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Obituaries published the week of January 8, 2004
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In Memoriam

Charles M. Carpenter Jr.

Livonia resident

Charles M. Carpenter Jr., 73, of Commercial St. in Livonia, died Dec. 31, 2003 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. He was born the son of Charles M. and Grade E. Greeley Carpenter Sr. in Rochester on March 7, 1930. He was supervisor of the NYS Department of Transportation in Geneseo. He was a long time member of the Fire Department. He is survived by is wife Joyce; his children, David Carpenter of Florida, Donna (Timothy) Nichols of Pennsylvania, Deborah (Steven) Panipinto of Florida; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren; sister Harriet Crain of Florida; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Sunday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia, where Funeral Services were held Monday with the Rev. David Hotchkiss officiating. Burial, Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livonia Fire Department, P.O. Box 8, Livonia NY 14487, the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility, Activity Fund, Geneseo NY 14454 or the Ricky Greene Park in Conesus.

Howard W. Crane


Howard W. Crane, 88, of Caledonia/Canandaigua, died Dec. 26, 2003 at his home in Canandaigua. He was born Nov. 3, 1915 in Bliss, N.Y. to Delancy and Mabel (Newton) Crane. Howard worked as a carpenter for the Carpenters Union, Rochester. He is survived by his daughter Jeanne Crane of Canandaigua; sister, Anna Nelan of York; several nieces and nephews. His wife, Emily Bunting Crane and infant son, Jimmy Crane predecease Howard. Friends called Dec. 28, 2003 at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia where Funeral Services followed calling. A private interment took place at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, York. Memorials may be made to the Caledonia Ambulance, P.O. Box 3, Caledonia NY 14423 or Canandaigua Ambulance, 335 S. Main St., Canandaigua NY 14424.

William W. Goddard

World War II Army veteran

William W. Goddard, 85, died on Dec. 29, 2003 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born on Aug. 6, 1918 in Queens, N.Y. the son of William E. Goddard and Lillian E. (Coarburton) Goddard. He was predeceased by his wife Charlotte Q.Goddard in 1992. A graduate of Syracuse University, Mr. Goddard was the music teacher and band director for Avon High School for 30 years and retired in 1974. Upon retiring he still continued to work in the school offices. He was a World War II Army veteran and a member of the Honeoye Falls Community Band. He is survived by his daughter Susan Goddard (Anthony Campbell) of Colorado; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, James (Beverly) Quigley of Manchester, N.Y.; three nieces, Jodie Daniels, Betsy Kearney, Carol Mensah; three nephews, James, Bennett, Jeffrey Quigley; special friends, Gary and Martha Keenan and the Avon Lions Club. Funeral Services were held at the Central Presbyterian Church in Avon with the Rev. Carin Farmer officiating. Interment, Avon Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Avon Free Library, 143 Genesee St., Avon NY in his memory. Arrangements by the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Avon.

Doris L. Hessenthaler

Avid Cal-Mum sports fan

Doris L. Hessenthaler ³Tuddy², 70, of Caledonia, died Dec. 31, 2003 at Highland Hospital, Rochester. She was born Feb. 4, 1933 in Batavia, N.Y. to Robert and Florence (Sheridan) Steedman. Tuddy assisted older adults as a home health care aide. She was a member of the Cal-Mum Lioness Club, an avid Caledonia-Mumford sports fan, and a past member of the Inverness Club. She is survived by daughters and son-in-law, Debra and Jim Gilson of Norris, Tenn., Shelley Gilbert of Oakfield, N.Y., son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Kris Hessenthaler of Fayetteville, N.C.; five grandchildren; sisters and brother-in-law, Sheila (Dick) Ouweleen of Chili, Norma Christopher of Hamlin; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Connie Steedman of Caledonia; sister-in-law, Shirley Steedman; several nieces and nephews. Friends attended her Memorial Service Jan. 2, at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia. A private interment was held. Memorials may be made to the Caledonia-Mumford Lions Club, P.O. Box 55, Caledonia NY 14423 or a charity of your choice.

Gertrude I. Johnson

Milex retiree

Gertrude I. Johnson, 93, of Mumford/LeRoy, died Dec. 30, 2003 in LeRoy. She was born Feb. 8, 1910 in Mumford to Frederick and Emeline (Johnston) Johnson. Gertrude retired from Milex Pharmacy, Caledonia. She is survived by her three nieces, Ginny (Frank) Meier, Emma Jean Grant, both of Alexander, N.Y., and Jenell Carnes of Caledonia. Her sister, Edna Grant and brothers, Herb and Warner Johnson predecease Gertrude. A special thank you goes to Helen and John Mangefrieda of LeRoy for Gertıs wonderful care in her later years. Friends and family called Saturday at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia where Funeral Services were held following calling. Interment, Mumford Rural Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Caledonia Ambulance, P.O. Box 3, Caledonia NY 14423.

C. Michael LaDelfa

Vietnam War veteran

C. Michael LaDelfa, 59, of 115 Main St., Mt. Morris, died suddenly Dec. 29, 2003 at the Wyoming County Community Hospital in Warsaw. He was born on May 28, 1944 in Buffalo the son of Charles and Florence Spicciati. He was a self employed Handyman and he worked in Mt. Morris and the surrounding areas. He was a veteran during the Vietnam War. He is survived by many cousins including Robert LaDelfa, Chris LaDelfa and Kathy Lynd; several dear and loving friends including Dr. Gerald Coniglio and Vince Fralonardo. Friends called Friday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris where prayers were said Saturday followed by a funeral mass at St. Patrickıs Church with the Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Interment, St. Patrickıs Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Patrickıs Church, Home and Heart Project, 46 Stanley St., Mt. Morris NY 14510. Condolences may be emailed to

Roger D. Mallaber

Retired purchasing agent

Roger D. Mallaber, 69, of Caledonia, died Dec. 25, 2003 at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. He was born Feb. 27, 1934 in Rochester to Kenneth and Edna (Ace) Mallaber. Roger retired from Allen Bailey Tag, Caledonia as a purchasing agent. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Karen (Gross) Mallaber; son, Jeffrey T. Mallaber, Esq., of Caledonia; his sister Stella Myers of Dansville; his borrowed family, David and Katie Stein and their children, Kelly Jo, Kasey, Dillon and Kerri; numerous nieces and nephews; and many close friends. His mother and father, Edna and Kenneth Mallaber; brother, Kenneth Mallaber and sister, Phyllis Perry predecease him. Friends called Dec. 28 at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia where his Memorial Service was held Dec. 29, 2003. Memorials may be made to the Caledonia Ambulance P.O. Box 3, Caledonia NY 14423.

Stephen G. Vasciannie Sr.

Retired mason & contractor

Stephen G. Vasciannie Sr., 81, of Caledonia, a talented mason and contractor, was called to rest after a long illness on Jan. 3, 2004. Mr. Vasciannie (affectionately called Mr. V.) was born July 18, 1922 in Galina/Port Maria, Jamaica. He was one of seven children born to Charles and Gladys Vasciannie. Stephen was retired as a union mason and as the president of Steve General Contractor, Inc., one of the largest minority commercial construction companies in western New York, based in Caledonia now operated by his five sons. At the tender age of 17, he left Jamaica to find work on the Panama Canal. Four years later Mr. Vasciannie came to Springfield MA making tires for the war effort. He came to this area on a farm program and drove truck for Batzing Farms in Caledonia. He obtained his citizenship in 1946. A year later he married Hilda Starkweather a local resident. He personally built the family home, which was expanded through the years as it exists today. He joined the mason union and as a key man he was instrumental in the construction of many of the local schools, colleges, hospitals and churches. He would still moonlight and build basements and fireplaces for people in the community. In 1953, he went on his own as an independent contractor. In 1973 he began to perform government contracts. The business grew rapidly and with the addition of his sons it became a well-respected firm. Stephen also had a love for the great outdoors. He loved trap shooting, fishing, gardening and other outdoor activities. He was a co-founder of the Falcon Trap and Game Club in Mumford and built the clubhouse on Flint Hill Road. Stephen was a long time supporter of Second Baptist Church in Mumford and the Wesleyan Church in Avon. He renovated and constructed additions on both churches. Stephen was sadly widowed in 1976. He is survived by two daughters, Gladys and Harriett Vasciannie both of Rochester; five sons, Steve Jr. of Avon, Richard (Ida) of Caledonia, William (Margarite) of Chili, Charles (Patricia) of LeRoy, and David (Peggy) Vasciannie of Batavia; brothers, Sidney of Rochester, James of Buffalo, Phil and Paul of New York City; 13 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; special friends Sylva Lee of Rochester and Rosemary Lucas of Caledonia. Friends may call Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 350 Genesee St., Avon. His Funeral Service will be held Thursday, 2 P.M. at Aenon Baptist Church, 175 Genesee St., Rochester. Private Interment. Memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church Building Fund, 957 George St., Mumford NY 14511 or the Falcon Trap & Game Club, 9972 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford NY 14511. Arrangements Alhart Funeral Home.

Vivian R. Wells

Former member of Livonia Town Board

Vivian R. Wells, 81, of Washington St., Livonia, died Dec. 29, 2003 at her home. She was born the daughter of Charles and Ellen Whitman Culver on Dec. 5, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio. She was Deputy Superintendent of Highways for Livingston County Highway Department. She was very instrumental in the formation of Vitale Park in Lakeville, was a former member of the Livonia Town Board, an avid golfer and a member at the Keshequa Golf club. She was predeceased by her husband Gus in 1998. She is survived by her son Stephen (Doreen) Wells of Avon; daughters, Robyn (Harold) Harris of Lima and Holly (Larry) DıAngelo of Livonia; grandchildren, Mark and Brian Wells, Tanya (Harris) Metras, Heather (DıAngelo) Martin and Chad DıAngelo; great grandchildren, Tyler Metras and Jack Martin. Friends called Friday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia, where Funeral Services were held Saturday with the Rev. Matthew Golibersuch officiating. Burial, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Cemetery in Geneseo. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livingston County Hospice Fund, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510.

Carl R. Wilkinson

Retired printer

Carl R. Wilkinson, 65, of Conesus Sparta Town Line Road in Conesus, died Jan. 5, 2004 at his home. He was born the son of Raymond and Fern Burdick Wilkinson on July 23, 1938 in Hornell, N.Y. He was a retired printer for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. He was a member of the Lakeville Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, Beverly; his children, James (Janis) Lewis of York, Kathy (Thomas) Anderson of Pavilion; five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; sisters, Kathy (Rob) Manning of Florida, Millie Ann Karns of Arkport; several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia, where Funeral Services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Karin Farmer officiating. Burial, Temple Hill Cemetery, Geneseo. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Lakeville Lions Club, P.O. Box 369, Lakeville NY 14480.