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Phyllis Smith
B: 1923-07-24
D: 2017-06-22
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Smith, Phyllis
Thomas Byrnes
B: 1961-05-09
D: 2017-06-21
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Byrnes, Thomas
Robert Hall
B: 1930-12-08
D: 2017-06-20
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Hall, Robert
Shirley Quinn
B: 1930-06-17
D: 2017-06-17
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Quinn, Shirley
Douglas Bartow, Jr.
B: 1942-02-22
D: 2017-06-16
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Bartow, Jr., Douglas
Jeanette Darcy
B: 1929-03-30
D: 2017-06-14
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Darcy, Jeanette
Elizabeth Bailey
B: 1925-09-05
D: 2017-06-14
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Bailey, Elizabeth
Frederick Waghorne
B: 1923-11-16
D: 2017-06-12
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Waghorne, Frederick
Cynthia Coursen
B: 1924-06-09
D: 2017-06-09
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Coursen, Cynthia
Annette Andrusyszyn
B: 1920-08-02
D: 2017-06-08
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Andrusyszyn, Annette
John DeGrazio
B: 1942-11-22
D: 2017-06-06
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DeGrazio, John
Lee Colton
B: 1959-07-18
D: 2017-06-02
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Colton, Lee
Carole Coon
B: 1946-10-03
D: 2017-05-30
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Coon, Carole
Walter Powell, Jr.
B: 1925-11-07
D: 2017-05-29
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Powell, Jr., Walter
Thomas McKee, Jr.
B: 1929-11-29
D: 2017-05-28
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McKee, Jr., Thomas
Patricia Wilson
B: 1954-11-07
D: 2017-05-23
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Wilson, Patricia
Carol Gridley
B: 1927-02-07
D: 2017-05-22
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Gridley, Carol
Grace Palmatier
B: 1923-09-20
D: 2017-05-22
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Palmatier, Grace
Barbara Lightcap
B: 1927-04-07
D: 2017-05-19
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Lightcap, Barbara
Ronald Joly
B: 1944-10-16
D: 2017-05-16
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Joly, Ronald
Antje Lemke
B: 1918-07-27
D: 2017-05-15
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Lemke, Antje

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In Minoa Since 1938

Russell H. Schepp, great-grandson of Marcus Schöpp who settled in the northern portion of the town in the early 1830’s, was a life-long resident of Minoa & communicant of St. Mary’s Church. Russ graduated Minoa High School and Simmons School of Embalming. He initially assisted his uncle Ernest and cousin Francis who ran an undertaking firm in Canastota, (Ernest started his business in Kirkville). 

 

Ernest Schepp funeral director Russell Schepp funeral director

 

In 1938 Russ became a licensed undertaker. Russ served families in the Minoa area from his parent’s home on Main Street just north of the village. In 1950 Russ built a funeral home on East Avenue in Minoa. He continued to expand the funeral facility with major remodeling in 1960 and 1983. For many years Russ was a janitor at the Minoa School as well as the school’s first bus driver; later he served on the Minoa School Board. He also ran Schepp’s Gas Service in the 1950’s & 60’s. Active politically, he was the Town of Manlius Zoning Officer and served as Minoa’s Mayor for many years. 


Schepp funeral home Minoa Russell H. Schepp funeral director Minoa

 

Thomas R. Schepp joined his father in 1979 and the funeral home was then known as Russell H. Schepp & Son Funeral Home. Though Russ “officially” retired in 1981, he remained active with the funeral home until just a few months before his death in 2003. In 2004 Russ’s grandson Erich became the fourth generation to continue the family tradition in funeral service.