Mr. David “Duke” Sevenski, of Medina, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2018 at the Martin-Linsin Residence.
Mr. Sevenski was born January 22, 1929, in Town of Shelby, a son of the late Stanley and Esther (Koneski) Sevenski. The youngest of 13 children, he attended Barker High School and on May 7, 1946, he entered the US Army Air Force serving for a time in Occupied Japan. He was discharged on Feb. 19, 1949. Duke resided in Medina and began his career as a furniture craftsman at Taylor Brothers Furniture Manufacturing Co., Inc. He was employed at S.A. Cook Furniture for many years as the 3rd Floor Framing and Finishing Supervisor with knowledge of all manufacturing processes. Duke’s expertise was furniture finishing and he attended courses across the country where he learned this specialty. In 1977, he started Sevenski Upholstery. His son, David, joined the business in 1992 and it continues to operate as Bates Road Upholstery. In 1996, Duke earned national recognition by the trade publication Upholstery Journal with a first place craftsmanship award. He retired from day to day business operations in 2013.
Duke enjoyed socializing with his many friends. He was a Life Member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Medina Lodge #789, a Third Degree Life Member of Medina Council #651, Knights of Columbus, Lincoln Post #1483, VFW and Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary’s Church. He also was a loyal member of the “Morning Coffee Club” at The Country Club Restaurant on Main St. During the last couple of years, he enjoyed the company of "Cat" the cat at Applegate Manor.
Survivors include his son, David J. Sevenski (Little Duke) of Medina; 2 grandchildren, Lance Corporal Anna Christine Sevenski USMC of South Carolina and David Nicholas Sevenski (Little Duke Jr); Nieces, Maxine VanAuker and Maureen Sanderson, several other nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by David’s mother, the former Louise B. Iorio, whom he married in April, 1958; his siblings, Genevieve Sevenski, Bernice Sevenski, Vincent (late Regina) Sevenski, Mearl (late Rena) Sevenski, Anna (late Leo) Turoski, Josephine (late Joseph) Flower, Christine (late Sylvester) Flower, Helen Sevenski, Francis R. (late Dorothy) Sevenski, Sr., Leona (late Bernard) Flower and Raymond (late Victoria) Sevenski and John Sevenski.
Friends may call on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 (6-8) at the Cooper Funeral Home, 215 W. Center St., Medina, where the Celebration of Duke’s Life will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 1PM. The Rev. Daniel J. Fawls, pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, will officiate and interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded at graveside at Sacred Heart Cemetery by members of Lincoln Post #1483, VFW and Butts-Clark Post #204, American Legion.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Orleans, POB 489, Albion, NY 14411-0489, Medina Scholarship Fund, POB 185, Medina, NY 14103-0185, PAWS, 3371 Gaines Basin Rd., Albion, NY 14411 or Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, 620 West Ave., Medina, NY 14103.