Seventh JD Past Presidents


2015 Officers                                                       

President Nancy Leven
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President Bonnie Turner
Recording Secretary
Treasurer Sigrid Amberg  
Corresponding Secretary   Nancy Leven
7th JD Director RoseMary Shaw

7th JD NYSFRW Past Presidents


Corinne Routly, Deceased
Lorraine Delaney
Marjorie Bridson
Freida vonSchiller









pictured to the left:  Jan Conklin and Beth Clark.  Pictured above: front row:  Beth Clark, Linda Francati, Nancy Leven, Linda Wagner - back row:  Donna Alexander, Sigrid Amberg, Mary Doyle.


May 19, 2012, our spring luncheon meeting was again held at Mickey
Finn’s in Victor, NY.  Our dues to our 7th JD Past Presidents’ Clu
b were increased to $20 a year (including also a membership in NYSFRW and a membership in NFRW).  Our after lunch speaker was the Hon. David Barry, a Supreme Court Justice running for reelection currently.  He spoke on an Overview of the Court System.  Joe Sempolinski, District Director for Congressman Tom Reed also gave us a Congressional update and commented on the Congressman’s reelection campaign.   (Judge Barry is pictured to the right)  Yvonne was nominated and elected to serve her second term as our 7th JD Director.  She was installed by Janis Conklin. 

October 15, 2011, our fall luncheon meeting was held at the Holloway House in East Bloomfield, NY.  Joe Sempolinski, District Director for Congressman Tom Reed gave the group an update of what is going on in Congress. Yvonne Chavez, 7th JD Director had to leave the meeting early so she left a written report on her activities for Joanne VanAken to read.  Kirsten Smith gave a presentation on behalf of a fundraiser evening that would support a young lady to attend the Freedom Forum for Youth Excellence at a Stellar Evening with Star Parker.  This event is supported by a donation of $250, which our club decided to donate to this event which will be held in Rocheter at the Hope Pregnancy Resource Center.  Freida vonSchiller reported on NFRW’s Biennial Conference.  A very interesting talk was given by Ryan Amberg on his experiences as an intern in the Washington, D.C. office of Congressman Tom Reed during the summer months of 2011. 

May 21, 2011,  our Spring Luncheon Meeting was held at the Mickey Finn’s Restaurant in Victor, NY.  As part of our business meeting, new officers were elected and installed.  

Pictured to the right:  Nancy Leven, Sigrid Amberg, Jan Conklin (standing in for Freida vonSchiller), Carolyn Rapp (standing in for Linda Francati), Marie Roberts, Edna Smith and Yvonne Chavez during the installation of officers ceremony.

We also had the privilege of listening to our current Republican candidates for the NYS Supreme Court in the 7th JD, the Hon. Nancy Smith seeking reelection and the Hon. Thomas Moran, Livingston County District Attorney, who is seeking election to his first term.  We had a very nice meal and an interesting fund raising auction.  Our collection of children’s books went to Ontario County at this meeting.  Following lunch we were entertained with a visit from Elizabeth Cady Stanton performed by a costumed Eleanor Stearns.  Mrs. Stearns, who resides in Geneva was very believable in this role and we all appreciated her performance.  Our next meeting place and date will be decided during the summer for our fall luncheon.

Nancy SmithTom Moran Yvonne Chavez

Eleanor StearnsGeri Chaput

Pictures above include:  The Hon. Nancy Smith, the Hon. Thomas Moran (Supreme Court Candidates), JD Director Yvonne Chavez, Eleanor Stearns portraying Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Geri Chaput conducting the auction.

October 16th, 2010, the Fall Luncheon Meeting of the 7th JD Past Presidents’ Club was held at the Bath Country Club.  Once again Joe Sempolinski attended and spoke on behalf of Tom Reed, our candidate oufor the 29th Congressional District repesentative.  Also speaking at this meeting were Tom O’Mara, candidate for NYS Senate and Phil Palmesano, candidate for the NYS Assembly 123 District.  Debra Martin, Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the Rochester Regional Office of the NYS Attorney General was our main speaker, speaking on consumer fraud, scams, and identify theft.

Pictures below:  Tom O’Mara, Debra Preston, and Phil Palmesano
Tom O’MaraDeb MartinPhil Palmesanol

May 22nd, 2010, our 7th JD Past Presidents’ Club held its spring luncheon meeting at Belhurst Castle in Geneva, NY. The meeting was led by President Edna Smith.  Joe Sempolinski attended and spoke on behalf of Tom Reed, candidate for the 29th Congressional District representative.  Yvonne Chavez, President of the Ontario County WRC gave a report on the NYSFRW 2010 annual conference.  Our outgoing 7th JD Director Carolyn Rapp, conducted her part of the joint meeting, hearing reports from the various clubs in attendance.  Our new incoming JD Director was nominated and elected next.  Yvonne Chavez was installed by Lorraine Delaney, Past NYSFRW President and took over as our new 7th JD Director.  Carolyn was thanked for her service and her devotion of time and effort to the post of 7th JD Director.  The Honorable Henry Scudder, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, 4th Department spoke to the group on his duties and the functions and history of the Appellate Division.  He is a candidate for reeleHon. Hank Scudderction this year.

(Pictured below:  Carolyn Rapp, Joe Sempolinski, Lorraine Delaney, and Yvonne Chavez.  Pictured to the right:  Hon. Henry Scudder)

19th, 2009, the members of the 7th JD Past Presidents’ Club and the 7th JD held their fall joint meeting at Warfields’s Restaurant in Clifton Springs, NY.  The meeting was conducted by our 1st Vice President Joanne VanAken. 

Speaking briefly to the membership was Judge Kenneth Fisher, currently a candidate for reelection as a 7th JD Supreme Court Justice this November.  The nominating committee reported the slate, the officers were elected, and their installation followed with our JD Director performing the installation ceremony.  Carolyn presented each lady with a Chrysanthemum plant.  To view a YouTube slideshow of installation ceremony pictures click on the video below.


Yvonne Chavez was thanked for writing the nice memorial to our deceased club president, Betty Bay for the NYSFRW newsletter.

Bill Nojay

The various clubs reported each club’s activities to the JD Director.  A nice assortment of children’s books were presented to Ontario County WRC, and a nice assortment of donated items were awarded from the Chinese auction.  The luncheon buffet was also excellent.

Our keynote speaker was introduced by Jack Doyle.  Bill Nojay, Political Activist and WYSL Radio Talk Show Host gave a very interesting and informative presentation. It is always very worthwhile to listen to Mr. Nojay. 

(Pictured at right is Bill Nojay)

The club meets in the spring and fall of each year.

The 7th JD Past Presidents Club met on May 8th, 2009 in Canandaigua and elected a nominating committee to select officers to be elected at the September 19th meeting. Pictured below are:

Dee Rose, Geri Chaput, Connie Morse, Yvonne Chavez, and Barbara Piersons - members of the Nominating Committee.

7th JD Nominating Committee










Memories of our Deceased Members:

We are saddened to share the loss of a former president of the 7th JD Past Presidents’ Club with you.  Dee was a lovely lady and a very good friend to all of our club members.  Below is her obituary.

Dolores Rose (1932 - 2013)

Rose, Dolores J. (Massmann)

Pittsford: Peacefully on March 29, 2013. Survived by her daughter Shelli and son John (Ann); treasured grandson Tanner; sister Carol Greenhagen; nephews Robert and Michael along with other family members and many close friends.

Dee was a past board member of the Susan B. Anthony House and active member of the Pittsford Republican Committee and the Women’s Club of Pittsford. She enjoyed her career as District Director for Congressman Frank Horton.

Friends may call Friday, April 5, 4:30-7:00 PM, at the funeral chapel (2305 Monroe Ave.). Interment at White Haven Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Susan B. Anthony House, 17 Madison St., Rochester, NY 14608 or Lollypop Farm, 99 Victor Rd., Fairport NY 14450.



Once again, I have the task of telling you all that another of our friends from NYSFRW has died.  Connie Morse, a former 2nd Vice President of NYSFRW, a former President of the 7th JD Past Presidents’ Club, and a former JD Director for our 7th JD (and probably other offices that I am not sure of) died recently at the age of 91.  Connie was a personal friend to many of us, especially the older members of our federation and will be sadly missed by many of us.  She was a delightful little lady with great energy and caring.  She loved the NYSFRW and until her last moments deeply cared about all of the events and issues relating to NYSFRW.  One of her most treasured belongings was a wonderful scrapbook that she had of her pictures and history with NYSFRW.  She often brought it with her to meetings so it was enjoyed by many.  She was highly interested in and also active as a past president of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls.  Below is her obituary.  You may send condolences to her family at this link
http://palmfh.funeraltechweb.com/tribute/details/401/Constance_Morse/add-condolence.html#content-start or an e-mail to her daughter:
Kathy Barclay kebarclay@Hotmail.com.

Sent by:  Edna Smith, NYSFRW PR Committee Chairperson

Obituary of Constance Morse

Constance C. Morse

(Grandma HooHoo)

GENEVA- Constance C. Morse, age 91, passed away on Tues.(July 14, 2015) surrounded by her loving family. Friends may call from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Fri. (July 17), at the Palmisano-Mull Funeral Home LLC, 28 Genesee St. Geneva. A funeral service will be at 10:00 am on Sat. (July 18), at the Lyons Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Palmyra Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the Kurt W Simmons Foundation, 17 Sunset Dr., Lyons, NY 14489, or the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall St. Seneca Falls, NY 13148.

Connie graduated from Newark High School, Class of 1942 and from Finger-Lakes Community College with an Associate’s Degree. Her career path included working at Bell Aircraft during WWII (she also attended the USO dances), New York Telephone Company, Newark Hospital (as a switchboard operator), she was a Counselor at FLACRA, and worked for Tops Markets in price comparing. She is a past president of the New York State Federation of Republican Women (7th Judicial District). She also served as a past President of the Women’s Rights National Historical Park. She was an elections inspector for many years. She was very involved in community, church, and family. She established “Parents without Partners” in Lyons in the 1960’s. She served as a Deacon in the church and was part of the Geneva Presbyterian Women’s Golden Circle. She also sang in the church choirs at both Geneva and Lyons Presbyterian Churches. Connie was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 396 in Geneva, and a Girl Scout Leader for years.

She was an amazing spirited mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her energy and caring will be missed by all and she would be happy to know that the things most important to her would be carried on by all who knew her: love, compassion, caring, and empathy for fellow human beings. She raised three daughters making sure they experienced church, camping, girl scouts, 4H, music and family. There is nothing she wouldn’t have done, or didn’t do for her girls.

Her grandchildren experienced her zest for new adventures, and her curiosity for nature. She always believed in their potential and encouraged that potential. Her 11 great grandchildren provided her with many hours of hugs, kisses and hours of joy: Preston, Nicholas, Ella, Jack, Sophia, Reagan, Ryleigh, Olivia, Dylan, Molly, and Cohen.

Constance was born on May 18, 1924 in Newark, and was a daughter of the late Leslie LeRoy and Florence (Reeves) Clark.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathryn (Ian) Barclay of Marion, Gayle Gunter of El Paso, TX and Margaret (Scott) Simmons of Lyons; sisters, Wilma

Murphy of Rochester and Beverly (Rockne) Burns of Cape Vincent, NY; grandchildren, Kristin Cataldi, Branden Barclay, Kara El Gohary, Bryan

Gunter, Erika Northrop and Rachael Haher; 11 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of children that referred to her as "Grandma


Constance was predeceased by her husband, Harry Morse; brothers, Horton Clark and Richard Clark and grandson, Kurt Simmons.



Loretta Haefele

NORTH HORNELL - Loretta T. Haefele, 87, of Seneca Road, passed away early Monday morning (Feb. 16, 2015) at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell.

Born in St. Louis, Mo. on June 27, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Melchior and Elizabeth Eckirch Haefele. Besides her parents, she was also predeceased by her sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Ferry.

A graduate of St. Louis University, Loretta received her nursing degree there and later received a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She proudly served her country with the U.S. Air Force from 1957 to her honorable discharge in 1962.

For two years she taught special education for the East Cleveland City School District, and in 1971 she came to Hornell and became the director of the School of Nursing at St. James Mercy Hospital until about 1995.

Loretta resided in the village of North Hornell before becoming a resident of Lake Demmon for several years; she returned to her home in North Hornell about six years ago.

Loretta was a member of the Bath Area Republican Club, and a member of several other professional clubs and organizations. Loretta loved flowers and enjoyed gardening as well as reading and she was also interested in the stock market.

Her loving family includes her sister, Mathilda Slenker of Hornell; her lifelong friend and house mate, Janis Conklin of North Hornell, also her nieces and nephews, Leo Slenker, Paul Slenker, Kathleen Owens, Louise Stewart, Donald Ferry, Anne Dwyer, Elizabeth Tenney, Rachel Morrison and Timothy Ferry.

The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Loretta T. Haefele.

Her family will greet friends from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at St. Ann’s Church in Hornell, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday, followed by military honors. Interment will be in Bath National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to either the Hornell Public Library, 64 Genesee St., Hornell or to the Salvation Army, 95 Seneca St., P.O. Box 398, Hornell, N.Y. 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the church.

Online condolences or remembrances of Loretta are welcomed at www.bishopandjohnsonfuneralhome.com.
Published in Hornell Evening Tribune on Feb. 19, 2015

Jean McAndrew

A member of our 7th JD Past Presidents’ Club and a former member of the Monroe County area clubs has recently passed away.  Jean McAndrew was a delightful person and an interesting friend to all who have known her  and we will greatly miss her in the future.  Nancy Leven was kind enough to let me know of her death so I can share it with all of you.  Below is her obituary as published at the Anthony Funeral Chapel’s  website. http://www.anthonychapels.com/obituaries/Jean-C-Mcandrew/#!/Obituary

 Sent to you by:  Edna Smith, NYSFRW Public Relations Committee Chair

Obituary for Jean C. (Van Voorhis) McAndrew

Jean C. (Van Voorhis) McAndrew died peacefully on October 18, 2015 at age 85. Jean was born in Rochester in 1930 to Cora Lily (Claus) and Norman Van Voorhis, and grew up in Pittsford on the family farm where she loved to help her father set cabbage plants and drive the truck in the field. Her mother was a registered nurse and with her father set the stage for the strong and independent woman Jean became. Very often described as a “force of nature” she resided in her beloved Jordan Road home until just recently. 

Jean attended one-room Pittsford District 2 School with teacher Etta Startup, and graduated from Pittsford High School in 1947. Jean graduated from Susquehanna University in 1951 with a degree in mathematics. She was the goalie for the varsity field hockey team for three and a half years. (She was actually accepted and planned to go to Cornell, however her place was rescinded in favor of GIs returning to school who had priority.) General Electric Corporation recruited her for her first job in Schenectady, NY, and she worked on a variety of projects including the B-2 bomber and missiles. 

Jean deeply loved her husband, Robert G. McAndrew, Jr., who died in 1993, and cherished their life together. Despite having both lived in Schenectady and standing on the same street corner for rides to work, they met later on at GE in Cincinnati, OH where Jean was relocated and Bob had taken a job after leaving the New York Central Railroad. Soon they married, returned to Pittsford and built their Jordan Road home. Family fun included trips to Keuka Lake, many, many historic battlefields, and as much camping as possible. Bob used to say “get me to the mountains, Jean”, and you know she was driving! 

Jean and Bob were devoted to their community and worked tirelessly in local politics and government to strengthen Pittsford. Jean led the Republican Committee of Pittsford, as well as the Pittsford Women’s Republican Club, for many years in addition to uncounted hours supporting local, county, state and national campaigns. She was a member of the League of Women Voters and always enjoyed helping Election Day come off without a hitch. One of her most notable contributions was as leader with dear friend Wenda Silco of Girl Scout Troup 225 with over 60 girls and tons of fun. 

Jean is survived by her children, Carol Weber of Pittsford, NY and her husband Michael Weber Sr., and Barbara McAndrew of Calais, VT and her husband Brian Clark. She is also survived by her step children Robert G. McAndrew III of Middleton, MA, and Margaret Pundt of St. Petersberg, FL. Jean loved her grandchildren: Robert “Trip” Guinan III and wife Laura Guinan, Johanna Colegrove and husband Joseph, Nancy McAndrew, Michael Weber Jr., Alec Weber, Andrew Weber, Samuel Clark, and Bennett Clark; great-grandchildren Jack and Jamie Colegrove, and Margaret McAndrew; as well as so many extended family members and dear, dear friends. Jean had a deep love for family, the outdoors, and her community, especially the “Jordan Road Gang”. 

The family would like to thank all the many caregivers that have helped Jean all these years, especially Dr. James Iacobucci, Carla Latimer, RN and Elizabeth Blake, Dr. Alan Boyd and their teams. All of the great people at Highland Hospital, Fairport Baptist Home, Heather Heights of Pittsford, Crest Manor Living & Rehab, and Lifetime Care Home Health and Hospice, John and Toni Tompkins and wonderful staff at Mendon Pharmacy. 

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2pm at First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford, 21 Church St. Pittsford. Private interment. We welcome family and friends to bring a written memory or photo for the family’s Memory Book. Jean was committed to supporting nonprofit and charity organizations. Contributions may be made to Pittsford Volunteer Ambulance or Genesee Valley Orchestra and Chorus. Jean also supported her First Presbyterian, Benincasa Hospice, the American Cancer Society, Gilda’s club, Lollypop Farm, and Historic Pittsford

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