Frederick Leland “Ted” Wheeler entered eternal rest on January 14, 2018 at the House of John in Clifton Springs, New York, surrounded by his loving family.
Family and friends may attend a memorial service on Saturday (January 27) 11 a.m. at the Spa Apartments Chapel with Rev. Gail Conners officiating. A Masonic service will be held by Garoga-Sincerity Lodge #200 at 11 a.m. followed by the memorial service. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery where he will join his wife Eleanor (passed in 2012) and other family.
Donations in Ted’s memory may be made to Happy Tails 2976 County Rd. 48 Canandaigua, NY 14424 or the House of John 14 Spring Street Clifton Springs, NY 14432.
Frederick (Ted) was born August 3, 1933 in Phelps, New York, to parents Dewey and Carrie (Goodman) Wheeler. He went to school in Geneva and later served in the Korean War and Army Reserves. Ted married Eleanor Fisher on September 17, 1955. Frederick served his Phelps community as Chairman of the Salvation Army, Chairman of the Community Chest, elder of the United Church of Phelps. Ted was a Master Mason and Past Master of Sincerity Masonic Lodge #200. He was also a Shriner. Ted also received the distinct Dedicated Service Award from the Grand Lodge of New York. After retiring from the Phelps Post Office as Postmaster, Ted and Eleanor moved to Eleanor’s parent’s farm in Phelps as well as spent time in Florida. Ted was a beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who loved to travel and square-dance with his Eleanor, garden and tend to his trees, and spend time picnicking at the outlet campground with his large family and friends. Frederick’s favorite activity was spending time with his grandchildren hiking and card-playing, as well as attending their games and dance recitals.
Frederick is survived by daughters Karen (Russell) Williamson and Linda (Robert) Foley; grandchildren Ryan (Nora) Williamson, Sean (Bonnie) Williamson, Madeline Foley, Neil Foley, and Nora Foley who knew him as Poppy. Ted is also survived by siblings Donald (Carol) Wheeler of Cazenovia, Roger (Joyce) Wheeler of Waterloo, Gary (Ginny) Wheeler of Cape Coral, Florida, and Freida (David) Mumford of Geneva; brother-in-law, John White of Chesapeake, Va.; sister-in-law, Sandra Wheeler of Geneva; along with many nieces, nephews, and good friend Marlene Mayeu.
Frederick was predeceased by siblings Elizabeth (John) Drooby of Geneva, Janet (Jerry) Simmons of Evansville, Indiana, Dorothy White of Chesapeake Va., Francis (Patricia) Wheeler of Geneva, Diane (John) Acresti of Waterloo, Marjorie (Jerry) Haines of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Leo Wheeler of Geneva.