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Obituaries published the week of February 12, 2004
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In Memoriam

John T. Barrett

Former chairman of Geneseo Theatre Dept.

John T. Barrett died Feb. 2, 2004, at the age of 88. His wife of 55 years, Wyllis Wiegman Barrett survives at their home in Pittsford. Former chairman of the Department of Theatre at SUNY Geneseo, Dr. Barrett was also a frequent director for Geneseo Community Players. He had previously taught at Marietta College (Ohio), Western Michigan at Kalamazoo, Brock University (Canada) and SUNY Binghamton. In addition to studying at the Universities of Illinois and Chicago he received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern, his masters from Columbia and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His longtime interest in the popular Italian Renaissance Commedia del Arte led to extensive periods of research throughout Italy and influenced his direction of many comedies. While theatre was his primary interest he was also knowledgeable in numerous related areas, particularly dance, music and film. Additionally, because of early training and interest in the sciences Barrett was a member of the metalurgy laboratory team for the Manhattan Project during World War II. Both gourmet cooks, Dr. Barrett and his wife were popular Geneseo hosts. After 32 years in Geneseo, the Barretts moved to Pittsford two years ago. Those wishing to donate in his memory may contribute to the Geneseo Foundation (SUNY Geneseo) for the John Barrett Scholarship in Theatre.

Marion T. Davidson

Avon resident

Avon - Marion T. Davidson, 92, died on Feb. 8, 2004 at the Livingston County Nursing Facility in Geneseo. Mrs. Davidson was born July 20, 1911 in Leicester, the daughter of Eugene T. Trewer and Grace O. (Ayers) Trewer. She retired in 1967 as a clerk at the A & P Food Store in Avon. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Avon and the Women's Group at church. A former member of the Eastern Star, East Avon Grange and the East Avon Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was predeceased by her husband, James Davidson. She is survived by her children, Wilson (Sharlene) Davidson of East Avon, Nancy (Russell) Toland of Caledonia, Jane (Richard) Batzel of East Avon; 17 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren; brother Wilfred (Renee) Trewer; several nieces and nephews. Calling hours and Funeral Services were held at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc. in Avon with Rev. Dr. Thomas Taylor officiating. Interment, East Avon Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Avon, 5605 East Avon-Lima Rd., Avon NY 14414 in her memory.

Dorothy E. Grant

Postal Service retiree

Dorothy E. Grant, 88, retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Piffard, died Feb. 6, 2004 at Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. Mrs. Grant resided on Genesee St. in Piffard prior to her entry into the nursing home. She is survived by three sons, Curtis (Mary Jane) Grant of Piffard, Clifford Grant of Piffard, James (Lynn) Grant of Burnt Hills, N.Y.; grandchildren, Scott (Christa), Amy, Aaron, Tyler, Michael (Amy), Theresa (Rob), Susan (Ron); seven great grandchildren; sister Wilma Burdick of Florida; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Curtis “Barney” Grant in 1994. She was born March 20, 1915 in York, the daughter of Myron and Grace (Burrus) Flint. Visitation was held Sunday at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo where Funeral Services were held Feb. 9 with Rev. Mark Lattime of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Geneseo officiating. Burial, Pleasant Valley Cemetery in York. Memorials may be made to St. Michael's Church, 23 Main St., Geneseo NY 14454.

Albert B. Harvey

Hemlock resident

Albert B. Harvey, 90, of Old Bald Hill Road, Hemlock, died Feb. 3, 2004 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. He was born the son of Grant and Florence Crout Harvey on Jan. 8, 1914 in Hemlock. He was a truck driver and factory worker for Castle Company in Rochester. Albert was a life long member of the Hemlock Fire Department. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret in 2002 and his son Eugene in 1974. He is survived by his children, Gloria Sue (Ralph) Henry of Hemlock, A. Steven (Barbara) Harvey of Hemlock, Glenda (Jerry Adlong) Farrell of Texas; grandchildren, Kevin (Darlene) Henry, Laurie Muscarella, Linda (Raymond) Gascon, Robin (Louis) Stumpft, Jennifer (Victor) Alcala, Amy, Scheryl and Nicole Harvey; 10 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Friends called Thursday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia, where Funeral Services were held Friday with the Rev. Richard Hass officiating. Burial Alger Cemetery, Conesus. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Hemlock Fire Department, Hemlock NY 14466.

Dorothy S. Nicholls

SUNY Geneseo graduate

Dorothy S. Nicholls, 75, of Mumford, died Feb. 9, 2004 at the LeRoy Village Green Nursing Home. She was born April 30, 1928 in Rochester to Walter T. and Ina Mae (Richards) Sacks. Dorothy was a graduate of SUNY Geneseo. She was a member of St. Columba Church/St. Patrick Church. Dorothy served as a sacristan at St. Patrick's Church, Mumford. She was a member of the Mumford Fire Department, Ladies Auxiliary. Dorothy is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Randy Estabrooks of Caledonia, Mary and David Fisher of Chili; sons and daughter-in-law, Chris Nicholls of Holley, Gary and Mary Jo Nicholls of Mumford; 11 grandchildren, one great granddaughter. Her husband, Edward predeceased Dorothy in 2003. Friends are invited to call Wednesday, 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St. Caledonia. Her Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, 11:00 a.m., St. Columba Church, Caledonia. Interment, Mumford Rural Cemetery, Mumford. Memorials may be made to the Mumford Fire Department, 1013 Main St., Mumford NY 14511 or the Caledonia Ambulance, P.O. Box 3, Caledonia NY 14423.