Rev. Milton T. Vahey
, 88, was called home to the Lord early Tuesday morning, October 30, 2018, at the St. Regis Nursing Home.
Rev. Vahey was born May 14, 1930, in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth (Grinyer) Vahey. He attended schools in Ohio graduating from Wadsworth High School. He continued his education at Asbury College and earned his Masters of Divinity Degree from Asbury Seminary. While he was a pastor in Hornell, New York, he met his wife, Joyce E. Benson. They were married August 22, 1964, in Hornell. She passed on January 25, 2007.
Rev. Vahey was a minister with the United Methodist Church, pastoring in multiple parishes throughout upstate NY, including Navarino and Cedarvale UMC in Marcellus until his retirement in 1993.
Surviving Rev. Vahey are his daughters, Cheryl Wooden of Acton, Massachusetts and Krista Marcello of Massena; his grandchildren, Ethan Marcello, Alyssa Wooden, Joseph Marcello, and Zachary Wooden; his sister, Ruby Piety of Terre Haute, Indiana; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Grace United Methodist Church on November 23, 2018, from 9:00 AM until the time of the service celebrating his life at 11:00 AM.
Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where memories and condolences may be made online at