Virginia (nee Nicoloff) Deacon, 85, of Randolph N.Y., passed away Sept. 11, 2011, following six years of treatment for breast cancer and acute myelogenous leukemia.
Dearest sister of Nicholas (Maryann) and Betty. Devoted mother of Thomas, Alan (Karla), Roberta (Nelson) Hegeman and Christine (Richard) Brader. Nurturing grandmother to Alex, Drew and Dash Hegeman, Michele Pryor, Christopher, Isaiah, Olivia and Jonathan Brader. Proud great-grandmother to Sylis Brader, Aidan, Carston and Natalia Pryor. She was also the loving wife of the late Robert James Deacon and George Robert Amos. Predeceased by her parents, Mary and Tale Nicoloff and by her sisters: Rose Sutkowski and Emily; and brothers: Koster, Alexander, Stanley, Phillip and Joseph, along with two other infant siblings.
The oldest of 12 children, Mrs. Deacon spent a large portion of her life looking after and caring for others so it was only fitting that in the end she was taken care of by those who loved her the most. She spent her last months in the care of her daughter, Roberta and her son, Thomas.
Virginia (nee Nicoloff) Deacon
When her first husband, George Amos, passed away unexpectedly and left her with two young daughters to provide for, Virginia returned to college where she would earn her Bachelor of Science degree in home economics. She would eventually remarry and give birth to two sons.
For 22 years, Mrs. Deacon worked at Orchard Park Cooperative Nursery School, where she put her natural care-giving skills to use while molding the young minds of hundreds of children. After retiring, she moved to Randolph, N.Y., to be closer to her ever-expanding family.
While in Randolph, Mrs. Deacon continued with her care-giving ways. When she wasn't helping to look after her grandchildren she also found time to volunteer as a foster grandparent at the Randolph Academy.
Never one to waste time, Mrs. Deacon served as the chairperson of the Randolph Area Senior Citizens Activities Committee where she would facilitate various outings and activities for the senior citizens of the area. She also spent time as the secretary of the Golden Keys Senior Citizens Group. Mrs. Deacon was a member of the Allegany State Park Historical Society and spent a number of years working as a curator at the State Park Museum. She was also a passionate member of the Randolph Garden Club and got great joy out of spending time gardening and configuring magnificent floral arrangements.
Mrs. Deacon enjoyed spending hours on needle-work projects, sewing and puzzles. She loved to walk, which is one of the reasons she loved the Randolph area so much. The tranquil rural area gave her ample opportunities to enjoy nature. She generously donated her body to the University at Buffalo's Department of Anatomical Sciences.
A memorial service will be held at the Faith Bible Chapel in Randolph, N.Y. on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made in her honor to Multiple Sclerosis Society.