Miller, Jack Waring

It is with great sadness the Miller family announces the passing of Jack Waring Miller on Monday, September 17, 2018, at the age of 72. Jack is lovingly remembered by his wife of 35 years, Mary Kay andhis children Jason (Melinda), Darcie (Josh) Coleman, and Erik (Andrea).  Jack will fondly be remembered by his eight grandchildren, MacKenzie, Austin, Ayden, Zoey, Parker, Connelly Jack, Delaney, and Casey, by his sister Marsha (Duane) Fanning, brothers-in-law Kevin (Paula) Chaffee, Mark (Kathe Kneeland) Chaffee, nephews Mark Butusov, Brian Fanning, John Fanning, and niece Erin Grillo.

Jack was national sales manager for Buckhorn Inc., a division of Myers Industries for over 20 years prior to retirement.  His passion was long distance running and golf, a deep love for music and a desire to live life at full throttle no matter what he was doing. He was an entrepreneur, writer, published poet, speaker, and a die-hard Chicago Bears fan. He will always be remembered for his contagious laugh, sense of humor, quick wit, larger than life personality and his love for family and friends.

For more information regarding Jack’s Celebration of Life Services, please go to https://millercelebrationoflife.com/

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Daeschner, Richard E.

Pittsford: Formerly of Hendersonville, NC passed away on September 12th, 2018 at the age of 90. Born in Detroit, Michigan on March 16, 1928, Dick grew up in surrounding Birmingham. After serving in the US Army as a Medical Aid in Germany and awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Dick attended Michigan State University where he graduated with a degree in economics. For over 35 years he worked for General Motors, with the Pontiac Motors Division as a zone manager. The family lived in multiple cities during his tenure with General Motors, including Beaverton, Oregon; Sudbury,  Massachusetts; Buffalo, New York and Columbus, Ohio. He retired to Hendersonville, North Carolina in 1988 where he and his wife lived until moving to the Highlands of Pittsford in Pittsford, NY in the Fall of 2015.

Richard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nelda Jean Daeschner (Crawford) and his two sons, Richard (Ann) and Michael (Joanna). Richard has 3 grandchildren, Melissa, David and Sophia along with many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents William and Helen (Cain) and siblings William (Mary Kay), Jack (Marilyn), Katherine (Carleton) McLain and his twin brother Robert (Phyllis).

An avid Michigan State Spartan fan and proud alumnus, he enjoyed following his “home” teams, the Detroit Lions and Tigers. An exceptional golfer, Dick and Jean spent many days on the greens of Hendersonville Country Club. At the Highlands, Dick joined the golf group, bridge club, and loved to dine with friends and family. Truly devoted to his wife and sons and their families, he took great pleasure in watching his grandchildren grow and become engaged in their studies. An avid reader, captivating story-teller with a passion for politics and current events, Dick was a true gentleman in all his interactions with others. He had the special gift of making one feel special with his undivided attention and charming blue eyes. His laughter will continue to be heard and his warmth felt.

Highlands of Pittsford, 100 Hahnemann Trail, Pittsford NY 14534 ℅ Jean Daeschner

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Boaitey, Charles S.K.

Penfield: On February 15, 1937 Charles S. K. Boaitey was born to Kwame Asare Boaitey and Janet Okoromea. Born into a large family, he was the youngest of seven children, and lived his early years in Abomosu, Akim-Abuakwa region in Ghana West Africa. He attended Zion Secondary School, where he met his lifelong friend, the late Samuel Darko. He came to the United States to further his education in 1963 and was joined in 1964 by his former wife Akosua Mercy Obiri and son Kwame. The family would later expand in Boston, Mass with three additional sons, Kwadjo, Nana Yaw and Kwasi. and son Kwame. The family would later expand in Boston, Mass with three additional sons, Kwadjo, Nana Yaw and Kwasi.

As a young man Charles worked multiple jobs to provide for his growing family while he continued to pursue higher education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and later a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts. He began his career in engineering at Texas Instruments in Attleboro, Massachusetts, then Digital Equipment Corporation in Springfield, Massachusetts, and later Xerox Corporation in Rochester New York, where he served as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer. In 1983, he left Xerox to start his own company, Adeemera Enterprise. He combined his love for engineering with a passionate interest in food production inspired by his upbringing in Ghana. He developed several food production machines, including the Adeem 300 and Adeem 500 portable grinders. These inventions of Charles Boaitey were useful in the processing of maize, wheat, millet, rice soybeans, sorghum, peanuts cassava, coffee and sugar cane. In a July 1997 abstract for a workshop on Commercialization and Transfer of Agricultural Technology in Africa, Accra, Ghana by The Office of Sustainable Development Bureau for Africa, it noted that his company was“dedicated to the promotion of the growing needs of agribusiness in developing countries both in rural and urban areas by reducing labor intensive aspects of food production in developing countries.”
Charles was not only passionate about business, he loved his culture and the peoples of Africa. His favorite foods were Ghanaian staples: fufu, peanut butter soup, egusi and cassava. Because of his love of African culture, he was frequently asked to provide consultation for traditional Ghanaian naming, wedding and other ceremonies. His motto in life was “Nil Satis nisi Optimum” meaning, “nothing but the best will do”. The “best” for Charles was not material wealth, but strength of character, tenacity, fortitude, perseverance, eloquence, class and an indomitable will—all things of the spirit. Charles’ sense of “class” was also reflected in his dress. He regularly wore suits or dress shirts and slacks, even when not at work, and always looked professional. He loved to fish in his  favorite Thousand Islands archipelago on the St. Lawrence River and appreciated urban farming. For 41 years, Charles made Penfield New York, his home.

Charles passed away, on Friday September 7, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kwame Asare Boaitey and Janet Okoromea; his brothers and sisters; Yaw Buronya, Kwabena Amponsa, Kwaku Ofasu, Ama Afre, Ama Yeboah, and Akosua Sewaa. He leaves to mourn his passing four sons Kwame, Kwadjo, Nana Yaw and Kwasi whom he cherished; daughter-in-law Karama, granddaughter Ayoka; nephews Agyei, Eric, Yaw and a host of other extended family members and friends. They will miss him, and treasure his life well lived. His family members are all committed to his motto: “Nil Satis Nisi Optimum”.  May his dear soul rest in perfect peace.

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Thompson-Owen, Janice M.

Rochester: Age 57. Janice passed suddenly on August 26th after a short battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Owen; son Richard (Christina) Thompson Jr.; mother Darlene Webb; brother Gregory Donahue; sister Kathleen (Michael) Morris; nephews Jonathan and Christopher Morris; mother-in-law Gail Owen; brothers-in-law Brian Reed and Christopher Owen.

Janice was an accomplished musician and was in a local band, Rumors, for 12 years. Professionally, after years of working as a paralegal, she branched out and started her own successful business providing independent paralegal services. Her favorite accomplishment and greatest joy was having her son, Rich. She enjoyed the simple things in life, spending time with family, listening to music, backyard camp fires, and taking care of her beloved dogs.

Family will be invited to a Celebration of Life Event to be planned. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Strong Memorial Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center in her honor https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/strong-memorial/friends-of-strong/donate.aspx

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Hart (Chalkley), Marilyn S.

Marilyn S. (Chalkley) Hart, 64, passed peacefully in her home on Sunday August 12, 2018, after being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Marilyn was born in Orlando, FL in 1954 to John and Marilyn Joan (Miller) Chalkley, and moved to Shortsville, NY at age 12. From her genuine hospitality to her famous fried chicken, her love of front porch sittin’ to her greeting everyone with a wave and a smile, Marilyn displayed her southern roots in all that she did.

While her original profession was in the manufacturing of plastics for Mobile Chemical, in her thirties, she followed her heart into the role of caregiver. Marilyn helped to raise a great number of local children throughout the years, all whom she loved as her own, acquiring the beloved nick name, “Nana.”

Toting a stubborn, strong willed soul and the kindest of hearts, Marilyn was full spirited and always the life of the party. Her food soothed your soul, her stories made you laugh, and her smile made you feel like you were home. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, and all who have had the pleasure of knowing her. Now free from the limitations and discomforts of her disease, Marilyn will forever be preserved within the hearts of those who love her, those whose lives she touched.

Marilyn was predeceased by her husband Joseph Hart Sr.; her mother Marilyn Joan (Miller) (Chalkley) Robbins; her son Joseph Hart Jr.; as well as other treasured family and friends. She leaves behind two daughters Christina Hart (Darin Rodgers) and Amy Hart; daughter in-law Erin (Joseph) Hart; three grandchildren Sydney Hart, Nolan Hart, and Cadence (Hart) Stapleton; sisters Judy (Jerry) Lonneville and Cheryl (Steven) Rose; brother Ronald (Linda) Chalkley; her father John Chalkley; her beloved dog Sophie; her dear friends at the Ritz and many additional friends and extended family members.

As an ode to living every day to its fullest, Marilyn made a point to spend a great amount of quality time with those she loved while she was still alive, particularly in her last months. Knowing her time was approaching, Marilyn chose to be the star of her own end of life celebration, surrounded by very close family and friends. As per her request, no services will be held following her passing. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on Marilyn's behalf to The Hart Strong Foundation, a non profit organization founded in memory of her late son, Joe Hart. Donations are being accepted through the foundation's ROCovery Fitness 5K fundraiser page at the link below.

https://runsignup.com/race/52259/donate/9cm4cg9cqgvi6sxo

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Jerome, Rita

Walworth: On August 6, 2018. Predeceased by husband William Jerome; son Wayne & daughter Caroline Jerome; granddaughter Wendy Jerome; several sisters & brothers. She is survived by her children Wally (Mary) Jerome, Janet (Pete) Murty, Dinah (Sam) Tarantello, Tom (Kecia) Jerome, Dan (Amy) Jerome, Marty (Michele) Jerome, Marlene Jerome; grandchildren, great-grandchildren & great-great-grandchildren; siblings Lulu Haning, William Campbell & Dorothy Ferris.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday August 9 at 12 pm in the All Saints Mausoleum at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Meet at Lake Ave. gate. The family would like to thank the 3rd Floor Staff at St. Anne's Community for their compassionate care.

Horn, Elizabeth “Betsy”

Rochester, NY/Marlborough, MA: Betsy passed away on August 6, 2018 at the age of 61. She was predeceased by her mother Kathleen McCray. She is survived by her daughters Chanel Horn and Brittany Horn; grandchildren Kylie and Payton Wallace and Oriah Sherburne; dear friends and caretakers Christine Paradowski and Aurelio Perez and father of her children Dennis Horn. She also leaves behind her loving companion Gia.

Betsy had a lifelong love for animals and children. She spent many years as a pre-school teacher and a dog trainer and caretaker. She had a passion for the arts and loved drawing and painting. She enjoyed nature and spent a great deal of time gardening and taking long walks.

Services and interment private at the convenience of the family.

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Avenel, Elizabeth A. “Libby”

Greece: On July 30, 2018. Predeceased by her husband William Avenel and step-son James Avenel, brother Bernard Coniff, and nephews Douglas Bibbee and Bernie Coniff. Survived by sisters Doris Berna and Mary Corlette as well as step-daughter Donna Retig; neices, nephews, great neices and nephew. Libby lived in Deltona, Florida for many years prior to moving to Rochester.

Services and entombment will be private.

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Williams, Mark H.

N. Chili:  Mark passed away suddenly on July 27, 2018 at age 64. He was predeceased by parents Lorraine and Joseph Williams of N. Chili.  He is survived by brothers Greg (Mary) Williams of Rochester, NY; Clark (Jeri Ann) Williams of Texas and Joe Williams of Texas; several nieces and nephews.

We want to thank our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for his mercy, grace, loving kindness and redemptive plan.  Thank you also to DePaul Living Center for their care of Mark.

 

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Darlene Dacey

Batavia: On July 25, 2018. Predeceased by her mother Odetta B. Johnson; sister Patricia Koger and daughter Pamela Kaczmarek. She is survived by her children Thomas (Laura) Kaczmarek and JoAnne Dacey; grandchildren Kennedy Smelski, Riley Atwood, Andrew Atwood and Lea Kaczmarek; sister Kathy Moulton of Springfield, IL; nieces, nephews and cousins. Services and interment will be private at the convenience of the family.

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​Woodard, Jean L.

Rochester: Passed away on July 23rd, 2018 at the age of 67. Predeceased by her parents Benjamin and Marion Schwalm; husband William Woodard; grand daughter Jessica Schwalm and grandson Benjamin Schwalm. She is survived by her children Laurie (Christian) Tellier, Shirley Polimeni, Meribeth (Larry) Titus, Brian Woodard, Steve Woodard, Michelle Woodard and Thomas Woodard; 25 grandchildren; siblings Johnny, Ronnie and Cindy Schwalm; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends and family may share condolences in the comments below.

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Campbell, Gerry S. “Bubba”

Gates: On July 22, 2018 at age 67 following a 14 year battle with multiple myeloma. He is survived by his loving wife Sharon Campbell; daughter Alyssa (Adam) Zollweg; grandson Jacob “Goon” Wozniak & his father Keith Wozniak; siblings Peter (Anne) Campbell, Philip King, Laurie King; sister-in-law Betty Bartmann; beloved friend Mike Kosciol; several nieces & nephews.

Kindly consider donating to the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, Office of Advancement, 300 East River Road, PO Box 278996, Rochester, NY 14627 in Gerry’s memory. Services & interment private.

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Cripps, LeRoy

Greece: LeRoy passed away on July 14, 2018.  He is survived by his loving wife Winifred; daughters Kimberly (Steev) Sutton, Heather (Jerry) Woytash, Jennifer (Tom) Chase and Guinevere Cripps; grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.  LeRoy was a U.S. Navy veteran.

A Service will be held for LeRoy on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 11 am at the First Unitarian Church located at 220 S. Winton Road.  Donations would be appreciated to any of LeRoy's favorite charities that assist Veterans.

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Taft, Edward G.

It is with great sadness that the family of Edward G. Taft announces his passing after courageously battling cancer on July 10, 2018.  Edward was born October 6, 1945 to Harry and Dorothy (Knight) Taft.   Edward will be lovingly remembered by his brothers and sisters, Harry (Dee) Taft, Marlene (Frank) Scarson, Robert Taft, John Taft, Dorothy (Tim) Sykes; longtime friend Dave Smith; aunt Helen (Knight) Joslin; uncle James (Carol) Knight; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Arthur John Taft.

Edward was a veteran who served in the US Navy aboard the USS Norris.  After his service to his country he was an auto body painter.  He moved to Hollywood, Florida in 1975, and continued his passion for painting.  Eddy was a fun loving and outgoing brother, cousin, uncle and friend.  He will be sadly missed by his friends and family.

A graveside service will be held Monday, July 16, 2018 at 1 pm at White Haven Memorial Park located at 210 Marsh Road, Pittsford, NY 14534.  Memorial donations may be made to Serenity House of Victor, 1278 Brace Road, Victor, NY 14564.

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Tokos, Judith

Judith E. Tokos, 74, of Binghamton, left this world behind on July 3rd after a courageous battle with cancer. Judi was born in Rochester on December 3, 1943. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 41 years, Charles Tokos; parents, George and Audrey Mura; and brother, Michael Mura.  She is survived by her brother, Tom Mura and family; sister, Anne Mura; nephew, Mark Mura and family; and niece, Kim Mura.  Although her list of family is short, her list of close friends is not and include: Karen Avedisian, Jeff Bianconi and family, Jo Childs, CelestaGartell, Kim Hahne, Bonnie Hauber, Eileen Osvold, Kristin and Rick Stefano; as well as her constant companion of the last four years, Ron Jerauld.

Judi graduated from SUNY Cortland with her bachelor’s Degree and in 1966 started working in the Union Endicott School District as a physical education teacher. Judi was a pioneer in Title 9 rights in her position as track and field coach at U.E. In respect to achieving equality for women in athletics, it was a trying time.  As president of the field hockey association, Judi was instrumental in bringing girls sports out of the shadows in Section Four.  She also advocated for equal pay rights in sports officiating.Judi retired as a guidance counselor from U.E. in 1999.Judi thoroughly enjoyed retirement and spent much time reading, gardening, canoeing, traveling, and generally celebrating life with her friends and Ron and his family.

Judi will be laid to rest next to Charlie in Maple Grove Cemetery, Port Crane, where a private service will be held.

In lieu of flowers, donations could be made in Judi’s name to the Leukemia Foundation or Mom’s House in Johnson City.

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Meister (Becherer), Ingeborg

Rochester: At age 83, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones and beloved pets. Mrs. Meister was a lifelong member of the Humane Society and dedicated a majority of her time as a volunteer at the National Cat Protection Society of San Diego. She is survived by her sister Irene Fady, cousin Yvonne Lydell, nephew Glenn Grana and his wife Marlene, as well as other neices and nephews. She was loved and will be missed by Joey, Ella, Ava, Joe, Nick, and Alexis Grana. Services and Interment will be private.

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