Henry J. Christensen Jr., Carolyn P. DelRossa, Matthew W. Gysel, Helen S. Lerch, Mildred L. McMaster, F. Paul Mihm

PENN YAN — Henry J. Christensen, Jr., 90, died on Thursday, February 26, 2009 at the Crest Manor Nursing Home in Perinton.

Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service in memory of Henry on Tuesday, March 3, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 East Elm St., Penn Yan, with the Rev. K. Wayne Butler officiating.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Penn Yan United Methodist Church or to the Penn Yan Area Ambulance Corps.

Henry was born in the Town of Potter on July 3r, 1918, the son of Henry J. and Irene Tears Christensen, Sr.  Henry was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy.  He was employed until retirement with Olin Corp. of Rochester.  Henry was a member of the Penn Yan United Methodist Church in Penn Yan and the American Legion in Penfield. 

Henry is survived by his wife of 68 years, Evelyn; daughter-in-law, Jean Schoen and her husband Ed, grandchildren, Heather Christensen, Kara (Greg) Simmons, and Tricia (David) Kolczynski; great-grandchildren, Carissa Russell, Chelsea and Jason Simmons, and Sean and Aidan Kolczynski; sister, Betty Farber; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Hurrin; and many close and loving nieces and nephews.  Henry was predeceased by his son,  Henry Edward Christensen in 1973 and his sister, Jane Schofield in 1966.

Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com


PENN YAN — Carolyn P. DelRossa, 82, of Penn Yan, died Thursday, February 26, 2009 at Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home.

There will be no calling hours. The Rosary will be given at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3 followed by Mass for Carolyn at 10 a.m. at St. Michael's Church, with burial to follow in St. Michael's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael's Church or St. Michael's School. Carolyn was born July 17, 1926 in Dresden, the daughter of Achille and Almarinta Lulianella DelRossa.

Carolyn worked at Michael Stern and Penn Yan manor and volunteered at the Once Again Shoppe. She was a communicant of ST. Michael's Church. She is survived by a brother, Leo DelRossa, of Dresden; two sisters, Rosy (John) Hines of Penn Yan and Alberta (Willard) Nelson of Himrod, as well as several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Tony and a sister, Brandina.

Weldon Funeral Home is handling Carolyn's arrangements.

GORHAM —Matthew W. Gysel, 38, passed away Monday, Feb. 23, 2009 at his home.
Friends  may call Saturday, Feb. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kenneth J. Perkins Funeral Home in Gorham. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to his family.

Matt was born in Canandaigua. He was a 1989 graduate of Marcus Whitman High School. Matt was employed at Car Quest in Geneva.

Surviving are his mother, Barbara Colf Gysel; sister-in-law, Rhonda Gysel; three nephews, Thomas, Lance and Nicholas Gysel; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Matt was predeceased by his father, Raymond Gysel and his brother, Mark Gysel.

PENN YAN — Helen S. Lerch, 83, of Linden Street, Penn Yan, died Monday, February 23, 2009 at Geneva General Hospital, surrounded by her family.

Friends may call at Weldon Funeral Home, East Main St., Penn Yan from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28 at Second Milo Baptist Church. Burial will be private in Second Milo Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Second Milo Baptist Church or Ontario-Yates Hospice.

Helen was Born Nov. 25, 1925 to Floyd and Edith Jefferys Stevens. She was a member of Second Milo Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Everett; son, Steven D., of Potter; daughters, Dianne Cleveland and Carol Webster, both of Canandaigua, and Vanessa Shepard of Penn Yan; grandchildren Rhonda, Mike, Tammy, Shannon, Chris, Deanna, Brad and Melinda and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a brother, Charles Stevens and two sisters, Doris Caulkins and Ruth Sikes.

PENN YAN — Mildred L. McMaster, 100, formerly of East Lake Road, Penn Yan, died Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at the Penn Yan Manor Nursing Home.

Friends and family may call at the Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel, 201 E. Elm St., Penn Yan on Monday, March 2, 2009 from noon to 2 p.m.  A funeral service for Mildred will be held following calling hours at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in her name to the Crosby Baptist Church.

Mildred was born on Oct.19, 1908 in Dundee,  the daughter of William J. and Myrte Robinson Fox.  Mildred married her husband, Paul on Nov.28, 1929.  She worked for many years as a secretary for the Libby’s Factory in Bellona and managed the accounts and worked in the family vineyards.  She was a member of the Crosby Baptist Church and the Lake and Bath Road Cooperative.   

Mildred is survived by her son, Ronald (Joan) McMaster of Rochester; grandsons, Donald of Conesus and Steven (Joanne) of Rochester; two great-grandchildren, special friend, June Willoughby of Oregon; her sister Ruth’s children and grandchildren; and many caring cousins, friends, and neighbors.  She was predeceased by her husband of 74 years, Paul Sprague McMaster on May 23, 2004 and sister, Ruth Cayward in 1987.

Friends and family may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com

HOUSTON, TEXAS — F. Paul Mihm III, 63, of 2410 Hackett Drive, Apt. 129, Houston, Texas, died Friday, February 13, 2009 at Memorial Hermann Medical Center from a stroke.
A funeral service will be held this summer at the convenience of the family.

Mr. Mihm was born Nov. 16, 2945 in Mount Vernon, NY, the son of Ferdinand Paul Mihm II and Lillian Hubbell Mihm. His wife, Effie, died 13 years ago. He  relocated to Houston in 2006.

He is survived by his three daughters, Dawn P. Tull of Fort Belvoir, Va., Stacy J. Limanni and Naomi G. Mihm, both of Houston, Texas; two sons-in-law, Donald A. Tull and Brandon Limanni; a brother, Fred G. Mihm of Mountain View Calif; sisters, Marilyn J. Ammann of San Rafael, Calif and Lillian M. Zeh of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. and three grandchildren.