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Obituaries published the week of February 28, 2002
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F. James Carrick Sr.
F. James Carrick Sr., age 89, of Avon, died Sunday February 17, 2002 at Highland Hospital. He was born in Ireland September 17, 1912 the son of William and Sarah (Sterling) Carrick. Jim was a member of the Carpenters Union Local 85 for 55 years. He also was a very active member of Central Presbyterian Church of Avon, life member of the Avon VFW Post and past member of the Avon Lions Club and the Avon Rotary-Lions Ambulance Board of Directors. Jim served in the Army Air Corps during the World War II. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Annie Clements-Carrick, two sons F. James (Carol Jeanne) Carrick Jr. of Avon and Harry (Carol) Carrick of Webster; one daughter Elizabeth C. (Thomas) Cole of Avon; eight Grandchildren, four great grandchildren; two brothers David (Lyn) Carrick of Avon and Norman Pat (Jean) Carrick of Gainesville, Florida; many nieces and nephews. Friends called on Tuesday at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home Inc in Avon. Funeral Services were held Wednesday at Central Presbyterian Church, Rev. Alfreda Morse officiating. Interment with Military Honors was held at Avon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Central Presbyterian Church of Avon, 133 Genesee Street, Avon, NY 14414.
James A. Charlesworth Sr.
James A. Charlesworth Sr., age 64 of Avon died Saturday February 23, 2002 at Highland Hospital. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA on May 24, 1937 the son of Arthur and Sarah (Kelly) Charlesworth. Prior to moving to this area, he worked as an engineer for Edgewater Steel Company in Oakmont, PA and was a Volunteer Fireman in the Rosedale Fire Dept. in Penn Hills, PA for 35 years. Jim and his family moved to Avon in 1992 and was employed by the First Rixon Co. in Rochester. He was an active member of the Avon United Methodist Church. Jim is survived by his wife of 41 years, Patricia Weitzel Charlesworth; son and daughter-in-law James A. Jr. and Heather Charlesworth of Rochester; sister Brenda L. (Duane) Coy of Huntington, PA and brother William R. (Donna) Charlesworth of Pittsburgh, PA. Friends called Monday at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home in Avon. Funeral Services were held Tuesday at the Avon United Methodist Church. Rev. Larry Beman officiating. Memorials may be made to Avon United Methodist Church, 133 Genesee St. Avon, NY 14414.
Stewart Ehman Folts
Stewart Ehman Folts, 80, a retired instrumental music teacher at Fillmore Central School; where he worked for 30 years, died Sunday, February 24, 2002 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo, NY after an extended illness. Mr. Folts resided in Stuyvesant Manor in Geneseo and was previously from Fillmore, NY. He is survived by his wife of 58 years Elizabeth Jenkel Folts, 1 son Dwight (Mary) Folts of Geneseo, NY, 2 daughters Kathe (Dale) Hartnett of Geneseo, NY, Louise (Robert) Goodall of Spring Lake, NJ, 7 grandchildren Laura Folts, Elizabeth (Steve) Sawyer, Jeremy and Daniel Hartnett, Nichol (Paul) McManus, Christopher and Kerri Goodall, 2 brothers Keith (Evelyn) Folts of Fillmore, NY, Water (Jane) Folts of Whitesville, NY, 1 sister Donna Ellison of Whitesville, NY, many nieces and nephews. He was born August 8, 1921 in Springville, NY the son of Clayton and Irma (Pfeffer) Folts. He served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II in the European Theater. Visitation held at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Houghton College Music Department, 1 Willard Ave., Houghton, NY 14744. Funeral Services were held at the Geneseo United Methodist Church with Rev. Nadine Graham officiating. Graveside services will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, West Valley, NY.
Larry J. Forsythe
Larry J. Forsythe, 58, of 7 Shults St., Wayland, died Feb. 18, 2002 unexpectedly at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell. He was born June 1, 1943 in Dansville, the son of Lyle and Margaret (Gessner) Forsythe and was a life resident of Wayland-Perkinsville area. He married the former Rosalie Kramer on Nov. 9, 1963 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Wayland. Larry was currently employed at Wayland-Cohocton Central School in Wayland and was formerly employed at the Foster-Wheeler Energy Corporation of Dansville for over 30 years. A communicant of St. Joseph's Catholic Church he also was a past member and officer of the Wayland Fire Department and Ambulance Corps. He is survived by his loving wife Rosalie (Kramer) Forsythe; his children, Tammy (Tim) Schubmehl, Teri (T.J.) Cotter and Todd (Jill) Forsythe; his mother Margaret Forsythe, all of Wayland; four grandchildren, Dane St. George, Mia Forsythe, Kyleigh and Aydan Cotter; two brothers, Terry Forsythe of Charlotte, N.C. and Gary (Debbie) Forsythe of Wayland; two sisters, Sherry (Charles) Franchot of Williamson, N.Y. and Mary Kay (Russell) Brand of Churchville; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Lyle Forsythe. Friends called Tuesday and Wednesday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. A prayer service was conducted Thursday in the Funeral Home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Wayland. Interment, St. Joseph's Cemetery in Wayland. Contributions may be made in Larry's name to: Vincent House (Hospice), 310 Second Ave., Wayland NY 14572 or American Heart Association, 2113 Chili Ave., Rochester NY 14624.
Margaret F. Harvey
Margaret F. Harvey, age 82 of Hemlock, died Tuesday February 19, 2001 at F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua. She was born the daughter of Ira Curtis and Maude VanBurkirk Foote on March 29, 1919 in Conesus, NY. She was predeceased by her son Eugene, sisters Madelyn Babcock, Evelyn Stocking and brother John Foote. She is survived by her children Gloria Sue (Ralph) Henry of Hemlock, A. Steven (Barbara) Harvey of Hemlock, Glenda (Jerry Adlong) Farrell of Katy, TX. Grandchildren Kevin (Darlene)Henry, Laurie (Ronald) Muscarella, Linda (Raymond) Gascon, Robin (Louis Stumpf) Farrell, Jennifer (Victor) Alcala, Amy, Sheryl, and Nichole Harvey, 8 great grandchildren. Friends called at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home in Livonia where funeral services were held Saturday. Burial Alger Cemetery, Conesus.
Vincent G. Kurtz
Vincent G. Kurtz, age 95 of Main Street Livonia, died Wednesday February 20, 2002 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. He was born the son of Andrew and Maude Baker Kurtz on November 24, 1900 in Avoca, NY. He moved from Cohocton, NY in 1942 to Livonia where he started his Holstein dairy farm. He was a former Livonia Village Board member and former Mayor of 15 years. He was an active Democrat, a life member of the Livonia Fire Department and past Chief. He was a member of the Caledonia Fair Board and several dairy associations. He was predeceased by his brother Bernard Kurtz. He is survived by hi wife Lillian, his children Rita Kurtz of CA, William (Barbara) Kurtz of Livonia, Sally Kurtz-Roberts of Rochester, James (Linda) Kurtz of CA, Ann (Robert) Kurtz-Glennon of FL, Karen(Daniel) Kurtz-West of Livonia, Debra (James) Stewart of Livonia. 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews. No prior calling. Friends attended his funeral mass Saturday at St. Joseph's Church with the Rev. John H. Hayes officiating. Burial at St. Michael's Cemetery, Livonia. In lieu of flowers friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the St. Joseph's Church Building Fund, Box 77, Livonia, NY 14487.
Edna LeBriton, 99, died Feb. 23, 2002 at the Conesus Lake Nursing Home in Livonia. She was born the daughter of William and Margaret Freitag on Dec. 23, 1902 in Rochester. She was predeceased by her husband William. She was a member of the order of Eastern Star chapter. She is survived by her children, William (Carol) LeBriton of California, Richard (Donna) LeBriton of Livonia, Margaret (Douglas) King of Livonia, Nancy (Louis) Ingutti of Rhode Island; 12 grandchildren and five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Sunday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home Inc., Route 15, Livonia, where funeral services was held Monday with the Rev. Valerie DeCathelineau officiating. Burial, Whitehaven Memorial Park. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the American Heart Association.
Lynne Eleanor (Hayes) McKendrick
Lynne Eleanor (Hayes) McKendrick, age 52, died Saturday February 23, 2002. She is survived by her husband Oscar McKendrick. Daughters Amy(Daniel) Damon, April (Hunter) Forbes & Amber (Michael) Wells. Grandchildren Daniel, Andrew, Taylor, Katie, Michael, McKenna & Madison. Brothers James (Margaret) Hayes, Jack (Sandy) Hayes, Jerry (Joanne) Hayes & Jeff (Deb) Hayes. Sister Laurie (Randy) Burdick. Grandmother Elsie Hayes. Step mother Helen (Chuppell) Hayes. Several Step Brothers & Sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins & many dear friends. Predeceased by her parents Bernice & Stewart Hayes. No prior calling. Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service on Saturday March 2, 2002 at the Conesus United Church, Route 15, Conesus at 11am. Reception immediately following at the Lakeville Training Grounds, Stonehill Rd, Lakeville.
George K. Mortensen
George K. Mortensen, age 74 of Avon, died Wednesday February 20, 2002 at the Skilled Nursing Facility in Mt. Morris. He was born December 5, 1927 in Detroit, Michigan the son of Einar and Ellie (Hanson) Mortensen. George served in the Army during the Korean War, he moved to Avon with his family in 1962. He was a manager and data processor for Specialized Printed Forms in Caledonia, retiring in 1992. George is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joan Schulte Mortensen; daughter and son-in-law Paula and Dennis Welch of Avon; three grandchildren Tanner, Adrianne and Shawn Welch; one great grandson Trent Welch. Friends called on Friday at the StephensonDougherty Funeral Home in Avon, where services were held on Saturday, Rev. John Collier officiating. Interment Avon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Avon Lions Club Loan Closet Fund, c/o Klaas deWaard, 13 Valley Lane, Avon, Avon Rotary-Lions Ambulance Fund, 60 Temple St. Avon 14414 or the Livingston County Hospice, County Campus, Mt. Morris, NY 14510.
Shirley A. Orman
Shirley A. Orman, 66, of Rochester, formerly of Avon, died Feb. 20, 2002 at Strong Memorial Hospital. She was born July 20, 1935 in Sparta. She was the daughter of Keith and Glee (Durkee) Rowley. Shirley was a graduate of Avon Central High School and was employed by Wegmans in Rochester. Predeceased by her husband LaVerne G. Orman Jr. in 1986, she is survived by four daughters, Debbie Brogan and Lori Orman (Lee Woodruff), both of Rochester, Vicki (Rick) Flora of Centerbeach, LI. and Sherri (Bob) Thomas of Macedon; three grandchildren, Patrick Brogan, Ricky Flora and Nicole Flora; two great grandchildren, Amber and Christopher Brogan; brother Don Rowley of Millersville, Pa.; many friends and extended family. Friends called on Saturday at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home in Avon where her Funeral Service was held on Sunday with the Rev. Dr. Thomas Taylor officiating. Interment, Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 3300 Monroe Ave., Suite 100D, Rochester NY 14618.
Carole J. Rowlinson
Carole J. Rowlinson, age 69 of West Bloomfield, died Friday February 22, 2002 at F.F. Thompson Hospital, Canandaigua. She was born February 19, 1933 in Rochester, NY> Carole was retired from 3M Company in Honeoye, and enjoyed making candy and baking cakes. Predeceased by her husband, Harry Rowlinson Sr. She is survived by her children, Harry and Deborah Rowlinson. Mary Jane Robinson, William and Sharon Rowlinson & Bonnie Rath, Stephen Rowlinson and Donna Palmer, and Sandra and Gary McClain; her grandchildren Michelle and John Amon, Constance and Thomas LaPrairie, Harley Rowlinson and Hannah Sinclair, Kelly Rowlinson and Rick Rosier, Heather Robinson and Rick George, Heath Robinson, Tommy Rowlinson, Donny Rowlinson, Harry Rowlinson and Jenna Rath; her great grandchildren, John Amon III, Rayissa Amon, Arianna Rowlinson, Zachary Rosier, Jacob LaPrairie and Victoria George; her sisters Connie Lotta, Betty Barella and Pauline Gillette; her brother William Reid; nieces, nephews and cousins. Family and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Service on Friday March 1, 2002 at 1 pm at the West Bloomfield Congregational Church, Rev. Corey Keyes, officiating. Interment West Bloomfield Cemetery.
David M. Rumfelt
David M. Rumfelt, 59, of Camarillo, Calif., died suddenly on Feb. 7, 2002. He was born Aug. 11, 1942, the son of Ralph and Jane Rumfelt of Livonia. He was raised at the family home on Washington St. in Livonia and graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Cincinnati with the Masters Degree in Business Administration. David was a devoted loving family man and very proud of his family. He was a frequent visitor to help care for his mother and father. David was also very active in softball and a champion bridge player. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Carolyn Rumfelt of Camarillo; children, Michael and wife Shannon Rumfelt of Virginia, Sandra and husband Tony Wortman of Camarillo and Tammy Rumfelt of Long Beach, Calif.; five grandchildren, Jonathan and Daniel Rumfelt and Christopher, Sarah and Brian Wortman. Also brothers, Douglas and wife Bonnie Rumfelt of Hemlock and Dennis and wife Vicki Rumfelt of Scio, N.Y. He is also survived by uncle Daniel and wife Barb Connolly of Hemlock; aunts Norma Rumfelt of Livonia and Dora Thompson of Mt. Morris; and his special and many friends of his baseball circle. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral services were held at the Camarillo Christian Church on Feb. 13, 2002, with burial at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park in Camarillo, Calif. Anyone wishing to make a memorial donation may send it to: Heart Defibrillator Fund, c/o James Rumfelt, Andover Police Dept., Andover NY 14806.
Grace Shepard, age 70 formerly of Livonia, died Friday February 22, 2002 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was born daughter of Michael and Laura Smith West on April 20, 1931 in Livonia Center, NY. She was predeceased by her husband Robert. She is survived by her children Mary Jo (Thomas) Helles of Conesus, Richard (Eileen) Shepard of Lakeville and Marcia Shepard of Livonia, Grandchildren, Tracey (Phillip) Iler, Jason, Thomas, Elizabeth, Robert and Nichole Helles. Justin, Brandyn and Westen Shepard. 5 Great Grandchildren. Sisters Sharon (George)Fitzsimmons, Sheila (Larry) Cook Annette (Thomas) Panipinto, Carole (Phil) Saunders, Joan Trescott and Patricia Bush. Brothers Frank (Betty) West and Joseph (Marion) West. Several nieces and nephews. Friends called at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home in Livonia. Her funeral mass was held at St. Joseph's Church with the Rev. John H. Hayes officiating. Burial Union Cemetery, Livonia. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Livonia Ambulance Fund, Box 179, Livonia, NY 14487.
Lela Alma Benson Skilton
Lela Alma Benson Skilton, age 98 of South Main Street, Hemlock died February 22, 2002 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. She was born the daughter of John and Lily Pierce Grubham on November 9, 1903 in Bradford, PA. She was predeceased b her husbands Homer Benson and Leo Skilton, son Albert Benson, sons in law Herbert Herrington, Hank Swager and Willard Tucker. She is survived by her daughters Ruth Tucker of Livonia, Ruby Herrington of Hemlock, Marian Swager of Livonia, Sons William (Jean)Benson of Livonia, Wayne (Marge) Benson of Livonia, Kenneth (Jean)Benson of Avon. Several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Friends called at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, in Livonia where funeral services were held with the Rev. Fran Stark officiating. Burial Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Geneseo. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to the Hemlock Methodist Church or the Livonia Ambulance Fund.
Rita E. Stevenson
Rita E. Stevenson, 81, of Caledonia, died Feb. 23, 2002 at the home of her daughter in Avon. She was born March 3, 1920 in Avon to Charles E. and Agnes (Dooley) Barber. Rita was a homemaker and worked briefly as a real estate agent for Mack Reality, and the former Dinion Coil. Rita was a member of St. Columba Church and enjoyed sewing and quilting. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James and Patricia Stevenson of Rochester; daughters and sons-in-law, Judith and Justin Randall of Avon, Gail and LaVern Heale of Caledonia, Pamela and John Rowland of Oviedo of Florida, Linda and Robert Barrows of Caledonia; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Elizabeth (William) Remaley of Avon; several nieces and nephews. Her husband, Robert; son, Noel; daughter, Martha and grandson, Steven Cameron predeceased her. Friends called Monday at the Alhart Funeral Home, 3068 West Main St. in Caledonia. Her Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, at St. Columba Church, Caledonia. A spring interment will take place at Machpelah Cemetery, LeRoy. Memorials may be made to Livingston County Hospice, 2 County Campus, Mt. Morris, NY 14510 or Caledonia Ambulance, P.O. Box 1, Caledonia, NY 14423.
Duard C. Widener
Duard C. Widener, 76, of Avon, died Feb. 21, 2002 at Highland Hospital. He was born in Conesus, the son of Chester and Zelaphlynda (Durkee) Widener. Duard was a World War II Veteran. He was a retired asbestos worker for the William Summerhats Company in Rochester. He was a member of the Avon VFW Post. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Martha White Widener; four daughter, Sally (Abdelaziz) El Idrissi of Aberdeen, N.J., Sharon (William) Karl of Clarence, N.Y., Susan Widener and Nancy (Jeffrey) Warner, both of Avon; one son William (Nadine) Widener of New York City; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, David Widener of Conesus and Paul (Jean) Widener of Chanute, Kansas; brother-in-law, Howard Wood of Perry; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Saturday at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home Inc. in Avon. Funeral Service and interment in Arnold Cemetery, Conesus will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Avon Rotary-Lions Ambulance Fund, 60 Temple St., Avon NY 14414.
Rev. James T. Wolfe
Rev. James T. Wolfe, a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester for nearly 47 years, died Feb. 16. He was 72 years old. Father Wolfe had been battling illness for several years since his retirement in September 1996. His illness impaired him from realizing the fullness of his ministry that he might have enjoyed that we might have enjoyed, said Rev. John Phillips, a seminary classmate of Father Wolfe. He had a great mind, a very quick mind, and was a good thinker. He was also quite talented in music. Evidence of Father Wolfe's keen mind was his interest in fungi that led him to become an authority on mushrooms. Strong Memorial Hospital and the Poison Control Center consulted with Father Wolfe whenever they had patients who had ingested poisonous mushrooms. Born and raised in Rochester, Father Wolfe spent his childhood as a member of St. Boniface Parish. He was ordained a priest in 1955. Father Wolfe served the Diocese of Rochester through his ministry at a number of parishes in Rochester, Corning, Canandaigua, Nunda, Greece, Pittsford, Avon and Webster, where he served for a considerable period of time at St. Rita and Holy Spirit. Calling hours were held Feb. 19 at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral home, 350 Genesee St. in Avon. Father Wolfe lay in state Feb. 20 at St. Boniface Church, 330 Gregory St., Rochester. His Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday with Bishop Matthew H. Clark presiding. Interment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Predeceased by his parent, Perry and Rose Wolfe, Father Wolfe is survived by his brother, Charles F. Wolfe of Rochester.