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Obituaries published the week of February 3, 2005
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Wayland - Eleanor A. Coley, 95, of 11887 Granger Road, passed away Jan. 27, 2005 at the Fred and Harriet Taylor Health Care Facility in Bath. Eleanor was born Jan. 7,1910 in Ohio, the daughter of Charles and Florence (Martin) Allen. Eleanor grew up in Florida and that is where she met and eventually married John P. Coley. Together they entered into marriage on June 14, 1937 in Batavia, N.Y. Together they celebrated over 63 years of marriage prior to John's passing away on Feb. 14, 2001. Eleanor and John resided in Batavia for a few years prior to moving to the Wayland area. As John served his country during World War II, Eleanor remained in Wayland operating their business, the WoodCroftery. They also owned and operated the Steuben House gift shop in Wayland. Eleanor loved to read books and magazines and she was a meticulous organizer. She also was the family historian as evidenced by her construction of their family tree. Eleanor was a loving wife to John, a loving mother to John and Mary, and a loving grandmother to five grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She will truly be missed by all. She was predeceased by her husband John P. Coley; two brothers; and one sister. She is survived by her son John C. Coley and his wife Renae of Wayland; her daughter, Mary Ewert of Brockport; grandchildren, Heather White and her husband Jon of Michigan, Holly Green of Dansville, Zachary Ewert and his wife Peggy of Florida, Melonie Coley of Wayland, and John P. Coley II of Wayland; 10 great grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. Family and friend called Saturday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland. Her Funeral Service followed calling with Rev. Karen Christensen of St. Paul's United Church of Christ officiating. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family. Contributions in Eleanor A. Coley's memory may be made to the Lift Fund at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, South Lackawanna St., Wayland NY 14572.
Louis F. Edick
World War II veteran
Louis F. Edick, 81, of 8139 Main St., Tuscarora, died Jan. 26, 2005 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. He was born the son of Alfred and Leola (Fenton) Edick Sr. on Feb. 1, 1923 in Nunda. He was a veteran of the Army having served during World War II. He married Mary Morgan on July 5, 1945. Prior to his retirement in 1985 he was employed as a Foreman for over 35 years at the Foster Wheeler Corporation in Dansville. He was a member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Tuscarora and a member of the Nunda VFW Post #8961. He is survived by his wife of 59 years Mary; four children, Richard (Erika) Edick of Germany, Stephen (Debra) Edick of Nunda, Gloria (John) Hall of Mt. Morris and Madelyn (Anthony) LaPiana of Groveland; eight grandchildren, Scott (Tara) Edick, Wendy, Joel and Jason Edick, Jennifer (Cory) Noto, Nathan Hall, Jeremy and Tiffany LaPiana; two great granddaughters; one sister, Palma Watson of Florida; two sisters-in-law, Mariam (John) Angie of Henrietta and Carolyn (Gerald) Fagan of Leicester; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Alfred Edick Jr. No prior calling. Graveside services to be held Saturday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Dutch Street Cemetery in Mt. Morris followed by a memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscarora at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Laura Norris-Buisch officiating. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Tuscarora or the Nunda VFW. Arrangements by the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St., Mt. Morris. Condolences may be emailed to JohnWMartinFH@aol.com.
South Lima resident
Natale Finocchario Sam, of South Lima, died Jan. 29, 2005 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born the son of Sebastian and Catherine Patane Finocchario on Jan. 30, 1921 in Rochester. He was a member of St. Matthew Church in Livonia. Sam was a life long farmer. He is survived by his wife Lucy; daughters, Catherine Finocchario, Marylu (Bill) Bean, Christine Finocchario; son Sam (Donna) Finocchario; grandchildren, Billy (Sondra) Bean, Sam (Christy) Bean, Mark (Sandy) Bean, Matthew (Nichole) Bean, Nicholas and Melissa Finocchario; six great grandchildren; sister Mary Restivo; brother John Finocchario; sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Fusco, Ann Maniscalco, Rose Finocchario, Rose Mary Cicero, Nancy Finocchario; brother-in-law Sam (Bessie) Cicero; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Monday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., Route 15 in Livonia. His Funeral Mass was held Tuesday at St. Matthew Church, Route 20A in Livonia. Burial, St. Michael's Cemetery in Livonia. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the St. Matthew Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 77, Livonia NY 14487.
Lillian M. Gregory
Lillian M. Sis Gregory, 65, of Big Tree Road, Livonia, died Jan. 30, 2005. She was born the daughter of Laverne and Helen Gillan Orman on October 10, 1939 in Geneseo. She was predeceased by her husband Stephen and her son Steven and her companion of 17 years Samuel Levine. She was cook for many years at Alpine Manor in Lima. She is survived by her loving children, Linda (Gerald) Ott of Springwater, Brenda (Harry) Boyd of Geneseo, Stephanie (William Bell) McGuire of Brockport, Rodney (Donna) Gregory of Kent, N.Y.; grandchildren, Jerry (Stacy) Ott, Gregory (Jamie) Boyd, Aimee (Matthew) Hawker, Michael (Valerie Roberts) McGuire, Billy and Kyle Bell, Steven, Dylan and Joshua Gregory; great grandchildren, Julie, Aaron, Alex, Austin and Hailee; sister, Mary (Donald) Reeser of Oswego, N.Y.; brothers, John (Sue) Orman of Avon and David Orman of Florida; several nieces and nephews. Friends called 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. George David officiating. A spring burial will take place at Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo.
Carol A. McCormick
Retired school teacher
Carol A. McCormick, 75, of Avon, died peacefully on Jan. 23, 2005 at her home. Mrs. McCormick was born on July 2, 1929 in Avon the daughter of Joseph and Frances Coonan. She was a graduate of RBI and SUNY Geneseo. She retired in 1959 from the Caledonia-Mumford School District where she worked as an elementary school teacher. She also served as the Avon Village Court Clerk for 18 years. She was an active member of the St. Agnes Cemetery committee, and a life long member of St. Agnes Church and resident of Avon. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Michael J. McCormick of Avon; her daughter Molly (John) Caltabiano of MA; her sons, Michael J. McCormick of Rochester, Timothy (Erika) McCormick of Rhode Island, Patrick (Barbara) McCormick of Avon, Mark (Mary) McCormick of Ohio; her brother Joseph (Lucille) Coonan of Perinton; 13 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Jan. 28 at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., 350 Genesee St. in Avon. Her Funeral Mass was held Jan. 29 at St. Agnes Church in Avon with Rev. Jerry Appelby, Rev. Symon Ntaiyia, and Rev. Peter Mandina officiating. Interment, St. Agnes Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Livingston County, 10 Chapel St., Mt. Morris NY 14510 or St. Agnes Cemetery, 108 Prospect St., Avon NY 14414.
Richard M. Pawlak
World War II Army veteran
Richard M. Pawlak, 84, a retired occupational therapist at Buffalo State Hospital, died Jan. 25, 2005 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. Mr. Pawlak resided on Elm Road in Geneseo prior to his entry into the nursing home. He is survived by his dear friend Harold Jamison of Geneseo with whom he resided, and many friends. He was born Sept. 29, 1920 in Buffalo, N.Y. the son of Stanley and Ann Blum Pawlak. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II having attained the rank of Sergeant. He enlisted on May 5, 1944 in Buffalo and was discharged on May 31, 1946 at Ft. Dix, N.J. During his service he was the recipient of the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. No prior calling hours. Funeral Services were held Jan. 28 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Geneseo with Deacon George Spezzano of the Western Livingston Catholic Faith Community officiating. Burial, St. Mary's Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials May be made to St. Mary's Church, 4 Avon Rd., Geneseo NY 14454 or the Livingston County Humane Society, P.O. Box 233, Avon NY 14414.
Gary D. Pulver
Gary D. Pulver, 73, of 1101 County Route 92, passed away Jan. 28, 2005 at Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. Gary was born Jan. 14, 1932 in Wayland, the son of Ralph and Merle (Dean) Pulver. Gary and Genene Jacobs Belenger entered into marriage on March 31, 1998 at St. Joseph's Church in Wayland. Gary's employment was as a plumber and steamfitter. He was a member of the Local 13 Plumbers and Steamfitters Union for many years. He owned and operated the Tackle Shack in Wayland for over 20 years. Gary also worked at Foster Wheeler in Dansville; Wilmont Castle in Rochester; the Lawrence Park and Recreation Center in Cohocton; as a bus driver for Wayland-Cohocton Central School; and the Dansville Auto Auction. Gary enjoyed playing in local bands, was a licensed taxidermist and loved traveling and camping with his wife Genene in their motor home. Gary was predeceased by his first wife Frances Schubmehl Pulver in 1996. He is survived by his wife of six years, Genene; his son Patrick J. Pulver of Rochester; stepchildren, Ronald (Bonnie) Nicholson of Rochester; Sherry (Al) Stephens of Rochester, Joan (Frank) DeCesare of Rochester, Bonnie Belanger (Clint Norton) of Wayland, Donald (Lorinda) Belanger of Wayland; brother and sister-in-law, Doug (Shirley) Pulver of Wayland; Tamara Pulver (Tim Strzepek) of Rochester and Mark (Bess) Pulver of Hemlock; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews. Gary's family and friends called Monday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland. His Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday at St. Joseph's Church in Wayland with Rev. Gennaro Ventura officiating. Contributions can be sent to Gary's family c/o Genene Pulver, 11001 County Rte. 92, Wayland NY 14572.
Erwin R. Walker
Erwin Ernie R. Walker, 82, of Sawdust Road in Wayland passed away Jan. 27, 2005 at the DeMay Living Center in Newark, N.Y. Ernie was born Aug. 16, 1922 in Springwater the son of Erwin and Maud (Smart) Walker. Ernie grew up on the family farm on Walker Road in Springwater. He graduated from Wayland Central School and subsequent to high school, he and Rosemary Miller entered into a loving marriage on Nov. 13, 1943 at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. Together they have celebrated over 61 years of marriage. Ernie's employment career spanned a few different areas including time spent on the family farm; at Cold Spring Construction in Akron; and at Wadsworth Farms in Geneseo. However, most of Ernie's career was spent at the Gunlocke Company in the Quality Control Department. Prior to retirement in 1986, he had spent over 40 years there. Ernie's hobbies also varied over the years. He was a charter member of the Dansville Soaring Club in which he piloted gliders, and an avid skier. Raising beef cattle at his home on Sawdust Road was also an enjoyment. Ernie was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church, a member of the Legion of Mary, along with being a member of the Nocturnal Adoration Society. He was husband to Rosemary; a caring father to his children, Lois, Joan, Ted and Mary; and a special grandfather to 10 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by his entire family. He was predeceased by both his parent and a daughter, Sherie L. Walker. He is survived by his wife Rosemary of Wayland; his children, Lois (Dan) Topolski of Pittsford, Joan (Tom) Wamp of Dansville, Ted (Sue) Walker of Cohocton, Mary (Marc) Dunn of Buffalo; grandchildren, Mike (Julie) Wamp, Stephen (Suzanne) Wamp, Jill (Doug) Lyon, Gregg Walker, JoElyn and Daniel Topolski, Sarah, Katie, Meghan and Matthew Dunn; three great grandchildren, Nicholas, Max and Elizabeth Rose Wamp; along with several nieces and nephews. No prior calling hours. Family and friends attended a Mass of Christian Burial Monday at St. Joseph's Church in Wayland. Interment, St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wayland. Contributions in memory of Erwin Ernie R. Walker may be made to the Sherie L. Walker Memorial Fund, c/o Rosemary Walker, 2772 Sawdust Road, Wayland NY 14572 or Kennedy House, c/o Holy Family Catholic Community, 206 Fremont St., Wayland NY 14572. The St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland has assisted Ernie's family with his funeral arrangements.