Van Auker, James
Webster: Passed away on April 1, 2013 after a 7-year battle with Lymphoma. God lent him to us on September 2, 1927. He was a Rochester native and well known in the Speaker's Guild and Butterhole Sports. He retired from Rochester Gas & Electric after 43 years of service. He is predeceased by his mother, Ruth Van Auker, father, Tom Van Auker; brother, George (Dorothy) Yahn, sister, Madlyn (Al) Oeschle. He is survived by his wife of 7 years, Sharon; daughter, Gail Van Auker; son, Todd (Michele) Van Auker and stepson, Timothy J. (Rose) Wood; grandchildren, Aaron, Joseph, Keri, David and Michael Van Auker; step-grandchildren, Timmy Wood and Mitch Rueckwald. He also leaves his sister, Miriam (Roy) Harnischfeiger; brother, Tom (Agnes) Van Auker of Ohio; many nieces and nephews. Jim had his last beer with many friends he met during his life, but will be having his favorite "Heineken" with some other old buddies now.
A special thanks to the "girls" and staff at the Lipson Cancer Center for making his long journey bearable.
Friends may call Wednesday, 4-7 PM at the funeral chapel (1031 Ridge Rd.). A Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, 9:15 AM at St. Rita Church, 1008 Maple Drive, Webster. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Lipson Cancer Center at RGH,
, Holy Childhood or to the
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