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Marcia B. Tuohey, 84, of Medina, NY, entered into rest on Thursday, August 7, 2014 at her home.
Born in Medina in 1930, she attended St. Mary's and Medina Schools. She also attended classes at Genesee Community College and BOCES.
In 1949 she began her business career''' first employed as an executive Secretary at the Niagara Sprayer Co., (FMC) research center. In 1956 with her husband, Carl, operated the Medina Building Supply Co. In 1974 she became general manager and part owner of Lakewood Village Mobile Home Park. She was part-owner in Balcerzak, Inc., (together with her brother Robert and Sister Barbara) a real estate holding company specializing in residential housing, Orchard Manor Nursing Home and commercial properties. During these busy years she found time to do secretarial work for the Henry Pollard Insurance Agency and the Vincent Cardone Law office.
Her political career began with a 4yr. term on the Shelby Town Assess. & Review Board. In 1979 she was elected a Medina Village Trustee and in 1982, the first woman Mayor. In 1990 she was elected the first woman Orleans County Legislator, serving 10 of her 16 year tenure at the first Chairman.
As Mayor of Medina she was a leader in establishing the Medina Industrial Park, the first in Orleans County, bringing in TREK, American Sigma and BMP. Upgrades to the Sewer Treatment plant and infrastructure were important to her as well as new Senior Citizen housing at Maple Ridge Road. Together with the Chamber of Commerce, she sponsored the first Downtown Revitalization project and with the Lions Club the Downtown Village Park.

During her time in Legislature and as Chairman, many local projects would not have come to fruition without her forceful advocacy and close supervision, including renovations to the historic courthouse and legislature buildings, an addition to the county nursing home, the creation of a new Public Safety center and the fire training facility. She was instrumental in the expansion of Genesee Community College and the construction of the ethanol plant in Shelby.
Upon retirement from the Legislature in 2006, she was named Director of the WNY Off Track Betting and Batavia Casino representing Orleans County.
Awards were many, the Journal Register Citizen of the year in 1982 and 1988; Albion Business & Professional Woman of the Year for Public Service in 1994 Boy Scout Boypower Distinguished Citizen Award for Orleans County in 2000 Medina High School Distinguished Alumni Award Class of '48 in 2003 plus many certificates and plaques.
When honored for Women of Distinction in NY in 2013 by Senator George Maziarz in Albany, he commented "Marcia has blazed a trail in Business and politics for women of Orleans County. She exemplifies someone who has created a lasting legacy of dedicated service to the public and the community in which she lives."

While busy with family, business and politics, she did not neglect her Community, being involved in Senior Citizens of W. Orleans, Medina Chamber of Commerce, Genesee Community College Advisory Board, United Way Board, Medina Hospital Assoc. of Twigs, Orleans Senior Citizens Advisory Board and the Medina Planning Board.

She was predeceased by her husband Carl in December of 2009 and her brother Robert in 2013.

Marcia is survived by her three sons, Carl (Jeanne), Charles (Kim), and Craig (Molly); granddaughters Alisha and Elizabeth, grandsons, Dustin, Zachary, Nicholas, Jackson, and Sergio; great-granddaughters Aubrey, Chleo and Allana. Sisters, Barbara (Robert) Waters and Shirley Weston.

Relatives and friends may call Friday, August 15th from 2-4PM and 7-9PM at the Bates & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl Street, Medina, NY 14103. The Rev, Daniel J. Fawls will celebrate her Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, August 16, at 11AM at Holy Trinity Parish/St. Mary's R.C. Church. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Marcia's name to the charity of one's choice.