John A. Gefell



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Greece: Friday, March 19, 2010 at age 90. Survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Rita; his children, John (Gail), Ron (Pam), Randy (Anne), and Triplets, Tom (Charita), Ann (Peter) DiProjetto & JoAnn (Marty) Yu; 14 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sisters, Theresa Jonasse, Louise Brooks & Catherine (Richard) Flanagan; brother, Paul (Barbara) Gefell; sister-in-law, Betty Gard; several nieces, nephews and cousins; many dear friends. John served for 29 missions as a radio operator in the U.S, Naval Service during WWII. He married Rita in Alameda California on 8/1/45. Moved back to Rochester, then was employed by Kodak for 36 years as they raised their family. John was a member of Rochester’s Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International and also an active and longtime parishioner of Mother of Sorrows Catholic church. John enjoyed reading his Bible daily, listening to music, building, repairing many things as well as spending time and joking around with his beloved family. Our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation goes out to the Episcopal Church Home South Hall #1 for the amazing job of taking care of our father in his last days and we know it was a blessing from God. Friends may call, Tuesday 4-7 p.m. at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, Greece Chapel, 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated, Wednesday 10 a.m. at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, 5000 Mt. Read Blvd. Interment will follow Mass in Holy Sepulcure Cemetery.


  1. Jim and Kathy Wacenske and family on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Aunt Rita and cousins, Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Uncle John will always be remembered as a wonderful uncle in our eyes. God bless him and his wonderful family. Love, Jim and Kathy (Flanagan) Wacenske, Valerie, Shelly and Mike Lewiston, Maine

  2. Mary Kay Reynolds on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Joanne & Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss. Love, Mary Kay & Kevin

  3. Lynda Gavens on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Dear Tom and Charita, You have my prayers and sympathy at this time, your Dad was a wonderful man, he will be missed by all who knew him. Blessing to you and your family, Lynda Gavens

  4. Neil & Karen Jonasse Tucker on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Even though we didn’t see Uncle John very much, he was always very kind and made us feel as though he was interested in us and what we were doing. He was a kind and gentle man. We will miss him.

  5. Gail Bryant on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    John, Please know you and your family are in my prayers.

  6. ToniAnn Wisowaty on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    My dear friends, Joann and her family, Thinking of you today & lifting you up in prayer. Wishing we could be by your side at this time, our deepest sympathy. Love, Wisowaty Family

  7. Pastor Ed & Wendy Diaz on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    My Dear Savior and Redeemer, I am comforted because you have written these precious words so that we may know that we can have eternal life in You alone. As i remember Grandpa and his wisdom from you Jesus i can hear the words in Ps 116:15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Jesus you have also stated in Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses. That is what Grandpa is doing now, encouraging us and cheering us to accept Christ and press forward. Thank you Jesus for your precious gift for all these years of a wonderful leader and Grandfather. In Christ Alone We Pray, for all the family amen………

  8. Marilyn (Mueller) Wischmeyer on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    My thought and prayers are with you during this sad time. I remember John as a young man when I was a neighborhood friend of the Gefell family. My sympahy to his wife Rita and children and his sisters, sister-in-law and brother. Marilyn (Mueller) Wischmeyer

  9. Michael & Julia Peace on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Tom & Charita Please know that we are praying God’s peace and grace for you and the Gefell Family. Although we have never met him we see the fullness of his legacy deposited into you. God bless you and keep you.

  10. Jade & Jonathan Giesy on September 28, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Tom and Charita, Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your loved ones at this time. I pray you feel God’s peace upon you during this season of both loss and celebration of a life well-lived.

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