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Rev. Milton T.
Vahey

May 14, 1930 – October 30, 2018

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MASSENA – Rev. Milton T. Vahey, 88, was called home to the Lord early Tuesday morning, October 30, 2018 at the St. Regis Nursing Home, where he had been a resident for the past 11 months.

Rev. Vahey was born May 14, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth (Grinyer) Vahey. He attended schools in Ohio graduating from Wadsworth High School. He continued his education at Asbury College and earned his Masters of Divinity Degree from Asbury Seminary. While he was a pastor in Hornell, New York, he met his future wife, Joyce E. Benson. They were married August 22, 1964 in Hornell. They cherished 42 years of marriage until Joyce’s passing on January 25, 2007.

Rev. Vahey was a minister with the United Methodist Church, pastoring in Ellicottville, West Valley; Elkland, Osceola UMC; Hornell, East Avenue and Big Creek UMC; Copenhagen UMC; Remsen, Prospect UMC; Little Falls UMC; Rome, Calvary and First UMC; Massena, Grace and Hogansburg UMC; Marcellus, Navarino and Cedarvale UMC until his retirement in 1993. After his retirement and the passing of his wife, Rev. Vahey moved to Acton, Massachusetts with his daughter where he was an active volunteer at Household Goods and worshipped at Acton Congregational Church. He continued his ministry through music and worship throughout his life and most recently while at the St. Regis Nursing Home. As a younger man, he and his family enjoyed camping, hiking, and cross-country skiing. He particularly enjoyed photography, gardening, and bird watching. He had a great passion for music, never missing an opportunity to see a concert or show, and would burst out in song at any given moment. He was an avid sports fan, cheering for his Cleveland Indians and Browns, and the Syracuse University football and basketball teams. He also enjoyed rooting for the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots with his daughters. Rev. Vahey also had a great love for writing poetry and prose; his works were published within the United Methodist Book of Worship and the Journal of Pastoral Care.

Surviving Rev. Vahey are his daughters, Cheryl Wooden of Acton, Massachusetts and Krista Marcello of Massena; his grandchildren, Ethan Marcello, Alyssa Wooden, Joseph Marcello, and Zachary Wooden; his sister, Ruby Piety of Terre Haute, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Joyce, and sisters Doreen Sayer, Miriam Jeffris, and Evangeline Peasley.

Friends may call the Grace United Methodist Church on November 23, 2018 from 9:00 AM until the time of the service celebrating his life at 11:00 AM.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or the Hogansburg United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

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Visitation

When Friday, November 23rd, 2018 9:00am - 11:00am
Location
Grace United Methodist Church
Address
Route 37 C - Racquette River
Massena, NY 13662

Service Information

When
Friday, November 23rd, 2018 11:00am
Officiating
Pastor Rachael Jordan
Location
Grace United Methodist Church
Address
Route 37 C - Racquette River
Massena, NY 13662