Dinner Celebrates Anniversary of Hospice Home by Margret Lee email@example.com:
Suzanne’s Comfort Care celebrates anniversary of Wyoming County’s first hospice home
PERRY – Suzanne’s Comfort Care Home in Perry just celebrated its five-year anniversary, bringing together its volunteers to an honorary dinner to show appreciation for the volunteers’ hard work over the past five years.
Suzanne’s Comfort Care Home was opened in 2017 by Suzanne Schuster and was the first hospice home brought to Wyoming County.
Schuster started volunteering at a hospice home in Wayland about 10 years ago. She volunteered there for four to five years before her mother-in-law took ill and she began to take care of her.
Not long after, two of Schuster’s aunts became sick. She assisted in taking care of them as well.
“I knew the need and I chose Perry because I grew up in Perry and I knew there were none in Wyoming County. The hard part is if people don’t need you, they don’t know about you,” said Schuster.
Schuster’s home has served 84 guests in the five years it has been open. Guests are cared for at no cost or fee to the guest or the family. The home is two bedrooms and is a 501c3 nonprofit.
There have been about 150 volunteers total throughout the last five years and there are almost 50 active volunteers that work around the clock at the home.
“These volunteers, every one of them, are just so kind and caring. All comfort care homes need people, and if there’s anything I could stress is that you do not need medical training, they just need you to be caring and compassionate,” said Schuster. “That’s the hard part, but it’s not just comfort care homes either, I mean, EMTs, fire departments, everybody needs people and time is the most expensive thing to give.”
Schuster decided she was going to open up a hospice home after she retired from her worked teaching cosmetology at BOCES.
She said that if she would’ve been aware of the difficulties involved in getting a new hospice house up and running, she may have decided against it.
“If I knew what I had to do, I wouldn’t have done it. But I am very glad that I did it because we have helped 84 families and that’s the ones that we can get to us. It’s just like I always say, it feeds your soul to volunteer,” said Schuster.
Schuster said she has grown close with her volunteers and guests. She said it is a very rewarding relationship and an important experience to volunteer at a place like this.
“It’s to help people stay out of the hospital and out of a nursing home. To be in a home setting that’s safe and comfortable, I think that’s the main thing that people don’t understand. There are some people that have many family members that can deal with everything, who can keep it going and there’s people that don’t have anything. We’re just another option, I think. And like I said to be able to get somebody out of the hospital. I mean because we have everything, all the comforts of home,” said Schuster.
One of the volunteers, Gail Laudadio, who lives in Perry, has been volunteering at Suzanne’s for almost a full five years, arriving a few months after the opening.
“I had heard about Suzanne. She’s actually the reason I started because I thought if this woman did that, I just thought it was such a good thing and to give back,” said Laudadio.
Another volunteer, Nancy Mallaber of from Mount Morris, started volunteering last December after her husband passed away from colon cancer.
“I just thought this would be a good way for me to give back and understand what the other families are all going through because of what I went through,” said Mallaber. “I thought maybe it would help me in the process also, Its been very fulfilling for me and I really enjoy it. It makes me feel good that I know that I can help other people with what they’re going through.”
Ernie Lawrence of Perry has been doing chaplain work since before Suzanne’s home opened.
“I was providing home chaplaincy to a person that was in home hospice and that person ended up coming to Suzanne’s as their very first guest and so I just transferred my work from her home to this,” said Lawrence.
“Suzanne comfort care is an extraordinary gift to our community,” he said, “and I’m glad I’ve had a chance to help.”
Anyone looking to volunteer may contact Suzanne’s Comfort Care Home via email firstname.lastname@example.org by calling (585) 237-5881..
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W. PETE MAIRS
Walter D. “Pete” Mairs, 81, died peacefully on July 23, 2021. Born in Avon, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 1939, Pete was a longtime resident of Geneva, N.Y., and these past many years in Buffalo, N.Y., as well as his beloved Silver Lake. Pete is survived by his wife, Linda Bergstrom Mairs, a loving and true companion; children, Mimi C. Mairs, Jonathan B. Mairs; sisters, June Huff, Helen Dole; brother, Thomas Mairs; stepchildren, Daniel Brinkworth, Jennie Ramsey; sister-in-law, Anne Bergstrom, eight beautiful grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. A service and celebration of life is planned for the fall when all can share the joy of Pete’s life together. Arrangements by Stephenson – Dougherty Funeral Home, Avon, N.Y.
Editor's Note: It was a privilege knowing and working with Pete Mairs during his presidency of the Silver Lake Institute. He was a kind and gentle man, but also firm in his leadership. I served as Treasurer and Chaplain of SLI during those years and I could always depend on Pete's presence in the worship service. He was a man of faith and a gem of a human being. May he rest in God's care.
GERALD C. SAHRLE
Gerald C. Sahrle, 80, of Perry, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Oct. 10, 1941, in Wayland, N.Y., to the late Charles A. and Helen I. (Blowers) Sahrle. Gerry was a line foreman for 32 1/2 years for NYSE&G, working out of the Perry and Hamburg locations, and was a Town of Perry Councilman. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Constellation Lodge -404 in Perry. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and woodworker. He is survived by his wife, Valary A. (Conley) Sahrle; 1 son, Gerald (Pamela) Sahrle II of Silver Springs; 2 sisters, Millie Edmond of Greece, Bonnie Fink of Winston-Salem, N.C., 3 brothers, Ronald (Linda) Sahrle of Dansville, Robert (Susan) Sahrle of Springwater, Kenneth Sahrle of Dansville; 5 grandchildren, Bradley Musscarella, Stone and Winston Sahrle, Conley and Cooper Gayton; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sahrle, who passed away in 2012. Services will be held at the convenience of the family. Gerry will be laid to rest in West Perry Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Perry Center Fire Department, P.O. Box 204, Perry, NY 14530. For more information, please call (585) 237-2626 or to leave a message of condolence, visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 North Main Street, Perry, NY 14530.
Editor's Note: Gerald and Valarie could always be seen in the family pew with Pamela, Stone and Winston at Perry First United Methodist Church and continue to be loved. Gerry will be sorely missed. Both were supporters of the Arts at the Silver Lake Institute and Valarie was active in painting and participating in the Annual Show in August. Valarie's presence was always valued and appreciated.
KATHARINE E. PRACZKAJLO ("Kathy P.")
"Kathy P." passed November 8, 2021, of Hamburg and Boston, NY. Beloved daughter of Joseph and Barbara Michalak; loving sister of Daniel Michalak; devoted wife of the late Jeffrey Praczkajlo; cherished mother of Jennifer (Shawn) Jump; loving babcia of Lily Jump; also survived by many beloved family members and friends who became her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Editor's Note: "Kathy P." as she was better known to us at Silver Lake was an annual summer visitor for most of the last number of years at the invitation of Silver Laker Julia Hoffner. She stayed at the Hoffner Cottage, and became known as both the fun visitor with the vivacious smile to the neighbors at the intersection of Haven Ave. and the Ames Walkway. Kathy P. and Julie could be seen walking and talking between the cottage and the Hoffner boathouse where they could be close to the water. She was also occasionally seen at the Saturday morning breakfasts at Stoody Hall. Her stay was anywhere between 4 days and a week where she had the opportunity to develop a love for Silver Lake. She was not yet eligible for retirement when late last week she developed "a cold" and had to remain home from her job. She did not update her condition over the weekend so the local police made a wellness visit and found her deceased on Monday. She was one of those many people who found Silver Lake and friendship for brief respites where she also found new strength and energy to return to work. She is being particularly mourned by those in the Haven/Ames neighborhood. She will be memorialized next summer at the annual Celebration of Life Memorial Service at Epworth Hall.
BRENDA J. PADDOCK
Brenda Joan Paddock, 82, of Perry, born April 15, 1939, now resides in heaven with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Brenda met Jesus as her Savior in 1965. She met him in person on Nov. 14, 2021. She had a beautiful homecoming with music, singing and praying, leading her into Glory. Her last words were “I am well, I am well.”
Brenda’s greatest loves were her family and friends. Brenda had five children with her husband Roger: Don and Daelene Paddock of Florida, Jody and Tim Von Sanden of Pavilion, Bradley and Jeanie Paddock of Warsaw, Jennifer and Paul Guy of Massachusetts, and Nathan and Jill Paddock of Perry.
Brenda dearly loved her grandchildren: Jessica Morillo, Nikki and Clint O’Brien, Luke Paddock, Paul Paddock, Ian and Brooklyn Paddock, Joe and Louana Paddock, Burke and Megan Paddock, Aaron Paddock, Ellen Paddock, Andrew Paddock, Rachael Paddock, Abigail Paddock, Erik and Cassandra Von Sanden, Jacquelyn and Michael Jones, Tim Von Sanden, Brandon and Brandee Paddock, Jamey and Laura Paddock, Peter and Kara Guy, Candy and Jay Waitkevich, Marlo and Ryan Bolger and Jenna and Rory Peterson.
Brenda was blessed and loved her great grandchildren: Chloe, Olivia and Nicholas Von Sanden, Joshua and Jaxon Morillo, Jameson and Cassandra O’Brien, Atlas Paddock, Noah and Ezra Jones, Colton, Brantley and Charlotte Guy, Cameron Waitkevich, Amelia Bolger and Brennen Leonard.
Brenda is also survived by her brother and sister in laws; Frank and Emma Paddock, Viva and Jim Phillips-Richardson and Kurt and Lynn Paddock.
Brenda first started working as a secretary at Perry Central School. She then assisted her husband building Paddock’s Breeding Service. Roger and Brenda together built and ran the Sandsabarn teenage nightclub. Brenda was owner and operator of Serendipity Travel. Brenda’s pleasures included playing organ and piano. She played at a number of area churches along with performing for her loved ones. UPDATED -- Brenda also played with conviction at both indoor and outdoor services at the Silver Lake Institute where her grandson, Luke, sang at Epworth Hall on several occasions and was appreciated by all who heard his inspiring voice.
Brenda was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Freda Buckland, her husband Roger and son Bradley.
A Committal service at West Perry Cemetery will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at LaGrange Baptist Church at 4 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made in Brenda’s honor to the LaGrange Baptist Church 7092 LaGrange Rd. Perry, NY 14530 or to the First Congregational Church P.O. Box 156 Perry, NY 14530. Arrangements completed by Eaton-Watson Funeral Home, LLC. 98 N. Main St., Perry, N.Y. 14530. For more information or to sign the online guest registry please visit www.eatonwatsonfuneralhome.com.
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