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Holley: Age 97, died June 26, 2014. He was born in Albion on April 10, 1917, a son of the late Peter and Bertha (Vendetta) Christopher.
Mike became a N.Y.S. Licensed Funeral Director in 1939 and in 1947 he started Christopher Funeral Home on W. State St. in Albion. In 1971, Mike merged with Rho Mitchell of Scharett Mitchell and together they started Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc. in Albion and Holley, retiring in 1982. Mike served in the U.S. Army during WW II and was a member of the Sheret Post #35 American Legion, St. Mary's Church in Holley, past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus St. Joan of Arc Assembly 4th Degree, B.P.O. Elks, Albion Lodge #1006, St. Vincent DePaul Society and a former member of the Holley Rotary Club and the Albion Lions Club. Mike was an avid golfer and for many years was a member at Stafford Country Club where he scored two holes-in-one in two consecutive months.
He was predeceased by his wife, Marie Antoinette, daughter, Barbara Giambrone, sisters, Nancy Benvenuti, Catherine Dorazio. He is survived by his children, Robert (Karen) Christopher of Burke, VA, Peter (Christine) Christopher of Vancouver B.C. Canada, Michael (Jean) Christopher of SC., Betty (Oliver) Conway of Rochester; son-in-law, Victor Giambrone of Batavia; 9 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Delia Nenni of Albion, Carm "Nenni" (Daniel) Acchione of Rochester; aunt, Josephine Paduano of Fancher; his brother-in-law, Dominic Colucci of Rochester; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc., 16650 State Route 31, (W. Albion Rd.) Holley, Tuesday from 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-9:00 PM, where prayers will be said Wednesday at 9:30, followed by Mike's Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary's Church at 10:00am. Interment with military honors will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Albion. Memorials may be made to the
or St. Vincent DePaul Society. To share a special memory of Mike, please visit www.christophermitchell.com
Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home
21 West Avenue
Albion, NY 14411
Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle on June 29, 2014