Rayson-Miller Post 899

Valenta, Thomas T.

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Rochester: Passed away January 1, 2015 at age 85, with his family by his side. Formerly of Buffalo, NY. He is survived by his wife, Terese (Hoar) Weber; children, Madonna M. Huff, John J. (Carol) Weber, Maureen T. (Gene) Chisholm, Mary Ellen Weber, Anne Marie Weber; grandchildren, Daniel Chisholm, Emily Chisholm, Ted Weber, II; several nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Served his country proudly as a US Marine during WW II.

He was a graduate of Gettysburg College and a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Larry joined the Aetna Life & Casualty in 1955, spending several years in supervisory positions in Boston, MA, Regional Director in Hartford, CT, and General Manager of Western, NY in his 39 year career.

Larry is quoted as saying "the one thing I value most in my life is my family." He was always actively involved in the adventures of his family. He enjoyed skiing, sledding, gardening, and water sports and especially vacationing with his wife, children and grandchildren. Always a Yankees fan, he shared his love for baseball, coaching his grandsons' Little League Team. He has been a great influence on his family, friends and employees.

He retired from Combustion Engineering in 1990 as Director of International Joint Ventures which enabled him to travel worldwide. He was a member of Pittsford Rotary for many years and belonged to American Legion Post 899. He loved his church and volunteered many hours working on the landscaping there. He had many interests but especially enjoyed golfing, gardening, and the Syracuse Orangemen.

Helpful Link: When a Veteran Passes Away


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Veteran's discharge certificate (DD Form 214) or DD Form 1300 "Report of Casualty" (provided by your Service Casualty Officer)


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Roland Schindler

Post Commander 2012-2013


Laurance S. Buttler

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During his retirement, he devoted his time to his grandchildren and to his work with the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the Mendon Conservation league serving in leadership positions with each organization. Those who knew him well knew of his passion for his Catholic faith, politics, his community and his family.

Roland was a devoted husband of 52 years to Faye, father of two sons, Roland II of Rochester and Michael of Carmel, IN, and four grandchildren, Roland III (Trey), William, John, and Catherine (Cate); brother, Richard (Marion) of Mount Clements, MI; several nieces and nephews. 

Brighton: October 28, 2016. Predeceased by his wife Helen. Survived by his children, Elizabeth (Gary) Mandak, Nancy L. Alderman, Thomas G. Valenta, Michael T. Valenta; grandchildren, Bradley Mandak, Melissa Mandak, Allison Mitchell; great grandchildren, Jacob Mitchell, Ashley Mitchell, Brody Mandak; brothers, David, Jerome, Anthony; sisters, Lillian Valenta, Dolores Cassin, Maryann Hranek, Christine (Fred) Sams and Rosemarie Foytlin; sister in-law, Terry Valenta and many nieces and nephews. Tom was a Navy Veteran of WWII.

When A Veteran Passes Away

Pittsford: Roland Schindler, 76, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. Roland, originally from Detroit, Michigan, made Rochester his home for nearly 50 years. Roland was born in Detroit Michigan on November 25, 1938 to Anthony and Beulah Schindler. Roland worked at Motorola and then Quasar before beginning his career at Kodak in 1976. While at Kodak Roland developed and taught courses in electronics, micro-processors and robotics. Roland ultimately left his training position to champion the creation and growth of the Dynamic Imaging group at Kodak.

Pittsford: Died suddenly on February 27, 2014 while visiting in California. Predeceased by his brother, Keith. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, B.J.; son, Terry (Nancy), daughter, Jane; sons, Rod (Kathy), Tim (Tracy); grandchildren, Stacey (Vickie), Kimberly, Craig, Lindsay, Alex, Samantha, Jake and Jenna; brother, Dean; sister, Marilyn Onest; brother-in-law, Frank Battaglia and several nieces and nephews.

Gerry served in the army in WWII in the Pacific theatre and afterward attended Penn State University graduating in 1951 with a B. S. degree in Industrial Engineering. 

Meyers, Harvey

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January 5, 2015 at age 85. Predeceased by his siblings, Allan C. Buttler and Gail Buttler Englund. Survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Joan (Reed); daughters, Donna (Mark Ricketts) Buttler, Debra (Ken) Nelson; grandchildren, Courtney Harris, Tim and Scott Keegan, Erin, Kaitlin & Conor Buttler-Ricketts and Leah Nelson; in-laws Chris and Marilyn Gengras and Nancy Reed, several nieces and nephews.

Larry was raised in PA where he excelled in sports and academics at Camp Hill High School. He served in the Army during Korea as a Sgt. First Class and received the Purple Heart. 

Pittsford: Passed away on March 22, 2015, at the age of 87. Survived by his caring wife, Audrey; children, Alan (Lynette) Meyers, Susan (Glenn) Ewing, Paul (Jana) Hale, Rebecca (Charles) Moeller and Polly (John) White; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and sister, Phyllis Cohen.

Harvey was a long time member of the American Legion Post 899 in Pittsford.

​Vesling, Gerald C.  "Gerry"

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Weber, Theodore A. "Ted"

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