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Obituary: Michael D. Rhoney

Mon, Mar 6th 2023 11:55 am

Michael D. Rhoney of Lewiston passed away on Friday, March 3, 2023, at his residence, under the care of his family and Niagara Hospice.

He was born in Niagara Falls on July 25, 1942, a son of the late D. Vincent and Gertrude (Braas) Rhoney.

Rhoney was a graduate of Bishop Duffy High School and the McAllister School of Mortuary Science in New York City.

He was a licensed funeral director in his family's business, the Rhoney Funeral Home, in 1965, and went on to become president from 2001 until his retirement in 2011.

Rhoney was an active member of the Erie-Niagara Funeral Directors Association, where he served as president and a long-standing member of the board of directors. He was also a member of the New York State Funeral Directors Association, serving as district governor and vice president of the association.

He was actively involved with many organizations in the Sanborn and Niagara Falls area: a founding, charter, board member and president of many social, professional, religious and civic organizations over the years. He also served as chairman of many programs.

He enjoyed spending his time with his family, traveling with Gadawski's annual Notre Dame trip, and vacationing in Florida. And he will be remembered for always trying to stir things up!

Michael is survived by his wife of 52 years, Cynthia (Carver) Rhoney; by his sons: Dennis G. (Ellen) and Kevin P. (Corey) Rhoney; a daughter-in-law Deanna Rhoney; by grandchildren Isabella, Caroline, George, Francis, Jack and Grace; by two sisters: Sister Colette Rhoney, OSF, and Mary Alice (William) Wonsiewski; he was the brother-in-law of Patricia Rhoney, Karen (James) Diodate, Timothy Carver and Christopher (Dr. Virginia Keane) Carver; and he is survived by many nieces and nephews. Michael was the father of the late Matthew M. Rhoney; and brother of the late James V. (Angeline), Paul J. and Vincent (Carol) Rhoney.

His family will be present from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the Rhoney Funeral Home, 901 Cayuga St., Lewiston.

Everyone is invited to attend his Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter's R.C. Church, 620 Center St., with the Rev. Cole Webster officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made in his name to the Francis Center or to Heart, Love & Soul.

Interment will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lewiston.

Visit www.rhoneyfuneralhome.com to see or sign the guest register.

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