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Obituaries published the week of March 13, 2003
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In Memoriam

Charles A. Austin

World War II Navy Veteran

Charles A. Austin, Jr. 77 years of age, Cohocton Valley Inn, Cohocton, passed away Wednesday, March 5 at the Veterans Administration Health Care Facility in Bath. Charlie was born September 12, 1925 in Brooklyn, the son of Charles and Hedwig (Vollendorf) Austin. Charlie resided the early part of his life in Brooklyn and Long Island and then moved to Virginia. In 1974, Charlie moved to the Wayland area. Charlie and Arlene Woosley entered into a loving marriage on August 16, 1947 at the St. James Lutheran Church in Brooklyn. They spent thirty two years of marriage together until she passed away in 1980. Charlie's employment career spanned a couple of different areas. He operated a taxi cab during his time spent in New York City and upon his move to the Wayland area in 1974, he became employed by the Foster Wheeler Energy Corporation of Dansville. Charlie was one of the security guards for Foster Wheeler. Charlie also had a love for ceramics. This was evidenced by the number of different items that he made. These items included ceramic Christmas trees, dishes and numerous other items. He sold these and other knick knacks at several gift shops in different areas that included Virginia, Springwater, Hornell and at Shep's Hardware in Wayland. Charlie was very proud of his time spent with the United States Navy. He served his country in active service from September 11, 1942 until he was honorably discharged November 12, 1946 from the Naval Air Advanced Training Command Flag Unit (Post Demobilization) NAS. Charlie was very active in the European Theater portion of World War II. He achieved the rank of coxswain and served on the following vessels and stations; the USS Bache, USS Wyoming, AMPH Trabas in Little Creek, Virginia and the USS Biddle. There was a point during his campaign that Charlie was classified as Missing in Action, however he was often heard saying that he was not MIA because he knew where he was. Charlie was pre-deceased by his wife, Arlene (Woosley) Austin and an infant son. Charlie is survived by his children, Larry Gleason of Long Island, James (Cynthia) Gleason of Long Island, Catherine Neal of Virginia, Frances (Dan) Doty of Kentucky, Charlene Benson of Florida, Charles (Carol) Austin of Rochester, Gladys Kirk of Garnerville, New York, and Karl Austin, his sister, Mary Shute of Dansville; his brother Allyn (Elli) Austin of Brooklyn; many grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and great nephews. Family and friends called Friday at the St. George-Stanton Funeral Home, 109 West Naples St., Wayland. Charlie's Funeral Service was held Saturday at the funeral home. Reverend Randy Bishop of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Dansville will officiate the service. Contributions in memory of Charles A. Austin, Jr. may be made to the Vincent House, 310 Second Avenue, Wayland or Christ the Good Shepard Church, 1000 Winton Road North, Rochester, 14609.

Paul Robert “Bob” George

World War II Navy Veteran

Paul Robert “Bob” George, 76, of 3840 Main St., Wadsworth, N.Y., died March 9, 2003 at his home in Pinellas Park, Fla. He was born the son of Clarence C. and Helen J. (Donovan) George on July 19, 1926 in Sheldon, N.Y. He married Edith Burch on July 1, 1950. Prior to his retirement in 1990 he was employed for over 42 years as an Equipment Superintendent for B. R. DeWitt Enterprises (GLSC & Potter-DeWitt) in Pavilion. He was a veteran of the Navy in World War II. He was a member of St. Lucy's Church in Retsof and Sacred Heart Church in Pinellas Park. He also belonged to the Hally-Allen American Legion Post 1341 in Sonyea and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 832. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Edith; six children, Charles (Charlene) George of Oklahoma, Marilyn (William) Kilmer of Piffard, Richard (Susan) George of Churchville, William (Karen) George of New Mexico, Patrick (Jennifer) George of Fairport and Mariann George of Wadsworth; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Vincent George and Donald (Shirley) George, both of Mt. Morris; many nieces and nephews. Friends called Sunday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. in Mt. Morris A Funeral Mass was held Monday at St. Lucy's Church in Retsof with the Rev. Michael Murimi officiating. Interment, Leicester Cemetery. Memorials may be made to The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast, 300 E. Bay Dr., Largo FL 33770-3770 or St. Lucy's & St. Thomas Aquinas Faith Community, 134 Main St., Leicester NY 14481.

Ronald F. Morrell

World War II Army Veteran

Ronald F. Morrell, 80, of Millard Ave., Lakeville died March 6, 2003 at the Livingston County Skilled Nursing Facility in Geneseo. He was born the son of Scott and Elizabeth Jane Morrell in Richmond, N.Y. on March 2, 1923. He was a World War II Army Veteran and a retiree of the Livonia Central School as a custodian. He was predeceased by his son Steven and a sister, Ruth Roome. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; his son John Morrell; brother Raymond (Ruth) Morrell; several nieces and nephews. Friends called Saturday at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Route 15 in Livonia where services were held following calling. Burial, Temple Hill Cemetery in Geneseo. Friends wishing may make memorial contributions to a charity of their choice.

Anthony A. Rumfola

Life-long resident of Avon

Anthony A. “Rip” Rumfola, 80, a retired superintendent for Rochester Bronze and Aluminum Foundry, died Tuesday, March 4 at his residence on Wadsworth St. in Avon. He is survived by his wife, Betty Hyde Rumfola, son Daniel Rumfola of Geneseo, granddaughter Kelly Rumfola of Geneseo, sister Mary (Anthony) Tyler of CA, brothers Charles (Marie) Rumfola of Avon, Phil (Ann) Rumfola of Leroy, John Rumfola of Springwater, Ross (Diane) Rumfola, Jr. of Avon, brothers in law Don Cook of Avon, Alfred (Alice) Hyde of AL, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Ross Rumfola, his mother Angeline DeMarco Rumfola, brother Joe Rumfola, sisters Frances Boor and Angeline Cook. He was born November 24, 1922 in Avon, the son of Ross and Angeline (DeMarco) Rumfola. He was a member of St. Agnes Church in Avon. Visitation was held at the Stephenson-Dougherty Funeral Home, 350 Genesee St. on Thursday from 2-4, 7-9 PM. Funeral Mass was held on Friday, March 7 at 9:30 AM at St. Agnes Church, 108 Prospect St. in Avon. Burial will be held in St. Agnes Cemetary. Memorials may be made to Livingston County Hospice, Livingston County Campus Bldg #2, Mt. Morris, NY 14510.

Teresa M. Wilcox

Leicester resident

Teresa M. Wilcox, 72, of Leicester, formerly of 92 N. Main St., Mt. Morris, died March 7, 2003 at 5487 Gibsonville Road, Leicester. She was born the daughter of Valentino and Rose Duszkiewicz on Oct. 2, 1930 in Buffalo, N.Y. She attended St. Patrick's Church in Mt. Morris. She is survived by her son James J. (Stacey) Wilcox of Leicester; five grandchildren, Guy R., Alexis, Brittany, Kaitlyn and Jonathon, all of Leicester; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband LaVerne in 1994. Friends called Monday at the John W. Martin Funeral Home, 37 Chapel St. (Route 408), Mt. Morris where funeral services were held Monday. Burial, Union Park Cemetery, Wethersfield Springs, N.Y. Memorials may be made to the Livingston County Hospice Fund, 1 Murray Hill, Mt. Morris NY 14510.