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In Memoriam

Mary Scholastica Donohue

A lifelong scholar

Mary Scholastica Donohue, 79, of Conesus, died peacefully at her home Feb. 22, 2004. She was born in Rochester Jan. 30, 1925 the daughter of Dr. Raymond W. and Anita B. Hawkins. Mary, an oblate of the Third Order of St. Benedict, was always deeply religious. A loving homemaker, she later worked as a cook for St. Michael's Divine Word Seminary in Conesus and was the longtime author of “The Plant Shelf” column for “Discover Conesus.” She also served as proofreader for that newspaper. She was an avid gardener and grew orchids in her home greenhouse. A lifelong scholar, she loved music, literature (especially poetry) and art and with her husband, passed these gifts on to her grateful children. She was predeceased in 1998 by her husband of 49 years, Thomas G. Donohue. She is survived by her children, Sarah D. Zulauf of Friendship, N.Y., Stephen (Brenda) of Conesus, Raymond (Debora) of Conesus, Kathleen (Stephen) Robinson of Cohocton, and Margaret (John) Rudolph of Conesus; and grandchildren, Christopher, Timothy, Daniel, Anne, Rose, Thomas and Gilbert Donohue, Grace, Thomas and Benjamin Robinson, Joseph Rudolph, Jennifer Grzenda and Brodie Voellinger. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4, 7-9 p.m. at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia. Her Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, 10 a.m. at St. Rose Church in Lima. Burial, Union Cemetery in Livonia at a later date. Memorial contributions to the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, 1101 First Avenue, New York NY 10022-4195.

Irene E. Gaylord

Former Livonia resident

Irene E. Gaylord, 86, formerly of Cadyville Road, Livonia, died Feb. 20, 2004 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. She was born the daughter of William and Iva Marris Kranz on Aug. 16, 1917 in Madison, N.Y. She was a member of St. William's Church in Conesus. She was predeceased by her son Thomas R. Kranz, two brothers and five sisters. She is survived by her son David Gaylord of Conesus; daughter, Mary (Joseph) Nybeck of Canton, Pa.; son Robert (Marilyn) Gaylord of Pensacola, Fla.; many grandchildren and great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Friends called Monday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia. Her Funeral Mass was held Tuesday at St. William's Church, Elm St., Conesus with the Rev. John H. Hayes officiating. Burial, St. Michael's Cemetery, Livonia. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Conesus Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 216, Conesus NY 14435.

Evelyn Hardy

General Food retiree

Evelyn F. (Kelly) Hardy, 87, formerly of Perkinsville, passed away Feb. 17, 2004 at the Fred and Harriet Taylor Health Center in Bath, N.Y. where she has resided for a few years. She was born May 12, 1916 in Perkinsville the daughter of John and Lucy (Kelly) Weiand. Kelly lived her entire life in Perkinsville and while she lived there it was in the same house. She had been a resident of the Taylor Health Center since August 2000. Kelly and Edward Hardy entered into a loving marriage on Aug. 11, 1938 and together they celebrated over 43 years of marriage prior to his passing. Kelly's employment career included many years at General Food, Inc. She retired from there after many years of loyal service. Kelly was a laboratory technician. She was also a homemaker that loved to knit and crochet. Her handiwork included sweaters, baby outfits, afghans and many other items. She was a Girl Scout leader while her children were growing up, a member of the Perkinsville Fire Auxiliary and a devoted life long communicant of Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Perkinsville. Kelly was predeceased by her loving husband Edward Hardy, her beloved brother Howard Weiand and beloved granddaughter Kam Mehlenbacher. She is survived by her devoted companion, Alexander Fusco of Bath; her son Thomas Hardy and his wife Karen of Knotts Island, N.C.; her daughters, Mary Kennedy and her husband Peter of Belfast, ME., Ann Russell and her husband John of Corning and Nancy Leffel and her husband Richard of Delray Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren, Margot (Nich)Ludlam, Brian Hardy-Lawrence, Terry Mehlenbacher, Jeremy Hardy-Lawrence, Edward Hardy, and Colin Kennedy. Kelly's family and friends called Thursday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland. A prayer service was conducted at the funeral home Thursday. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated for Kelly Friday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Perkinsville. Interment, Sacred Heart Cemetery in Perkinsville. Contributions in Evelyn (Kelly) Hardy's memory may be made to the Sacred Heart Church, c/o Geraldine Recktenwald, County Rt. 90, Dansville NY 14437.

Jean E. Holt

Caledonia resident

Jean E. Holt, 84, of Caledonia, died Feb. 20, 2004 at Highland Hospital, Rochester. She was born Dec. 28, 1919 in Middletown, N.Y. to Victor and Dorothy (Hector) Kreiling. Jean enjoyed embroidering and watching television. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jeanne and Donald Manley of Caledonia; three grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Sunday, 6-8 P.M. with her service following at 8:00 P.M. at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia. A private interment was held Monday at Mumford Rural Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 422 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester NY 14620 or Focus on the Children, P.O. Box 31 , Caledonia NY 14423 Ruth A. Morse Caledonia resident Ruth A. Morse, 95, of Caledonia, died Dec. 1, 2003 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility, Geneseo. She was born Feb. 29, 1908 in Lyons, N.Y. to William D. and Louise (Martin) Weisenberger. Ruth was a member of the Air Force Mother's Association, Rochester Chapter, and a member of the High Neighbors of the Rochester Area. She is survived by daughter, Carolyn Morse DeMersman of Mumford; son, William Morse of Portland, Ore.; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Harold Morse, mother and father, William and Louise Weisenberger and brother, George Weisenberger predecease Ruth. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held Sunday, 2:00 P.M. at the First Presbyterian Church, 3080 W. Main St. in Caledonia. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 W. Main St., Caledonia.

Caroline M. Pragle

Livonia resident

Caroline M. Pragle, 82, of Big Tree St., Livonia, died Feb. 23, 2004 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born the daughter of Herman and Elma Starr Schubmehl on Oct. 28, 1921 in South Dansville. She was a former member of St. Joseph's Church in Wayland and a member of Springwater United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Livonia Senior Citizens Club where she was past president. She is survived by her husband to 60 years, Lewy; children, Wayne (Arlene) Kurelko of Springwater, Donna Jean (William) Springer of Honeoye, Iva (Norb) Johnson of Springwater, Richard (Cathy) Pragle of Livonia, Charlotte (Northrop) of Springwater; 12 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; brother Herman (Ann) Schubmehl of Wayland; sister Virginia Ryan of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. No prior calling. Friends attended a memorial service Wednesday at the Springwater United Methodist Church, Route 15 in Springwater. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Leukemia Society of America, 5500 Main St., Buffalo NY 14221. Arrangements by Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Livonia.

Nellie M. Sherman

Retired nurse

Nellie M. Sherman, 91, of 135 Main St., Leicester, died Feb. 23, 2004 at Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville. She was born the daughter of Charles and Michalena (Carolla) Siraguse on Aug. 9, 1912 in Groveland Station. She graduated from Fordham University in New York with a degree in Nursing. She retired from Genesee Hospital in Rochester as a Registered Nurse. She married Ronald Sherman on Feb. 15, 1947. She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Leicester, the Livingston County Women's Relief Corp where she was a past President and the Rosary Society of St. Thomas Aquinas. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Ronald; many nieces and nephews and several great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Ida Sherman in 1993, Mary Popp in 1994, one brother Russell Siraguse in 1998 and nephew J. Edward Sherman in 1979. Friends may call Thursday 121:30 pm at the JOHN W. MARTIN FUNERAL HOME, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris where prayers will be said Thursday at 1:30 followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Leicester. Interment St. Patrick's Cemetery, Mt. Morris. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Cuylerville Ambulance Fund or the American Diabetes Association. Condolence may be emailed to JohnWMartinFH@aol.com.

Viola V. Sherman

Dansville resident

Viola V. Sherman, 103, of Ryder Road, Dansville, died Feb. 19, 2004 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. She was born the daughter of George and Lulu Sharpe on Nov. 7, 1900 in Livonia. She was a member of the South Livonia United Church. She was predeceased by her husband Earl, sons Gene and Jerry Sherman, grandchildren, Robert Sherman and Jackie Clerk, great grandchild Chance Sherman. She is survived by her children, Norma Mann, Joyce (George) Komer, Peggy (Jim) Clark; daughter-in-law Mary Sherman; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. No prior calling. Services to be announced at a later date. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility Activity Fund, Geneseo NY 14454. Arrangements, Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc.

Pauline I. Trescott

Teacher

Pauline I. Trescott, 71, of Big Tree St., Livonia, died Feb. 18, 2004 at her home. She was born the daughter of Cyril and Ivy Bagshaw Payne on Sept. 4, 1932 in England. She was a teacher at Boces in Geneseo. She is survived by her husband Robert; children, Beverly Hopkins of Conesus, Roger (Laurie) Trescott of Sturgis, S.D., Brian Trescott of Avon Park, Fla. and Terry Trescott of Ft. Pierce, Fla.; grandchildren, Autumn Ivy Trescott and Morgan Elizabeth Trescott, Mary Lupo of Florida and Joan (George) Meiman of Long Island; several nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Friends may call Friday, Feb. 27 from 2-4, 7-9 p.m. at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15, Livonia. Her Funeral Service will be held Saturday 11 a.m.at the Zion Episcopal Church with the Rev. Mark Stiegler officiating. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livingston County Hospice Fund, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris NY 14510 or the Zion Episcopal Church, Avon NY 14414 or the Teresa House, 21 Highland Road, Geneseo NY 14454.

Raymond C. Waden

Retired mechanic

Raymond C. Waden, 83, of Route 20A in Bristol, entered into eternal rest on Feb. 19, 2004 at his home after long illness. He was born the son of Charles and Florence VanBuskirk Waden on Aug. 22, 1920 in Livonia. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Doris “Jo” (Wright) Waden, brother Donald Waden and sister Marion Stewart. He was a retired mechanic for the Bloomfield Central School Bus Garage. He was a former member of the Conesus Fire Department. He is survived by his sons, Calvin (Luann) Waden of Bristol, Kevin Waden of Honeoye; grandchildren, Matt Waden and Sarah Denham; sisters, Esther Sharpe of Conesus, Mildred Farrell of Canandaigua; brother Louis (Janice) Waden of Nunda; sister-in-law Margaret “Peg” (Wright) Carpenter; several nieces and nephews. No prior calling. All are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held at the West Bloomfield Congregational Church, Route 5 & 20, Bloomfield, N.Y. on Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Corey Keyes officiating. Burial at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery, Bristol. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Bristol Valley Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Corps, or the West Bloomfield Congregational Church. Arrangements by the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Honeoye.