over 35 years. Nancy had retired from the Parker-Hannifin Corporation in Clyde with over 30 years of service. She was married to the late Herbert A. Horton Jr., who predeceased her on April 9, 2006. Although her hobbies were many and varied, her biggest enjoyment was spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild.
Surviving are her son, Michael Horton of Clyde; her daughters, Pamela (Chuck) Miller of Corning, Jacqueline Burt of Silverton, Ore., Karin Horton of Geronimo, Okla., and Anita Horton of Clyde; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandson; her brothers, Frances (Crystal) Merithew of Rock Hill, S.C., Henry (Cathy) Merithew of Rome, N.Y. and Lawrence Merithew of Seneca Falls; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Baris Funeral of Clyde. For online condolences, visit www.barisfuneralhome.com.
REENERS, PAULINE J.
MACEDON — Died March 9, 2011 at the age of 87.
She was named Macedon Citizen of the Year in 1965, St. Patrick’s Volunteer of the Year in 2009 and was a member of many community organizations, including Meals on Wheels, Girl Scouts, Macedon Center Ladies Auxiliary, Macedon Food Pantry and Macedon Senior Citizens. Pauline was a lifetime member of St. Patrick’s Church.
She is survived by her children, Jacqueline (Richard) Krocke, Donald (Joanne) Reeners, James (Jill) Reeners, Jane (Robert) Countryman, Kenneth Reeners; grandchildren, Geoff (Liz) Krocke, Aaron (Carla) Krocke, Dawn Reeners, Greg (Lauren) Reeners, Michael (Maddie) Reeners, Adam Reeners, Chris (Jenny) Countryman, Jon (Amanda) Countryman, Crystal (Seth) Cathey, John Kelly (Sheryl Capron); 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Norma Stoutenger; sisters and brothers-in-laws; many nieces, nephews and friends, including all those at Parkwood Heights.
She was predeceased by her husband, Bernard.
Friends called from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at Payne & Murphy Funeral Home at 1040 Route 31 in Macedon. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 9 a.m. Monday, March 14 at St. Katharine Drexel Parish at St. Patrick’s Church in Macedon. Interment at Macedon Center Cemetery will be at the family’s convenience.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St. Katharine Drexel Parish, 136 Church St., Palmyra, NY 14522 or a charity of one’s choice.
WALLACE, THOMAS IRVING
NEWARK — Died March 8, 2011 in Florida at the age of 75.
Tom was born May 23, 1935 in Lyons, the son of Toma and Elsie Hallings Wallace. He worked for 43 years as a signalman for Conrail. He served in the Army from 1954 to 1958. He was active in the Fairville Fire Department and Fire Police Association. He was a member of the American Legion of Lyons and St. Michael Church in Newark.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gertrude (Trudy) Wallace; five sons, Kevin (Patricia) of Newark, Richard (Kris) of Clyde, Steven of Sodus, Edwin (Brenda) and David (Amy), both of Macedon; his daughter, Cheryl (Anthony) Gentile of Fairport; 11 grandchildren; four sisters, Laura Terry, Edna Barker, Caroline Lievens and Elsie Bushor.
He was predeceased by his son, Thomas L., in 1986; and sister, Anne Gruschow, in 2009.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 16 at St. Michael Church in Newark. A reception will follow services in the church social room. A spring burial will be in Marion Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are by Schulz-Pusateri Funeral Home in Newark.
WEBBER, ALBERT J.
LYONS — Died Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse at the age of 82.
Albert was born April 15, 1928 in Wolcott, son of Delbert and Mabel Webber. He worked in his earlier years at General Motors and Beechnut Baby Foods in Rochester and Bloomer Brothers in Newark and he also farmed. He served in the Army in the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion in Lyons and the New Life Assembly of God.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Edna Mae Roberts; three daughters, Rachael (Richard) Wood of Rose, Sharon Corter of Lyons and Marlene (Randy) Perkins of Clyde; son, Albert (Edith) of Lyons; grandchildren, Chris, Albert, Jason, Jessica, Shane, Theresa, Nichole, David, Monica, Danielle, R.J., Amanda, Misty, Joe and Samantha; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Rotach; four brothers, Chuck, Delbert, Arthur and Stanley Webber; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Trudy Webber.
Friends called from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 11 at Boeheim-Pusateri Funeral home at 77 William St. in Lyons., where Services were held at 7 p.m. with military honors accorded at the funeral home.
A Memorial Service was held at 6 p.m. Tuesday March 15 at New Life Assembly of God on Route 31 in Lyons. A reception followed the service at 1234 Glover Road in Clyde.
Memorials may be made to Wayne County Veterans Agency, William St., Lyons or to New Life Assembly of God.