Recently the Webster community lost two beautiful community-minded residents in Carol Klem and Supreme Court Justice Elma Bellini.
Carol was a dear friend to so many in Webster with her caring and loving appreciation of everything Webster. I meet her years ago when she worked as a columnist for the Messenger Post newspaper. She would call me to get the latest scoop on what was happening in town so she that she could add it to her column in the Webster Post.
After leaving the Post, we continued to correspond as she then wrote for the Webster Herald as the village reporter. Her December poem each year about people and happenings in the town and village was legendary, and we would rush to get the paper to find out what Carol had to say about us in poetic rhyme.
I will miss Carol and our long conversations about life, the town of Webster and its developments. I send my sincere condolences to Gene and the rest of the Klem family, but I want you to know that Carol was loved by many and will always be a prominent figure in our Webster community.
After hearing the news of Carol, my phone rang again with more unpleasant news that Supreme Court Justice Elma Bellini had passed away. Elma was a great friend and also a political colleague as she and I campaigned together a few times as we sought election to serve our community. She was a great mom and wife and took her job as a justice as the opportunity to do something good for all residents in Monroe County.
Elma and I go back to the time I owned Nesbitt’s Grocery as she and her daughter use to stop in each morning for coffee on her way to work. We developed a friendship that carried over in to politics, and my admiration for her only grew stronger as she became an outstanding judge.
I send my sincere condolences to her husband Jim and her family as they move through these difficult days.
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