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Obituaries published the week of February 19, 2004
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In Memoriam

Isabel Mott Ayers

Wadsworth resident

Isabel Mott Ayers, 68, of 2364 Old State Road, Wadsworth, died Feb. 16, 2004 at Buffalo General Hospital in Buffalo. She was born the daughter of John and Cora Mott on Oct. 12, 1935 in Mt. Morris. She is survived by her three children, Dorothy (Dwight) Stone of Wadsworth, Arthur (Susan) Ayers of Leicester and John (Colleen) Ayers of Mt. Morris; five grandchildren, Aaron and Thomas Stone, Audrey, Austin and Cory Ayers; one great grandchild Jase Stone; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband George in 1994. Friends may call Thursday from 2-4 p.m. at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 4 p.m. Burial, Pleasant Valley Cemetery in York. Memorials may be made to Retsof Ambulance Fund. Condolences may be emailed to

Margaret J. (LaDuke) Barrows

St. Andrew's Church member

Margaret J. Barrows, 85, of Caledonia, died Feb. 12, 2004 at the Episcopal Church Home, Rochester. She was born Feb. 21, 1918 in Rochester to George and Helen (Trimball) LaDuke. Margaret retired from Specialized Printed Forms, Caledonia. She was also a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Caledonia for over 50 years. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law; Robert and Linda Barrows of Caledonia; daughter and son-in-law; Barbara and David Leugemors of Henrietta; grandchildren, Rick (Linda) Barrows, Brian (Nancy) Barrows, Stephen (Patty) Brill, Michelle (David) White, Todd (Kathy) Leugemors; 8 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Robert F. Barrows; and sisters, Dorothy and Eleanor predeceased Margaret. Friends called Feb. 14 at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia. Her Memorial Service was held Feb. 15 at the Church of the Good Shepard at the Episcopal Church Home, 505 Mt. Hope Ave., Rochester NY 14620. A Private Interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Chapel Fund at the Church Home or GRHC/Hospice, 70 Metro Park, Rochester, NY 14623.

Lorraine L. Beavers

Caledonia resident

Lorraine L. Beavers, 75, of Caledonia, died Feb. 15, 2004 at the Teresa House, Geneseo. She was born Nov. 2, 1928 in Rochester, to George and Marie (Pagorek) Tindall. Lorraine enjoyed her grandchildren, crocheting and playing euchre. She is survived by her children, Marie (Dale) Snyder of Albion, James M. Beavers (David Johnson) of Henrietta, Kathleen A. Beavers of Bath; grandchildren, Anita and Tiffany Snyder, Meagan and Timothy Beavers; her sisters, June DeRoller of Kendall, Jackie (Joe) Cicio of CT; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Edward and Helen Beavers of Palmyra, Barbara and Dick Cole of Penfield; several nieces and nephews; life-long friend, Bunny Clark and neighbors and friends, Chris Flint and Bob Major. Her husband, James R. Beavers predeceased Lorraine. Friends called Wednesday, 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. with her Funeral Service following at 8 P.M. at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 West Main Street, Caledonia. A private interment will take place at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to Teresa House, 21 Highland Road, Geneseo NY 14454.

John Phillip Clary

Children's Hospital volunteer

John P. Clary, 18, of Pavilion died peacefully surrounded by family and friends following a long illness on February 13, 2004 at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. He was born May 15, 1985 in Batavia to Kevin R. and Rhonda L. (Owens) Clary. John was a graduate of Pavilion Central High School and most recently attended Happiness House in Canandaigua. He performed volunteer work for Golisano Children's Hospital, All Babies Cherished, and was an enthusiastic “camper” at Camp Good Days and Special Times. John was involved in 4-H Fishing Club, Boy Scouts, Little League, and collected Teddy Bears. He was an avid fan of Notre Dame, Green Bay, and the New York Yankees. John collected baseball cards and Pez Dispensers. He received the “Youth Recognition Award.” in 2000 from the city of Batavia, and the Miracle Maker Award for outstanding commitment by an individual at Golisano Children's Hospital. John was the Homecoming King at Pavilion Central High School, and was a member of the track team. John also loved music and could play almost any instrument. He is survived by his mom and dad, Rhonda and Kevin Clary; sister, Emily, and dog, Maggie, all of Pavilion; grandparents, Douglas and Mary Owens of Centerville; several aunts, uncles, cousins; and many special friends. His grandmother, Jeanne F. Clary predeceases John. Friends called Monday at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia. His Funeral Mass was held Tuesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Pavilion with a reception immediately following at the Pavilion Fireman's Hall. In addition there was an ecumenical service at Pavilion Central High School auditorium on Tuesday evening. Interment at St. Columba Cemetery, Caledonia at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, Strong Memorial Hospital, Office of Development and Community Affairs, 601 Elmwood Ave., Rochester NY 14642 or Happiness House, 35 North Street, Canandaigua NY 14424 or Camp Good Days and Special Times.

Theodore H. Henry

Castle Company retiree

Theodore H. Henry “Bud”, 75, of Coe Road, Livonia, died Feb. 13, 2004 at Highland Hospital in Rochester. He was born the son of Theodore and Onolee Purcell Henry on Jan. 11, 1929 in Richmond, N.Y. Bud was a retiree of Castle Company in Rochester. He was predeceased by his wife Christine and his son James Henry. He was an avid card player. He is survived by his daughter Jacquelyn (David) Beare of Conesus; granddaughters, Kathy (Jim) Haugh of Macedon, Tracey (Adam) Backus of Livonia; five great grandchildren; brother Ralph (Sue) Henry of Hemlock; sisters, Ruth (Ken) Gladding of Hemlock, Laura (Stu) North of Canandaigua, Marion Murray of Rochester; 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, Oakridge Cemetery in Livonia. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Senior Nutrition Program, Meals on Wheels, 8 Murray Hill, Mt. Morris NY 14510. Jean A. McLaughlin RG & E retiree Jean A. McLaughlin, 77, of County Road #37 in Honeoye, died Feb. 10, 2004 at the Conesus Lake Nursing Home in Livonia. She was born the daughter of Leo and Ada Gommenginger McLaughlin of Dec. 29, 1926 in Rochester. She was a member of St. Mary's Church in Honeoye and also its Social Ministry Committee and was a Eucharistic Minister. She was a retiree of RG & E in Rochester retiring in 1989 after 45 years of service. She was a member of the Pioneers Club at RG & E. She is survived by many dear friends, including Agnes Becker, Don and Jeanette Copenhagen and family, Barbara and Terry Schreiner, Joan Stanwix and Francis and Wally VanDeBogart; and cousins, Jack, Terry and Bruce Norton. Friends called Thursday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia. Her Funeral Mass was held Friday at St. Mary's Church in Honeoye with the Rev. Richard Shatzel officiating. Masses may be offered for Jean to St. Mary's Church, Honeoye, in her memory.

Keith B. Mehlenbacher

World War II Navy veteran

Keith B. Mehlenbacher, 77, a retired millwright at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, died Feb. 12, 2004 at his residence, 3799 Federal Road in Livonia. He is survived by his eight children; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister Carol (William) Larsen of Cohocton; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Joanne and son Scott Mehlenbacher. He was born May 13, 1926 in Cohocton, the son of William and Hazel (Teller) Mehlenbacher. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post 283 in Livonia. Visitation was held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Saturday. Funeral Services and interment will be private.

Robert S. Read

World War II Navy veteran

Robert S. Read, 88, of McGary Road, South Bristol, formerly of Philadelphia, Pa., died Feb. 13, 2004 at F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua. He was born the son of William and Louisa Brogden Read on Sept. 16, 1915 in Philadelphia. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Mr. Read was a retired Battalion Chief of the Philadelphia City Fire Department. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth; his children, Susan (Allan) Waterhouse, Elizabeth (William) Tyler, Donna (James) Fulmer, Janis (Henry) Maser, Thomas (Michelle) Read, Lynore (Thomas) Burgie; 16 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren; sister Esther (Vincent) DiSantis; nieces and nephews. No prior calling. Friends may attend a Memorial Service at the Honeoye United Church of Christ, Honeoye, N.Y. with the Rev. Brian Krause officiating on Feb. 21 at 5 p.m. A graveside service will be held Saturday, March 20 at Sunset Memorial Park, County Line Road, Philadelphia, Pa. at 12:30 p.m. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Honeoye United Church of Christ, W. Main St., Honeoye NY 14471 or the Naples Ambulance fund, P.O. Box 671, Naples NY 14512.

John B. Serafine

World War II veteran

John B. Serafine, 82, of 7998 Canadice Road, Springwater, passed away Feb. 15, 2004 at the Vincent House Comfort Care Health Facility in Wayland. John was born Oct. 28, 1921 in Garbet, N.Y. the son of John and Sunday (Otto) Serafine. During his early years John remained in Garbet, however soon thereafter he moved to the Irondequoit area where he attended high school. Subsequent to high school John joined the Conservation Corps where he worked in the woods and supported the war effort. On Aug. 18, 1942 he entered into active duty with the U.S. Army. John served his country during World War II as part of an infantry unit in Greenland that built landing strips and assisted with guard duty. On Dec. 26, 1945 he was honorably discharged as a private 1st class. During his time in the Army, John and Josephine Pilato entered into a loving marriage. They wed on Dec. 14, 1944 in Rochester. Together they celebrated almost 50 years of marriage. Subsequent to John's honorable discharge, he moved to the Springwater area where he has lived the majority of his life. John was employed as an iron worker for over 26 years and retired from that line of work when he was 62. John had a lot of fun playing golf over the years. In fact, he had played golf over 60 years and he was considered a left-handed natural at the game. John also enjoyed being a member of the Springwater American Legion Post #905 and served as a 3rd vice for a period of time. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife Josephine; and a daughter Dianne Serafine. He is survived by his daughter Rita Chenier of Olympia Washington; his loving granddaughter Mariel Chenier of Washington; his brother Phillip Serafine or Rochester; along with several nieces and nephews. John's family and friends called Tuesday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. John's Funeral Service was conducted Tuesday with Deacon Michael Mahoney officiating. Interment, St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wayland. Contributions in John B. Serafine's memory may be made to the Springwater American Legion Post #905, Springwater NY 14560.