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Obituaries published the week of March 2, 2006
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Ruth Reed Banks
Ruth Reed Banks, 78, of Export, Pa., died Feb. 19, 2006 as the result of a head injury from a fall at her home on March 8, 2005. She was born Dec. 21, 1927 in Livonia, a daughter of the late Willard and Ruth Sharpsteen Reed. She was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Export and the Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church of Murrysville, Pa. and a former member of the Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Monroeville, Pa. She was a member of the Class of 1945 at Livonia Central School. She was a member and past president of the Murrysville Garden Club, member of the Family Motor Coach Association, founder of the Murrysville chapter of THEOS and was on the board of directors of THEOS International. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Robert A. Esch, her first husband, William M. Esch, a grandson, Robert Marsiglio and two sisters, Edith R. Luce and Alice R. Stirling. She is survived by her husband, Edward J. Banks; a son, Bill Esch and his wife Sandy of Export; a daughter, Patricia Banks Clark and her husband, Thomas of Frankford, Del; four grandchildren, Billy, Alex and Brian Esch and Amanda Marsiglio; a sister, Jean R. Coykendall of Orange, Calif.; her twin sister, Rachel R. Long and her husband, Elwood Long, of Lakeville (Geneseo); and nine nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at the Hart Funeral Home in Murrysville, where a service was held on Friday with Rev. Randy Rugh officiating. Donations may be made to the Murrysville Garden Club Student Scholarship Fund in Ruth's memory. Please send to: Murrysville Garden Club, P.O. Box 343, Murrysville PA 15668.
Isom E. Fearn Jr.
Isom E. Fearn Jr., 64, of Reservoir Road in Geneseo, died Feb. 25, 2006 at his home after an extended illness. He was born Dec. 6, 1941 in Huntsville, Ala. the son of Isom E. and Fannie (Sales) Fearn Sr. Isom was married Jan. 22, 1966 in North Chicago, Ill. to Betty Jean (Anderson) to whom he has been married for 40 years. He was a Vietnam veteran having served in the U.S. Marine Corp. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Parkside where he received his Bachelors degree and his Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. He had been employed by SUNY Geneseo for 31 years as Director of the Access Opportunity Programs. Isom was the recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service; held an Honorary membership in Chi Alpha Epsilon and Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Societies. He was a member of the Council of Opportunity Programs Directors, Rochester Urban League, Mental Health Association of Rochester, and the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center. Besides his wife Betty of 40 years, Isom is survived by a son, Anthony (Melissa) Fearn of Latham, N.Y.; a daughter, Cynthia (Rolland) Murray of Providence, R. O.; his parents, Isom E. and Fannie Fearn Sr. of North Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Alberta (Charles) Reed of San Diego, Calif.; three grandchildren, Cameron Fearn of Latham, N.Y., Dylan and Evan Murray of Providence, R.I.; three aunts, Doris Miller of Stone Mountain, Ga., Julia Spates and Ada Washington, both of Birmingham, Ala.; several nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Rector-Hicks Funeral Home, Inc., 111 Main St. in Geneseo on Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Christ Community Church, 26 Church St. in Geneseo. Burial will be in Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo. Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the Geneseo Foundation AOP Fund, SUNY Geneseo.
Betty Hughner, of 34 Sawyer St. and formerly of the Wayland area passed away Feb. 25, 2006 at her home in Hornell. Betty was born Feb. 23, 1933 in Naples, the daughter of Lynn and Blanche (Johnson) Hughner. She grew up in the Naples area and attended high school there. Betty enjoyed living in a number of different towns including Wayland, Canandaigua, Arkport, Lima, Corning and Hornell. She was a housewife and homemaker for a number of years and really enjoyed spending time alone. She was predeceased by a sister, Janet Mansfield and a brother, Lynn Hughner Jr. She is survived by her six sons, Seymour (Wendy) Carey of Corning, Keith (Rowena) Carey of Hornell, Andrew Carey of Wayland, Jim Carey Jr. of Hornell, Wallace Carey of Canandaigua, and Doug Carey of Hornell; 11 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; sisters, Doris Bodine of Batavia and Marjorie Northrup of Hemlock; along with several nieces and nephews. Betty's family and friends called Tuesday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St., Wayland. Betty's Funeral Service, 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Rev. Dennis Swart of Springwater Church of the Nazarene officiating. Interment, Clearview Cemetery in North Cohocton. Contributions in Betty V. Hughner's memory may be made to the Ronald MacDonald House, 33 Westmoreland Dr., Rochester NY 14620.
Gertrude O. Magin, 91, of 8360 Harpers Ferry Road, passed away at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, Feb. 23, 2006. Gertrude was born in Rochester on Dec. 23, 1914, the daughter of John and Olivia (Wambach) Magin. She grew up in the Rochester area and graduated from Our Lady of Mercy High School. During the depression era her family purchased a farm on Harpers Ferry Road in Springwater. The family would spend many summers there. Upon her retirement from Kodak where she was employed as a secretary for over 25 years, she permanently moved to the summer house with her sister Margaret and became a great friend to many of the neighbors on the road. Gertrude enjoyed gardening, cooking, collecting dolls, antiques and traveling around the world, including Germany, France, Italy, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. Gertrude was a communicant of St. Joseph's Church in Wayland for many years. She was predeceased by both her parents and her sister Margaret Magin in 1993. She is survived by nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, several cousins and several wonderful, very close neighbors on Harpers Ferry Road that have been special caregivers throughout the years. Gertrude's family and friends called Sunday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 W. Naples St. in Wayland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, March 4 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church in Wayland. Interment and committal prayers, Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Rochester at the convenience of her family.