Greece: Peacefully on September 3, 2017, at the age of 94. She will live forever in the hearts of her children, grandchildren & great-grandchildren. Marguerite is predeceased by her husband, Warren; parents Crucifica & Frank Vazzana; brothers, Frank, Joseph, Anthony & Raymond; sisters, Anne, Helen, Antoinette & Theresa. She is survived by her children, Carol Gefell, Christine Minster, Mary (James) Mort, Diane (David) Gleason, Gregory & Jeffry (Nancy); grandchildren, Terry Anne, Thomas (Shannon), Lauren (Corey), Ryan, Katherine, Elizabeth (Silas), Liam, Hawkan, Colten, Austin, Cameron & Evan; great-grandchildren, Courtney, Lyndsey, Emma, Jake, Nathan, Ben, Nori, Kellen & Everett; son-in-law, Ronald (Pam) Gefell; daughter-in-law, Stephanie Richards; many caring friends. Midge loved to tat, knit, crochet & sew. She was an active member of Mother of Sorrows Church and the Madonna House Mission in Canada.
Marguerite’s visitation will be held 4-7 on Thursday at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated 9:30 am on Friday at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, 5000 Mt. Read Blvd. Interment in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Madonna House, 2888 Dafoe Rd, Combermere Ontario, KOJ 1LO Canada or the Aurora House, 2495 S. Union St, Spencerport NY 14559 in Midge’s memory.
Midge Richards was born in 1923 in Elmira, NY. She was the fifth of nine children to Christy and Frank Vazzana. She attended the Elmira Free Academy for high school where she played softball and basketball. She worked at the Eclipse Machine Company in Elmira where she met Warren Richards. Midge and Warren married in 1947 and started their family, moving to Greece, NY in 1955 where they raised their 6 children.
Midge was very active with Our Mother of Sorrows church, a member of the Rosary Society and was also the mission chairman, a Eucharist minister, sang in the choir and helped to count the collection. She was an avid contributor and visitor to the Madonna House mission in Combermere, Canada.
She worked for the Greece Central School District at the Central Office as a unit secretary to a vice principal at Greece Athena High School. She was a “mom” to many of her students. Midge was also active in the Greece Historical Society and the Red Hat Society.
Midge was an extremely talented woman. She sewed, knitted, crocheted, but was most famous for her tatting, the art of making lace. She taught this craft for over 20 years. One of her students began the group, “Midge’s Tatters” which continues to meet and do demonstrations throughout the county. She was also a member to the International Lace Guild.
Upon retirement, Midge spent many of her winters in Florida. While there, she was a member of the Vero Beach Theater Guild where she made costumes and hats, beccoming known as the “Hat Lady.” She also sang in the “Choraliers” group at Vista Plantation where she lived. Midge also knitted hats for newborn babies at Indian River Medical Center in Florida and Unity Hospital in Rochester.
While living at Fleming Point during the past year, Midge was a member to the Crocheting Group. The items that they produced were sent to the missions. She continued to crochet a blanket that she wanted to send to the missions until she passed while at Aurora House.