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Obituaries published the week of February 6, 2003
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In Memoriam

Viola M. Bernard

Viola M. Bernard, 92, of Mt. Morris Road, Leicester, formerly of the Perry and Silver Lake area, died Jan. 31, 2003 at the Livingston County Campus Skilled Nursing Facility in Mt. Morris. She was born the daughter of William and Rose (Sweeney) Livingston on July 10, 1910 in Waterbury, Conn. She was a member of St. Thomas-Aquinas Church in Leicester, a former member of the Moose Lodge in Perry and an avid bowler and she enjoyed doing craft work. She is survived by her daughter Barbara (Robert) Mahoney of Leicester, two sons, Louis (Lottie) Bernard Jr. of Texas and William (Eveline) Bernard of Caledonia; eight grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Lillian Bernard of Silver Lake, Emma Masone of Connecticut; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Louis in 1982 and one grandson Louis III in 1980, three brothers, William, Rodney and Earl and one sister Ruth. Friends called Sunday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St., Mt. Morris where prayers were said Monday morning followed by a funeral mass at St. Thomas-Aquinas Church in Leicester. Interment, Glenwood Cemetery, Perry, N.Y. Memorials may made be to the Livingston County Hospice Fund or one's favorite charity.

Pedro Echevarria Jr.

Pedro Echevarria Jr., 42, of 33 Chapel St., died suddenly Jan. 28, 2003 at his home. He was born the son of Pedro and Ana (Acebeo) Echevarria Sr. on March 6, 1960 in Puerto Rico. He was employed at Gypsum Industries in Victor. He is survived by his mother Ana Echevarria; one daughter Helena of Mt. Morris; brothers Oscar and Angel Echevarria, all of Milwaukee, Wis.; several cousins and many friends. No prior calling. Services will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to one's favorite charity. Arrangements by the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St., Mt. Morris.

William J. Palmer

William J. Palmer, 70, of 3074 Wildcat Road, Mt. Morris (Tuscarora), died Jan. 26, 2003 at his winter home in Sebring, Fla. He was born the son of Vern and Iola (Billings) Palmer on Jan. 9, 1933 in Hume, N. Y. He married Marion Paddock on Oct. 26, 1957. He was employed as an electrician for over 40 years at Foster Wheeler in Dansville where he served as union president of IAMAW Local 1665. He was a veteran of the Navy from 1952 to 1956. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscarora, Tusky Sportsman Club, Arkport American Legion and Dansville VFW. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Marion Palmer; two children, Denise Kay (Jon) Bentley and Douglas James Palmer, both of Mt. Morris; seven grandchildren, Eric, Andrea and Courtney Bentley, Kevin, Jeffrey, Jonathan and Alex Palmer; three brothers, Ronald (Elaine) Palmer of Mt. Morris, David (Shirley) Palmer of Dansville and Robert (Debbie) Palmer of Dansville; three sisters, Lorraine Hazelett of Dansville, Betty (Henry) McLoud of Springwater and Helen (Bob) White of Dansville; aunt Velma Palmer of Nunda; many nieces and nephews. No prior calling. Memorial Service to be held Saturday Feb. 15, 2003 at 1 p.m. at the Tuscarora Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Carin Farmer officiating. Memorials may be made to Good Shepard Hospice Highlands, 2121 S.E. Lakeview Dr., Sebring, FL 33870. Arrangements by the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St., Mt. Morris.

Samuel C. Panepinto

Samuel C. Panepinto, 86, died Feb. 1, 2003 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. He was born on July 31, 1916 in Geneseo the son of Louis Panepinto and Sarah (Battaglia) Panepinto. Sam worked for the Erie Railroad and as a bartender in the early part of his life. He was a World War II Army veteran and received a purple heart for injuries sustained during action. Sam was employed by the U.S. Postal Service where he worked as a mail carrier in New York City for 23 years. After his retirement he moved to Coral Springs, Fla. He volunteered as a Boy Scout leader and enjoyed playing cards, watching TV, traveling and taking walks in the woods. He was predeceased by his wife Evangline Panepinto in 1984. He is survived by his sister Isabelle D. Panepinto of Avon; nieces and nephews, Donald (Loretta) Temperato of Rochester, Penelope (William) Seidel of Rochester, Dianne (Ross) Rumfola of Avon, Timothy (Sherrie) Temperato of Florida; several great nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held at St. Agnes Church. Interment, St. Agnes Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720 in his memory. Arrangements by the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Avon.

Jenny F. Provino

Jenny F. Provino, 91, of 13 Barone Ave., Mt. Morris, died Feb, 4, 2003 at the Livingston County Campus SNF in Mt. Morris. She was born the daughter of Joseph and Josephine (Battaglia) Barone on Nov. 17, 1911 in Mt. Morris. A life resident of Mt. Morris she was employed at Craig Developmental Center in Sonyea until her retirement in 1972. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church and CSEA. She is survived by her son Joseph E. of Arlington, MA, 1 brother Joseph (Mazie) Barone of Mt. Morris, Sister-in-law Eleanor Barone of Mt. Morris; several nieces and nephews including L. Richard Provino of Mt. Morris; godchild Mary Smith Liberti and many dear and loving friends including Anna Durbin. She was predeceased by her husband Joseph in 1999 and 5 brothers, Sal, Peter, Paul, Carl and Anthony Barone and two sisters, Florence and Mary. Friends may call Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 at the JOHN W. MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 37 Chapel Street (Route 408), Mount Morris where prayers will be said Friday at 9am followed by a funeral mass at 9:30 at St. Patrick's Church. The Reverend Michael Brown officiating. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Livingston County Campus SNF or the Mt. Morris Ambulance Fund.

Sarah E. Ruscitto

Sarah E. Ruscitto, 88, formerly of 2678 State Route 21, died Feb. 1, 2003 at the Hornell Gardens Health Care Facility in Hornell after a long illness. She was born in Syracuse on Oct. 29, 1914. She remained in the Syracuse area during the early years of her life. On Nov. 17, 1932 Sarah and Francesco (Boogum) Ruscitto entered into a loving marriage that lasted almost 70 years. Together they moved to the Wayland area in 1936, where she resided until her move to the Hornell Gardens Healthcare Facility a few year ago. Sarah enjoyed employment at the Woodcroftry and Birdseye plant in Wayland, as well as working in the cafeteria at Wayland Central School. Sarah loved her family very much and she had a special place in her heart for all children. She was also a communicant of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Wayland. She was predeceased by her husband Francesco (Boogum) Ruscitto in 2002 and her daughter Patricia Warren in 1988. She is survived by two sons, James (Kay) Ruscitto of Campbell, N.Y. and Charles Ruscitto of Washington, D.C.; a son-in-law, Frank Warren of Oswego; nine grandchildren, Cindy (Bob) Hammond, John (Cindy) Ruscitto, Charlene Ryan, Diane (Scott) Lodge, James (Linda) Ruscitto, Amy (Gary) Papke, Mike (Donna) Warren, Paul (SuAnne) Warren and Richard Smith; 20 great grandchildren; nine great great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends called Tuesday at the St. George Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. A prayer service was conducted Wednesday at the Funeral Home immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Wayland with Rev. Steven Kraus officiating. Sarah had a great love for children; therefore, donations in her memory may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation of Western New York, 130 Village Landing, Fairport, New York 14450.

Sharon M. Spencer

Sharon M. Spencer, 56, of Marrowback Road, Conesus, died Jan. 31, 2003 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. She was born the daughter of Eugene and Sarah Spaine Spencer on Dec. 10, 1946 in Conesus. She was employed by Genesee Brewery in Rochester. She was a member of St. William's Church in Conesus. She was predeceased by her father Eugene. She is survived by her mother Sarah “Sally” Spencer of Conesus; brothers, Robert (Margery) Spencer of Tennessee, Thomas (Lynne) Spencer of New Hampshire; sister Rita (Eric) Bendexin of New Mexico; three nieces and three nephews; many good friends including Cheryl DeBrine of Conesus. No prior calling. Friends may attend her memorial mass Saturday 10 a.m. at St. William's Church in Conesus with the Rev. John H. Hayes officiating. Burial, Harder Cemetery. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the St. Joseph's/St. William's Church Building Fund, Box 77, or the Livonia Ambulance Fund, Box 179, Livonia NY 14487. Arrangements by the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Livonia.