Vamvakitis, Menis

Gates: Menis passed away on February 18, 2019. He was predeceased by his wife Vasiliki; mother; father; brothers Panagiotis, Vasilis & Leonidas; sister Evagelia. He is survived by his daughters Helen (George) Geronikos, Kelly Vamvakitis & Dimitra (Hoang) Ngo; sister Maria Stakos; grandchildren Taxiarhy & Menni Geronikos, Phil, Victoria & Amanda Ngo; great-grandchildren Niko, Theo, Sophia & Athena; more family in Greece and the United States. He was a loving & devoted husband, father, grand & great-grandfather.

Family will receive friends at the James R. Gray Funeral Home, 1530 Buffalo Road on Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 4-7 pm, Trisagion Service at 6:30 pm.  His Funeral Service will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019 at 11 am at Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 962 East Avenue. Interment in Grove Place Cemetery with a Luncheon to follow at Theo’s Restaurant, 1174 Brooks Avenue.

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Haas, Wilhelm E.

Wilhelm E. Haas died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s on February 5th, 2019 at age 84, at Hildebrandt Hospice Care Center, Rochester, NY.  Predeceased by his brother Hugo Haas.  Survived by his loving wife of 58+ years, Ruth (Fischer) Haas; son Ronald Christian Haas and wife Lori Lynn Haas (Jackett); grandson Kaleb Christian Haas; sister Elizabeth Haberkorn and husband Otto; niece Jutta and nephew Achim; Ruth’s cousin Walter Hamma, wife Erika and children Martin and Monika.

Also, his beloved pet Lexi.

Wilhelm, or Bill as most people called him, was born 12-20-1934 in Eislingen, Germany.  Bill immigrated to Rochester, NY in 1955. He joined the United States Army were he was a German to English translator. Bill was then deployed back to Germany where he met his future wife Ruth, whom he cherished forever.  He returned to the U.S. with Ruth and soon began his family where his son Ron was born.  He also loved and considered his pet dogs Nici, Benny, Seppie and Lexi as treasured family members.  The family remained in the Rochester area including the city of Rochester, Town of Gates and Spencerport.

Wilhelm’s early training and professional life began as a Pattern Maker until 1969 where he was an Instrument Maker for Eastman Kodak Company. He quickly advanced to Supervisor, General Supervisor, Project Managerand finally Manufacturing Engineer.  By the time he left Kodak in 1991, he managed major projects from conception to final delivery.  Bill’s remaining professional carrier was with Webster Plastics where he retired from in 1998.

During his two years in the United States Armed Forces, a Craft Shop instructor encouraged Wilhelm to do some serious wood carving.  His first carving was a giraffe made out of maple.  The figure was 10 inches high, and at a later date he added a drinking baby giraffe.  He educated himself through books, reading anything available on Art, especially Sculpture and Wood Carving.  After a few years of carving, he felt he should try different materials and sculptured in metal, plastic, plaster and clay.  He also successfully tried his hand in Assemblages and Jewelry.

When asked how he gets ideas for his pieces, he said that most came from everyday life.  When he gets a thought for a new piece, he makes a quick sketch, and thenthinksabout the piece and how it may evolve for perhaps a year.  The piece is renamed many times during this process.  Sometimes he made a clay model, or has someone pose for photographs where he worked from.

Some pieces have deep meaning to him, but many were just things he thought would be interesting to do.

“With almost all of my work, I want to express a message, to point a finger at some aspect of our society and life, or just show the beauty of a creature that we may never think to have any beauty.

Wilhelm has, over the years, attended many art shows and has won numerous prizes and awards.  He was commissioned to do artwork, and many of his pieces are in corporate and private collections around the world.  He also had the honor of supplying the annual CURE Childhood Cancer Award Statuette for the Rochester area for about 20 years.

Wilhelm Ewald Haas was an introspective thinker

who successfully dedicated his life to Profession, Family and Art.

A Service and Celebration of Bill’s life is planned for 11:00 am February 16 at James R. Gray Funeral Home, 1530 Buffalo Road, Rochester, New York 14624.  In lieu of sending flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Humane Society of Greater Rochester.

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Phillips, Jason M.

Clayton, NC: Jason passed away unexpectedly on February 4, 2019. He was predeceased by his papas John H. Bedard, Joseph T. Pantano & Thomas J. Roche. He is survived by his loving mother Lisa (Joseph) Pantano; father Jeffrey Phillips; grandmothers Letitia Bedard, Patricia (Jim) Fattaleh & Jackie Roche; grandfather Jesse Phillips; siblings Jesse (Lauren) Phillips, Joey & Jenna Pantano; Destiny, Tyler, Jolena, Hannah & Charles Phillips; nephew Benjamin Phillips; aunts; uncles & cousins.

Family and friends are welcome to call on Monday, February 11, 2019 from 4-7 pm at the James R. Gray Funeral Home, 1530 Buffalo Road where a service will follow visitation. In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donating to the Golisano Children’s Hospital in Jason's memory.  The family would also appreciate your emailing any photos you might have of Jason to jphil1215@yahoo.com or laurenphillips1215@gmail.com or lisapantano9@gmail.com

 

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Campbell, Christopher P.

Rochester: On February 4, 2019. Survived by his devoted wife Kristy A. Harris-Campbell; children Alexandra, Zackary and step-daughter Morgan; parents Gale (Sylvester) Bradley and Ralph Geoghagen (deceased); grandmother Rose (Malcolm-deceased) Campbell; brothers Bryant (Brie) Campbell and Cory (Rochelle) Bradley; adoring nephews JaSean and Di’Mir; mother-in-law Deahann (Rodney– deceased) Harris and many other loving family members and friends.

Friends are invited to call on Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 2 – 3:30 pm with a discourse to begin at 3:30 pm at James R. Gray Funeral Home, 1530 Buffalo Rd. Rochester, NY 14624.

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Philo, Randall C.

Gates: Randall C Philo (nee Butz) passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. 

Randy is predeceased by his parents, Eleanor and Robert Wiegand, Clifford Butz, and his sister Dawn Flowers and late wife Barbara Philo. He is survived by his wife, Lori Cruz, his children, Arika Grosskopf (Jarame, Emma, Mathias, & Arilee), Jeanette Grosskopf (Abigail), Randi Butz (Barbara, Villette & Ariane), and Robert Butz (Dominic), Jennifer and Jeffrey Cruz, brother David (Karen) Peters, other family, many friends and his beloved dog, Busta.

Randy was a dreamer who spent many years turning his farm into a loving home for his family. He spent hours wandering the fields, building the biggest bonfires, and always believed that the sunset looked best over his land. He was an avid pool player and loved to hunt with his son.  He loved sharing his knowledge with anyone who would listen and enjoyed tinkering with anything he could get his hands on. He was a strong provider who never ceased to be amazed by the love and accomplishments of his wife and children.

Randy was a true friend, proud father and Papa, loving husband, brother, uncle, son, confidant, and a wonderful man who will be deeply missed, but NEVER forgotten. We Love You  <3

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Galletto, Gail Anne

Peacefully passed on January 26, 2019. Predeceased by her parents Ralph Galletto and Helen Farsace and brother James Galletto. Survived by her daughter Lacey (Brian) Bigelow and her granddaughters Haley and Brienna Bigelow. The family wishes to extend gratitude to the staff at Hildebrandt. In lieu of flowers, contributions could be made to Hildebrandt Hospice Home. 

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Schlosser, Robert Carl

Rochester: On Jan 23, 2019. Predeceased by parents David Charles Schlosser & Leona Margaret Ness Schlosser Graczyk. Survived by son Jeffery T. (Stephanie) Schlosser; granddaughters Elizabeth & Abigail Schlosser; brothers Ronald (Marilyn), David (Joan) & Vaughn Schlosser; sister Karen Graczyk Arnold; many nieces & nephews. Services & interment private.

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Leach, Josephine I.

Greece: Josephine passed away on January 23, 2019. She was predeceased by husband Leonard J. Leach Jr.; daughter Henrietta Hughes; son Charles Leach. She is survived by son Leonard C. (Cindy) Leach; granddaughters Chelsea (Chris) Root-Giardina; Rachel Leach; grandson Leonard C. Leach Jr., dear friend Mary Santore; nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Family & friends may call on Thursday January 31, 2019 from 9-11 am at James R. Gray Funeral Home, 1530 Buffalo Road where prayers will follow visitation. Interment in Falls Cemetery. Kindly consider donating to the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center in her memory.

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